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  • The Conspiracy against the Human Race

    A Contrivance of Horror

    **In Thomas Ligotti's first nonfiction outing, an examination of the meaning (or meaninglessness) of life through an insightful, unsparing argument that proves the greatest horrors are not the products of our imagination but instead are found in reality."There is a signature motif discernible in both works of philosophical pessimism and supernatural horror. It may be stated thus: Behind the scenes ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Letters to a Young Poet

    Translated by Charlie Louth ...
    Series series Penguin Little Black Classics
    'What matters is to live everything. Live the questions for now.'A hugely influential collection for writers and artists of all kinds, Rilke's profound and lyrical letters to a young friend advise on writing, love, sex, suffering and the nature of advice itself.One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • The Believer: Encounters with the Beginning, the End, and our Place in the Middle

    A New Yorker Best Book of 2022A Best Book of the Month at The Philadelphia Inquirer“Deeply beautiful, and never simple.” —James Gleick, author of Time Travel: A HistoryAn unforgettable tour of the human condition that explores our universal need for belief to help us make sense of life, death, and everything in between.For Sarah Krasnostein it begins with a Mennoni... ... Read more

    $20.99 USD

  • Disability Visibility

    First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

    Edited by Alice Wong ...
    “Disability rights activist Alice Wong brings tough conversations to the forefront of society with this anthology. It sheds light on the experience of life as an individual with disabilities, as told by none other than authors with these life experiences. It's an eye-opening collection that readers will revisit time and time again.” —Chicago TribuneOne in five people in the United States lives ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • El infinito en un junco

    La invención de los libros en el mundo antiguo

    by Irene Vallejo ...
    Series Book 105 - Biblioteca de Ensayo / Serie mayor
    PREMIO NACIONAL DE ENSAYO 2020De humo, de piedra, de arcilla, de seda, de piel, de árboles, de plástico y de luz...Un recorrido por la vida del libro y de quienes lo han salvaguardado durante casi treinta siglos.Este es un libro sobre la historia de los libros. Un recorrido por la vida de ese fascinante artefacto que inventamos para que las palabras pudieran viajar en el espacio y en el tiempo. La ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Went to London, Took the Dog

    The Diary of a 60 Year-Old Runaway

    by Nina Stibbe ...
    Ten years after the publication of the prize-winning Love, Nina comes the author’**s diary of her return to London in her sixty-first year.'A unique comic voice, endlessly funny' - David Nicholls'Vulnerable, sharp, funny, wise' - Bonnie Garmus, author of Lessons in Chemistry**Twenty years after leaving London, Nina Stibbe is back in town with her dog, Peggy. Together they take up lodging in the ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Inciting Joy


    by Ross Gay ...
    From Ross Gay, the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Delights, comes an intimate and electrifying collection of essays about the joy that comes from connection. “BRILLIANT.” —Ada Limón, U.S. poet laureateIn these gorgeously written and timely pieces, prizewinning poet and author Gay considers the joy we incite when we care for each other, especially during life’s inevitable ... 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

  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by Annie Dillard ...
    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize“The book is a form of meditation, written with headlong urgency, about seeing. . . . There is an ambition about her book that I like. . . . It is the ambition to feel.” — Eudora Welty, New York Times Book ReviewPilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Roanoke Valley, where Annie Dillard set out to chronicle incidents of "beauty tangled in a ... Read more

    $13.49 USD

  • The War Against Cliche

    Essays and Reviews 1971-2000

    by Martin Amis ...
    Series series Vintage International
    **NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • In this virtuosic, career-spanning collection, Martin Amis, "one of the most gifted novelists of his generation” (TIME), takes on James Joyce and Elvis Presley, Nabokov and English football, Jane Austen and Penthouse Forum, William Burroughs and Hillary Clinton, and more."[Written] with intelligence and ardor and panache.... Speaks not just to a ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

    The Graduation Speeches and Other Words to Live By

    by Kurt Vonnegut ...
    A collection of commencement speeches and other wit and wisdom from the New York Times–bestselling literary icon and author of Slaughterhouse-Five.Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut’s words were unfailingly insightful and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation.This ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • On Freedom

    Four Songs of Care and Constraint

    by Maggie Nelson ...
    Named a Most Anticipated/Best Book of the Month by: NPR * USA Today * Time * Washington Post * Vulture * Women’s Wear Daily * Bustle * LitHub * The Millions * Vogue * Nylon * Shondaland * Chicago Review of Books * The Guardian * Los Angeles Times * Kirkus * Publishers WeeklySo often deployed as a jingoistic, even menacing rallying cry, or li... ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Alistair Cooke at the Movies

