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Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
by Nancy Milford

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English

Pages

610

Publication Date

November 27, 2001

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<b>Thirty years after the smashing success of <i>Zelda</i>, Nancy Milford returns with a stunning second act. <i>Savage Beauty </i>is the portrait of a passionate, fearless woman who obsessed American ever as she tormented herself.</b><br /><br /> If F. Scott Fitzgerald was the hero of the Jazz Age, Edna St. Vincent Millay, as flamboyant in her love affairs as she was in her art, was its heroine. The first woman ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, Millay was dazzling in the performance of herself. Her voice was likened to an instrument of seduction and her impact on crowds, and on men, was legendary. Yet beneath her studied act, all was not well. Milford calls her book "a family romance"—for the love between the three Millay sisters and their mother was so deep as to be dangerous. As a family, they were like real-life <i>Little Women</i>, with a touch of <i>Mommie Dearest</i>.<br /><br /> Nancy Milford was given exclusive access to Millay's papers, and what she found was an extraordinary treasure. Boxes and boxes of letter flew back and forth among the three sisters and their mother—and Millay kept the most intimate diary, one whose ruthless honesty brings to mind Sylvia Plath. Written with passion and flair, <i>Savage Beauty</i> is an iconic portrait of a woman's life.
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays
by Alexander Chee

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English

Pages

297

Publication Date

April 17, 2018

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<DIV><B>Named a Best Book by:<I> Entertainment Weekly, Wired, Esquire, Buzzfeed, The A.V. Club, </I><I>Book Riot</I></B>, <B><I>PopSugar</I>, <I>The Rumpus</I>, <I>My Republica</I>, <I>Paste</I>, <I>Bitch,</I><I>Bustle</I>, <I>Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Review of Books, The Coil,</I> iBooks, and <I>Publishers Weekly</I><BR /><BR /> From the author of <I>The Queen of the Night</I>, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist—and how we form our identities in life and in art.</B><BR /><BR /> As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay, “incendiary” by the New York Times, and "brilliant" by the <I>Washington Post</I>. With <I>How to Write an Autobiographical Novel,</I> his first collection of nonfiction, he’s sure to secure his place as one of the finest essayists of his generation as well.<BR />  <BR /><I>How to Write an Autobiographical Novel </I>is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation’s history, including his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, the jobs that supported his writing—Tarot-reading, bookselling, cater-waiting for William F. Buckley—the writing of his first novel, <I>Edinburgh,</I> and the election of Donald Trump.<BR />  <BR /> By turns commanding, heartbreaking, and wry, <I>How to Write an Autobiographical Novel</I> asks questions about how we create ourselves in life and in art, and how to fight when our dearest truths are under attack.</DIV>
Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies: Amazing Women on What t...
by Scarlett Curtis

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<b>An urgent and inspirational collection of essays by a diverse group of celebrities, activists, and artists about what feminism means to them, with the goal of helping readers come to their own personal understanding of the word.</b><br /><br /><b>“Brilliant, hysterical, truthful, and real, these essays illuminate the path for our future female leaders.”—Reese Witherspoon</b><br /> <br /><b>“As a feminist who loves pink, I give this brilliant book of essays an enthusiastic ‘YES.’”—Mindy Kaling</b><br /><br /> <i>Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies</i> is a collection of writing from extraordinary women, from Hollywood actresses to teenage activists, each telling the story of her personal relationship with feminism. Often funny, sometimes surprising, and always inspiring, this book aims to bridge the gap between the feminist hashtag and the scholarly text by giving women the space to explain how they <i>actually</i> feel about feminism.<br /><br /> Published in partnership with Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, and curated by writer and Pink Protest founder Scarlett Curtis, this book’s contributors include:<br /><br /> <b>Bridget Jones (by Helen Fielding) • Saoirse Ronan • Emma Watson • Jameela Jamil • Kat Dennings • Keira Knightley • Alicia Garza • Jodie Whittaker • Whitney Wolfe Herd • Beanie Feldstein • Zoe Sugg • Angela Yee • Akilah Hughes • Evanna Lynch • Chimwemwe Chiweza • Alison Sudol • Lolly Adefope • Elyse Fox • Charlie Craggs • Charlotte Elizabeth • Alaa Murabit • Trisha Shetty • Tapiwa Maoni • Lydia Wilson • Amy Trigg • Tanya Burr • Karen Gillan • Swati Sharma • Bronwen Brenner • Emily Odesser • Emi Mahmoud • Gemma Arterton • Lauren Woodhouse-Laskonis • Tasha Bishop • Skai Jackson • Maryam and Nivaal Rehman • Nimco Ali • Amika George • Jordan Hewson • Alice Wroe • Claire Horn • Dolly Alderton • Rhyannon Styles </b>•<b> Grace Campbell  • Liv Little • Olivia Perez</b>
Impossible Owls: Essays
by Brian Phillips

