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Something to Declare

by Julia Alvarez Algonquin Books (August 01, 1998)

“Julia Alvarez has suitcases full of history (public and private), trunks full of insights into what  it means to be a Latina in the United States,  bags full of literary wisdom.” —Los Angeles Times

...


Coventry

by Rachel Cusk Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 17, 2019)

From Rachel Cusk, her first collection of essays about motherhood, marriage, feminism, and art

Rachel Cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction with the Outline Trilogy, three “literary masterpieces” (The Washington...


Flash Count Diary

by Darcey Steinke Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 18, 2019)

“Many days I believe menopause is the new (if long overdue) frontier for the most compelling and necessary philosophy; Darcey Steinke is already there, blazing the way. This elegant, wise, fascinating, deeply...


In the Shadow of King Saul

by Jerome Charyn Bellevue Literary Press (August 28, 2018)

MAJOR WRITER ON MAJOR WRITERS: In the New York Review of Books, Joyce Carol Oates expressed her admiration for her equally prolific contemporary: ?Among [Jerome] Charyn?s writerly gifts is a dazzling energy....


The Fevers of Reason

by Gerald Weissmann Bellevue Literary Press (March 13, 2018)

“Oliver Sacks, Richard Selzer, Lewis Thomas . . . Weissmann is in this noble tradition.” —Los Angeles Times

“[Weissmann] is a man of wide culture, a captivating and graceful writer.” —New Yorker

“[Weissmann]...


My Caesarean

by Amanda Fields & Rachel Moritz The Experiment (April 30, 2019)

Twenty-one vivid, moving essays on caesarean birth

“No one talks about C-sections as surgery,” writes SooJin Pate. “They talk about it as if it’s just another way—albeit more convenient way—of giving...


Mr. Know-It-All

by John Waters Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 21, 2019)

No one knows more about everything—especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling—than John Waters. The man in the pencil-thin mustache, auteur of the transgressive movie classics Pink Flamingos...


Rabash--The Social Writings

by Rabbi Baruch Ashlag Bnei Baruch, Laitman Kabbalah (August 01, 2011)

Rav Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (Rabash), a student of his father, Rav Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag, author of the Sulam (Ladder) commentary on The Book of Zohar, played a remarkable role in the history of Kabbalah....


Essays in Biography

by Joseph Epstein Axios Press (September 14, 2012)

Who is the greatest living essayist writing in English? Unquestionably Joseph Epstein. Epstein is penetrating. He is witty. He has a magic touch with words, that hard to define but immediately recognizable quality...


Magic, Monsters, and Make-Believe Heroes

by Douglas E. Cowan University of California Press (February 26, 2019)

Magic, Monsters, and Make-Believe Heroes looks at fantasy film, television, and participative culture as evidence of our ongoing need for a mythic vision—for stories larger than ourselves into which we write...


Common People

by Kit de Waal, Louise Doughty, Lisa McInerney & Cathy Rentzenbrink et al. Unbound (May 01, 2019)

Working-class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed.

Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir written in celebration, not apology: these are narratives rich in...


Marking Humanity: Stories, Poems, & Essays by Holocaust Survivors

by Shlomit Editor Kriger Soul Inscriptions Press (September 25, 2013)

Imagine sitting across from a member of the German Secret State Police and negotiating with him to allow for the release of Jewish youngsters and for the establishment of a Jewish school. What can a teenager...


The Collected Schizophrenias

by Esmé Weijun Wang Graywolf Press (February 05, 2019)

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award

An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with...


For the Love of Books

by Graham Tarrant Skyhorse (June 18, 2019)

A light-hearted book about books and the people who write them for all lovers of literature.

Do you know:

  • Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning?
  • Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China?...

  • In Other Words

    by Goenawan Mohamad & Jennifer Lindsay Arcade (May 16, 2017)

    A wide-ranging and beautiful collection of essays from one of world literature’s most important writers.

    Goenawan Mohamad is one of Indonesia’s foremost public intellectuals, and this translated volume of...


    Ralph Waldo Emerson on Self-Reliance

    by Ralph Waldo Emerson Skyhorse (July 01, 2014)

    Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the great minds of the mid-nineteenth century. His thoughts and views led the Transcendentalist movement, and his writings—especially Self-Reliance—taught people to “trust thyself”...


    What My Mother and I Don't Talk About

    by Michele Filgate Simon & Schuster (April 30, 2019)

    *Most Anticipated Reads of 2019 by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Rumpus, Lit Hub, The Week, and Elle.com*

    Fifteen brilliant writers explore what we don’t talk to our mothers about, and how it affects us,...


