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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 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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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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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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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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Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse
Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse
by Anne Carson
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Autobiography of Red is the story of Geryon, a winged red monster slain by Herakles, as well as a young boy, tormented by his family, who writes his life story at the age of five. It is both an elaborate re-creation of ancient Greek myth and a... (read more)

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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
by Seamus Heaney
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"I resignedly picked it up at last on the tail end of a history binge, telling myself, 'Okay, I'm finally going to slog through it. Just get it over with.' And I discovered all my trepidation had been for naught. This isn't an 'accessible for a scholarly... (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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Don't Let Me Be Lonely
Don't Let Me Be Lonely
by Claudia Rankine
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There are little televisions throughout Don't Let Me Be Lonely. Really. Little photographs of televisions, sometimes depicting widely broadcast images from the news, sometimes only static, are interspersed throughout this long prose poem. The images come... (read more)

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Pulphead: Essays
Pulphead: Essays
by John Jeremiah Sullivan
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I love collections of essays. I almost always have one (or two or three) in a pile on my bedside table. But not since I first read A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace have I loved a book of essays as much as I loved... (read more)

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What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
by Malcolm Gladwell
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Twenty-two of Malcolm Gladwell's favorite "adventures," all previously published in the New Yorker, come together in this engaging book. Gladwell's contagious curiosity helps us understand how other people feel about the topics of homelessness, ketchup... (read more)

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The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
by Emily Dickinson
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A luminary of American poetry, Emily Dickinson is canonized for good reason. Her poems are vital, wildly eccentric, and filled with her rich and complex imagination. Absolutely essential.... (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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Alphabet
Alphabet
by Inger Christensen
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My engagement with Danish poet Inger Christensen's work was pretty limited prior to her death last year — I liked the few poems I'd read and had the recurrent recognition that I'd do well to read more. Then I encountered her 1981 work Alphabet... (read more)

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The Best of McSweeney's
The Best of McSweeney's
by Dave Eggers
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Anyone with even a passing interest in contemporary fiction should own this book. Featuring short stories from greats like George Saunders, Lydia Davis, David Foster Wallace, and Zadie Smith — along with other goodies from the renowned journal... (read more)

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A Collection of Essays (Harvest Book)
A Collection of Essays (Harvest Book)
by George Orwell
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Sharing the same uncompromising language as his fiction, Orwell's essays explore everything from shooting an elephant to Henry Miller, and from boyhood schooling to the Spanish Civil War. Yet, despite the diversity of subjects, each essay looks to do the... (read more)

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Fat Man and Infinity: And Other Writings
Fat Man and Infinity: And Other Writings
by Antonio Lobo Antunes and Margaret Jull Costas
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Antunes crafts some of the world's most vivid and lively prose. The brief selections in The Fat Man and Infinity demonstrate that he is as masterful at creating brief vignettes as he is epic novels. As two-thirds of this book is comprised of... (read more)

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One Hundred Poems from the Chinese (New Directions Book)
One Hundred Poems from the Chinese (New Directions Book)
by Kenneth Rexroth
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In this groundbreaking work, Kenneth Rexroth gives us some of the most beautiful poems ever translated from the ancient Chinese. They read strikingly well, both as translations and as English-language poems.... (read more)

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Self-reliance and Other Essays (93 Edition)
Self-reliance and Other Essays (93 Edition)
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Self-Reliance and Other Essays contains selections from both Emerson's First and Second Series, plus the Harvard Divinity School Address. This little gem of a book offers a fine sampling of the transcendental idealism and reliance on the individual... (read more)

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Into the Garden: A Wedding Anthology: Poetry and Prose on Love and Marriage
Into the Garden: A Wedding Anthology: Poetry and Prose on Love and Marriage
by Robert Hass and Stephen Mitchell
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The best collection of wedding-related poetry I found. The editors also include an useful primer on wedding service scripts (in case you're writing your own), presenting standard examples from Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Zen traditions.... (read more)

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