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An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic

by Daniel Mendelsohn

From award-winning memoirist and critic, and bestselling author of The Lost: a deeply moving tale of a father and son's transformative journey in reading--and reliving--Homer's epic masterpiece.

When eighty-one-year-old...

If All the Seas Were Ink

by Ilana Kurshan

The Wall Street Journal: "There is humor and heartbreak in these pages...Ms. Kurshan immerses herself in the demands of daily Talmud study and allows the words of ancient scholars to transform the patterns of...

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...

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook

by Alice Waters

The long-awaited memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America's most influential restaurant....

Map Drawn by A Spy

by Guillermo Cabrera Infante & Mark Fried

Found in an envelope in Guillermo Cabrera Infante's house after his death in 2005, Map Drawn by a Spy is the world-renowned writer's autobiographical account of the last four months he spent in his country....

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...

The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading

by Anne Gisleson

Recommended Summer Reading -- Louise Erdrich, New York Times

A memoir of friendship and literature chronicling a search for meaning and comfort in great books, and a beautiful path out of grief

Anne Gisleson had...

Notes on a Foreign Country

by Suzy Hansen

Suzy Hansen left her country and moved to Istanbul and discovered America

In the wake of the September 11 attacks and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Suzy Hansen, who grew up in an insular conservative town in...

Morningstar: Growing Up with Books

by Ann Hood

A memoir about the magic and inspiration of books from a beloved and best-selling author.

In her admired works of fiction, including the recent The Book That Matters Most, Ann Hood explores the transformative...

Dying: A Memoir

by Cory Taylor

"Bracing and beautiful . . . Every human should read it." —The New York Times

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness...

What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories

by Laura Shapiro

“If you find the subject of food to be both vexing and transfixing, you’ll love . . . What She Ate.” Elle

"Who could resist?" --People

How lucky for us readers that Shapiro has been listening so perceptively...

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

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 book captures not just a lost New York but a...

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir

by Sherman Alexie

The Instant New York Times Bestseller

One of the most anticipated books of 2017--Entertainment Weekly and Bustle

A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed,...

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,...

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)

by David Sedaris

One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture", The Week, Bustle, BookRiot

David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the making...

The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered

by Benjamin Taylor

A memoir of one tumultuous year of boyhood in Fort Worth, Texas, opening with a handshake with JFK, and recalling the changes and revelations of the months that followed.


“A marvel of a book—elegant,...

No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine

by Rachel Pearson

A brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a health care system that puts the poor at risk.

In medical charts, the term “N.A.D.” (No Apparent Distress) is used for patients who appear stable....

Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir

by Amy Thielen

A beautifully written food memoir chronicling one woman’s journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the intoxicating world of New York City fine dining—and back again—in search of her culinary roots...

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...