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Nonconformity
Writing on Writing
Written by Nelson Algren
Afterword by Daniel Simon
Noted by C.S. O'Brien


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $9.95

The struggle to write with deep emotion is the subject of this extraordinary book, the previously unpublished credo of one of America's greatest 20th-century writers.
"You don't write a novel out of sheer pity any more than you blow a safe out of a vague longing to be rich," writes Nelson Algren... Read more >
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Nuestra Arma es Nuestra Palabra
Escritos Selectos
Written by Subcomandante Marcos and Juana Ponce De Leon
Afterword by Ana Carrigan
Foreword by Jose Saramago


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $24.00

En este libro fundamental, Seven Stories Press presenta una poderosa colección de escritos literarios, filosóficos y políticos del enigmático vocero de los zapatistas, SubComandante Marcos. Con la Introducción del ganador del Premio Nobel, José Saramago, e ilustrado con bellas fotos en blanco y negro, Nuestra Arma es Nuestra Palabra cristaliza, la... Read more >
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Other Septembers, Many Americas
Selected Provocations, 1980-2004
Written by Ariel Dorfman
Foreword by Tom Engelhardt


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $16.95

"Let me tell you, America, of the hopes I had for you," Dorfman writes after the fall of the Twin Towers, remembering back to an earlier September 11 in 1973, when he was on the staff of Salvador Allende, then president of Chile, the day he was removed from office and... Read more >
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Our Word is Our Weapon
Selected Writings
Written by Subcomandante Marcos
Afterword by Ana Carrigan
Edited by Juana Ponce De Leon
Foreword by Jose Saramago


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 4, 2011
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In this landmark book, Seven Stories Press presents a powerful collection of literary, philosophical, and political writings of the masked Zapatista spokesperson, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Introduced by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, and illustrated with beautiful black and white photographs, Our Word Is Our Weapon crystallizes "the passion of a rebel... Read more >
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A Place to Live
and other selected essays of
Written by Natalia Ginzburg
Translated by Lynne Sharon Schwartz


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $12.95

Arguably one of Italy’s greatest contemporary writers, Natalia Ginzburg has been best known in America as a writer’s writer, quiet beloved of her fellow wordsmiths. This collection of personal essays chosen by the eminent American writer Lynne Sharon Schwartz from four of Ginzburg’s books written over the course of Ginzburg’s lifetime... Read more >
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The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room
A Barry Gifford Reader
Written by Barry Gifford
Edited by Thomas A. McCarthy
Foreword by Andrei Codrescu


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $19.95

"Everything I have to say about race and religion and politics is in the novels," declares Barry Gifford. The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room gathers generous portions of all thirteen novels and novellas, as well as first-person essays, generous helpings of poetry, journalism, and a new interview with the author... Read more >
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The Torturer in the Mirror

Written by Ramsey Clark, Thomas Ehrlich Reifer and Haifa Zangana


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $8.95

Before the US invasion of Iraq, before the American public saw the infamous photos from Abu Ghraib, the CIA went to the White House with a question: What, according to the Constitution, was the line separating interrogation from torture—and could that line be moved? The White House lawyers' answer—in the form... Read more >
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Bulletproof Diva
Bulletproof Diva
Written by Lisa Jones
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Bulletproof Diva

Written by Lisa Jones


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: December 22, 2010
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In Bulletproof Diva, Lisa  Jones brings the wit and candor of her infamous  Village Voice column, "Skin Trade,"  to a much larger audience. Chock full of the  "fierce black girl humor" that has made her  column so popular, this provocative collection of  essays and observations on race, sex, identity, and  the politics of style speaks to a young... Read more >
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God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
Written by Kurt Vonnegut, Foreword by Neil Gaiman
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ISBN: 9781609800734
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God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

Written by Kurt Vonnegut
Foreword by Neil Gaiman


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
On Sale: December 14, 2010
Price: $11.95

From Slapstick's "Turkey Farm" to Slaughterhouse-Five's eternity in a Tralfamadorean zoo cage with Montana Wildhack, the question of the afterlife never left Kurt Vonnegut's mind. In God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, Vonnegut skips back and forth between life and the Afterlife as if the difference between them were rather slight. In... Read more >
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A Truth Universally Acknowledged
A Truth Universally Acknowledged
Edited by Susannah Carson, Foreword by Harold Bloom
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ISBN: 9780812980011
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A Truth Universally Acknowledged
33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen
Edited by Susannah Carson
Foreword by Harold Bloom


