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The Rebecca Notebook: and Other Memories

by Daphne Du Maurier

"In her heartfelt memories...one hears the genuine, thoughtful voice of a woman whose works have been loved by millions."-New York Times

Rebecca was one of Daphne du Maurier's greatest bestsellers. It has been...


Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives

by Elizabeth Benedict

Edited and with a contribution by Elizabeth Benedict, thirty of today's brightest literary lights turn their attention to the question of mentorship and influence.

For Denis Johnson, it was Leonard Gardner's...


How I Discovered Poetry

by Marilyn Nelson & Hadley Hooper

A powerful and thought-provoking Civil Rights era memoir from one of America's most celebrated poets.

Looking back on her childhood in the 1950s, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Marilyn...


Horton Foote: America's Storyteller

by Wilborn Hampton

No playwright in the history of the American theater has captured the soul of the nation more incisively than Horton Foote.

From his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Young Man From Atlanta, to his film adaptation...


The People's Poet: William Barnes of Dorset

by Alan Chedzoy

Born the child of an agricultural labourer in Dorset's Blackmore Vale, by self-education William Barnes (1801-1886) rose to be a lawyer's clerk, a schoolmaster, a much-loved clergyman, and a scholar who could...


Exit A: A Novel

by Anthony Swofford

Anthony Swofford follows his international bestseller, Jarhead, with an unforgettable first novel -- a powerful story about a youth spent on a U.S. air base in Japan and the gritty neon streets just outside...


ARTAUD: BLOWS AND BOMBS: The Biography Of Antonin Artaud

by Stephen Barber

Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) remains a massively inspirational figure, worldwide, in contemporary art, film, writing and digital media. In this definitive biography, author Stephen Barber tracks Artaud's extraordinary...


The Charenton Journals: Prison Diaries of a Sadist

by Marquis de Sade

The secret and scandalous journal which the Marquis de Sade risked severe punishment in order to maintain, even when ill and ageing at Charenton asylum, reveals the shadowy life of an exceptional, complex man...


The Hashishin Club

by Theophile Gautier

The Club des Hashischins ("Club of the Hashish-Eaters"), was a Parisian literary group dedicated to the exploration of drug-induced altered states of consciousness, principally through the use of hashish, a...


De Sade: Life And Works

by Iwan Bloch

Iwan Bloch, a pioneer of psycho-sexual studies alongside Krafft-Ebing, was the first biographer of the Marquis de Sade and also the discoverer in 1903 of de Sade's manuscript of The 120 Days Of Sodom, previously...


The Divine Marquis: A Study of De Sade

by Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), a rebel poet and general catalyst for the Paris avant-garde of his time, is often regarded as the spiritual forefather of Surrealism (it was he who, in fact, coined the term...


Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement

by Rodney Rothman

Everyone says they would like to retire early, but Rodney Rothman actually did it -- forty years early. Burnt out, he decides at the age of twenty-eight to get an early start on his golden years. He travels...


Steinbeck Remembered: Interviews with Friends and Acquaintances of John Steinbeck

by Lynch Audry

Dr. Audry Lynch, a Steinbeck scholar, has gathered together twenty reminiscences from people who knew John Steinbeck personally. The interviews cover three periods in Steinbeck's life in California: his childhood...


Alfred Jarry: The Man with the Axe

by Nigey Lennon & Bill Griffith

Alfred Jarry (1873-1907) lived fast, died young, and refused to accept objective reality. He was a major influence on artistic movements such as Dada and Surrealism, and his nihilistic 1896 play, "Ubu Roi",...


The Sagebrush Bohemian: Mark Twain's Wild Years

by Nigey Lennon

Most people, including literary biographers and other people who should know better, have a persistent image of Mark Twain as a dyspeptic geezer in a white suit, sourly regarding the world from a rocking chair...


Awakened Instincts: Seven Keys for Enhancing Every Aspect of Your Life

by MaryRose Occhino

World-renowned psychic medium MaryRose Occhino teams up with her daughter, Jacqueline Sullivan, for this first-of-its-kind guide to pro-vide readers with the seven keys for enhancing their lives and, in so doing,...


Before the Mortgage: Real Stories of Brazen Loves, Broken Leases, and the Perplexing Pursuit of Adulthood

by Christina Amini & Rachel Hutton

The swank apartment, the killer job, and the perfect boyfriend/girlfriend haven't yet fallen into place. Is this really adulthood? Welcome to life before the mortgage. Here's what you need to know.

Christina...


The Fading Smile: Poets in Boston, from Robert Frost to Robert Lowell to Sylvia Plath,

by Peter Davison

"A beautiful and richly instructive book, a worthy and welcome sequel to Eileen Simpson's Poets in Their Youth."

Louis S. Auchincloss

An intimately perceptive account, by a poet who knew them all, of the brilliant...


Around the House and In the Garden: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home Improvement

by Dominique Browning

For six years, House & Garden editor-in-chief Dominique Browning has written a monthly column that weaves together personal stories and tips about home decorating, gardening, and raising children with universal...


Feasting the Heart: Fifty-two Commentaries for the Air

by Reynolds Price

In the fall of 1993, Alice Winkler of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" asked Reynolds Price to write a short story for a Christmas morning broadcast. This assignment would result in NPR's inviting Price...