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  • Appalachian Fall

    Dispatches from Coal Country on What's Ailing America

    A searing, on-the-ground examination of the collapsing coal industry—and the communities left behind—in the midst of economic and environmental crisis.Despite fueling a century of American progress, the people at the heart of coal country are being left behind, suffering from unemployment, the opioid epidemic, and environmental crises often at greater rates than anywhere else in the country. But ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem


    by Joan Didion ...
    Series series FSG Classics
    Celebrated, iconic, and indispensable, Joan Didion’s first work of nonfiction, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, is considered a watershed moment in American writing. First published in 1968, the collection was critically praised as one of the “best prose written in this country.”More than perhaps any other book, this collection by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era captures the ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Mere Christianity

    by C. S. Lewis ...
    The Beloved Classic on What All Christians BelieveOne of the most popular introductions to Christian faith ever written, Mere Christianity brings together Lewis’s legendary broadcast talks during World War Two. Here, Lewis provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.A collection of scintillating brilliance, Mere ... Read more

    $11.49 USD $2.99 USD

  • The Wind's Twelve Quarters


    The recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the National Book Award, the Kafka Award, and the Pushcart Prize, Ursula K. Le Guin is renowned for her lyrical writing, rich characters, and diverse worlds. The Wind's Twelve Quarters collects seventeen powerful stories, each with an introduction by the author, ranging from fantasy to intriguing scientific concepts, from medieval settings to ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • 100 Poems to Break Your Heart

    by Edward Hirsch ...
    100 of the most moving and inspiring poems of the last 200 years from around the world, a collection that will comfort and enthrall anyone trapped by grief or loneliness, selected by the award-winning, best-selling, and beloved author of How to Read a PoemImplicit in poetry is the idea that we are enriched by heartbreaks, by the recognition and understanding of suffering—not just our own suffering ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Want

    Sexual Fantasies by Anonymous

    A collection of confessions from women around the world, Want is a revelatory, sensational and game-changing exploration of women’s sexuality that asks, and answers: How do women feel about sex when they have the freedom to be totally anonymous?What do you want, when no one is watching?What do you want, when the lights are off?What do you want, when you are anonymous?When we talk abou... ... Read more

    $18.99 USD


  • Hijab Butch Blues

    A Memoir

    by Lamya H ...
    **A queer hijabi Muslim immigrant survives her coming-of-age by drawing strength and hope from stories in the Quran in this “raw and relatable memoir that challenges societal norms and expectations” (Linah Mohammad, NPR).“A masterful, must-read contribution to conversations on power, justice, healing, and devotion from a singular voice I now trust with my whole heart.”—Glennon Doyle, #1 New York ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Common Yet Uncommon

    14 Memorable Stories from Daily Life

    by Sudha Murty ...
    Meet these people: Bundle Bindu, so named because he likes his truth with a little embellishment, Jayant the shopkeeper who doesn't make any profit, and Lunchbox Nalini, Sudha Murty herself, who brings her empty lunchbox-to be filled with food-wherever she goes! Written in Sudha Murty's inimitable style, Common Yet Uncommon is a heartwarming picture of everyday life and the foibles and quirks of ... Read more

    $4.99 USD

  • Letters of C. S. Lewis

    by C. S. Lewis ...
    A repackaged edition of the revered author’s collection of personal letters—a curated selection of the best of his correspondence with family, friends, and fans—and a short biography by his brother Warren Lewis.Letters of C. S. Lewis reveals the most intimate beliefs of the great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and bestselling author of Mere Christianity, ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Brave New World Collection

    Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited

    by Aldous Huxley ...
    Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic about a perfectly engineered society, and his book of essays reflecting on it almost three decades later, in one volume.This book includes:Brave New World: Half a millennium from now, no matter what class of human you are bred to be—from the intellectual Alphas to the Epsilons who provide manual labor—you are a part of the efficient, well-oiled whole, nourished, ... Read more

    $28.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Suppose a Sentence

    by Brian Dillon ...
    A captivating meditation on the power of the sentence by the author of Essayism, a 2018 New Yorker book of the year.In Suppose a Sentence, Brian Dillon, whom John Banville has called “a literary flâneur in the tradition of Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin,” has written a sequel of sorts to Essayism, turning his attention to the oblique and complex pleasures of the sentence. A series of essays ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Essayism

    On Form, Feeling, and Nonfiction

    by Brian Dillon ...
    A compelling ode to the essay form and the great essaysists themselves, from Montaigne to Woolf to Sontag.Essayism is a book about essays and essayists, a study of melancholy and depression, a love letter to belle-lettrists, and an account of the indispensable lifelines of reading and writing. Brian Dillon’s style incorporates diverse features of the essay. By turns agglomerative, associative, ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin

    From the literary master and best-selling author of Townie, reflections on a life of challenges, contradictions, and fulfillments.During childhood summers in Louisiana, Andre Dubus III’s grandfather taught him that men’s work is hard. As an adult, whether tracking down a drug lord in Mexico as a bounty hunter or grappling with privilege while living with a rich girlfriend in New York City, Dubus ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Inventing the Enemy


    by Umberto Eco ...
    **This essay collection by the revered public intellectual displays his “**profound erudition, lively wit, and passion for ideas of all shapes and sizes” (Booklist).In these fourteen essays, Umberto Eco examines many of the ideas that have inspired his provocative and illuminating fiction. From the title essay—a disquisition of the notion that every country needs an enemy—he takes readers on an ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • James Joyce: The Complete Collection

    by James Joyce ...
    This ebook contains James Joyce's complete works. This edition has been professionally formatted and contains several tables of contents. The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on one of those titles you will be redirected to the beginning of that work, where you'll find a new TOC that lists all the ... Read more

    $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The View from the Cheap Seats

    Selected Nonfiction

    by Neil Gaiman ...
    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, and distinctive style.An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • The Long Run

    A Creative Inquiry

    The author of The Art of Intimacy asks eight legendary artists: What has sustained you in the long run?How do we keep doing this—making art? Stacey D’Erasmo had been writing for twenty years and had published three novels when she asked herself this question. She was past the rush of her first books and wondering what to expect—how to stay alive in her vocation—in the decades ahead.She began to ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

    *Best Books of 2018 —Rolling Stone"A Best Book of 2017" —NPR, Buzzfeed, Paste Magazine, Esquire, Chicago Tribune, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, CBC, Stereogum, National Post, Entropy, Heavy, Book Riot, Chicago Review of Books, The Los Angeles Review, Michigan Daily*American Booksellers Association (ABA) 'December 2017 Indie Next List Great Reads'<br ... ... Read more

    $9.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • From Gibbon to Auden

    Essays on the Classical Tradition

    For several decades G. W. Bowersock has been one of our leading historians of the classical world. This volume collects seventeen of his essays, each illustrating how the classical past has captured the imagination of some of the greatest figures in modern historiography and literature. The essays here range across three centuries, the eighteenth to the twentieth, and are divided chronologically. ... Read more

    $38.99 USD $24.99 USD

  • The Complete Works of Tacitus. Illustrated

    The Life of Agricola, Germania, Dialogue on Oratory, The Histories, The Annals

    Tacitus is widely regarded as one of the greatest Roman historians by modern scholars.The surviving portions of his two major works—the Annals and the Histories - examine the reigns of the emperors Tiberius, Claudius, Nero, and those who reigned in the Year of the Four Emperors (69 AD).Tacitus' other writings discuss oratory, Germania and the life of his father-in-law, Agricola, the general ... Read more

    $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Democracy in America

    And Two Essays on America

    Translated by Gerald Bevan ...
    One of the most influential political texts ever written on America, and an indispensable authority on the nature of democracyIn 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat and civil servant, made a nine-month journey through eastern America. The result was Democracy in America, a monumental study of the strengths and weaknesses of the nation's evolving politics. Tocqueville looked to ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Pulphead


    **A New York Times Notable Book for 2011One of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Nonfiction Books of the Year 2011A Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction book of 2011A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011One of Library Journal's Best Books of 2011**A sharp-eyed, uniquely humane tour of America's cultural landscape—from high to low to lower than low—by the award-winning young star of the literary ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Supernatural Horror in Literature

    And Notes on Writing Weird Fiction

    Two of Lovecraft’s best essays on the subject of supernatural horror fiction and how to write it. Within these essays, Lovecraft explores the origins and traditions of the genre in Britain, America and beyond with special reference to the most notable movements, themes, motifs, techniques, and writers past and present. A unique little book highly recommended for readers and writers interested in ... Read more

    $6.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • India's Power Elite

    Class, Caste and Cultural Revolution

    by Sanjaya Baru ...
    India's Power Elite is a study of the nature of power and elitism in postcolonial India. Its point of departure is the political transition under way in twenty-first-century India, with the marginalization of the Congress Party and the staging of a cultural revolution symbolized by the rise of Hindu majoritarianism. Baru deconstructs the morphology of the Indian power elite-comprising remnants of ... Read more

    $6.99 USD