Non-fiction

Facing the Torturer

François Bizot

The author of the acclaimed memoir The Gate now gives us a mesmerizing account of his personal relationship with one of the most infamous torturers of the twentieth century, and of his transformative…


The Last Soldiers of the Cold War

Fernando Morais

The 1962 Missile Crisis may represent the height of the conflict between Cuba and the US, but the two countries have never ceased their heated battle across the small strait of water that separates th…


Not the Last Goodbye

David Servan-Schreiber

I knew the prognosis. Sooner or later, it would come back. I could slow down the inevitable; I could gain a few years. But there was nothing I could do to make this cancer disappear forever. So this w…


Paris Revealed: The Secret Life of a City

Stephen Clarke

Where to see fantastic art away from all the crowds? Why Parisian men feel compelled to pee in the street? How to choose a hotel room where you might actually get a good night’s sleep? Which is the mo…


The Power of Consciousness

Philippe Presles

There are many experiences we don’t remember, especially from our early childhood. But around age five, we undergo a transition wherein we become aware of ourselves, of our memories, and of the passag…


The Warmth of the Heart Prevents Your Body from Rusting

Marie de Hennezel

The inevitable ageing process does not have to condemn us to solitude, suffering, degradation or dependency. In this eloquent meditation on ageing, Marie de Hennezel guides us through a true “art of g…


Rebirth

Guy Corneau

In June 2007, renowned Canadian psychoanalyst Guy Corneau was diagnosed with phase 4 terminal cancer. Two years later, to the surprise and joy of his physicians, not only was he thriving, but the canc…


And the Show Went On

Alan Riding

On June 14, 1940, German tanks rolled into a silent and deserted Paris. Eight days later, a humbled France accepted defeat along with foreign occupation. The only consolation was that, while the swast…


Helena Rubenstein: The Woman Who Invented Beauty

Michèle Fitoussi

This is the extraordinary story of the woman who created a cosmetic empire and gave it her name, of an entrepreneur who started with nothing except a belief in the strength of women. The tale of a leg…


Even Silence Has an End

Ingrid Betancourt

In the midst of her campaign for the Colombian presidency in 2002, Ingrid Betancourt traveled into a military-controlled region where the conflict with the FARC was being waged. An advocate for peace…