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Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima

by Naoki Inose & Hiroaki Sato Stone Bridge Press (December 07, 2012)

A critical biography of a modern Japanese literary giant, whose brilliant career ended in a spectacular ritual suicide.


Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

by Nina Sankovitch HarperCollins e-books (June 07, 2011)

“NinaSankovitch has crafted a dazzling memoir that remindsus of the most primal function of literature-to heal, to nurture and to connectus to our truest selves." —Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between...


George Bowering: Bright Circles of Colour

by Eva-Marie Kroller Talonbooks (October 31, 2014)

The first book-length, critical study of George Bowering explores the relationship between his work and the arts.


A Mark Twain Christmas

by Carlo Devito Cider Mill Press (December 09, 2014)

Filled with the remarkable wit and humor of America's favorite storyteller, A Mark Twain Christmas gives readers insight into Twain's life through little known stories about how he and his family celebrated...


The Last Love of George Sand

by Evelyne Bloch-Dano Arcade (February 06, 2013)

George Sand is one the most celebrated writers and controversial personalities of nineteenth-century France; she is as famous for her bohemian lifestyle as for her written work. The Last Love of George Sand...


Surrendering Oz: A Life in Essays

by Bonnie Friedman Etruscan Press (October 13, 2014)

Surrendering Oz is about giving up the safety of emotionally zoning out – about learning to think with the body.


Inventing Scrooge

by Carlo Devito Cider Mill Press (September 30, 2014)

Inventing Scrooge uncovers the real-life inspirations from Charles Dickens’ own world that led to the fascinating creation of his most beloved tale: A Christmas Carol.

When Charles Dickens created the story...


Timothy Findley and the Aesthetics of Fascism: Intertextual Collaboration and Resistance

by Anne Geddes Bailey Talonbooks (September 25, 2014)

Investigates the troubling relationship between narrative meaning and representations of violence within Timothy Findley’s novels.


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass Skyhorse (July 01, 2014)

The story of Frederick Douglass is passionate, harrowing, and inspiring. As a former slave, impassioned abolitionist, gifted writer, newspaper editor, and powerful orator, Douglass was an immense, motivational...


The Search for Philip K. Dick

by Anne R Dick Tachyon Publications (September 12, 2010)

Offering an intimate perspective on the life of an important, prolific author, this revealing biography uncovers the inner workings of a cult figure through his tumultuous relationship with his third wife. Brilliant...


Childhood: An English Translation

by Maksim Gorky & Graham Hettlinger Ivan R. Dee (November 16, 2010)

Aleksey Peshkov overcame indigence, violence, and suicidal despair to become Maksim Gorky, one of the most widely read and influential writers of the twentieth century. Childhood, the first book in Gorky's acclaimed...


The Removers

by Andrew Meredith Scribner (July 15, 2014)

“A darkly funny memoir about family reckonings” (O, The Oprah Magazine)—the story of a young man who, by handling the dead, makes peace with the living.

Andrew Meredith’s father, a literature professor...


Reading My Father

by Alexandra Styron Scribner (April 19, 2011)

PART MEMOIR AND PART ELEGY, READING MY FATHER IS THE STORY OF A DAUGHTER COMING TO KNOW HER FATHER AT LAST— A GIANT AMONG TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELISTS AND A MAN WHOSE DEVASTATING DEPRESSION DARKENED...


Querencia

by Stephen Bodio & Malcolm Brooks Skyhorse (July 01, 2014)

Born in Boston, Stephen Bodio wandered into Magdalena, New Mexico, in the 1970s while on his way to Montana and never left. He was accompanied by Betsy Huntington, who was twenty years his senior; the couple...


Unstuck In Provence: The courage to start over

by Carolyn Tate Carolyn Tate (February 06, 2014)

Unstuck in Provence -The Courage to Start Over - a memoir At the age of 46, after years of single-motherhood and the unbearable feeling that life is going nowhere, Carolyn decides to get radically unstuck. After...


