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To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction
To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction
by Phillip Lopate
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Distinguished author Phillip Lopate, editor of the celebrated anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, is universally acclaimed as “one of our best personal essayists” (Dallas Morning News). Here, combining more than forty years of lessons... (read more)

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What We See When We Read (Vintage Original)
What We See When We Read (Vintage Original)
by Peter Mendelsund
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"Wow....Mendelsund has changed the way I think about reading. Like the Wizard of Oz tornado, Mendelsund's lucid, questing prose and his surprising, joyful visuals collide to create a similar weather system inside the reader. Not only are you carried off... (read more)

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The Boys of My Youth
The Boys of My Youth
by Jo Ann Beard
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Existing somewhere between a memoir and an essay collection, The Boys of My Youth lives in a genre all its own. It is so addicting, and if you didn't know it was nonfiction, you'd assume it was a book of short stories. The best book I've read in years.... (read more)

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A Room of One's Own
A Room of One's Own
by Virginia Woolf
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Virginia Woolf's landmark inquiry into women's role in society   In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister—a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, and equal in genius, but whose legacy is radically... (read more)

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Wild Things!: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature
Wild Things!: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature
by Betsy Bird
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Secret lives, scandalous turns, and some very funny surprises — these essays by leading kids lit bloggers take us behind the scenes of many much-loved childrens books. Did Laura Ingalls cross paths with a band of mass murderers? Why was a Garth... (read more)

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The Getaway Car: A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany
The Getaway Car: A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany
by Donald E. Westlake
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Over the course of a fifty-year career, Donald Westlake published nearly one hundred books, including not one—but two—long-running series, starring the hard-hitting Parker and the hapless John Dortmunder. In the six years since his death... (read more)

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The Outlandish Companion: In Which Much is Revealed Regarding Claire and Jamie Fraser, Their Lives and Times, Antecedents, Adventures, Companion
The Outlandish Companion: In Which Much is Revealed Regarding Claire and Jamie Fraser, Their Lives and Times, Antecedents, Adventures, Companion
by Diana Gabaldon
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New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captured the hearts of millions with her critically acclaimed novels, Outlander. Dragonfly In Amber, Voyager, and Drums Of Autumn. From the moment Claire Randall accidentally steps through a magical... (read more)

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The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination (Art Of...)
The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination (Art Of...)
by Carl Phillips
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The award-winning poet Carl Phillipss invaluable essays on poetry, the tenth volume in the celebrated Art of series of books on the craft of writing In six insightful essays, Carl Phillips meditates on the craft of poetry, its capacity for making a space... (read more)

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Way To Rainy Mountain (69 Edition)
Way To Rainy Mountain (69 Edition)
by N. Scott Momaday
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First published in paperback by UNM Press in 1976, The Way to Rainy Mountain has sold over 200,000 copies. "The paperback edition of The Way to Rainy Mountain was first published twenty-five years ago. One should not be surprised, I suppose, that it has... (read more)

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Ulysses (Gabler Edition)
Ulysses (Gabler Edition)
by James Joyce
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Considered the greatest 20th century novel written in English, in this edition Walter Gabler uncovers previously unseen text. It is a disillusioned study of estrangement, paralysis and the disintegration of society.... (read more)

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A Poet's Glossary
A Poet's Glossary
by Edward Hirsch
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A major addition to the literature of poetry, Edward Hirschs sparkling new work is a compilation of forms, devices, groups, movements, isms, aesthetics, rhetorical terms, and folklore—a book that all readers, writers, teachers, and students of... (read more)

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The Souls of Black Folk (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Souls of Black Folk (Dover Thrift Editions)
by W E B Du Bois
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This landmark book is a founding work in the literature of black protest. W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963) played a key role in developing the strategy and program that dominated early 20th-century black protest in America. In this collection of essays... (read more)

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The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative
The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative
by Vivian Gornick
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A guide to the art of personal writing, by the author of Fierce Attachments and The End of the Novel of Love All narrative writing must pull from the raw material of life a tale that will shape experience, transform event, deliver a bit of wisdom. In a... (read more)

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Paradise Lost (Norton Critical Editions)
Paradise Lost (Norton Critical Editions)
by John Milton
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'Gordon Teskey\"s freshly edited text of Milton\"s masterpiece is accompanied by a new introduction and substantial explanatory annotations. Spelling and punctuation have been modernized, the latter, importantly, within the limits imposed by Milton\"s... (read more)

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
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Here is a book as joyous and painful, and as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya... (read more)

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Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition
Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition
by Walt Whitman
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In 1855, Walt Whitman published — at his own expense — the first edition of Leaves of Grass, a visionary volume of twelve poems. Showing the influence of a uniquely American form of mysticism known as Transcendentalism, which... (read more)

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The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire)
The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire)
by George R. R. Martin
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George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well... (read more)

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My Ideal Bookshelf
My Ideal Bookshelf
by Jane Mount
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The books that we choose to keep-let alone read-can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In THE IDEAL BOOKSHELF, dozens of leading cultural figures share the books that matter to them most-books that define their dreams and ambitions and... (read more)

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Gift : Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World (07 Edition)
Gift : Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World (07 Edition)
by Lewis Hyde
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This 25th anniversary edition returns to the seminal argument originally proposed by Hyde that states that a work of art is essentially a gift and not a commodity.... (read more)

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Middlemarch (Norton Critical Editions)
Middlemarch (Norton Critical Editions)
by George Eliot
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For this new edition, the text has been reset in a larger typeface for ease of reading. "Backgrounds" helps readers understand Eliot's ideas on life and art with generous selections from her letters, journals, essays, and other fictional works... (read more)

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