Literary Non-Fiction - Biography

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  • The $60,000 Dog: My Life with Animals

    By Lauren Slater

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780807001912
    • Publisher: Beacon Press
    • Published: 2012
    An author and psychologist describes her love for the animals in her life and the various contributions they have made.
  • '66 Frames

    By Gordon Ball

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781566890823
    • Publisher: Coffee House Press
    • Published: April 1999
    Independent filmaker chronicles his encounters with Allen Ginsburg, Timothy Leary, Andy Warhol, and others.
  • '74 and Sunny: A Memoir

    By A. J. Benza

    Our Price: $13.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781476738789
    • Publisher: Gallery Books
    • Published: July 2015
  • 'An Inward Necessity': The Writer's Life of Lucas Malet

    By Patricia Lorimer Lundberg

    Our Price: $50.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780820468082
    • Publisher: Peter Lang
    • Published: August 2003
    Patricia Lorimer Lundberg is Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies and Executive Director of the Center for Cultural Discovery and Learning at Indiana University Northwest.
  • 'Friend and Lover': The Life of Louise Bryant

    By Virginia Gardner

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780818002335
    • Publisher: Horizon Press
    • Published: November 1982
    Portrays Louise Bryant's life, her activities in Russia as a newspaper correspondent, and her relationships with John Reed and Eugene O'Neill
  • 'Isak Dinesen' and Karen Blixen: The Mask and the Reality

    By Donald Hannah

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780394476001
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: January 1971
  • 'Membering

    By Austin Clarke

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781459730342
    • Publisher: Dundurn
    • Published: September 2015
    The unforgettable memoir of Giller Prize–winning author and poet Austin Clarke, called “Canada’s first multicultural writer.”Austin Clarke is a distinguished and celebrated novelist and short-story writer. His works often centre around the immigrant experience, of which he writes with humour and compassion, happiness and sorrow. In’Membering, Clarke shares his own experiences growing up in Barbados and moving to Toronto to attend university in 1955 before becoming a journalist. With vivid realism he describes Harlem of the ’60s, meeting and interviewing Malcolm X and writers Chinua Achebe and LeRoi Jones. Clarke went on to become a pioneering instructor of Afro-American Literature at Yale University and inspired a new generation of Afro-American writers.Clarke has been called Canada’s first multicultural writer. Here he eschews a traditional chronological order of events and takes the reader on a lyrical tour of his extraordinary life, interspersed with thought-provoking meditations on politics and race. Telling things as he ’members them.
  • 'Orientalist Jones': Sir William Jones, Poet, Lawyer, and Linguist, 1746-1794

    By Michael J. Franklin

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780199532001
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
    • Published: October 2011
    Sir William Jones (1746-94) was the foremost Orientalist of his generation and one of the greatest intellectual navigators of all time. He re-drew the map of European thought. 'Orientalist' Jones was an extraordinary man and an intensely colourful figure. At the age of twenty-six, Jones was elected to Dr Johnson's Literary Club, on terms of intimacy with the metropolitan luminaries of the day. The names of his friends in Britain and India present a roll-call of late eighteenth-century glitterati: Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Priestley, Edmund Burke, Warren Hastings, Johannes Zoffany, Edward Gibbon, Oliver Goldsmith, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Charles James Fox, William Pitt, and David Garrick. In Bengal his Sanskrit researches marked the beginning of Indo-European comparative grammar, and modern comparative-historical linguistics, of Indology, and the disciplines of comparative literature, philology, mythology, and law. He did more than any other writer to destroy Eurocentric prejudice, reshaping Western perceptions of India and the Orient. His commitment to the translation of culture, a multiculturalism fascinated as much by similitude as difference, profoundly influenced European and British Romanticism, offering the West disconcerting new relationships and disorienting orientations. Jones's translation of the Hindu myth of Sakuntala (1789) led to an Oriental renaissance in the West and cultural revolution in India. Remembered with great affection throughout the subcontinent as a man who facilitated India's cultural assimilation into the modern world, Jones helped to build India's future on the immensity, sophistication, and pluralism of its past. Michael J. Franklin's extensive archival research reveals new insights into this radical intellectual: a figure characterized by Goethe as 'a far-seeing man, he seeks to connect the unknown to the known', and described by Dr Johnson as 'the most enlightened of the sons of men'. Unpublished poems and new letters shed fresh light upon Jones in rare moments of relaxation, while Franklin's research of the legal documents in the courts of the King's Bench, the Carmarthen circuit, and the Supreme Court of Bengal illustrates his passion for social justice, his legal acumen, and his principled independence.
  • 'Pretty Good for a Woman': The Enigmas of Evelyn Scott

    By D.A. Callard

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780393022766
    • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
    • Published: January 1986
    A portrait of a literary enigma and her generation focuses on her radicalism which extended to almost every strand of American intellectual life in the interwar years
  • 'Something Urgent I Have to Say to You': The Life and Works of William Carlos Williams