Influencing Hemingway: People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work

by Nancy W. Sindelar Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 08, 2014)

Influencing Hemingway documents the places, people, and activities that influenced and intrigued Ernest Hemingway. Arranged chronologically and punctuated with photographs, the book traces Hemingway’s encounters...


Give War and Peace a Chance

by Andrew D. Kaufman Simon & Schuster (May 20, 2014)

“This lively appreciation of one of the most intimidating and massive novels ever written should persuade many hesitant readers to try scaling the heights of War and Peace sooner rather than later” (Publishers...


Shakespeare: The Essential Guide to the Life and Works of the Bard

by Gail Kern Paster & Encyclopaedia Britannica Wiley (December 01, 2006)

An authoritative, accessible overview of history's greatest literary figure

The great dramatist Ben Jonson wrote that William Shakespeare "was not of an age, but for all time." In the nearly four centuries since...


Upton Sinclair and the Other American Century

by Kevin Mattson Wiley (May 02, 2008)

Praise for UPTON SINCLAIR and the other American Century

"I look forward to all of Kevin Mattson's works of history and I've notbeen disappointed yet. Upton Sinclair is a thoughtful, well-researched, and extremely...


An Autobiography of Joseph Conrad

by Stephen Brennan Skyhorse (May 06, 2014)

Heart of Darkness author Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857) was a Polish writer who learned to read, write, and speak English after he was granted British nationality in 1886. Although...


The Book of Love

by Roger Rosenblatt Ecco (January 20, 2015)

The beloved New York Times bestselling author Making Toast and Kayak Morning returns with a powerful meditation on a universal subject: love.

In The Book of Love, Roger Rosenblatt explores love in all its moods...


The Extraordinary Life of Rebecca West: A Biography

by Lorna Gibb Counterpoint (April 21, 2014)

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 Source of All Things

by Tracy Ross Free Press (March 08, 2011)

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,...


Signed, Sealed, Delivered

by Nina Sankovitch Simon & Schuster (April 15, 2014)

The author of the much-admired Tolstoy and the Purple Chair goes on a quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten...


Things I Should Have Told My Daughter

by Pearl Cleage Atria Books (April 08, 2014)

In this inspiring memoir—that Jane Fonda raves “will make you braver…want to live your life better and make a difference”—the award-winning playwright and bestselling author of What Looks Like Crazy...


Not for Everyday Use: A Memoir

by Elizabeth Nunez Akashic Books (March 10, 2014)

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


Know the Night

by Maria Mutch Simon & Schuster (February 19, 2014)

A transcendent memoir by poet Maria Mutch about the distances that can form between people who should be the closest of all—husband and wife, parent and child, lifelong friends and partners.

Unfolding over...


History of a Suicide

by Jill Bialosky Atria Books (February 15, 2011)

"It is so nice to be happy. It always gives me a good feeling to see other people happy. . . . It is so easy to achieve." --Kim's journal entry, May 3, 1988

On the night of April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky's twenty-one-year-old...


Awkward: A Detour

by Mary Cappello Bellevue Literary Press (February 24, 2014)

Startlingly imaginative nonfiction about a very particular if common and much-maligned state of being.


The Memory Palace

National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography 2011

by Mira Bartok Free Press (January 11, 2011)

In the tradition of The Glass Castle, two sisters confront schizophrenia in this poignant literary memoir about family and mental illness. Through stunning prose and original art, The Memory Palace captures...


A Better Woman

by Susan Johnson Washington Square Press (May 11, 2010)

Acclaimed novelist Susan Johnson found, at age thirty-five, that her desire to have a baby became overwhelming. She had no inkling what motherhood would cost -- or give -- her. But as she went on to experience...


Lighting Out for the Territory

by Roy Jr. Morris Simon & Schuster (March 02, 2010)

In the very last paragraph of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the title character gloomily reckons that it's time "to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest." Tom Sawyer's Aunt Sally is trying...


