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Paris in the Fifties

by Stanley Karnow & Christopher Hurt Blackstone Publishing (February 13, 2012)

In June 1947, fresh out of college and long before he would win the Pulitzer Prize and become known as one of America’s finest historians, Stanley Karnow boarded a freighter bound for France, planning to stay...

My Dyslexia

by Philip Schultz & William Hughes Blackstone Publishing (October 26, 2011)

An inspiring memoir of a Pulitzer Prize winner’s triumph over disability

Despite being a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the...

The Scientists

by Marco Roth & Michael Goldstrom Blackstone Publishing (September 18, 2012)

This is a frank, intelligent, and deeply moving debut memoir.

With the precociousness expected of the only child of a doctor and a classical musician--from the time he could get his toddler tongue to pronounce...

Grand Central Winter, Expanded Second Edition

by Lee Stringer, Kevin Kenerly & Kurt Vonnegut Blackstone Publishing (February 01, 2014)

In the underground tunnels below Grand Central Terminal, LeeStringer--homeless and drug-addicted for eleven years--found a pencil to runthrough his crack pipe. One day he used it to write. Soon writing became...

I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

by Howard Norman & Jim Meskimen Blackstone Publishing (September 15, 2013)

A memoir of the haunting and redemptive events of theacclaimed writer's life--the betrayal of a con-man father; a murder-suicide inhis family's house; the presence of an oystercatcher--each one, as the sayinggoes,...

Roughing It

by Mark Twain & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (December 06, 2011)

In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West. Roughing It is a hilarious record of his travels over a six-year period that comes to life with his inimitable mixture of reporting,...

God'll Cut You Down

by John Safran & Tom Bromhead Blackstone Publishing (November 28, 2014)

God'll Cut You Down combinesan unlikely journalist, a murder case in Mississippi, and a fascinatingliterary true crime story in the style of Jon Ronson.

A notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett wasbrutally...

Act One

by Moss Hart, Jim Meskimen & Christopher Hart Blackstone Publishing (November 03, 2015)

Moss Hart's Act One, which Lincoln Center Theater presented in 2014 as a play written and directed by James Lapine, is one of the greatest American memoirs--a glorious memorial to a bygone age filled with all...

Man in Profile

by Thomas Kunkel & Joe Barrett Blackstone Publishing (July 06, 2015)

This fascinating biography reveals the untold story of the legendary New Yorker profile writer--author of Joe Gould's Secret and Up in the Old Hotel--and unravels the mystery behind one of literary history's...


by Philip Roth & Malcolm Hillgartner Blackstone Publishing (October 31, 2016)

Patrimony, a true story, touches the emotions as strongly as anything Philip Roth has ever written. Roth watches as his eighty-six-year-old father--famous for his vigor, his charm, and his repertoire of Newark...

Empire of Self

by Jay Parini & John Lescault Blackstone Publishing (October 13, 2015)

An intimate, authorized, yet frank biography of Gore Vidal (1925-2012), one of the most accomplished, visible, and controversial American novelists and cultural figures of the past century.

The product of thirty...

Ghost Songs

by Regina Mcbride & Madeleine Lambert Blackstone Publishing (October 04, 2016)

Regina McBride, author of The Nature of Water and Air and The Land of Women, delivers a powerful and affecting debut memoir, Ghost Songs.

Ghost Songs charts McBride's teenage struggle to separate madness from...

The Education of Henry Adams

by Henry Adams & David Colacci Blackstone Publishing (July 01, 2007)

As a journalist, historian, and novelist born into a family that included two past presidents of the United States, Henry Adams was constantly focused on the American experiment. An immediate bestseller awarded...

The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov

by Andrea Pitzer & Susan Boyce Blackstone Publishing (December 01, 2013)

A startling andrevelatory examination of Nabokov's life and works--notably Pale Fire andLolita--bringing new insight into one of the twentieth century's mostenigmatic authors.

Novelist Vladimir Nabokov witnessed...

Hemingway's France

by Winston Conrad & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2007)

ErnestHemingway's literary ambitions took root in France in the 1920s among some ofthe most extravagantly creative artists of the twentieth century. PabloPicasso, Georges Braque, James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude...

Dostoevsky in 90 Minutes

by Paul Strathern & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (June 27, 2005)

Building on his enormously successful series of Philosophers in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern now applies his witty and incisive prose to brief biographical studies of the world's great writers. He brings their...

