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Call Me Burroughs: A Life

by Barry Miles

Fifty years ago, Norman Mailer asserted, "William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius." Few since have taken such literary risks, developed such individual...


Porch Stories

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction Jewell Parker Rhodes is a master of her craft, under-standing how both real and imagined stories can serve as a pathway to enlightenment. Porch Stories is Rhodes's...


Mark Twain: A Life

by Ron Powers

Mark Twain founded the American voice. His works are a living national treasury: taught, quoted, and reprinted more than those of any writer except Shakespeare. His awestruck contemporaries saw him as the representative...


Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter

by Barbara Robinette Moss

A haunting and triumphant story of a difficult and keenly felt life, Change Me into Zeus's Daughter is a remarkable literary memoir of resilience, redemption, and growing up in the South. Barbara Robinette Moss...


Paul Bowles: A Life

by Virginia Spencer Carr

Paul Bowles, best known for his classic 1949 novel, The Sheltering Sky, is one of the most compelling yet elusive figures of twentieth-century American counterculture. In this definitive biography, Virginia...


Gregory Benford

by George Slusser

A scientist-author at the heart of hard science fiction


A Political Education: Coming of Age in Paris and New York

by André Schiffrin

“Schiffrin evokes the bittersweet tang of émigré life in New York.”

The New York Times Book Review

André Schiffrin was born the son of one of France’s most esteemed publishers, in a world peopled...


Chuck Klosterman on Living and Society: A Collection of Previously Published Essays

by Chuck Klosterman

From Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Chuck Klosterman IV; and Eating the Dinosaur, these essays are now available in this ebook collection for fans of Klosterman’s writing on living and society.


When I Was a Loser: True Stories of (Barely) Surviving High School

by John McNally

For Anyone Who's Ever Been a Teenager

Who's teenage years weren't terrible? Remember the scary older kids? The sadistic gym teacher? The smelly kid who sat next to you in science class? Your first fumbling...


Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood

by Adrienne Martini

"My family has a grand tradition. After a woman gives birth, she goes mad. I thought that I would be the one to escape."

So begins Adrienne Martini's candid, compelling, and darkly humorous history of her family's...


The Night of the Gun: A reporter investigates the darkest story of his life. His own.

by David Carr

Do we remember only the stories we can live with?

The ones that make us look good in the rearview mirror? In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict...


Still Waters

by Jennifer Lauck

Anger is a poison ivy in the heart and if it grows unchecked, it covers all the soft spaces where you love and understand and feel joy.

There's power in anger, sure, a power that can help you survive.

But true...


Life Inside

by Mindy Lewis

The patient is an ascetically pretty 15½-year-old white female. She is intelligent, fearful, extremely anxious, and depressed. Her rage is poorly controlled and inappropriately expressed.

Diagnostic Impression:...


My Ear at His Heart: Reading My Father

by Hanif Kureishi

Described in a recent New York Times Magazine profile as a "postcolonial Philip Roth," Hanif Kureishi first captured the attention of audiences and critics in the 1980s with the award-winning novel The Buddha...


Ask Me

by William Stafford & Kim Stafford

“In our time there has been no poet who revived human hearts and spirits more convincingly than William Stafford.” —Naomi Shihab Nye

Some time when the river is ice ask me

mistakes I have made. Ask me whether...


Albert Camus: A Biography

by Herbert R. Lottman

When Albert Camus died in a car crash in January 1960 he was only 46 years old — already a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and a world figure — author of the enigmatic The Stranger, the fable called...


Jack London: An American Life

by Earle Labor

A revelatory look at the life of the great American author—and how it shaped his most beloved works

Jack London was born a working class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic...


Hide-and-Seek with Angels

by Lisa Chaney

What kind of man creates a boy who never grows up? More than 100 years after Peter Pan first appeared on the London stage, author J. M. Barrie remains one of the most complex and enigmatic figures in modern...


Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life

by Carol Sklenicka

The first biography of america’s best-known short story writer of the late twentieth century.

The London Times called Raymond Carver "the American Chekhov." The beloved, mischievous, but more modest short-story...


Myself When Young

by Daphne Du Maurier

"An intimate view of a creative personality...as richly evocative as any of her novels." --Los Angeles Times

Both in her novels and her memoirs, Daphne du Maurier revealed an ardent desire to explore her family's...