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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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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ANGELS & SAINTS
Illustrations by Mary Wellesley.
A gorgeously illustrated co-publication with Christine Burgin by "one of the world's great essayists" (The New York Times). With a guide to the illustrations by Mary Wellesley.
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Hard Crowd ' Essays 2000 to 2020
Rachel Kushner
From a writer celebrated for her "chops, ambition, and killer instinct" (John Powers, Fresh Air), a career-spanning collection of spectacular essays about politics and culture.
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Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul?
Essays
Jesse McCarthy
A supremely talented young critic's essays on race and culture, from Toni Morrison to trap, herald the arrival of a major new voice in American letters.
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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
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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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Mr. Know-It-All
The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder
John Waters
The newest essay collection from the New York Times bestselling author John Waters, reflecting on how to overcome newfound respectability and rebel in the autumn of your years.
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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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A History of My Brief Body
Essays
Billy-Ray Belcourt
The youngest ever winner of the Griffin Prize mines his personal history in a brilliant new essay collection seeking to reconcile the world he was born into with the world that could be. For readers of Ocean Vuong, Maggie Nelson, and Terese Marie Mailhot.
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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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The Dragons, the Giant, and the Women
A Memoir
Wayétu Moore
An engrossing memoir of escaping the First Liberian Civil War and building a life in the United States from the author of She Would Be King.

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