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Citizen: An American Lyric
Citizen: An American Lyric
by Claudia Rankine
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A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric. Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first... (read more)

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The Empathy Exams: Essays
The Empathy Exams: Essays
by Leslie Jamison
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Leslie Jamison is a marvel. The essays that make up this collection are wise, uncomfortable, beautiful, humane, and utterly absorbing. They demand an investigation of the reader's own heart. I can't think of another book I've recommended to so many... (read more)

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Slouching towards Bethlehem: Essays
Slouching towards Bethlehem: Essays
by Joan Didion
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Joan Didion's lucid, canny prose style is painstakingly situated around the art of the sentence. Slouching towards Bethlehem, her first collection of nonfiction, serves as a prime example of exactly how well she can wield one. Each of these essays... (read more)

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Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
by David Foster Wallace
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Since I decided to finally read the 1,104-page complication that is Infinite Jest instead of using it as a makeshift bookend, I've suffered from a debilitating fear of commitment that has gradually devolved my reading stamina from novel to novella... (read more)

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Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present
Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present
by Lex Williford
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Lex Williford teaches in the bilingual writing program at the University of Texas, El Paso. He previously taught in the writing programs at Southern Illinois University and the University of Alabama. His collection of stories, Macauley's Thumb, was co... (read more)

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Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches
Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches
by Audre Lorde
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Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, SISTER OUTSIDER celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism... (read more)

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Bluets
Bluets
by Maggie Nelson
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"Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color." A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue, while folding in, and... (read more)

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Bringing It To the Table: on Farming and Food (09 Edition)
Bringing It To the Table: on Farming and Food (09 Edition)
by Wendell Berry
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One of the most prolific and celebrated authors on the subjects of sustainable agriculture and mindful eating, Wendell Berry has influenced the likes of Wes Jackson, Barbara Kingsolver, Gene Logsdon, Barry Lopez, and Michael Pollan, to name a few. Fans... (read more)

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Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays
Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays
by Eula Biss
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize A frank and fascinating exploration of race and racial identity In a book that begins with a series of lynchings and ends with a series of... (read more)

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The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
by Marina Keegan
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In 2012, Marina Keegan wrote a commencement essay for her college newspaper called "The Opposite of Loneliness." A few days after graduating magna cum laude from Yale, she died in a car accident. This deeply moving posthumous collection contains that... (read more)

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The Best American Travel Writing 2014 (Best American)
The Best American Travel Writing 2014 (Best American)
by Paul Theroux
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In his introduction, guest editor Andrew McCarthy says that the best travel writing is “the anonymous and solitary traveler capturing a moment in time and place, giving meaning to his or her travels.” The stories in The Best American... (read more)

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Loitering: New and Collected Essays
Loitering: New and Collected Essays
by Charles D'Ambrosio
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Loitering, Charles D'Ambrosio's new collection of essays, feels like a confession — a secret you aren't supposed to share but are unable to keep to yourself. He writes with such an urgent immediacy that the words seem to vibrate, unable to be... (read more)

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The Seagull Reader: Essays, Second Edition
The Seagull Reader: Essays, Second Edition
by Joseph Kelly
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'Like all Norton anthologies, The Seagull Reader: Playsis responsibly edited and has helpfuleditorial apparatus, offering Norton quality at less than a third of the price of full-length drama anthologies. '... (read more)

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When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays
When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays
by Marilynne Robinson
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A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice A New York Times Bestseller A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year An Economist Best Book of the Year Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Gilead Marilynne Robinson has built a sterling reputation as not only a... (read more)

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Up in the Old Hotel: and Other Stories
Up in the Old Hotel: and Other Stories
by Joseph Mitchell
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Joseph Mitchell wrote these stories and more for the New Yorker. Technically, they are nonfiction pieces — Mitchell's books are shelved mostly in literature and journalism. But his prose reads like some of the finest fiction the magazine's published.... (read more)

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The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion
The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion
by Meghan Daum
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“Daum is her generation's Joan Didion.” —Nylon Nearly fifteen years after her debut collection, My Misspent Youth, captured the ambitions and anxieties of a generation, Meghan Daum returns to the personal essay with The Unspeakable,... (read more)

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White Girls
White Girls
by Hilton Als
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White Girls, Hilton Als's first book since The Women 16 years ago, finds one of The New Yorker's boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history... (read more)

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The World Is on Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse
The World Is on Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse
by Joni Tevis
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The sermons of Joni Tevis youth filled her with dread, a sense “that an even worse story—one you hadnt read yet—could likewise come true.” In this revelatory collection, she reckons with her childhood fears by exploring the uniquely... (read more)

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The Writing Life
The Writing Life
by Annie Dillard
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A revised and updated guide to the essentials of a writer’s craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art Completely revised and rewritten to address the challenges and opportunities of the modern era, this handbook is a short... (read more)

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Zen in Art of Writing (94 Edition)
Zen in Art of Writing (94 Edition)
by Ray Bradbury
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"Bradbury, all charged up, drunk on life, joyous with writing, puts together nine past essays on writing and creativity and discharges every ounce of zest and gusto in him."--Kirkus Reviews ¶"Zen and the Art of Writing is purely and simply... (read more)

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