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Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir

by Robert Timberg

Acclaimed journalist Robert Timberg's extraordinary, long-awaited memoir of his struggle to reclaim his life and find his calling after being severely burned as a young Marine lieutenant in Vietnam

In January...


The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

by Marja Mills

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists...


The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

by Kevin Birmingham

"A great story-how modernism brought down the regime of censorship-told as a great story. Kevin Birmingham's imaginative scholarship brings Joyce and his world to life. There is a fresh detail on nearly every...


Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild

by Novella Carpenter

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The Signature of All Things and Eat, Pray, Love

"I'm so glad Novella Carpenter has written this book... The resulting journey is both brave and honest."

San Francisco Chronicle

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The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature

by Ben Tarnoff

The unforgettable story of the birth of modern America and the western writers who gave voice to its emerging identity

The Bohemians begins in 1860s San Francisco. The Gold Rush has ended; the Civil War threatens...


Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

by Sarah Churchwell

Kirkus (STARRED review)

"Churchwell... has written an excellent book... she's earned the right to play on [Fitzgerald's] court. Prodigious research and fierce affection illumine every remarkable page."

The...


Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps

by Dave Isay

A celebration of the relationships that bring us strength, purpose, and joy

Ties That Bind honors the people who nourish and strengthen us. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay draws from ten years of the revolutionary...


Chasing the Flame

by Samantha Power

From Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power, an epic tale-part thriller, part tragedy-for our age, the political career and tragic death of the incomparable humanitarian Sergio Vieira de Mello If there is a single...


Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist's Encounters with the Mind in Crisis

by Christine Montross

Falling Into the Fire is psychiatrist Christine Montross's thoughtful investigation of the gripping patient encounters that have challenged and deepened her practice. The majority of the patients Montross treats...


JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President

by Thurston Clarke

A Kirkus Best Book of 2013

A revelatory, minute-by-minute account of JFK's last hundred days that asks what might have been

Fifty years after his death, President John F. Kennedy's legend endures. Noted author...


She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me

by Emma Brockes

"One of those memoirs that remind you why you liked memoirs in the first place... It has the density of a very good novel... As you do with the best writers, you feel lucky to be in Ms. Brockes's company." --Dwight...


My Animals and Other Family

by Clare Balding

"I had spent most of my childhood thinking I was a dog, and suspect I had aged in dog years. By the time I was ten I had discovered the pain of unbearable loss. I had felt joy and jealousy. Most important of...


Our Time: Breaking the Silence of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

by J.D. Smith

Our Time marks the end of more than a decade of silence, giving voice to the LGBT men and women who served under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” These individuals enlisted knowing that the military would ask...


Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein

by Julie Salamon

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the first woman playwright to win a Tony Award, Wendy Wasserstein was a Broadway luminary. But with her high-pitched giggle and unkempt curls, she projected an image of warmth and...