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Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why

by Sady Doyle

She’s everywhere once you start looking for her: the trainwreck. 

 

She’s Britney Spears shaving her head, Whitney Houston saying, “crack is whack,” and Amy Winehouse, dying in front of millions. But...


Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs

by Robert Kanigel

The first major biography of the irrepressible woman who changed the way we view and live in cities, and whose influence can still be felt in any discussion of urban planning to this day.

Eyes on the Street...


Soul at the White Heat

by Joyce Carol Oates

A new collection of critical and personal essays on writing, obsession, and inspiration from National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates.

"Why do we write?"

With this question,...


His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt

by Joseph Lelyveld

“By far the most enigmatic leading figure” of World War II. That’s how the British military historian John Keegan described Franklin D. Roosevelt, who frequently left his contemporaries guessing, never...


Homo Deus

by Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward...


Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

by Heather Ann Thompson

THE FIRST DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF THE INFAMOUS 1971 ATTICA PRISON UPRISING, THE STATE’S VIOLENT RESPONSE, AND THE VICTIMS’ DECADES-LONG QUEST FOR JUSTICE

 

On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took...


Known and Strange Things: Essays

by Teju Cole

A blazingly intelligent first book of essays from the award-winning author of Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief

 

With this collection of more than fifty pieces on politics, photography, travel, history,...


How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon

by Rosa Brooks

The first serious book to examine what happens when the ancient boundary between war and peace is erased.

Once, war was a temporary state of affairs—a violent but brief interlude between times of peace. Today,...


I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This: A Memoir

by Nadja Spiegelman

A Travel and LeisureNew York Magazine/The Cut, and Real Simple Best Book of Summer 

A memoir of mothers and daughters—and mothers as daughters—traced through four generations, from Paris to New York...


The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

by Jesmyn Ward

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin’s 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race...


The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

by Hisham Matar

From the author of In the Country of Men, a Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, comes a beautifully written, uplifting memoir of his journey home to his native Libya in search of...


I'm Just a Person

by Tig Notaro

One of America’s most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany.

In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro...


An Abbreviated Life

by Ariel Leve

“Sometimes, a child is born to a parent who can’t be a parent, and, like a seedling in the shade, has to grow toward a distant sun. Ariel Leve’s spare and powerful memoir will remind us that family isn’t...


Sex Object

by Jessica Valenti

New York Times Bestseller

“Sharp and prescient… The appeal of Valenti’s memoir lies in her ability to trace objectification through her own life, and to trace what was for a long time her own obliviousness...


Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

by Svetlana Alexievich & Bela Shayevich

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The magnum opus and latest work from Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature—a symphonic oral history about the disintegration of the Soviet Union...


Little Labors

by Rivka Galchen

Rivka Galchen’s Little Labors is a droll and dazzling compendium of observations, stories, lists, and brief essays about babies and literature

Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book—a key inspiration for Rivka Galchen’s...


Mother Tongue: My Family's Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing  in Spanish

by Christine Gilbert

One woman’s quest to learn Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut, and Spanish in Mexico, with her young family along for the ride.

Imagine negotiating for a replacement carburetor in rural Mexico with words...


Family History of Fear: A Memoir

by Agata Tuszynska

Family History of Fear has been in me for years. Along with this secret. From the instant I found out I was not who I thought I was.”

Every family has its own history. Many families carry a tragic past....


Unforbidden Pleasures

by Adam Phillips

Much has been written of the forbidden pleasures. But what of the "unforbidden" pleasures?

Unforbidden Pleasures is the singular new book from Adam Phillips, the author of Missing Out, Going Sane, and On Balance...


The Boys in the Bunkhouse

by Dan Barry

With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual...