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The Best American Essays 2013

by Robert Atwan & Cheryl Strayed

A collection of the year's best essays culled from periodicals.


Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Germany: Courts and Adjudicatory Practices in Frankfurt am Main, 1562-1696

by Maria R. Boes

Frankfurt am Main, in common with other imperial German cities, enjoyed a large degree of legal autonomy during the early modern period, and produced a unique and rich body of criminal archives. In particular,...


The Paragon Parrot: And Other Inspirational Tales of Wisdom

by Rumi

Rumi is regarded by many as the world's greatest poet. This selection by Arthur Scholey provides a taster of Rumi's great work. Here are stories plucked from friends and folk tales and real life, embodying Sufi...


The Discontented Dervishes: And Other Persian Tales

by Sa'Di

Arthur Scholey has selected and retold 74 of Sa'di's stories of the wisdom, humour and common sense of the kings, servants, lords, slaves and beggars, pupils and teachers, birds, beasts, insects and dervishes....


Faces in the Fire: And Other Fancies

by Frank W. Boreham

Though Baptist preacher Frank W. Boreham was born and educated in England and first rose to prominence as a religious thinker there, he spent many of his later years working as a missionary in New Zealand, Tasmania,...


A Handful of Stars: Texts That Have Moved Great Minds

by Frank W. Boreham

Renowned Baptist preacher Frank W. Boreham was known for his unusual ability to spin moving religious lessons from the stuff of everyday life. In the unique collection A Handful of Stars, Boreham takes this...


Mushrooms on the Moor

by Frank W. Boreham

England-born preacher Frank W. Boreham became widely known as a Baptist thinker and evangelist over the course of his career in the church. He was lauded for his plainspoken and often humorous approach. This...


Talks To Farmers

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon was one of the most popular religious speakers of his era, and by some estimates, he preached to ten million followers over the course of his career. Spurgeon made it his mission...


The True History of the Prisoner called The Iron Mask: Extracted from Documents in the French Archives

by George Agar Ellis

Who was the mysterious figure who was held in custody by French authorities for nearly 35 years, with his faced constantly cloaked in an identity-concealing iron mask? Though writers ranging from Voltaire to...


The Dawn of Day

by Friedrich Nietzsche

German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was a bold thinker whose ideas had a major impact on the development of the field. In the book The Dawn of Day, Nietzsche expounds on some of his most radical theories,...


Mind of an Outlaw: Selected Essays

by Norman Mailer, Phillip Sipiora & Jonathan Lethem

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Norman Mailer was one of the towering figures of twentieth-century American letters and an acknowledged master of the essay. Mind of an Outlaw, the...


The Myth in Marriage

by Alice Hubbard

Educator and noted feminist thinker Alice Moore Hubbard was an important early voice in the fight for equal legal and social rights for women. In The Myth in Marriage, Hubbard takes a look at the large and small...


The Child

by Pascale Kramer & Tamsin Black

An emotionally implosive novel about confronting the death of a loved one and the possibility of hope a child brings.


State of the Nation: Essays for Robert Manne

by Gwenda Tavan

A stunning collection of essays that analyses the major issues facing Australia today

This nation has a lot of unfinished business. Will we become a republic any time soon? How can we honour our Indigenous...


Telling Tales: Selected Writings, 1993-2013

by Amit Chaudhuri

Spanning a writing career of over twenty years, acclaimed novelist and author of Calcutta: Two Years in the City, Amit Chaudhuri, is also one of the most gifted essayists and critics writing today, whose work...


In the Name of the Mother: Reflections on Writers and Empire

by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Renowned worldwide, as novelist and dramatist, Ngugi wa Thiongo's contributions to the body of critical writing on African literature, politics and society have been highly significant. His best known critical...


Comparative Regionalisms for Development in the 21st Century: Insights from the Global South

by Emmanuel Fanta & Timothy M. Shaw

This responding volume has four interrelated topics. It explores the transformation taking place in/with regard to the financing of development in the Global South and the apparition of new players in the field....


Erik Satie: Music, Art and Literature

by Caroline Potter

Exploring the many aspects of Erik Satie's creativity, the contributors to this edited collection examine his philosophy and psychology revealed through his music; Satie's interest and participation in visual...


Step Dancing in Ireland: Culture and History

by Catherine E. Foley

This book provides a rich historical and ethnographic account of step dancing, step dancers, and Irish cultural institutions. Catherine Foley tells the story of step dance from its roots in eighteenth-century...


The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

by Abigail Adams & John Adams

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams provides an insightful record of American life before, during, and after the Revolution; the letters also reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship...