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Leavetaking

When excellence in theater, painting, and filmmaking wasn't enough, a German iconoclast took up writing novels.

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Alice Paul: Claiming Power

The courageous life and times of a women's suffrage heroine.

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Under Magnolia

The author who famously moved to a sun-drenched European villa recollects her childhood in the American South.

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The Little Girl who Fought the Great Depression

Why was Shirley Temple one of the most iconic figures of 1930s America?

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E. E. Cummings: A Life

Was the poet famed for his lowercase aesthetic an all-caps talent?

 

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Call Me Burroughs: A Life

The author of Naked Lunch led a life as darkly outrageous as his fiction.

 

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Dedicated to God

An oral history of the lives of the cloistered sheds light on life behind the walls of an American monastery.

 

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The Bully Pulpit

The political battles and journalistic triumphs of the Progressive Era have never looked so timely.

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American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

Have we underestimated the artist who became our "national frame of reference"?

 

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Self-Help Messiah

How a public speaking teacher won fame and influenced millions.

 

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Book of Ages

She was the beloved sibling and correspondent of one of our nation's founders. Why haven't we heard the voice of Jane Franklin?

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The Long Awakening

A journalist recounts her harrowing ordeal during childbirth -- and after.

 

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Wilson

The master orator, Princeton man, and American president, captured in vivid description.

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A Million Years with You

A famed naturalist turns her adept focus to a new animal: herself.

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George Orwell: A Life in Letters

The novelist's correspondence reveals the extent of the burdens he bore.

 

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I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

A writer's life in  five essays that evidence the tools of the novelist.

 

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Margaret Thatcher

The rise of the Iron Lady, at a suitably epic scale.

 

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Country Girl: A Memoir

The Irish novelist looks back on a life of trails blazed.

 

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Farther & Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson

Will the life and writing of a lost American genius receive a posthumous second act?

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The Letters of William Gaddis

The candid correspondence of a 20th century literary innovator. 

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Alone on the Ice

A 1913 exploration of Antarctica takes a death-defying turn.

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Cézanne: A Life

The revolutionary painter, in the eyes of his contemporaries, was by turns a genius and simpleton.

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Elsewhere: A Memoir

A novelist reveals the real-life inspiration for his hard-luck fiction.

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

A deeply sympathetic examination of the Founding Father's paradoxes.

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Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

The novelist's correspondence shows a determinedly independent sensibility working patiently at becoming a legend.

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The Voice Is All

Jack Kerouac's journey to the composition of On the Road was long, and filled with detours.

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Strom Thurmond's America

The Senate's champion of segregation endured long after the Dixiecrats were history.

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Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz

The story of an American artist is also the snapshot of a lost world.

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Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox

The legendary film star may have been a better actress in private life than she was on the screen.

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As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

A new volume of the writer and thinker's journals reveals a mind bent on relentless self-interrogation.

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July 26: On this day in 1602 "A booke called the Revenge of Hamlett Prince Denmarke" was entered in the Stationers' Register by printer James Robertes.

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.

Pastoral

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).