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E. E. Cummings
A Life
Written by Susan Cheever


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37997-9 (0-307-37997-3)

From the author of American Bloomsbury (“Beguiling” —Publishers Weekly), Louisa May Alcott (“Fascinating . . . Another splendid piece of work with hidden depths by Susan Cheever”—Michael Korda), and Home Before Dark (“Moving and brilliantly restrained”—The New York Times Book Review), a major reassessment of the life and work of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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America Noir
Underground Writers and Filmmakers of the Postwar Era
Written by David Cochran


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-218-8 (1-58834-218-2)

In America Noir David Cochran details how ten writers and filmmakers challenged the social pieties prevalent during the Cold War, such as the superiority of the American democracy, the benevolence of free enterprise, and the sanctity of the suburban family. Rod Sterling’s The Twilight Zone featured victims of vast, faceless, bureaucratic... Read more >

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Lewis Carroll
A Biography
Written by Morton N. Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 612 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 26, 1996
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74562-4 (0-679-74562-9)

Under the pen name Lewis Carroll, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson became a legend for his children’s books, which broke the constraints of Victorian moralism. This exemplary biography conveys both the imagination and humanity of the creator of Alice in Wonderland.

Lewis Carroll has found his ideal biographer in Morton N. Cohen, who has... Read more >

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Holy Terror
Andy Warhol Close Up
Written by Bob Colacello


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-6986-8 (0-8041-6986-1)

In the 1960s, Andy Warhol’s paintings redefined modern art. His films provoked heated controversy, and his Factory was a hangout for the avant-garde. In the 1970s, after Valerie Solanas’s attempt on his life, Warhol become more entrepreneurial, aligning himself with the rich and famous. Bob Colacello, the editor of Warhol’s Interview... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Leon Blum
Humanist in Politics
Written by Joel Colton


Format: eBook, 576 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 10, 2013
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83089-0 (0-307-83089-6)

John Colton is a meticulous researcher and a fine craftsman. In his political biography of Leon Blum, these two qualities are beautiully blended; none of the available evidence appears to have been over looked, and the enormous mass of variegated material has been transmuted in a polished, richly tapestried, and absorbing... Read more >

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When Memory Speaks
Exploring the Art of Autobiography
Written by Jill Ker Conway


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76645-2 (0-679-76645-6)

Jill Ker Conway, one of our most admired  autobiographers-- author of The Road from Coorain and True North --looks astutely and with feeling into the modern memoir: the forms and styles it assumes, and the strikingly different ways in which men and women respectively tend to understand and present their lives.

In a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading
Finding and Losing Myself in Books
Written by Maureen Corrigan


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 2, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70903-6 (0-375-70903-7)

As book reviewer for NPR’s Fresh Air, Maureen Corrigan literally reads for a living. Now Corrigan has added a volume of her own to the shelf of classics, by reading her life of reading with all the attention to complexity, wit, and intelligence that any good book–or life–deserves.

In this delightful memoir... Read more >
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The Letters of Noel Coward

Written by Noel Coward
Edited by Barry Day


Format: Trade Paperback, 804 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39100-1 (0-307-39100-0)

Lavishly illustrated and annotated, this definitive collection of letters to and from Noël Coward provides a portrait of an age, from the Blitz to the Ritz and beyond.

Granted unlimited access to the Coward archive, Barry Day gathers correspondence between the incomparable Noël and his friends and enemies, the famous and infamous... Read more >
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Stay, Illusion!
The Hamlet Doctrine
Written by Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95048-2 (0-307-95048-4)

The figure of Hamlet haunts our culture like the Ghost haunts him. Arguably, no literary work, not even the Bible, is more familiar to us than Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Everyone knows at least six words from the play; often people know many more. Yet the play—Shakespeare’s longest—is more than “passing strange” and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Stay, Illusion!
The Hamlet Doctrine
Written by Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 25, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-90761-5 (0-307-90761-9)

The figure of Hamlet haunts our culture like the ghost haunts Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane. Arguably, no literary work is more familiar to us. Everyone knows at least six words from Hamlet, and most people know many more. Yet the play—Shakespeare’s longest—is more than “passing strange,” and it becomes even more complex... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Always in Pursuit
Fresh American Perspectives
Written by Stanley Crouch


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 16, 1999
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70168-9 (0-375-70168-0)

Here is a brilliant new collection of essays on the sublime and the ridiculous in contemporary American culture and society, by one of the most important and compelling social commentators at work today.

"Fearless and engaging, a virtuoso at bringing the drive of natural speech into social criticism, Stanley Crouch transcends our... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Create Dangerously
The Immigrant Artist at Work
Written by Edwidge Danticat


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94643-0 (0-307-94643-6)

A New York Times Notable Book
A Miami Herald Best Book of the Year

In this deeply personal book, the celebrated Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat reflects on art and exile.

