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Will Smith

by Chris Nickson

From Bel-Air to The Wild, Wild West, Chris Nickson's biography of Will Smith details the extraordinary rise of today's hottest superstar. With #1 hit music singles and explosive success in television and movies—from...


Denzel Washington

by Chris Nickson

He blew critics away with his performance as a black infantryman in Glory, he stunned audiences with his powerful portrayal of Malcolm X, and he showed us a new kind of prejudice in his role as the homophobic...


The Nightmare of Reason

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1984

by Ernst Pawel

A comprehensive and interpretative biography of Franz Kafka that is both a monumental work of scholarship and a vivid, lively evocation of Kafka's world.


De Kooning's Bicycle

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2004

by Robert Long

Some of the twentieth century's most important artists and writers--from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Frank O'Hara to Jean Stafford--lived and worked on the East End of Long Island years before it assumed...


The Thirty-first of March

by Horace Busby, Hugh Sidey & Scott Busby

An intimate, compulsively readable memoir by LBJ's closest aide and chief speechwriter.

"I have made up my mind. I can't get peace in Vietnam and be President too." So begins this posthumously discovered account...


The Imprisoned Guest

by Elisabeth Gitter

The resurrected story of a deaf-blind girl and the man who brought her out of silence.

In 1837, Samuel Gridley Howe, director of Boston's Perkins Institution for the Blind, heard about a bright, deaf-blind seven-year-old,...


Mongrel

by Justin Chin

In a time when memoirs are often less than they claim to be and essays do not say enough, Justin Chin breaks onto the scene with a collection that is a combination of confession, tirade, journalism, and practical...


The Other Side of the Couch

by Gail Albert

The Other Side of the Couch is a book by Gail Albert, who received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.


The End of My Addiction

by Olivier Ameisen, M.D. & Jeffrey S. Borer, MD

"After years of battling uncontrollable addiction, I have achieved the supposedly impossible: complete freedom from craving." Dr. Olivier Ameisen was a brilliant cardiologist on the staff at one of America’s...


The Four of Us

by Elizabeth Swados

The moving story of the author's talented family, which is haunted by the tragedy of the first child's schizophrenia. Four essays, one for each family member's story, combine to create a complex and resonant...


Explorers

by Gardner Dozois

Distant planets, galaxies, alien races--the universe is vast and filled with an almost unimaginable range of possibilities. But imagine it we can. Here are more than twenty stories from the most inventive writers...


I, Wabenzi

by Rafi Zabor

Some time ago Rafi Zabor sat down to write a brief narrative of the year 1986. That was the year he set out across two continents in a used Mercedes--"Wabenzi" is the Swahili word for a member of the Mercedes-owning...


First Class Citizenship

by Michael G. Long

Never-before-published letters offer a rich portrait of the baseball star as a fearless advocate for racial justice at the highest levels of American politics

 

Jackie Robinson's courage on the baseball diamond...


The Walrus on My Table

by Anthony Guglielmo & Cari Lynn

Several years ago, massage therapist Anthony Guglielmo got a call for a strange appointment. "Will you massage my horse?," one of his clients asked. And so began Anthony's strange and wonderful adventure into...


The Red Hot Typewriter

by Hugh Merrill

Although John D. MacDonald published seventy novels and more than five hundred short stories in his lifetime, he is remembered best for his Travis McGee series. He introduced McGee in 1964 with The Deep Blue...


The Man Who Forgot How to Read

by Howard Engel & Oliver Sacks

The remarkable journey of an award-winning writer struck with a rare and devastating affliction that prevented him from reading even his own writing

One hot midsummer morning, novelist Howard Engel picked up...


The Fatal Englishman: Three Short Lives

by Sebastian Faulks

In The Fatal Englishman, his first work of nonfiction, Sebastian Faulks explores the lives of three remarkable men. Each had the seeds of greatness; each was a beacon to his generation and left something of...


If Nights Could Talk

by Marsha Recknagel

If Nights Could Talk is a rich gothic story of a Southern family, a tale of wealth and emotional need that spans generations. Marsha Recknagel's memoir begins with the surprise appearance of her 16-year-old...


Monica's Story

by Andrew Morton

Behind the headlines, there was one fascinating woman. This is her story.

Monica Lewinsky. You know her name, you know her face, and you think you know her story: the pretty young intern who began an illicit...


Eminem

by Martin Huxley

"God sent me to piss the world off," Eminem boasts on his breakthrough hit "My Name Is." A grandiose claim to be sure, but it's hard to imagine another rapper generating as much controversy and outrage as this...