Poet and Guggenheim Fellow Mary Karr recounts her descent into alcoholism and her relationship with her mother, her family, and her faith.
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Ranked #1 in Books 100
7“Cheever: A Life”
Ranked #7 in Books 100
Blake Bailey provides detailed personal insight into the simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary life of author John Cheever
Ranked #9 in Books 100
In “Just Kids,” punk queen Patti Smith reveals the nuances of her creative relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in 1970s bohemian New York.
21“The Wilderness Warrior”
Ranked #21 in Books 100
Douglas Brinkley takes on Theodore Roosevelt’s efforts to save America’s wilderness in “The Wilderness Warrior,” a book as big as its subject.
Ranked #25 in Books 100
D.A. Powell’s poetry collection “Chronic” soars in its electric anger, celebration and suspicion of love.
Ranked #30 in Books 100
Tad Friend, a staff writer for the New Yorker, pens a hilarious and touching memoir about quirky relatives on the brink of extinction.
Ranked #31 in Books 100
“Anne Frank” by Francine Prose combines literary gossip and historical facts to lay claim to the belief that the young WWII icon was nothing short of a literary genius.
Ranked #38 in Books 100
Published less than a month after his death, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s memoir, “True Compass” pays homage to the family and political life he loved.
41“Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong”
Ranked #41 in Books 100
The compelling biography “Pops” argues that Louis Armstrong’s cheerful manner and exultant playing were the man’s essence, not a stage act.
Ranked #52 in Books 100
“Raymond Carver” follows the short story writer’s turbulent life, from the vices that caused his downfall to the people who contributed to his authorial success.