Biography & Autobiography Books - Literary

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525575337
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Published: Crown - July 27th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A powerful study of how to bear witness in a moment when America is being called to do the same.”—Time
 
James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. What can we learn from his struggle in our own moment?


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Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062248589
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Published: Ecco - June 1st, 2021

An Instant New York Times Bestseller 

A New York Times Notable Book 

One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020


The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374247850
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 15th, 2021

One of The Christian Science Monitor's ten best books of June

An innovative biography of Edgar Allan Poe—highlighting his fascination and feuds with science.


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A Year Without a Name: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316444972
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 1st, 2021

A "stunning" (Hanif Abdurraqib), "unputdownable" (Mary Karr) meditation on queerness, family, and desire. 

How do you know if you are transgender? How do you know if what you want and feel is real?


Field Study Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374539023
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Published: FSG Originals - June 1st, 2021

Winner of the 2020 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets

"Layered, complex, and infinitely compelling, Chet’la Sebree’s Field Study is a daring exploration of the self and our interactions with others—a meditation on desire, race, loss and survival." --Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Memorial Drive


The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780802158529
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 13th, 2021

The Renaissance in Florence conjures images of beautiful frescoes and elegant buildings--the dazzling handiwork of the city's skilled artists and architects.


Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374298456
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 15th, 2021

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

An immersive account of the New Deal project that created state-by-state guidebooks to America, in the midst of the Great Depression—and employed some of the biggest names in American letters


The Life She Wished to Live: A Biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393353495
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 11th, 2021

A comprehensive and engaging biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the beloved classic The Yearling.


Everything Now: Lessons from the City-State of Los Angeles Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374150426
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Published: MCD - June 15th, 2021

A LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER. NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2021 BY THE MILLIONS

A provocative, exhilaratingly new understanding of the United States’ most confounding metropolis—not just a great city, but a full-blown modern city-state


Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz: The Rebellion of Sylvia Plath & Anne Sexton Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982138394
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Published: Gallery Books - April 20th, 2021

A vividly rendered and empathetic exploration of how two of the greatest poets of the 20th century—Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton—became bitter rivals and, eventually, friends.


Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World Cover Image
By Mark Aldridge, Mark Gatiss (Foreword by), Agatha Christie (Created by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780008296612
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Published: HarperCollins - April 13th, 2021

From the very first book publication in 1920 to the upcoming film release of Death on the Nile, this investigation into Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot celebrates a century of probably the world's favourite fictional detective.


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Becoming Duchess Goldblatt Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358569831
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Published: Mariner Books - April 13th, 2021

One of the New York Times’ 20 Books to Read in 2020

“A tonic . . . Splendid . . . A respite . . . A summer cocktail of a book.”
Washington Post

“Unforgettable . . .