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The Words That Made Australia: How a Nation Came to Know Itself

by Chris Feik & Robert Manne

Selected for the Grattan Institute's 2012 Prime Minister's Reading List

This is not a book of documents, snippets or worthy speeches. Instead it presents the original essays and the moments of insight that...


Awkward: A Detour

by Mary Cappello

Startlingly imaginative nonfiction about a very particular if common and much-maligned state of being.


The Cypress and Other Writings of a German Pioneer in Texas

by Hermann Seele & Edward C. Breitenkamp

When Hermann Seele anived in New Braunfels in 1845, the raw colony was plagued by poverty, disease, lack of food, and hostile Indians. This personal record of the Germans in Texas shows their evolution from...


Essays Ancient and Modern

by T. S. Eliot

A compendium of essays on religion, literature, and politics from a Nobel laureate and literary master.


A Place in the Country

by W.G. Sebald & Jo Catling

A Place in the Country is W. G. Sebald’s meditation on the six artists and writers who shaped his creative mind—and the last of this great writer’s major works to be translated into English.

 

This beautiful...


An Elemental Thing

by Eliot Weinberger

Internationally acclaimed as one of the most innovative writers today, Eliot Weinberger has taken the essay into unexplored territories on the borders of poetry and narrative where the only rule, according to...


Maps for a Mortal Moon: Essays and Entertainments

by Adil Jussawalla & Jerry Pinto

Welcome to the world of Adil Jussawalla, poet, columnist, critic. The essays and entertainments collected in this volume take in everything from language to poetry, from ethics to model aeroplanes, from death...


Show Me Your Environment: Essays on Poetry, Poets, and Poems

by David Baker

Show Me Your Environment, a penetrating yet personable collection of critical essays, David Baker explores how a poem works, how a poet thinks, and how the art of poetry has evolved-and is still evolving as...


What Makes This Book So Great

by Jo Walton

As any reader of Jo Walton's Among Others might guess, Walton is both an inveterate reader of SF and fantasy, and a chronic re-reader of books. In 2008, then-new science-fiction mega-site Tor.com asked Walton...


The Maine Woods

by Henry David Thoreau & Richard F. Fleck

Posthumously published in 1864, The Maine Woods depicts Henry David Thoreau's experiences in the forests of Maine, and expands on the author's transcendental theories on the relation of humanity to Nature. This...


The Government of the Tongue

by Seamus Heaney

In his volume of critical essays The Government of the Tongue, Seamus Heaney scrutinizes the poetry of many masterful poets. Throughout the collection, Heaney's gifts as a wise and genial reader are exercised...


Ornament and Silence: Essays on Women's Lives From Edith Wharton to Germaine Greer

by Kennedy Fraser

In these fourteen essays, Fraser focuses on women in love affairs, friendships, marriages, and families; in relation to one another and to the talented men who so often rendered them invisible. In Ornament and...


What They Did For Love: The Extraordinary Ways Ordinary People Express the Heart's Finest Emotion

by Editors of Reader's Digest

A powerful collection of stories that is at once heart-warming and heart-wrenching as writers offer stories of love in its many forms set against the challenges of modern life.

 

Over the years Reader’s Digest...


Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered

by Courtney Weiss Smith, Kate Parker & Margaret Doody

Bringing together work by distinguished and younger scholars, Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered takes seriously the connections between poetry and novels in the period between...


The New American Poetry: Fifty Years Later

by John R. Woznicki, Paul R. Cappucci & Carla Billitteri

This book hews a new pathway of literary criticism on The New American Poetry that goes beyond the typical analysis of the anthology’s construction and reception. It expresses new ideas about the anthology’s...


Comics as History, Comics as Literature: Roles of the Comic Book in Scholarship, Society, and Entertainment

by Annessa Ann Babic

This discursive volume covers a breadth of material from Ancient Rome to 9/11and its scope of historical insight and use of theory makes this a critical read for anyone studying popular culture. Its creative...


Psycho Too

by Will Self & Ralph Steadman

Will Self and Ralph Steadman join forces once again in a further post-millennial meditation on the vexed relationship of psyche and place in a globalised world; Psycho Too brings together a second helping of...


White Girls

by Hilton Als

White Girls, Hilton Als’s first book since The Women fourteen years ago, finds one of The New Yorker's boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music...


Sophocles: The Classical Heritage: The Classical Heritage

by Roger Dawe

Sophocles: The Classical Heritage, first published in 1996, contains a diverse collection of reflection, ranging from the 16th century to the 20th, on one of the three great Attic tragedians, the author of perhaps...


Xylotheque: Essays

by Yelizaveta P. Renfro

Combining memoir and nature writing, this book comprises nine essays that represent different seasons and slices of time, not unlike the rings of a tree. No two rings are alike, but each accretes to the next,...