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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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A Difficult Woman

A life of playwright and gadfly Lillian Hellman suggests that her reputation in large part turns on her gender.

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Butterfly in the Typewriter

The short life of John Kennedy Toole, author of the classic A Confederacy of Dunces

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The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

A journalist unveils the hidden history of Russia's prime minister.

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The Eiffel Tower

Scenes from an American family's sojourn in the City of Light, from the author's forthcoming memoir Paris in Love.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.