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An Uncommon Reader

by Helen Smith

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

A penetrating biography of the most important English-language editor of the early twentieth century

During the course...

The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World

by Maya Jasanoff

“Enlightening, compassionate, superb” —John Le Carré

New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017

A visionary exploration of the life and times of Joseph Conrad, his turbulent age of globalization...

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...

Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches

by John Hodgman

“I love everything about this hilarious book except the font size.” —Jon Stewart

Although his career as a bestselling author and on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was founded on fake news and invented...

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...

Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson

The #1 New York Times bestseller

“A powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life...a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it.” —The New Yorker

“Vigorous, insightful.” —The Washington...

Where the Past Begins

by Amy Tan

In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan reveals herself in a way she never has before, delving into her childhood, adolescence, family history, beginnings...

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

by Daniel Mendelsohn

Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Library Journal, and Newsday

Shortlisted for the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize

From award-winning memoirist and critic, and bestselling author of The Lost: a deeply moving tale...

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

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...

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook

by Alice Waters

The New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is...

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

How lucky for us readers that Shapiro has been listening so perceptively for decades to the language of food.” Maureen Corrigan, NPR Fresh Air

Six  “mouthwatering” ( short takes on six...

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...