Literary Criticism

A Lowcountry Heart

A Lowcountry Heart

Final words and heartfelt remembrances from bestselling author Pat Conroy take center stage in this winning nonfiction collection, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy’s many friends....

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M Train

M Train

National Bestseller Featuring a new postscript including five new photos from Patti SmithFrom the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable...

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South and West

South and West

From the best-selling author of the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking: two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks--writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer. Joan Didion has always...

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The End of Your Life Book Club

The End of Your Life Book Club

“What are you reading?” That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center....

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Against Everything

Against Everything

A brilliant collection of essays by a young writer who is already a star in the intellectual firmament. As William Deresiewicz has written in Harper’s Magazine, “[Mark Greif...

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Gratitude

Gratitude

“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself...

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The Gift

The Gift

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...

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The Captive Mind

The Captive Mind

The best known prose work by the winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature examines the moral and intellectual conflicts faced by men and women living under...

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The Art of the Personal Essay

The Art of the Personal Essay

For more than four hundred years, the personal  essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant  of all literary forms. Distinguished from the  detached...

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Books for Living

Books for Living

From the author of the beloved New York Times best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant...

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Blue Nights

Blue Nights

A New York Times Notable Book and National BestsellerFrom one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter.Richly textured with memories from her own childhood...

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Goethe's Faust

Goethe's Faust

The best translation of Faust available, this volume provides the original German text and its English counterpart on facing pages. Walter Kaufmann's translation...

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The Most of Nora Ephron

The Most of Nora Ephron

A whopping big celebration of the work of the late, great Nora Ephron, America’s funniest—and most acute—writer, famous for her brilliant takes on life as we’ve been living it these...

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Up in the Old Hotel

Up in the Old Hotel

Saloon-keepers and street preachers, gypsies and steel-walking Mohawks, a bearded lady and a 93-year-old “seafoodetarian” who believes his specialized diet will keep him alive for another...

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The Complete Works

The Complete Works

 Humanist, skeptic, acute observer of himself and others, Michel de Montaigne (1533—92) was the first to use the term “essay” to refer to the form...

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This Old Man

This Old Man

Roger Angell, the acclaimed New Yorker writer and editor, returns with a selection of writings that celebrate a view from the tenth decade of an engaged, vibrant life. ...

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The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake

The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake

Since its first publication in 1965, this edition  has been widely hailed as the best available text  of Blake's poetry and prose. Now revised, if  includes...

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The Devil Finds Work

The Devil Finds Work

Baldwin’s personal reflections on movies gathered here in a book-length essay are also a probing appraisal of American racial politics. Offering an incisive look at racism in American...

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We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Joan Didion’s incomparable and distinctive essays and journalism are admired for their acute, incisive observations and their spare, elegant style. Now the seven books of nonfiction that...

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Copenhagen

Copenhagen

The Tony Award—winning play that soars at the intersection of science and art, Copenhagen is an explosive re-imagining of the mysterious wartime meeting...

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Letters to a Young Poet

Letters to a Young Poet

Letters written over a period of several years on the vocation of writing by a poet whose greatest work was still to come.

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What We See When We Read

What We See When We Read

A San Francisco Chronicle and Kirkus Best Book of the YearA gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how...

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Somebody Told Me

Somebody Told Me

With his bestselling All Over but the Shoutin', Rick Bragg gave us memorable stories of his own childhood. In Somebody Told Me, he offers the best of his work...

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How to Be a Heroine

How to Be a Heroine

While debating literature’s greatest heroines with her best friend, thirtysomething playwright Samantha Ellis has a revelation—her whole life, she's been trying to be...

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