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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

by David Sedaris

"Sedaris is a remarkably skilled storyteller and savvy essayist....And based, on this latest collection, he's getting only better." ---Los Angeles Times

A guy walks into a bar car and...

From here the story could...


Crediting Poetry: The Nobel Lecture

by Seamus Heaney

The Nobel Lecture??Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 ‘for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt the every day miracles and the living past’.??Crediting Poetry...


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...


Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

by Chelsea Handler & Digby Diehl

WHAT . . . A RIOT!

Life doesn't get more hilarious than when Chelsea Handler takes aim with her irreverent wit. Who else would send all-staff emails to smoke out the dumbest people on her show? Now, in this...


Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey

by Lori Perkins, MJ Rose & Sylvia Day

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,...


Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

by Jon Ronson

New York Times-bestselling author of The Psychopath Test Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. Lost at Sea-now with new material-reveals how deep our collective...


A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: An Essay (Digital Original)

by David Foster Wallace

In this exuberantly praised book - a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the...


What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

by Malcolm Gladwell

What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair...


The Quotable Hitchens: From Alcohol to Zionism--The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens

by Windsor Mann & Martin Amis

A compendium of never-before-collected quotations from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Christopher Hitchens on hundreds of subjects


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...


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...


The Empathy Exams

by Leslie Jamison

From personal loss to phantom diseases, a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014

Beginning with her experience...


Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

by Chuck Klosterman

From the author of the highly acclaimed heavy metal memoir, Fargo Rock City, comes another hilarious and discerning take on massively popular culture—set in Chuck Klosterman’s den and your own—covering...


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...


Through the Window: Seventeen Essays and a Short Story

by Julian Barnes

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending and one of Britain’s greatest writers: a brilliant collection of essays on the books and authors that have meant the most to him throughout...


Wild Ducks Flying Backward

by Tom Robbins

Known for his meaty seriocomic novels–expansive works that are simultaneously lowbrow and highbrow–Tom Robbins has also published over the years a number of short pieces, predominantly nonfiction. His travel...


We Learn Nothing: Essays and Cartoons

by Tim Kreider

In We Learn Nothing, satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush...