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How We Are

by Vincent Deary Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 30, 2014)

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,...


The Unspeakable

by Meghan Daum Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 18, 2014)

"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...


A Defense of Ardor

by Adam Zagajewski & Clare Cavanagh Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 28, 2014)

Ardor, inspiration, the soul, the sublime: Such terms have long since fallen from favor among critics and artists alike. In his new collection of essays, Adam Zagajewski continues his efforts to reclaim for...


Just As I Thought

by Grace Paley Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 14, 2014)

This rich and multifaceted collection is Grace Paley's vivid record of her life. As close to an autobiography as anything we are likely to have from this quintessentially American writer, Just As I Thought gives...


In Touch

by Paul Bowles & Jeffrey Miller Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 07, 2014)

This extraordinary collection of correspondence by Paul Bowles spans eight decades and provides an evolving portrait of an artist renowned for his privacy. From his earliest extant letter, written at the age...


Writers Writing Dying

by C. K. Williams Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 09, 2014)

Since his first poetry collection, Lies, C. K. Williams has nurtured an incomparable reputation—as a deeply moral poet, a writer of profound emotion, and a teller of compelling stories. In Writers Writing...


All at Once

by C. K. Williams Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 09, 2014)

Short, sharp musings on things profound and mundane (and sometimes both) from the Pulitzer Prize winning poet

C. K. Williams has never been afraid to push the boundaries of poetic form—in fact, he's known for...


The Fame Lunches

by Daphne Merkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 02, 2014)

A wide-ranging collection of essays by one of America's most perceptive critics of popular and literary culture

From one of America's most insightful and independent-minded critics comes a remarkable new collection...


Dear Elizabeth: A Play in Letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and Back Again

by Sarah Ruhl Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 02, 2014)

A moving, innovative play based on one of the greatest correspondences in literary history

From 1947 to 1977, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged more than four hundred letters. Describing the writing...


100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write

by Sarah Ruhl Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 02, 2014)

Sarah Ruhl is a mother of three and one of America's best-known playwrights. She has written a stunningly original book of essays whose concerns range from the most minimal and personal subjects to the most...


The Matters of Life, Death, and More

by Aleksandar Hemon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 03, 2014)

“The genius of Aleksandar Hemon’s prose is a well-established, universally acknowledged fact. But his ability to read a soccer match—to really, deeply understand it—will strike readers with the force...


Classical Chinese Poetry

by David Hinton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 10, 2014)

With this groundbreaking collection, translated and edited by the renowned poet and translator David Hinton, a new generation will be introduced to the work that riveted Ezra Pound and transformed modern poetry....


The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy

by Christopher Isherwood, Don Bachardy & Katherine Bucknell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 13, 2014)

The love story between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy—in their own words

The English novelist and screenwriter Christopher Isherwood was already famous as the author of Goodbye to Berlin when he met...


Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers

by Eleanor Henderson & Anna Solomon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2014)

Thirty acclaimed writers share their personal birth stories—the extraordinary, the ordinary, the terrifying, the sublime, the profane

It's an elemental, almost animalistic urge—the expectant mother's hunger...


Collected French Translations: Prose

by John Ashbery, Eugene Richie & Rosanne Wasserman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 08, 2014)

An essential, vibrant collection of masterful translations by one of the finest poets at work today

Collected French Translations: Prose, the second volume in a landmark two-volume selection of John Ashbery's...


Finders Keepers

by Seamus Heaney Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 04, 2014)

Whether autobiographical, topical, or specifically literary, these writings circle the central preoccupying questions of Seamus Heaney's career: "How should a poet properly live and write? What is his relationship...


Preoccupations

by Seamus Heaney Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 13, 2014)

Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney's first collection of prose, Preoccupations, begins with a vivid account of his early years on his father's farm in Northern Ireland and his coming of age as a student and teacher...


The Government of the Tongue

by Seamus Heaney Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 13, 2014)

In his volume of critical essays The Government of the Tongue, Seamus Heaney scrutinizes the poetry of many masterful poets. Throughout the collection, Heaney's gifts as a wise and genial reader are exercised...


