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  1. Book ImageNever a Lovely So Real: The Life and Work of Nelson Algren

    Colin Asher

    This definitive biography reclaims Nelson Algren as a towering literary figure and finally unravels the enigma of his disappearance from American letters.More

  2. Book ImageZora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal

    Yuval Taylor

    Zora and Langston is the dramatic and moving story of one of the most influential friendships in literature.More

  3. Book ImageMidnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning

    Victoria Shorr

    Exquisite and nuanced in its storytelling, Midnight crafts intimate, humanizing portraits of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Joan of Arc that ask us to behold the women behind the icons.More

  4. Book ImageBluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers

    Preston Lauterbach

    The little-known story of an iconic photographer, whose work captured—and influenced—a critical moment in American history.More

  5. Book ImageThe Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art

    Noah Charney, Ingrid Rowland

    “Readers curious about the making of Renaissance art, its cast of characters and political intrigue, will find much to relish in these pages.” —Wall Street JournalMore

  6. Book ImageAfter Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet

    Julie Dobrow

    The untold story of the extraordinary mother and daughter who brought Emily Dickinson’s genius to light.More

  7. Book ImageKafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy

    Benjamin Balint

    The story of the international struggle to preserve Kafka’s literary legacy.More

  8. Book ImageGorbachev: His Life and Times

    William Taubman

    A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

    “Essential reading for the twenty-first [century].” —Radhika Jones, The New York Times Book ReviewMore

  9. Book ImageDarwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory

    James T. Costa

    “If you’ve ever fantasized walking and conversing with the great scientist on the subjects that consumed him, and now wish to add the fullness of reality, read this book.” —Edward O. Wilson, author of Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for LifeMore

  10. Book ImageSargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas

    Donna M. Lucey

    A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection

    “[Lucey] delivers the goods, disclosing the unhappy or colorful lives that Sargent sometimes hinted at but didn’t spell out.”—Boston GlobeMore

  11. Book ImageEmpress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

    Ruby Lal

    A Finalist for the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History

    Four centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire.More

  12. Book ImageTesla: Inventor of the Modern

    Richard Munson

    Tesla’s inventions transformed our world, and his visions have continued to inspire great minds for generations.More

  13. Book ImageA Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean

    Roland Philipps

    The first full biography of one of the twentieth century’s most notorious spies.More

  14. Book ImageBerenice Abbott: A Life in Photography

    Julia Van Haaften

    The comprehensive biography of the iconic twentieth-century American photographer Berenice Abbott, a trailblazing documentary modernist, author, and inventor.More

  15. Book Image“Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character

    Richard P. Feynman, Bill Gates, Ralph Leighton

    One of the most famous science books of our time, the phenomenal national bestseller that "buzzes with energy, anecdote and life. It almost makes you want to become a physicist" (Science Digest).More

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