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The Observing Self (Routledge Revivals): Rediscovering the Essay

by Graham Good

First published in 1988, this title is a study of the essay as a literary genre, not just in terms of its general intellectual and literary history, but as an exploration of the creative possibilities of the...


McSweeney's Issue 46

by Dave Eggers

In thirteen electrifying stories, our very first all-Latin-American issue takes on the crime story as a starting point, and expands to explore contemporary life from every angle—swinging from secret Venezuelan...


The Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill

by Jeffrey Eugenides, Rick Moody & Lois Lowry

“To be up all night in the darkness of your youth but to be ready for the day to come…that was what going to Brown felt like.” —Jeffrey Eugenides

In celebration of Brown University’s 250th anniversary,...


Three Minus One: Stories of Parents' Love and Loss

by Sean Hanish & Brooke Warner

Three Minus One: Parents' Stories of Love and Loss is a collection of intimate, soul-baring stories and artwork by parents who have lost a child to stillbirth, miscarriage, or neonatal death, inspired by the...


Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and Fatherhood

by Stephanie G'Shwind

Selected from the country's leading literary journals and publications—Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Creative Nonfiction, Georgia Review, Gulf Coast, The Missouri Review, The Normal School...


The Idea of Europe in British Travel Narratives, 1789-1914

by Katarina Gephardt

Showing how specific rhetorical strategies used in nineteenth-century British travel writing produced fictional representations of continental Europe in works by Ann Radcliffe, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, and...


Phoning Home: Essays

by Jacob M. Appel

A collection of short personal essays on complex issues that range from humorous to poignant


Journeys to the Underworld

by Fiona Pitt-Kethley

In her quest for the Sibyl in various locations in classical Italy, the author learns as much about casual sex and the concupiscence of the continental male as she does about the glory of antiquity. 'As a caculatedly...


But Enough About You: Essays

by Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley at his best: an extraordinary, wide-ranging selection of essays both hilarious and poignant, irreverent and delightful.

In his first book of essays since his 1997 bestseller, Wry Martinis,...


Cultural Analysis in an Age of Globalization

by Benjamin Lee

Cultural Analysis in an Age of Globalization draws upon contemporary work in anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, and literary theory to analyze the rise of “speculative capital” and its role in a global...


Selected Essays of Master Lu Xun

by Lu Xun

The Selected Essays of Master Lu Xun collects together his most influential and powerful essays and lectures. Critical of traditional Chinese culture, of the superstition and rigid social mores, and passionate...


Dawn Blossoms Plucked at Dusk

by Lu Xun

A collection of essays by Lu Xun, one of the most influential figures of modern Chinese literature. In this classic and beautiful collection, Lu Xun recounts the stories of his childhood and youth in Shaoxing,...


The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

by Colson Whitehead

The Noble Hustle is Pulitzer finalist Colson Whitehead’s hilarious memoir of his search for meaning at high stakes poker tables, which the author describes as “Eat, Pray, Love for depressed shut-ins.”

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When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood

by Brian Gresko

From some of today’s most critically acclaimed writersincluding Dennis Lehane, Justin Cronin, Andre Dubus III, and Benjamin Percycomes a rich collection of essays on what it means to be a dad. 

Becoming...


A Literary Education and Other Essays

by Joseph Epstein

Who is the greatest living essayist writing in English? Unquestionably Joseph Epstein. Epstein is penetrating. He is witty. He has a magic touch with words, that hard to define but immediately recognizable quality...


The Keillor Reader

by Garrison Keillor

Stories, essays, poems, and personal reminiscences from the sage of Lake Wobegon

 

When, at thirteen, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer,...


The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear

by Paul Loeb

In a difficult time, our most eloquent writers offer words of inspiration and hope


Faulkner and Mystery

by Annette Trefzer & Ann J. Abadie

Faulkner and Mystery presents a wide spectrum of compelling arguments about the role and function of mystery in William Faulkner's fiction. Twelve new essays approach the question of what can be known and what...


In Praise of Nothing: Essays, Memoir, and Experiments

by Eric LeMay

Why do we keep playing the lottery when we know we’ll lose? How does what we laugh at—those bad jokes, wry allusions, and nasty pratfalls—tell us who we are? And what happens when, through some unforeseen...


Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers

by Eleanor Henderson & Anna Solomon

Thirty acclaimed writers share their personal birth stories--the extraordinary, the ordinary, the terrifying, the sublime, the profane

It's an elemental, almost animalistic urge--the expectant mother's hunger...