    Rebel Rebel

    by Chris Sullivan Unbound Digital (November 08, 2018)

    Fed up with blandness? Bored rigid by the dull clock-punchers you work with? Sick of towing the line? If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, Rebel, Rebel is the book for you. It’s a compendium...


    Paperback L.A. Book 2

    by Susan LaTempa Prospect Park Books (October 30, 2018)

  • The second of a planned series of four books focusing on culture, people, humor, and zeitgeist of L.A.

  • Editor is respected as a former magazine editor and communications chief for a prominent social-justice nonprofit...

  • Limbo

    by Dan Fox Fitzcarraldo Editions (October 01, 2018)

    In a world that demands faith in progress and growth, Limbo is a companion for the stuck, the isolated, delayed, stranded and those in the dark. Fusing memoir with a meditation on creative block and a cultural...


    The Wrong Country

    by Gerald Dawe Irish Academic Press (June 05, 2018)

    This engaging, personal chronicle by Irish poet Gerald Dawe explores the lives and times of leading Irish writers, including W.B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bowen, Samuel Beckett and Stewart Parker, alongside lesser-known...


    Barking with the Big Dogs

    by Natalie Babbitt Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (November 20, 2018)

    In this collection of essays and speeches written over the course of four decades, beloved storyteller Natalie Babbitt explores what it was like to be a “little dog” in the literary world, continually being...


    Sightlines

    by Kathleen Jamie The Experiment (September 10, 2013)

    Winner of the 2014 Orion Book Award for Nonfiction

    Winner of the John Burroughs Association 2014 Medal for Distinguished Natural History Book

    In Sightlines, Kathleen Jamie reports from the field—from her native...


    Me, My Hair, and I

    by Elizabeth Benedict Algonquin Books (September 29, 2015)

    Ask a woman about her hair, and she just might tell you the story of her life. Ask a whole bunch of women about their hair, and you could get a history of the world. Surprising, insightful, frequently funny,...


    Nordic Narratives of Nature and the Environment

    by Peter Degerman, Anna-Karin Jonasson, Reinhard Hennig & Beatrice G. Reed et al. Lexington Books (October 31, 2018)

    Many contemporary environmental risks and global environmental changes occurring today are unprecedented in the history of human life on earth. However, the images and narratives through which humans relate...


    We Begin in Gladness

    by Craig Morgan Teicher Graywolf Press (November 06, 2018)

    One of our most perceptive critics on the ways that poets develop poems, a career, and a life

    Though it seems, at first, like an art of speaking, poetry is an art of listening. The poet trains to hear clearly...


    Mothers and Strangers

    by Samia Serageldin & Lee Smith The University of North Carolina Press (February 26, 2019)

    In this anthology of creative nonfiction, twenty-eight writers set out to discover what they know, and don't know, about the person they call Mother. Celebrated writers Lee Smith and Samia Serageldin have curated...


    Every True Pleasure

    by Wilton Barnhardt The University of North Carolina Press (February 07, 2019)

    Some of North Carolina's finest fiction and nonfiction writers come together in Every True Pleasure, including David Sedaris, Kelly Link, Allan Gurganus, Randall Kenan, and more. Within the volume—featuring...


    Best Sex Writing of the Year

    by Jon Pressick Cleis Press (March 17, 2015)

    This exciting 2015 volume of Best Sex Writing features a number of significant bloggers and some of the most important stories of the past two years. Alexandria Goddard is the blogger who made the important...


    Best Sex Writing 2012: The State of Today's Sexual Culture

    by Rachel Kramer Bussel Cleis Press (January 17, 2012)

    In Best Sex Writing 2012, editor Rachel Kramer Bussel and judge Susie Bright collect the year’s most challenging and provocative nonfiction articles on this endlessly evocative subject. The essays here comprise...


    Repeal the 8th

    by Una Mullally Unbound (April 05, 2018)

    Abortion is illegal in almost every circumstance in Ireland, making it the only democracy in the western world to have such a constitutional ban. This anthology, a national bestseller, is the definitive collection...


    New Daughters of Africa

    by Margaret Busby Amistad (May 07, 2019)

    The companion to the classic anthology Daughters of Africa—a major international collection that brings together the work of more than 200 women writers of African descent, celebrating their artistry and showcasing...


    Emeralds of Oz

    by Peter Guzzardi Harper Wave (June 04, 2019)

    In the bestselling tradition of Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, a wise and inspiring collection of life lessons drawn from one of the most beloved movies of all time: The Wizard of Oz

    After...


    Impossible Owls

    by Brian Phillips Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 02, 2018)

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. SEMI-FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR ART OF THE ESSAY.

