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Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard's Almanack

by Benjamin Franklin

Hundreds of delightful aphorisms, carefully selected from many issues of Franklin's popular 18th-century publication: "He that lies down with Dogs, shall rise up with fleas" and many others.


Wit and Wisdom of the American Presidents: A Book of Quotations

by Joslyn Pine

Over 400 memorable quotes: Coolidge's "The chief business of America is business," Carter's "Whatever starts in California unfortunately has an inclination to spread," Bush's "Read my lips: no new taxes," many...


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass

Douglass's graphic depictions of slavery, harrowing escape to freedom, and life as a newspaper editor, eloquent orator, and impassioned abolitionist.


Conversations with Stanley Kunitz

by Kent P. Ljungquist

"He again tops the crowd--he surpasses himself, the old iron brought to the white heat of simplicity." That's what Robert Lowell said of the poetry of Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006) and his evolving artistry. The...


Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature

by John Branscum & Wayne Thomas

Anthology of contemporary Appalachian literature travels through housing projects, forest-stripped ravines, and trailer high-rises, exploring Appalachia's vibrant migrant tradition.


Short Stories from Printers Row, Volume One

by Chicago Tribune Staff

Chicago Tribune's Printers Row: Fiction 2012 is a fiction anthology of 32 short stories and novel excerpts collected from the Chicago Tribune's weekly Printers Row literary supplement. Writers included in this...


Poems Containing History: Twentieth-Century American Poetry's Engagement with the Past

by Gary Grieve-Carlson

Poems Containing History: Twentieth-Century American Poetry’s Engagement with the Past, by Gary Grieve-Carlson, argues that twentieth-century American poetry has “contained” and helped its readers to think...


Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems, 1990 to 2013

by Bj Ward

BJ Ward, an award-winning poet whose poetry and essays have been featured on National Public Radio and in publications such as The Sun Magazine, TriQuarterly, The Literary Review, and the New York Times, has...


For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough

by Keith Boykin

New York Times bestselling author and CNBC commenter Keith Boykin expands on the "It Gets Better" project by bringing together 25 essays by men of color on the topic of surviving growing up gay. In 1974, playwright...


The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture, 1776-1914

by Ella Dzelzainis & Ruth Livesey

Bringing together political theorists, historians and literary scholars, this volume explores the idea of American democracy in nineteenth-century Britain and traces an intellectual history of Anglo-American...


American Scriptures: An Anthology of Sacred Writings

by Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp

A groundbreaking collection of sacred Christian writings of American origin from Mormons, Shakers, Christian Scientists, and others.

"Scripture" is any work in which the authors, translators, editors, or discoverers...


Modeling Minority Women: Heroines in African and Asian American Fiction

by Reshmi J. Hebbar

This powerful study reconceptualizes ideas of ethnic literature while investigating the construction of ethnic heroines, shifting the focus away from cultural politics and considering instead narrative or poetic...


The Mayflower Papers: Selected Writings of Colonial New England

by Various & Nathaniel Philbrick

The most important personal accounts of the Plymouth Colony?the key sources of Nathaniel Philbrick?s New York Times bestseller Mayflower

National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick and his father, Thomas...


The Best American Short Stories 2013

by Elizabeth Strout & Heidi Pitlor

The Best American Short Stories is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction, guest edited in 2012 by Pultizer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.


The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013

by Dave Eggers

A selection of the best writing, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comics, published in American periodicals during during 2012 aimed at readers fifteen and up.


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...


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...


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...


Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present

by David C. Ward & Frank H. Goodyear Iii

Lines in Long Array demonstrates the enduring impact of the Civil War on American culture by presenting poems and photographs from both the past and present, including 12 wholly new poems by contemporary poets...


Boss Ladies, Watch Out!: Essays on Women, Sex and Writing

by Terry Castle

A new collection of essays on literature and sexuality by one of the wittiest and most iconoclastic critics writing today.