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Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey

by Lori Perkins, Heather Graham, MJ Rose & Andrew Shaffer et al.

E. L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy has fascinated and seduced millions of readers. In bedrooms, in book clubs, and in the media, people can’t stop talking about it!

In Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey...


How to Tell a Story and Other Essays

by Mark Twain

In How to Tell a Story and Other Essays, iconic American author Mark Twain discusses his own experience as a writer and his personal style. In various essays in the collection he attacks a contemporary of his,...


Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson

by Robert Louis Stevenson

G. K. Chesterton said of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins." This collection of Stevenson's essays includes:...


Essays

by Michel de Montaigne, Charles Cotton & William Carew Hazlitt

Considered the inventor of the essay itself, Michel de Montaigne published Essays (Essais, literally "Attempts") in 1850. Known for his skill at merging serious intellectual debate with personal anecdotes, his...


The View from the Cheap Seats

by Neil Gaiman

An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing,...


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...


Lectures on the Forces of Matter: And Their Relations to Each Other

by Michael Faraday

Self-taught chemist and scientist Michael Faraday was one of the most prolific and prescient researchers to emerge from England in the nineteenth century. In this captivating collection of talks and lectures,...


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...


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 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...


Trilogy

by Hilda Doolittle & Aliki Barnstone

The classic Trilogy by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle, 1886-1961), including a large section of referential notes for readers and students, compiled by Professor Aliki Barnstone. As civilian war poetry (written under...


Reliable Essays: The Best of Clive James

by Clive James

Including his most memorable pieces – his ‘Postcard from Rome’, his observations on Margaret Thatcher, his insights into Heaney, Larkin and Orwell – this book also contains brilliantly funny examinations...


An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

by , John Locke

John Locke is widely regarded as the father of classical liberalism. This essay was groundbreaking in its approach to foundation of human knowledge and understanding, he describes the mind at birth as a blank...


To the Batpole: An Essay/Parody on Batman

by Alex Bledsoe

From Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City: Alex Bledsoe imagines Alfred's reaction to Bruce Wayne's confusion over the onset of puberty.


Vintage Reading: From Plato to Bradbury: A Personal Tour of Some of the World's Best Books

by Robert Kanigel

Vintage Reading brings eighty of the world's most unforgettable books out from behind the high castle walls, lowers the drawbridge, and welcomes readers inside. With lively and concise commentary, award-winning...


Love and Lies

by Clancy Martin

A provocative and unsettling look at the nature of love and deception

Is it possible to love well without lying? At least since Socrates's discourse on love in Plato's Symposium, philosophers have argued that...


I Must Be Living Twice

by Eileen Myles

A collection of thrilling verse, including both new poems and beloved favorites, from the celebrated poet, modern cult icon, and author of Chelsea Girls.

Eileen Myles’ work is known for its blend of reality...


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...