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The Writer's Library

by Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager HarperOne (September 08, 2020)

With a Foreword by Susan Orlean, twenty-three of today's living literary legends, including Donna Tartt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Sean Greer, Laila Lalami, and Michael Chabon, reveal the books that made them...


My Life as a Villainess

by Laura Lippman William Morrow Paperbacks (August 04, 2020)

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman, a journalist for many years, collects here her recent essays exploring motherhood as an older mom, her life as a reader, her relationships with her parents,...


Avoid the Day

by Jay Kirk Harper Perennial (July 28, 2020)

"Avoid the Day truly seems to me to push nonfiction memoir as far as it can go without it collapsing into a singularity and I am at a loss for words. You are just going to have to read it." –Helen Macdonald,...


This Is Major

by Shayla Lawson Harper Perennial (June 30, 2020)

Named one of the most anticipated books of the year by USA Today, Bitch Magazine, Parade, Salon and Ms. Magazine

From a fierce and humorous new voice comes a relevant, insightful, and riveting collection of personal...


The Poetry of Strangers

by Brian Sonia-Wallace Harper Perennial (June 30, 2020)

It might surprise you who’s a fan of poetry — when it meets them where they are.

Before he became an award-winning writer and poet, Brian Sonia-Wallace set up a typewriter on the street with a sign that...


Sensuous Knowledge

by Minna Salami & Robin Miles HarperAudio (March 31, 2020)

The creator of the internationally popular, multiple award-winning blog MsAfropolitan applies an Africa-centered feminist sensibility to issues of racism and sexism, challenging our illusions about oppression...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

by Damon Young Ecco (March 26, 2019)

A Finalist for the NAACP Image Award

A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction

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

An NPR Best Book of the Year

A Washington...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 • Finalist for the Southern Book Prize

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


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 View from the Cheap Seats

by Neil Gaiman William Morrow (May 31, 2016)

An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing,...


City Squares

by Catie Marron Harper (April 12, 2016)

In this important collection, eighteen renowned writers, including David Remnick, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Skloot, Rory Stewart, and Adam Gopnik evoke the spirit and history of some of the world’s most recognized...


Your Song Changed My Life

by Bob Boilen William Morrow (April 12, 2016)

From the beloved host and creator of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts comes an essential oral history of modern music, told in the voices of iconic and up-and-coming musicians, including...


Now Go Out There

by Mary Karr Harper (April 05, 2016)

A celebration of curiosity, compassion, and the surprising power of fear, based on the New York Times bestselling author and renowned professor’s 2015 commencement address at Syracuse University.

“Being smart...


CRUSH

by Cathy Alter & Dave Singleton William Morrow (April 05, 2016)

A star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrates our initiation into the euphoria, pain, and...


The Abundance

by Annie Dillard Ecco (March 15, 2016)

In recognition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s long and lauded career as a master essayist, a landmark collection, including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work, rigorously curated by...


I Must Be Living Twice

by Eileen Myles Ecco (September 29, 2015)

A collection of thrilling verse, including both new poems and beloved favorites, from the celebrated poet, modern cult icon, and author of Chelsea Girls.

Eileen Myles’ work is known for its blend of reality...


The Art of Memoir

by Mary Karr Harper (September 15, 2015)

Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit...


On Writing

by Charles Bukowski Ecco (July 28, 2015)

Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, riveting, and celebrated masters.

Charles Bukowski’s stories, poems, and novels have left...


How Did I Get Here?

by Jesse Browner Harper Wave (June 30, 2015)

A literary exploration that asks seeks to answer the question: Have I lived the life I intended?

Jesse Browner, a novelist with a full-time job at the United Nations, has written a book reminiscent of the Talking...


The Life of Images

by Charles Simic Ecco (April 07, 2015)

A collection of new and selected essays by the Pulitzer Prize–winner and former Poet Laureate.

In addition to being one of America’s most famous and commended poets, Charles Simic is a prolific and talented...


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”...


Writing Past Dark

by Bonnie Friedman Harper Perennial (August 26, 2014)

Named One of "The Essential Books for Writing"  (The Center for Fiction) and One of "The Best Books for Writers" (Poets & Writers)

“In the spirit of Annie Dillard's The Writing Life, Friedman...gives heartfelt...


Bad Feminist

by Roxane Gay Harper Perennial (August 05, 2014)

New York Times Bestseller

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

Pink is my favorite color. I...


Dogfight at the Pentagon

by Wall Street Journal Harper Perennial (May 13, 2014)

A delightful collection of the wild, the weird, and the wonderful culled from the Wall Street Journal’s popular, and long-standing A-hed column.

One of the Wall Street Journal’s most popular features for...


Essays of E. B. White

by E. B. White Harper Perennial (February 25, 2014)

The classic collection by one of the greatest essayists of our time.

Selected by E.B. White himself, the essays in this volume span a lifetime of writing and a body of work without peer.  "I have chosen the...


Writings from The New Yorker 1925-1976

by E. B. White Harper Perennial Modern Classics (February 18, 2014)

Here are 161 wise, witty, and spirited short pieces and essays by the inimitable E. B. White. Written for the New Yorker over a span of forty-nine years, they show White’s changing concerns and development...


This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

by Ann Patchett Harper (November 05, 2013)

Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of  Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband—creating a resonant...


City Parks

by Catie Marron & Oberto Gili Harper (October 15, 2013)

Catie Marron’s City Parks captures the spirit and beauty of eighteen of the world’s most-loved city parks. Zadie Smith, Ian Frazier, Candice Bergen, Colm Tóibín, Nicole Krauss, Jan Morris, and a dozen...


Skywriting by Word of Mouth

by John Lennon It Books (October 01, 2013)

John Lennon wrote Skywriting by Word of Mouth, an impressive collection of writings and drawings, during Yoko Ono's pregnancy with Sean, and always planned to have it published. The book's publication was a...


Turn Around Bright Eyes

by Rob Sheffield It Books (August 06, 2013)

Once upon a time I was falling apart. Now I'm always falling in love.

Pick up the microphone.

When Rob Sheffield moved to New York City in the summer of 2001, he was a young widower trying to start a new life...


On Fear

by Jiddu Krishnamurti HarperOne (July 30, 2013)

On Fear is a collection of Krishnamurti's most profound observations and thoughts on how fear and dependence affect our lives and prevent us from seeing our true selves. Among the many questions Krishnamurti...


Prisons We Choose to Live Inside

by Doris Lessing Harper Perennial (May 07, 2013)

"One of the most important writers of the past hundred years." --The Times (London)

In this perceptive collection of essays, Doris Lessing addresses directly the prime questions before us all: how to think for...


Speaking of Journalism

by William Zinsser Harper Paperbacks (May 07, 2013)

Veteran journalist and writing teacher William Zinsser, whose books on writing have sold more than 700,000 copies, presents 11 of his most successful students discussing what it is like to work as a journalist...


Strange Stones

by Peter Hessler Harper Perennial (May 07, 2013)

Full of unforgettable figures and an unrelenting spirit of adventure, Strange Stones is a far-ranging, thought-provoking collection of Peter Hessler’s best reportage—a dazzling display of the powerful storytelling,...