Biography, Autobiography & Memoir

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On June 1, 1943, Germans “pacified” the Polish village of Sochy. Anna Janko’s mother was orphaned. Sochy had “eighty-eight houses, most with thatched roofs. Two or three made of stone.

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“Gewen presents a vivid, insightful, but unsparing portrait of Kissinger’s intellectual development and boundless ambition as he journeyed from Nazi Germany, to the U.S.

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How can those who read this compelling story of courage, commitment, connection, and love not want to share it with others?”

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“We should teach philosophers like Roa. We owe it to Galileo. But it’s unlikely because of science deniers, more prevalent than Livio allows.”

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Author Laila Lalami came to the US from Morocco in 1992. In 2000, she became US citizen. But Lalami does not fit neat categories defining US personhood. Neither, she argues, do many others.

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Audubon’s Sparrow is a unique book, a biography in poems of John James Audubon’s wife Lucy Bakewell.

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As more and more documents and files on intelligence and counter-intelligence operations are declassified as time marches on, the public begins to learn many of the things that go on behind the sce

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Curzio Malaparte is pictured on the cover at his desk with official-looking papers wearing a satin mask and indeed, his many masks are (in)visible in A Foreigner in Paris, newly translated

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“Taylor’s memoir explores the friendship between two men who think of themselves as Jews, and who behave in ways that seem intrinsically Jewish and quintessentially New York, though one doe

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Un-American is most extraordinary because even after the indoctrination of West Point, Edstrom dared to question some of the decisions and the presence of US military as invaders

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Alan D. Gaff is, among other things, a prolific military historian with ten well-received books dealing with various military campaigns and subjects.

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Katie Roiphe is noted for her trenchant and often controversial views on all things feminist.

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“This book proves that the abstract ‘ideal’ of communism has not died for some people despite the empirical evidence of communism in power.

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“The Hour of Fate is a tale of greed, power, and accountability, an epic story of a clash of titans, one a political dynamo, the other unparalleled in business sav

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Hemingway and Ho Chi Minh did not meet in Paris. They briefly lived a short distance from each other on the Left Bank. This book is about how Paris affected them.

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“I, John Kennedy Toole is a fascinating mix of fact and fiction, albeit highly plausible fiction.

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“Anne Lister is considered to be the first ‘modern’ lesbian.”

“I am an enigma, even to myself, and I do excite my own curiosity.” —Anne Lister, June 21, 1824.

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“a well-written, enjoyable, often rambling, and funny memoir by an accomplished comedy writer.”

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Alexander “Sandy” Calder (1898–1976) lives larger than life in Jed Perl’s Part 2 biography.

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Einstein once said universities should stop insisting so much on success: Success is getting more out than you put in. Character, though, is putting in more than you get out.

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“Grant’s stark, spare memoir feels like the literary equivalent a few bold slashes of color across a canvas.”

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John Johnson Jr, author of Zwicky, tells the fascinating life story of the imaginative and abrasive astrophysicist Fritz Zwicky, providing historical context and also biographies of collea

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“This is the story of George Washington’s founding of the city that would bear his name and that grew to be the most important capital city in the world.”

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“‘All I could think was, this can’t be right. Patsy’s too young to die.’”

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“Bernice Lerner has provided us the opportunity to see what results when one woman’s will to survive and one man’s humanity are combined.”    

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