William Dean Howells (1837-1920) became fast friends with Mark Twain from the moment in 1869 when Twain strode into the office of The Atlantic Monthly in Boston to thank Howells, then its assistant editor, for his favorable review of...
- Author:HOWELLS, William DeanSummary:
- Author:Berg, ElizabethSummary:
This is a collection of Elizabeth Berg's most-loved Facebook posts. She was asked by many to put these short essays into book form, to create, as one reader said, something to "take to the beach, or bed, or on an airplane." Elizabeth...
- Author:Maupin, ArmisteadSummary:
Born in the mid-twentieth century and raised in the heart of conservative North Carolina, Maupin reflects on the profound impact those closest to him have had on his life, sharing his candid search for his "logical family,"...
- Author:Shteyngart, GarySummary:
Traces the author's experiences as a young bullied Jewish-Russian immigrant in Queens, his haphazard college pursuits, and his initial forays into a literary career.
- Author:McMurtry, LarrySummary:
Larry McMurtry opens up about the triumphs and trials of his abundant literary career. Relaying his early interest in writing that began with a creative writing class at Rice University, to a career that boasts over 40 novels and an...
- Author:Twain, MarkSummary:
Twain grew up on the river, achieved his boyhood dream of being a river pilot, and then had the good sense to write about it.
- Author:Gary, AmySummary:
Drawing on newly discovered personal letters and diaries, Amy Gary reveals the eccentric and exceptional life of Margaret Wise Brown, author of the popular children's books Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.
- Author:Chee, AlexanderSummary:
Alexander Chee presents a manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher,...
- Author:Jones, HettieSummary:
Hettie Jones presents an intimate memoir of her life--from her middle-class Jewish family in Queens to her marriage to the controversial black poet LeRoi Jones and her search for her own artistic voice. Infused with the passion of the...
- Author:Richard, MarkSummary:
Author Mark Richard tells his story of growing up physically challenged in the American South with a mix of racial tension and religious fervor.
- Author:Quindlen, AnnaSummary:
"The life of a good dog is like the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed." So writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen about her beloved black Labrador retriever, Beau. With her trademark wisdom and humor,...
- Author:Baker, CarlosSummary:
- Author:Peterson, TracieSummary:
Deborah Vandermark plans to assist her family's logging business, but when she meets Dr. Christopher Clayton, Deborah realizes she has a greater interest in medicine and science than the bookkeeping she was trained in.
- Author:Henderson, DeeSummary:
Sara's terrified. She's doing the one thing she cannot afford to do: fall in love with a famous man, former pro football player Adam Black. Sara is hidden away in the witness protection program, her safety dependent on staying invisible...
- Author:Darcleight, DannerSummary:
Darcleight brings us inside a maximum-security prison, introducing a colorful cast of rogues while revealing the day-to-day struggles experienced by millions of Americans now living inside the world's largest prison complex.
- Author:Danticat, EdwidgeSummary:
When the author was only four years old, her parents emigrated from Haiti to New York in search of a better life, leaving their daughter in the care of her uncle Joseph. A peaceful pastor in Port-au-Prince, Joseph raised Edwidge with...
- Author:MacDonald, Betty BardSummary:
Anybody Can Do Anything is a high-spirited, hilarious celebration of how “the warmth and loyalty and laughter of a big family” brightened their weathering of The Great Depression.
- Author:Vonnegut, KurtSummary:
One of the greatest minds in American writing, Kurt Vonnegut has left an indelible impression on literature. Now this iconic figure shares his often hilarious and always insightful reflections on America, art, politics, and life in...