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English

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Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<p><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Named one of the Best Books of October and Fall by Amazon, <i>Buzzfeed, TIME, Vulture, The Millions </i>and <i>Vol. 1 Brooklyn</i>, an</b><b>d one of <i>ELLE</i>'s Best Books of 2018</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>“Hilarious, nimble, and thoroughly illuminating.” </b>—<b>Colson Whitehead, author of <i>The Underground Railroad</i></b> <br /><b></b><br /><b>A globe-spanning, ambitious book of essays from one of the most enthralling storytellers in narrative nonfiction</b></p><p>In his highly anticipated debut essay collection, <i>Impossible Owls</i>, Brian Phillips demonstrates why he’s one of the most iconoclastic journalists of the digital age, beloved for his ambitious, off-kilter, meticulously reported essays that read like novels.</p><p>The eight essays assembled here—five from Phillips’s <i>Grantland</i> and MTV days, and three new pieces—go beyond simply chronicling some of the modern world’s most uncanny, unbelievable, and spectacular oddities (though they do that, too). Researched for months and even years on end, they explore the interconnectedness of the globalized world, the consequences of history, the power of myth, and the ways people attempt to find meaning. He searches for tigers in India, and uncovers a multigenerational mystery involving an oil tycoon and his niece turned stepdaughter turned wife in the Oklahoma town where he grew up. Through each adventure, Phillips’s remarkable voice becomes a character itself—full of verve, rich with offhanded humor, and revealing unexpected vulnerability. </p><p>Dogged, self-aware, and radiating a contagious enthusiasm for his subjects, Phillips is an exhilarating guide to the confusion and wonder of the world today. If John Jeremiah Sullivan’s <i>Pulphead </i>was the last great collection of New Journalism from the print era, <i>Impossible Owls</i> is the first of the digital age.</p>
The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User's Manual
by Ward Farnsworth

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English

Pages

260

Publication Date

October 05, 2018

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Stoicism is the most helpful and practical philosophy ever devised. Its intention is to help people find happiness by thinking differently about their lives and their problems. The advice the Stoics provided centuries ago is still the best anyone has offered, and it’s as useful today as it was then—or more. When anyone today says something really wise, the Stoics usually said it first. Today the word “stoicism” is often used to mean suffering without complaint, but the true ideas, and ideals, of the Stoics are far more powerful and interesting. Stoicism means knowing the difference between what we can control and we can’t, and not worrying about the latter. The Stoics were masters of perspective, always taking the long view while remembering that life is short. And they were deep and insightful students of human nature, understanding how we manage to make ourselves miserable as well as how we seek and can find fulfillment. The great insights of the Stoics are spread over a wide range of ancient sources. This book brings them all together for the first time. It systematically presents what the various Stoic philosophers said on every important topic, accompanied by an eloquent commentary that is clear and concise. The result is a set of philosophy lessons for everyone—the most valuable wisdom of ages past made available for our times, and for all time.
The Best American Essays 2018 (The Best American Series ®)
by Mariner Books

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<DIV><B>The Pulitzer–Prize winning and Guggenheim-honored Hilton Als curates the best essays from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites, bringing “the fierce style of street reading and the formal tradition of critical inquiry, reads culture, race, and gender” (<I>New York Times</I>) to the task.</B><BR /><BR /> “The essay, like love, like life, is indefinable, but you know an essay when you see it, and you know a great one when you feel it, because it is concentrated life,” writes Hilton Als in his introduction. Expertly guided by Als’s instinct and intellect, <I>The Best American Essays 2018</I> showcases great essays as well as irresistibly eclectic ones. Go undercover in North Korea, delve into the question of race in the novels of William Faulkner, hang out in the 1970s New York music scene, and take a family road trip cum art pilgrimage. These experiences and more immersive slices of concentrated life await.<BR />  </DIV>
How to Travel with a Salmon: And Other Essays (A Harvest Book)
by Umberto Eco

