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Orthodoxy

by G. Chesterton

'Orthodoxy' describes Chesterton's discovery of faith - a journey which is compared to an English adventurer who gets lost and unknowingly, discovers England all over again. Here he is doubly blessed, enjoying...


Gather Together in My Name

by Maya Angelou

In this incredible second book in a series of autobiographies, the poet, still in her teens, gives birth to a son, tries to keep a job, falls in love, dances, falls out of love, chases after her kidnapped baby,...


Istanbul

by Orhan Pamuk

A shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world’s great cities, by its foremost writer. Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul and still lives in the family apartment building where...


Angela's Ashes: A Memoir

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1997, National Book Critics Circle for Biography/Autobiography 1996, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1996

by Frank McCourt

"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood...


Forbidden Words: On God Alcohol Vegetarianism & Violence

by Leo Tolstoy & Simon Parke

This book presents writings Tolstoy was never, in his lifetime, allowed to publish in his native Russia. He was a successful author by middle age; world famous for his novels 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina.'...


Reading My Father: A Memoir

by Alexandra Styron

PART MEMOIR AND PART ELEGY, READING MY FATHER IS THE STORY OF A DAUGHTER COMING TO KNOW HER FATHER AT LAST— A GIANT AMONG TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELISTS AND A MAN WHOSE DEVASTATING DEPRESSION DARKENED...


Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography

by Susan Cheever

Louisa May Alcott never intended to write Little Women. She had dismissed her publisher’s pleas for such a novel. Written out of necessity to support her family, the book had an astounding success that changed...


Kitchen Privileges: A Memoir

by Mary Higgins Clark

In her long-awaited memoir, Mary Higgins Clark, America's beloved and bestselling Queen of Suspense, recounts the early experiences that shaped her as a person and influenced her as a writer.

Even as a young...


Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir

by James Salant

With his nickname, Dirty Jersey, tattooed on the inside of his left forearm, James Salant wanted everyone to know he was a tough guy.

At the age of eighteen, after one too many run-ins with the cops for drug...


Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent

by Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp captures the passion and grit unique to the theatre world as he recounts his life-changing experience in the original cast of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent.

Anthony had a special feeling...


The Hemingway Patrols: Ernest Hemingway and His Hunt for U-Boats

by Terry Mort

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.


A Moveable Feast

by Ernest Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway & Sean Hemingway

Published for the first time as Ernest Hemingway intended, one of the great writer's most enduring works: his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one...


Harper Lee

by Kerry Madeden

Read Kerry Madden's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Nelle Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and became an instant bestseller. Two years later it was an Academy Award– winning film. Today,...


A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Samuel Johnson Prize 2006

by James Shapiro

1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England

Shakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army...


Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books

by William Kuhn

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis never wrote a memoir, but she told her life story and revealed herself in intimate ways through the nearly 100 books she brought into print during the last two decades of her life...


The Young Hemingway

by Michael Reynolds

"The Young Hemingway will entertain and surprise. Not only is it a significant contribution to Hemingway critical biography, but it should rank as one of the best nonfiction books of the year."-Los Angeles Times...


Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

by C. S. Lewis

"A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere . . . God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous." This book is not an autobiography. It is...


The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

by Philip K. Dick, Jonathan Lethem & Pamela Jackson

Preserved in typed and hand-written notes and journal entries, letters and story sketches, Philip K. Dick's Exegesis is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning...


Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace

by D. T. Max

The acclaimed New York Times-bestselling biography and "emotionally detailed portrait of the artist as a young man" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

Since his untimely death by suicide at the age of forty-six...


Who Is J.K. Rowling?

by Pam Pollack & Meg Belviso

Everyone loves Harry Potter. Now kids can learn about Harry's creator!

In 1995, on a four-hour-delayed train from Manchester to London, J. K. Rowling conceived of the idea of a boy wizard named Harry Potter....