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The Voice That Thunders

by Alan Garner

Alan Garner is an exceptional lecturer and essayist. This collection, taken form the work of more that twenty years, explores an enviable range of scholarly interests: archaeology, myth, language, education,...


by Various

This engaging and good-humored collection of essays brings together an array of early twentieth-century literary luminaries to comment on the concepts of censorship and prohibition in general, and more specifically,...

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...

The Devil Problem: And Other True Stories

by David Remnick

Readers know from his now classic Lenin's Tomb that Remnick is a superb portraitist who can bring his subjects to life and reveal them in such surprising ways as to justify comparison to Dickens, Balzac, or...

The Braindead Megaphone

by George Saunders

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

The breakout book from "the funniest writer in America"--not to mention an official "Genius"--his...

Notes towards the Definition of Culture

by T. S. Eliot

The word culture, in recent years, has been widely and erroneously employed in political, educational, and journalistic contexts. In helping to define a word so greatly misused, T. S. Eliot contradicts many...

On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry

by William H. Gass & Michael Gorra

On Being Blue is a book about everything blue—sex and sleaze and sadness, among other things—and about everything else. It brings us the world in a word as only William H. Gass, among contemporary American...

The Shimmering Beast

by Steve Reinke

Steve Reinke is one of the most intriguing artists we've got; his scope is enormous, his imagination absolutely singular. His video art — The Hundred Videos, Anthology of American Folk Song, Anal Masturbation...

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...

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...

Genesis in Japan: The Bible Beyond Christianity

by Thomas Dabbs

Genesis in Japan rises from a journal of reflections that were collected by the author while teaching the Bible to Japanese university students in Tokyo. It relates the diverse responses to the Bible that rebound,...

Awkward: A Detour

by Mary Cappello

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

Letters to a Young Poet

by Rainer maria Rilke & M. D. Herter Norton

Rilke's timeless letters about poetry, sensitive observation, and the complicated workings of the human heart.

Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems...

Surrender (But Don't Give Yourself Away): Old Cars, Found Hope, and Other Cheap Tricks

by Spike Gillespie

Spike Gillespie tells it like it is. Whether she's writing about men, mothering or money, she cuts to the chase, unabashedly recounting the exhilaration and uncertainty she is forever encountering along the...

Trillin on Texas

by Calvin Trillin

"Yes, I do have a Texas connection, but, as we say in the Midwest, where I grew up, not so's you'd know it." So Calvin Trillin introduces this collection of articles and poems about a place that turns up surprisingly...

Land of the Permanent Wave: An Edwin "Bud" Shrake Reader

by Bud Shrake & Steven L. Davis

Edwin "Bud" Shrake is one of the most intriguing literary talents to emerge from Texas. He has written vividly in fiction and nonfiction about everything from the early days of the Texas Republic to the making...

A Route 66 Companion

by David King Dunaway

Even before there was a road, there was a route. Buffalo trails, Indian paths, the old Santa Fe trace-all led across the Great Plains and the western mountains to the golden oasis of California. America's insatiable...

West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West

by Lynn Stegner & Russell Rowland

What does it mean to be a westerner? With all the mythology that has grown up about the American West, is it even possible to describe "how it was, how it is, here, in the West-just that," in the words of Lynn...

Turn Out the Lights: Chronicles of Texas during the 80s and 90s

by Gary Cartwright & Robert Draper

Whether the subject is Jack Ruby, Willie Nelson, or his own leukemia-stricken son Mark, when it comes to looking at the world through another person's eyes, nobody does it better than Gary Cartwright. For over...

Essays Ancient and Modern

by T. S. Eliot

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