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A Solemn Pleasure: To Imagine, Witness, and Write

by Melissa Pritchard & Bret Anthony Johnston

Reflections on a literary life pulled in two directions: from war zone journalism to the writing and teaching of fiction.


The Nearest Thing to Life

by James Wood

On the meaning of fiction


The Life of Images

by Charles Simic

A collection of new and selected essays by the Pulitzer Prize winner and former poet laureate

In addition to being one of America's most famous and commended poets, Charles Simic is a prolific and talented essayist....


Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now

by Ann Imig

Irreverent, thought-provoking, hilarious, and edgy: a collection of personal stories celebrating motherhood, featuring #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jenny Lawson and Jennifer Weiner, and many other notable...


Visions and Revisions

by Dale Peck

Novelist and critic Dale Peck’s latest work—part memoir, part extended essay—is a foray into what the author calls “the second half of the first half of the AIDS epidemic,” i.e., the period between...


My Prisoner

by Aleksandar Hemon & Velibor Bozovic

When Aleksandar Hemon and Velibor Božovic became friends as teenagers in Sarajevo, it was, in Hemon's words, "pretty clear that our friendship was for life, even if we could have no notion of what lay ahead...


Mommie Diarist: A Collection

by Lane Buckman & Robyn Rasberry

Motherhood, the good, the bad, and the boldfaced. A collection of honest essays about the hardest and best job in the world. Women from all stages of life contribute with stories that will make you laugh, make...


A Stroll Before Dark: Essays

by Richard Church

In this collection of essays, Richard Church explores themes of countryside, poetry, family, and finding inspiration in the mundane. Split into two parts 'Moving About' and 'Sitting Still', these titles reflect...


Blood, Bread, and Poetry: Selected Prose 1979-1985

by Adrienne Rich

That Adrienne Rich is a not only a major American poet but an incisive, compelling prose writer is made clear once again by this collection, in which she continues to explore the social and political context...


Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations

by Adrienne Rich

"Adrienne Rich's new prose collection could have been titled The Essential Rich."—Women's Review of Books These essays trace a distinguished writer's engagement with her time, her arguments with herself and...


Field & Stream: The World's Best Fishing Stories

by Colin Kearns

For 120 years, Field & Stream has published only top-tier fishing stories, and this riveting volume comprises the very best from the last decade. These pieces tell tales of the fish that drive us to obsession,...


Three Kinds of Motion: Kerouac, Pollock, and the Making of American Highways

by Riley Hanick

Book-length essay chronicles Jackson Pollock, Jack Kerouac, and the origin of America’s highway system.


Plainwater: Essays and Poetry

by Anne Carson

The poetry and prose collected in Plainwater are a testament to the extraordinary imagination of Anne Carson, a writer described by Michael Ondaatje as "the most exciting poet writing in English today." Succinct...


Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World

by Jane Hirshfield

A dazzling collection of essays on how the best poems work, from the master poet and essayist

 

“Poetry,” Jane Hirshfield has said, “is language that foments revolutions of being.” In ten eloquent and...


I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son

by Kent Russell

From one of the most ferociously brilliant and distinctive young voices in literary nonfiction: a debut shot through with violence, comedy, and feverish intensity that takes us on an odyssey into an American...


Twenty-First-Century Buddhists in Conversation

by Melvin McLeod

Leading voices of Buddhism discuss issues and ideas important to Buddhists in the twenty-first century.

Twenty-First-Century Buddhists collects the very best of the round-table discussions recorded in the pages...


Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays

by Michael Paterniti

In this moving, lyrical, and ultimately uplifting collection of essays, Michael Paterniti turns a keen eye on the full range of human experience, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of everyday people.

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Essays on Modernity: And the Permanent Things from Tradition

by James A. Patrick, B. R. Mullikin & Thomas Howard

Essays on Modernity covers a wide range of topics, but the essential thesis remains the same throughout; contemporary Western society has abandoned the permanent things of tradition in favor of fleeting pleasures,...


Discontent and its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London

by Mohsin Hamid

From “one of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers” (The New York Times), intimate and sharply observed commentary on life, art, politics, and “the war on terror.”

 

Mohsin Hamid’s brilliant,...


The Trouble with Post-Blackness

by Houston A. Baker & K. Merinda Simmons

An America in which the color of one’s skin no longer matters would be unprecedented. With the election of President Barack Obama, that future suddenly seemed possible. Obama’s rise reflects a nation of...