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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,...


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....


Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse

by David Jay Brown St. Martin's Press (December 23, 2014)

In his latest interview collection, David Jay Brown has once again gathered some of the most interesting minds of today to consider the future of the human race, the mystery of consciousness, the evolution of...


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...


The Living Novel

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

The critical essays of V.S. Pritchett are unparalleled for their wit, geniality, subtlety and profound good sense. His survey of writers ranges from Fielding and Smollett to Conrad, D.H. Lawrence, Nathanael...


The Facts of Fiction

by Norman Collins Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

This is a collection of essays on Essays on Smollett, Lawrence, Austen, Dickens & others, by a man who went on to write a number of hugely popular novels.

The classic book on the craft of writing, this is Norman...


Lasting Impressions

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

The essays in Lasting Impressions have never before appeared in book form and together they make up, in the author's own words, a journey through different countries and different generations. The subjects range...


Pleasing Myself

by Frank Kermode Bloomsbury Publishing (August 20, 2013)

Sir Frank Kermode is acknowledged as one of the greatest critics of our time, renowned for the wit humanity and good sense of his writing. Pleasing Myself brings together the very best of his shorter pieces,...


Psycho Too

by Will Self & Ralph Steadman Bloomsbury Publishing (December 05, 2013)

Will Self and Ralph Steadman join forces once again in a further post-millennial meditation on the vexed relationship of psyche and place in a globalised world; Psycho Too brings together a second helping of...


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...


Casting Quiet Waters: Reflections on Life and Fishing

by Jake MacDonald Greystone Books (October 25, 2014)

In Casting Quiet Waters, some of North America’s most respected literary writers take us on a fishing trip and use that as an opportunity to explore issues of the human condition. A little more than five centuries...


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...


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...


Once Iron Girls: Essays on Gender by Post-Mao Chinese Literary Women

by Hui Wu Lexington Books (December 28, 2009)

Once Iron Girls: Essays on Gender by Post-Mao Chinese Literary Women, brings together twenty-five essays of seven prominent writers, whose fiction and poetry have become classics in the teaching and study of...


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

by Sari Botton Touchstone (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”...


The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays: Zuihitsu from the Tenth to the Twenty-First Century

by Steven D. Carter Columbia University Press (July 29, 2014)

A court lady of the Heian era, an early modern philologist, a Meiji-period novelist, and a physicist at Tokyo University. What do they have in common, besides being Japanese? They all wrote zuihitsu—a uniquely...


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...


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...


Citizen

National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry 2014, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry 2014

by Claudia Rankine Graywolf Press (October 07, 2014)

* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry *

* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award...


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...


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...


Geek Sublime

by Vikram Chandra Graywolf Press (September 02, 2014)

The nonfiction debut from the author of the international bestseller Sacred Games about the surprising overlap between writing and computer coding

Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer for almost as long...


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...


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...


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...


Letters to Kurt

by Eric Erlandson Akashic Books (March 27, 2012)

A poetic elegy for Kurt Cobain from the man who created the band Hole with Cobain's wife Courtney Love.


The Art of Daring

by Carl Phillips Graywolf Press (August 05, 2014)

The award-winning poet Carl Phillips's invaluable essays on poetry, the tenth volume in the celebrated Art of series of books on the craft of writing

In seven insightful essays, Carl Phillips meditates on the...


New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century British Fiction: 'Hearts Resolved and Hands Prepared'

by Christopher D. Johnson, Marta Kvande, O M. Brack Jr. & Leslie A. Chilton et al. University of Delaware Press (April 18, 2011)

'New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century British Fiction' is a collection of thirteen essays honoring Professor Jerry C. Beasley, who retired from the University of Delaware in 2005. The essays, written by friends,...


Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics: An Anthology

by Anne Waldman & Laura Wright Coffee House Press (June 16, 2014)

Cross Worlds engages cultural hybrids, trans-cultural alliances and associations, and the vital practice of poets working across borders.


You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek)

by Eleni Sikelianos Coffee House Press (June 10, 2014)

A memoir of Melena, five-times married, mother, burlesque dancer, and "the hardest-assed woman to ever eat wood and bite nails."


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...


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...


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...


The Reckoning

by Andrew Solomon Scribner (May 26, 2014)

First published in The New Yorker, “Solomon tells the story of Peter Lanza, the father of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter. Read it—it’s moving, brave and just profoundly human and sad....There...


