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A shy manifesto, an impractical handbook, the true story of a fabulist, an entire life in parts and pieces, Manhood for Amateurs is the first sustained work of personal writing from Michael Chabon. In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one…

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I sort of see you surrounded with fine-tooth combs, sandpaper, nail files, pots of varnish, etc.-with heaps of used commas and semicolons handy, and little useless phrases taken out of their contexts and dying all over the floor," Elizabeth Bishop said upon…
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An anthology of the best motorcycle literature from top authors including Hunter S. Thompson, Thomas McGuane, Robert Pirsig, Roald Dahl, Alberto Granado, and T. E. Lawrence Sons of Thunder is a high-octane anthology that brings together the best in motorcycle…

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Alive! is a heart-stopping collection of survival stories from the archives of Reader’s Digest’s ‘Drama in Real Life’ series. Readers will be on the edge of their seats as they are drawn into the dramatic tales of everyday people suddenly…
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New York Times bestselling author Nicholson Baker, “who writes like no one else in America” ( Newsweek ), has assembled his best nonfiction writing over the last fifteen years, a trove of original and provocative pieces. Nicholson Baker, who…
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In 1950, at the age of twenty-four, William Clark Styron, Jr., wrote to his mentor, Professor William Blackburn of Duke University. The young writer was struggling with his first novel, Lie Down in Darkness, and he was nervous about whether his “strain and…
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New York Times bestselling author Nicholson Baker has assembled a “provocative and entertaining” ( The Wall Street Journal ) collection of his most original and brilliant pieces from the last fifteen years. From political controversy to the intimacy…
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This new selection of Thoreau’s essays traces his trajectory as a writer for the outlets of his day—the periodical press, newspapers, and compendiums—and as a frequent presenter on the local lecture circuit. By arranging the writings…
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Following The Broken Estate , The Irresponsible Self , and How Fiction Works -books that established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation- The Fun Stuff c onfirms Wood's preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the…
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Brilliant, dazzling, never-before-collected nonfiction writings by "one of America's most daring and talented writers." ( Los Angeles Times Book Review ). Both Flesh and Not gathers fifteen of Wallace's seminal essays, all published in book form for the…
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In this wickedly sharp collection of essays, the eminent wit and perennially popular Jerome K. Jerome muses on various subjects vital to successful living, among them "The Inadvisability of Following Advice" and "The Disadvantage of Not Getting What One…
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From the author of A Book of One’s Own and Stolen Words comes a delightful and wide-ranging investigation of the art of letter writing. Yours Ever explores the offhand masterpieces dispatched through the ages by messenger, postal service, and BlackBerry.…