Biography & Memoir

The Shadow in the Garden

The Shadow in the Garden

The biographer—so often in the shadows, kibitzing, casting doubt, proving facts—comes to the stage in this funny, poignant, endearing tale of how writers’ lives get documented....

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The 1964 Election and Its Aftermath

The 1964 Election and Its Aftermath

"Can anyone remember a public official with the courage to confess error and explain where he and his country went wrong? This is what Robert McNamara does in this brave, honest,...

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An Antiwar Delegation in Hanoi

An Antiwar Delegation in Hanoi

Bill Zimmerman put his life at risk for the greater social good when he smuggled medicines to the front lines in North Vietnam and spent time filming in Hanoi under U.S. bombardment....

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Because Our Fathers Lied

Because Our Fathers Lied

Robert S. McNamara was the official face of Vietnam, the technocrat with steel-rimmed glasses and an ironclad faith in numbers who kept insisting that the war was winnable long after he...

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Fathers and Daughters

Fathers and Daughters

The youngest of six children in a close-knit Buddhist family, Le Ly Hayslip was twelve years old when U.S. helicopters landed in Ky La, her tiny village in central Vietnam. As the...

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A Federal Offense

A Federal Offense

“We weren’t meant to be here.” From the modern classic memoir, In Pharaoh’s Army, a selection by Tobias Wolff portrays the final days of civilian...

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Illumination Rounds

Illumination Rounds

Fresh in his boots and three days in-country, Michael Herr is in a Chinook when a young soldier across from him is gunned. “It took me a month to lose that feeling of being a spectator to...

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The Kelloggs

The Kelloggs

"What's more American than Corn Flakes?" —Bing CrosbyFrom the much admired medical historian (“Markel shows just how compelling the medical history can be”—Andrea Barrett) and author of An Anatomy...

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Willa Cather

Willa Cather

Hermione Lee’s provocative and influential biography provides a sensitive reappraisal of a marvelous and often underrated writer. The Willa Cather she reveals here was a Nebraskan...

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Selected Letters

Selected Letters

A new and newly annotated selection of letters--the only selected edition available in hardcover--from the English eighteenth-century historian, novelist, and politician...

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Shark Drunk

Shark Drunk

A salty story of friendship, adventure, and the explosive life that teems beneath the ocean   The Lofoten archipelago, just North of the Arctic Circle, is a place of unsurpassed beauty—the skyline spikes...

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Hero of the Empire

Hero of the Empire

"A thrilling account.... This book is an awesome nail-biter and top-notch character study rolled into one." —New York Times Critic Jennifer Senior's Top...

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Ruthless River

Ruthless River

A stunning debut; a Departures original publication. The ultimate survival story; a wild ride—the wildest—down a South American river in the thick of the Amazon Basin;...

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

*A New York Times Bestseller*Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.,...

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Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

The first full biography of Ernest Hemingway in more than fifteen years; the first to draw upon a wide array of never-before-used material; the first written by a woman,...

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Sting Like a Bee

Sting Like a Bee

An insightful portrait of Muhammad Ali from the New York Times bestselling author of At the Altar of Speed and The Big Bam. It centers on the cultural and political...

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There's a Mystery There

There's a Mystery There

An extraordinary, path-breaking, and penetrating book on the life and work and creative inspirations of the great children's book genius Maurice Sendak, who since his death in 2012 has only grown in his stature and recognition...

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Love and Trouble

Love and Trouble

From the New York Times best-selling author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife...

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Homing Instincts

Homing Instincts

Sarah Menkedick spent her twenties trekking alone across South America, teaching English to recalcitrant teenagers on Reunion Island, picking grapes in France and camping on the Mongolian...

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Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

A brilliant, illuminating reassessment of the life and work of Jane Austen that makes clear how Austen has been misread for the past two centuries and that shows us how she intended...

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Option B

Option B

#1 New York Times Best SellerFrom Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a...

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When the World Stopped to Listen

When the World Stopped to Listen

From the acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Piano, the captivating story of the 1958 international piano competition in Moscow, where, at the height of Cold War...

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Hourglass

Hourglass

The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of...

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Wild River Blues

Wild River Blues

In her early thirties and an aspiring literary journalist, Sarah Menkedick joins her baby brother Jackson and his precious Honda, the ”Jackwagon,” for fourteen...

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