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West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West

by Lynn Stegner & Russell Rowland

What does it mean to be a westerner? With all the mythology that has grown up about the American West, is it even possible to describe "how it was, how it is, here, in the West-just that," in the words of Lynn...


Turn Out the Lights: Chronicles of Texas during the 80s and 90s

by Gary Cartwright & Robert Draper

Whether the subject is Jack Ruby, Willie Nelson, or his own leukemia-stricken son Mark, when it comes to looking at the world through another person's eyes, nobody does it better than Gary Cartwright. For over...


Essays Ancient and Modern

by T. S. Eliot

A compendium of essays on religion, literature, and politics from a Nobel laureate and literary master.


Psycho Too

by Will Self & Ralph Steadman

Will Self and Ralph Steadman join forces once again in a further post-millennial meditation on the vexed relationship of psyche and place in a globalised world; Psycho Too brings together a second helping of...


Against Venice

by Régis Debray & John Howe

Numerous writers have made declarations of love to cities, but Against Venice speaks not of love, but of dislike. It is a counterblast to intellectuals who regard Venice as the city where existentialism should...


An Elemental Thing

by Eliot Weinberger

Internationally acclaimed as one of the most innovative writers today, Eliot Weinberger has taken the essay into unexplored territories on the borders of poetry and narrative where the only rule, according to...


A Place in the Country

by W.G. Sebald & Jo Catling

A Place in the Country is W. G. Sebald’s meditation on the six artists and writers who shaped his creative mind—and the last of this great writer’s major works to be translated into English.

 

This beautiful...


And the Heart Says Whatever

by Emily Gould

Essays by former editor of Gawker.com—and the new female voice of her generation.  In And the Heart Says Whatever, Emily Gould tells the truth about becoming an adult in New York City in the first decade...


Monkeyluv: And Other Essays on Our Lives as Animals

by Robert M. Sapolsky

The human animal in all its fascinating quirks of nature is showcased in this thoughtful and entertaining essay collection from America's most beloved neurobiologist/primatologist.

In these essays -- updated...


The Maine Woods

by Henry David Thoreau & Richard F. Fleck

Posthumously published in 1864, The Maine Woods depicts Henry David Thoreau's experiences in the forests of Maine, and expands on the author's transcendental theories on the relation of humanity to Nature. This...


Maps for a Mortal Moon: Essays and Entertainments

by Adil Jussawalla & Jerry Pinto

Welcome to the world of Adil Jussawalla, poet, columnist, critic. The essays and entertainments collected in this volume take in everything from language to poetry, from ethics to model aeroplanes, from death...


The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats Volume IV: Early Essays

by William Butler Yeats, Richard J. Finneran & George Bornstein

The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume IV: Early Essays is part of a fourteen-volume series under the general editorship of eminent Yeats scholars George Bornstein and George Mills Harper. These volumes...


Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants: Based on a True Story

by Jill Soloway

When Jill Soloway was just thirteen, she and her best friend donned the tightest satin pants they could find, poufed up their hair and squeezed into Candies heels, then headed to downtown Chicago in search of...


When I Was a Loser: True Stories of (Barely) Surviving High School

by John McNally

For Anyone Who's Ever Been a Teenager

Who's teenage years weren't terrible? Remember the scary older kids? The sadistic gym teacher? The smelly kid who sat next to you in science class? Your first fumbling...


Ornament and Silence: Essays on Women's Lives From Edith Wharton to Germaine Greer

by Kennedy Fraser

In these fourteen essays, Fraser focuses on women in love affairs, friendships, marriages, and families; in relation to one another and to the talented men who so often rendered them invisible. In Ornament and...


What Makes This Book So Great

by Jo Walton

As any reader of Jo Walton's Among Others might guess, Walton is both an inveterate reader of SF and fantasy, and a chronic re-reader of books. In 2008, then-new science-fiction mega-site Tor.com asked Walton...


The Government of the Tongue

by Seamus Heaney

In his volume of critical essays The Government of the Tongue, Seamus Heaney scrutinizes the poetry of many masterful poets. Throughout the collection, Heaney's gifts as a wise and genial reader are exercised...


White Girls

by Hilton Als

White Girls, Hilton Als’s first book since The Women fourteen years ago, finds one of The New Yorker's boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music...


Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives

by Elizabeth Benedict

Edited and with a contribution by Elizabeth Benedict, thirty of today's brightest literary lights turn their attention to the question of mentorship and influence.

For Denis Johnson, it was Leonard Gardner's...


Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature

by John Branscum & Wayne Thomas

Anthology of contemporary Appalachian literature travels through housing projects, forest-stripped ravines, and trailer high-rises, exploring Appalachia's vibrant migrant tradition.