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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...


My Dog Tulip

by J.R. Ackerley & Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

The distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardly thought of himself as a dog lover when, well into middle age, he came into possession of a German shepherd. To his surprise, she turned out to...


My Father and Myself

by J.R. Ackerley & W.H. Auden

When his father died, J. R. Ackerley was shocked to discover that he had led a secret life. And after Ackerley himself died, he left a surprise of his own—this coolly considered, unsparingly honest account...


Memoirs of Montparnasse

by John Glassco & Louis Begley

Memoirs of Montparnasse is a delicious book about being young, restless, reckless, and without cares. It is also the best and liveliest of the many chronicles of 1920s Paris and the exploits of the lost generation....


Hindoo Holiday

by J.R. Ackerley & Eliot Weinberger

In the 1920s, the young J. R. Ackerley spent several months in India as the personal secretary to the maharajah of a small Indian principality. In his journals, Ackerley recorded the Maharajah’s fantastically...


Exposé of Polygamy: A Lady's Life Among the Mormons

by Fanny Stenhouse & Linda Wilcox DeSimone

After the 1872 publication of Exposé, Fanny Stenhouse became a celebrity in the cultural wars between Mormons and much of America. An English convert, she had grown disillusioned with the Mormon Church and...


Woman of the River: Georgie White Clark, Whitewater Pioneer

by Richard Westwood

Georgie White Clark-adventurer, raconteur, eccentric--first came to know the canyons of the Colorado River by swimming portions of them with a single companion. She subsequently hiked and rafted portions of...


Tupperware Unsealed: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper, and the Home Party Pioneers

by Bob Kealing

Brownie Wise, the first woman to appear on the cover of Business Week, was the driving force behind making Tupperware a household name. Fired under mysterious circumstances, she was written out of Tupperware...


Backcountry Lawman: True Stories from a Florida Game Warden

by Bob H. Lee

With thirty years of backcountry patrol experience in Florida, Bob Lee has lived through incidents of legend, including one of the biggest environmental busts in Florida history. His fascinating memoir reveals...


Fernando Alonso: The Father of Cuban Ballet

by Toba Singer

Written records of Alonso's work are scarce, yet Toba Singer's quest to spotlight his seminal role in the development of the modern ballet canon yields key material: pre-blockade tapes from Lincoln Center, Spanish-language...


Souls in the Hands of a Tender God: Stories of the Search for Home and Healing on the Streets

by Craig Rennebohm

Since 1987, Craig Rennebohm has ministered to people on the streets of Seattle who are homeless and struggling with mental illness. In Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, he tells the evocative stories of persons...


Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience

by Matt Kailey

Matt Kailey lived as a straight woman for the first forty-two years of his life. Though happy as a social worker and teacher, he knew something wasn't right. Then he made some changes. With the help of a good...


Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War

by Rita Nakashima Brock & Gabriella Lettini

The first book to explore the idea and effect of moral injury on veterans, their families, and their communities

 

Although veterans make up only 7 percent of the U.S. population, they account for an alarming...


The $60,000 Dog: My Life With Animals

by Lauren Slater

A stunning new book about the role of animals in our lives, by a popular and acclaimed writer

 

From the time she is nine years old, biking to the farmland outside her suburban home, where she discovers a disquieting...