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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...


Critical Mass: Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades, and Hurrahs

by James Wolcott

A career-spanning collection of critical essays and cultural journalism from one of the most acute, entertaining, and sometimes acerbic (but in a good way) critics of our time

From his early-seventies dispatches...


Novels of North America's Forgotten Past

by W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O'Neal Gear

Six enthralling novels of North America’s Forgotten Past by USA Today and New York Times bestselling novelists. W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear are award-winning archaeologists who transform scientific...


Ctesias: On India

by Andrew Nichols

A Greek doctor serving at the court of the Persian king Artaxerxes II in the fifth century BC, Ctesias met travellers and visitors from the far eastern reaches of the Persian Empire, merchants from along the...


Parrot's Lament, The and Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligen

by Eugene Linden

A gorilla shrewdly sells back a missing key chain to the highest bidder. An orangutan picks a lock to let himself out of his zoo enclosure and two elephants adopt a tag-team strategy to keep their handlers from...


Marking Humanity: Stories, Poems, & Essays by Holocaust Survivors

by Shlomit Editor Kriger

Imagine sitting across from a member of the German Secret State Police and negotiating with him to allow for the release of Jewish youngsters and for the establishment of a Jewish school. What can a teenager...


Conversations with Natasha Trethewey

by Joan Wylie Hall

United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (b. 1966) describes her mode as elegiac. Although the loss of her murdered mother informs each book, Trethewey's range of forms and subjects is wide. In compact...


Albert Einstein, The Human Side: Glimpses from His Archives

by Albert Einstein, Helen Dukas & Banesh Hoffmann

Modesty, humor, compassion, and wisdom are the traits most evident in this illuminating selection of personal papers from the Albert Einstein Archives. The illustrious physicist wrote as thoughtfully to an Ohio...


The Conde Nast Traveler Book of Unforgettable Journeys: Great Writers on Great Places

by Various

From the #1 travel magazine in the country, a collection of travel tales from some of today's finest writers

Travel writing maintains its seemingly endless popularity, and this volume offers a particularly...


Pardon Me for Mentioning . . .: Unpublished Letters to the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald

by Alex Kaplan, Julie Lewis & Catharine Munro

Showcasing the unpublished Letters to the Editor from The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, this book is a hilarious compilation of the odd, the politically incorrect and the just plain kooky.


The Roy Stories

by Barry Gifford

Barry Gifford has been writing gritty, American tales for the past forty years. His novels, stories, poetry, and films have helped shape the American neo-noir genre. The New York Times Book Review says that...


Life on the Mississippi: (A Modern Library E-Book)

by Mark Twain

'I am a person who would quit authorizing in a minute to go to piloting,' Mark Twain once remarked. 'I would rather sink a steamboat than eat, any time.' And in 1882, Twain did just that: he returned to the...


Willa Cather In Europe: Her Own Story of the First Journey

by Willa Cather

“Not often are we given an opportunity to observe a great American writer arrive for the first time in the Old World from the New, there to record first impressions spontaneously, as they came, subject to...


Willa Cather On Writing

by Willa Cather

"Whatever is felt upon the page without being specifically named there—that, one might say, is created." This famous observation appears inWilla Cather on Writing, a collection of essays and letters first...


Not Under Forty

by Willa Cather

For Willa Cather, "the world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts." The whole legacy of Western civilization stood on the far side of World War I, and in the spiritually impoverished present she looked back to...


Second Mencken Chrestomathy

by H.L. Mencken

Before there was any such thing as political correctness, H. L. Mencken was flouting it. He was also cheerfully deriding the precursors of family values and lambasting the guardians of public virtue. This historic...


Treatise on the Gods

by H.L. Mencken

"I am quite convinced that all religions, at bottom, are pretty much alike. On the surface they may seem to differ greatly, but what appears on the surface is not always religion. Go beneath it, and one finds...


Newspaper Days

by H.L. Mencken

The period covered is that of his professional nonage—from his entry into journalism as a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald in 1899 to 1906. It was not all Baltimore, however, for he went into brief...


Heathen Days

by H.L. Mencken

In the third volume of his autobiography, H. L. Mencken looks back on his life and declares it "very busy and excessively pleasant." He imparts the impressive education he received from Hoggie Unglebower, the...


Minority Report

by H.L. Mencken

In the fall of 1948 H. L. Mencken, then at the top of his unmatchable form (he had spoken at a meeting of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia only a little while before), suffered a stroke. He...