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City Boy

by Edmund White

An irresistible literary treat: a memoir of the social and sexual lives of New York City's cultural and intellectual in-crowd in the tumultuous 1970s, from acclaimed author Edmund White.


White Angels: Beckham, the Real Madrid, and the New Football

by John Carlin

A look at soccer superstar David Beckham, the Real Madrid team he joined in 2003, and at how this combination has forever changed the face of the world's most popular sport.


A Year in the Merde

by Stephen Clarke

An urban antidote to A Year in Provence, Stephen Clarke's book is a

laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of an expat in Paris-for

Francophiles and Francophobes alike.


White Beech: The Rainforest Years

by Germaine Greer

For years I had wandered Australia with an aching heart. Everywhere I had ever travelled across the vast expanse of the fabulous country where I was born I had seen devastation, denuded hills, eroded slopes,...


S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.

by Ruben Castaneda

During the height of the crack epidemic that decimated the streets of D.C., Ruben Castaneda covered the crime beat for the Washington Post. The first in his family to graduate from college, he had landed a job...


Things I Don't Want to Know: On Writing

by Deborah Levy

Blending personal history, gender politics, philosophy, and literary theory into a luminescent treatise on writing, love, and loss, Things I Don't Want to Know is Deborah Levy�s witty response to George Orwell�s...


Romany and Tom: A Memoir

by Ben Watt

Ben Watt�s father was a working-class Glaswegian jazz musician�a politicized left-wing bandleader and composer�whose heyday in the late 1950s took him into the glittering heart of London�s West End....


Beloved Strangers: A Memoir

by Maria Chaudhuri

A bright new voice from Bangladesh, in the literary tradition of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Burnt Shadows, on finding home and self.

One of Maria Chaudhuri�s early memories growing up in Dhaka was planning...


Maggie & Me: Coming Out and Coming of Age in 1980s Scotland

by Damian Barr

It's 12 October 1984. An IRA bomb blows apart the Grand Hotel in Brighton. Miraculously, Margaret Thatcher survives. In small-town Scotland, eight-year-old Damian Barr watches in horror as his mum rips her wedding...


Becoming a Londoner: A Diary

by David Plante

The first volume of National Book Award finalist David Plante�s extraordinary diaries of a life lived among the artistic elite in 1960s London.

�Nikos and I live together as lovers, as everyone knows, and...


The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

by Michael Sims

Henry David Thoreau has long been an intellectual icon and folk hero. In this strikingly original profile, Michael Sims reveals how the bookish, quirky young man who kept quitting jobs evolved into the patron...


Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

by Edmund White

An irresistible literary treat: a memoir of the social and sexual lives of New York City's cultural and intellectual in-crowd in the tumultuous 1970s, from acclaimed author Edmund White.


Let Me Tell You a Story: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood

by Renata Calverley

The spellbinding true story of a little girl�s miraculous escape from the Nazis during the Second World War.

September, 1939. Przemysl, Poland. No one has explained to three-year-old Renatka what war is. She...


Margaret Thatcher: Power and Personality

by Jonathan Aitken

A strong and sometimes divisive figure in British and world politics, Margaret Thatcher was the longest-serving British Prime Minister in the 20th century and the only woman to ever hold the office. Drawing...


Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith

by William Todd Schultz

Elliott Smith was one of the most gifted songwriters of the '90s, adored by fans for his subtly melancholic words and melodies.The sadness had its sources in the life.There was trauma from an early age, years...


Starting At Zero: His Own Story

by Jimi Hendrix

It took just four years in the spotlight for Jimi Hendrix to become an international cultural icon. The sheer impact and originality of his music and his unique mastery of the guitar placed him forever amongst...


Men We Reaped: A Memoir

by Jesmyn Ward

In this stirring and clear-eyed memoir, the 2011 National Book Award winner contends with the deaths of five young men dear to her, and the still great risk of being a black man in the rural South.

"We saw the...


The Cooked Seed: A Memoir

by Anchee Min

In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with a memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Red Azalea became an international bestseller and propelled her career as...


Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir

by Greg Bellow

Saul Bellow was easily angered, prone to argument, and palpably vulnerable to criticism, but according to his son, his young father was also emotionally accessible, often soft, and possessed of the ability to...


Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology

by Caroline Paul

Caroline Paul was recovering from a bad accident and thought things couldn't get worse. But then her beloved cat Tibia disappeared. She and her partner, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, mourned his loss. Yet weeks...