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  1. A California Dreaming

    A California Childhood

    $29.99

    In A California Childhood he plays with the concept of memoir through personal snapshots, sketches, paintings, poems, and stories. Learn More
  2. A Childhood: The Biography of a Place

    A Childhood: The Biography of a Place

    $26.95

    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
  3. A Queer and Pleasant Danger

    A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir

    $24.95

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    "I was born male and now I’ve got medical and government documents that say I’m female—but I don’t call myself a woman, and I know I’m not a man. . . ." Learn More
  4. An Emergency in Slow Motion

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

    $25.00

    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
  5. Another Great Day At Sea

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

    $24.95

    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
  6. Aubrey Beardsley

    Aubrey Beardsley

    $22.95

    An unprecedented glimpse into the life of the æsthetic movement, reprinted for the first time in 80 years. Learn More
  7. Barracuda In The Attic

    Barracuda In The Attic

    $26.99

    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
  8. Blue Plate Special

    Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites

    $26.95

    From acclaimed novelist Kate Christensen, Blue Plate Special is a mouthwatering literary memoir about an unusual upbringing and the long, winding path to happiness. Learn More
  9. Dashiell Hammett: Man Of Mystery

    Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery

    $22.95

    Dashiell Hammett changed the face of crime fiction. Learn More
  10. Dearie

    Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    $29.95

    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

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