Inspired by Albert Camus and adapted from her own lectures for Princeton University’s Toni Morrison Lecture Series, here Danticat tells stories of artists who... Read more >
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The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem
The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevye
Written by Jeremy Dauber


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4278-2 (0-8052-4278-3)

Part of the Jewish Encounters series

The first comprehensive biography of one of the most beloved authors of all time: the creator of Tevye the Dairyman, the collection of stories that inspired Fiddler on the Roof.

Novelist, playwright, journalist, essayist, and editor, Sholem Aleichem was one of the founding giants of modern Yiddish... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Auden

Written by Richard Davenport-Hines


Format: Trade Paperback, 444 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 15, 1999
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74785-7 (0-679-74785-0)

In pursuit of the roots of and influences on Auden’s poetry and personality, Richard Davenport-Hines explores the experiences and issues of the poet's life. From Freud to Auden’s struggles to reconcile his homosexuality and his Christianity, from the heady intellectual life of Oxford in the 1920s to the devastation of post... Read more >

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Adieux
A Farewell to Sartre
Written by Simone De Beauvoir


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72898-8 (0-394-72898-X)

“An intimate, personal, and honest portrait of a relationship unlike any other in literary history.” —Deirdre Bair, The Philadelphia Inquirer Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How Proust Can Change Your Life

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 28, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77915-5 (0-679-77915-9)

Alain de Botton combines two unlikely genres—literary biography and self-help manual—in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life.

Who would have thought that Marcel Proust, one of the most important writers of our century, could provide us with such a rich source of insight into how best to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Melville
His World and Work
Written by Andrew Delbanco


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70297-6 (0-375-70297-0)

With Moby-Dick Herman Melville set the standard for the Great American Novel, and with “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” Benito Cereno, and Billy Budd he completed perhaps the greatest oeuvre of any of our writers. Now Andrew Delbanco, hailed by Time as “America’s best social critic,” uses unparalleled historical and critical perspective to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Learning to Live Finally
The Last Interview
Written by Jacques Derrida
Translated by Pascal-Anne Brault and Michael Naas


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-094-5 (1-61219-094-4)

With death looming, Jacques Derrida, the world’s most famous philosopher-known as the father of “deconstruction”-sat down with journalist Jean Birnbaum of the French daily Le Monde. They revisited his life’s work and his impending death in a long, surprisingly accessible, and moving final interview.

Sometimes called “obscure” and branded “abstruse” by his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Last Pirate
A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana
Written by Tony Dokoupil


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53346-1 (0-385-53346-2)

In the tradition of Blow and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, The Last Pirate is a vivid, haunting and often hilarious memoir recounting the life of Big Tony, a family man who joined the biggest pot ring of the Reagan era and exploded his life in the process. Three decades... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Hard Driving
The Wendell Scott Story
Written by Brian Donovan


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-58642-160-1 (1-58642-160-3)

Hard Driving is the dramatic story of one man’s dogged determination to live the life he loved, and to compete, despite daunting obstacles, at the highest level of his sport.
Wendell Scott figured he was signing up for trouble when he became nascar’s version of

Jackie Robinson in the segregated 1950s. Some... Read more >
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Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It

Written by Geoff Dyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3167-2 (1-4000-3167-2)

“A delightfully original book. . . . Dyer’s writing brims with offbeat insights that had me chuckling for hours later, or reading aloud to dinner companions.” —Tony Horowitz, The New York Times Book Review

“An irresistibly funny storyteller, [Dyer] is adept at fiction, essay, and reportage, but happiest when twisting all three... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On Ugliness

Written by Umberto Eco


Format: Trade Paperback, 456 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3723-6 (0-8478-3723-8)

In the mold of his acclaimed History of Beauty, renowned cultural critic Umberto Eco’s On Ugliness is an exploration of the monstrous and the repellant in visual culture and the arts. What is the voyeuristic impulse behind our attraction to the gruesome and the horrible? Where does the magnetic appeal of... Read more >

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Trading Twelves
The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Written by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Preface by Albert Murray
Edited by John Callahan
Introduction by John Callahan


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70805-3 (0-375-70805-7)

The correspondence between Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man, and Murray is a professor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Mirroring a jam session in which two jazz musicians "trade twelves"—each improvising twelve... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fanpire
The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love it
Written by Tanya Erzen


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0639-9 (0-8070-0639-4)

An author immerses herself in the frenzied fandom of Twilight, the young-adult vampire romance series that has captivated women of all ages.

Why have the Twilight saga’s representations of romance and relationships enchanted millions of fans and generated millions in revenue, selling everything from Barbie-type dolls to blockbuster films? Tanya Erzen–herself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Fanpire
The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love it
Written by Tanya Erzen


Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0633-7 (0-8070-0633-5)

An author immerses herself in the frenzied fandom of Twilight, the young-adult vampire romance series that has captivated women of all ages.

Why have the Twilight saga’s representations of romance and relationships enchanted millions of fans and generated millions in revenue, selling everything from Barbie-type dolls to blockbuster films? Tanya Erzen–herself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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