A Prayer Journal

by Flannery O'Connor & W. A. Sessions Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 12, 2013)

"I would like to write a beautiful prayer," writes the young Flannery O'Connor in this deeply spiritual journal, recently discovered among her papers in Georgia. "There is a whole sensible world around me that...


Under the Sign of Saturn

by Susan Sontag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 2013)

This third essay collection by America's leading essayist brings together her most important critical writing from 1972 to 1980, in which she explores some of the most influential artists and thinkers of our...


Styles of Radical Will

by Susan Sontag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 2013)

Styles of Radical Will, Susan Sontag's second collection of essays, extends the investigations she undertook in Against Interpretation with essays on film, literature, politics, and a groundbreaking study of...


How to Read a Novelist

by John Freeman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 08, 2013)

The novel is alive and well, thank you very much

For the last fifteen years, whenever a novel was published, John Freeman was there to greet it. As a critic for more than two hundred newspapers worldwide, the...


Against Interpretation

by Susan Sontag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 2013)

First published in 1966, this celebrated book--Sontag's first collection of essays--quickly became a modern classic, and has had an enormous influence in America and abroad on thinking about the arts and contemporary...


Suitable Accommodations

by J. F. Powers & Katherine A. Powers Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 20, 2013)

A wry, moving collection of letters from the late J. F. Powers, "a comic writer of genius" (Mary Gordon)

Best known for his 1963 National Book Award–winning novel, Morte D'Urban, and as a master of the short...


My 1980s and Other Essays

by Wayne Koestenbaum Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 13, 2013)

Wayne Koestenbaum returns with a zesty and hyper-literate collection of personal and critical essays

Wayne Koestenbaum has been described as "an impossible lovechild from a late-night, drunken three-way between...


Zibaldone

by Giacomo Leopardi, David Gibbons, Pamela Williams & Kathleen Baldwin et al. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 16, 2013)

A groundbreaking translation of the epic work of one of the great minds of the nineteenth century

Giacomo Leopardi was the greatest Italian poet of the nineteenth century and was recognized by readers from Nietzsche...


Selected Writings

by Wilhelm Reich Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

This anthology is not intended to replace any of the works of Wilhelm Reich, but rather to serve as an introduction to them. The chapters include material from The Function of the Orgasm; The Cancer Biopathy;...


Reich Speaks of Freud

by Wilhelm Reich Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

The core of this book is a tape-recorded interview of Wilhelm Reich, conducted by a representative of the Sigmund Freud Archives, Inc. Published here for the first time, it is a profoundly human and an unusually...


Early Writings

by Wilhelm Reich Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

This volume marks the beginning of the publication in English of Reich's early writings. Volume One and the collections to follow will trace his scientific development from the psycho-analytical study of Ibsen's...


White Pine and Blue Water

by Henry Beston Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 17, 2013)

Here is a volume that is true Maine--as eloquent of "downeast" as a bough of fir balsam, as the thunder of a wave of a rocky shore, as the lonely splendor of the northern lights in the sky behind Katahdin. In...


Dreaming by the Book

by Elaine Scarry Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 21, 2013)

A pathbreaking work about the way literature teaches us to use our imagination.

We often attribute to our imaginative life powers that go beyond ordinary perception or sensation. In Dreaming by the Book, the...


Myself with Others

by Carlos Fuentes Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

In Myself with Others, Fuentes has assembled essays reflecting three of the great elements of his work: autobiography, love of literature, and politics. They include his reflections on his beginning as a writer,...


Forty-one False Starts

by Janet Malcolm & Ian Frazier Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 07, 2013)

A National Book Critics Circle Finalist for Criticism

A deeply Malcolmian volume on painters, photographers, writers, and critics.

Janet Malcolm's In the Freud Archives and The Journalist and the Murderer, as...


This Is Running for Your Life

by Michelle Orange Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 12, 2013)

Michelle Orange uses the lens of pop culture to decode the defining characteristics of our media-drenched times

In This Is Running for Your Life, Michelle Orange takes us from Beirut to Hawaii to her grandmother's...


