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by Roberto Calasso & Richard Dixon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 18, 2014)

In a meditation on the wisdom of the Vedas, Roberto Calasso brings ritual and sacrifice to bear on the modern world

In this revelatory volume, Roberto Calasso, whom The Paris Review has called "a literary institution,"...


by Chad Harbach Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 25, 2014)

Writers write—but what do they do for money?

In a widely read essay entitled "MFA vs NYC," bestselling novelist Chad Harbach (The Art of Fielding) argued that the American literary scene has split into two...

Passion of Youth

by Wilhelm Reich, Philip Schmitz & Mary Higgins Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

When he died in 1957, Wilhelm Reich had been the most revolutionary figure in psychoanalysis and the only student of Freud's to carry his libido theory into experimental science. Reich's legacy includes such...

Genitality in the Theory and Therapy of Neurosis

by Wilhelm Reich & Philip Schmitz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

Translated by Philip Schmitz

Wilhelm Reich first presented the major aspects of his clinical findings on the significance of genitality for the theory and therapy of neurosis in 1927. Reich made extensive revisions...

Children of the Future

by Wilhelm Reich & Derek Inge Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

Translated by Derek and Inge Jordan

In Children of the Future, Wilhelm Reich shows how disastrous the exclusion of genitality is to the young and its important influence on their development. In his 1932 work...

Character Analysis

by Wilhelm Reich & Vincent Carfagno Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

Reich's classic work on the development and treatment of human character disorders, first published in 1933.

As a young clinician in the 1920s, Wihelm Reich expanded psychoanalytic resistance into the more inclusive...

Bion Experiments

by Wilhelm Reich Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

The Bion Experiments, published in a limited German edition in 1938 and now available in English for the first time, represents a cornerstone in Reich's scientific development. The work documents a series of...

The Bioelectrical Investigation of Sexuality and Anxiety

by Wilhelm Reich, Derek Jordan, Marion Faber & Inge Jordan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

Looking back over the development of orgone biophysics, Reich wrote: "My experimental studies during the years 1934 to 1938 gradually and logically centered on a single basic problem: how deeply is the function...

Beyond Psychology

by Wilhelm Reich, Derek Jordan & Mary Boyd Higgins Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

In August 1934, Wilhelm Reich was suddenly expelled from the International Psychoanalytic Association. The result was the extraordinary widening of his scientific interests, scrupulously documented in these...

The Wisdom of Psychopaths

by Kevin Dutton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 16, 2012)

In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of "madness" along which we all sit. Incorporating...

Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?

by Jesse Bering Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 03, 2012)

Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does "free will" really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that...


by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 22, 2012)

From a renowned sociologist, the wisdom of saying goodbye

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot is enthralled by exits: long farewells, quick goodbyes, sudden endings, the ordinary and the extraordinary. There's a relationship,...

Thou Shalt Not Be Aware

by Alice Miller, Hunter Hannum, Hildegarde Hannum & Lloyd deMause Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 15, 1998)

Originally published in 1984, Thou Shalt Not Be Aware explodes Freud's notions of "infantile sexuality" and helps to bring to the world's attention the brutal reality of child abuse, changing forever our thoughts...

Sophie's World

by Jostein Gaarder & Paulette Møller Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 20, 2007)

One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious...

The Wisdom of Heschel

by Abraham Joshua Heschel & Ruth M. Goodhill Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 01, 1986)

"Philosophy may be defined as the art of asking the right questions...Awareness of the problem outlives all solutions. The answers are questions in disguise, every new answer giving rise to new questions." This...

Trickster Makes This World

by Lewis Hyde & Michael Chabon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 17, 2010)

In Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde brings to life the playful and disruptive side of human imagination as it is embodied in trickster mythology. He first visits the old stories—Hermes in Greece, Eshu...

Is That a Fish in Your Ear?

by David Bellos Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 11, 2011)

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011

One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year

People speak different languages, and always have. The Ancient Greeks took no notice of anything unless it was said in Greek;...

The Essays of Henry D. Thoreau

by Henry David Thoreau & Lewis Hyde Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 05, 2002)

Thoreau's major essays annotated and introduced by one of our most vital intellectuals.

With The Essays of Henry D. Thoreau, Lewis Hyde gathers thirteen of Thoreau's finest short prose works and, for the first...

The Language Wars

by Henry Hitchings Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 25, 2011)

The English language is a battlefield. Since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been bitter, and have always really been about contesting values-morality, politics, and class. The Language...

The Secret Life of Words

John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2008

by Henry Hitchings Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 29, 2009)

Words are essential to our everyday lives. An average person spends his or her day enveloped in conversations, e-mails, phone calls, text messages, directions, headlines, and more. But how often do we stop to...

