As we roll toward holiday-blockbuster season and indulge in tales of exactly how gifts end up under our trees, it’s important to note that there are some stories out there that are as fantastical as they are, well, true.
Throughout November, a variety of impressive, exciting books will be released that chronicle the lives of some very interesting people. This month’s best books are stranger—and more fascinating—than fiction. Here are four of our favorites.
A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York
By Anjelica Huston
In this book, the first installment of the accomplished actress’ memoir, she recalls life before fame, when she was growing up in Europe with her movie-star father and his famous friends. Later, Huston finds her passion for theater in London and learns how to endure tragedy. It’s a charming, insightful look into an extraordinary life.
Report from the Interior
By Paul Auster
This volume from The New York Trilogy author Auster takes an experimental look at his life, from childhood memories to more recent developments, in a way that subverts all notions of conventional autobiographies.
By Sam Wasson
Bob Fosse, the Broadway maverick who was the only person ever to win an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony award in the same year, is the subject of bestselling biographer Sam Wasson’s fascination in this 736-page book. From his on-stage successes to his tumultuous private life, Fosse is seen like never before—thanks, in part, to scandalous, previously unpublished material.
A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940
By Victoria Wilson
One of our most beloved and misunderstood movie stars gets a serious look from Knopf editor (and Clinton appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights) Victoria Wilson. From her New York childhood to life on the stage and screen, Barbara Stanwyck had an extraordinary existence that most of us never knew enough about—until now.