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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,...


Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson

by Robert Louis Stevenson

G. K. Chesterton said of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins." This collection of Stevenson's essays includes:...


Essays

by Michel de Montaigne, Charles Cotton & William Carew Hazlitt

Considered the inventor of the essay itself, Michel de Montaigne published Essays (Essais, literally "Attempts") in 1850. Known for his skill at merging serious intellectual debate with personal anecdotes, his...


The Unspeakable

by Meghan Daum

"Daum is her generation's Joan Didion." —Nylon

Nearly fifteen years after her debut collection, My Misspent Youth, captured the ambitions and anxieties of a generation, Meghan Daum returns to the personal essay...


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...


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...


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...


Philosophical Letters: (Letters Concerning the English Nation)

by Voltaire

The voice of the Age of Reason remarks on English religion and politics during the early 18th century: Quakers, Church of England, Presbyterians, Anti-Trinitarians, Parliament, government, commerce, plus essays...


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...


An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

by , John Locke

John Locke is widely regarded as the father of classical liberalism. This essay was groundbreaking in its approach to foundation of human knowledge and understanding, he describes the mind at birth as a blank...


Vintage Reading: From Plato to Bradbury: A Personal Tour of Some of the World's Best Books

by Robert Kanigel

Vintage Reading brings eighty of the world's most unforgettable books out from behind the high castle walls, lowers the drawbridge, and welcomes readers inside. With lively and concise commentary, award-winning...


Love and Lies

by Clancy Martin

A provocative and unsettling look at the nature of love and deception

Is it possible to love well without lying? At least since Socrates's discourse on love in Plato's Symposium, philosophers have argued that...


Read Harder

by Ed Park & Heidi Julavits

This volume collects the finest essays from the second half of the Believer's decade-long (and counting) run. The Believer, the McSweeney's-published four-time nominee for the National Magazine Award, is beloved...


Readings in Wood: What the Forest Taught Me

by John Leland

Award-winning nature writer John Leland offers a collection of twenty-seven short, poetic essays that marry science and the humanities as the author seeks meaning in trees. Readings in Wood is an investigation...


Mike Royko: The Chicago Tribune Collection 1984-1997

by Mike Royko, Chicago Tribune Staff & John Kass

Mike Royko: The Chicago Tribune Collection 1984–1997 is an expansive new volume of the longtime Chicago news legend’s work. Encompassing thousands of his columns, all of which originally appeared in the Chicago...


The Heart That Bleeds: Latin America Now

by Alma Guillermoprieto

An extraordinarily vivid, unflinching series of portraits of South America today, written from the inside out, by the award-winning New Yorker journalist and widely admired author of Samba.

From the Trade Paperback...


How We Are

by Vincent Deary

The first book in a major new trilogy, How to Live: How We Are, How We Break, and How We Mend

We live in small worlds.

How We Are is an astonishing debut and the first part of the monumental How to Live trilogy,...


Why Read the Classics?

by Italo Calvino & Martin McLaughlin

A posthumously published collection of thirty-six essays offering Italo Calvino's invigorating and illuminating analysis of his most treasured literary classics.