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The Writer's Library

by Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager

With a Foreword by Susan Orlean, twenty-three of today's living literary legends, including Donna Tartt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Sean Greer, Laila Lalami, and Michael Chabon, reveal the books that made them...


The Common Reader - First Series

by Virginia Woolf

This is Woolf's first and most popular volume of essays. This collection has more than twenty-five selections, including such important statements as "Modern Fiction" and "The Modern Essay."

Virginia Woolf is...


My Life as a Villainess

by Laura Lippman

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman, a journalist for many years, collects here her recent essays exploring motherhood as an older mom, her life as a reader, her relationships with her parents,...


Walter Pater: Complete Writings

by Walter Pater & Bauer Books

Walter Horatio Pater  was an English essayist, literary and art critic, and fiction writer, regarded as one of the great stylists. His works on Renaissance subjects were popular but controversial in his times....


Avoid the Day

by Jay Kirk

"Avoid the Day truly seems to me to push nonfiction memoir as far as it can go without it collapsing into a singularity and I am at a loss for words. You are just going to have to read it." –Helen Macdonald,...


This Is Major

by Shayla Lawson

Named one of the most anticipated books of the year by USA Today, Bitch Magazine, Parade, Salon and Ms. Magazine

From a fierce and humorous new voice comes a relevant, insightful, and riveting collection of personal...


The Poetry of Strangers

by Brian Sonia-Wallace

It might surprise you who’s a fan of poetry — when it meets them where they are.

Before he became an award-winning writer and poet, Brian Sonia-Wallace set up a typewriter on the street with a sign that...


The English Poetic Mind

by Charles Williams

After an opening chapter that examines the nature of poetry itself and analyzes its effect upon the reader, the author, in The English Poetic Mind, moves on to his main purpose, which is to try to reveal the...


Crossing Borders

by Samir Gandesha & Peyman Vahabzadeh

Crossing Borders: Essays in Honour of Ian Angus is a collection of original and cutting- edge essays by thirteen outstanding and diverse Canadian and International scholars that engage with Professor Ian Angus'...


A Ramble in the Woods on Sunday

by James Kirke Paulding

In this article, "A Ramble in the Woods on Sunday," by James Kirke Paulding, originally published in the January 1833 issue of The Knickerbocker magazine, a literary ramble about nature, the author communes...


The Author's Craft

by Arnold Bennett

The author of The Grand Babylon Hotel, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, The Old Wives' Tale and much more, English writer Arnold Bennett's fictional and non-fictional works have stood the test of time. Bennett...


While Rome Burns

by Alexander Woollcott

"This is Woollcott speaking."...America's favorite raconteur here offers a generous selection of his best horror stories, anecdotes, personal portraits, legendary tales and reminiscences, including celebrated...


I Will Take the Answer

by Ander Monson

A moving and wide-ranging collection of essays by the author of Letter to a Future Lover

The idea of connection permeates I Will Take the Answer, Ander Monson's fourth book of utterly original and intelligent...


Shores of Light

by Edmund Wilson

A literary chronicle of the Twenties and Thirties from the brilliant mind of Edmund Wilson

Shores of Light covers a vast range of authors including Sherwood Anderson, Ring Lardner, Eugene O'Neill, e. e. cummings,...


Tawny Grammar

by Gary Snyder

Two beautifully paired essays, "Tawny Grammar" and "Good, Wild, Sacred," serve to offer an autobiographical framework for Gary Snyder's long work as a poet, an environmentalist, and a leader of the Buddhist...


Women on Food

by Charlotte Druckman

Women on Food unites the radical, diverging female voices of the food industry in this urgent, moving, and often humorous collection of essays, interviews, questionnaires, illustrations, quotes, and ephemera....


The Collector of Leftover Souls

by Eliane Brum & Diane Grosklaus Whitty

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature

Urgent investigative essays covering a wide range of humanity in Brazil, from the Amazon to the favelas

Eliane Brum is a star journalist in Brazil,...


Tremendous Trifles

by G. K. Chesterton

These fleeting sketches are all republished by kind permission of the Editor of the DAILY NEWS, in which paper they appeared. They amount to no more than a sort of sporadic diary—a diary recording one day...


The Nothing That Is

by Johanna Skubsrud

Rather than making "something" out of "nothing," what follows is an endeavour to express the potential of language and thought to encounter what is infinitely beyond both yet to be imagined.

In The Nothing That...


The Big Book of the Dead

by Marion Winik

  • The first-ever combined edition of Marion Winik's short, acclaimed, lyrical obituaries; writers from Cheryl Strayed to Ann Patchett have claimed these books among their favorites of all time
  • Each entry is a...