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

Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms

Feminist Press

A doomed lesbian biker gang, recovering alcoholics, and teenagers barely surviving at an ice creamery: these are some of the larger-than-life, yet all-too-human figures populating Against Memoir, Tea’s first-ever collection of journalistic writing. As she blurs the line between telling other people’s stories and her own, she turns an investigative eye to the genre that’s nurtured her entire career―memoir―and considers the price that art demands be paid from life. Michelle Tea is the author of numerous books, including Black Wave, Valencia, and How to Grow Up.

Dave Itzkoff


Henry Holt & Co.

From New York Times culture reporter and author of Mad as Hell Dave Itzkoff comes the definitive biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his breakout role in Mork & Mindy to his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.



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.

Wendy Mitchell

Somebody That I Used to Know


Wendy Mitchell had a busy job, raised her two daughters alone, and spent her weekends running and climbing mountains. Then, slowly, a mist settled deep in her mind, blurring the world around her. In 2014, at fifty-eight, she was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s. In this groundbreaking book, Mitchell shares the heartrending story of her cognitive decline and how she has fought to stave it off. A chronicle of one woman’s struggle to make sense of her shifting world and her mortality, this book offers a powerful rumination on memory, perception, and the simple pleasure of living in the moment.