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ESSAYS AND BELLES-LETTRES

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THE CHANGING AMERICAN WEST
Written by WALLACE STEGNER

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/08/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-43543-3

A book of timeless importance about the American West and a modern classic by National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Wallace Stegner. 

The essays, memoirs, letters, and speeches collected in The Sound of Mountain Water encompass memoir, nature conservation, history, geography, and literature. Compositions delve into the post-World War II boom that brought the Rocky Mountain West--from Montana and Idaho to Utah and Nevada--into the modern age. Other works feature eloquent sketches of...

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EXPERIENCES FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD
Written by GEOFF DYER

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/30/2017

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-97012-6

In White Sands, Geoff Dyer (“one of the funniest writers alive” —Chicago Tribune) finds himself on the road again, crisscrossing the globe from French Polynesia to northernmost Norway. Throughout his adventures—with a tour guide who may not be a tour guide in the Forbidden City in Beijing; with friends in New Mexico, where D. H. Lawrence famously claimed to have had his “greatest experience from the outside world”; with Don Cherry (or a photo of him, at any rate) at the Watts Towers in Los...

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FROM A NOTEBOOK
Written by JOAN DIDION

Format: Hardcover, 160 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/07/2017

Price: $21.00

ISBN: 978-1-524-73279-0

From the best-selling author of the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking: two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks--writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer. 

Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles--and here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana,...

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Written by FRIEDRICH SCHILLER
Introduction by ALEXANDER SCHMIDT
Translator KEITH TRIBE

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 12/06/2016

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39696-5

German poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller’s famous text on art, politics, and society

The artist is certainly the child of his age, but all the worse for him if he is at the same time its pupil, even worse its minion.”

One of the most profound works of German philosophy, Friedrich Schiller’s On the Aesthetic Education of Man examines politics, revolution, and the history of ideas in order argue that art should have a greater role in shaping society. Deeply disillusioned with the course...

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(PENGUIN CLASSICS DELUXE EDITION)
Written by ARTHUR MILLER
Introduction by SUSAN C. W. ABBOTSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 11/22/2016

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-10849-8

The collected essays of the “moral voice of [the] American stage” (The New York Times) in a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
 
Arthur Miller was not only one of America’s most important twentieth-century playwrights, but he was also one of its most influential literary, cultural, and intellectual voices. Throughout his career, he consistently remained one of the country’s leading public intellectuals, advocating tirelessly for social justice, global democracy, and the arts. Theater scholar...

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Written by MARK GREIF

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87115-7

A brilliant collection of critical essays by a young writer who is already a star in the intellectual firmament—a book of scope and acuity worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Susan Sontag's Against Interpretation and Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

Over the course of eleven years Mark Greif has been publishing superb and in some cases superstar essays in n+1, the high-profile little magazine that he co-founded with some Harvard classmates. These essays address such key...

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NEW STORIES, ESSAYS, AND OTHER WRITINGS

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 06/07/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98732-4

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • From the renowned author of “The Lottery” and The Haunting of Hill House, a spectacular new volume of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, essays, and other writings.

Features “Family Treasures,” nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Short Story

Shirley Jackson is one of the most important American writers of the last hundred years. Since her death in 1965, her place in the landscape of twentieth-century fiction has grown only more...

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TRUE TALES FROM THE LIFE OF A NEW YORK CITY COP
Written by STEVE OSBORNE

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87214-7

“A nice quiet night.” 

During his two decades on the force, if you asked NYPD officer Steve Osborne how things were going, that’s what he’d tell you. On a stakeout? Nice quiet night. Drive by shooting? Nice quiet night. Now, with The Job he’s ready to talk, and does he have some stories to tell.

Most civilians get their information about police work from television shows, which are pure fantasy. Here, Osborne takes us into his world, the gritty and not so glamorous life of real street cops....

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Written by ELIA KAZAN
Edited by ALBERT J. DEVLIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91139-6

This fully annotated selection of Elia Kazan’s letters reveals all the passion, vitality, and raw honesty that made him such a towering figure in American theater and film.

Kazan’s determination to be a “sincere, conscious, practicing artist” resounds through every phase of his career: his apprenticeship with the Group Theatre, his co-founding of the Actors Studio and co-direction of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, and his innovative directing on Broadway (A Streetcar Named...

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Written by KENT RUSSELL

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17044-4

With a chirp, a smirk, and a nod, Kent Russell crisscrosses the country, seeking immersive experiences and revelations on society’s ragged edge. He pitches a tent among the Insane Clown Posse’s fans, known as Juggalos, treks to the end of the continent to find out how a legendary hockey enforcer is preparing for his own death, and explores the Amish obsession with baseball as well as his own obsession with horror, blood, and guts. Between these reports from the world at large, Russell...

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Written by OLIVER SACKS

Format: Hardcover, 64 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/24/2015

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-451-49293-7

“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” —Oliver Sacks

No writer has succeeded in capturing the medical and human drama of illness as honestly and as eloquently as Oliver Sacks.  

During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in...

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Written by VLADIMIR NABOKOV

Format: Hardcover, 864 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-59336-8

The letters of the great writer to his wife—gathered here for the first time—chronicle a decades-long love story and document anew the creative energies of an artist who was always at work.

No marriage of a major twentieth-century writer is quite as beguiling as that of Vladimir Nabokov’s to Véra Slonim. She shared his delight in life’s trifles and literature’s treasures, and he rated her as having the best and quickest sense of humor of any woman he had met. From their first encounter in...

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