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The Concord Quartet: Alcott, Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau and the Friendship That Freed the American Mind

by Samuel A. Schreiner

"We will walk on our own feet;

we will work with our own hands;

we will speak our own minds."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The American Scholar," 1837

From the start of transcendentalism and America's intellectual...


Paradise Road: Jack Kerouac's Lost Highway and My Search for America

by Jay Atkinson

Noted writer Jay Atkinson recreates Jack Kerouac's legendary On the Road journeys in contemporary North America

Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel On the Road is a Beat Generation classic, chronicling the adventures...


The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir

by Domingo Martinez

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980's, as each member of the family desperately...


Jane Austen's Guide to Life: Thoughtful Lessons for the Modern Woman

by Lori Smith

Jane Austen has become our patron saint of romance, our goddess of happy endings. Her name is synonymous with romantic sighs, period costumes, and the ideal of what love should be. But if she could give us advice...


You Saved Me, Too: What a Holocaust Survivor Taught Me about Living, Dying, Fighting, Loving, and Swearing in Yiddish

by Susan Kushner Resnick & Martell Agency

Aron Lieb approached Sue Resnick at a Jewish Community Center fifteen years ago and found a companion and soul mate who was steadfastly by his side for the rest of his life. You Saved Me, Too is the incredible...


Everyday Gourmet: A Memoir

by James Doig & Bonnie Clark

YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR FIRST TIME...as gourmand and gourmet author William Maltese proves in this charming memoir, wherein he reminiscences about his first-time encounters with thirty of his favorite menu...


Charles Bukowski, Outsider Literature, and the Beat Movement

by Paul Clements

This book uses cultural and psycho-social analysis to examine the beat writer Charles Bukowski and his literature, focusing on representations of the anti-hero rebel and outsider. Clements considers the complexities,...


The Doctor and the Detective

by Martin Booth

This entertaining, smart biography of Arthur Conan Doyle presents a modern day interpretation of the man who, contrary to his best efforts, will always be known as the creator of the great detective, Sherlock...


My Father is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud

by Janna Malamud Smith

Bernard Malamud was one of the most accomplished American novelists of the postwar years. From the Pulitzer Prize winner The Fixer as well as The Assistant, named one of the best "100 All-Time Novels" by Time...


The Story of J.M.B

by Denis Mackail

The authorized biography of Sir James Barrie, Bart, O. M. (1860�1937) playwright and novelist. Best known as the author of Peter Pan, Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland, educated at Edinburgh University...


Dan Brown: The Unauthorized Biography

by Lisa Rogak

The Revealing Story of Dan Brown, the Man Who Outsold the Bible  

The Da Vinci Code made Dan Brown one of the most popular authors in history. Yet he’s also one of the most secretive, rarely granting interviews...


Mark and Livy: The Love Story of Mark Twain and the Woman Who Almost Tamed Him

by Resa Willis

Olivia Langdon Clemens was not only the love of Mark Twain's life and the mother of his children, she was also his editor, muse, critic and trusted advisor. She read his letters and speeches. He relied on her...


J. D. Salinger: A Life

by Kenneth Slawenski

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, the author of the classic Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life....


A Guide to Middle Earth: Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings

by Colin Duriez

An illuminating guide to Middle-earth and the man who created it.


Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World

by Claudia Roth Pierpont

With a masterful ability to connect their social contexts to well-chosen and telling details of their personal lives, Claudia Roth Pierpont gives us portraits of twelve amazingly diverse and influential literary...


Byron: Child of Passion, Fool of Fame

by Benita Eisler

In this masterful portrait of the poet who dazzled an era and prefigured the modern age of celebrity, noted biographer Benita Eisler offers a fuller and more complex vision than we have yet been afforded of...


Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804

by Richard Holmes

Winner of the 1989 Whitbread Prize for Book of the Year, this is the first volume of Holmes's seminal two-part examination of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of Britain's greatest poets. Coleridge: Early Visions...


Where I Was From

by Joan Didion

In this moving and unexpected book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history, and ours. Where I Was From, in Didion’s words, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about...


Franz Kafka: The Poet of Shame and Guilt

by Saul Friedländer

Franz Kafka was the poet of his own disorder. Throughout his life he struggled with a pervasive sense of shame and guilt that left traces in his daily existence—in his many letters, in his extensive diaries,...


W.E.B. Du Bois

by David Levering Lewis

The two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of W. E. B. Du Bois from renowned scholar David Levering Lewis, now in one condensed and updated volume

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois—the premier architect...