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The War Against Cliche: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000

by Martin Amis

Is there anything that Martin Amis can’t write about? In this virtuosic, career-spanning collection he takes on James Joyce and Elvis Presley, Nabokov and English football, Jane Austen and Penthouse Forum,...


A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction

by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

A collection of essays and other non fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from his early years to the present day.

     Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts...


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 essayist....


Into the Heart of Life: Henry Miller at One Hundred

by Henry Miller

In celebration of the centennial of his birth, Into the Heart of Life: Henry Miller at One Hundred gathers a captivating selection of writings from ten of his books. The delights of his prose are many,...


Collection of Sand

by Italo Calvino & Martin McLaughlin

The last of Italo Calvino's works to appear during the author's lifetime, Collection of Sand is a group of essays never before published in English, discussing subjects ranging from cuneiform and antique maps...


Women in Clothes

by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits & Leanne Shapton

Women in Clothes is a book unlike any other. It is essentially a conversation among hundreds of women of all nationalities—famous, anonymous, religious, secular, married, single, young, old—on the subject...


A Place to Read: Life and Books

by Michael Cohen

In this essay collection, Michael Cohen tells us about his surprise encounter with the remains of Frida Kahlo, about his father's murder, and about his son's close shave with death on the highway. His subjects...


Wall, Watchtower, and Pencil Stub: Writing During World War II

by John R. Carpenter

How World War II became central in our culture.

Even as World War II raged on, contemporary writers were riveted by its every twist and turn. One of the war’s most fascinating features was that it was subject...


Writers Writing Dying

by C. K. Williams

Since his first poetry collection, Lies, C. K. Williams has nurtured an incomparable reputation--as a deeply moral poet, a writer of profound emotion, and a teller of compelling stories. In Writers Writing Dying...


All at Once

by C. K. Williams

Short, sharp musings on things profound and mundane (and sometimes both) from the Pulitzer Prize winning poet

C. K. Williams has never been afraid to push the boundaries of poetic form--in fact, he's known for...


The Evolutionist at Large

by Grant Allen

Canadian writer Grant Allen gained prominence as an ardent defender of Darwin's theory of evolution. In this volume, a select group of Allen's writings on the topic of evolution are presented. They range in...


Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure: And Other Essays

by Edward Carpenter

British-born thinker and activist Edward Carpenter proposes a number of novel ideas in this engaging collection of essays. Chief among them is the notion that most of the civilized societies that have emerged...


Something to Declare: Essays

by Julia Alvarez

“Julia Alvarez has suitcases full of history (public and private), trunks full of insights into what  it means to be a Latina in the United States,  bags full of literary wisdom.” —Los Angeles Times...


My Path to Atheism

by Annie Besant

Even today, atheism is a controversial subject, so it's not surprising that the 1895 publication of British thinker and activist Annie Besant's My Path to Atheism caused quite a stir. In the book, Besant lays...


Renaissance Fancies and Studies: Being a Sequel to Euphorion

by Vernon Lee

A groundbreaking critic who also made a name for herself as a writer of supernatural fiction, Violet Paget, writing under the name Vernon Lee, applied her unique analytical lens to the aesthetic and cultural...


Falling in Love: With Other Essays on More Exact Branches of Science

by Grant Allen

Canadian author Grant Allen initially pursued scholarly research as a profession, but after several years as a professor, he decided to try his hand at writing instead. Though his first efforts were scientific...


Post-Prandial Philosophy

by Grant Allen

Canadian author Allen Grant was a voracious thinker and writer who published on a remarkable array of topics, ranging from scholarly science papers to popular fiction. This essay collection offers a glimpse...


Science in Arcady

by Grant Allen

Canadian author Grant Allen dabbled in a vast number of literary genres over the course of his career, and of all of his published work, perhaps none more accurately depicts his unique talents than Science in...


Billy Ray's Farm

by Larry Brown

In his first work of nonfiction since the acclaimed On Fire, Brown aims for nothing short of ruthlessly capturing the truth of the world in which he has always lived. In the prologue to the book, he tells what...