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In My Blood

by John Sedgwick

While working on his second novel, John Sedgwick spiraled into a depression so profound that it very nearly resulted in suicide. An author acclaimed for his intimate literary excursions into the rarified, moneyed...

A Million Years with You: A Memoir of Life Observed

by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

One of our greatest literary naturalists, now in her eighth decade, turns her famed observational eye on herself: how is it that an untrained, self-taught observer and writer could see things that anthropologists...

Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth

by John Garth

"Very much the best book about J.R.R. Tolkien that has yet been written." -- A.N. Wilson

"A highly intelligent book ... Garth displays impressive skills both as researcher and writer." -- Max Hastings

"It is a...

I Can't Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays

by Elinor Lipman

A winning collection of essays about home, love, cooking, politics, and the writing life from the acclaimed novelist.

Everybody into the Pool

by Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick started out as a homecoming princess with a Crisco-aided tan and a bad perm. And then everything changed. Plunging headlong into America's deepest subcultures, while keeping both feet firmly planted...

Modern American Memoirs: 1917-1992

by Annie Dillard

In Modern American Memoirs, two very discerning writers and readers have selected samples from 35 of the finest memoirs written in this century, including contributions by such diverse writers as Margaret Mead,...


by Paul M. Johnson & Paul Johnson

Kingsley Amis described Paul Johnson's Intellectuals as “a valuable and entertaining Rogues' Gallery of Adventures of the Mind.” Now the celebrated journalist and historian offers Creators, a companion volume...

The Man from Mars: Ray Palmer's Amazing Pulp Journey

by Fred Nadis

Now in paperback, the rollicking, critically acclaimed true story of the legendary writer and editor who ruled over America's sci-fi, fantasy, and supernatural pulp journals in the mid-twentieth century: Ray...

American Childhood

by Annie Dillard

A book that instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard's poignant, vivid memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s....

A Tragic Honesty

by Blake Bailey

The first biography of acclaimed American novelist and story writer Richard Yates

Celebrated in his prime, forgotten in his final years, only to be championed anew by our greatest contemporary authors, Richard...

Lovers and Husbands and What-Not: A Biography of Margaret L. MacPherson

by Reynold Macpherson


Who is this woman?

She was born in Leeds, U.K., died in Kaitaia, New Zealand, and appears in both the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and the Bibliography of Australian Literature...

She was...

The Letters of Noel Coward

by Noël Coward & Barry Day

Lavishly illustrated and annotated, this first and definitive collection of letters to and from Coward provides a divine portrait of an age, from the Blitz to the Ritz and beyond.

The incomparable Noël Coward...

Going to the Movies: A Personal Journey Through Four Decades of Modern Film

by Syd Field

Featuring insights ... analysis ... great films and filmmakers from “the most-sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world” (The Hollywood Reporter).

A life in film. An extraordinary career. An unforgettable...

Straight Up and Dirty

by Stephanie Klein

"I did have my own friends, my own salary, my health, and TiVo: all the important things we're likely to take for granted. Still, when it hit that I'd now have to date again, I panicked. Dating meant nightclubs,...

Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns

by David Margolick

American author John Horne Burns (1916–1953) led a brief and controversial life, and as a writer, transformed many of his darkest experiences into literature. Burns was born in Massachusetts, graduated from...

Letters of E. B. White

by E. B. White

Letters of E. B. White touches on a wide variety of subjects, including the New Yorker editor who became the author's wife; their dachshund, Fred, with his "look of fake respectability"; and White's contemporaries,...

Dared And Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning

by Julia Markus

A Riveting and brilliant work of biography. The story of two great English poets, Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, whose work was immediately recognized and adored by their contemporaries, whose courtship...

Walter Pater: Lover of Strange Souls

by Denis Donoghue

A TWENTIETH-CENTURY intellectual of the first rank presents the case for the nineteenth-century aesthetician whose elegant subversions delivered us to modernism. Walter Pater (1839-1894) was an obscure Oxford...

Seeing Mary Plain: A Life of Mary McCarthy

by Frances Kiernan

A revealing portrait of the dramatic life of writer and intellectual Mary McCarthy. From her Partisan Review days to her controversial success as the author of The Group, to an epic libel battle with Lillian...

College of One

by Sheilah Graham

The moving story of how F. Scott Fitzgerald—washed up, alcoholic and ill—dedicated himself to devising a heartfelt course in literature for the woman he loved.

In 1937, on the night of her engagement to the...