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Huck Finn's America

by Andrew Levy Simon & Schuster (December 30, 2014)

A provocative, exuberant, and deeply researched investigation into Mark Twain's writing of America's favorite icon of childhood, Huckleberry Finn: "A boldly revisionist reading of Twain's Huckleberry Finn...Twain's...

Give War and Peace a Chance

by Andrew D. Kaufman Simon & Schuster (May 20, 2014)

"This lively appreciation of one of the most intimidating and massive novels ever written should persuade many hesitant readers to try scaling the heights of War and Peace sooner rather than later" (Publishers...

Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen

by Larry Mcmurtry Simon & Schuster (June 01, 2010)

In a lucid, brilliant work of nonfiction -- as close to an autobiography as his readers are likely to get -- Larry McMurtry has written a family portrait that also serves as a larger portrait of Texas itself,...

Take the Cannoli

by Sarah Vowell Simon & Schuster (December 17, 2013)

A wickedly funny collection of personal essays from popular NPR personality Sarah Vowell.

Hailed by Newsweek as a "cranky stylist with talent to burn," Vowell has an irresistible voice -- caustic and sympathetic,...

Hechinger's Field Guide to Ethnic Stereotypes

by Kevin Hechinger & Curtis Hechinger Simon & Schuster (February 17, 2009)

Can you differentiate between the Amish and the Hasidic Jew?

Do you know the single, shocking difference between the Redneck and the Appalachian? Can you successfully identify -- and avoid -- the Charismatic,...

Great Books

by David Denby Simon & Schuster (June 18, 2013)


At the age of forty-eight, writer and film critic David Denby returned to Columbia University and re-enrolled in two core courses in Western civilization to confront the literary and philosophical...

Making Love: An Erotic Odyssey

by Richard Rhodes Simon & Schuster (October 09, 2012)

A brilliant and illuminating exploration of one man's sexual odyssey, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb and A Hole in the World.

Making Love marks the first time a...

Black Ink

by Stephanie Stokes Oliver & Nikki Giovanni Simon & Schuster (January 30, 2018)

Spanning over 250 years of history, Black Ink traces black literature in America from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates in this “breathtaking anthology celebrating the power of the written word to forge...

Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve

by Ben Blatt Simon & Schuster (March 14, 2017)

Data meets literature in this “enlightening” (The Wall Street Journal), “brilliant” (The Boston Globe), “Nate Silver-esque” (O, The Oprah Magazine) look at what the numbers have to say about our...

The Angry Island

by A.A. Gill Simon & Schuster (June 12, 2007)

Think of England, and anger hardly springs to mind as its primary national characteristic. Yet in The Angry Island, A. A. Gill argues that, in fact, it is plain old fury that is the wellspring for England's...

Life's Work

by Lisa Belkin Simon & Schuster (May 30, 2002)

Life's Work is the story of one woman's search for balance -- and the realization that it can't be found. It is the story of modern motherhood, where true happiness is often reached when you finally give up...

Assassination Vacation

The Book of Virtues

by William J. Bennett Simon & Schuster (May 11, 2010)

Responsibility. Courage. Compassion. Honesty. Friendship. Persistence. Faith. Everyone recognizes these traits as essentials of good character. In order for our children to develop such traits, we have to offer...

The Same River Twice

by Chris Offutt Simon & Schuster (February 16, 2016)

From the critically acclaimed author of the novel The Good Brother and memoir My Father the Pornographer, Same River Twice is the second volume from an American literary star. "If you haven't read Chris Offutt,...

Film Flam

by Larry Mcmurtry Simon & Schuster (June 01, 2010)

A noted screenwriter himself, Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry knows his Hollywood. In Film Flam, he takes a funny, original, and penetrating look at the movie industry and gives us the truth about the moguls,...

Selected Writings

by Ralph Waldo Emerson Simon & Schuster (May 24, 2016)

An essential collection of the most noteworthy essays and poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson, a leading architect of the Transcendentalist movement, which championed self-reliance, individualism, and personal potential....

The Whole Harmonium

by Paul Mariani Simon & Schuster (April 05, 2016)

An "incandescent....redefining biography of a major poet whose reputation continues to ascend" (Booklist, starred review)--Wallace Stevens, perhaps the most important American poet of the twentieth century.


The Year of Lear

by James Shapiro Simon & Schuster (October 06, 2015)

Preeminent Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro shows how the tumultuous events in 1606 influenced three of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies written that year--King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. "The...

Still Wild

by Larry Mcmurtry Simon & Schuster (April 24, 2012)

The Real Western Canon

Larry McMurtry, the preeminent chronicler of the American West, celebrates the best of contemporary Western short fiction, introducing a stellar collection of twenty stories that represent,...

B & Me

by J.C. Hallman Simon & Schuster (March 10, 2015)

"A love letter to the book as a physical object, a source of intellectual ardor, and a form of emotional salvation" (Salon)--and a nod to U and I, Nicholson Baker's classic memoir about John Updike--from an...