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  • The Atlantic Oceanby Andrew O'Hagan

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 14.57

    A stunning collection of reportage from the acclaimed journalist and novelist. more...

  • Believe in Peopleby ?árka Tobrmanová-Kühnová; Karel Capek

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 18.94

    A hugely engaging collection of pieces by Karel Capek, one of the great European writers of the last century. more...

  • Non-Fictionby Chuck Palahniuk

    Random House 2011; US$ 12.60

    Chuck Palahniuk's world has been, well, different from yours and mine. The pieces that comprise Non-Fiction prove just how different, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling. Encounters with alternative culture heroes Marilyn Manson and Juliette Lewis; the peculiar wages of fame attendant on the big budget film production... more...

  • Cleopatra's Noseby Judith Thurman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 17.99

    Cleopatra's Nose is an exuberant gathering of essays and profiles representing twenty years of Judith Thurman's celebrated writing, particularly her fascination with human vanity, femininity, and "women's work"--from haute couture to literature to commanding empires. The subjects are iconic (Jackie, the Brontës, Toni Morrison, Anne Frank) and multifarious... more...

  • The Devil Never Sleepsby Andrei Codrescu

    St. Martin's Press 2000; US$ 8.99

    The Devil is alive and well and living in America, Andrei Codrescu tells us, and with good reason. Nowhere else in the world--not even in Codrescu's native Transylvania--is he taken quite as seriously. When Codrescu gently derided the fundamentalist Christian belief in Rapture ("a pre-apocalyptic event during which all true believers would be suctioned... more...

  • At Large and At Smallby Anne Fadiman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 13.99

    In At Large and At Small , Anne Fadiman returns to one of her favorite genres, the familiar essay--a beloved and hallowed literary tradition recognized for both its intellectual breadth and its miniaturist focus on everyday experiences. With the combination of humor and erudition that has distinguished her as one of our finest essayists, Fadiman... more...

  • Just Enough Lieblingby A. J. Liebling; David Remnick

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 20.99

    The restaurants of the Latin Quarter and the city rooms of midtown Manhattan; the beachhead of Normandy and the boxing gyms of Times Square; the trackside haunts of bookmakers and the shadowy redoubts of Southern politicians--these are the places that A.J. Liebling shows to us in his unforgettable New Yorker articles, brought together here so that... more...

  • The Irresponsible Selfby James Wood

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 19.99

    "James Wood has been called our best young critic. This is not true. He is our best critic; he thinks with a sublime ferocity."--Cynthia Ozick Following the collection The Broken Estate --which established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation-- The Irresponsible Self confirms Wood's preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but... more...

  • The Man-Made Worldby Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    The Floating Press 1911; US$ 4.99

    Early feminist author and advocate Charlotte Perkins Gilman is today best remembered for the haunting short story "The Yellow Wallpaper," which recounts the female protagonist's descent into madness. In addition to her prodigious body of fictional work, Gilman wrote a great deal of non-fiction, including scholarly and persuasive essays... more...

  • Cambridge Piecesby Samuel Butler

    The Floating Press 1903; US$ 3.99

    One of the leading critics and intellectuals of the Victorian era, Samuel Butler produced literary works in a wide range of genres, ranging from translations of ancient Greek texts to critical essays. This collection of short sketches and stories offers an accessible introduction to Butler's body of work. more...