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Manchild in the Promised Land

by Claude Brown

With more than two million copies in print, Manchild in the Promised Land is one of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time—the definitive account of African-American youth in Harlem of the 1940s and...


Something Wicked This Way Comes: An Essay from Chuck Klosterman IV

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Chuck Klosterman IV and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture, this essay is about Disneyland.


Billy Sim: An Essay from Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Living and Society, this essay is about The Sims.


Band on the Couch: An Essay from Chuck Klosterman IV

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Chuck Klosterman IV and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Rock, this essay is about Metallica.


Certain Rock Bands You Probably Like

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Chuck Klosterman IV and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Pop, this essay is about underrated and overrated artists.


Eating the Dinosaur

by Chuck Klosterman

After a bestselling and acclaimed diversion into fiction, Chuck Klosterman, author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, returns to the form in which he’s been spectacularly successful with a collection of essays...


Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence

by Gabrielle Giffords & Mark Kelly

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, share their impassioned argument for responsible gun ownership.

After the 2011 Tucson shooting that nearly took her life, basic questions...


City Life

by Witold Rybczynski

In City Life, Witold Rybczynski looks at what we want from cities, how they have evolved, and what accounts for their unique identities. In this vivid description of everything from the early colonial settlements...


The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2014

by Jeff Hobbs

An instant New York Times bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, and Entertainment Weekly, among others, this celebrated account of a young African-American man...


The Removers: A Memoir

by Andrew Meredith

“A darkly funny memoir about family reckonings” (O, The Oprah Magazine)—the story of a young man who, by handling the dead, makes peace with the living.

Andrew Meredith’s father, a literature professor...


Double Agent: The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring

by Peter Duffy

The never-before-told tale of the German-American who infiltrated New York’s Nazi underground in the days leading up to World War II: “Thrilling, well-researched, well-told, fascinating” (Minneapolis Star...


White Bucks and Black-Eyed Peas: Coming Of Age Black In White America

by Marcus Mabry

Exploring what it means to be “young, black, and talented” in America—and the high cost of teetering precariously between two separate worlds—Mabry examines the twentysomething experience, and chronicles...


The Reckoning: Searching for Meaning with the Father of the Sandy Hook Killer

by Andrew Solomon

First published in The New Yorker, “Solomon tells the story of Peter Lanza, the father of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter. Read it—it’s moving, brave and just profoundly human and sad....There...


It Will Shock You How Much It Never Happened: An Essay from Eating the Dinosaur

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Eating the Dinosaur and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture, this essay is about advertising.


Pirates: An Essay from Chuck Klosterman IV

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Chuck Klosterman IV and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture, this essay is about pirates.


Five Interesting Corpses: Essays from Chuck Klosterman IV

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Chuck Klosterman IV and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture, this essay is about dead people.


The Lady or the Tiger: An Essay from Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture, this essay is about cereal.


Porn: An Essay from Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture, this essay is about porn.


Ten Seconds to Love: An Essay from Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

by Chuck Klosterman

Originally collected in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture, this essay is about Marilyn Monroe and Pam...


Cultural Betrayal: An Essay from Chuck Klosterman IV

by Chuck Klosterman

Pop culture guru Chuck Klosterman's assembly of his best work from Esquire, GQ, Spin, The New York Times Magazine, and newpapers around the country--including such hard-to-find treasures as the ground-breaking...