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Sidetracks
Explorations of a Romantic Biographer
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75771-9 (0-679-75771-6)

With this collection of short and fascinating biographical pieces, the award-winning biographer of Coleridge and Shelley offers a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious art of biography.

When researching, Richard Holmes has often become captivated by figures peripheral to his main subject, literary forays that he couldn’t resist. These tales—he forbidden love of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Gift
Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World
Written by Lewis Hyde


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27950-7 (0-307-27950-2)

By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. Widely available again after twenty-five years, this book is even more necessary today than when it first appeared. An... Read more >
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The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan

Written by Elia Kazan
Edited by Albert J. Devlin


Format: Hardcover, 672 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26716-0 (0-307-26716-4)

This collection of nearly three hundred letters gives us the life of Elia Kazan unfiltered, with all the passion, vitality, and raw honesty that made him such an important and formidable stage director (A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman), film director (On the Waterfront, East of Eden), novelist, and... Read more >
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AN AMERICAN PROCESSION

Written by Alfred Kazin


Format: eBook, 408 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 2, 2013
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5127-6 (0-8041-5127-X)

An American Procession is a study, on the largest scale, of the major American writers at work during the historically and literarily crucial century that began in the early 1830s, when Ralph Waldo Emerson founded a national literature on the basis of a metaphysical revolution, and ended on the eve of... Read more >

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On Bullfighting

Written by A. L. Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 20, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72081-6 (0-385-72081-5)

An Anchor Books Original

One day, on the brink of despair and contemplating her own mortality, novelist A. L. Kennedy is offered an assignment she can’t refuse–an opportunity to travel to Spain and cover a sport that represents the ultimate confrontation with death: bullfighting.

The result is this remarkable book, which takes Kennedy... Read more >

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The Nature of Generosity

Written by William Kittredge


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75687-3 (0-679-75687-6)

The Nature of Generosity is at once a natural sequel to the acclaimed memoir Hole in the Sky and an entirely unique masterwork from one of the finest writers of the American West.

Taking as his topic the “ordinary yearning to take physical and emotional care,” William Kittredge embarks upon a... Read more >
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Several Short Sentences About Writing

Written by Verlyn Klinkenborg


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27941-5 (0-307-27941-3)

An indispensable and distinctive book that will help anyone who wants to write, write better, or have a clearer understanding of what it means for them to be writing, from widely admired writer and teacher Verlyn Klinkenborg.

Klinkenborg believes that most of our received wisdom about how writing works is not only... Read more >
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Several Short Sentences About Writing

Written by Verlyn Klinkenborg


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7 (0-307-26634-6)

Most of what you think you know about writing is useless. It’s the harmful debris of your education—a mixture of half-truths, myths, and false assumptions that prevents you from writing well. Drawing on years of experience as a writer and teacher of writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg offers an approach to writing that... Read more >
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One Hand Jerking
Reports From an Investigative Journalist
Written by Paul Krassner
Afterword by Lewis Black
Foreword by Harry Shearer


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 1, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-696-4 (1-58322-696-6)

Counterculture legend Paul Krassner gazes on the fires of pop culture, politics and celebrity and returns unscathed to help us make sense of our senseless world, with an introduction by Lewis Black (The Daily Show) and a foreword by Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Le Show).

From cults to pornography, from Charles Manson... Read more >
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Near Death on the High Seas
True Stories of Disaster and Survival
Edited by Cecil Kuhne


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27934-7 (0-307-27934-0)

“The wind was blowing at hurricane strength-sixty-five knots and over-and increasing in the gusts to eighty knots. His boat was surfing on waves as high as a sixty-foot, six-storey building. . .Each wave that struck choked and froze him, the icy water working its way down inside his survival suit.” —from... Read more >
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The Wave in the Mind
Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination
Written by Ursula K. Le Guin


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 17, 2004
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-006-0 (1-59030-006-8)

Join Ursula K. Le Guin as she explores a broad array of subjects, ranging from Tolstoy, Twain, and Tolkien to women’s shoes, beauty, and family life. With her customary wit, intelligence, and literary craftsmanship, she offers a diverse and highly engaging set of readings. The Wave in the Mind includes some... Read more >

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The Disappointment Artist
Essays
Written by Jonathan Lethem


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7681-9 (1-4000-7681-1)

"Novelist Lethem's new collection of essays starts with an intriguing, if emotionally distant, consideration of his lifelong relationship with popular culture and develops into a moving memoir that transcends those references altogether." —Publishers Weekly

In a volume he describes as “a series of covert and no-so-covert autobiographical pieces,” Jonathan Lethem explores the... Read more >
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The Ecstasy of Influence
Nonfictions, Etc.
Written by Jonathan Lethem


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74450-0 (0-307-74450-7)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
A New York Times Notable Book
A Best Book of the Year —Austin American-Statesman

Includes a new, previously uncollected piece: "My Internet"

