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At Home in the World

A Memoir

When it was first published in 1998, At Home in the World set off a furor in the literary world and beyond. Joyce Maynard's memoir broke a silence concerning...

"...When it was first published in 1998, At Home in the World set off a furor in the literary world and beyond. Joyce Maynard's memoir broke a silence concerning.... When it was first published in 1998, At Home in the World set off a furor in the literary world and beyond. Joyce Maynard's memoir broke..."

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Louisa May Alcott

The Woman Behind Little Women

In a fresh, modern take on the remarkable Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Reisen’s vivid biography explores the author’s life in the context of her works, many of...

"..., a Revolutionary War veteran, was Captain John Alcock, not Alcox. The pun-inviting family name was spelled..."

Harriet Reisen Harriet Reisen

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Tears in the Darkness

The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

Tears in the Darkness is an altogether new look at World War II that exposes the myths of war and shows the extent of suffering and loss on both...

"...Tears in the Darkness is an altogether new look at World War II that exposes the myths of war..."

By Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman

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Conversations with Myself

Nelson Mandela is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record...

"...materials to offer unique access to the private world of an incomparable world leader. Journals kept..."

By Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama

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White House Diary

The edited, annotated diary of President Jimmy Carter—filled with insights into his presidency, his relationships with friends and foes, and his lasting impact...

"...for all personal meals, gifts, and travel—for himself and for other family members as well. All..."

Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter

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Kate

The Woman Who Was Hepburn

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year One of Publishers Weekly's 100 Best Books of the Year Katharine Hepburn was her own creation--an...

"...A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year One of Publishers Weekly's 100 Best Books of the Year Katharine Hepburn was her own creation--an.... A New York Times Book Review Notable Book..."

William J. Mann William J. Mann

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A Tragic Honesty

The Life and Work of Richard Yates

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

"...and entertaining biography, Yates himself serves as the fascinating lens into mid-century America, a world of would-be artists, depressed housewives, addled businessmen, high living, wistful striving..."

Blake Bailey

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Gellhorn

A Twentieth-Century Life

The first major biography of legendary war correspondent Martha Gellhorn casts "a vivid spotlight on one of the most undercelebrated women of the 20th century"...

"...The first major biography of legendary war correspondent Martha Gellhorn casts "a vivid spotlight on one of the most undercelebrated women of the 20th century".... The first major biography of legendary war correspondent Martha Gellhorn casts "a vivid spotlight on one of the most undercelebrated..."

Caroline Moorehead

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Chanel

A Woman of her Own

Alex Madsen brings to life Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, the queen of fashion who revolutionized women's styles forever.

Axel Madsen

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In this unique neurological memoir, Siri Hustvedt attempts to solve her own mysterious condition While speaking at a memorial event for her father in 2006,...

"...While speaking at a memorial event for her father in 2006,.... In this unique neurological memoir..."

Siri Hustvedt Siri Hustvedt

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Isak Dinesen

The Life of a Storyteller

Winner of the National Book Award A brilliant literary portrait, Isak Dinesen remains the only comprehensive biography of one of the greatest...

"...Winner of the National Book Award A brilliant literary portrait, Isak Dinesen remains the only comprehensive biography of one of the greatest.... Winner of the National Book Award   A brilliant literary portrait, Isak Dinesen remains the only comprehensive biography of one of the greatest storytellers of our time. Her magnificent memoir, Out of Africa, established Isak Dinesen as a major..."

Judith Thurman Judith Thurman

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The Talented Miss Highsmith

The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith

A 2010  New York Times Notable BookA 2010 Lambda Literary Award Winner A 2009 Edgar Award Nominee A 2009 Agatha Award Nominee A Publishers Weekly Pick of...

"...it."--Deirdre Bair, winner of the National Book Award for Samuel Beckett: a Biography “This is an epic..."

Joan Schenkar Joan Schenkar

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The Hawk and the Dove

Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War

A brilliant and revealing biography of the two most important Americans during the Cold War era—written by the grandson of one of them Only two Americans held...

"...” (The Washington Monthly).. “May be the most important political biography in recent memory.” —The Washington..."

Nicholas Thompson Nicholas Thompson

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The Secret Wife of Louis XIV

Françoise d'Aubigné, Madame de Maintenon

Françoise d’Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon and secret wife of the Sun King, Louis XIV, was born in a bleak French prison in 1635, her father a condemned...

".... Sparkling with irresistible wit, fine detail, and novelistic sweep, this exactingly researched biography is a pinnacle of the form.. “Buckley finds a modern parable in the rags-to-riches story..."

Veronica Buckley

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Giving Up the Ghost

A Memoir

In postwar rural England, Hilary Mantel grew up convinced that the most improbable of accomplishments, including "chivalry, horsemanship, and swordplay," were...

"...that led to destructive drugs and patronizing psychiatry, ending in an ineffective but irrevocable..."

Hilary Mantel Hilary Mantel

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year. One of the century's most remarkable and controversial women, Leni Riefenstahl is an artist of the first order....

"...of the first order. Dancer, actor, and photographer, she is best known as the director of Triumph..."

Leni Riefenstahl

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Fifty Miles from Tomorrow

A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People

An alternately charming and harrowing account of over 50 years of one remarkable native Alaskan’s life – from living off the land north of the Arctic Circle,...

"...  “An enlightening, affirmative look at Inuit culture and history by a devoted champion.” —Kirkus Reviews..."

William L. Iggiagruk Hensley William L. Iggiagruk Hensley

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No Impact Man

The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process

What does it really take to live eco-effectively? For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a...

"....” —Kirkus Reviews “Beavan captures his own shortcomings with candor and wit and offers surprising..."

Colin Beavan Colin Beavan

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Hand to Mouth

A Chronicle of Early Failure

Paul Auster’s Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure is a fascinating and often funny memoir about his early years as a writer struggling to be...

"...Paul Auster’s Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure is a fascinating and often funny memoir about his early years as a writer struggling to be.... Paul Auster’s Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure is a fascinating and often funny memoir about his early years as a writer struggling to be published, and to make enough money to survive. Leaving high school with “itchy feet..."

Paul Auster Paul Auster

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The Urban Hermit

A Memoir

Sam MacDonald successfully endures a bizarre (and dangerous) plan for self improvement--living on $8 a week and 800 calories a day--in this harrowing,...

"...Sam MacDonald successfully endures a bizarre (and dangerous) plan for self improvement--living on..."

Sam Macdonald Sam Macdonald

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Hiding Man

A Biography of Donald Barthelme

A compellingly told and enthusiastic biography—makes a page-turner of Barthelme’s passionate search for a place in American letters

"...the city’s decline.   The other major figure in town, prior to World War I, was N. J. Clayton..."

Tracy Daugherty Tracy Daugherty

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Queen of Fashion

What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution

A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year When her carriage first crossed over from her native Austria into France, fourteen-year-old Marie...

"...A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year When her carriage first crossed over from her native Austria into France, fourteen-year-old Marie.... A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year   When her carriage first crossed over from her native Austria into France, fourteen-year-old..."

Caroline Weber Caroline Weber

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Padre Pio

Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age

The first historical appraisal of the astonishing life and times of a controversial twentieth-century saint Padre Pio is one of the world's most beloved holy...

"...more Italians than all of World War I.15 While the war had decimated the men, the spagnola attacked..."

By Sergio Luzzatto and Frederika Randall

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Hallelujah Junction

Composing an American Life

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Bay Area Book of the Year A book unlike anything ever written by a...

"...by a composer--part memoir, part description and explication of the creative process--Hallelujah Junction..."

John Adams

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