A first publication of the acclaimed writer's personal correspondences includes whimsical accounts of her 1880s adolescence, letters written during her early journalism years, exchanges penned in observation of World War II and her own struggles with aging.
Jonathan Franzen presents a collection of recent essays and speeches about everything from his violent encounter with bird poachers in Cyprus to the suicide of his friend and rival David Foster Wallace to the ways technology has changed how people express their love.
Julia Child was a genuine rebel: She took the pretensions that embellished French cuisine and fricasseed them to a fare-thee-well, paving the way for a new era of American food — not to mention blazing a new trail in television. Bob Spitz reveals the history behind the woman who taught America how to cook.
Philadelphia journalist Rod Dreher moves back to his hometown of St. Francisville, Louisiana (pop. 1,700) in the wake of his younger sister Ruthie's death. After her funeral in the fall of 2011, Dreher began to wonder whether the ordinary life Ruthie led in their country town was in fact a path of hidden grandeur, even spiritual greatness, concealed within the modest life of a mother and teacher.
German-born biergarten owner Chris Von der Ahe bought the St. Louis Browns baseball team in order to sell more beer, but the purchase became a turning point in American baseball history.
The Irish novelist, poet and playwright presents a lyrical narrative of her life that describes her convent school education in Ireland, the scandal that ensued upon the publication of her first novel and the wild 1960s parties that introduced her to people from all walks of life.
Traces the efforts of eighteenth-century author and radical Thomas Day to create an ideal wife, describing how he adopted two young orphans and raised them according to the extreme principles of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Enlightenment.
The first woman to represent Texas in the United States Senate introduces some of the extraordinary women who have shaped the state of Texas and the nation, including Clara Driscoll, who fought to save and preserve The Alamo.
The drummer for the Grammy Award-winning group The Roots, which also serves as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, discusses a historical range of musical artists as well as African American art, hip hop, culture and philosophy. 40,000 first printing.
William Friedkin, maverick of American cinema, offers a candid look at Hollywood, when traditional storytelling gave way to the rebellious and alternative; when filmmakers like him captured the paranoia and fear of a nation undergoing a cultural nervous breakdown.
After she was born, Fawzia Koofi, the 19th daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan, was left to die in the sun by her mother. Against all odds, Koofi survived and went on to become Afghanistan's first female deputy speaker of Parliament. She shares her story in a memoir that's punctuated by a series of letters she wrote to her own two daughters in which she describes the future and freedoms she hopes they and all of Afghanistan's women might one day enjoy.
An authoritative portrait of the Latin-American warrior-statesman examines his life against a backdrop of the tensions of 19th-century South America, covering his achievements as a strategist, abolitionist and diplomat.
The author shares the lessons about womanhood and personal style she learned from both her mother, an upper-middle-class New Yorker who was the polished hostess at her family's garment district restaurant, and Elsa Schiaparelli, the outrageous, iconoclastic Italian fashion designer.