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  • The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death

    What is death and how does it touch upon life? Twenty writers look for answers.Birth is not inevitable. Life certainly isn't. The sole inevitability of existence, the only sure consequence of being alive, is death. In these eloquent and surprising essays, twenty writers face this fact, among them Geoff Dyer, who describes the ghost bikes memorializing those who die in biking accidents; Jonathan ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • The Ingenious Language

    Nine Epic Reasons to Love Greek

    Translated by Will Schutt ...
    An Italian journalist pleads her case for learning ancient Greek in modern times.For word nerds, language loons, and grammar geeks, an impassioned and informative literary leap into the wonders of the Greek language. Here are nine ways Greek can transform your relationship to time and to those around you, nine reflections on the language of Sappho, Plato, and Thucydides, and its relevance to our ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Book of Delights

    Essays

    by Ross Gay ...
    **The New York Times bestselling book of essays celebrating ordinary delights in the world around us by one America's most original and observant writers, award-winning poet Ross Gay.As Heard on NPR's This American Life**“Ross Gay’s eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us.” —Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • The Anthropocene Reviewed

    Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

    by John Green ...
    A deeply moving and insightful collection of personal essays from #1 bestselling author John Green.The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Essays of E. B. White

    by E. B White ...
    "Some of the finest examples of contemporary, genuinely American prose. White's style incorporates eloquence without affection, profundity without pomposity, and wit without frivolity or hostility. Like his predecessors Thoreau and Twain, White's creative, humane, and graceful perceptions are an education for the sensibilities." — Washington PostThe classic collection by one of the greatest ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Lesbian Images

    Essays

    by Jane Rule ...
    Jane Rule’s fourth book explores lesbianism as portrayed by authors from Gertrude Stein to Colette, from Vita Sackville-West to May Sarton and Willa CatherLesbian Images opens with a disclaimer from the author: “This book is not intended to be a comprehensive literary or cultural history of lesbians.” Rather, as Jane Rule goes on to tell us, her goal is to present her own attitudes and measure ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Long Life

    Essays and Other Writings

    by Mary Oliver ...
    "The gift of Oliver's poetry is that she communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable" ( Miami Herald ). This has never been truer than in Long Life , a luminous collection of seventeen essays and ten poems. With the grace and precision that are the hallmarks of her work, Oliver shows us how writing "is a way of offering praise to the world" and suggests we see her ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • But What If We're Wrong?

    Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past

    New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • El infinito en un junco

    La invención de los libros en el mundo antiguo

    by Irene Vallejo ...
    series Biblioteca de Ensayo / Serie mayor #105
    PREMIO NACIONAL DE ENSAYO 2020 Premio el Ojo Crítico de Narrativa 2019 Premio Las Librerías Recomiendan de No Ficción 2020 Premio Búho al Mejor Libro de 2019, que otorga la Asociación Aragonesa de Amigos del Libro Premio Acción Cívica Premio Nacional Promotora de los Estudios Latinos 2019 Premio José Antonio Labordeta 2020 Premio de la Asociación de Librerías de Madrid al Mejor Libro del Año en la ... Read more

    $10.59 USD

  • Letters to a Young Poet

    Translated by M. D. Herter Norton ...
    Rilke's timeless letters about poetry, sensitive observation, and the complicated workings of the human heart.Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart. Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with ... Read more

    $10.69 USD

  • Should the Tent Be Burning Like That?

    A Professional Amateur's Guide to the Outdoors

    by Bill Heavey ...
    The popular Field and Stream columnist shares the many joys—and even more numerous pains—of his hilarious outdoor antics in this essay collection.For more than twenty years, Bill Heavey—a three-time National Magazine Award finalist—has staked a claim as one of America’s best sportswriters. In his Field & Stream column, “A Sportsman’s Life,” and feature stories for that magazine and others, he ... Read more

    $12.39 USD

  • Dancing at the Edge of the World

    Thoughts on Words, Women, Places

    “Ursula Le Guin at her best . . . This is an important collection of eloquent, elegant pieces by one of our most acclaimed contemporary writers.” —Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post Book World“I have decided that the trouble with print is, it never changes its mind,” writes Ursula K. Le Guin in her introduction to Dancing at the Edge of the World. But she has, and here is the record of that ... Read more

    $13.09 USD

  • A City Imagined

    Belfast Soulscapes

    by Gerald Dawe ...
    The third and final volume in Gerald Dawe’s acclaimed ‘Northern Chronicles’ series, following on from In Another World: Van Morrison & Belfast and Looking Through You: Northern Chronicles, A City Imagined explores the unique atmosphere of Belfast and its writers, who inspired Gerald Dawe’s writing career. ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For

