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The Personals

by Brian O’Connell HarperCollins (October 03, 2019)

The Personals reveals how classified ads are not just a few commercial lines of text in print or online – they can be a treasure trove of fascinating human stories; stories of love, loss, loneliness, redemption...


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,...


    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 (May 28, 2019)

    Peter Guzzardi spent decades as an editor working with some of the wisest writers of our time—from Stephen Hawking and Deepak Chopra to Carol Burnett and Douglas Adams—yet he couldn’t shake the sense that...


    Two by Two

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

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


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

    by Bassey Ikpi Harper Perennial (August 06, 2019)

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

    In I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying Bassey Ikpi explores her life—as a Nigerian-American immigrant, a black woman, a slam poet, a mother, a daughter, an artist—through...


    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...


    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...


    American Like Me

    by America Ferrera Gallery Books (September 25, 2018)

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    From award-winning actress and political activist America Ferrera comes a vibrant and varied collection of first-person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of...


    What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

    by Damon Young Ecco (March 26, 2019)

    From the cofounder of VerySmartBrothas.com, and one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what...


    Bookends

    by Michael Chabon Harper Perennial (January 22, 2019)

    A brilliant, idiosyncratic collection of introductions and afterwords (plus some liner notes) by New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon—“one of contemporary literature’s...


    No One Tells You This

    by Glynnis MacNicol Simon & Schuster (July 10, 2018)

    Featured in multiple “must-read” lists, No One Tells You This is “sharp, intimate…A funny, frank, and fearless memoir…and a refreshing view of the possibilities—and pitfalls—personal freedom can...


    And Yet...: Essays

    by Christopher Hitchens Simon & Schuster (November 24, 2015)

    The seminal, uncollected essays—lauded as “dazzling” (The New York Times Book Review)—by the late Christopher Hitchens, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller God Is Not Great, showcase the notorious...


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

    by William Butler Yeats, Richard J. Finneran & George Bornstein Scribner (March 06, 2007)

    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...


    Dead Girls

    by Alice Bolin William Morrow Paperbacks (June 26, 2018)

    A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018

    An Edgar Award nominee for best critical / biographical

    Best of 2018 according to Kirkus, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Portland Mercury, Bustle, Thrillist, and...


    Screen Tests

    by Kate Zambreno Harper Perennial (July 23, 2019)

    Best Book of 2019: Nylon, Domino, Bustle, Book Riot, Buzzfeed, Vol. 1 Brooklyn

    A new work equal parts observational micro-fiction and cultural criticism reflecting on the dailiness of life as a woman and writer,...


    Up Up, Down Down

    by Cheston Knapp Scribner (February 06, 2018)

    In the tradition of John Jeremiah Sullivan and David Foster Wallace, Cheston Knapp’s Up Up, Down Down “is an always smart, often hilarious, and ultimately transcendent essay collection” (Anthony Doerr,...


    The Nobel Lecture

    by Bob Dylan Simon & Schuster (October 31, 2017)

    Published for the first time in a beautiful collectible edition, the essential lecture delivered by the 2016 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan.

    On October 13, 2016, Bob Dylan was awarded the...


    What to Read and Why

    by Francine Prose Harper (July 03, 2018)

    In this brilliant collection, the follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer, the distinguished novelist, literary critic, and essayist celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage...


    This Will Be My Undoing

    by Morgan Jerkins Harper Perennial (January 30, 2018)

    From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism...


    True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness

    by Christine Lahti Harper Wave (April 03, 2018)

    A fiercely intelligent, hilarious, and deeply feminist collection of interrelated personal stories from Academy, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award–winning actress and director Christine Lahti.

    For decades, actress...


    The Misfit's Manifesto

    by Lidia Yuknavitch Simon & Schuster/ TED (October 24, 2017)

    A self-defined misfit makes a powerful case for not fitting in—for recognizing the beauty, and difficulty, in forging an original path.

    A misfit is a person who missed fitting in, a person who fits in badly,...


    Split

    by Lee Kofman Ventura Press (May 20, 2019)

    In this compelling anthology of personal essays, curated by award-winning author Lee Kofman, some of Australia’s most beloved writers reveal, for the first time, powerful, occasionally funny and often heartbreaking...


    Montaigne in Barn Boots

    by Michael Perry Harper (November 07, 2017)

    The beloved memoirist and bestselling author of Population: 485 reflects on the lessons he’s learned from his unlikely alter ego, French Renaissance philosopher Michel de Montaigne.

    "The journey began on a...


    The Wrong Way to Save Your Life

    by Megan Stielstra Harper Perennial (August 01, 2017)

    From an important new American writer comes this powerful collection of personal essays on fear, creativity, art, faith, academia, the Internet, and justice.

    In this poignant and inciting collection of literary...


    Wild Things

    by Bruce Handy Simon & Schuster (August 15, 2017)

    An irresistible, nostalgic, insightful—and “consistently intelligent and funny” (The New York Times Book Review)—ramble through classic children’s literature from Vanity Fair contributing editor (and...