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: November 9, 2010
Price: $15.00

Why are we so fascinated with Jane Austen’s novels? Why is Austen so universally beloved? The essayists in this volume offer their thoughts on the delightful puzzle of Austen’s popularity. Classic and contemporary writers—novelists, essayists, journalists, scholars, and a filmmaker—discuss the tricks and treasures of Austen’s novels, from her witty dialogue... Read more >
Yo no vengo a decir un discurso
Yo no vengo a decir un discurso
Written by Gabriel García Márquez
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ISBN: 9780307743459
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Yo no vengo a decir un discurso

Written by Gabriel García Márquez


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
On Sale: November 9, 2010
Price: $14.00

“¿Qué hago yo encaramado en esta percha de honor, yo que siempre he considerado los discursos como el más terrorífico de los compromisos humanos?” —Gabriel García Márquez
 
Los textos que Gabriel García Márquez ha reunido en este libro fueron escritos por el autor con la intención de ser leídos por él mismo... Read more >
Beg, Borrow, Steal
Beg, Borrow, Steal
Written by Michael Greenberg
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ISBN: 9780307740670
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Beg, Borrow, Steal
A Writer's Life
Written by Michael Greenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $15.00

Michael Greenberg’s stunning collection entertainingly chronicles the hardships, delights, and moral dilemmas of being a writer and a New Yorker. To eke out a living, Greenberg doctors doomed movie scripts, peddles cosmetics on the street, and waits tables at a posh restaurant, all while raising his son on the Lower East... Read more >
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Letters from London
Letters from London
Written by Julian Barnes
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ISBN: 9780307557377
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Letters from London

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: October 27, 2010
Price: $12.99

With brilliant wit, idiosyncratic intelligence, and a bold grasp of intricate political realities, the celebrated author of Flaubert's Parrot turns his satiric glance homeward to England, in a sparkling collection of essays that illustrates the infinite variety of contemporary London life.


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The Education of a British-Protected Child
The Education of a British-Protected Child
Written by Chinua Achebe
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ISBN: 9780307473677
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The Education of a British-Protected Child
Essays
Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $14.95

From the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart comes a new collection of autobiographical essays—his first new book in more than twenty years.

Chinua Achebe’s characteristically eloquent and nuanced voice is everywhere present in these seventeen beautifully written pieces. From a vivid portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria to considerations on...

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The Laws of Nature
The Laws of Nature
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edited by Walt McLaughlin
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ISBN: 9781556439315
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The Laws of Nature
Excerpts from the Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Edited by Walt McLaughlin


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $16.95

Though written in the mid-nineteenth century, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s work, particularly his nature writing, speaks to contemporary sensibilities. The uniquely American, nature-based philosophy commonly attributed to Thoreau was first presented to the world by Emerson in his slender volume Nature and later developed by both men, each with his own distinct... Read more >
Thinking Out Loud
Thinking Out Loud
Written by Anna Quindlen
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ISBN: 9780307763556
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Thinking Out Loud
On the Personal, the Political, the Public and the Private
Written by Anna Quindlen


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: August 25, 2010
Price: $9.99

"A splendid collection...Eloquent, powerful, compassionate and droll. There is considerable variety in the subjects she addresses...Compelling."
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Thinking out loud is what Anna Quindlen does best. A syndicated columnist with her finger on the pulse of women's lives, and her heart in a place we all share, she writes about... Read more >
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Book of Days
Book of Days
Written by Emily Fox Gordon, Introduction by Phillip Lopate
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ISBN: 9780385525893
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Book of Days
Personal Essays
Written by Emily Fox Gordon
Introduction by Phillip Lopate


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: August 17, 2010
Price: $15.00

The sexual politics of a faculty wives dinner. The psychological gamesmanship of an inappropriate therapist. The emotional minefield of an extended family wedding . . .
 
