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book image Hons and Rebels
Hons and Rebels
Jessica Mitford
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
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
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 An Armenian Sketchbook
Armenian Sketchbook
Vasily Grossman
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
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 1941: The Year That Keeps Returning
1941
Slavko Goldstein
Goldstein
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“This perfectly successful combination of childhood memoir and historical analysis has few peers in European writing about the Second World War. All who read it will find their knowledge of the continent extended by Goldsteins’s erudite depiction of Yugoslavia, and their consciences nourished by his humane understanding of the experience of atrocity.”—Timothy Snyder
Contributors: Charles Simic , Michael Gable

book image The World I Live In
World I Live In
Helen Keller
Keller
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The World I Live In is a thought-provoking and deeply moving account of Helen Keller's keenest impressions and deepest feelings —as well as a rediscovered classic of American writing.
Contributors: Roger Shattuck

book image Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship
Walter Benjamin
Gershom Scholem
Scholem
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Gershom Scholem was a precocious teenager when he became Walter Benjamin's close friend. His account of that relationship is at once a tribute to his friend's genius and a lament for his personal and, as Scholem sees it, intellectual self-destructiveness.
Contributors: Lee Siegel , Harry Zohn

book image Twenty Days with Julian & Little Bunny by Papa
Twenty Days
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hawthrone
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This true-life story by a great American writer emerges from obscurity to shine a delightful light upon family life—then and now.
Contributors: Paul Auster

book image The Snows of Yesteryear: Portraits for an Autobiography
Snows of Yesteryear
Gregor von Rezzori
Rezzori
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The author of Memoirs of an Anti-Semite tells his own story through portraits of the members of his childhood household. "An elegiac tribute to a receding past and a testament to the redemptive powers of memory—a family photography album, beautifully translated into words.—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Book Review
Contributors: John Banville , H. F. Broch De Rothermann