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The Circle of Hanh: A Memoir

by Bruce Weigl

In this piercingly honest memoir, Bruce Weigl, who has established himself as one of our finest American poets, explores the central experience of his life as a writer and a man: the Vietnam War, which tore...


101 Amazing Facts about Arthur Conan Doyle

by Jack Goldstein & Isabella Reese

Did you know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle thought Harry Houdini had real supernatural powers? Or that he felt that writing about Sherlock Holmes was holding him back from other more meaningful work? What made...


Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times

by Andrew D. Kaufman

From a popular Tolstoy scholar: an entertaining, thought-provoking, and accessible argument for why War and Peace is more relevant to readers now than ever.

Considered by many critics the greatest novel ever...


The Last Days of Dorothy Parker: The Extraordinary Lives of Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman and How Death CanBe Hell on Friendship (A Penguin Class

by Marion Meade

Dorothy Parker biographer Marion Meade shares insight into the last days in the life of Dorothy Parker-the horrible and the hilarious-including her colorful friendship with Lillian Hellman, and the bizarre afterlife...


The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World

by George Prochnik

An original study of exile, told through the biography of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig

 

By the 1930s, Stefan Zweig had become the most widely translated living author in the world. His novels, short stories,...


Nurses of the Outback

by Annabelle Brayley

The work of a nurse is challenging enough, but when you add a remote location, the stakes are so much higher. Meet fifteen courageous people who have chosen to pursue careers in remote area nursing. There's...


The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond The Rape of Nanking

by Ying-Ying Chang & Richard Rhodes

The poignant story of the life and death of world-famous author and historian Iris Chang, as told by her mother.


The Accidental Feminist: The Life of One Woman through War, Motherhood, and International Photojournalism

by Toby Molenaar

This is the story of an independent woman who is a model for our time—photographer Toby Molenaar. It begins in Holland during World War II, when her country is decimated by the occupying German army and she...


The Women of the Nobel

by Massimo di Terlizzi

Forty-four women. Forty-four stories of incredible lives, each different from the other, but linked by the same leitmotif of excellence, perseverance and passion. This book aims at being a homage to all the...


The Extraordinary Life of Rebecca West: A Biography

by Lorna Gibb

Rebecca West was a leading figure in the twentieth century literary scene. A passionate suffragist, socialist, fiercely intelligent, Rebecca West began her career as a writer with articles in The Freewoman and...


The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor

by Jonathan Rose

This strikingly original book introduces a Winston Churchill we have not known before. Award-winning author Jonathan Rose explores in tandem Churchill’s careers as statesman and author, revealing the profound...


Hans Christian Andersen: European Witness

by Paul Binding

Rarely does an American or European child grow up without an introduction to Hans Christian Andersen’s "The Ugly Duckling," "The Princess and the Pea," or "Thumbelina." Andersen began publishing his fairy...


FAIL: An Essay from Eating the Dinosaur

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Eating the Dinosaur and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture, this essay is about Ted Kaczynski.


The Source of All Things: A Memoir

by Tracy Ross

Tracy Ross never knew her biological father, who died after a brain aneurysm when she was still an infant. So when her mother married Donnie, a gregarious man with an all-wheel-drive jeep and a love of hiking,...


Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War

by Amanda Vaill

A spellbinding story of love amid the devastation of the Spanish Civil War

Madrid, 1936. In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe—a conflict one writer will call...


Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke, 1892-1910

by Rainer maria Rilke, Jane Bannard Greene & M. D. Herter Norton

This representative selection from Rilke's large and extraordinary correspondence provides a kind of spiritual autobiography of the poet. The period here covered reflects all the great experiences of Rilke's...


Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs

by Pearl Cleage

In addition to being one of the most popular living playwrights in America, Pearl Cleage is a bestselling author with an Oprah Book Club pick and multiple awards to her credit, but there was a time when such...


Not for Everyday Use: A Memoir

by Elizabeth Nunez

A riveting memoir in which Nunez wrestles with her mother’s determination to have her leave her Trinidadian homeland for America.


You Never Know

by Claire Lorrimer

Author Claire Lorrimer's fascinating autobiography: a rich tapestry of a life and remarkable career that has spanned the twentieth century


All The Dogs Of My Life: A Virago Modern Classic

by Elizabeth von Arnim

First published in 1936, this is the story of Elizabeth von Arnim's extraordinary life - and her equally extraordinary dogs. From her Pomeranian idyll (celebrated in her famous first book, ELIZABETH AND HER...