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Todd Haynes

by Rob White

Radical readings of a pioneer in queer cinema


Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange

by Mark Barrowcliffe

"[Barrowcliffe] writes how D&D twisted his teenage development — and about how twisted teenage development is in general. It's easy to read in a weekend, and thanks to several hilarious, unbelievably well-remembered...


Franz Liszt, Volume 3: The Final Years: 1861-1886

by Alan Walker

The third volume in Alan Walker's magisterial biography of Franz Liszt.

"You can't help but keep turning the pages, wondering how it will all turn out: and Walker's accumulated readings of Liszt's music have...


Fabricating Lives: Explorations in American Autobiography

by Herbert Leibowitz

How does the autobiographer want us to perceive him? How do we penetrate the memoirist’s strategies and subterfuges—sometimes conscious, usually—brilliant—and discover the real person screened behind...


Franz Liszt, Volume 2: The Weimar Years: 1848-1861

by Alan Walker

The second volume in Alan Walker's magisterial biography of Franz Liszt.

"You can't help but keep turning the pages, wondering how it will all turn out: and Walker's accumulated readings of Liszt's music have...


Ezra Pound: The Solitary Volcano

by John Tytell

Unlike other biographical portraits of Ezra Pound, John Tytell’s brilliant and ambitious work offers an interpretive study that boldly confronts the emotional truths and psychological drama that formed this...


High Sobriety: My Year Without Booze

by Jill Stark

Booze dominated Jill Stark’s social life ever since she had her first sip of beer at 13, until, after a hangover at 35, she made the decision to give up alcohol — but what would it mean to stop drinking...


William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary

by Peter Linebaugh & E. P. Thompson

This biographical study is a window into 19th-century British society and the life of William Morris—the great craftsman, architect, designer, poet, and writer—who remains a monumental and influential figure...


I Hope Nobody Sees Me, Memoirs of a Teenage Stroke Survivor

by Nicolas Sully

Nicolas Sully was a typical kid going to an inner-city school. Nearing the end of his 8th grade year, Nick's biggest concerns were football, friends and girls. Playing basketball one day in the school gym with...


The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life

by Rod Dreher

THE LITTLE WAY OF RUTHIE LEMING follows Rod Dreher, a Philadelphia journalist, back to his hometown of St. Francisville, Louisiana (pop. 1,700) in the wake of his younger sister Ruthie's death. When she was...


Kiyo's Story: A Japanese-American Family's Quest for the American Dream

by Kiyo Sato

“Vividly honest, deeply moving.”—Bill Hosokawa, Out of the Frying Pan: Reflections of a Japanese American

“It is a magnificent memoir, fully worthy of being compared to Farewell to Manzanar. I cannot...


Who Was Dracula?: Bram Stoker's Trail of Blood

by Jim Steinmeyer

An acclaimed historian sleuths out literature’s most famous vampire, uncovering the source material – from folklore and history, to personas including Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman – behind Bram Stoker’s...


Life on the Mississippi

by Mark Twain & James M. Cox

In 1882 Mark Twain returned to the river of his childhood, determined to write the definitive travel book on the Mississippi. Life on the Mississippi is no ordinary guided tour, for every page is expressive...


Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume I, 1884-1933

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1992

by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Eleanor Roosevelt was born into the privileges and prejudices of American aristocracy and into a family ravaged by alcoholism. She overcame debilitating roots: in her public life, fighting against racism and...


Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume II, The Defining Years, 1933-1938

by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Historians, politicians, feminists, critics, and reviewers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook's monumental Eleanor Roosevelt as the definitive portrait of this towering female figure of the twentieth...


Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia

by Gregory L. Heller & Alexander Garvin

Ed Bacon is the first biography of the innovative and controversial urban planner who transformed Philadelphia in the mid-twentieth century.


Cheerio and Best Wishes: Letters from a World War II Hoosier Pilot

by Donald R. Schneck & Ralph H. Schneck

This is the true story of a young boy from Posey County, Indiana, who had a dream to fly. The outbreak of World War II enabled him to fulfill that dream. Cheerio and Best Wishes is told entirely through the...


Lay This Body Down: The 1921 Murders of Eleven Plantation Slaves

by Gregory A. Freeman

The John S. Williams plantation in Georgia was operated largely with the labor of slaves—and this was in 1921, 56 years after the Civil War. Williams was not alone in using “peons,” but his reaction to a...


Singin' a Lonesome Song: Texas Prison Tales

by Gary Brown

These prison tales include chain-bus drivers, wild bull riders, and a prison baseball team that took on the Texas semi-pro champions in Houston's old Buff Stadium. They include inmates and prisoners of war supplying...


Chosen Forever: a memoir

by Susan Richards

“Richards reflects on how rich life becomes when one travels her own best path. . . . Richards writes more courageously than she perhaps realizes, and each page of this uplifting book will touch a chord in...