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Some of It Was Fun: Working with RFK and LBJ

by Nicholas deB Katzenbach

A lively, intimate memoir that vividly recalls the idealism of the Kennedy administration. As deputy attorney general under Bobby Kennedy and then attorney general and under secretary of state for Lyndon Johnson,...

Confessions: An Innocent Life in Communist China

by Kang Zhengguo & Susan Wilf

“A mesmerizing read.... A literary work of high distinction.” —William Grimes, New York Times This “gripping and poignant memoir” (New York Times Book Review) draws us into the intersections of everyday...

Ambivalence: Adventures in Israel and Palestine

by Jonathan Garfinkel

With lofty ideals, spectacular ambivalence, and endearing naiveté, Jonathan Garfinkel explores Israel and Palestine by talking to ordinary people. Jonathan Garfinkel can’t make up his mind—not about his...

Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front

by Todd DePastino

“A deeply felt, vivacious and wonderfully illustrated biography.” —Clancy Sigal, Los Angeles Times Book Review A self-described “desert rat” who rocketed to fame at the age of twenty-two, Bill Mauldin...

Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression

by Sally Brampton

A searing, raw memoir of depression that is ultimately uplifting and inspiring. A successful magazine editor and prize-winning journalist, Sally Brampton launched Elle magazine in the UK in 1985. But behind...

Comfort: A Journey Through Grief

by Ann Hood

“Rarely do memoirs of grief combine anguish, love, and fury with such elegance.” —Entertainment Weekly A moving and remarkable memoir about the sudden death of a daughter, surviving grief, and learning...

Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams

by Joseph J. Ellis

Passionate Sage is [Ellis’s] best book.”—Judith Shulevitz, The New York Times Book Review  A fresh look at this astute, likably quirky statesman, by the author of the Pulitzer Award-winning Founding...

iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon

by Steve Wozniak & Gina Smith

"iWoz? traces the life and times of a brilliant, gifted... individual whose contributions to the scientific, business and cultural realms are extensive."—?Bookpage Before slim laptops that fit into briefcases,...

Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER

by Paul Austin

“What makes this inspiring medical memoir stand out is the courageous measure of Austin’s humanity.”—Publishers Weekly In this eye-opening account of life in the ER, Paul Austin recalls how the daily...

Between Lives: An Artist and Her World

by Dorothea Tanning

The life and times of one of our most enchanting artists; a twentieth-century fairy tale, lovingly remembered and luminously told. Fourteen years ago, the artist Dorothea Tanning published Birthday, a collection...

The Books That Mattered: A Reader's Memoir

by Frye Gaillard

Frye Gaillard's first encounters with books were disappointing. As a child he never cared much for fairy tales - "stories of cannibalism and mayhem in which giants and witches; tigers and wolves did their best...

The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir

by James A. Reeves

A photo memoir of one man’s travels through America that is as sprawling and chaotic as the country itself. One day James A. Reeves realized that he no longer understood his country or what he should be doing...

Hemingway: The Homecoming

by Michael Reynolds

The 1920s in Paris are the pivotal years in Hemingway's apprenticeship as a writer, whether sitting in cafes or at the feet of Gertrude Stein. These are the heady times of the Nick Adams short stories, Fitzgerald's...

Hemingway: The Paris Years

by Michael Reynolds

The 1920s in Paris are the pivotal years in Hemingway's apprenticeship as a writer, whether sitting in cafés or at the feet of Gertrude Stein. These are the heady times of the Nick Adams short stories, Fitzgerald's...

A Rage to Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton

by Mary S. Lovell

An "extraordinary biography" (New York Times Book Review) of a brilliant pair of adventurers. Their marriage was both improbable and inevitable. Isabel Arundell was a schoolgirl, the scion of England's most...

The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter

by Honor Moore

“A striking portrait of a woman artist’s struggle for life.” —Arthur Miller Margarett Sargent was an icon of avant-garde art in the 1920s. In an evocative weave of biography and memoir, her granddaughter...

Mosaic: A Family Memoir Revisited

by Michael Holroyd

A love story, a detective story, a book of secrets, a beautifully written journey into a forest of family trees. After writing the definitive biographies of Lytton Strachey and George Bernard Shaw, Michael Holroyd...

Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman

by Barbara Leaming

"An absorbing and enjoyable book."—New York Times Book Review Drawing on new primary sources, this biography is the first to detail the influence of British history, literature, and culture—in particular,...

The Bishop's Daughter: A Memoir

by Honor Moore

“An eloquent argument for speaking even the most difficult truths.” —New York Times Book Review Paul Moore’s vocation as an Episcopal priest took him— with his wife, Jenny, and their family of nine...

Railway Man: A POW's Searing Account of War, Brutality and Forgiveness

by Eric Lomax

Here is a remarkable true story of forgiveness--a tremendous testament to the courage that propels one toward remembrance, and finally, peace with the past. A classic war autobiography, The Railway Man is a...