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Myths and Legends of China

by E. T. C. Werner

The West's first encounters with the folk tales and myths of the East proved to be a heady experience, as they were based on an entirely different value system and worldview than those that are reflected in...


Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

by Jerome K. Jerome

Comic novel that tells the funny incidents happened to three friends Jerome, George and Harris, accompanied by the faithful Montmorency, during a boating holiday on the Thames.


Little Dorrit

by Charles Dickens

In Victorian England, Amy Dorrit lovingly looks after his father William imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea prison and secretly falls in love with the young family friend Arthur. An unexpected inheritance...


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

Beginning...


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...


The Koran: Selected Suras

by Arthur Jeffery

Sacred scripture of Islam: Mohammed's revelations concerning the omniscience and majesty of God, death and judgment, the proper conduct of the faithful, previous prophets, kindness to orphans, more.


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

by Harriet Jacobs

Published in 1861, one of few extant slave narratives written by a woman. Powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life through the inspiring tale of one woman's dauntless spirit and faith.


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

by Jessie L. Weston

This interpretation by a distinguished scholar of one of English medieval literature's gems translates Middle English poetry into modern prose for a retelling that both preserves the spirit of the original and...


Spoon River Anthology

by Edgar Lee Masters

An American poetry classic, in which former citizens of a mythical midwestern town speak touchingly from the grave of the thwarted hopes and dreams of their lives.


Wisdom of the Buddha: The Unabridged Dhammapada

by F. Max Muller

A compelling introduction to Buddhist thought, revealing the Four Truths and the Eightfold Path to enlightenment, the means by which to overcome essential suffering.


The Imitation of Christ

by Thomas A Kempis, Aloysius Croft & Harold Bolton

This religious classic has brought understanding and comfort to millions for centuries. Written in a candid and conversational style, the topics include liberation from worldly inclinations, preparation and...


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin

Charming self-portrait covers boyhood, work as a printer, political career, scientific experiments, much more. Its openness, honesty, and readable style have made the Autobiography one of the great classics...


White Girls

by Hilton Als

“The read of the year.” —Junot Díaz

White Girls, Hilton Als’s first book since The Women sixteen years ago, finds one of the New Yorker's boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant...


A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond, as told to Percival Everett & James Kincaid (A Novel)

by Percival Everett & James Kincaid

Veteran authors Everett and Kincaid present an uproarious send-up of one of America's most controversial icons.


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...