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A Place in the Country

Essays from the author of Austerlitz offer clues to the inner life of a beloved but often enigmatic writer.

 

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How Literature Saved My Life

A candid critic's tribute to artifice-free art.

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Farther Away

The novelist's essays take on the dangers of a networked world -- and the grief and anger left behind after a friend's death.

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When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays

The author of Gilead and Home collects essays marked by the spirit of her Western upbringing.

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Earth Works: Selected Essays

A new collection highlights the Emersonian bent of a midwestern writer.

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Life Sentences: Literary Judgments and Accounts

Essays from the novelist that explore "consciousness of many extraordinary kinds."

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Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism

The author who believed that "the humanities and arts need repeated injections of amateurism" delivers another shot in the arm.

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Pulphead: Essays

A new collection of essays on subjects ranging from reality television to Christian rock.

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Driving Home: An American Journey

An Englishman transplanted to the American Northwest brings a unique perspective to familiar themes in this wide-reaching, satisfying collection of essays. 

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Otherwise Known as the Human Condition

A collection of essays marked by the author's voracious intellectual appetite and improvisatory charm.

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Prejudices

The brawny eloquence and fistic wit of H. L. Mencken at his most intemperate.

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The Cross of Redemption

Previously uncollected writings by one of the most eloquent of all 20th-century American writers illuminate politics, sport, culture—and the author himself.

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Role Models

The filmmaker and provocateur transforms a lifetime of fascinations into a memorable and moving set of essays.

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The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them

What is it about Russian literature that seems to warp the lives of those who fall under its spell? Read more...

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.