Five books that open a window on the life and work of the great director.



The Art of Alfred Hitchcock:
Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures

By Donald Spoto


No other American film director has had such a solid string of critical and popular hits as Hitchcock. Spoto analyzes and shares the stories of every last Hitchcock film, from his early efforts, like The Pleasure Garden, to his glory days—the years that produced masterpieces like Rear Window, Vertigo, and The Birds—in this definitive 496-page study.



Alfred Hitchcock:
A Life in Darkness and Light

By Patrick McGilligan


To the hundreds of millions who have seen his more than 60 films, Hitchcock often seems like a man who was born as a Master of Suspense, but McGilligan shows the artist learning his eventual trade—a fascinating journey in its own right—and acquiring the peculiar skill that made his stories, time after time, come almost magically alive on the screen.



Hitchcock by Truffaut

By Francois Truffaut with Helen G. Scott


The legendary French New Wave director Francois Truffaut sat down with Hitchcock for a long, utterly remarkable conversation about each of Hitchcock's many films prior to 1967; Truffaut himself later added more to cover the older man's later career. The resulting dialogue between masters reveals not only the inner workings of Hitchcock's genius, but his sly sense of humor as well.



Portraits of Murder:
47 Short Stories Chosen by the Master of Suspense

By Alfred Hitchcock


The digest-sized Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine launched in 1956 and is still bringing the world of wannabe private eyes tales of terror and suspense on a monthly basis. These 47 stories from the publication, introduced by the suspense master himself, feature a wide variety of murderers, motives, and mental challenges.



Hitchcock Piece By Piece 

By Laurent Bouzereau


Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Psycho—and the 30th of the great director's death—this volume from documentarian Laurent Bouzereau brings a filmmaker's eye to Hitchcock's work. His lavishly illustrated biography (which includes removable facsimilies of letters and other memorabilia) matches each of Hitchcock's feature films with the themes that emerge from his life—resulting in the unmistakable "Hitchcock touch."


July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).