The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent

by Lionel Trilling & Leon Wieseltier Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 17, 2001)

A landmark reissue of a great teacher's finest work

Lionel Trilling was, during his lifetime, generally acknowledged to be one of the finest essayists in the English language, the heir of Hazlitt and the peer...


Counting One's Blessings

by William Shawcross Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 27, 2012)

William Shawcross's official biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, published in September 2009, was a huge critical and commercial success.One of the great revelations of the book was Queen Elizabeth's...


Coyote V. Acme

Thurber Prize for American Humor 1997

by Ian Frazier Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 09, 2002)

Twenty-two humorous essays on topics ranging from Joseph Stalin's theories of revolutionary stand-up comedy, to a commencement address given by a Satanist college President, to the opening statement of an attorney...


The Fun Stuff

by James Wood Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 30, 2012)

Following The Broken Estate, The Irresponsible Self, and How Fiction Works—books that established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation—The Fun Stuff confirms Wood's preeminence, not only as...


Mystery and Manners

by Flannery O'Connor, Sally Fitzgerald & Robert Fitzgerald Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 01, 1969)

At her death in 1964, O'Connor left behind a body of unpublished essays and lectures as well as a number of critical articles that had appeared in scattered publications during her too-short lifetime. The keen...


The Habit of Being

by Flannery O'Connor & Sally Fitzgerald Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 01, 1988)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Special Award

"I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters . ....


Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody

by Ian Frazier Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 2003)

Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody is a collection of five extended essays that appeared in The New Yorker from 1978 to 1986. In the tradition of A. J. Liebling and Joseph Mitchell, Frazier raises journalism...


Farther Away

by Jonathan Franzen Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 24, 2012)

Jonathan Franzen's Freedom was the runaway most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the twenty-first century. In The New York Times Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus...


Outlaw Cook

by John Thorne & Matt Lewis Thorne Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 31, 1994)

In essays ranging from his earliest cooking lessons in a cold-water walk-up apartment on New York's Lower East Side to opinions both admiring and acerbic on the food writers of the past ten years, John Thorne...


Mouth Wide Open

by John Thorne & Matt Lewis Thorne Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 25, 2008)

Ever since his first book, Simple Cooking, and its acclaimed successors, Outlaw Cook, Serious Pig, and Pot on the Fire, John Thorne has been hailed as one of the most provocative, passionate, and accessible...


Serious Pig

by John Thorne & Matt Lewis Thorne Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 16, 2000)

In this collection of essays, John Thorne sets out to explore the origins of his identity as a cook, going "here" (the Maine coast, where he'd summered as a child and returned as an adult for a decade's sojourn),...


The Survival of the Bark Canoe

by John McPhee Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 01, 1982)

In Greenville, New Hampshire, a small town in the southern part of the state, Henri Vaillancourt makes birch-bark canoes in the same manner and with the same tools that the Indians used. The Survival of the...


Silk Parachute

by John McPhee Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 01, 2011)

A WONDROUS NEW BOOK OF MCPHEE'S PROSE PIECES—IN MANY ASPECTS HIS MOST PERSONAL IN FOUR DECADES

The brief, brilliant essay "Silk Parachute," which first appeared in The New Yorker a decade ago, has become John...


A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles

by John McPhee Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 01, 1979)

In this unique book, John McPhee takes us into the world of several fascinating people. His inimitable style reveals the intricate details of his characters' lives.

1. Thomas P. F. Hoving

2. Euell Gibbons

3. M.I.T....


Encounters with the Archdruid

by John McPhee Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 1977)

The narratives in this book are of journeys made in three wildernesses - on a coastal island, in a Western mountain range, and on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The four men portrayed here have different...


Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity

by Abraham Joshua Heschel & Susannah Heschel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 16, 1997)

This first collection of Heschel's essays - compiled, edited and with an introduction by his daughter Susannah Heschel, is a stunning reminder of the virtuosity of one of the most well respected minds in Judaic...