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The Informed Air: Essays

by Muriel Spark

Together for the first time in one sparkling, delicious volume, here are the greatest essays of Muriel Spark A fantastic essayist, the inimitable Muriel Spark addresses here the writing life; love; cats; favorite...


When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood

by Brian Gresko

From some of today's most critically acclaimed writers-including Dennis Lehane, Justin Cronin, Andre Dubus III, and Benjamin Percy-comes a rich collection of essays on what it means to be a dad.

Becoming a...


Radiant Truths: Essential Dispatches, Reports, Confessions, and Other Essays on American Belief

by Jeff Sharlet

Beginning with Walt Whitman singing hymns at a wounded soldier’s bedside during the Civil War, this surprising and vivid anthology ranges straight through to the twenty-first century to end with Francine Prose...


The Opposite of Loneliness Enhanced Edition: Essays and Stories

by Marina Keegan & Anne Fadiman

An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation....


The Art of Just Sitting: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza

by John Daido Loori & Taigen Dan Leighton

Shikantaza--or "just sitting"--is one of the simplest, most subtle forms of meditation, and one of the most easily misunderstood. This peerless volume brings together a wealth of writings, from the Buddha himself...


Nonsenseorship

by Various

This engaging and good-humored collection of essays brings together an array of early twentieth-century literary luminaries to comment on the concepts of censorship and prohibition in general, and more specifically,...


Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers

by Eleanor Henderson & Anna Solomon

Thirty acclaimed writers share their personal birth stories—the extraordinary, the ordinary, the terrifying, the sublime, the profane

It’s an elemental, almost animalistic urge—the expectant mother’s...


Danse Macabre

by Stephen King

From the author of dozens of #1 New York Times bestsellers and the creator of many unforgettable movies comes a vivid, intelligent, and nostalgic journey through three decades of horror as experienced through...


The Devil Problem: And Other True Stories

by David Remnick

Readers know from his now classic Lenin's Tomb that Remnick is a superb portraitist who can bring his subjects to life and reveal them in such surprising ways as to justify comparison to Dickens, Balzac, or...


The Braindead Megaphone

by George Saunders

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

The breakout book from "the funniest writer in America"--not to mention an official "Genius"--his...


Notes towards the Definition of Culture

by T. S. Eliot

The word culture, in recent years, has been widely and erroneously employed in political, educational, and journalistic contexts. In helping to define a word so greatly misused, T. S. Eliot contradicts many...


The Third Tower: Journeys in Italy

by Antal Szerb & Len Rix

In August 1936 a Hungarian writer in his mid-thirties arrives by train in Venice, on a journey overshadowed by the coming war and charged with intense personal nostalgia. Aware that he might never again visit...


The Shimmering Beast

by Steve Reinke

Steve Reinke is one of the most intriguing artists we've got; his scope is enormous, his imagination absolutely singular. His video art — The Hundred Videos, Anthology of American Folk Song, Anal Masturbation...


What They Did For Love: The Extraordinary Ways Ordinary People Express the Heart's Finest Emotion

by Editors of Reader's Digest

A powerful collection of stories that is at once heart-warming and heart-wrenching as writers offer stories of love in its many forms set against the challenges of modern life.

 

Over the years Reader’s Digest...


The Words That Made Australia: How Australia Made Its Own Luck - And Could Now Throw It All Away

by Chris Feik & Robert Manne

"This is not a book of documents, snippets or worthy speeches. Instead it presents the original essays and the moments of insight that told us what Australia is and could be.

These are the essential statements...


Awkward: A Detour

by Mary Cappello

Startlingly imaginative nonfiction about a very particular if common and much-maligned state of being.


Letters to a Young Poet

by Rainer maria Rilke & M. D. Herter Norton

Rilke's timeless letters about poetry, sensitive observation, and the complicated workings of the human heart. 

Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection...


Surrender (But Don't Give Yourself Away): Old Cars, Found Hope, and Other Cheap Tricks

by Spike Gillespie

Spike Gillespie tells it like it is. Whether she's writing about men, mothering or money, she cuts to the chase, unabashedly recounting the exhilaration and uncertainty she is forever encountering along the...


Trillin on Texas

by Calvin Trillin

"Yes, I do have a Texas connection, but, as we say in the Midwest, where I grew up, not so's you'd know it." So Calvin Trillin introduces this collection of articles and poems about a place that turns up surprisingly...


Land of the Permanent Wave: An Edwin "Bud" Shrake Reader

by Bud Shrake & Steven L. Davis

Edwin "Bud" Shrake is one of the most intriguing literary talents to emerge from Texas. He has written vividly in fiction and nonfiction about everything from the early days of the Texas Republic to the making...