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book image A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising
Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising
Miron Białoszewski
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Białoszewski, the great Polish poet, memorializes the heroic two-month uprising of the Polish population against their Nazi oppressors in 1944—an operation which saw the slaughter of 200,000 civilians. His memoir rescues a lost story of World War II even as it pays tribute to his and his comrades' vanished youths. Personal and profound, this memoir brings those harrowing days to vivid life.
Contributors: Madeline G. Levine

book image Love's Work
Love's Work
Gillian Rose
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Written as the author was dying of cancer, Love’s Work is a personal and philosophical meditation on fallibility and the endurance of love. “A masterpiece of the autobiographer’s art, intense and rationally decorous at the same time.” —Edward Said
Contributors: Michael Wood

book image The Journal 1837-1861
Journal 1837-1861
Henry David Thoreau
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To understand Thoreau, one must read his journals—but until now they have never been available in a one-volume reader's edition that draws on the entirety of his 14-volume journal. Here at last is the essence of the great naturalist's thoughts, accumulated over the span of a life time
Contributors: Damion Searls , John R. Stilgoe

book image Hons and Rebels
Hons and Rebels
Jessica Mitford
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In Hons and Rebels Jessica Mitford tells about her upbringing, which, she drily remarks, "even for England, in those far-off days of the middle twenties...was not exactly conventional...."
Contributors: Christopher Hitchens

book image Frederick the Great
Frederick the Great
Nancy Mitford
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While writing Voltaire in Love, Nancy Mitford found herself drawn to the wit and humanity of his often misunderstood patron and friend, Frederick of Prussia. The result was her only biography of a non-French subject, and the one she considered her finest. “Vivid, detailed, and highly personal.”—Kate Williams
Contributors: Liesl Schillinger

book image Fighting for Life
Fighting for Life
S. Josephine Baker
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In 1918, Dr. S. Josephine Baker made the shocking assertion that front-line soldiers enjoyed better survival rates than infants born in NYC. And then she did something about it, developing hygiene programs that turned the city into one of the safest places to be born and in the process creating the discipline of preventive medicine. Here she recounts her many crusades, including her successful identification of Typhoid Mary and work as a suffragist.
Contributors: Helen Epstein

book image The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914
Burning of the World
Béla Zombory-Moldován
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Recently discovered among private papers and published here for the first time in any language, this extraordinary reminiscence by a young artist, drafted into the bloody combat of the First World War, is a deeply moving addition to the literature of the terrible conflict that defined the shape of the twentieth century.
Contributors: Peter Zombory-Moldovan

book image An Armenian Sketchbook
Armenian Sketchbook
Vasily Grossman
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Vasily Grossman wrote not only one of the great Russian novels of the 20th-century (Life and Fate), but also vivid reportage, moving essays, and brilliant travel journals. This account of two months he spent in Armenia in the mid-60s is the most intimate of his works. Suppressed during his life, it is here available in English for the first time.
Contributors: Robert Chandler , Yury Bit-Yunan , Elizabeth Chandler

book image Alice James: A Biography
Alice James
Jean Strouse
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Alice James grew up in one of the most remarkable of 19th-century American families, and she was groomed to be no less remarkable than her brothers Henry and William. But a succession of poorly diagnosed ailments confined her to her bed for years at a time. Jean Strouse’s Bancroft Prize–winning biography is a portrait of a thwarted life, and a panoramic recreation of the particular intellectual world in which it came to be.
Contributors: Colm Tóibín

book image Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village
Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village
Ronald Blythe
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This landmark oral history of rapidly disappearing traditional British village life reverberates with the recollections and opinions of its residents, from the schoolteacher to the blacksmith, from survivors of World War I to the newest generation of farmworkers, and everyone in between. “If you buy only one book this year, let it be this one.” —Studs Terkel
Contributors: Matt Weiland