Kafka in 90 Minutes

by Paul Strathern & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (June 27, 2005)

A handsome recluse, plagued by indecision and hypochondria, Kafka nonetheless exhibited an extraordinary strength. He developed the uncanny ability to observe himself with cool objectivity, and he cultivated...


by Andrew Feldman & Timothy Andrés Pabon Blackstone Publishing (December 31, 2019)

From the first North American scholar permitted to study in residence at Hemingway's beloved Cuban home comes a radically new understanding of "Papa's" life in Cuba.

Ernest Hemingway first landed in Cuba in 1928....

Life on the Mississippi

by Mark Twain & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (December 14, 2010)

The Mississippi River, known as “America’s river,” and Mark Twain are practically synonymous in American culture. The popularity of Twain’s steamboat and steamboat pilot on the ever-changing Mississippi...

P. G. Wodehouse

by Frances Donaldson & Frederick Davidson Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2007)

Everyone has come to love the impeccable Jeeves and the inimitable Bertie. But what of their creator, Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, whose ninety-three years produced a volume of work “unsurpassed in the history...

Oscar Wilde

by Frank Harris & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (May 01, 2009)

Frank Harris, a journalist and editor, delighted in Oscar Wilde’s genial wit and self-assurance. Wilde’s verbal charms evoked Harris’ financial and emotional support when Victorian England disdained the...

Lives of the Writers

by Kathleen Krull, John C. Brown & Melissa Hughes Blackstone Publishing (April 30, 2010)

History comes to life in this dynamic volume! Here are inside views of twenty writers--people of all shapes, sizes, temperaments, and lifestyles, from various countries and historical periods. Included are William...

Cast of Characters

by Thomas Vinciguerra & Tony Pasqualini Blackstone Publishing (November 09, 2015)

The professional and personal lives of the pioneers of an enduring magazine, the New Yorker

From its birth in 1925 to the early days of the Cold War, the New Yorker slowly but surely took hold as the country's...

The Argonauts

by Maggie Nelson Blackstone Publishing (August 04, 2015)

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family

Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely...

The Story of Charlotte's Web

by Michael Sims & Nick Sullivan Blackstone Publishing (August 01, 2012)

As he was composing what was to become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White was obeying that oft-repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats--White...


by Matthew Parker & Roy McMillan Blackstone Publishing (March 11, 2015)

Amid the lush beauty of Jamaica's northern coast lies thetrue story of Ian Fleming's iconic creation: James Bond.

For two months every year, from 1946 to his death eighteenyears later, Ian Fleming lived at Goldeneye,...

Wilkie Collins

by Peter Ackroyd & Gildart Jackson Blackstone Publishing (October 06, 2015)

A gripping, short biography of the extraordinary Wilkie Collins, author of The Moonstone and The Woman in White, two early masterpieces of mystery and detection

Short and oddly built, with a head too big for...

E. E. Cummings

by Susan Cheever & Stefan Rudnicki Blackstone Publishing (February 11, 2014)

From the acclaimed author of My Name Is Bill and Home before Dark comes a major reassessment of the life and work of one of America'spreeminent twentieth-century poets.

E. E. Cummings' radical experimentation...

The Enchanted Places


by Adam Begley & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (November 04, 2014)

A masterful, much-anticipated biography of oneof the most celebrated figures in American literature: Pulitzer Prize-winningauthor John Updike--a candid, intimate, and richly detailed look at his life andwork...

Donald Hall: Prose & Poetry

by Donald Hall Blackstone Publishing (December 01, 2011)

Author of more than thirty books of poetry and prose, Donald Hall performs here dozens of his best-loved poems, together with excerpts from six of his works of prose. Donald Hall has been writing poems for over...

Take This Man

by Brando Skyhorse & Bronson Pinchot Blackstone Publishing (June 03, 2014)

From PEN/Hemingway award winner Brando Skyhorse comes thisstunning, heartfelt memoir in the vein of The Glass Castle or TheTender Bar, the true story of a boy's turbulent childhood growing up withfive stepfathers...

Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century

by Alexandra Popoff, Stefan Rudnicki & Claire Bloom Blackstone Publishing (March 26, 2019)

If Vasily Grossman's 1961 masterpiece, Life and Fate, had been published during his lifetime, it would have reached the world together with Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago and before Solzhenitsyn's Gulag. But Life...

