Narrative Nonfiction & Memoir

We represent a variety of writers in this burgeoning genre. From New York Times bestselling author Nando Parrado's Miracle in the Andes to Ada Calhoun's St. Marks is Dead, we're proud of a list ranging from the descriptive to the personal. With celebrities like Nick Offerman and Moby, journalists like Allison Bartlett, and memoirists like Michelle Tea and Rita Coolidge, our narrative-nonfiction authors write from the front-lines and the back offices, illuminating with candor and lyrical prose worlds heretofore hidden from view.

A Wide Range

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Michelle McNamara

I'll Be Gone in the Dark


"With its exemplary mix of memoir and reportage, this remarkable book is a modern true crime classic." - Starred Publishers Weekly Review

For ten years, a mysterious predator in California committed over fifty sexual assaults before perpetrating ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist was determined to find "the Golden State Killer." I’ll Be Gone in the Dark offers a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind.

Bryan A. Garner

Nino and Me: My Unusual Friendship with Justince Antonin Scalia

Threshold/Simon & Schuster

From legal expert and veteran author Bryan Garner comes an intimate and compelling memoir of his friendship with the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, arguably the most influential and controversial Justice on the Supreme Court for almost 30 years. In this humorous, touching, and surprisingly action-packed memoir, Garner gives a firsthand insight into the life of one of the most famous and misunderstood judges in the world. Garner is the editor in chief of Black’s Law Dictionary and the author of more than twenty books, including two with Justice Scalia.

Michelle Tea

Without a Net: Revised Edition

Seal Press/Hachette

Indie icon Michelle Tea--whose memoir The Chelsea Whistle details her own working-class roots in gritty Chelsea, Massachusetts--shares these fierce, honest, tender essays written by women who have lived below the poverty line. The writers offer their different stories not for sympathy or sadness, but an unvarnished portrait of how it was, is, and will be for generations of women growing up working class in America. These wide-ranging essays cover everything from selling blood for grocery money to the culture shock of "jumping" class. Contributors include Dorothy Allison, Bee Lavender, Eileen Myles, and Daisy Hernández.

David Giffels

Furnishing Eternity

Scribner/Simon & Schuster

From the acclaimed author of The Hard Way on Purpose, a vibrant, heartfelt memoir about confronting mortality, surviving loss, finding resilience in one’s Midwest roots and seeking a father’s wisdom through an unusual woodworking project—constructing his own coffin. Giffels’s writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Parade, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.



Penguin Press

From one of the most interesting and iconic musicians of our time, Porcelain is a piercingly tender, funny, and harrowing account of Moby’s path from suburban poverty and alienation to a life of beauty, squalor and unlikely success out of the NYC club scene of the late '80s and '90s. This portrait of the young singer-songwriter, musician, and DJ whose records have sold 20 million worldwide, Porcelain is a masterpiece in its own right, capturing not just a scene but an age, and something timeless about the human condition.

Simon Fitzmaurice

It's Not Yet Dark

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A luminous memoir and a #1 bestseller upon its initial release in Ireland, It’s Not Yet Dark tells the story of a young filmmaker, diagnosed with ALS, but determined to make the most out of life. Told in simply expressed and beautifully stark prose, and written using an eye-gaze computer, Fitzmaurice leads readers through an astonishing journey into a life that, though brutally compromised, is lived more fully than most.