    A wonderful entertainment that reflects Alistair Cooke’s love affair with cinema, from his early days as a film critic to his iconic role as the host of Masterpiece TheatreHumphrey Bogart, Fred Astaire, Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, and Marilyn Monroe are just a few of the stars profiled, along with many directors, in this sparkling and comprehensive collection of reviews, interviews, and ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Best American Mystery Stories 2011

    The Best American Series

    Edited by Harlan Coben, Otto Penzler ...
    Series series The Best American Series
    The Best American Series®First, Best, and Best-SellingThe Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Mouse or Rat?

    Translation as Negotiation

    From the world-famous author of THE NAME OF THE ROSE, an illuminating and humorous study on the pleasures and pitfalls of translation.'Translation is always a shift, not between two languages but between two cultures. A translator must take into account rules that are not strictly linguistic but, broadly speaking, cultural.'Umberto Eco is of the world's most brilliant and entertaining writers on ... Read more

    $4.99 USD

  • Intimations

    Six Essays

    by Zadie Smith ...
    **“[Smith’s] slim collection of essays captures this peculiar moment with startling clarity. . . . The personal and political intermingle for a powerful indictment of America’s social systems.” —TIME, The 100 Must-Read Books of 2020“While quarantined amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Smith penned six dazzling, trenchant essays burrowing deep into our contemporary culture of disease and upheaval and ... Read more

    $9.99 USD $7.99 USD

  • Gun iedere kabouter zijn eigen muts

    Levenslessen waarvan je niet wist dat je ze nodig had

    Geliefd columnist Aaf Brandt Corstius laat zich inspireren door uitspraken die ze in het dagelijks leven tegenkomt en die haar raken of aan het denken zetten – een perfect cadeauboekHaar hele leven hunkert Aaf Brandt Corstius al naar wijze raad, en die doet ze en passant op bij vrienden en vreemden en uit boeken, kranten en afgeluisterde gesprekken. Zo’n wijs advies is vaak één enkel zinnetje waar ... Read more

    $11.59 USD

  • The Leonard Bernstein Letters

    **“With their intellectual brilliance, humor and wonderful eye for detail, Leonard Bernstein’s letters blow all biographies out of the water.”—**The Economist (2013 Book of the Year)Leonard Bernstein was a charismatic and versatile musician—a brilliant conductor who attained international superstar status, and a gifted composer of Broadway musicals (West Side Story), symphonies (Age of Anxiety), ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Changing My Mind

    Occasional Essays

    by Zadie Smith ...
    "[These essays] reflect a lively, unselfconscious, rigorous, erudite, and earnestly open mind that's busy refining its view of life, literature, and a great deal in between." —Los Angeles TimesSplit into five sections--Reading, Being, Seeing, Feeling, and Remembering--Changing My Mind finds Zadie Smith casting an acute eye over material both personal and cultural. This engaging collection of ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Divining, A Memoir in Trees

    Series 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

  • The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street

    Letters Between Nancy Mitford and Heywood Hill 1952–73

    Edited by John Saumarez Smith ...
    Collected mid-twentieth–century correspondence between the author of The Pursuit of Love and her former employer, the celebrated London bookseller.Nancy Mitford was a brilliant personality, a remarkable novelist and a legendary letter writer. It is not widely known that she was also a bookseller. From 1942 to 1946 she worked in Heywood Hill’s famous shop in Curzon Street, and effectively ran it ... Read more

    $11.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Quietly Hostile


    by Samantha Irby ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A GLAMOUR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • A hilarious new essay collection from Samantha Irby "engages readers with her characteristic combination of laugh-out-loud moments, heartfelt passages and plenty of awkward experiences.... Quietly Hostile will delight established fans and newcomers alike (Parade).**“Brilliant and one of the funniest people I’ve ever read.” —Roxane Gay • ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 1


    by Sylvia Plath ...
    “The Letters of Sylvia Plath underscores Plath’s jaw-dropping output, her rapid growth from merely talented to singular voice. . . . The result is a comprehensive portrait of the artist as a young woman, ardently — unnervingly — committed to literature and relationships.” —Hamilton Cain, Minneapolis Star-TribuneThe first volume in the definitive, complete collection of the letters of Sylvia Plath ... Read more

    $33.49 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