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Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara

Africa has produced some of the best writing of the twentieth century from Chinua Achebe, Ayi Kwei Armah, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and the Nobel Laureates Wole Soyinka, Nadine Gordimer, J.M. Coetzee and Dor..

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American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love and Politics

In American Savage, Dan Savage addresses a broad range of controversial topics with his signature honesty and irreverent humor, including: Why Obamacare, as good as it is, is 'still kinda evil' Why st..

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And Yet...: Essays

Christopher Hitchens was an unparalleled, prolific writer, who raised the polemical essay to a new art form, over a lifetime of thinking and debating the defining issues of our times. As an essayist h..

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And Yet...: Essays

Christopher Hitchens was an unparalleled, prolific writer, who raised the polemical essay to a new art form, over a lifetime of thinking and debating the defining issues of our times. As an essayist h..

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Arguably

He raises hackles or receives resounding cheers, he's loved or hated but never ignored. Christopher Hitchens is possibly the most provocative writer of our time, fearless and forthright with no subjec..

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Arguably: Essays

"All first-rate criticism first defines what we are confronting," the late, great jazz critic Whitney Balliett once wrote. By that measure, the essays of Christopher Hitchens are in the first tier. Fo..

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Bedside Guardian: 2015

It was the year of an unexpected general election result and a dramatic Labour leadership contest; 'Je suis Charlie' and #BlackLivesMatter; a year in which FIFA spectacularly imploded on the world sta..

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Believer: Issue 114

The Believer, a five-time National Magazine Award finalist, is a bimonthly literature, arts, and culture magazine. In each issue, readers will find journalism and essays that are frequently very long,..

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Best American Essays 2013

Selected and introduced by Cheryl Strayed, the "New York Times" best-selling author of "Wild" and the writer of the celebrated column "Dear Sugar," this collection is a treasure trove of fine writing ..

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Best American Essays 2014

"A creature from an alternative universe . . . wanting to understand what is on the American mind should rush to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of this distinguished anthology . . . Exhilarating..

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Best of McSweeney's

To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the journal called "a key barometer of the literary climate" by the New York Times and twice honored with a National Magazine Award for fiction, here is "Th..

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Can You Tolerate This?

Can You Tolerate This? is a collection of twenty-one personal essays by Ashleigh Young. In this spirited and singular book, Young roams freely from preoccupation to preoccupation - Hamilton's 90s musi..

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Cathay: Ezra Pound's Orient

At the turn of the twentieth century, London was a breeding ground for the avant-garde. Modernist writers like T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats and Ezra Pound became infatuated with the Orient. Pound in particu..

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Chairs are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work,& Play in the City

Why shouldn't neighbourhoods change? Why is wearing a suit a good way to quit smoking? Why do people think that if you do one thing you're against something else? Is monogamy a trick? Why should makin..

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Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays

Changing My Mind is a collection of essays by Zadie Smith on literature, cinema, art - and everything in between. "A supremely good read. Smith writes about reading and writing with such infectious ze..

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Collected Writings of Joe Brainard

Known during his life primarily as an artist associated with the New York School of poets, Joe Brainard (1942-1994) was also a wonderful writer whose one-of-a-kind autobiographical work "I Remember" (..

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Collection of Sand: Essays

Italo Calvino in Collection of Sand claimed that 'the brain begins in the eye'. The essays collected here display his fascination with the visual universe, in which the things we see tell a truth abou..

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Complete Prose: James K. Baxter 4 Volume Set

James K. Baxter was a great twentieth-century poet. He once declared, 'In contradiction ...I was born.' Sometimes at odds with God, often at odds with conventional society, he was at the same time a p..

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Confabulations

'Language is a body, a living creature ...and this creature's home is the inarticulate as well as the articulate'. John Berger's work has revolutionized the way we understand visual language. In this ..

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Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays

Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these q..

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Country Too Far

'I don't think I've seen a more impressive collection of Australian writers in a single book.' Stephen Romei, The Australian One of the central moral issues of our time is the question of asylum seeke..

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Distrust that Particular Flavor

Though primarily known as a novelist, over thirty years William Gibson has also built up a reputation as one of our most entertaining and insightful critics of contemporary culture. He is widely credi..

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Dog's Last Walk

Hilarious, heartbreaking, provocative and affecting - Howard Jacobson's irresistible journalism reveals the Man Booker Prize-winning novelist in all his humanity. From the tiniest absurdities to the m..

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Dogfight at the Pentagon : Sergeant Dogs, Grumpy Cats, Wallflower Wingmen, and Other Lunacy from the Wall Street Journal's A-Hed Column

Discover the story behind these and more in this delightful collection of the wild, the weird, and the wonderful, culled from The Wall Street Journal's popular and long-standing A-Hed column.One of th..

