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  • Vesper Flights

    The New York Times–bestselling author of H is for Hawk explores the human relationship to the natural world in this “dazzling” essay collection (Wall Street Journal).In Vesper Flights, Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays, along with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private ... Read more

    $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

    Edited by Ann Hood ...
    A collection of poignant essays about the transformative power of knitting by twenty-seven extraordinary writers.“The impressive collection of writers here have contributed essays that celebrate knitting and knitters. They share their knitting triumphs and disasters as well as their life triumphs and disasters. . . . These essays will break your heart. They will have you laughing out loud.”—Ann ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • The Devil Finds Work

    by James Baldwin ...
    series Vintage International
    From "the best essayist in this country” (The New York Times Book Review) comes an incisive book-length essay about racism in American movies that challenges the underlying assumptions in many of the films that have shaped our consciousness.Baldwin’s personal reflections on movies gathered here in a book-length essay are also an appraisal of American racial politics. Offering a look at racism in ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Best American Essays 2022

    series Best American
    A collection of the year’s best essays, selected by award-winning writer Alexander Chee.Alexander Chee, an essayist of “virtuosity and power” (Washington Post), selects twenty essays out of thousands that represent the best examples of the form published the previous year. ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The White Album


    by Joan Didion ...
    New York Times Bestseller: An “elegant” mosaic of trenchant observations on the late sixties and seventies from the author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem (The New Yorker).In this landmark essay collection, Joan Didion brilliantly interweaves her own “bad dreams” with those of a nation confronting the dark underside of 1960s counterculture.From a jailhouse visit to Black Panther Party cofounder ... Read more

    $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Sitting Pretty

    The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body

    A memoir-in-essays from disability advocate and creator of the Instagram account @sitting_pretty Rebekah Taussig, processing a lifetime of memories to paint a beautiful, nuanced portrait of a body that looks and moves differently than most.Growing up as a paralyzed girl during the 90s and early 2000s, Rebekah Taussig only saw disability depicted as something monstrous (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $10.49 USD

  • Hard Scrabble

    Observations on a Patch of Land

    by John Graves ...
    The two-time National Book Award finalist and author of Goodbye to a River ruminates over what an “unmagnificent” Texas homestead has meant to him.“A kind of homemade book—imperfect like a handmade thing, a prize. It’s a galloping, spontaneous book, on occasion within whooping distance of that greatest and sweetest of country books, Ivan Turgenev’s A Sportsman’s Notebook.” —Edward Hoagland, The ... Read more

    $14.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Communist Manifesto

    series Oxford World's Classics
    The Communist Manifesto is one of the most influential pieces of political propaganda ever written. It is a summary of the whole Marxist vision of history and is the foundation document of the Marxist movement. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were aged 29 and 27 respectively when The Communist Manifesto was published on the eve of the 1848 revolutions. The authors had been close collaborators since ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017

    by 826 National ...
    series Best American
    “A gift . . . One wonders how the world might be different if works in The Best American Nonrequired Reading were indeed required.” —USA TodaySarah Vowell, author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States and other best-selling titles "gilded with snark, buoyant on charm" (NPR), worked with the students of the 826 Valencia writing lab to edit this year's anthology. They compiled new fiction, ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Anthropocene Reviewed

    Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

    by John Green ...
    “Masterful. The Anthropocene Reviewed is a beautiful, timely book about the human condition—and a timeless reminder to pay attention to your attention.” —Adam Grant, #1 bestselling author of Think Again and host of the podcast Re:ThinkingInstant #1 bestseller! A deeply moving collection of personal essays from John Green, the author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down.“Glorious. ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Divining, A Memoir in Trees

    series Made in Michigan Writers Series
    In sixteen essays, each named after a species of tree, Maureen Dunphy explores the nature of human-arboreal relationships, and how each of these trees has—literally—served as a friend, a confidante, or a place to rest. The depth and diversity of these relationships are revealed through essays that are both intimate and universal, moving and informative. While Dunphy’s relationships with trees are ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • North Carolina

    Land of Water, Land of Sky

    by Bland Simpson ...
    Bland Simpson, the celebrated bard of North Carolina's sound country, has blended history, observation of nature, and personal narrative in many books to chronicle the people and places of eastern Carolina. Yet he has spent much of his life in the state's Piedmont, with regular travels into its western mountains. Here, for the first time, Simpson brings his distinctive voice and way of seeing to ... Read more