A Name for Himself: A Biography of Thomas Head Raddall

by Joyce Barkhouse Natural Heritage (June 30, 1990)

Traumatized by the 1917 Halifax Explosion, followed by his father's death, Raddall left school at age 14 - yet he went on to become one of Canada's most renowned storytellers.


The Awakener: A Memoir of Jack Kerouac and the Fifties

by Helen Weaver City Lights Publishers (January 05, 2014)

Helen Weaver's insightful and riveting memoir of love and friendship with Jack Kerouac and the Beats.


Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen

by Larry Mcmurtry Simon & Schuster (June 01, 2010)

In a lucid, brilliant work of nonfiction -- as close to an autobiography as his readers are likely to get -- Larry McMurtry has written a family portrait that also serves as a larger portrait of Texas itself,...


Self Abuse

by Jonathan Self Washington Square Press (June 15, 2010)

From the age of three Jonathan Self had only one ambition: not to be like his father. Despite his determination to be a better man -- and a better parent than his own had been -- Jonathan was a twice-divorced...


William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography 2009

by John Carey Free Press (June 01, 2010)

In 1953, William Golding was a provincial schoolteacher writing books on his breaks, lunch hours and holidays. His work had been rejected by every major publisher—until an editor at Faber and Faber pulled...


The Prince of los Cocuyos

by Richard Blanco Ecco (September 30, 2014)

A poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in...


No Laughing Matter

by Joseph Heller & Speed Vogel Simon & Schuster (December 15, 2004)

An uproarious and frank memoir of illness and recovery, No Laughing Matter is a story of friendship and recuperation from the author of the classic Catch-22.

It all began one typical day in the life of Joe Heller....


Letters of Emily Dickinson

by Emily Dickinson Dover Publications (May 29, 2012)

Lovingly compiled by a close friend, this first collection of Dickinson's letters originally appeared in 1894, only eight years after the poet's death. Animated by the same spirited sensitivity as her much-admired...


The World in My Kitchen

by Colette Rossant Atria Books (September 26, 2006)

"We are on our way to Le Havre. The train is going so fast that the landscape is all but a blur. From time to time, I can see a farm in the mist surrounded by a sea of green fields. I am excited but also scared....


Call Me Burroughs: A Life

by Barry Miles Twelve (January 28, 2014)

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...


Paul Bowles

by Virginia Spencer Carr Scribner (October 26, 2004)

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...


My Ear at His Heart: Reading My Father

by Hanif Kureishi Scribner (March 09, 2010)

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...


Sex and the River Styx

by Edward Hoagland & Howard Frank Mosher Chelsea Green Publishing (February 18, 2011)

Called the best essayist of his time by luminaries like Philip Roth, John Updike, and Edward Abbey, Edward Hoagland brings readers his ultimate collection. In Sex and the River Styx, the author's sharp eye and...


Growing, Older: A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables

by Joan Dye Gussow Chelsea Green Publishing (October 21, 2010)

Michael Pollan calls her one of his food heroes. Barbara Kingsolver credits her with shaping the history and politics of food in the United States. And countless others who have vied for a food revolution, pushed...


Raymond Carver

by Carol Sklenicka Scribner (November 24, 2009)

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 Daphné Du Maurier Little, Brown and Company (December 17, 2013)

"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...


Golden Lads: Sir Francis Bacon, Anthony Bacon, and Their Friends

by Daphné Du Maurier Little, Brown and Company (December 17, 2013)

"Daphne du Maurier has no equal." --Sunday Telegraph

Prior to the publication of Golden Lads, Anthony Bacon was viewed as a footnote in the history of his younger brother, Francis. A fascinating historical figure...


Gerald: A Portrait

by Daphné Du Maurier Little, Brown and Company (December 17, 2013)

"A remarkable book...brilliant comic writing." --The Times (UK)

Sir Gerald du Maurier was the preeminent actor-manager of his day, knighted in 1922 for his services to the theater. Published within six months...