The Gourmands’ Way

The Distance between Us

by Reyna Grande & Tanya Eby Blackstone Publishing (July 01, 2013)

When Reyna Grande's father leaves his wife and three children behind in a village in Mexico to make the dangerous trek across the border to the United States, he promises he will soon return from "El Otro Lado"...

Being Flynn

by Nick Flynn & Scott Brick Blackstone Publishing (February 02, 2012)

“Sometimes I’d see my father, walking past my building on his way to another nowhere. I could have given him a key, offered a piece of my floor. But if I let him inside the line between us would blur, my...

An American Childhood

by Annie Dillard & Tavia Gilbert Blackstone Publishing (January 17, 2011)

A memoir about parents, the world of science, and consciousness

A book that instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize–winning author Annie Dillard’s...


by James L. Haley & Bronson Pinchot Blackstone Publishing (May 25, 2010)

Jack London was born a working-class, fatherless San Franciscan in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling west coast--by and by playing the role of hobo, sailor, and oyster...

Dorothy Parker

by Marion Meade & Grace Conlin Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

She was known for her outrageous one-liners, her ruthless theater criticism, her clever verses and bittersweet stories. But there was another side of Dorothy Parker: a private life set on a course of destruction...

Dorothy L. Sayers

by David Coomes & Wanda McCaddon Blackstone Publishing (August 07, 2012)

Known to millions as the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey and the bestselling author of a dozen detective novels, Dorothy Leigh Sayers was in reality a complex woman––moved, she said, by “a careless rage for...


by Michael Shelden & Frederick Davidson Blackstone Publishing (April 25, 2012)

In his probing and revelatory biography of one of the great prose stylists of the twentieth century, acclaimed biographer Michael Shelden breaks new ground in the evocation of George Orwell’s personal life...

Facets of Ayn Rand

by Charles Sures, Mary Ann Sures, Susan O’Malley & Leonard Peikoff Blackstone Publishing (June 24, 2005)

Facets of Ayn Rand is based on forty-eight hours of interviews with Mary Ann and Charles Sures, longtime personal friends of Ayn Rand. Their recollections make vividly real the Ayn Rand they knew so well.


Defying Hitler

by Sebastian Haffner, Simon Vance & Oliver Pretzel Blackstone Publishing (June 25, 2005)

When the famous German author Sebastian Haffner died at age ninety-one in 1999, a manuscript was discovered among his unpublished papers that offers a compelling eyewitness account of the rise of Hitler and...

García Márquez in 90 Minutes

by Paul Strathern & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (June 27, 2005)

García Márquez stands on the shoulders of a great Latin American literary heritage. But he is also that modern rarity, a writer with aspirations to high art who also remains hugely popular. For those who fall...

Dylan Thomas

by Andrew Lycett & Simon Vance Blackstone Publishing (June 26, 2005)

In this authoritative, fresh, and compelling account of the extraordinary life and enduring work of Dylan Thomas—author of Under Milkwood, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Adventures in the Skin Trade, Portrait...

The Hoax

by Clifford Irving & Joe Barrett Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Novelist Clifford Irving’s “autobiography” of Howard Hughes was the literary hoax of our time. This no-holds-barred confession by the author was first published in Great Britain in 1977, where it became...

A Very Easy Death

by Simone de Beauvoir, Hillary Huber & Patrick O’Brian Blackstone Publishing (May 01, 2014)

When her mother was in the hospital with terminal cancer, Simone had time to reminisce about her mother’s early life, as Simone and her sister, Poupette, prepared to face the decision of whether to prolong...

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

by Dito Montiel & Jason Collins Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Orlandito “Dito” Montiel grew up wild in the streets of Astoria, Queens, pulling pranks for Greek and Italian gangsters and confessing at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, gobbling hits of purple...

George Eliot

by Kathryn Hughes & Wanda McCaddon Blackstone Publishing (August 24, 2009)

The daughter of a respectable self-made businessman, the middle-aged Eliot was cast into social exile when she began a scandalous liaison with married writer and scientist George Henry Lewes. Only her burgeoning...


by Stacy Schiff & Anna Fields Blackstone Publishing (October 14, 2009)

Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and hailed by critics as both "monumental" (Boston Globe) and "utterly romantic" (New York magazine), Stacy Schiff's Véra, the story of Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov,...