    $23.99 USD

  • 808s & Otherworlds

    Memories, Remixes, & Mythologies

    "September’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature" —Lambda Literary"Most-Anticipated New LGBTQIA+ Books of 2021" —Paperback Paris"An elegant mash of memoir, poetry, tales of appropriation, thoughts on Black masculinity, Hulk, Kanye." —Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune808s & Otherworlds announces a bold and incendiary new voice in Sean Avery Medlin. Against the backdrop of the Phoenix suburbs ... Read more

    $8.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Not to Read

    Translated by Megan McDowell ...
    In Not to Read, Alejandro Zambra outlines his own particular theory of reading that also offers a kind of blurry self-portrait, or literary autobiography. Whether writing about Natalia Ginzburg, typewriters and computers, Paul Léautaud, or how to be silent in German, his essays function as a laboratory for his novels, a testing ground for ideas, readings and style. Not to Read also presents an ... Read more

    $8.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Travis McGee & Me

    Reflections on the Man from Slip F-18

    by D. R. Martin ...
    Travis McGee & Me is D. R. Martin’s book-by-book personal take on the famous boat bum hero created by John D. MacDonald. The twenty-one McGee novels have been continuously in print since their original publication dates, from 1964 to 1985. Not only have they been tremendously popular with readers, they have inspired generations of crime fiction writers.These essays are partly book reports, and ... Read more

    $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Best American Essays 2016

    Edited by Jonathan Franzen ...
    series The Best American Series
    The National Book Award–winning author compiles a “thought-provoking volume” of essays by Joyce Carol Oates, Oliver Sacks, Jaquira Diaz and others (Publishers Weekly).As Jonathan Franzen writes in his introduction, his main criterion for selecting The Best American Essays 2016 “was whether an author had taken a risk.” The resulting volume showcases authorial risk in a variety of forms, from ... Read more

    $9.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Somebody with a Little Hammer


    In essays on matters literary, social, cultural, and personal, Mary Gaitskill explores date rape and political adultery, the transcendentalism of the Talking Heads, the melancholy of Björk, and the playfulness of artist Laurel Nakadate. She celebrates the clownish grandiosity and the poetry of Norman Mailer’s long career and maps the sociosexual cataclysm embodied by porn star Linda Lovelace. ... Read more

    $8.99 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

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Places We Left Behind

    a memoir-in-miniature

    by Jennifer Lang ...
    "For anyone who has ever loved deeply and been willing to take risks for the sake of love." Rachel Barenbaum author of Atomic AnnaWhen American-born Jennifer falls in love with French-born Philippe during the First Intifada in Israel, she understands their relationship isn't perfect.Both 23, both Jewish, they lead very different lives: she's a secular tourist, he's an observant immigrant. Despite ... Read more

    $5.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • An Ex to Grind

    A Novel

    by Jane Heller ...
    The battle of the sexes rages on in this smart, witty, and extremely timely comedy from the phenomenally popular Jane HellerAt first, Manhattan financial planner Melanie Banks adores Dan Swain, her pro football player husband who's got a sexy Oklahoma drawl to go with his athletic good looks. But then his career comes to a screeching halt and he spends the next few years out of a job, seemingly ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $6.99 USD

  • So Sad Today

    Personal Essays

    From acclaimed poet and creator of the popular twitter account @SoSadToday comes the darkly funny and brutally honest collection of essays that Roxane Gay called "sad and uncomfortable and their own kind of gorgeous."Melissa Broder always struggled with anxiety. In the fall of 2012, she went through a harrowing cycle of panic attacks and dread that wouldn't abate for months. So she began ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • All Art Is Propaganda

    Critical Essays

    The essential collection of critical essays from a twentieth-century master and author of 1984.As a critic, George Orwell cast a wide net. Equally at home discussing Charles Dickens and Charlie Chaplin, he moved back and forth across the porous borders between essay and journalism, high art and low.A frequent commentator on literature, language, film, and drama throughout his career, Orwell turned ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Salvador

    by Joan Didion ...
    series Vintage International
    "Terror is the given of the place." The place is El Salvador in 1982, at the ghastly height of its civil war. Didion "brings the country to life" (The New York Times), delivering an anatomy of a particular brand of political terror—its mechanisms, rationales, and intimate relation to United States foreign policy.As ash travels from battlefields to body dumps, Didion interviews a puppet president, ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $9.99 USD

  • Finding Oz

    How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story

    A groundbreaking new look at an American icon, The Wizard of Oz.Finding Oz tells the remarkable tale behind one of the world’s most enduring and best loved stories. Offering profound new insights into the true origins and meaning of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 masterwork, it delves into the personal turmoil and spiritual transformation that fueled Baum’s fantastical parable of the American Dream.Prior to ... Read more

    $16.49 USD