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Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books

by Michael Dirda

From Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda comes a collection of his most personal and engaging essays on the literary life—the perfect companion for any lover of books. Michael Dirda has been hailed...


Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday

by Italo Calvino

A collection of short stories compiled, edited, and introduced by Italo Calvino — including works  of E.T.A. Hoffmann, Balzac, Gogol, Poe, and many others — surveying the phenomenon of the fantastic in...


Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings

by Shirley Jackson, Laurence Hyman & Sarah Hyman Dewitt

From the renowned author of “The Lottery” and The Haunting of Hill House, a spectacular new volume of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, essays, and other writings.

Shirley Jackson is one of...


The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Short Stories

by Bret Harte

Six of the great American storyteller's best tales: "The Outcasts of Poker Flat," "Tennessee's Partner," "M'liss," "A Protégée of Jack Hamlin's," "An Ingénue of the Sierras," and the title tale.


Sredni Vashtar and Other Stories

by Saki

Born in Burma in 1870, Scottish writer H. H. Munro adopted the pseudonym Saki to satirize the social conventions, cruelty, and foolishness of the Edwardian era. His highly readable blend of flippant humor and...


Desert Songs of the Night: 1500 Years of Arabic Literature

by Suheil Bushrui, James M. Malarkey & James Malarkey

A unique and extraordinary collection, Desert Songs of the Night presents some of the finest poetry and prose by Arab writers, from the Arab East to Andalusia, over the last 1,500 years. From the mystical imagery...


More Curious

by Sean Wilsey

From reviews of the hardcover edition:"More Curious begins by making you wonder what kind of book it is, exactly, and ends by reminding you that categories are nonsense when you're enjoying something this much."-Jennifer...


The Scarecrow

by Ibrahim Al-Koni

The Scarecrow is the final volume of Ibrahim al-Koni's Oasis trilogy, which chronicles the founding, flourishing, and decline of a Saharan oasis. Fittingly, this continuation of a tale of greed and corruption...


Our Nuyorican Thing: The Birth of A Self-Made Identity

by Samuel Diaz Carrion

What is a “Nuyorican”? And what does it mean? Poet, writer and activist Samuel Diaz Carrion explores this question and more in OUR NUYORICAN THING. What started out as blog correspondence for the Nuyorican...


On Writing

by Charles Bukowski

Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, pivoting, and celebrated masters.

Charles Bukowski's stories, poems, and novels have left an...


After Ferguson, In Solidarity

by Tessara Dudley & Mariah Leewright

Every 28 hours, a Black person in the United States is shot by police. The reality of police violence touches many Black and Brown people every day, but the community response in Ferguson marked a change. Around...


Portrait of Hemingway

by Lillian Ross

The definitive sketch of one of America’s greatest writers.

On May 13, 1950, Lillian Ross’s first portrait of Ernest Hemingway was published in The New Yorker. It was an account of two days Hemingway spent...


New American Stories

by Ben Marcus

In New American Stories, the beautiful, the strange, the melancholy, and the sublime all comingle to show the vast range of the American short story . In this remarkable anthology, Ben Marcus has corralled...


Camilla

by Fanny Burney

Camilla, subtitled A Picture of Youth, is a novel by Fanny Burney, first published in 1796. Camilla deals with the matrimonial concerns of a group of young people: Camilla Tyrold and her sisters, the sweet tempered...


Castle Dangerous

by Walter Scott

Castle Dangerous (1831) was the last of Walter Scott's novels published in his lifetime. It is part of Tales of My Landlord, 4th series.


The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

by H.p. Lovercraft

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is a short epistolary novel (51,500 words) by H. P. Lovecraft, written in early 1927, but not published during the author's lifetime. Set in Lovecraft's hometown of Providence,...


Charlotte's Inheritance

by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

English author of Victorian "sensation" novels. Braddon was an extremely prolific writer, producing some 75 novels with very inventive plots. The most famous one is Lady Audley's Secret (1862), which won her...


Red Sails

by Derek Mahon

This spirited collection of short essays adds further critical and autobiographical material to Derek Mahon’s growing body of prose. It includes reflections on flying boats and on the artist William Scott,...


The Idea of Europe: An Essay

by George Steiner

In this remarkable short book, the foremost intellectual of our age brings a lifetime of erudition to bear on a subject that he has grappled with for decades, and whose future is profoundly uncertain. The Idea...


The Silverado Squatters

by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Silverado Squatters (1883) is Robert Louis Stevenson's travel memoir of his two-month honeymoon trip with Fanny Vandegrift (and her son Lloyd Osbourne) to Napa Valley, California, in 1880.In July 1879, Stevenson...