Whatever the subject, Emily Fox Gordon’s disarmingly personal essays are an art form unto themselves—reflecting and revealing, like mirrors in a maze, the seemingly endless... Read more >
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Book of Days
Book of Days
Written by Emily Fox Gordon, Introduction by Phillip Lopate
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ISBN: 9780679604013
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Book of Days
Personal Essays
Written by Emily Fox Gordon
Introduction by Phillip Lopate


Format: eBook
On Sale: August 17, 2010
Price: $11.99

The sexual politics of a faculty wives dinner. The psychological gamesmanship of an inappropriate therapist. The emotional minefield of an extended family wedding . . .
 
Whatever the subject, Emily Fox Gordon’s disarmingly personal essays are an art form unto themselves—reflecting and revealing, like mirrors in a maze, the seemingly endless... Read more >
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The Torturer in the Mirror
The Torturer in the Mirror
Written by Ramsey Clark, Thomas Ehrlich Reifer and Haifa Zangana
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ISBN: 9781583229132
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The Torturer in the Mirror

Written by Ramsey Clark, Thomas Ehrlich Reifer and Haifa Zangana


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $8.95

Before the US invasion of Iraq, before the American public saw the infamous photos from Abu Ghraib, the CIA went to the White House with a question: What, according to the Constitution, was the line separating interrogation from torture—and could that line be moved? The White House lawyers' answer—in the form... Read more >
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New York Stories
New York Stories
Written by Editors of New York Magazine, Foreword by Tom Wolfe
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ISBN: 9780307755582
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New York Stories
Landmark Writing from Four Decades of New York Magazine
Written by Editors of New York Magazine
Foreword by Tom Wolfe


Format: eBook, 624 pages
On Sale: June 23, 2010
Price: $13.99

The magazine that is the city that is the world

Just in time for its fortieth anniversary, New York magazine presents a stunning collection of some of its best and most influential articles, stories that captured the spectacle, the turbulence, and the cultural realignments of the past four decades.

Covering subjects from “Radical... Read more >
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The Grim Reader
The Grim Reader
Edited by Maura Spiegel and Richard Tristman
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ISBN: 9780307874368
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The Grim Reader

Edited by Maura Spiegel and Richard Tristman


Format: eBook, 448 pages
On Sale: June 16, 2010
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   The fear of death, the pain of bereavement, the art of consolation, and the custom of mourning—these are experiences with which all mortals must reckon.  In The Grim Reader, editors Maura Spiegel and Richard Tristman have gathered the best classic and contemporary writing on mortality—from Montaigne to Monty Python—to produce an...

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For the Time Being
For the Time Being
Written by Annie Dillard
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ISBN: 9780307477668
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For the Time Being

Written by Annie Dillard


Format: eBook, 224 pages
On Sale: May 19, 2010
Price: $11.99

National Bestseller

"Beautifully written and delightfully strange--. As earthy as it is sublime, For the Time Being is, in the truest sense, an eye- opener."--Daily News

From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and one of the most compelling writers of our time, comes For the Time Being... Read more >
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The Writer and the World
The Writer and the World
Written by V.S. Naipaul
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ISBN: 9780307561299
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The Writer and the World
Essays
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 544 pages
On Sale: May 5, 2010
Price: $11.99

Spanning four decades and four continents, this magisterial volume brings together the essential shorter works of reflection and reportage by our most sensitive, literate, and undeceivable observer of the post-colonial world. In its pages V. S. Naipaul trains his relentless moral intelligence on societies from India to the United States and... Read more >
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Trading Twelves
Trading Twelves
Written by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray, Preface by Albert Murray, Edited by John Callahan, Introduction by John Callahan
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ISBN: 9780307560742
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Trading Twelves
The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Written by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Preface by Albert Murray
Edited by John Callahan
Introduction by John Callahan


Format: eBook, 272 pages
On Sale: April 28, 2010
Price: $11.99

This absorbing collection of letters spans a decade in the lifelong friendship of two remarkable writers who engaged the subjects of literature, race, and identity with deep clarity and passion.

The correspondence begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man... Read more >
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2013
2013
Written by Richard Grossinger, Foreword by Daniel Pinchbeck
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781556438783
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2013
Raising the Earth to the Next Vibration
Written by Richard Grossinger
Foreword by Daniel Pinchbeck


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $16.95

For the Earth to move to the next vibration, says Richard Grossinger, consciousness must change in profound ways, and these involve core elements of humanity: evil, grief, bliss, and compassion. 2013 locates these elements in often unlikely places and seeks their nature and capacity for change. With playfulness and precision, 2013... Read more >
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