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Essays: First Series

by Ralph Waldo Emerson Digireads.com Publishing (January 01, 2010)

This collection of the first series of essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson collects some of the classic thoughts of this important American and leader of the Transcendentalist movement. Contained in this volume are...


Fallen Leaves

by Will Durant Simon & Schuster (December 09, 2014)

Praised as a “revelatory” book by The Wall Street Journal, this is the last and most personal work of Pulitzer Prize–winning author and historian Will Durant, discovered thirty-two years after his death....


The Living Novel

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

The critical essays of V.S. Pritchett are unparalleled for their wit, geniality, subtlety and profound good sense. His survey of writers ranges from Fielding and Smollett to Conrad, D.H. Lawrence, Nathanael...


The Facts of Fiction

by Norman Collins Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

This is a collection of essays on Essays on Smollett, Lawrence, Austen, Dickens & others, by a man who went on to write a number of hugely popular novels.

The classic book on the craft of writing, this is Norman...


Lasting Impressions

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

The essays in Lasting Impressions have never before appeared in book form and together they make up, in the author's own words, a journey through different countries and different generations. The subjects range...


Pleasing Myself

by Frank Kermode Bloomsbury Publishing (August 20, 2013)

Sir Frank Kermode is acknowledged as one of the greatest critics of our time, renowned for the wit humanity and good sense of his writing. Pleasing Myself brings together the very best of his shorter pieces,...


Psycho Too

by Will Self & Ralph Steadman Bloomsbury Publishing (December 05, 2013)

Will Self and Ralph Steadman join forces once again in a further post-millennial meditation on the vexed relationship of psyche and place in a globalised world; Psycho Too brings together a second helping of...


On Writing

by Charles Bukowski Ecco (July 28, 2015)

Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, riveting, and celebrated masters.

Charles Bukowski’s stories, poems, and novels have left...


Casting Quiet Waters: Reflections on Life and Fishing

by Jake MacDonald Greystone Books (October 25, 2014)

In Casting Quiet Waters, some of North America’s most respected literary writers take us on a fishing trip and use that as an opportunity to explore issues of the human condition. A little more than five centuries...


Lit from Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing

by Kevin Haworth & Dinty W. Moore Ohio University Press (February 01, 2011)

Lit from Within offers creative writers a window into the minds of some of America's most celebrated contemporary authors. Witty, direct, and thought-provoking, these essays offer something to creative writers...


Once Iron Girls: Essays on Gender by Post-Mao Chinese Literary Women

by Hui Wu Lexington Books (December 28, 2009)

Once Iron Girls: Essays on Gender by Post-Mao Chinese Literary Women, brings together twenty-five essays of seven prominent writers, whose fiction and poetry have become classics in the teaching and study of...


Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York

by Sari Botton Gallery Books (October 14, 2014)

From the editor of the celebrated anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, comes a new collection of original essays on what keeps writers tethered to New York City.

The “charming”...


The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays: Zuihitsu from the Tenth to the Twenty-First Century

by Steven D. Carter Columbia University Press (July 29, 2014)

A court lady of the Heian era, an early modern philologist, a Meiji-period novelist, and a physicist at Tokyo University. What do they have in common, besides being Japanese? They all wrote zuihitsu—a uniquely...


Rabash--The Social Writings

by Rabbi Baruch Ashlag Bnei Baruch, Laitman Kabbalah (August 01, 2011)

Rav Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (Rabash), a student of his father, Rav Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag, author of the Sulam (Ladder) commentary on The Book of Zohar, played a remarkable role in the history of Kabbalah....


Ralph Waldo Emerson on Self-Reliance

by Ralph Waldo Emerson Skyhorse (July 01, 2014)

Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the great minds of the mid-nineteenth century. His thoughts and views led the Transcendentalist movement, and his writings—especially Self-Reliance—taught people to “trust thyself”...


How Did I Get Here?

by Jesse Browner Harper Wave (June 30, 2015)

A literary exploration that asks seeks to answer the question: Have I lived the life I intended?

Jesse Browner, a novelist with a full-time job at the United Nations, has written a book reminiscent of the Talking...


The Life of Images

by Charles Simic Ecco (April 07, 2015)

A collection of new and selected essays by the Pulitzer Prize–winner and former Poet Laureate.

In addition to being one of America’s most famous and commended poets, Charles Simic is a prolific and talented...


Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton

by Richard Horan HarperCollins e-books (April 19, 2011)

"Seeds reads like the best of a roundtable discussion amongst John Muir, Bill Bryson, and David Sedaris. From the fields of Gettysburg to the home of Kerouac, Horan takes an unlikely premise and weaves it into...


Letters to Kurt

by Eric Erlandson Akashic Books (March 27, 2012)

A poetic elegy for Kurt Cobain from the man who created the band Hole with Cobain's wife Courtney Love.


New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century British Fiction: 'Hearts Resolved and Hands Prepared'

by Christopher D. Johnson, Marta Kvande, O M. Brack Jr. & Leslie A. Chilton et al. University of Delaware Press (April 18, 2011)

'New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century British Fiction' is a collection of thirteen essays honoring Professor Jerry C. Beasley, who retired from the University of Delaware in 2005. The essays, written by friends,...


Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics: An Anthology

by Anne Waldman & Laura Wright Coffee House Press (June 16, 2014)

Cross Worlds engages cultural hybrids, trans-cultural alliances and associations, and the vital practice of poets working across borders.


You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek)

by Eleni Sikelianos Coffee House Press (June 10, 2014)

A memoir of Melena, five-times married, mother, burlesque dancer, and "the hardest-assed woman to ever eat wood and bite nails."


The Professor and Other Writings

by Terry Castle HarperCollins e-books (January 19, 2010)

“[Terry Castle is] the most expressive, most enlightening literary critic at large today.” —Susan Sontag

From one of America’s most brilliant critics and cultural commentators, Terry Castle, comes The...


Himalayan Passages

by Andrew Quintman & Benjamin Bogin Wisdom Publications (August 12, 2014)

Explore new research on the religious and cultural traditions of the Himalayan Buddhist world.

Over decades, hundreds of American undergraduates spending a semester abroad have been introduced to Tibetan culture...


The Reckoning

by Andrew Solomon Scribner (May 26, 2014)

First published in The New Yorker, “Solomon tells the story of Peter Lanza, the father of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter. Read it—it’s moving, brave and just profoundly human and sad....There...


The Brown Reader

by Jeffrey Eugenides, Rick Moody, Lois Lowry & Susan Cheever et al. Simon & Schuster (May 20, 2014)

“To be up all night in the darkness of your youth but to be ready for the day to come…that was what going to Brown felt like.” —Jeffrey Eugenides

In celebration of Brown University’s 250th anniversary,...


But Enough About You: Essays

by Christopher Buckley Simon & Schuster (May 06, 2014)

An extraordinary wide-ranging collection of essays with “distinctive wordplay and quirky opinions…Christopher Buckley is good company whether you’re looking for two quick pages and a smile, or want to...


Cultural Analysis in an Age of Globalization

by Benjamin Lee Simon & Schuster (May 06, 2014)

Cultural Analysis in an Age of Globalization draws upon contemporary work in anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, and literary theory to analyze the rise of “speculative capital” and its role in a global...


Selected Essays of Master Lu Xun

by Lu Xun Simon & Schuster (May 06, 2014)

The Selected Essays of Master Lu Xun collects together his most influential and powerful essays and lectures. Critical of traditional Chinese culture, of the superstition and rigid social mores, and passionate...


Dawn Blossoms Plucked at Dusk

by Lu Xun Simon & Schuster (May 06, 2014)

A collection of essays by Lu Xun, one of the most influential figures of modern Chinese literature. In this classic and beautiful collection, Lu Xun recounts the stories of his childhood and youth in Shaoxing,...


Swiftly Sterneward: Essays on Laurence Sterne and His Times in Honor of Melvyn New

by Robert G. Walker, E Derek Taylor, W. B. Gerard & Elizabeth Kraft et al. University of Delaware Press (April 07, 2011)

This collection of thirteen essays is in honor of the distinguished scholarly career of Melvyn New, Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida. The first eight essays offer various critical perspectives...


Limber

by Angela Pelster Sarabande Books (March 24, 2014)

Startling, lyrical essay collection focused on trees. Moves from author’s childhood in rural Canada to Niger, the Philippines, and Greece.


The Object Parade: Essays

by Dinah Lenney Counterpoint (April 15, 2014)

This new collection of interconnected essays marches to a provocative premise: what if one way to understand your life was to examine the objects within it? Which objects would you choose? What memories do they...


Sidewalks

by Valeria Luiselli, Christina Macsweeney & Cees Nooteboom Coffee House Press (April 21, 2014)

Cosmopolitan, vivacious essays in the tradition of Brodsky's Watermark and Benjamin's The Arcades Project by a celebrated young Mexican author.


