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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Book ImageWhy Not Say What Happened: A Sentimental Education

    Morris Dickstein

    A renowned cultural critic tells his own deeply engaging story of growing up in the turbulent American culture of the postwar decades.More

  8. Book ImageThe Young T. E. Lawrence

    Anthony Sattin

    An intimate biography of the years that turned T. E. Lawrence into Lawrence of Arabia.More

  9. Book ImageThe Sphinx: Franklin Roosevelt, the Isolationists, and the Road to World War II

    Nicholas Wapshott

    Before Pearl Harbor, before the Nazi invasion of Poland, America teetered between the desire for isolation and the threat of world war.More

  10. Book ImagePoe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe

    J. W. Ocker

    Winner of the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical!Follow the footsteps of the father of American horror fiction.More

  11. Book ImageGood Grief: Life in a Tiny Vermont Village

    Ellen Stimson

    An Endless Vacation Becomes a Way of Life!More

  12. Book ImageLasting City: The Anatomy of Nostalgia

    James McCourt

    The darkly intense Irish-American family drama come alive like never before in this "virtuosic meta-memoir" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).More

  13. Book ImageWilliam Wells Brown: An African American Life

    Ezra Greenspan

    A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist 'Biography'

    A groundbreaking biography of the most pioneering and accomplished African-American writer of the nineteenth century.More

  14. Book ImageGeorge Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends

    Ellen T. Harris

    An intimate portrait of Handel’s life and inner circle, modeled after one of the composer’s favorite forms: the fugue.More

  15. Book ImageEleanor and Franklin

    Joseph P. Lash

    The #1 New York Times Bestseller—Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book AwardMore

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