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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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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

An award-winning reporter's "uncompromising and important" new look at daily life in a Mumbai slum.

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The Last Holiday: A Memoir

An unclassifiable musician on a life spent transmuting suffering into music.

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Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports

The voice! The ego! The drama!

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Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

A Hollywood star's inventive legacy.

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

The jewels, the gowns, the lovers, and the will to power of a remarkable ruler.

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Steve Jobs

Portrait of a restless innovator.

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Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism

A history of the charming intellectual's role in nailing together the American conservative movement.

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Disaster Was My God

A fictionalized account of French poet--and decadent adventurer--Arthur Rimbaud's meteoric career.

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Nica's Dream

A new life of the European aristocrat who became the "Jazz Baroness."

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The Clamorgans

Following a prominent Midwestern clan through generations, and shifting identities.

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The Greater Journey

Following in the footsteps of nineteenth-century Americans in the City of Light.

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The Paper Garden

The fascinating artistry of an 18th century gentlewoman reveals a hidden world of creative expression in paper.

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The Hemlock Cup

Socrates's life and work, at home in Athens.

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Two Women's Modern Odyssey

How two American women, Sylvia Beach and Margaret Anderson, helped row James Joyce’s Ulysses to shore.

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The Eitingons

Tracing her family history leads the author into a forest of Cold War mysteries.

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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.

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).