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Hymn to Old Age

Written by Hermann Hesse
Translated by David Henry Wilson


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $14.99

A single volume of the most beautiful texts by Herman Hesse including intimate memories of his final years. Hesse collected life sketches, poems, aphorisms and short essays dedicated to the ultimate challenge of a writer who had already accomplished a celebrated body of work — that of accepting his final years... Read more >
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The Purloined Clinic
The Purloined Clinic
Written by Janet Malcolm
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ISBN: 9780307830609
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The Purloined Clinic
Selected Writings
Written by Janet Malcolm


Format: eBook, 400 pages
On Sale: January 23, 2013
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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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Hugging the Shore
Hugging the Shore
Written by John Updike
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ISBN: 9780812983784
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Hugging the Shore
Essays and Criticism
Written by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $25.00

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
 
“Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea,” writes John Updike in his Foreword to this collection of literary considerations. But the sailor doth protest too much: This collection begins somewhere... Read more >
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Hugging the Shore
Hugging the Shore
Written by John Updike
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Hugging the Shore
Essays and Criticism
Written by John Updike


Format: eBook, 896 pages
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $13.99

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
 
“Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea,” writes John Updike in his Foreword to this collection of literary considerations. But the sailor doth protest too much: This collection begins somewhere... Read more >
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Picked-Up Pieces
Picked-Up Pieces
Written by John Updike
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ISBN: 9780812983807
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Picked-Up Pieces
Essays
Written by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
On Sale: January 15, 2013
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In John Updike’s second collection of assorted prose he comes into his own as a book reviewer; most of the pieces picked up here were first published in The New Yorker in the 1960s and early ’70s. If one word could sum up the young critic’s approach to books and their... Read more >
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Picked-Up Pieces
Picked-Up Pieces
Written by John Updike
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Picked-Up Pieces
Essays
Written by John Updike


Format: eBook, 544 pages
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $13.99

In John Updike’s second collection of assorted prose he comes into his own as a book reviewer; most of the pieces picked up here were first published in The New Yorker in the 1960s and early ’70s. If one word could sum up the young critic’s approach to books and their... Read more >
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Odd Jobs
Odd Jobs
Written by John Updike
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ISBN: 9780812983791
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Odd Jobs
Essays and Criticism
Written by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 1024 pages
On Sale: December 4, 2012
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To complement his work as a fiction writer, John Updike accepted any number of odd jobs—book reviews and introductions, speeches and tributes, a “few paragraphs” on baseball or beauty or Borges—and saw each as “an opportunity to learn something, or to extract from within some unsuspected wisdom.” In this, his largest... Read more >
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Odd Jobs
Odd Jobs
Written by John Updike
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Odd Jobs
Essays and Criticism
Written by John Updike


Format: eBook, 1024 pages
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $13.99

To complement his work as a fiction writer, John Updike accepted any number of odd jobs—book reviews and introductions, speeches and tributes, a “few paragraphs” on baseball or beauty or Borges—and saw each as “an opportunity to learn something, or to extract from within some unsuspected wisdom.” In this, his largest... Read more >
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The $60,000 Dog
The $60,000 Dog
Written by Lauren Slater
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780807001875
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The $60,000 Dog
My Life with Animals
Written by Lauren Slater


Format: Hardcover
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $24.95

A stunning new book about the role of animals in our lives, by a popular and acclaimed writer
 
From the time she is nine years old, biking to the farmland outside her suburban home, where she discovers a disquieting world of sleeping cows and a “Private Way” full of the wondrous and... Read more >
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The $60,000 Dog
My Life with Animals
Written by Lauren Slater


Format: eBook
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $24.95

A stunning new book about the role of animals in our lives, by a popular and acclaimed writer
 
From the time she is nine years old, biking to the farmland outside her suburban home, where she discovers a disquieting world of sleeping cows and a “Private Way” full of the wondrous and... Read more >
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Through the Window
Through the Window
Written by Julian Barnes
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ISBN: 9780345805508
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Through the Window
Seventeen Essays and a Short Story
Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $15.95

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending and one of Britain’s greatest writers: a brilliant collection of essays on the books and authors that have meant the most to him throughout his illustrious career.
 
In these seventeen essays (plus a short story and a special preface, “A... Read more >
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Through the Window
Through the Window
Written by Julian Barnes
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Through the Window
Seventeen Essays and a Short Story
Written by Julian Barnes


Format: eBook, 272 pages
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $9.99

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending and one of Britain’s greatest writers: a brilliant collection of essays on the books and authors that have meant the most to him throughout his illustrious career.
 
In these seventeen essays (plus a short story and a special preface, “A... Read more >
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Representations of the Intellectual
Representations of the Intellectual
Written by Edward W. Said
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ISBN: 9780307829627
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Representations of the Intellectual

Written by Edward W. Said


Format: eBook, 144 pages
On Sale: October 24, 2012
Price: $11.99

In these six essays--delivered on the BBC as the prestigious Reith Lectures--Said addresses the ways in which the intellectual can best serve society in the light of a heavily compromised media and of special interest groups who are protected at the cost of larger community concerns.  Said suggest a recasting of the... Read more >
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This Living Hand
This Living Hand
Written by Edmund Morris
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ISBN: 9780679644668
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This Living Hand
And Other Essays
Written by Edmund Morris


Format: eBook, 528 pages
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $13.99

