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Like Shaking Hands with God
A Conversation about Writing
Written by Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 21, 2010
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-074-1 (1-60980-074-5)

Like Shaking Hands with God details a collaborative journey on the art of writing undertaken by two distinguished writers separated by age, race, upbringing, and education, but sharing common goals and aspirations. Rarely have two writers spoken so candidly about the intersection where the lives they live meet the art they... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Man Without a Country

Written by Kurt Vonnegut
Edited by Daniel Simon


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 6, 2005
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-713-8 (1-58322-713-X)

A Man Without a Country is Kurt Vonnegut’s hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life (“If I die–God forbid–I would like to go to heaven to ask somebody in charge up there, ‘Hey, what was the good news and what was the bad news?’”), art (“To practice any art, no matter... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Berlin Stories

Written by Robert Walser
Edited by Jochen Greven
Translated by Susan Bernofsky
Introduction by Susan Bernofsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-454-8 (1-59017-454-2)

In 1905 the young Swiss writer Robert Walser arrived in Berlin to join his older brother Karl, already an important stage set designer, and immediately threw himself into the vibrant social and cultural life of the city. Berlin Stories collects his alternately celebratory, droll, and satirical observations on every aspect of... Read more >
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On Writing

Written by Eudora Welty


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 24, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64270-1 (0-679-64270-6)

Eudora Welty was one of the twentieth century’s greatest literary figures. For as long as students have been studying her fiction as literature, writers have been looking to her to answer the profound questions of what makes a story good, a novel successful, a writer an artist. On Writing presents the... Read more >
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Here is New York

Written by E.B. White
Introduction by Roger Angell


Format: Hardcover, 58 pages
Publisher: Little Bookroom
On Sale: January 1, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-892145-02-4 (1-892145-02-2)

Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, E.B. White’s stroll around Manhattan remains the quintessential love letter to the city, written by one of America’s foremost literary figures. The New York Times has named Here is New York one of the ten best books ever written about the metropolis, and The New Yorker calls... Read more >
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Here is New York

Written by E.B. White
Introduction by Roger Angell


Format: eBook, 58 pages
Publisher: Little Bookroom
On Sale: March 30, 2011
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-479-1 (1-59017-479-8)

To purchase a copy of this ebook, please see the “buy” links on the right-hand side.

Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, E.B. White’s stroll around Manhattan remains the quintessential love letter to the city, written by one of America’s foremost literary figures. The New York Times has named Here is New York one... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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The Colossus of New York

Written by Colson Whitehead


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3124-5 (1-4000-3124-9)

In a dazzlingly original work of nonfiction, the award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead re-creates the exuberance, the chaos, the promise, and the heartbreak of New York. Here is a literary love song that will entrance anyone who has lived in—or spent time—in the greatest of American cities.

A masterful evocation of the city... Read more >
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The Noble Hustle
Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death
Written by Colson Whitehead


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53705-6 (0-385-53705-0)

The Noble Hustle is Pulitzer finalist Colson Whitehead’s hilarious memoir of his search for meaning at high stakes poker tables, which the author describes as “Eat, Pray, Love for depressed shut-ins.”
 
On one level, The Noble Hustle is a familiar species of participatory journalism--a longtime neighborhood poker player, Whitehead was given a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Leap

Written by Terry Tempest Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 18, 2001
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75257-8 (0-679-75257-9)

With Leap, Terry Tempest Williams, award-winning author of Refuge, offers a sustained meditation on passion, faith, and creativity–based upon her transcendental encounter with Hieronymus Bosch’s medieval masterpiece The Garden of Delights.

Williams examines this vibrant landscape with unprecedented acuity, recognizing parallels between the artist’s prophetic vision and her own personal experiences... Read more >

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It's the Little Things . . .
An Appreciation of Life's Simple Pleasures
Written by Craig Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75896-6 (0-375-75896-8)

In 1996, Craig Wilson began writing a column for USA Today called “The Final Word.” In it, he extolled the virtues of the true pleasures in life—clotheslines, freshly cut firewood, sweet corn, and Adirondack chairs—and looked back on his childhood in the country with fondness and an infectious sense of humor... Read more >
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Critical Mass
Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades, and Hurrahs
Written by James Wolcott


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52779-8 (0-385-52779-9)

A career-spanning collection of critical essays and cultural journalism from one of the most acute, entertaining, and sometimes acerbic (but in a good way) critics of our time

From his early-seventies dispatches as a fledgling critic for The Village Voice on rock ’n’ roll, comedy, movies, and television to the literary criticism... Read more >
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A Day at the Beach

Written by Geoffrey Wolff
Introduction by Ann Patchett


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7009-3 (0-8041-7009-6)

In this essay collection, now with a new introduction by Ann Patchett, Geoffrey Wolff recounts the moral (and sometimes immoral) education of a writer, friend, husband, and father. He shows us his wildly dysfunctional childhood Christmases—presided over by his con-man father—then shifts to his brash, short-lived teaching career in Istanbul. With... Read more >
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In Ruins
A Journey Through History, Art, and Literature
Written by Christopher Woodward


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3086-6 (1-4000-3086-2)

In this enchanting meditation on ruins, Christopher Woodward takes us on a thousand-year journey from the plains of Troy to the monuments of ancient Rome, from the crumbling palaces of Sicily, Cuba, and Zanzibar to the rubble of the London Blitz. With an exquisite sense of romantic melancholy, we encounter the... Read more >
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