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An Education in Happiness: The Lessons of Hesse and Tagore

by Flavia Arzeni & Howard Curtis

Happiness “is neither a privilege of the few, nor a fleeting state of mind: it is hidden behind a door that every person can open once they have found it, at the end of an arduous journey of self-discovery.”...


Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley

by John Rember

In 1987, John Rember returned home to Sawtooth Valley, where he had been brought up. He returned out of a homing instinct: the same forty acres that had sustained his family’s horses had sustained a vision...


Ralph Ellison

by Arnold Rampersad

Ralph Ellison is justly celebrated for his epochal novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953 and has become a classic of American literature. But Ellison’s strange inability to finish...


Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers

by Edward Hemingway & Mark Bailey

In this entertaining homage to the golden age of the cocktail, illustrator Edward Hemingway and writer Mark Bailey present the best (and thirstiest) American writers, their favorite cocktails, true stories of...


Elmer Kelton: : Essays and Memories

by Judy Alter & James Ward Lee

Editors Judy Alter and James Ward Lee gathered together a group of Kelton aficionados who had either published or taught or sold his books, or were simply friends. In several meetings, they divided up the main...


King Kong Theory

by Virginie Despentes & Stephánie Benson

King Kong Theory is Despentes' candid account of how she became notorious: reviled and admired in equal measure for her rape-revenge novel turned film, Baise-Moi, she is the poster girl for modern female rebellion....


Howards End is on the Landing: A year of reading from home

by Susan Hill

Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time. The discovery...


Kazantzakis: Politics of the Spirit, Volume 1

by Peter Bien

"No author who lives in Greece," writes Peter Bien, "can avoid politics." This first volume of his major intellectual biography of Nikos Kazantzakis approaches the distinguished--and controversial--writer by...


The Pursuit of Laughter: Essays, Reviews and Diary

by Diana Mitford (Mosley), Deborah Devonshire (Mitford) & Duncan Fallowell

‘Roar with laughter.’ Laura Thompson ‘The dazzling beauty with a poison pen... wit pervades her writings.’ Anne de Courcey, Daily Mail Critics Choice 'When she wielded her elegant stiletto, it was to unmask...


A Life of Contrasts: The Autobiography

by Diana Mitford

‘Beautifully written.’ Valerie Grove, The Times ‘Martini-dry wit.’ Irish Times ‘Often pure Wodehouse.’ Financial Times ‘Uncompromising.’ A.N. Wilson, Sunday Telegraph ‘It has all her charm.’ Laura...


Ted and I: A Brother's Memoir

by Gerald Hughes

On 17 August 1930, nine-year-old Gerald Hughes was introduced to his new baby brother, Ted, born in the middle of the night by the light of a bright star. From the moment Ted could toddle, they were inseparable,...


Great Expectations

by Robert Gottlieb

The strange and varied lives of the ten children of the world’s most beloved novelist

Charles Dickens, famous for the indelible child characters he created—from Little Nell to Oliver Twist and David Copperfield—was...


Listening for Madeleine

by Leonard S. Marcus

Writer. Matriarch. Mentor. Friend. Icon.

Madeleine L'Engle is perhaps best recognized as the author of A Wrinkle in Time, the enduring milestone work of fantasy fiction that won the 1963 John Newbery Medal for...


The Long Recessional

by David Gilmour

A major new biography of Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was a unique figure in British history, a great writer as well as an imperial icon whose life trajectory matched that of the British Empire...


Curriculum Vitae: A Volume of Autobiography

by Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark's bracingly salty memoir is a no-holds-barred trip through an extraordinary writer's life.It is no surprise that one of Muriel Spark's most lively and entertaining works would be her own memoir,...


aka bpNichol: A Preliminary Biography

by Frank Davey

Reflecting on the career of a prominent poet, this biography focuses on Canadian wordsmith Barrie Nichol—more commonly known by his pen name, bpNichol—who was a practicing lay psychoanalyst and vice president...


James Dickey

by Henry Hart

A fascinating biography of one of the most popular, colorful, and notorious American poets of our century.

The legendary Southern poet James Dickey never shied away from cultivating a heroic mystique. Like Norman...


Elsewhere: A memoir

by Richard Russo

After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled...


Gabriel Garcia Marquez

by Gerald Martin

In this exhaustive and enlightening biography—nearly two decades in the making—Gerald Martin dexterously traces the life and times of one of the twentieth century’s greatest literary titans, Nobel Prize-winner...


A Brief Guide to Jane Austen: The Life and Times of the World's Favourite Author

by Charles Jennings

Jane Austen is a mystery. The first incontrovertibly great woman novelist, she is, among other things, one of the finest prose stylists in literature; the first truly modern writer, the Godmother of chick lit....