The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field

by Josh Ostergaard Coffee House Press (March 24, 2014)

A humorous, historical, and hirsute miscellany that's the baseball book Howard Zinn would have written, if he hated the Yankees.


The Book of Mu

by Melissa Myozen Blacker, James Ishmael Ford & John Tarrant Wisdom Publications (March 17, 2011)

The word "mu" is one ancient Zen teacher's response to the earnest question of whether even a dog has "buddha nature". Discovering for ourselves the meaning of the master's response is the urgent work of each...


The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

by Marina Keegan & Anne Fadiman Scribner (April 08, 2014)

The instant New York Times bestseller and publishing phenomenon: Marina Keegan’s posthumous collection of award-winning essays and stories “sparkles with talent, humanity, and youth” (O, The Oprah Magazine...


The Great Awakening

by David R. Loy Wisdom Publications (October 01, 1997)

The most essential insight that Buddhism offers is that all our individual suffering arises from three and only three sources, known in Buddhism as the three poisons: greed, ill-will, and delusion. In The Great...


The Art of Just Sitting

by John Daido Loori & Taigen Dan Leighton Wisdom Publications (June 10, 2005)

Shikantaza--or "just sitting"--is one of the simplest, most subtle forms of meditation, and one of the most easily misunderstood. This peerless volume brings together a wealth of writings, from the Buddha himself...


The Buddhist Philosophy of the Middle

by David Seyfort Ruegg & Tom J. F. Tillemans Wisdom Publications (April 10, 2010)

Madhyamaka, the "philosophy of the middle," systematized the Buddha's fundamental teaching on no-self with its profound non-essentialist reading of reality. Founded in India by Nagarjuna in about the second...


Psychoanalysis and Buddhism

by Jeremy D. Safran Wisdom Publications (May 18, 2012)

"What a wonderful book! Jeremy Safran has assembled an absolutely stellar group of writers and has himself contributed an illuminating introduction. The essays are riveting and the book is the rare edited collection...


On Zen Practice

by Bernie Glassman, Taizan Maezumi, John Daishin Buksbazen & Wendy Egyoku Nakao et al. Wisdom Publications (November 24, 2012)

This updated landmark volume makes available for the first time in decades the teachings that were formative to a whole generation of American Zen teachers and students. Conceived as an overarching primer on...


Mud and Water

by Bassui Tokusho & Arthur Braverman Wisdom Publications (February 08, 2013)

The fourteenth-century Zen master Bassui was recognized as one of the most important Zen teachers of his time. Accessible and eloquent, these teachings cut to the heart of the great matter of Zen, pointing directly...


Zen Questions

by Taigen Dan Leighton Wisdom Publications (November 07, 2011)

Whether speaking of student or master, Zen hinges on the question. Zen practice does not necessarily focus on the answers, but on finding a space in which we may sustain uncertainty and remain present and upright...


Three Minus One: Stories of Parents' Love and Loss

by Sean Hanish & Brooke Warner She Writes Press (April 19, 2014)

Three Minus One: Parents' Stories of Love and Loss is a collection of intimate, soul-baring stories and artwork by parents who have lost a child to stillbirth, miscarriage, or neonatal death, inspired by the...


What They Did For Love

by Editors of Reader's Digest Reader's Digest (December 26, 2013)

A powerful collection of stories that is at once heart-warming and heart-wrenching as writers offer stories of love in its many forms set against the challenges of modern life.

 

Over the years Reader’s Digest...


Awkward: A Detour

by Mary Cappello Bellevue Literary Press (February 24, 2014)

Startlingly imaginative nonfiction about a very particular if common and much-maligned state of being.


On the Front Line of Life: Stephen Leacock: Memories and Reflections, 1935-1944

by Alan Bowker Dundurn (November 01, 2004)

These essays reveal a personal Leacock, conveying the message that only the human spirit can bring social justice, peace, and progress.


Emeralds of Oz

by Peter Guzzardi Harper Wave (May 28, 2019)

Peter Guzzardi spent decades as an editor working with some of the wisest writers of our time—from Stephen Hawking and Deepak Chopra to Carol Burnett and Douglas Adams—yet he couldn’t shake the sense that...


And the Heart Says Whatever

by Emily Gould Free Press (May 04, 2010)

Essays by former editor of Gawker.com—and the new female voice of her generation.  In And the Heart Says Whatever, Emily Gould tells the truth about becoming an adult in New York City in the first decade...