In The Ecstasy of Influence, the incomparable Jonathan Lethem has compiled a career-spanning collection of occasional pieces—essays, memoir, liner notes, fiction, and criticism—which also doubles as a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Hall of Uselessness
Collected Essays
Written by Simon Leys
Foreword by Simon Leys


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: July 30, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-620-7 (1-59017-620-0)

Simon Leys is a Renaissance man for the era of globalization: a distinguished scholar of classical Chinese art and literature, he was one of the first Westerners to expose the horrors of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Leys’s interests and expertise are not, however, confined to China: he also writes about European art... Read more >
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Against Wind and Tide
Letters and Journals, 1947-1986
Written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Introduction by Reeve Lindbergh


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37888-0 (0-307-37888-8)

Why, as an eager and talented writer, has Anne Morrow Lindbergh published so relatively little in forty years of marriage?” asked reviewer John Barkham in 1970. “After a promising start with those first books on flying, she tapered off into long silences broken by an infrequent volume of verse or prose.”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Gift from the Sea

Written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 30, 1991
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73241-9 (0-679-73241-1)

In this inimitable, beloved classic—graceful, lucid and lyrical—Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh’s musings on the shape of a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Portrait of My Body

Written by Phillip Lopate


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 15, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48377-3 (0-385-48377-5)

Phillip Lopate’s richest and most ambitious book yet—the final volume of a trilogy that began with Bachelorhood and Against Joie de VivrePortrait of My Body is a powerful memoir in the form of interconnected personal essays. One of America’s foremost essayists, who helped focus attention on the form in his acclaimed... Read more >

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Totally, Tenderly, Tragically

Written by Phillip Lopate


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 20, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49250-8 (0-385-49250-2)

This new collection by master essayist Phillip Lopate is ideal for courses in criticism and the essay, and as a reader for expository writing courses centered around a particular theme. The theme is movies, and over the past 25 years, tackling subjects ranging from Visconti to Jerry Lewis, from the first... Read more >

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About This Life
Journeys on the Threshold of Memory
Written by Barry Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 27, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75447-3 (0-679-75447-4)

The acclaimed National Book Award winner gives us a collection of spellbinding new essays that, read together, form a jigsaw-puzzle portrait of an extraordinary man.

With the publication of his best-selling Of Wolves and Men, and with the astonishing originality of Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez established himself as that rare writer... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Masscult and Midcult
Essays Against the American Grain
Written by Dwight Macdonald
Edited by John Summers
Introduction by Louis Menand


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-447-0 (1-59017-447-X)

Political radical, trenchant essayist, and impresario of the New York intellectuals, Dwight Macdonald was one of the towering figures of twentieth-century American letters. In his most famous and controversial essay, “Masscult and Midcult”, MacDonald turns his formidable critical attention to what he sees as a new, and potentially catastrophic, development in... Read more >
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On God
An Uncommon Conversation
Written by Norman Mailer
As told to J. Michael Lennon


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7940-4 (0-8129-7940-0)

The final book from Norman Mailer, towering figure of American literature, in which he offers his concept of the nature of God.

In this collection of moving, amusing, probing, and uncommon dialogues conducted over three years before his death, Mailer establishes his own system of belief, one that rejects both organized religion... Read more >
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The Purloined Clinic
Selected Writings
Written by Janet Malcolm


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74810-6 (0-679-74810-5)

The Purloined Clinic is a retrospective of essays, reviews, and reports that reflect the range and depth of Janet Malcolm's engagement with psychology, criticism, art, and literature.

She examines aspects of “that absurdist collaboration,” the psychoanalytic dialogue, from which come “small, stray sell recognitions that no other human relationship yields, brought forward... Read more >
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Class A
Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere
Written by Lucas Mann


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-90754-7 (0-307-90754-6)

An unforgettable chronicle of a year of minor-league baseball in a small Iowa town that follows not only the travails of the players of the Clinton LumberKings but also the lives of the dedicated fans and of the fading town itself.

Lucas Mann strikes gold as he tells the unforgettable story of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Bacchus and Me
Adventures in the Wine Cellar
Written by Jay McInerney


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71362-0 (0-375-71362-X)

From Jay McInerney, bestselling novelist and wine columnist for House & Garden magazine, comes this wry and witty exploration of wine and wine culture.

McInerney writes with flair and brutal honesty as he discusses the grapes, vintages, regions, myths, and personalities that inhabit the wine world. He peppers his down-to-earth advice... Read more >

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Mencken Chrestomathy

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1982
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75209-9 (0-394-75209-0)

Edited and annotated by H.L.M., this is a selection from his out-of-print writings. They come mostly from books—the six of the Prejudices series, A Book of Burlesques, In Defense of Women, Notes on Democracy, Making A President, A Book of Calumny, Treatise on Right and Wrong—but there are also magazine and... Read more >
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