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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...


On the Outskirts of Normal

by Debra Monroe

A white single mother adopts a black child in south Texas and learns what it means to build a family.


A Square of Sky: A wartime childhood: from ghetto to convent

by Janina David

At the age of nine Janina David led a sheltered life with her prosperous Jewish family in Poland. A year later they were all on the verge of starvation, sharing a small room in the Warsaw ghetto. When it became...


The Last Leopard: A life of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

by David Gilmour

In 1957, Giuseppe Tomasi, the last Prince of the Sicilian Lampedusa family, died impoverished and unknown, leaving behind the manuscript of a book he had recently finished. The following year the book, The Leopard,...


The Man Who Was George Smiley: The Life of John Bingham

by Michael Jago

Investigator, interrogator, intellectual hero: the perfect inspiration for the perfect spy. This first full-length biography traces the life of the remarkable and engaging John Bingham, the man behind John le...


The Odd Couple: The Curious Friendship between Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin

by Richard Bradford

Kingsley Amis was a mimic, jester, father, husband, atheist, pseudo-socialist and clubland Tory boozer with a limitless taste for adultery; Philip Larkin a glum misanthrope who lived in self-imposed solitude....