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The Book of Love

by Roger Rosenblatt

From Roger Rosenblatt, author of the acclaimed memoirs Making Toast, Kayak Morning, and The Boy Detective, comes another lyrical meditation on—and celebration of—a universal and elusive subject

In The Book...


200 Weeks

by Gavin Richards

Narrated in the first person this is an account of the savage journey of a man who has not only been brushed by mortality but who is still in the process of trying to wrestle it to the ground


Publishing: A Writer¿¿s Memoir

by Gail Godwin

Publishing is a personal story of a writer's hunger to be published, the pursuit of that goal, and then the long haul--for Gail Godwin, forty-five years of being a published writer and all that goes with it....


Chance Meetings: A Memoir

by William Saroyan

In his touching and amusing memoir Chance Meetings, William Saroyan gives us a glimpse of the characters that have left an indelible impression on his mind for years to come. From the Armenian neighbourhood...


James Tiptree, Jr.

by Julie Phillips

James Tiptree, Jr. burst onto the science fiction scene in the 1970s with a series of hardedged, provocative short stories. Hailed as a brilliant masculine writer with a deep sympathy for his famale character,...


If It Die

by André Gide

This is the major autobiographical statement from Nobel laureate André Gide. In the events and musings recorded here we find the seeds of those themes that obsessed him throughout his career and imbued his...


The Road to San Giovanni

by Italo Calvino & Tim Parks

Heartfelt, affecting, and wise, the essay collection The Road to San Giovanni offers Italo Calvino’s reflections on his own life and work in five elegant "memory exercises."


Hamlin Garland: A Biography

by Jean Holloway

Hamlin Garland's Main-Travelled Roads is recognized as one of the early landmarks of American literary realism. But Garland's shift in mid-career from the harsh verisimilitude of Prairie Folks and Prairie Songs...


A Mark Twain Christmas

by Carlo Devito

Filled with the remarkable wit and humor of America's favorite storyteller, A Mark Twain Christmas gives readers insight into Twain's life through little known stories about how he and his family celebrated...


James Baldwin: The Last Interview: and other Conversations

by James Baldwin & Quincy Troupe

Never before available, the unexpurgated last interview with James Baldwin

“I was not born to be what someone said I was. I was not born to be defined by someone else, but by myself, and myself only.” When,...


The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words

by Raymond Chandler

 Raymond Chandler never wrote a memoir or autobiography. The closest he came to writing either was in—and around—his novels, shorts stories, and letters. There have been books that describe and evaluate...


Mario Vargas Llosa: A Life of Writing

by Raymond Leslie Williams

Awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 at the age of seventy-four, Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has held pivotal roles in the evolution and revolutions of modern Latin American literature. Perhaps surprisingly,...


J. K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter

by Marc Shapiro

The heartwarming story behind J.K. Rowling’s rise to fame—and the answers to Harry Potter fans’ most burning questions!

 

Harry Potter is loved throughout the world, and so is his creator.  Joanne Kathleen...


Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

by Hermione Lee

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW’ S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

The acclaimed biographer of Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf gives us an intimate portrait of one of the most quietly brilliant novelists of...


Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings

by Italo Calvino & Martin McLaughlin

A posthumously published collection of Italo Calvino's autobiographical writings recounting his experiences in Italy’s antifascist resistance, paying homage to his influences, tracing the evolution of his...


Sappho

by Nancy Freedman

In this finely drawn portrait, Sappho of Lesbos narrates her extraordinary life, from her childhood in war-torn Mitylene to her later relentless search for passionate love. Driven by the all-consuming fever...


The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

by Peter Dally

Combining his knowledge as a doctor and a lifelong fascination with Virginia Woolf's life and work, eminent psychiatrist Peter Dally offers a haunting and compelling look at the depression that tormented Virginia...


Alejo Carpentier: The Pilgrim at Home

by Roberto González Echevarría

Alejo Carpentier was one of the greatest Latin American novelists of the twentieth century, as well as a musicologist, journalist, cultural promoter, and diplomat. His fictional world issues from an encyclopedic...


Havel: A Life

by Michael Zantovsky

Václav Havel was one of the most prominent figures of the twentieth century: iconoclast and intellectual, renowned playwright turned political dissident, president of a united then divided nation, and dedicated...


Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!

by Harry Harrison

Recollections of one of the grand masters of science fiction, on his storied career as a celebrated author and on his relationships with other luminaries in the field. This memoir is filled with all the humor...