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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 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.