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The Kings of Big Spring

by Bryan Mealer

"Think of it as a Texas version of Hillbilly Elegy."

— Bryan Burrough, New York Times bestselling author of THE BIG RICH and BARBARIANS AT THE GATE

"Bryan Mealer has given us a brilliant, and brilliantly entertaining,...


An Uncommon Reader

by Helen Smith

One of The Sunday Times' (U.K.) Books of the Year

"Garnett's life will not need to be written again." —Andrew Morton, Times Literary Supplement

A penetrating biography of the most important English-language...


The Bughouse

by Daniel Swift

A captivating biography of Ezra Pound told via the stories of his visitors at St. Elizabeths Hospital

In 1945, the great American poet Ezra Pound was deemed insane. He was due to stand trial for treason for his...


Mean

by Myriam Gurba

  • Gurba is an extraordinary performer with an enthusiastic spoken word fan base, and the Mean's voice-driven quality should appeal to them directly

  • Rather than a memoir, this is a nonfiction novel, a la How Should...

  • Reckless Daughter

    by David Yaffe

    "She was like a storm." —Leonard Cohen

    Joni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells...


    Where the Past Begins

    by Amy Tan

    From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir about finding meaning in life through acts of creativity and imagination

    In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The...


    A Disappearance in Damascus

    by Deborah Campbell

    Winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

    Winner of the Freedom to Read Award

    Winner of the Hubert Evans Prize

    In the midst of an unfolding international crisis, renowned journalist Deborah...


    If All the Seas Were Ink

    by Ilana Kurshan

    **Winner of the 2018 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature**

    **2018 Natan Book Award Finalist**

    **Finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies **

    **PJ Library's Parent...


    Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away

    by Alice Anderson

    The incredible true story of one woman's journey to relocate the place inside herself where strength, hope, and personal truth reside.

    After Hurricane Katrina, Alice Anderson has returned home to assess the damage...


    Notes on a Foreign Country

    by Suzy Hansen

    A New York Times Book Review Notable BookNamed a Best Book of the Year by New York Magazine and The Progressive

    "A deeply honest and brave portrait of of an individual sensibility reckoning with her country's...


    The Women Who Flew for Hitler

    by Clare Mulley

    Biographers' Club Prize-winner Clare Mulley’s The Women Who Flew for Hitler—a dual biography of Nazi Germany's most highly decorated women pilots.

    Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were talented,...


    Arbitrary Stupid Goal

    by Tamara Shopsin

    One of The New Yorker's "Books We Loved in 2017"

    Arbitrary Stupid Goal is a completely riveting world—when I looked up from its pages regular life seemed boring and safe and modern like one big iPhone. This...


    1944 Diary

    by Hans Keilson & Damion Searls

    [1944 Diary] is a deeply personal account, made even more remarkable that it was written during World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust . . . A moving and fascinating read." —Library Journal

    In 2010,...


    Spies in the Family

    by Eva Dillon

    A riveting true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer—the astonishing true story of two spies and their families on opposite sides of the Cold War.

    In the...


    Between Them

    by Richard Ford

    From American master Richard Ford, a memoir: his first work of nonfiction, a stirring narrative of memory and parental love

    How is it that we come to consider our parents as people with rich and intense lives...


    Guesswork

    by Martha Cooley

    Having lost eight friends in ten years, Cooley retreats to a tiny medieval village in Italy with her husband to recover from la strage, or "the massacre." There, in this sun-drenched paradise where bumblebees...


    The Draw

    by Lee Siegel

    A "What We're Reading This Summer" Pick by The Atlantic

    The Draw is a "spellbinding, coming-of-age tour de force" (New York Times Book Review) about a boy striving to make his way up through society and out of...


    Flâneuse

    by Lauren Elkin

    FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY

    A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

    The flâneur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals...


    The Men in My Life

    by Patricia Bosworth

    Acclaimed biographer Patricia Bosworth recalls her emotional coming of age in 1950s New York in this profound and powerful memoir, a story of family, marriage, tragedy, Broadway, and art, featuring a rich cast...


    In the Great Green Room

    by Amy Gary

    The extraordinary life of the woman behind the beloved children’s classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes alive in this fascinating biography of Margaret Wise Brown. Margaret’s books have sold...