The Brown Reader

by Jeffrey Eugenides, Rick Moody, Lois Lowry & Susan Cheever et al. Simon & Schuster (May 20, 2014)

“To be up all night in the darkness of your youth but to be ready for the day to come…that was what going to Brown felt like.” —Jeffrey Eugenides

In celebration of Brown University’s 250th anniversary,...


But Enough About You: Essays

by Christopher Buckley Simon & Schuster (May 06, 2014)

An extraordinary wide-ranging collection of essays with “distinctive wordplay and quirky opinions…Christopher Buckley is good company whether you’re looking for two quick pages and a smile, or want to...


Cultural Analysis in an Age of Globalization

by Benjamin Lee Simon & Schuster (May 06, 2014)

Cultural Analysis in an Age of Globalization draws upon contemporary work in anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, and literary theory to analyze the rise of “speculative capital” and its role in a global...


Selected Essays of Master Lu Xun

by Lu Xun Simon & Schuster (May 06, 2014)

The Selected Essays of Master Lu Xun collects together his most influential and powerful essays and lectures. Critical of traditional Chinese culture, of the superstition and rigid social mores, and passionate...


Dawn Blossoms Plucked at Dusk

by Lu Xun Simon & Schuster (May 06, 2014)

A collection of essays by Lu Xun, one of the most influential figures of modern Chinese literature. In this classic and beautiful collection, Lu Xun recounts the stories of his childhood and youth in Shaoxing,...


Swiftly Sterneward: Essays on Laurence Sterne and His Times in Honor of Melvyn New

by Robert G. Walker, E Derek Taylor, W. B. Gerard & Elizabeth Kraft et al. University of Delaware Press (April 07, 2011)

This collection of thirteen essays is in honor of the distinguished scholarly career of Melvyn New, Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida. The first eight essays offer various critical perspectives...


Limber

by Angela Pelster Sarabande Books (March 24, 2014)

Startling, lyrical essay collection focused on trees. Moves from author’s childhood in rural Canada to Niger, the Philippines, and Greece.


The Object Parade: Essays

by Dinah Lenney Counterpoint (April 15, 2014)

This new collection of interconnected essays marches to a provocative premise: what if one way to understand your life was to examine the objects within it? Which objects would you choose? What memories do they...


Sidewalks

by Valeria Luiselli, Christina Macsweeney & Cees Nooteboom Coffee House Press (April 21, 2014)

Cosmopolitan, vivacious essays in the tradition of Brodsky's Watermark and Benjamin's The Arcades Project by a celebrated young Mexican author.


The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field

by Josh Ostergaard Coffee House Press (March 24, 2014)

A humorous, historical, and hirsute miscellany that's the baseball book Howard Zinn would have written, if he hated the Yankees.


The Book of Mu

by Melissa Myozen Blacker, James Ishmael Ford & John Tarrant Wisdom Publications (March 17, 2011)

The word "mu" is one ancient Zen teacher's response to the earnest question of whether even a dog has "buddha nature". Discovering for ourselves the meaning of the master's response is the urgent work of each...


The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

by Marina Keegan & Anne Fadiman Scribner (April 08, 2014)

The instant New York Times bestseller and publishing phenomenon: Marina Keegan’s posthumous collection of award-winning essays and stories “sparkles with talent, humanity, and youth” (O, The Oprah Magazine...


The Great Awakening

by David R. Loy Wisdom Publications (October 01, 1997)

The most essential insight that Buddhism offers is that all our individual suffering arises from three and only three sources, known in Buddhism as the three poisons: greed, ill-will, and delusion. In The Great...


The Art of Just Sitting

by John Daido Loori & Taigen Dan Leighton Wisdom Publications (June 10, 2005)

Shikantaza--or "just sitting"--is one of the simplest, most subtle forms of meditation, and one of the most easily misunderstood. This peerless volume brings together a wealth of writings, from the Buddha himself...


The Buddhist Philosophy of the Middle

by David Seyfort Ruegg & Tom J. F. Tillemans Wisdom Publications (April 10, 2010)

Madhyamaka, the "philosophy of the middle," systematized the Buddha's fundamental teaching on no-self with its profound non-essentialist reading of reality. Founded in India by Nagarjuna in about the second...