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  1. Book ImageBeing Elvis: A Lonely Life

    Ray Connolly

    On the fortieth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death comes this rocking biography of an iconic artist who fundamentally transformed American culture.More

  2. Book ImagePontius Pilate: Deciphering a Memory

    Aldo Schiavone, Jeremy Carden

    A world-renowned classicist presents a groundbreaking biography of the man who sent Jesus of Nazareth to the Cross.More

  3. Book ImageJonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

    John Stubbs

    A rich and riveting portrait of the man behind Gulliver’s Travels, by a “vivid, ardent, and engaging” (New York Times Book Review) author.More

  4. Book ImageA Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham

    Steve Kemper

    “Rich, detailed, and pitch-perfect, with the witty and wonderful skipping off every page.”—Maxwell Carter, Wall Street JournalMore

  5. Book ImageThe Age of Caesar: Five Roman Lives

    Plutarch, James Romm, Pamela Mensch, Et Al.

    A brilliant new translation of five of history’s greatest lives from Plutarch, the inventor of biography.More

  6. Book ImageLet the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary

    Geoffrey Cowan

    The exhilarating, prescient story of the four-month campaign that changed American politics forever.More

  7. Book ImageThe Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

    Michael Lewis

    How a Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.More

  8. Book ImageApproaching Ali: A Reclamation in Three Acts

    Davis Miller

    The single most intimate look at Muhammad Ali’s retirement, told through the story of an unexpected, powerful and life-changing friendshipMore

  9. Book ImageHank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams

    Mark Ribowsky

    A heartbreaking and unforgettable portrait of country music’s founding father.More

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Book ImageA Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley

    Jane Kamensky

    This bold new history recovers an unknown American Revolution as seen through the eyes of Boston-born painter John Singleton Copley.More

  14. 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

  15. Book ImageShirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

    Ruth Franklin

    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

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