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Live from The New Yorker: Between You and Me by Mary Norris

From budding etymologists, to Oxford-comma enthusiasts, to anyone fascinated by the inner workings of magazines, Mary Norris's new memoir covering her nearly forty years at The New Yorker has something for everyone.

August 26, 2015

A House on Fire: Excerpt from The Autobiography of Malcolm X

In The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist tells the story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement to writer and journalist Alex Haley.

August 19, 2015

Life Less Ordinary: On the Move by Oliver Sacks

Dr. Oliver Sacks is without a doubt one of the most brilliant minds of our lifetime, and now he has gifted us his most personal story.

July 31, 2015

Graphic Breakthrough: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

When Alison Bechdel started her online comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, in 1987, it's safe to assume no one, not even Bechdel herself, could have conceived of the impact her work would eventually have.

July 29, 2015

Or Die Trying: 7 Books on the Triumph of Surviving

There are few things more inspiring than a story of survival. With that in mind, we've assembled a list of tales of unbeatable human courage from across the spectrum, emphasizing unbelievable true stories and including just a dash of adventure and horror fiction to round things out.

July 24, 2015

To Everything, There Is a Season: 6 Books on Living and Dying Well

It's cliché but true: Death is an unavoidable part of life. Check out these books, whose writers deftly and unflinchingly tackle the taboos and trauma associated with dying and grief. Each of these books, in their own way, shed a some much-needed light on this under-addressed topic.

July 22, 2015

Perfect Summer Reading: Barbarian Days by William Finnegan

In Barbarian Days, New Yorker writer William Finnegan recounts a surfing life in exquisite prose and beautifully writ storytelling.

July 17, 2015

Essential Reading: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

There’s a lot to be said about racial progress. Much can be packed into a few words, like so: Okay, good. But still not great, nor right, nor enough. It became clear to this reader very early on in Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, Between the World and Me, that this is a big part of what the author aims to convey.

July 15, 2015

Jonathan Kozol Brings His Crusade Home: The Theft of Memory

In his new memoir, The Theft of Memory, Jonathan Kozol finds outrage in the midst of the struggle of losing his father to Alzheimer’s.

July 10, 2015

Even This I Get to Experience: Behind the Scenes with Norman Lear

In his memoir, Norman Lear recounts some standout experiences on the set of 'All in the Family' and the ways the seemingly light show tackled deeper social issues.

July 1, 2015

How to Say 'Housewife': The Good Shufu by Tracy Slater

When Tracy arrives in Japan, she must learn the challenges of communicating in her host country - not just the language, but the differences in communication and roles of women.

June 26, 2015

Community Conscious: 6 Books on Making a Difference

Volunteering is an admirable thing that can have lasting positive effects on both those being helped -- and on volunteers. Here is a lineup of stories that show what a difference being a community do-gooder can have.

May 29, 2015

Stuart Scott, in His Own Words

Every Day I Fight, the memoir of Stuart Scott, walks readers through not just his life – but his incredible spirit especially during his fight with cancer.

May 20, 2015

Celebrate Your Inner Spinster with Kate Bolick

Spinster, the new memoir-history hybrid from Kate Bolick, is a nuanced exploration of women struggling to discover their identities independent of external factors like men, work, and family.

May 13, 2015

The Book of Love (and So Much More)

With his most recent publications, Roger Rosenblatt has experimented with a form of memoir that aims to blend prose and poetry. He continues this Experiment with The Book of Love.