    Kingdom of Olives and Ash

    by Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman Harper Perennial (May 30, 2017)

    A groundbreaking collection of essays by celebrated international writers bears witness to the human cost of fifty years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

    In Kingdom of Olives and Ash, Michael...


    Sunshine State

    by Sarah Gerard Harper Perennial (April 11, 2017)

    Longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

    New York Times Critics’ Best Books of the Year • An NPR Best Book of the Year • A NYLON Best Nonfiction Book of the Year...


    A Fragile Union: New and Selected Writings

    by Joan Nestle Cleis Press (January 02, 2018)

    A Fragile Union is Joan Nestle’s collection of intimate essays and narratives about lesbian sexuality, butch-femme relationships, sex writing, the importance of preserving lesbian and gay history, the love...


    Best Sex Writing 2005

    by Violet Blue Cleis Press (August 01, 2005)

    Best-selling author Violet Blue searched the country and found the most stunning and brave sexual nonfiction writing of the year. Best Sex Writing 2005 includes pieces from more than 20 cutting-edge sex writers,...


    Best Sex Writing 2006

    by Felice Newman Cleis Press (May 18, 2006)

    Sometimes surprising, always stimulating — this book offers a snapshot of America’s complex sexual practices and mores as seen through Cleis’s unique lens. It is the best nonfiction sex journalism of the...


    Best Sex Writing 2008

    by Rachel Kramer Bussel Cleis Press (January 01, 2008)

    Captures the heart and soul of what's happening behind the bedroom door, where lust, desire, gender, identity, sex work, and politics collide.

    The best sex journalism of the year in one unforgettable book.

    Do...


    Best Sex Writing 2009

    by Rachel Kramer Bussel Cleis Press (January 01, 2009)

    Intelligent, upbeat, and sex-positive, the pieces in Best Sex Writing 2009 offer an in-depth look at sex the way it actually happens in America today. Gubernatorial sex scandals, rape fantasies, “Dear John”...


    Best Sex Writing 2012

    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...


    Best Sex Writing 2010

    by Rachel Kramer Bussel Cleis Press (February 01, 2010)

    From breastfeeding to swingers to underage sexting, the thinnest condom ever and sex work to the thrill of voyeurism and the story of X-rated Tijuana bibles, Best Sex Writing 2010 covers the latest, hottest...


    The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQ Activism

    by Adrian Brooks Cleis Press (June 09, 2015)

    The Right Side of History tells the 100-year history of queer activism in a series of revealing close-ups, first-person accounts, and intimate snapshots of LGBT pioneers and radicals. This diverse cast stretches...


    Best Sex Writing of the Year: On Consent, BDSM, Porn, Race, Sex Work and More

    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...


    I Wrote This Book Because I Love You

    by Tim Kreider Simon & Schuster (February 06, 2018)

    *A People Top 10 Book of 2018*

    The New York Times essayist and author of We Learn Nothing, Tim Kreider trains his singular power of observation on his (often befuddling) relationships with women.

    Psychologists...


    A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind

    by Siri Hustvedt Simon & Schuster (December 06, 2016)

    A compelling, radical, “richly explored” (The New York Times Book Review), and “insightful” (Vanity Fair) collection of essays on art, feminism, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy from prize-winning...


    Soul at the White Heat

    by Joyce Carol Oates Ecco (September 20, 2016)

    A new collection of critical and personal essays on writing, obsession, and inspiration from National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates.

    "Why do we write?"

    With this question,...


    The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture

    by Glen Weldon Simon & Schuster (March 22, 2016)

    “A roaring getaway car of guilty pleasures” (The New York Times Book Review), Glen Weldon’s The Caped Crusade is a fascinating, critically acclaimed chronicle of the rises and falls of one of the world’s...


    Fallen Leaves

    by Will Durant Simon & Schuster (December 09, 2014)

    Praised as a “revelatory” book by The Wall Street Journal, this is the last and most personal work of Pulitzer Prize–winning author and historian Will Durant, discovered thirty-two years after his death....


    Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York

    by Sari Botton Gallery Books (October 14, 2014)

    From the editor of the celebrated anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, comes a new collection of original essays on what keeps writers tethered to New York City.

    The “charming”...


    Twenty-First-Century Buddhists in Conversation

    by Melvin McLeod Wisdom Publications (March 10, 2015)

    Leading voices of Buddhism discuss issues and ideas important to Buddhists in the twenty-first century.

    Twenty-First-Century Buddhists collects the very best of the round-table discussions recorded in the pages...


    What They Did For Love

    by Editors of Reader's Digest Reader's Digest (December 26, 2013)

    A powerful collection of stories that is at once heart-warming and heart-wrenching as writers offer stories of love in its many forms set against the challenges of modern life.

     

    Over the years Reader’s Digest...


    Himalayan Passages

    by Andrew Quintman & Benjamin Bogin Wisdom Publications (August 12, 2014)

    Explore new research on the religious and cultural traditions of the Himalayan Buddhist world.

    Over decades, hundreds of American undergraduates spending a semester abroad have been introduced to Tibetan culture...