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What Poets Are Like: Up and Down with the Writing Life

by Gary Soto

Gary Soto is a widely published author of children's and young adult fiction, and he is an acclaimed poet--often referred to as one of the nation's first Chicano poets. With a sharp sense of storytelling and...

Colonial Consequences: Essays in Irish Literature and Culture

by John Wilson Foster

Colonial Consequences contains sixteen essays in Irish literature and culture by Belfast-born, Vancouver-based critic John Wilson Foster. The essays survey texts, genres and cultural backgrounds, from eighteenth-century...

Ninety 9

by Vanessa Berry

In the 1990s, when music was recorded on cassettes and movies on VHS, Vanessa Berry was reacting to the loneliness of life in the suburbs by constructing imaginary worlds and identities from video hits, late-night...

How to Be a 20-Something

by Brandon Scott

We go to happy hour every day after work -- does this mean we're alcoholics, or just frugal? We spend way too much time online -- are we wasting our lives away, or being social the only way we know how? We also...

Dear Depressive

by Jimmy Chen

Asked anonymously over the internet by today's troubled youth, questions concerning relationships, dating, sex, depression, emotional problems, popular culture, and education/career choices are perilously answered...

Take Out Your Earrings Before You Fight (and Other Things I Learned in Public School)

by Chelsea Fagan

Public school is a daunting, tedious, occasionally bloody experience shared by millions of students, current and former. Classroom fights, incompetent teachers, sex in bathrooms, rigid social castes - it's shocking...

I Love Life, I Just Wish I Were Better at It: The Best of Christopher Hudspeth, Vol. 1

by Christopher Hudspeth

You know the phrase "sugar, spice and everything nice?" Well, this collection of essays and lists is more like self-conscious, awkward and everything relatable. Christopher Hudspeth is a writer in Tucson, Arizona....

Maybe in Another Universe: The Best of Gaby Dunn, Vol. 1

by Gaby Dunn

What do shipwrecks, college slums, bisexuals, and Blink 182 have in

common? Gaby Dunn. Gaby is a writer, journalist, and comedian in New

York City whose work has appeared everywhere from ROOKIE to New York


The Rush for Second Place: Essays and Occasional Writings

by William Gaddis

William Gaddis published only four novels during his lifetime, but with those works he earned himself a reputation as one of America's greatest novelists. Less well known is Gaddis's body of excellent critical...

Queer and Loathing: Rants and Raves of a Raging AIDS Clone

by David B. Feinberg

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA

Ayn Rand Reader

by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead, which became one of the most influential and widely read philosophical novels of the twentieth century, made Ayn Rand famous. An impassioned proponent of reason, rational self-interest, individualism,...

The Portable Enlightenment Reader

by Various

The Age of Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, also called the Age of Reason, was so named for an exultant intellectual movement that shook the foundations of Western civilization. In championing radical...

The Portable Nietzsche

by Friedrich Nietzsche

The works of Friedrich Nietzsche have fascinated readers around the world ever since the publication of his first book more than a hundred years ago. As Walter Kaufmann, one of the world’s leading authorities...

The Portable Machiavelli

by Niccolo Machiavelli

In the four and a half centuries since Machiavelli’s death, no single and unanimously accepted interpretation of his ideas has succeeded in imposing itself upon the lively debate over the meaning of his works....

Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to Be American

by Maria Mazziotti Gillan

In stories and poems that explore how our society shapes us, Identity Lessons features a wide array of ethnic perspectives on growing up in America. Leading the reader into the living-rooms, boardrooms, classrooms,...

My 1980s and Other Essays

by Wayne Koestenbaum

Wayne Koestenbaum returns with a zesty and hyper-literate collection of personal and critical essays

Wayne Koestenbaum has been described as “an impossible lovechild from a late-night, drunken three-way between...

The Air-Conditioned Nightmare

by Henry Miller

"Henry Miller is the nearest thing to Céline America has produced.... He aims not at the ears, brains, or consciences, but at the viscera and solar plexus."-The New Leader.In 1939, after ten years as an expatriate,...

The Best Australian Essays 2012

by Ramona Koval

'When looking for wisdom, it's a good idea to range widely'-RAMONA KOVAL

The Best Australian Essays 2012 presents the country's most eloquent voices at the peak of their powers. Helen Garner, Anna Krien and...

Some of Us Did Not Die: New and Selected Essays

by June Jordan

A posthumous collection of the essays of June Jordan, noted for its "love of language" and "expression of social identity" (Reamy Jansen, San Francisco Chronicle)

Shakespeare's England: Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean Times

by R E Pritchard

This is an intriguing and fascinating collection of excerpts from some of the best, wittiest and most unusual sixteenth and seventteenth century writing.