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Bernard Shaw: The One-Volume Definitive Edition

by Michael Holroyd

"We regard Mr. Holroyd with awe, as a prodigy among biographers."-The New York Times Book ReviewIn a single-volume format, Michael Holroyd's masterpiece of a biography offers new verve and pace; Shaw's world...

J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets

by Curt Gentry

"The cumulative effect is overwhelming. Eleanor Roosevelt was right: Hoover’s FBI was an American gestapo."—Newsweek Shocking, grim, frightening, Curt Gentry’s masterful portrait of America’s top policeman...

Hemingway: The 1930s through the Final Years (Movie Tie-in Edition)  (Movie Tie-in Editions)

by Michael Reynolds

Published to coincide with the major release of HBO’s upcoming film Hemingway and Gellhorn, starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen. Michael Reynolds was the supreme biographer of Ernest Hemingway. HBO’s film...

Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs

by Ted Morgan

“Almost indecently readable . . . captures [Burroughs’s] destructive energy, his ferocious pessimism, and the renegade brilliance of his style.”—Vogue With a new preface as well as a final chapter on...

Being Flynn (Movie Tie-in Edition)  (Movie Tie-in Editions)

by Nick Flynn

This "stunningly beautiful memoir" (San Francisco Chronicle) is now a major motion picture starring Robert De Niro and Paul Dano.A Focus Features production, Nick Flynn's moving memoir of his relationship with...

Basil Street Blues: A Memoir

by Michael Holroyd

"A wonderful offbeat memoir.... Holroyd has written perhaps his best book yet."-Ben Macintyre, New York Times Book ReviewRenowned biographer Michael Holroyd had always assumed that his own family was perfectly...

Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe

by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp

"The definitive life of O'Keeffe." —Hilton Kramer, Los Angeles Times Georgia O'Keefe (1887?-1986) was one of the most successful American artists of the twentieth century: her arresting paintings of enormous,...

Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie

by Ed Cray & Studs Terkel

The groundbreaking biography, available for the centennial of Woody Guthrie's birth in July 2012.A patriot and a political radical, Woody Guthrie captured the spirit of his times in his enduring songs. Ed Cray,...


Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 1982

by William S. McFeely

"Combines scholarly exactness with evocative passages....Biography at its best."-Marcus Cunliffe, The New York Times Book Review; Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.The seminal biography of one of America's towering,...

John Donne: The Reformed Soul: A Biography

by John Stubbs

"Elegantly written, psychologically and historically astute."-Los Angeles Times Book ReviewFrom scholar to buccaneer, from outcast to establishment figure, John Donne emerged as one of the greatest English poets....

Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd

by Michael Wallis

"This engaging biography exactly and vividly catches the tone of a region, a time, and a man."—Larry McMurtryFrom the best-selling author of Billy the Kid and Route 66, a true-life story of a notorious outlaw...

Straight on Till Morning: The Life of Beryl Markham

by Mary S. Lovell

The New York Times bestseller: "Every page is filled with revelations, gossip and fascinating details about Markham."-Diane Ackerman, The New York Times Book ReviewBorn in England and raised in Kenya, Beryl...

A Pickpocket's Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York

by Timothy J. Gilfoyle

"A remarkable tale."-Chicago TribuneIn George Appo's world, child pickpockets swarmed the crowded streets, addicts drifted in furtive opium dens, and expert swindlers worked the lucrative green-goods game. On...

Lessons I Learned in the Dark: Steps to Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

by Jennifer Rothschild

At the age of fifteen, Jennifer Rothschild confronted two unshakable realities: Blindness is inevitable ... and God is enough. Now this popular author, speaker, and recording artist offers poignant lessons that...

Lavoisier in the Year One: The Birth of a New Science in an Age of Revolution (Great Discoveries)

by Madison Smartt Bell

"Fresh . . . solid . . . full of suspense and intrigue."-Publishers WeeklyAntoine Lavoisier reinvented chemistry, overthrowing the long-established principles of alchemy and inventing an entirely new terminology,...

Instead of a Letter: A Memoir

by Diana Athill

A classic memoir by the author of the New York Times bestseller Somewhere Towards the End.As a young woman, Diana Athill was engaged to an air force pilot-Instead of a Letter tells how he broke off the engagement,...

After a Funeral: A Memoir

PEN/Ackerley Prize 1987

by Diana Athill

A classic memoir by the author of the New York Times bestseller Somewhere Towards the End.When Diana Athill met the man she calls Didi, she fell in love instantly and out of love just as fast. Didi's quirks,...

Muck: A Memoir

by Craig Sherborne

"Mordantly true to life."-J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize for LiteratureWith their only son on the brink of adolescence, the nouveaux-riches Sherbornes move away from the city to start a new, gentrified...

Drawing the Map of Heaven: An African Writer in America

by Tanure Ojaide

The celebrated Nigerian writer Tanure Ojaide relates here his experience of living in the United States where he has been based teaching and writing since 1996. Drawing the Map of Heaven picks up where his earlier...

Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz

by John McCusker

Edward "Kid" Ory (1886-1973) was a trombonist, composer, recording artist, and early New Orleans jazz band leader. Creole Trombone tells his story from birth on a rural sugar cane plantation in a French-speaking,...