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Jun 10, 2013 — NPR's Barrie Hardymon has been scanning the catalogs all year, searching for the summer's best books. Her five favorites range from young-adult fiction to a memoir about cheese.
Jan 16, 2013 — Just nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Lisa Cohen's biography All We Know: Three Lives follows the stories of three women of the early 20th century. "I wanted to write a book that wasn't just about one great person," Cohen says, "but about a kind of collectivity."
Dec 27, 2012 — This year's literary heroines aren't defined by their desire to love or be loved — or even to be especially lovable. Writer and critic Parul Sehgal celebrates five sublimely stubborn women, frequently at odds with themselves and always at odds with their times.
Aug 17, 2012 — The veteran journalist, who was married to news anchor Peter Jennings and then the diplomat Richard Holbrooke, recounts the highs and lows of her life with the two men.
May 25, 2011 — In Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs described his bizarre and brutal upbringing. And in turn, his brother and his mother published their own accounts of the family saga. In rival memoirs, the three writers blur the lines between fact and fiction and tell their own versions of the truth.
Mar 16, 2011 — In Anne Roiphe's memoir of hard drinking and hard loving in the 1950s, the writer recalls the "The bottomless tumblers; the never-ashed cigarettes" of her youth. But, as Alice Gregory writes, it wasn't all romance and revelry,
Mar 15, 2011 — In Art and Madness, her memoir of the literary 1950s, writer Anne Roiphe describes going into labor by herself in a snowdrift, unable to wake her sleeping playwright husband. Over the years, she learns her own power, charting her course through feminism and a life in art.
Dec 3, 2010 — Librarian Nancy Pearl loves reading about other people's lives. And while an unappreciative therapist might call that a predilection toward snooping, it won't stop her from gravitating to the memoir section of the bookstore. Here, for your own vicarious pleasure, are some of her favorites.
Nov 13, 2010 — Imagine not being able to recognize your husband, your mother, your co-workers. For author Heather Sellers, that's everyday life: She suffers from an inability to recognize faces. In her new memoir, Sellers writes about coming to terms with the disorder, but not until she was in her 30s.
Mar 3, 2010 — After Hustvedt suffered several unexplainable seizure-like episodes that defied conventional medical diagnoses, she decided to chart her experiences — and the murky intersection between mind, brain and body — in a new book, The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves.