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Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep
Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman

A portrait of a woman, an era, and a profession: the first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep - the "Iron Lady" of acting, nominated for 19 Oscars and winner of three - that explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with...

The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism
The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism by Mark Zwonitzer

John Hay, Lincoln's private secretary and later secretary of state under presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, and Samuel Langhorne Clemens, famous as "Mark Twain", grew up 50 miles apart on the banks of the Mississippi River in the same rural antebellum ste...

The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries
The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries by Jessa Crispin

When Jessa Crispin was 30, she burned her settled Chicago life to the ground and took off for Berlin with a pair of suitcases and no plan beyond leaving. Half a decade later, she's still on the road, in search not so much of a home as of understanding, a ...

Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman
Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman by Brooke Hauser

This female Mad Men-like story chronicles the legendary Cosmopolitan magazine editor's rise to power as both a cultural icon and a trailblazer who redefined what it means to be an American woman. In the mid-'60s, Helen Gurley Brown, author of the groundbr...

Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern
Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern by Francine Prose

A spirited portrait of the colorful, irrepressible, and iconoclastic American collector who fearlessly advanced the cause of modern art. One of 20th-century America's most influential patrons of the arts, Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) brought to wide publi...

British Biography
British Biography by Carl Rollyson

Biography as a literary genre is largely the product of the 18th century and of one seminal work, James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson (1791). Boswell's innovations revolutionized the genre and made it the target of suppression and censorship. He sought...

Delta Lady: A Memoir
Delta Lady: A Memoir by Rita Coolidge

The two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter bares her heart and soul in this intimate memoir, a story of music, stardom, love, family, heritage, and resilience. She inspired songs - Leon Russell wrote "A Song for You" and "Delta Lady" for her;...

The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography
The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography by Elaine Showalter

Julia Ward (1819-1910) was an heiress and aspiring poet when she married Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, an internationally acclaimed pioneer in the education of the blind. Together the Howes knew many of the key figures of their era, from Charles Dickens to Joh...

Toni Tennille: A Memoir
Toni Tennille: A Memoir by Toni Tennille

Since bursting onto the scene in the mid '70s, the pop duo Captain and Tennille have long defined the sparkling, optimistic idea of everlasting love, both in their music and through their image as a happy and, seemingly, unbreakable couple. They were an i...

Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life
Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life by Howard Sounes

The American writer Charles Bukowski (1920-94) developed a cult following for his simple and vivid poems, stories and novels based on his experiences as a hard-drinking postal worker in Los Angeles. His classic books include Post Office, Women and Love Is...

The Beatles Across the World
The Beatles Across the World by John Stanley

For 10 glorious years, between 1960 and 1970, Beatlemania swept the planet. Relive the life and times of the band that defined a decade and reshaped the history of music in this wonderful book that provides a fascinating exploration of their phenomenal im...

One Direction: And Then There Were Four
One Direction: And Then There Were Four by Jessica Toyne

It's been five incredible years since One Direction formed, and although there are now four members since Zayn's shock departure, their enduring global appeal goes from strength to strength. The band's fan base continues to grow and the fans remain the fo...

Mi amerò lo stesso
Mi amerò lo stesso by Paola Turci

"Il tachimetro segna centoventi chilometri all'ora. Sterzo verso destra, ma il volante è di burro: in un attimo sono nella corsia di emergenza. Ho forse meno di un secondo per rendermi conto che da questo lato non c'è alcuna protezione. Abbastanza per pen...

The Grand Tour: The Life and Music of George Jones
The Grand Tour: The Life and Music of George Jones by Rich Kienzle

In the vein of the classic Johnny Cash: The Life, this groundbreaking work explores the wild life and extraordinary musical career of "the definitive country singer of the last half century" (New York Times), who influenced, among others, Bob Dylan, Buck ...

The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez
The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez by Laura Cumming

Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2016.BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week In 1845, a Reading bookseller named John Snare came across the dirt-blackened portrait of a prince at a country house auction. Suspecting that it might be a long-lost Velázquez, h...

Dimestore: A Writer's Life
Dimestore: A Writer's Life by Lee Smith

In her first work of nonfiction, Lee Smith deploys the wit, wisdom, and graceful prose for which she is beloved to conjure her early days in the small coal town of Grundy, Virginia - and beyond. For the inimitable Lee Smith, place is paramount. For 45 yea...

Camerata Neandertal: Libri, fantasmi e funerali vari
Camerata Neandertal: Libri, fantasmi e funerali vari by Antonio Pennacchi

Costruito come un percorso attraverso la memoria (di persone, fatti e luoghi) "Camerata Neandertal" è forse il romanzo più dolente e personale di Antonio Pennacchi. Un libro popolato da fantasmi: da Ajmone Finestra - il Federale di Latina, motore delle vi...

Gunsmoke, Vol. 14
Gunsmoke, Vol. 14 by Gunsmoke

Set in Dodge City, Kansas, in the 1870s, Gunsmoke aired on CBS Radio until June 1961. William Conrad starred as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon, and he was joined by three other regulars: Howard McNear as "Doc" Charles Adams; Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell; and ...

Gunsmoke, Vol. 13
Gunsmoke, Vol. 13 by Gunsmoke

Set in Dodge City, Kansas, in the 1870s, Gunsmoke aired on CBS Radio until June 1961. William Conrad starred as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon, and he was joined by three other regulars: Howard McNear as "Doc" Charles Adams; Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell; and ...

Gunsmoke, Vol. 12
Gunsmoke, Vol. 12 by Gunsmoke

Set in Dodge City, Kansas, in the 1870s, Gunsmoke aired on CBS Radio until June 1961. William Conrad starred as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon, and he was joined by three other regulars: Howard McNear as "Doc" Charles Adams; Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell; and ...

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