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Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

by Thomas Kunkel

This fascinating biography reveals the untold story of the legendary New Yorker profile writer—author of Joe Gould’s Secret and Up in the Old Hotel—and unravels the mystery behind one of literary history’s...


I Was a Child: A Memoir

by Bruce E Kaplan

I Was a Child is an illustrated memoir by Bruce Eric Kaplan, the renowned New Yorker cartoonist.

 

Bruce Eric Kaplan, also known as BEK, is one of the most celebrated and admired cartoonists in America. I...


The Folded Clock: A Diary

by Heidi Julavits

A raucous, stunningly candid, deliriously smart diary of two years in the life of the incomparable Heidi Julavits

Like many young people, Heidi Julavits kept a diary. Decades later she found her old diaries in...


The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy

by Masha Gessen

An important story for our era: How the American Dream went wrong for two immigrants, and the nightmare that resulted.

On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston marathon,...


Motorcycles I've Loved: A Memoir

by Lily Brooks-Dalton

“What the PCT is to Cheryl Strayed, the open road is to Brooks-Dalton.”—Cosmopolitan 

A powerful memoir about a young woman whose passion for motorcycles leads her down a road all her own.

At twenty-one-years-old,...


H is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

* NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

* Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize

* Named the Costa Book of the Year

* #1 best-seller in the UK

When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated....


Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog

by James Grissom

An extraordinary book; one that almost magically makes clear how Tennessee Williams wrote; how he came to his visions of Amanda Wingfield, his Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Alma Winemiller, Lady Torrance,...


Girl in a Band

by Kim Gordon

For many, Kim Gordon, vocalist, bassist and founding member of Sonic Youth, has always been the epitome of cool.

Sonic Youth is one of the most influential and successful bands to emerge from the post-punk New...


Going into the City

by Robert Christgau

One of our great essayists and music journalists, the Dean of American Rock Critics, leads a heady tour through his life and times in this atmospheric, visceral memoir—both a love letter to a New York long...


A Life's Work

by Rachel Cusk

The experience of motherhood is an experience in contradiction. It is commonplace and it is impossible to imagine. It is prosaic and it is mysterious. It is at once banal, bizarre, compelling, tedious, comic,...


It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War

by Lynsey Addario

"A brutally real and unrelentingly raw memoir."--Kirkus (starred review)

War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major...


Whipping Boy

by Allen Kurzweil

The true account of one man's lifelong search for his boarding-school bully

Equal parts childhood memoir and literary thriller, Whipping Boy chronicles Allen Kurzweil's search for his twelve-year-old nemesis,...


The Man Who Couldn't Stop

by David Adam

An intimate look at the power of intrusive thoughts, how our brains can turn against us, and living with obsessive compulsive disorder

Have you ever had a strange urge to jump from a tall building or steer your...


My Misspent Youth

by Meghan Daum

My Misspent Youth is an incisive collection that marked the start of a new millennium and became a cult classic, from the editor of Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed and the author of The Unspeakable

An essayist...


Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey

by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

How does one cope with overwhelming grief?

Marie Mutsuki Mockett's family owns a Buddhist temple 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In March 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami, radiation...


Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.

by Viv Albertine

"Ms. Albertine's book is wiry and cogent and fearless.… Her book has an honest, lo-fi grace. If it were better written, it would be worse."--Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"Forget Katniss And Tris - Viv...


Prozac Nation

by Elizabeth Wurtzel

In Prozac Nation, Wurtzel describes her harrowing battle with clinical depression before she was finally treated with Prozac. In a society plagued by divorce, economic instability, and AIDS, Wurtzel depicts...


There Was and There Was Not

by Meline Toumani

A young Armenian-American goes to Turkey in a "love thine enemy" experiment that becomes a transformative reflection on how we use--and abuse--our personal histories

Meline Toumani grew up in a close-knit Armenian...


Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

In a perfect world . . .

We'd get to hang out with Amy Poehler, watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we'd all...


Poets in Their Youth

by Eileen Simpson

In 1942, Eileen Simpson--then Eileen Mulligan--married John Berryman. Both were in their twenties; Eileen had just graduated from Hunter College and John had but one slim volume of poetry to his name. They moved...