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The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity

by Mark Vonnegut & Kurt Vonnegut

The Eden Express describes from the inside Mark Vonnegut’s experience in the late ’60s and early ’70s—a recent college grad; in love; living communally on a farm, with a famous and doting father, cherished...


Bakunin: The Creative Passion-A Biography

by Mark Leier

The spellbinding story of both the man and the theory, Bakunin chronicles one of the most notorious radicals in history: Mikhail Bakunin, the founder of anarchism, here revealed as a practical moral philosophy...


Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World

by Catalina De Erauso

One of the earliest known autobiographies by a woman, this is the extraordinary tale of Catalina de Erauso, who in 1599 escaped from a Basque convent dressed as a man and went on to live one of the most wildly...


Ruined By Reading: A Life in Books

by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

A Los Angeles Times Book Review Best Book of 1996

'Without books how could I have become myself?' In this wonderfully written meditation, Lynne Sharon Schwartz offers deeply felt insight into why we read and...


The House With the Broken Two: A Birthmother Remembers

by Myrl Coulter

Unmarried and pregnant in 1968 Winnipeg, teenager Myrl Coulter found herself at a loss. Unable (and perhaps unwilling) to support her child, Myrl's parents forced her to give the baby up for adoption. After...


Accelerated Paces: Travels Across Borders and Other Imaginary Boundaries

by Jim Oaten

Accelerated Paces hurdles that uneasy terrain between creative fact and honest fiction. These short stories and pieces ignore borders as they jaunt thorough external trips and internal voyages. This is both...


Breaking Loose : An Australian Story

by Sophie Boswell

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This story will enthrall you, as you follow Sophie's life from the time she was four years old. Then, she lived in a small Australian town situated on the edge of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland...


Bobby's Book

by Emily Davidson, Bruce Davidson & Bob Powers

In 1998, at the very moment that a publisher had approached Bruce Davidson about a book of his 1959 Brooklyn Gang photographs, former gang leader Bobby Powers unexpectedly telephoned the Davidsons. Over the...


Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes: A Memoir of Dublin in the 1950s

by Martha Long

"Not for the faint of heart, Long's story is a gritty, grueling, and heartbreaking testament to one girl's unbreakable spirit."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

When Martha Long's feckless mother hooks up...


Monsieur Proust's Library

by Anka Muhlstein

Reading was so important to Marcel Proust that it sometimes seems he was unable to create a personage without a book in hand. Everybody in his work reads: servants and masters, children and parents, artists...


My Escape: An Autobiography

by Benoite Groult

This witty autobiography captures the rich and varied life of a renowned French author and pioneering feminist, through the obstacles and movements in twentieth-century France.

 

Born in 1920 in Paris, Benoite...


The Snows of Yesteryear

by Gregor Von Rezzori, H. F. Broch De Rothermann & John Banville

Gregor von Rezzori was born in Czernowitz, a onetime provincial capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire that was later to be absorbed successively into Romania, the USSR, and the Ukraine—a town that was everywhere...


Beirut, I Love You: A Memoir

by Zena el Khalil

Zena el Khalil, a young Beirut-based female artist, writer, and activist who had an unconventional but worldly upbringing growing up in Lagos, Nigeria and attending art school in New York, returns after 9/11...


An Armenian Sketchbook

by Vasily Grossman & Robert Chandler

An NYRB Classics Original

Few writers had to confront as many of the last century’s mass tragedies as Vasily Grossman, who wrote with terrifying clarity about the Shoah, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the Terror...


Voltaire in Love

by Nancy Mitford & Adam Gopnik

The inimitable Nancy Mitford’s account of Voltaire’s fifteen-year relationship with the Marquise du Châtelet—the renowned mathematician who introduced Isaac Newton’s revolutionary new physics to France—is...


Walter Benjamin

by Gershom Scholem, Harry Zohn & Lee Sigel

Gershom Scholem is celebrated as the twentieth century’s most profound student of the Jewish mystical tradition; Walter Benjamin, as a master thinker whose extraordinary essays mix the revolutionary, the revelatory,...


Black Sun: The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby

by Geoffrey Wolff

Includes an afterword by the author.

Harry Crosby was the godson of J. P. Morgan and a friend of Ernest Hemingway. Living in Paris in the twenties and directing the Black Sun Press, which published James Joyce...


Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties

by Murray Kempton & David Remnick

Through brilliant portraits of real persons who created the myths and realities of the 1930s, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Murray Kempton brings that turbulent decade to life. Himself a child of the...


Madame de Pompadour

by Nancy Mitford & Amanda Foreman

When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. A member of the bourgeoisie rather than an aristocrat, she was physically too cold for the carnal...


Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking

by Jessica Mitford & Jane Smiley

Jessica Mitford was a member of one of England’s most legendary families (among her sisters were the novelist Nancy Mitford and the current Duchess of Devonshire) and one of the great muckraking journalists...