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On the Decay of the Art of Lying

by Mark Twain

On the Decay of the Art of Lying is a short essay by Mark Twain from 1885. In it he deplores that way man's "most faithful friend" is being used and indeed misused, declaring that "the wise thing is for us diligently...

What Would Lynne Tillman Do?

by Lynne Tillman & Colm Toibin

Here is an American mind contemplating contemporary society and culture with wit, imagination, and a brave intelligence. Tillman upends expectations, shifts tone, introduces characters, breaches limits of genre...

Third Class in Indian Railways

by Mahatma Gandhi

Though he is widely recognized as an important political figure whose nonviolent protests have influenced several generations of activists, Mahatma Gandhi was also a prominent social critic and writer whose...

The Empathy Exams

by Leslie Jamison

From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014


Literary Lapses

by Stephen Leacock

Formally trained as a political scientist and economist, Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock produced dozens of books of hilarious and satirical stories, essays, and vignettes in his spare time. The eclectic collection...

Philosophical Letters: (Letters Concerning the English Nation)

by Voltaire

The voice of the Age of Reason remarks on English religion and politics during the early 18th century: Quakers, Church of England, Presbyterians, Anti-Trinitarians, Parliament, government, commerce, plus essays...

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...

Bad Feminist

by Roxane Gay

New York Times Bestseller

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

Pink is my favorite color. I...

The Science of Herself

by Karen Joy Fowler

Widely respected in the so-called “mainstream” for her New York Times bestselling novels, Karen Joy Fowler is also a formidable, often controversial, and always exuberant presence in Science Fiction. Here...

Rider Haggard Collection - Allan Quatermain Series

by Henry Rider Haggard

The complete Allan Quatermain Series in 18 books. Containing King Solomon's Mines; Allan Quatermain; Allan's Wife; Maiwa's Revenge: or, The War of the Little Hand; Marie; Child of Storm; Allan and the Holy Flower;...


by Hilda Doolittle & Aliki Barnstone

The classic Trilogy by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle, 1886-1961), including a large section of referential notes for readers and students, compiled by Professor Aliki Barnstone. As civilian war poetry (written under...


by Michel de Montaigne, Charles Cotton & William Carew Hazlitt

Considered the inventor of the essay itself, Michel de Montaigne published Essays (Essais, literally "Attempts") in 1850. Known for his skill at merging serious intellectual debate with personal anecdotes, his...

Tales and Legends of the Norse Gods - Including Odin's Sacrifice, Thor's Journey in Jötunheim, the Doom of the Gods and Many Mor

by Katherine F. Boult

The legends of Norse mythology are famous for including Odin, Thor and Loki and the battles they fought and the adventures they enjoyed. Here are collected some of the finest examples of Norse story telling....

Keep It Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World

by Bill O'Reilly

From the bestselling author of Killing Lincoln and host of Fox News' top show The O'Reilly Factor, the best of Bill O’Reilly’s provocative writing—reflecting his ideas, wisdom, and core values

Bill O’Reilly...

Political Fictions

by Joan Didion

In these coolly observant essays, Joan Didion looks at the American political process and at "that handful of insiders who invent, year in and year out, the narrative of public life." Through the deconstruction...

Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times: Selected Haiku of Basho

by Matsuo Basho & David Young

Vivid new translations of Basho's popular haiku, in a selected format ideal for newcomers as well as fans long familiar with the Japanese master.

Basho, the famously bohemian traveler through seventeenth-century...

The Legends and Myths of Hawaii

by King David Kalakaua

The Legends and Myths of Hawaii, by King David Kalakaua, who lived from 1836 to 1890, is a remarkable work. It combines many traditional Hawaiian legends with stories about historical incidents, such as the...

Primal Myths

by Barbara C. Sproul

A comprehensive collection of creation stories ranging across widely varying times and cultures, including Ancient Egyptian, African, and Native American.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

by Ann Patchett

The New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto creates a resonant portrait of a life in this collection of writings on love, friendship, work, and art.

"The tricky thing about being...

Francis Scott Fitzgerald Collection: The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, This Side of Paradise, Tender is the Night, The Love of the Last Tycoon

by F. Scott Fitzgerald & Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Collection containing The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, This Side of Paradise, Tender is the Night, The Love of the Last Tycoon the best novels of Francis Scott Fitzgerald.