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  1. A Childhood: The Biography of a Place

    A Childhood: The Biography of a Place


    A Childhood is the unforgettable memoir of Harry Crews' earliest years, a sharply remembered portrait of the people, locales, and circumstances that shaped him--and destined him to be a storyteller. Learn More
  2. An Emergency in Slow Motion

    An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus


    Diane Arbus was one of the most brilliant and revered photographers in the history of American art. Her portraits, in stark black and white, seemed to reveal the psychological truths of their subjects. But after she committed suicide in 1971, at the age of forty-eight, the presumed chaos and darkness of her own inner life became, for many viewers, inextricable from her work. Learn More
  3. Anger Is An Energy

    Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored


    From the legendary frontman of the Sex Pistols, comes the complete, unvarnished story of his life in his own words. Learn More
  4. Another Great Day At Sea

    Another Great Day At Sea: Life Aboard The USS George H.W. Bush


    From a writer “whose genre-jumping refusal to be pinned down [makes him] an exemplar of our era” (NPR), a new book that confirms his power to astound readers. Learn More
  5. The Argonauts



    An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family. Learn More
  6. The Art of Asking

    Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help


    Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. Learn More
  7. Aubrey Beardsley

    Aubrey Beardsley


    An unprecedented glimpse into the life of the æsthetic movement, reprinted for the first time in 80 years. Learn More
  8. Barbarian Days

    Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life


    A deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writer Learn More
  9. Barracuda In The Attic

    Barracuda In The Attic


    Whether shooting pool with the mobster Crazy Joey Gallo, attending a dinner party hosted by an aged but remarkably spry Groucho Marx, or simply playing doctor with a classmate in the former estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kipp Friedman led a colorful childhood. Learn More
  10. Dearie

    Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child


    It’s rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. It’s even rarer when that someone is a middle-aged, six-foot three-inch woman whose first exposure to an unsuspecting public is cooking an omelet on a hot plate on a local TV station. And yet, that’s exactly what Julia Child did. The warble-voiced doyenne of television cookery became an iconic cult figure and joyous rule-breaker as she touched off the food revolution that has gripped America for more than fifty years. Learn More
  11. Does This Happen to Everyone?

    Does This Happen to Everyone?: A Budding Adult's Guide to Puberty


    Insightful and considerate answers to 70 questions boys and girls have about puberty and young love. Learn More
  12. Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller

    Edgewise: A Picture Of Cookie Mueller


    Cookie Mueller (1949–1989) was a firecracker, a cult figure, a wild child, a writer, a go-go dancer, a mother and a queer icon. Learn More
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    Eyeing The Flash


    The Education of a Carnival Con Artist Learn More
  14. From Animal House to Our House

    From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story


    Ten years ago, Ron and his then-girlfriend, Jill, did the impossible. They bought condemned property -- a big Baltimore Victorian brownstone ­ and vowed to bring it back to its original glory. Learn More
  15. The Frood

    Frood: The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


    As a wise ape once observed, space is big – vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly so. However, if you look too closely at space, it becomes nothing but lumps of rock and sundry gases. Sometimes it's necessary to take a step back, and let a few billion years go by, before any of the true wonder and scope of the cosmos becomes apparent. Learn More
  16. Furiously Happy

    Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things


    In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. Learn More
  17. Gamelife

    Gamelife: A Memoir


    You have been awakened. Learn More
  18. Going Into The City

    Going into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man


    One of our great essayists and journalists—the Dean of American Rock Critics, Robert Christgau—takes us on a heady tour through his life and times in this vividly atmospheric and visceral memoir that is both a love letter to a New York long past and a tribute to the transformative power of art. Learn More
  19. H Is For Hawk

    H Is For Hawk


    When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Learn More
  20. High Holiday Porn

    High Holiday Porn: A Memoir


    Eytan Bayme went to Jewish day school and Jewish camp. He lived across the street from a synagogue in the Bronx, which he attended weekly, and ate strictly kosher food for most of his childhood. Learn More
  21. How to Piss in Public

    How to Piss in Public: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover of Adulthood


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    Though technically a memoir, this is more a compendium of hair-whitening bar stories that punch you in the throat until your eyes explode. Learn More
  22. I Love a Broad Margin to My Life

    I Love a Broad Margin to My Life


    In her singular voice—humble, elegiac, practical—Maxine Hong Kingston sets out to reflect on aging as she turns sixty-five. Learn More
  23. Insatiable: Porn - A Love Story

    Insatiable: Porn - A Love Story


    Asa Akira (28) has already had an extremely unusual life. Educated at the United Nations International School in Manhattan, she soon was earning a good living by stripping and working as a dominatrix at a sex dungeon. Akira has now built up a reputation for being of the most popular, hardworking, and extreme actors in the business, winning dozens of awards for her 330+ movies, including her #1 bestselling series “Asa Akira Is Insatiable”. Learn More
  24. Jubilee Hitchhiker

    Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan


    Confident and robust, Jubilee Hitchhiker is an comprehensive biography of late novelist and poet Richard Brautigan, author of Troutfishing in America and A Confederate General from Big Sur, among many others. Learn More
  25. Lives We Carry with Us

    Lives We Carry with Us: Profiles of Moral Courage


    A dozen brilliant portraits by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author Andrew Greeley described as a “social scientist, humanist, political activist, psychiatrist, minstrel, wandering storytelling, mystic, wise man, poet dissenter". Learn More

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