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Keats: A Brief Life in Nine Poems and One Epitaph

Fans of Helen Vendler’s Coming of Age as a Poet will appreciate this acute study of Keats’s democratic verse.

The Turning Point: 1851—A Year That Changed Charles Dickens and the World

This expansive blend of literary and historical research allows readers a close encounter with Dickens’s writing desk. A must-read for Dickens fans.

Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era

A must-read for fans of Capote. Leamer’s carefully curated blend of gossip and citation is sure to also engross anyone interested in midcentury New York society.

The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from the New Yorker

Recommended for all libraries, this anthology offers an engaging and highly relevant selection for American audiences.

Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life

Crafters and fans of Foster will enjoy this tender memoir about creative coping as a way to say yes to personal ambitions big and small.

Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks 1941–1995

An exceptional effort to make primary source material on one of America’s best known mystery authors more accessible. Sure to be a resource for future scholars, these annotated diaries will also appeal to fans of Eileen Myles’s Chelsea Girls and Diane di Prima’s Recollections of my Life as a Woman, offering a frank and detailed account of a woman and writer coming of age.

The Heroine with 1001 Faces

A necessary and compelling read for scholars, activists, and storytellers interested in inclusive revisions to the hero’s canon.

Two-Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A welcome update that avoids sensationalism to pursue a more complex history of a much-loved literary figure. Recommended for all collections.

Upper Bohemia

Herrera’s memoir engages in discussions of mental health, equality, and fulfillment without passing judgement on her subjects; a rare feat. A riveting story of necessary resilience.

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