When the multitalented biographer Edmund Morris (who writes with equal virtuosity about Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Beethoven, and Thomas Edison) was a schoolboy in colonial Kenya, one of his teachers told him, “You have the most precious gift of all—originality.” That quality is abundantly evident in this selection of essays. They... Read more >
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This Living Hand
This Living Hand
Written by Edmund Morris, Read by Edmund Morris
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ISBN: 9780449011867
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This Living Hand
And Other Essays
Written by Edmund Morris
Read by Edmund Morris


Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $27.50

When the multitalented biographer Edmund Morris (who writes with equal virtuosity about Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Beethoven, and Thomas Edison) was a schoolboy in colonial Kenya, one of his teachers told him, “You have the most precious gift of all—originality.” That quality is abundantly evident in this selection of essays. They... Read more >
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Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble
Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble
Written by Nora Ephron
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Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble
Some Things About Women and Notes on Media
Written by Nora Ephron


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
On Sale: October 16, 2012
Price: $15.95

Two classic collections of Nora Ephron’s uproarious essays—tackling everything from feminism to the media, from politics to beauty products, with her inimitable charm and distinctive wit—now available in one book for the first time. 
 
This edition brings together some of Ephron’s most famous writing on a generation of women (and men) who... Read more >
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The Ecstasy of Influence
The Ecstasy of Influence
Written by Jonathan Lethem
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The Ecstasy of Influence
Nonfictions, Etc.
Written by Jonathan Lethem


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $16.95

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 novelist’s...

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Assorted Prose
Assorted Prose
Written by John Updike
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ISBN: 9780812983777
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Assorted Prose

Written by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: September 18, 2012
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John Updike’s first collection of nonfiction pieces, published in 1965 when the author was thirty-three, is a diverting and illuminating gambol through midcentury America and the writer’s youth. It opens with a choice selection of parodies, casuals, and “Talk of the Town” reports, the fruits of Updike’s boyish ambition to follow in... Read more >
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Assorted Prose
Assorted Prose
Written by John Updike
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Assorted Prose

Written by John Updike


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $12.99

John Updike’s first collection of nonfiction pieces, published in 1965 when the author was thirty-three, is a diverting and illuminating gambol through midcentury America and the writer’s youth. It opens with a choice selection of parodies, casuals, and “Talk of the Town” reports, the fruits of Updike’s boyish ambition to follow in... Read more >
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World Within The Word
World Within The Word
Written by William H. Gass
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ISBN: 9780307824295
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World Within The Word

Written by William H. Gass


Format: eBook, 341 pages
On Sale: September 5, 2012
Price: $15.99

In this sequel to Fiction & the Figures of Life, one of America's most brilliant and eclectic minds examines literature, culture, writers (their lives and works), and the nature and uses of language and the written word. Included are discussions of Valéry, Henry Miller, Sartre, Freud, Faulkner, suicide, "art and order,"... Read more >
In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays
In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays
Written by Katie Roiphe
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ISBN: 9780679644026
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In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays

Written by Katie Roiphe


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $12.99

This powerful collection of essays ranges from pop culture to politics, from Hillary Clinton to Susan Sontag, from Facebook to Mad Men, from Joan Didion to David Foster Wallace to—most strikingly—the author’s own life. For fans of the essays of John Jeremiah Sullivan and Jonathan Lethem.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS... Read more >
In Fact
In Fact
Written by Thomas Mallon
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ISBN: 9780307824301
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In Fact
Essays on Writers and Writing
Written by Thomas Mallon


Format: eBook, 368 pages
On Sale: August 22, 2012
Price: $12.99

From the acclaimed novelist (Henry and Clara, Two Moons), essayist (A Book of One's Own), and critic (1998 National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing)—an engaging new collection of essays.

In Fact gathers the best of Thomas Mallon's superb criticism from the past twenty-two years—essays that appeared in his GQ... Read more >
Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble
Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble
Written by Nora Ephron
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780345804730
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Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble
Some Things About Women and Notes on Media
Written by Nora Ephron


Format: eBook, 256 pages
On Sale: July 18, 2012
Price: $11.99

Two classic collections of Nora Ephron’s uproarious essays—tackling everything from feminism to the media, from politics to beauty products, with her inimitable charm and distinctive wit—now available in one book for the first time. 
 
This edition brings together some of Ephron’s most famous writing on a generation of women (and men) who... Read more >
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Transmission and the Individual Remix
Transmission and the Individual Remix
Written by Tom McCarthy
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780345803276
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Transmission and the Individual Remix

Written by Tom McCarthy


Format: eBook, 64 pages
On Sale: June 4, 2012
Price: $1.99

Sub-titled "How Literature Works" this essay by the renown novelist is a provocative and entertaining work of postmodern theory that re-evaluates literature and literary meaning from Aeschylus to Kraftwerk. A VINTAGE EBOOK ORIGINAL.

Tom McCarthy is one of the most vital young voices in contemporary literature, and in this essay he identifies...

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The Lord Chandos Letter
And Other Writings
Written by Hugo Von Hofmannsthal
Translated by Joel Rotenber
Introduction by John Banville


Format: eBook
On Sale: May 16, 2012
Price: $14.95

Hugo von Hoffmannsthal made his mark as a poet, as a playwright, and as the librettist for Richard Strauss’s greatest operas, but he was no less accomplished as a writer of short, strangely evocative prose works. The atmospheric stories and sketches collected here—fin-de-siècle fairy tales from the Vienna of Klimt and... Read more >
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