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  1. Book ImageBuckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties

    Kevin M. Schultz

    A lively chronicle of the 1960s through the surprisingly close and incredibly contentious friendship of its two most colorful characters.More

  2. Book ImageSonic Wind: The Story of John Paul Stapp and How a Renegade Doctor Became the Fastest Man on Earth

    Craig Ryan

    The untold story of an eccentric, scientific visionary whose death-defying research has saved millions of lives.More

  3. Book ImageThe Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologist's Quest for a Sustainable Future

    Mason Inman

    The first comprehensive biography of Marion King Hubbert, the "father of peak oil."More

  4. Book ImageThe Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects

    Deborah Lutz

    An intimate portrait of the lives and writings of the Brontë sisters, drawn from the objects they possessed.More

  5. Book ImageWill in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

    Stephen Greenblatt

    Anniversary Edition

    The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, reissued with a new afterword for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.More

  6. Book ImageConstance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist

    Anne Boyd Rioux

    "Biography at its best aims at resurrection. Anne Boyd Rioux has brought the novelist Constance Fenimore Woolson back to life for us. Hurrah!" —Robert D. Richardson, author of the Bancroft Prize–winning William James: In the Maelstrom of American ModernismMore

  7. Book ImageCommander Will Cushing: Daredevil Hero of the Civil War

    Jamie Malanowski

    “Superbly entertaining.”—S. C. Gwynne, best-selling author of Empire of the Summer MoonMore

  8. Book ImageJack's Life: A Biography of Jack Nicholson

    Patrick McGilligan

    Updated and Expanded

    Jack’s Life feels true. . . . Fascinating.”—Entertainment WeeklyMore

  9. Book ImagePicturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American

    Kenneth B. Morris, Jr, John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, Et Al.

    A landmark and collectible volume—beautifully produced in duotone—that canonizes Frederick Douglass through historic photography.More

  10. Book ImageWagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe: A Biography

    Philip Gefter

    This "admiring and absorbing biography" (Deborah Solomon, The New York Times Book Review) charts Sam Wagstaff's incalculable influence on contemporary art, photography, and gay identity.More

  11. Book ImageBoy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard

    John Branch

    “Shows us, in tender detail, a life consumed by our unholy appetites.”—Steve Almond, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  12. Book ImageLady Byron and Her Daughters

    Julia Markus

    A startling reevaluation of Lady Byron’s marriage and the untold story of her complex life as single mother and progressive force.More

  13. Book ImageTennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

    John Lahr

    National Book Critics Circle Award Winner: Biography Category
    National Book Award Finalist
    2015 Winner of the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography
    American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award
    A Chicago Tribune 'Best Books of 2014'
    USA Today: 10 Books We Loved Reading
    Washington Post, 10 Best Books of 2014

    The definitive biography of America's greatest playwright from the celebrated drama critic of The New Yorker.More

  14. Book ImageIn Search of Sir Thomas Browne: The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century's Most Inquiring Mind

    Hugh Aldersey-Williams

    The extraordinary life and ideas of one of the greatest—and most neglected—minds in history.More

  15. Book ImageBrando's Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work

    Susan L. Mizruchi

    A groundbreaking work that reveals how Marlon Brando shaped his legacy in art and life.More

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