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Walter Pater: Complete Writings

by Walter Pater

Walter Horatio Pater  was an English essayist, literary and art critic, and fiction writer, regarded as one of the great stylists. His works on Renaissance subjects were popular but controversial in his times....


Read Harder

by Ed Park & Heidi Julavits

This volume collects the finest essays from the second half of the Believer's decade-long (and counting) run. The Believer, the McSweeney's-published four-time nominee for the National Magazine Award, is beloved...


Mike Royko: The Chicago Tribune Collection 1984-1997

by Mike Royko, Chicago Tribune Staff & John Kass

Mike Royko: The Chicago Tribune Collection 1984–1997 is an expansive new volume of the longtime Chicago news legend’s work. Encompassing thousands of his columns, all of which originally appeared in the Chicago...


Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse

by David Jay Brown

In his latest interview collection, David Jay Brown has once again gathered some of the most interesting minds of today to consider the future of the human race, the mystery of consciousness, the evolution of...


Guernica: Annual 2014 #1

by Nick Flynn

A Guernica magazine anthology of the best features, interviews, fiction, poetry and Guernica Daily articles published over the past year.


The Unspeakable

by Meghan Daum

"Daum is her generation's Joan Didion." --Nylon

Nearly fifteen years after her debut collection, My Misspent Youth, captured the ambitions and anxieties of a generation, Meghan Daum returns to the personal essay...


On Writing

by Charles Bukowski

Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, riveting, and celebrated masters.

Charles Bukowski’s stories, poems, and novels have left...


Casting Quiet Waters: Reflections on Life and Fishing

by Jake MacDonald

In Casting Quiet Waters, some of North America’s most respected literary writers take us on a fishing trip and use that as an opportunity to explore issues of the human condition. A little more than five centuries...


Lit from Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing

by Kevin Haworth & Dinty W. Moore

Lit from Within offers creative writers a window into the minds of some of America's most celebrated contemporary authors. Witty, direct, and thought-provoking, these essays offer something to creative writers...


A Defense of Ardor

by Adam Zagajewski & Clare Cavanagh

Ardor, inspiration, the soul, the sublime: Such terms have long since fallen from favor among critics and artists alike. In his new collection of essays, Adam Zagajewski continues his efforts to reclaim for...


Once Iron Girls: Essays on Gender by Post-Mao Chinese Literary Women

by Hui Wu

Once Iron Girls: Essays on Gender by Post-Mao Chinese Literary Women, brings together twenty-five essays of seven prominent writers, whose fiction and poetry have become classics in the teaching and study of...


You Learn By Living

by Eleanor Roosevelt

From one of the world’s most celebrated and admired public figures, a wise and intimate book on how to get the most of out life.

Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do...


Rabash--The Social Writings

by Rabbi Baruch Ashlag

Rav Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (Rabash), a student of his father, Rav Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag, author of the Sulam (Ladder) commentary on The Book of Zohar, played a remarkable role in the history of Kabbalah....


Just As I Thought

by Grace Paley

This rich and multifaceted collection is Grace Paley's vivid record of her life. As close to an autobiography as anything we are likely to have from this quintessentially American writer, Just As I Thought gives...


How Did I Get Here?

by Jesse Browner

A literary exploration that asks seeks to answer the question: Have I lived the life I intended?

Jesse Browner, a novelist with a full-time job at the United Nations, has written a book reminiscent of the Talking...


McSweeney's Issue 46

by Dave Eggers

In thirteen electrifying stories, our very first all-Latin-American issue takes on the crime story as a starting point, and expands to explore contemporary life from every angle—swinging from secret Venezuelan...


The Life of Images

by Charles Simic

A collection of new and selected essays by the Pulitzer Prize–winner and former Poet Laureate.

In addition to being one of America’s most famous and commended poets, Charles Simic is a prolific and talented...


Geek Sublime

by Vikram Chandra

The nonfiction debut from the author of the international bestseller Sacred Games about the surprising overlap between writing and computer coding

Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer for almost as long...


Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton

by Richard Horan

"Seeds reads like the best of a roundtable discussion amongst John Muir, Bill Bryson, and David Sedaris. From the fields of Gettysburg to the home of Kerouac, Horan takes an unlikely premise and weaves it into...


Letters to Kurt

by Eric Erlandson

A poetic elegy for Kurt Cobain from the man who created the band Hole with Cobain's wife Courtney Love.