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Who Is J.K. Rowling?

by Pam Pollack & Meg Belviso

Everyone loves Harry Potter. Now kids can learn about Harry's creator!

In 1995, on a four-hour-delayed train from Manchester to London, J. K. Rowling conceived of the idea of a boy wizard named Harry Potter....


Lady Gregory's Toothbrush

by Colm Toibin

‘It is the battle between those who use a toothbrush and those who don’t.’ So wrote Augusta Gregory to W.B. Yeats; she was referring to the riots at the Abbey Theatre over The Playboy of the Western World,...


Jane Austen: A Life

by Claire Tomalin

   At her death in 1817, Jane Austen left the world six of the most beloved novels written in English—but her shortsighted family destroyed the bulk of her letters; and if she kept any diaries, they did...


John Barleycorn

by Jack London & Pete Hamill

Jack London cut a mythic figure across the American landscape of the early twentieth century. But throughout his colorful life–from his teenage years as an oyster pirate to his various incarnations as a well-traveled...


The Best Little Boy in the World Grows Up

by Andrew Tobias

John Reid's The Best Little Boy in the World was hailed as a classic memoir of growing up gay in a straight world. But "John Reid" didn't write it. Years would pass before the writer could reveal his true identity...


My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson

by Alfred Habegger

Emily Dickinson, probably the most loved and certainly the greatest of American poets, continues to be seen as the most elusive. One reason she has become a timeless icon of mystery for many readers is that...


The Fortunate Pilgrim

by Mario Puzo

efore The Godfather and The Last Don, there was Puzo's classic story about the loves, crimes and struggles confronted by one family of New York City immigrants living in Hell's Kitchen. Fresh from the farms...


Painted Shadow: The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T. S. Eliot

by Carole Seymour-Jones

By the time Vivienne Eliot was committed to an asylum for what would be the final nine years of her life, she had been abandoned by her husband T.S. Eliot and shunned by literary London. Yet Vivienne was neither...


Voices from the World of Jane Austen

by Malcolm Day

A fascinating collection of first-hand accounts of life in the time of Jane Austen (1775-1817), showing how social standing and etiquette were prime considerations of the period, and revealing the stark contrast...


Conversations with Leo Tolstoy

by Leo Tolstoy

When most think of Tolstoy, they think of the great author. 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina' brought him worldwide fame, and a good deal of money. Had he done nothing else in life, these two novels would...


Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961

by Paul Hendrickson

From a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, a brilliantly conceived and illuminating reconsideration of a key period in the life of Ernest Hemingway that will forever change the way he is perceived and...


Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury

by Alison Light

A revealing new "Upstairs Downstairs" perspective on the Bloomsbury set and the servants who shared their lives.


Hitch-22: A Memoir

by Christopher Hitchens, Victor L. Martin & Bonta

Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S....


Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1999

by Judith Thurman

A scandalously talented stage performer, a practiced seductress of both men and women, and the flamboyant author of some of the greatest works of twentieth-century literature, Colette was our first true superstar....


Art and Madness: A Memoir of Lust Without Reason

by Anne Roiphe

Luminous and intensely personal, Art and Madness recounts the lost years of Anne Roiphe’s twenties, when the soon-to-be-critically-acclaimed author put her dreams of becoming a writer on hold to devote herself...


Working in the Dark: Reflections of a Poet of the Barrio

by Jimmy Baca

Baca explores the troubled years of his youth, from which he emerged with heightened awareness of his ethnic identify as a Chicano and as a poet.


J.O. Francis, realist drama and ethics: culture, place and nation

by Alyce von Rothkirch

Developing an ethical literary theory of place, this book rediscovers and re-evaluates the work of the Welsh dramatist J. O. Francis, placing his work within the context of the vibrant amateur dramatic scene...


Dylan Thomas

by Walford Davies

An authoritative introduction by a leading Dylan Thomas scholar to the nature, cultural background, achievement and critical reception of this major poet's work.


Amy Dillwyn

by David Painting

A biography of Amy Dillwyn (1845-1935), based largely on her diaries, novelist and extraordinary woman of exceptional spirit and personality born into one of Swansea's most distinguished families, who inherited...


The Road to San Giovanni

by Italo Calvino & Tim Parks

Heartfelt, affecting, and wise, the essay collection The Road to San Giovanni offers Italo Calvino’s reflections on his own life and work in five elegant "memory exercises."