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  • Citizenby Claudia Rankine

    Graywolf Press 2014; US$ 19.99

    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media.... more...

  • The Best American Essays 2014by John Jeremiah Sullivan; Robert Atwan

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014; US$ 14.95

    Pulphead author John Jeremiah Sullivan, "among the best young non-fiction writers in English"  ( The New York Times ), picks the year's best essays selected from hundereds of magazines, journals, and websites. more...

  • Essays of E. B. Whiteby E. B. White

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 11.99

    The classic collection by one of the greatest essayists of our time. more...

  • The Nearest Thing To Lifeby James Wood

    Random House 2015; US$ 20.78

    In this remarkable blend of memoir and criticism, James Wood has written a master class on the connections between fiction and life. He argues that, of all the arts, fiction has a unique ability to describe the shape of our lives, and to rescue the texture of those lives from death and historical oblivion. The act of reading is understood here as... more...

  • Waldenby Henry David Thoreau

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 4.95

    One of the most famous non-fiction American books, Walden by Henry David Thoreau is the history of Thoreau's visit to Ralph Waldo Emerson's woodland retreat near Walden Pond. Thoreau, stirred by the philosophy of the transcendentalists, used the sojourn as an experiment in self reliance and minimalism… "so as to "live deliberately,... more...

  • We Learn Nothingby Tim Kreider

    Free Press 2012; US$ 16.00

    In We Learn Nothing , satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn?t change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don?t even like? How do you react when someone you?ve known for... more...

  • The Sexual Life of Catherine M.by Catherine Millet

    Profile Books 2012; US$ 5.31

    A window into a life of insatiable desire and uninhibited sex - this is Parisian art critic Catherine M.'s account of her sexual awakening and her unrestrained pursuit of pleasure. From the glamorous singles clubs of Paris to the Bois de Boulogne, she describes her erotic experiences in precise and beautiful detail. A phenomenal bestseller throughout... more...

  • Feed Me!by Harriet Brown

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    In our appearance-obsessed society, eating is about much more than hunger and sustenance. Food inspires pleasure and anxiety, shame and obsession. We are constantly judged on how we look, so we?ve come to judge ourselves (and others) on what and how we eat. These evocative essays, from some of the most talented and popular writers working today, tackle... more...

  • This I Believe IIby Jay Allison; Dan Gediman

    Henry Holt and Co. 2008; US$ 16.99

    A new collection of inspiring personal philosophies from another noteworthy group of people This second collection of This I Believe essays gathers seventyfive essayists--ranging from famous to previously unknown--completing the thought that begins the book's title. With contributors who run the gamut from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to ordinary folks like... more...

  • Cloud Bustingby Malorie Blackman

    RHCP 2011; US$ 11.18

    Despite his Mum's insistence, Sam doesn't want to be friends with Davey, he thinks Davey's a first class, grade A, top of the dung heap moron. But one day Davey saves Sam's life and a bond is formed between them. Sam is still embarrassed to be seen with Davey, but little by little he has to admit, when it's just the two of them, Davey is a lot of fun.... more...