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Melissa H. Pierson is the author of multiple works of nonfiction including The Perfect Vehicle, Dark Horses and Black Beauties, The Place You Love Is Gone, and The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing. She writes on books and culture for a number of publications. Her most recent book is The Secret History of Kindness: Learning from How Dogs Learn.

Forget Sorrow

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Forget Sorrow

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A moving graphic memoir of a prominent Chinese family's perilous passage through 20th-century history.

Hellhound on His Trail

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Hellhound on His Trail

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The author of Ghost Soldiers tracks the astonishing trail of the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Devil and Mr. Casement

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The Devil and Mr. Casement

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The global odyssey of one of the founders of the modern human rights movement.
The Best Literary Nonfiction of 2009

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The Best Literary Nonfiction of 2009

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Melissa Holbrook Pierson surveys the books that best chronicled the real world in 2009 -- though "real" may be subject to some debate.

Lit

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Lit

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The new memoir from the author of The Liars' Club charts life as an addict, poet, and survivor.
Where Men Win Glory

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Where Men Win Glory

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Jon Krakauer investigates an uncommon soldier's death, and uncovers a tale of tragic dimensions.
A Paradise Built in Hell

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A Paradise Built in Hell

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In the wake of catastrophe, the roots of utopias?
Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

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Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

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Could altruism and tenderness be the most important of our genetically encoded survival mechanisms?
Hurry Down Sunshine: A Memoir

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Hurry Down Sunshine: A Memoir

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A struggle with mental illness, seen from a parent's stricken vantage point.
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

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Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

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The author revisits the railway journey he chronicled three decades ago, through a transformed continent.