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On the Outskirts of Normal

A single mother's affecting memoir of adoption, small town life, and constructing moments of order amid life's chaos.


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The controversial journalist recalls his formative radicalism and illustrious friendships in an entertaining memoir.


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Forget Sorrow

A moving graphic memoir of a prominent Chinese family's perilous passage through 20th-century history.



Just Kids

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, and a passionate friendship that rocked the music and art worlds. Read more...

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The Ticking Is the Bomb

In an act of daring juxtaposition, the award-winning poet and memoirist meditates on the arrival of his child in a world shadowed by torture.


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The author of Eat, Pray, Love traces her circuitous route back to the altar. Read more...

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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.