    One of Amazon, Buzzfeed, ELLE, Electric Literature and Pop Sugar's Best Books of 2018. Named one of the...


    Charm

    by Joseph Epstein Lyons Press (October 01, 2018)

    Joseph Epstein takes on that most enchanting (and, alas, increasingly rare) of human gifts, charm. “Almost everyone will recognize when he or she is in the presence of charm,” he writes. “Charm is magic...


    Elkhorn

    by Richard Taylor The University Press of Kentucky (August 03, 2018)

    When former Kentucky Poet Laureate Richard Taylor took a job at Kentucky State University in 1975, he purchased a fixer-upper -- in need of a roof, a paint job, city water, and central heating -- that became...


    Two by Two

    by Eve Babitz Simon & Schuster (August 07, 2018)

    A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.


    Elvis Is Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Myself

    by Lewis Grizzard NewSouth Books (August 01, 2011)

    The 1950s were simple times to grow up. For Lewis Grizzard and his buddies, gallivanting meant hanging out at the local store, eating Zagnut candy bars and drinking "Big Orange bellywashers." About the worst...


    I Left My Heart in Shanghi, Alabama

    by Carroll Dale Short NewSouth Classics (June 01, 2012)

    After Dale Short moved away (reluctantly) from his hometown of Shanghi [sic] in Walker County, Alabama, he wrote home every week -- by means of a newspaper column in The Daily Mountain Eagle, where he held his...


    South-Watching

    by Fred C. Hobson Jr. The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2018)

    Gerald W. Johnson of North Carolina and Baltimore was one of the most prominent American journalists of the twentieth century and one of the outstanding essayists of any age. The author of some three dozen books...


    Paperback LA Book 1

    by Susan LaTempa Prospect Park Books (May 01, 2018)

  • Debut of a planned series of four books focusing on culture, people, humor, and zeitgeist of LA

  • Editor is respected as a former magazine editor and communications chief for a prominent social-justice nonprofit...

  • Frank Norris and American Naturalism

    by Donald Pizer Anthem Press (May 30, 2018)

    ‘Frank Norris and American Naturalism’ brings together in one volume Donald Pizer’s lifelong exploration of Frank Norris’s work, ranging from his 1955 discussion of point of view in ‘The Octopus’...


    I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying

    by Bassey Ikpi Harper Perennial (August 06, 2019)

    A Publishers Weekly Spring Preview Selection

    "We will not think or talk about mental health or normalcy the same after reading this momentous art object moonlighting as a colossal collection of essays.”    ...


    Tonight I'm Someone Else

    by Chelsea Hodson Henry Holt and Co. (June 05, 2018)

    "I had a real romance with this book." —Miranda July

    A highly anticipated collection, from the writer Maggie Nelson has called, “bracingly good…refreshing and welcome,” that explores the myriad ways in...


    Writing Down the Vision: Essays & Prophecies

    by Kei Miller Peepal Tree Press (December 09, 2015)

    The conviction that telling and collecting stories is the most powerful means to revelation is the driving force behind these essays from celebrated poet and novelist Kei Miller. The pages of the book are filled...


    Notes from a Black Woman's Diary

    by Kathleen Collins & Danielle Evans Ecco (February 05, 2019)

    A RECOMMENDED BOOK OF 2019 FROM

    Vanity Fair * Vogue * The Huffington Post

    A stunning collection of fiction, diary entries, screenplays, and scripts by the brilliant African-American artist and filmmaker

    Relatively...


    Mount London

    by Tom Chivers & Martin Kratz Penned in the Margins (March 03, 2016)

    An invisible mountain rises above the streets of London. At over 1,400 metres it's Britain's highest peak. This ingenious book is an account of the ascent of Mount London by writers, poets and urban cartographers,...


    Lit from Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing

    by Kevin Haworth & Dinty W. Moore Ohio University Press (February 01, 2011)

    Lit from Within offers creative writers a window into the minds of some of America's most celebrated contemporary authors. Witty, direct, and thought-provoking, these essays offer something to creative writers...


    The Reckonings

    by Lacy M. Johnson Scribner (October 09, 2018)

    “Unflinching and honest…both timely and timeless” (Houston Chronicle), this extraordinary collection of essays by the award-winning writer of The Other Side—rooted in her own experience with sexual assault—pursues...


    How to Be Alone

    by Lane Moore Atria Books (November 06, 2018)

    The former Sex & Relationships Editor for Cosmopolitan and host of the wildly popular comedy show Tinder Live with Lane Moore presents her poignant, funny, and deeply moving first book.

    Lane Moore is a rare performer...