    Inner Light in a Time of Darkness

    by Alice Walker ...
    **A “**stunningly insightful” essay collection from the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple (Publishers Weekly).From the prolific writer, poet, and activist Alice Walker, comes a compilation of writing and speeches on advocacy, struggle, and hope. A New York Times–bestselling “collection of righteous speeches and essays . . . is Walker the cultural pioneer ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays

    by Wesley Yang ...
    “Fierce and refreshing.”— Carlos Lozada, Washington PostNamed a notable book of the year by the New York Times Book Review and the Washington Post, and one of the best books of the year by Spectator and Publishers Weekly, The Souls of Yellow Folk is the powerful debut from one of the most acclaimed essayists of his generation. Wesley Yang writes about race and sex without the polite lies that bore ... Read more

    $12.29 USD

  • The Face

    Cartography of the Void

    by Chris Abani ...
    DescriptionIn The Face: Cartography of the Void, acclaimed poet, novelist, and screenwriter Chris Abani has given us a brief memoir that is, in the best tradition of the genre, also an exploration of the very nature of identity. Abani meditates on his own face, beginning with his early childhood that was immersed in the Igbo culture of West Africa. The Face is a lush work of art that teems with ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Virginia Woolf: The Complete Works

    THE NOVELS The Voyage Out (1915) Night and Day (1919) Jacob's Room (1922) Mrs. Dalloway (1925) To the Lighthouse (1927) The Waves (1931) The Years (1937) Between the Acts (1941) THE 'BIOGRAPHIES' Orlando: a biography (1928) Flush: a biography (1933) Roger Fry: a biography (1940) THE STORIES Two Stories (1917) Kew Gardens (1919) Monday or Tuesday (1921) A Haunted House, and other short stories ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • Essays and Aphorisms

    Translated by R. J. Hollingdale ...
    One of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, Schopenhauer (1788-1860) believed that human action is determined not by reason but by 'will' - the blind and irrational desire for physical existence. This selection of his writings on religion, ethics, politics, women, suicide, books and many other themes is taken from Schopenhauer's last work, Parerga and Paralipomena, which he ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Disquiet, Please!

    More Humor Writing from The New Yorker

    The New Yorker is, of course, a bastion of superb essays, influential investigative journalism, and insightful arts criticism. But for eighty years, it’s also been a hoot. In fact, when Harold Ross founded the legendary magazine in 1925, he called it “a comic weekly,” and while it has grown into much more**,** it has also remained true to its original mission. Now an uproarious sampling of its ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Festival Days

    by Jo Ann Beard ...
    A searing and exhilarating new collection from the award-winning author of The Boys of My Youth and In Zanesville***,***who “honors the beautiful, the sacred, and the comic in life” (Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award–winner for The Friend)A New York Times Book Review Editors’ ChoiceWhen “The Fourth State ... ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • New York Stories

    Landmark Writing from Four Decades of New York Magazine

    The magazine that is the city that is the worldJust in time for its fortieth anniversary, New York magazine presents a stunning collection of some of its best and most influential articles, stories that captured the spectacle, the turbulence, and the cultural realignments of the past four decades.Covering subjects from “Radical Chic” to Gawker.com, written by some of the country’s most renowned ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • A Rude Life

    by Vir Sanghvi ...
    Vir Sanghvi's has been an interesting life - one that took him to Oxford, movie and political journalism, television and magazines - and he depicts it with the silky polish his readers expect of him. In A Rude Life, he turns his dispassionate observer's gaze on himself, and in taut prose tells us about all that he's experienced, and nothing more for he's still a private man. He unhurriedly ... Read more

    $6.49 USD

  • Trick Mirror

    Reflections on Self-Delusion

    by Jia Tolentino ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “From The New Yorker’s beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.”—EsquireBook Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times • “A whip-smart, challenging book.”—Zadie Smith • “Jia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time.” ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • Beautiful and Impossible Things: Selected Essays of Oscar Wilde

    Selected Essays of Oscar Wilde

    by Oscar Wilde ...
    This selection of Oscar Wilde’s writings provides a fresh perspective on his character and thinking. Compiled from his lecture tours, newspaper articles, essays and epigrams, these pieces show that beneath the trademark wit, Wilde was a deeply humane and visionary writer, as challenging today as he was in the late 1800s. This edition includes essays on interior design, prison reform, Shakespeare, ... Read more

    $11.99 USD