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English

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259

Publication Date

September 15, 1995

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<DIV><B>“Impishly witty and ingeniously irreverent” essays on topics from cell phones to librarians, by the author of <I>The Name of the Rose</I> and <I>Foucault’s Pendulum</I> (<I>The Atlantic Monthly</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /> A cosmopolitan curmudgeon the <I>Los Angeles Times</I> called “the Andy Rooney of academia”—known for both nonfiction and novels that have become blockbuster <I>New York Times</I> bestsellers—Umberto Eco takes readers on “a delightful romp through the absurdities of modern life” (<I>Publishers Weekly</I>) as he journeys around the world and into his own wildly adventurous mind.<BR />  <BR /> From the mundane details of getting around on Amtrak or in the back of a cab, to reflections on computer jargon and soccer fans, to more important issues like the effects of mass media and consumer civilization—not to mention the challenges of trying to refrigerate an expensive piece of fish at an English hotel—this renowned writer, semiotician, and philosopher provides “an uncanny combination of the profound and the profane” (<I>San Francisco Chronicle</I>).<BR />  <BR /> “Eco entertains with his clever reflections and with his unique persona.” —<I>Kirkus Reviews</I><BR />  <BR /><I>Translated from the Italian by William Weaver</I></DIV>
Citizen: An American Lyric
by Claudia Rankine

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

October 07, 2014

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<p><b>* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry *</b><br /><b>* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award *</b><br /><b></b><b></b><br /><b>ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:</b><br /><i>The New Yorker</i>, <i>Boston Globe,</i> <i>The Atlantic,</i> <i>BuzzFeed,</i> NPR. <i>Los Angeles Times,</i><i> Publishers Weekly</i>, <i>Slate,</i> <i>Time Out New York</i>, <i>Vulture</i>, <i>Refinery 29,</i> and many more . . .</p><p>A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book <i><b>Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.</b></i><br /><i></i><br />Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, <i>Citizen</i> is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.</p>
Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
by David Foster Wallace

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

December 01, 2005

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<b>Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? </b><br /><br />David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of John McCain's 2000 presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters.
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions
by Valeria Luiselli

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English

Pages

138

Publication Date

March 13, 2017

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<div><p>"Part treatise, part memoir, part call to action, <I>Tell Me How It Ends </I>inspires not through a stiff stance of authority, but with the curiosity and humility Luiselli has long since established." —Annalia Luna, Brazos Bookstore</p><p>"Valeria Luiselli's extended essay on her volunteer work translating for child immigrants confronts with compassion and honesty the problem of the North American refugee crisis. It's a rare thing: a book everyone should read." —Stephen Sparks, Point Reyes Books</p><p>"<I>Tell Me How It Ends </I>evokes empathy as it educates. It is a vital contribution to the body of post-Trump work being published in early 2017." —Katharine Solheim, Unabridged Books</p><p>"While this essay is brilliant for exactly what it depicts, it helps open larger questions, which we're ever more on the precipice of now, of where all of <I>this</I> will go, how all of <I>this</I> might end. Is this a story, or is this beyond a story? Valeria Luiselli is one of those brave and eloquent enough to help us see." —Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company</p><p>"Appealing to the language of the United States' fraught immigration policy, Luiselli exposes the cracks in this foundation. Herself an immigrant, she highlights the human cost of its brokenness, as well as the hope that it (rather than walls) might be rebuilt." —Brad Johnson, Diesel Bookstore</p><p>"The bureaucratic labyrinth of immigration, the dangers of searching for a better life, all of this and more is contained in this brief and profound work. <I>Tell Me How It Ends </I>is not just relevant, it's essential." —Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore</p><p>"Humane yet often horrifying, <I>Tell Me How It Ends </I>offers a compelling, intimate look at a continuing crisis—and its ongoing cost in an age of increasing urgency." —Jeremy Garber, Powell's Books</p></div>

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