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480 pp. Hardcover
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An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s
Doris Kearns Goodwin

From one of America’s most beloved historians, an artfully woven biography, memoir, and history. She takes you along on the emotional journey she and her husband, Richard (Dick) Goodwin embarked upon in the last years of his life.

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224 pp. Paperback
Biography
Antoni Gaudí
Michael Eaude

An accessible account of the contradictory life and work of the modernist Catalan architect.

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305 pp. Hardcover
Biography
Burn Book: A Tech Love Story
Kara Swisher

From award-winning journalist Kara Swisher comes a witty, scathing, but fair accounting of the tech industry and its founders who wanted to change the world but broke it instead.

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495 pp. Hardcover
Biography
Chasing Beauty: The Life of Isabella Stewart Gardner
Natalie Dykstra

The vivid and masterful story of Isabella Stewart Gardner—creator of one of America’s most stunning museums—an American original whose own life was remade by art. Includes archival photos of Isabella’s world, museum, and the art she collected.

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464 pp. Paperback
Biography
Familiarity Breeds Content: New and Selected Essays
Joseph Epstein

A collection of personal essays from America’s most revered essay writer, Joseph Epstein.

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272 pp. Hardcover
Biography
Fi: A Memoir of My Son
Alexandra Fuller

From the award-winning New York Times-bestselling author of Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller, comes a career defining memoir about grieving the sudden loss of her twenty-one-year-old child.

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360 pp. Hardcover
Biography
Goodbye Russia: Rachmaninoff in Exile
Fiona Maddocks

The moving story of Rachmaninoff's years in exile in America and the composition of his last great work, against a cataclysmic backdrop of two world wars and personal tragedy.

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191 pp. Hardcover
Biography
Grief Is for People
Sloane Crosley

Disarmingly witty and poignant, Sloane Crosley's memoir explores multiple kinds of loss following the death of her closest friend.

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

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256 pp. Hardcover
Biography
Knife
Salman Rushdie

From internationally renowned writer and Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie, a searing, deeply personal account of enduring—and surviving—an attempt on his life thirty years after the fatwa that was ordered against him.

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152 pp. Hardcover
Biography
Night
Elie Wiesel

Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent.

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320 pp. Hardcover
Biography
Once a King: The Lost Memoir of Edward VIII
Jane Marguerite Tippett

Using never before seen sources, Once a King is a fresh, revelatory and gripping insight into the Duke of Windsor - King Edward VIII - who gave up the throne to marry the woman he loved, twice divorced American Wallis Simpson.

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298 pp. Hardcover
Biography
One Way Back
Christine Blasey Ford

The compelling true story behind the testimony that awed the nation. The book reveals riveting new details about the leadup to her testimony and its overwhelming aftermath and describes how she continues to navigate her way out of the storm.

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295 pp. Paperback
Biography
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
James McBride

From the bestselling author of The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, Deacon King Kong and the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. James Mcbride describes life as the son of a white mother and Black father, reflecting on his mother's contributions to his life and his confusion over his own identity.

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629 pp. Hardcover
Biography
The Life and Ideas of James Hillman: Volume II: Re-Visioning Psychology
Dick Russell

Volume Two of The Life and Ideas of James Hillman takes up Hillman’s mid-life when he set about returning psychology to its Soul-rich roots in Greek mythology and Renaissance esotericism.

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304 pp. Hardcover
Biography
Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class
Rob Henderson

In this unflinching portrait of shattered families, desperation and determination, the author, born to a drug-addicted mother, recounts growing up in foster care, and despite his military career, undergraduate education from Yale and a PhD from Cambridge,he argues that stability at home is more important than external accomplishments.

A National Bestseller

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254 pp. Hardcover
Biography
We Loved It All: A Memory of Life
Lydia Millet

This lucent anti-memoir from celebrated novelist Lydia Millet explores the pain and joy of being a parent, child, and human at a moment when the richness of the planet’s life is deeply threatened.

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2024 by the Washington PostOprah Daily, and Literary Hub

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293 pp. Hardcover
Biography
Whiskey Tender
Deborah Taffa

Reminiscent of the works of Mary Karr and Terese Marie Mailhot, a memoir of family and survival, coming-of-age on and off the reservation, and of the frictions between mainstream American culture and Native inheritance; assimilation and reverence for tradition.

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329 pp. Hardcover
Biography
Why We Read: On Bookworms, Libraries, and Just One More Page Before Lights Out
Shannon Reed

In this uproarious exploration of the joys of reading, a long-time teacher, lifelong reader and The New Yorker contributor shares surprising stories from her life and the poignant ways in which books have impacted her students and shows us how literaturecan transform us for the better.

National Bestseller

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