    By Herbert Leibowitz

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780374113292
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: November 2011
    Herbert Leibowitz’s “Something Urgent I Have to Say to You” provides a new perspective on the life and poetry of the doctor poet William Carlos Williams, a key American writer who led one of the more eventful literary lives of the twentieth century. Friends with most of the contemporary innovators of his era—Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Ford Madox Ford, and Louis Zukofsky, among others—Williams made a radical break with the modernist tradition by seeking to invent an entirely fresh and singularly American poetic, whose subject matter derived from the everyday lives of the citizens and poor immigrant com­munities of northern New Jersey. His poems mirrored both the conflicts of his own life and the convulsions that afflicted American soci­ety—two world wars, a rampaging flu pan-demic, and the Great Depression.Leibowitz’s biography offers a compelling description of the work that inspired a seminal, controversial movement in American verse, as well as a rounded portrait of a complicated man: pugnacious and kindly, ambitious and insecure, self-critical and imaginative. “Something Urgent I Have to Say to You” is both a long-overdue assessment of a major American writer and an entertaining examination of the twentieth-century avant-garde art and poetry scene, with its memorable cast of eccentric pioneers, includ­ing Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Marianne Moore, and Gertrude Stein.
  • 'There Are Things I Want You to Know' About Stieg Larsson and Me

    By Eva Gabrielsson

    Our Price: $11.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781609803636
    • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
    • Published: June 2011
    Here is the real inside story--not the one about the Stieg Larsson phenomenon, but rather the love story of a man and a woman whose lives came to be guided by politics and love, coffee and activism, writing and friendship. Only one person knows that story well enough to tell it with authority. Eva and Stieg shared everything, starting when they were both eighteen until his untimely death 32 years later. Here, Eva accepts the daunting challenge of telling the story of their shared life, steeped in love and sharpened in the struggle for justice and human rights. She chooses to tell it in short, spare, lyrical chapters, like snapshots, the inside account of how he wrote, why he wrote, who the sources were for Lisbeth and his other characters--graciously answering Stieg's readers' most pressing questions--and at the same time telling us about love and loss, death, betrayal, and the mistreatment of women.--From publisher description.
  • 'Tis: A Memoir

    By Frank McCourt

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684865744
    • Publisher: Touchstone
    • Published: August 2000
    Second installment Irish-American memoir by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes. 368p. Paper.
  • 'Tis: A Memoir

    By Frank McCourt

    Our Price: $13.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780684848785
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: 1999
    A sequel to the phenomenally successful Angela's Ashes picks up the sometimes harrowing tale of McCourt's youth as he immigrates from Ireland to America, joins the Army, goes to college, and begins building a life. (Biography).
  • 05/16 Event: Las Comrades & Friends Latino Book Club

    By Judith Ortiz Cofer

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789111988674
    • Publisher: Strand Book Store
    • Published: 2017
    Admission & Signed Copy grants you admission for one, plus one signed copy of the book.Signed Copy, no admission does not grant admission to the event, but reserves a signed copy of the book for you, pending availability of signed copies after the event has concluded. The event is in the Strand’s Art Department, located on the 2nd floor of our store, at 828 Broadway and 12th Street, unless otherwise specified. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Admission and the signed copy will only be available for pick-up at the event, so please select “in store pick-up” as your shipping method. Payment is required at the time the order is placed. You may also purchase admission in the store at the registers. Please note that if you order a book but do not attend the event, your book will be held at the Strand’s basement holds desk for one week after the event. Orders for just a signed copy and no admission will be processed 1-2 days after the event, pending availability of signed copies. Signed Copy, no admission does not grant admission to the event, but reserves a signed copy of the book for you, pending availability of signed copies after the event has concluded. We cannot guarantee that signed copies will be available after completing all orders for event books. In the event that signed copies are not available after the event has concluded, you will not be charged. In the event that signed copies are available, orders will be processed 1-2 days after the event.
  • 07/31 Event: Lights On, Rats Out

    By Cree LeFavour

    Our Price: $15.00 - $25.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112027815
    • Publisher: Strand Book Store
    • Published: 2017
    Admission & Signed Copy grants you admission for one, plus one signed copy of the book. Admission & Gift Card grants you admission for one, plus one $15 Strand gift card to be used at any time on any product. Signed Copy, no admission does not grant admission to the event, but reserves a signed copy of the book for you, pending availability of signed copies after the event has concluded. The event is in the Strand’s Rare Book Room, located on the 3rd floor of our store, at 828 Broadway and 12th Street, unless otherwise specified. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Admission and the signed copy / gift card will only be available for pick-up at the event, so please select “in store pick-up” as your shipping method. Payment is required at the time the order is placed. You may also purchase admission in the store at the registers, or at the time of the event in the Rare Book Room. Please note that if you order a book but do not attend the event, your book will be held at the Strand’s basement holds desk for one week after the event. Orders for just a signed copy and no admission will be processed 1-2 days after the event, pending availability of signed copies. Signed Copy, no admission does not grant admission to the event, but reserves a signed copy of the book for you, pending availability of signed copies after the event has concluded. We cannot guarantee that signed copies will be available after completing all orders for event books. In the event that signed copies are not available after the event has concluded, you will not be charged. In the event that signed copies are available, orders will be processed 1-2 days after the event.

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