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Empathy Exams: Essays

The subjects of this stylish and audacious collection of essays range from an assault in Nicaragua to a Morgellons meeting; from Frida Kahlo's plaster casts to a gangland tour of LA. Jamison is intere..

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Empathy Exams: Essays

From personal loss to phantom diseases, a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize"A "Publishers Weekly "Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014"Beginning with her ..

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Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness

The incomparable Rebecca Solnit, author of more than a dozen acclaimed, prizewinning books of nonfiction including Men Explain Things To Me, brings the same dazzling writing to the essays in The Ency..

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Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness, The

The incomparable Rebecca Solnit, author of more than a dozen acclaimed books of nonfiction, brings the same dazzling writing to the twenty-nine essays in The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness. ..

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Essays

These essays, reviews and articles illuminate the life and work of one of the most individual writers of this century - a man who created a unique literary manner from the process of thinking aloud an..

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Essays of the 1960s & 70s

With the publication of her first book, "Against Interpretation," in 1966, Susan Sontag placed herself at the forefront of an era of cultural and political transformation. "What is important now," she..

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Everywhere I Look

Everywhere I Look is a collection of essays, diary entries and true stories spanning more than fifteen years of the work of one of Australia's greatest writers. 'A rich, beautiful book by a poet of t..

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Everywhere I Look

I pedal over to Kensington just after dark. As I roll along the lane towards the railway underpass, a young Asian woman on her way home from the station walks out of the tunnel towards me. After she p..

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Existential Monday: Essays

Benjamin Fondane, who was born and educated in Romania, moved as an adult to Paris, lived for a time in Buenos Aires, where he was close to Victoria Ocampo, Borges's friend and publisher, and died in ..

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Faraway Nearby

Gifts come in many guises. One summer, Rebecca Solnit was bequeathed three boxes of ripening apricots, which lay, mountainous, on her bedroom floor - a windfall, a riddle, an emergency to be dealt wit..

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Field Guide to Getting Lost

A "Field Guide to Getting Lost" is an investigation into loss, losing and being lost. Taking in subjects as eclectic as memory and mapmaking, Hitchcock movies and Renaissance painting, Rebecca Solnit ..

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Final Chapters: How Famous Authors Died

"Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case." --William Saroyan, Pulitzer Prize--winning author Famous authors, like everybody else, know that one day ..

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First Place

A collection of personal essays and writing from David Malouf to celebrate his 80th birthday. Topography, geography, history. Multiculturalism, referendums, the constitution and national occasions. Pa..

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First Place

A collection of personal essays and writing from David Malouf to celebrate his 80th birthday. Topography, geography, history. Multiculturalism, referendums, the constitution and national occasions. Pa..

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For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports

The global turmoil of the late 1980s and early 1990s severely tested every analyst and commentator. Few wrote with such insight as Christopher Hitchens about the large events - or with such discernmen..

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Fragments: On Writing, Reading and Absence

In this collection, renowned and reclusive Italian writer Elena Ferrante addresses subjects such as her choice to remain anonymous, her literary inspirations, politics and culture, and the role of the..

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Franz Kafka: The Office Writings

"Franz Kafka: The Office Writings" brings together, for the first time in English, Kafka's most interesting professional writings, composed during his years as a high-ranking lawyer with the largest W..

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Gifts of Reading

From the acclaimed author of The Old Ways and Landmarks -- an essay on the beauty and joy of reading, for anyone who has ever loved a book Every book is a kind of gift to its reader, and the act of g..

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Givenness of Things

Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her trilogy of novels - Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, Orange-Prize winning Home and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila - and in he..

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I'm Not Here to Give a Speech

Penguin presents I'm Not Here to Give a Speech, the complete speeches of Nobel laureate and beloved novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez collected and published in English for the first time. Gabriel Garci..

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In Other Words: Forty Years of Essays

Goenawan Mohamad is one of Indonesia's foremost literacy figures and public intellectuals, and this translated volume of essays, from 1968 to 2014, demonstrates the breadth of his perceptive and elega..

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Invitation to the Dance: a Handbook to Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time

A unique reference book for all fans of Anthony Powell's 12-volume novel, A Dance to the Music Time, which has become a literary landmark of twentieth-century writing. More than a simple glossary, Inv..

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J.D. Salinger: The Last Interview

This book, a new edition in The Last Interview series, collects the rare, revealing, and essential public records of the elusive giant - from his very first interview to his last (a deposition in his ..

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Jumping Ship & Other Essays

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Known and Strange Things

A blazingly intelligent first collection of essays from the award-winning author of Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief. With these pieces on politics, photography, travel, history and literature..

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Last Lecture

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Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Aust..

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