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Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity

by Thomas C. Foster HarperCollins e-books (May 24, 2011)

Thomas C. Foster, acclaimed author of the phenomenal bestseller How to Read Literature Like a Professor, returns with a hugely entertaining appreciation of twenty-five works of literature that have greatly influenced...


Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton

by Richard Horan HarperCollins e-books (April 19, 2011)

"Seeds reads like the best of a roundtable discussion amongst John Muir, Bill Bryson, and David Sedaris. From the fields of Gettysburg to the home of Kerouac, Horan takes an unlikely premise and weaves it into...


The Professor and Other Writings

by Terry Castle HarperCollins e-books (January 19, 2010)

“[Terry Castle is] the most expressive, most enlightening literary critic at large today.” —Susan Sontag

From one of America’s most brilliant critics and cultural commentators, Terry Castle, comes The...


Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love

by Andrew Shaffer HarperCollins e-books (January 04, 2011)

“Amazing stories! Incredible quotes! Sordid details! This book shows that a genius in the realm of thought can be a dummy in the land of love.” — Tom Morris, author of If Aristotle Ran General Motors

What...


The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder

by Thornton Wilder, Jackson R. Bryer & Robin Gibbs Wilder HarperCollins e-books (October 12, 2010)

The author of such classics as Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder was a born storyteller and dramatist—rare talents on glorious display in this volume of more than three hundred letters...


The Collected Prose

by Zbigniew Herbert HarperCollins e-books (August 10, 2010)

“One of the finest and most original writers…and one of the greatest Polish writers of [the 20th] century. [Herbert] is a figure comparable to, say, T. S. Eliot or W. H. Auden.”

—Edward Hirsch, The New...


In Rough Country: Essays and Reviews

by Joyce Carol Oates HarperCollins e-books (June 29, 2010)

“A poignant, nostalgic collection of literary criticism by one of America’s premier authors.”

Kirkus Reviews

 

In Rough Country is a sterling collection of essays, reviews, and criticism from Joyce Carol...


Smothered in Hugs: Essays, Interviews, Feedback, and Obituaries

by Dennis Cooper HarperCollins e-books (June 29, 2010)

“In another country or another era, Dennis Cooper’s books would be circulated in secret, explosive samizdat editions that friends and fans would pass around and savor like forbidden absinthe.” —New York...


Who Is Mark Twain?

by Mark Twain HarperCollins e-books (June 22, 2010)

Who Is Mark Twain? is a collection of twenty six wickedly funny, thought-provoking essays by Samuel Langhorne Clemens—aka Mark Twain—none of which have ever been published before, and all of which are completely...


Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird

by Mary McDonagh Murphy HarperCollins e-books (June 08, 2010)

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird, filmmaker Mary Murphy has interviewed prominent figures—including Oprah, Anna Quindlen, and Tom Brokaw—on how...


The Best American Crime Reporting 2009

by Jeffrey Toobin, Otto Penzler & Thomas H. Cook HarperCollins e-books (September 15, 2009)

Edited by Jeffrey Toobin, CNN’s senior legal analyst and New York Times bestselling author of The Nine, The Best American Crime Reporting 2009 is a must-have for the true crime reader, complete with the most...


The Annie Dillard Reader

by Annie Dillard HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Annie Dillard -- "one of the most distinctive voices in American letters today" (Boston Globe) -- collects her favorite selections from her own writings in this compact volume. A perfect introduction to one...


A Dream Deferred

by Shelby Steele HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

From the author of the award-winning bestseller The Content of Our Character comes a new essay collection that tells the untold story behind the polarized racial politics in America today. In A Dream Deferred...


Under the Duvet

by Marian Keyes HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

From the acclaimed bestselling author of Sushi for Beginners and Angels comes a collection of personal essays on shopping, writing, moviemaking, motherhood and all the assorted calamities involved in being a...


Paper Trails: The Life and Times of Pete Dexter

by Pete Dexter HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

In the 1970s and 1980s, before he earned national acclaim for his award-winning novels, Pete Dexter was a newspaper columnist. Every week, in a few hundred words, Dexter cut directly to the heart of the American...


Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1975

by Annie Dillard HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "mystery, death, beauty, violence."...


Schmucks!

by Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Jackie Mason, one of the true kings of comedy, and his partner in crime, federal prosecutor and celebrity attorney Raoul Felder, go after America's lowlifes, scumbags, and everything else that really gets on...


High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never

by Barbara Kingsolver HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

"There is no one quite like Barbara Kingsolver in contemporary literature," raves the Washington Post Book World, and it is right. She has been nominated three times for the ABBY award, and her critically acclaimed...


The Writing Life

by Annie Dillard HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse,...


Small Wonder

by Barbara Kingsolver HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

In her new essay collection, the beloved author of High Tide in Tucson brings to us out of one of history's darker moments an extended love song to the world we still have. From its opening parable gleaned from...


Eye of My Heart: 27 Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother

by Barbara Graham HarperCollins e-books (April 07, 2009)

“These clear-eyed essays offer humor and insight as they take on the multigenerational lives many of us now lead.”

—Cokie Roberts, author of We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters

 

In the New York Times bestseller...


Heaven's Coast

by Mark Doty HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

The year is 1989 and Mark Doty's life has reached a state of enviable equilibrium. His reputation as a poet of formidable talent is growing, he enjoys his work as a college professor and, perhaps most importantly,...


Uncensored: Views & (Re)views

by Joyce Carol Oates HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Uncensored: Views & (Re)views is Joyce Carol Oates's most candid gathering of prose pieces since (Woman) Writer: Occasions & Opportunities. Her ninth book of nonfiction, it brings together thirty-eight diverse...


The Secret Currency of Love: The Unabashed Truth About Women, Money, and Relationships

by Hilary Black HarperCollins e-books (October 06, 2009)

Sex & The City meets The Wall Street Journal....Juicy, smart, dramatic and insightful—an addictive read.”

—Beth Kobliner, author of Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties...


On Cats

by Doris Lessing HarperCollins e-books (October 06, 2009)

Doris Lessing's love affair with cats began at a young age, when she became intrigued with the semiferal creatures on the African farm where she grew up. Her fascination with the handsome, domesticated creatures...


Septuagenarian Stew

by Charles Bukowski HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

Septuagenarian Stew is a combination of poetry and stories written by Charles Bukowski that delve into the lives of different people on the backstreets of Los Angeles. He writes of the housewife, the bum, the...


Living On Luck

by Charles Bukowski HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

Living on Luck is a collection of letters from the 1960s mixed in with poems and drawings. The ever clever Charles Bukowski fills the pages with his rough exterior and juicy center.


The Book of Dads

by Ben George HarperCollins e-books (May 12, 2009)

At turns humorous, irreverent, poignant and tender, The Book of Dads brings together twenty well-known and beloved writers on the subject of fatherhood, offering fathers—or anyone who has been or loved a parent—unrivaled...


Seek

by Denis Johnson HarperCollins e-books (March 03, 2009)

Part political disquisition, part travel journal, part self-exploration, Seek is a collection of essays and articles in which Denis Johnson essentially takes on the world.And not an obliging, easygoing world...