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Alejo Carpentier: The Pilgrim at Home

José Martí: A Revolutionary Life

Neruda: An Intimate Biography

Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography

by David S. Reynolds

In his poetry Walt Whitman set out to encompass all of America and in so doing heal its deepening divisions. This magisterial biography demonstrates the epic scale of his achievement, as well as the dreams and...


Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age

by Donna M. Lucey

John Armstrong Chanler—known as Archie to his family—was an heir to the Astor fortune, an eccentric, dashing, and handsome millionaire. Amélie Rives, from a Southern family and the goddaughter of Robert...


Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi

by Dean Faulkner Wells

In Every Day by the Sun, Dean Faulkner Wells recounts the story of the Faulkners of Mississippi, whose legacy includes pioneers, noble and ignoble war veterans, three never-convicted mur­derers, the builder...


Pushkin: A Biography

Samuel Johnson Prize 2003

by T.J. Binyon

In the course of his short, dramatic life, Aleksandr Pushkin gave Russia not only its greatest poetry–including the novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin–but a new literary language. He also gave it a figure of enduring...


The Life of Captain Frederick Marryat

by David Hannay

The First Book of the Marryat Cycle ""If you seek to understand nautical fiction, you must start with Frederick Marryat."" People the world over have thrilled to the fictional exploits of Horatio Hornblower,...


Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

by Nancy Milford

Thirty years after the smashing success of Zelda, Nancy Milford returns with a stunning second act. Savage Beauty is the portrait of a passionate, fearless woman who obsessed American ever as she tormented herself....


Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

by Hermione Lee

The acclaimed biographer of Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf gives us an intimate portrait of one of the most quietly brilliant novelists of the twentieth century.

Penelope Fitzgerald was a great English writer...


Jane Austen for Dummies

by Joan Elizabeth , PhD Klingel Ray

Explains Austen's methods, motivations, and morals

The fun and easy way(r) to understand and enjoy Jane Austen

Want to know more about Jane Austen? This friendly guide gives the scoop on her life, works, and lasting...


Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams

by Nick Webb

It all started when Douglas Adams demolished planet Earth in order to make way for an intergalactic expressway–and then invited everyone to thumb a ride on a comical cosmic road trip with the likes of Arthur...


Surrendering Oz: A Life in Essays

by Bonnie Friedman

Surrendering Oz is about giving up the safety of emotionally zoning out – about learning to think with the body.


Havel: A Life

by Michael Zantovsky

Václav Havel was one of the most prominent figures of the twentieth century: iconoclast and intellectual, renowned playwright turned political dissident, president of a united then divided nation, and dedicated...


J. K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter

by Marc Shapiro

The heartwarming story behind J.K. Rowling’s rise to fame—and the answers to Harry Potter fans’ most burning questions!

 

Harry Potter is loved throughout the world, and so is his creator.  Joanne Kathleen...


Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings

by Italo Calvino & Martin McLaughlin

A posthumously published collection of Italo Calvino's autobiographical writings recounting his experiences in Italy’s antifascist resistance, paying homage to his influences, tracing the evolution of his...


The Enchanted Places

by Christopher Milne

Millions of readers throughout the world have grown up with the stories and verses of A. A. Milne; have envied Christopher Robin in his enchanted world; laughed at Pooh - a bear of very little brain - and worried...


God'll Cut You Down: The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, a Black Hustler, aMurder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi

by John Safran

An unlikely journalist, a murder case in Mississippi, and a fascinating literary true crime story in the style of Jon Ronson.

A notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett was brutally murdered in Mississippi...


Intimate Stranger

by Breyten Breytenbach

Addressed to a young writer, Intimate Stranger is an eclectic and generous work flowing with insight and wit. Breytenbach's candid and provocative reflections on reading and writing guide without guiding,...


Drifting Home: A Family's Voyage of Discovery Down the Wild Yukon River

by Berton Pierre

In the 1970s, Pierre Berton and his family recreated the trip down the Yukon made by his father, Francis George Berton, in 1898. This compelling story of the later journey is a valentine from son to father,...