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Biography At the Strangers' Gate Adam Gopnik Manderley Forever Tatiana de Rosnay The Letters of Sylvia Plath Edited by Peter K. Steinberg & Karen V. Kukil PB $32.99 When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to- be-wife, Martha, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site for the young, the arty, and the ambitious. But it was also becoming a city of greed. Between tender and humorous reminiscences, Gopnik discusses the ethics of ambition, the economy of creative capital, and the peculiar anthropology of art and aspiration in New York, then and now. HB $39.99 Bestselling novelist Tatiana de Rosnay pays homage to Daphne du Maurier, a writer who influenced her deeply, in this startling and immersive new biography. A portrait of one writer by another, Manderley Forever meticulously recounts a life as mysterious and dramatic as the work it produced. This is a compelling portrait and celebration of an intriguing, hugely popular and (at the time) critically underrated writer. The Vanity Fair Diaries Tina Brown Where the Past Begins Amy Tan Leonardo da Vinci Walter Isaacson PB $32.99 The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of Englishwoman Tina Brown, summoned to New York City in hopes that she can save Conde Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair. She is immediately plunged into the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the planet's slickest magazine company. She survives by a simple stratagem: succeeding. Funny and astute, The Vanity Fair Diaries is a fascinating chronicle of a woman's life in a glittering era. PB $32.99 In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author Amy Tan is at her most intimate in revealing the truths and inspirations that underlie her extraordinary fiction. Supplied with candour and characteristic humour, Where the Past Begins takes readers into the idiosyncratic workings of her writer's mind, a journey that explores memory, imagination and truth, with fiction serving as both her divining rod and link to meaning. HB $49.99 Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But he was just as much a man of science and engineering. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius. Walter Isaacson reminds us how da Vinci's combination of science, art, technology and imagination remains an enduring recipe for creativity. HB $69.99 This comprehensive edition of Sylvia Plath's letters is a work of immense scholarship and care, presenting a complete and historically accurate text of the known and extant letters Plath wrote to over one hundred and twenty correspondents, including Ted Hughes. This edition reproduces previously unseen photographs, and a gathering of Plath's own beautiful line drawings taken from the letters she sent to her friends and family.