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  1. Book ImageCast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E. B. White, James Thurber, and the Golden Age of The New Yorker

    Thomas Vinciguerra

    “Exuberant . . . elegantly conjures an evocative group dynamic.” —Sam Roberts, New York TimesMore

  2. Book ImageDietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives

    Karin Wieland, Shelley Frisch

    A Boston Globe Best Book of 2015
    A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Pick of 2015

    Magisterial in scope, this dual biography examines two complex lives that began alike but ended on opposite sides of the century’s greatest conflict.More

  3. Book ImageMary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936

    Edward Sorel

    In a hilarious send-up of sex, scandal, and the Golden Age of Hollywood, legendary cartoonist Edward Sorel brings us a story (literally) ripped from the headlines of a bygone era.More

  4. Book ImageSomething in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula

    David J. Skal

    A groundbreaking biography reveals the haunted origins of the man who created Dracula and traces the psychosexual contours of late Victorian society.More

  5. Book ImageShirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

    Ruth Franklin

    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography
    Winner of the Edgar Award in Critical/Biographical
    Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

    A New York Times Notable Book of 2016
    A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Pick of 2016
    An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
    A Time Magazine Top Nonfiction of 2016
    A Seattle Times Best Book of 2016
    A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016
    An NPR 2016's Great Read
    A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
    A Nylon Best Book of 2016
    A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2016
    A Booklist 2016 Editors' Choice

    This "historically engaging and pressingly relevant" biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected master.More

  6. Book ImageThe Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb

    Stanley Plumly

    A window onto the lives of the Romantic poets through the re-creation of one legendary night in 1817.More

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

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

    Patrick McGilligan

    Updated and Expanded

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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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