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How Did I Get Here?

by Jesse Browner

A literary exploration that seeks to answer the question: Have I lived the life I intended?

Based on an essay he wrote for Poets & Writers magazine, Jesse Browner, a novelist who finds himself torn between his...


Books Fatal to Their Authors

by P. H. Ditchfield

To record the woes of authors and to discourse de libris fatalibus seems deliberately to court the displeasure of that fickle mistress who presides over the destinies of writers and their works. Fortune awaits...


The Prince of Minor Writers: The Selected Essays of Max Beerbohm

by Max Beerbohm & Phillip Lopate

AN NYRB CLASSICS ORIGINAL  Virginia Woolf called Max Beerbohm “the prince” of essayists, F. W. Dupee praised his “whim of iron” and “cleverness amounting to genius,” while Beerbohm himself noted...


My Generation: Collected Nonfiction

by William Styron, James L.W. Iii West & Tom Brokaw

A vital, illuminating collection of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner’s elegant, passionately engaged nonfiction   My Generation is the definitive gathering of William Styron’s nonfiction,...


Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers

by Nick Offerman

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times bestseller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights twenty-one figures from our nation’s history, from her...


Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories

by Raymond Carver

More than sixty stories, poems, and essays are included in this wide-ranging collection by the extravagantly versatile Raymond Carver. Two of the stories—later revised for What We Talk About When We Talk About...


Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts

by Clive James

"I can't remember when I've learned as much from something I've read—or laughed as much while doing it."—Jacob Weisberg, Slate Finally in paperback after six hardcover printings, this international bestseller...


The World Is on Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse

by Joni Tevis

The sermons of Joni Tevis’ youth filled her with dread, a sense “that an even worse story—one you hadn’t read yet—could likewise come true.” In this revelatory collection, she reckons with her childhood...


Create Your Own Ebook

by John Mcload

No writing, no problem! Let me tell you a little about my story. As the Internet began taking over the world, dollar signs flashed almost constantly in the back of my mind. I did some research to see who was...


Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience

by Samantha Waltz

95 million adults have a step relationship, according to a 2011 report. That’s 95 million unexpected experiences; 95 million unique perspectives; 95 million laughs, 95 million tears, and 95 million new families.Blended...


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 Simple Act of Reading

by Debra Adelaide

For it is in the simple act of reading where the living and the dead, the real and the imagined, meet. It is in the simple act of reading where we exercise those two most sacred of human vocations: compassion...


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...