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Mother Daughter Me

A memoir of familial dysfunction delivers rousing, honest drama.

 

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Give Me Everything You Have

A writer becomes the target of a student’s destructive obsession.

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The Day My Brain Exploded

A memoir of a mind, ravaged and rebuilt.

 

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There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra

A record of conflict viewed through the lens of one author's life.

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The Scientists: A Family Romance

Unearthing family secrets while resisting the impulse to curry sympathy or self-mythologize.

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Joseph Anton

Salman Rushdie unfolds the story of a writer''s life plunged into nightmare by a dying cleric's verdict on his novel.

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Winter Journal

A writer's attempt to capture the life that only the body knows.

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The Receptionist

Working the front desk at The New Yorker.

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My Struggle: Book One

The first volume in the memoir of a "narrative wizard" confronts the author's contentious relationship with his father.

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When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

After her mother's death, the author and environmentalist found a silent mystery.

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The Patagonian Hare

A record of death defied and life well lived.

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The Guardians: An Elegy

Recalling a fallen friend.

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Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

A woman renounces her strict religious upbringing.

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Kayak Morning

A meditation on loss from the author of Making Toast.

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My Long Trip Home

A veteran journalist looks back at his fraught relationship with his father.

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Blue Nights

In a searing new memoir, the author of The Year of Magical Thinking reflects on motherhood, loss, and memory.

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My Song

The "King of Calypso" recounts a life of achievements and activism.

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William Styron: A Promise Kept

An editor's memory of two literary legends, and a collaboration that left a lasting impact.

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Reading My Father

 Alexandra Styron has written an extraordinarily sensitive biography of her father, the author of Sophie's Choice and The Confessions of Nat Turner.

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My Korean Deli

An editor finds himself behind the counter in this memoir of a family retail experiment.

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Life, on the Line

The pathbreaking chef of Alinea.

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Moonwalking With Einstein

An ancient art of recollection, rediscovered by modern "memory athletes."

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Townie

From the author of House of Sand and Fog, a self-portrait of the novelist as a young tough.

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My Father's Fortune

An ingenious writer reconfigures his own past.

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Life on Sandpaper

An Israeli artist's adventures in the heyday of bohemian Manhattan.

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I Love a Broad Margin to My Life

The author of The Woman Warrior savors each "scrap of moment" in this fiery memoir.

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Bird Cloud

A natural and domestic history of an author's love affair with a rugged corner of Wyoming.

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Life

A "Don't try this at home" memoir from the man who wrote "Satisfaction" in his sleep.

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Fury

The author of Smashed returns with a second memoir, a diary-like exploration of her angers and their repression.

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The Hare with Amber Eyes

Edmund de Waal traces his Jewish family—and their collection of Japanese netsuki—through 19th- and 20th-century European history.

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April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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.