Biography, Memoir, & Belles-Lettres

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A Promised Land
Barack Obama
A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy
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Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath
Heather Clark
The highly anticipated new biography of Sylvia Plath that focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art. --Recommended by Ryan
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For Now
Eileen Myles
In this raucous meditation, Eileen Myles offers an intimate glimpse into creativity's immediacy.
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Just Us
An American Conversation
Claudia Rankine
As everyday white supremacy becomes increasingly vocalized with no clear answers at hand, how best might we approach one another? Claudia Rankine, without telling us what to do, urges us to begin the discussions that might open pathways through this divisive and stuck moment in American history.
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Men Explain Things To Me
Rebecca Solnit
In her comic, scathing essay, "Men Explain Things to Me," Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works.
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Under the Dome
Walks with Paul Celan
Jean Daive
An arresting memoir of the final years and tragic suicide of one of twentieth-century Europe's greatest poets, published on the centenary of his birth.
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Funeral Diva
Pamela Sneed
A poetic memoir about coming-of-age in the AIDS era, and its effects on life and art. "She is a writer for the future, in that she defies genre."—Hilton Als

*Get a signed book plate by Pamela Sneed! We'll include one with each book purchase while supply lasts.

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Intimations
Six Essays
Zadie Smith
Deeply personal and powerfully moving, a short and timely series of reflective essays by one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our time.
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Trick Mirror
Reflections on Self-Delusion
Jia Tolentino
Recommended by Emma

The New York Times bestselling book that examines the fractures at the center of contemporary culture with verve, deftness, and intellectual ferocity—for readers who wonder what Susan Sontag would have been like if she had brain damage from the Internet.

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Above Us Only Sky
Essays
Marion Winik
This updated edition of Marion Winik's original essay collection includes essays from her award-winning column in the Baltimore Fishbowl.
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Philosopher of the Heart
The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard
Clare Carlisle
Philosopher of the Heart is the groundbreaking biography of renowned existentialist Søren Kierkegaard's life and creativity, and a searching exploration of how to be a human being in the world.
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GROUNDWORK ' AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITINGS
Autobiographical Writings, 1979-2012
Paul Auster
An updated collection of nonfiction, including the seminal work The Invention of Solitude, from Man Booker Prize Finalist Paul Auster.
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Ornette Coleman
The Territory and the Adventure
Maria Golia
The compelling story of one of America's most adventurous musicians and the sound of a changing world.
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Little Boy
A Novel
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Recommended by Stacey

From the famed publisher and poet, author of the million-copy-selling collection A Coney Island of the Mind, his literary last will and testament -- part autobiography, part summing up, part Beat-inflected torrent of language and feeling, and all magical.


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