Alphabetter Juice

by Roy Blount, Jr. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 10, 2011)

Fresh-squeezed Lexicology, with Twists

No man of letters savors the ABC's, or serves them up, like language-loving humorist Roy Blount Jr. His glossary, from ad hominy to zizz, is hearty, full bodied, and out...

Examined Lives

by James Miller Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 04, 2011)

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011

We all want to know how to live. But before the good life was reduced to ten easy steps or a prescription from the doctor, philosophers offered arresting answers to the...

Against Happiness

by Eric G. Wilson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 22, 2008)

Americans are addicted to happiness. When we're not popping pills, we leaf through scientific studies that take for granted our quest for happiness, or read self-help books by everyone from armchair philosophers...

Seven Types of Atheism

by John Gray Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 02, 2018)

From the provocative author of Straw Dogs comes an incisive, surprising intervention in the political and scientific debate over religion and atheism

When you explore older atheisms, you will find that some of...

Hiking with Nietzsche

by John Kaag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 25, 2018)

"A stimulating book about combating despair and complacency with searching reflection." --Heller McAlpin, NPR.org

Named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR. One of Lit Hub's 15 Books You Should Read in September and...

When Einstein Walked with Gödel

by Jim Holt Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 15, 2018)

From Jim Holt, the New York Times bestselling author of Why Does the World Exist?, comes an entertaining and accessible guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuries in When...

The Dharma of The Princess Bride

by Ethan Nichtern Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 12, 2017)

An engagingly contemporary approach to Buddhism—through the lens of an iconic film and its memorable characters

Humorous yet spiritually rigorous in the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance...

Draft No. 4

by John McPhee Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 05, 2017)

The long-awaited guide to writing long-form nonfiction by the legendary author and teacher

Draft No. 4 is a master class on the writer’s craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares...


by Mary Mann Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 16, 2017)

The incisive and often hilarious story of one of our most interesting cultural phenomena: boredom

It’s the feeling your grandma told you was only experienced by boring people. Some people say they’re dying...

The Soul of the Marionette

by John Gray Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 19, 2015)

Compared with that of humans, the life of the marionette looks more like an enviable state of freedom

In his brilliantly enjoyable and freewheeling new book, John Gray draws together the religious, philosophic,...

Strange Tools

by Alva Noë Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 22, 2015)

A philosopher makes the case for thinking of works of art as tools for investigating ourselves

In his new book, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature, the philosopher and cognitive scientist Alva Noë raises a...

Why Grow Up?

by Susan Neiman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 05, 2015)

A wry and witty meditation on modernity's obsession with youth and its denigration of maturity

In Why Grow Up? the philosopher Susan Neiman asks not just why one should grow up but how. In making her case she...

Keep It Fake

by Eric G. Wilson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 05, 2015)

Shoot straight from the hip. Tell it like it is. Keep it real.

We love these commands, especially in America, because they appeal to what we want to believe: that there's an authentic self to which we can be...

The Race Card

by Richard Thompson Ford Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 03, 2009)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

What do hurricane Katrina victims, millionaire rappers buying vintage champagne, and Ivy League professors waiting for taxis have in common? All have claimed to be victims...

"Literchoor Is My Beat"

by Ian S. MacNiven Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 18, 2014)

A biography—thoughtful and playful—of the man who founded New Directions and transformed American publishing

James Laughlin—poet, publisher, world-class skier—was the man behind some of the most daring,...

Adam's Tongue

by Derek Bickerton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 17, 2009)

How language evolved has been called "the hardest problem in science." In Adam's Tongue, Derek Bickerton—long a leading authority in this field—shows how and why previous attempts to solve that problem have...


by Richard E. Nisbett Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 18, 2015)

"The most influential thinker, in my life, has been the psychologist Richard Nisbett. He basically gave me my view of the world." -Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times Book Review

Scientific and philosophical concepts...

Seven Pleasures

by Willard Spiegelman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 27, 2009)

What does it mean to be happy? Americans have had an obsession with "the pursuit of happiness" ever since the Founding Fathers enshrined it—along with life and liberty—as our national birthright. Whether...

Ordinarily Well

by Peter D. Kramer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 07, 2016)

Do antidepressants work, or are they glorified dummy pills? How can we tell?

In Ordinarily Well, the celebrated psychiatrist and author Peter D. Kramer examines the growing controversy about the popular medications....

The Dawning Moon of the Mind

by Susan Brind Morrow Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 08, 2015)

A stunning and original interpretation of an ancient system of poetic, religious, and philosophical thought

Buried in the Egyptian desert some four thousand years ago, the Pyramid Texts are among the world’s...

The World Beyond Your Head

by Matthew B. Crawford Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 31, 2015)

A groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft

In his bestselling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence,...