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  • Telling True Storiesby Mark Kramer; Wendy Call

    Penguin Publishing Group 2007; US$ 17.00

    Inspiring stories and practical advice from America’s most respected journalists The country’s most prominent journalists and nonfiction authors gather each year at Harvard’s Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism. Telling True Stories presents their best advice—covering everything from finding a good topic, to structuring narrative stories,... more...

  • The Portable Enlightenment Readerby Various; Isaac Kramnick

    Penguin Publishing Group 1995; US$ 23.00

    The Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century, also called the Age of Reason, was so named for an intellectual movement that shook the foundations of Western civilization. In championing radical ideas such as individual liberty and an empirical appraisal of the universe through rational inquiry and natural experience, Enlightenment philosophers in Europe... more...

  • What Would Lynne Tillman Do?by Lynne Tillman; Colm Toibin

    Cursor 2014; US$ 9.99

    Lynne Tillman is the author of five novels, four collections of short stories, one collection of essays and two other nonfiction books. She has collaborated often with artists and writes regularly on culture. Her novels include American Genius, A Comedy (2006), No Lease on Life (1997), a New York Times Notable Book of 1998 and a finalist for... more...

  • When I Was A Child I Read Booksby Marilynne Robinson

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; US$ 10.99

    Of Marilynne Robinson, Michael Arditti said that there is 'no contemporary novelist whose work I would rather read' However she is not only a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, but also a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. In this luminous new collection she returns to the themes which have preoccupied her bestselling novels: the place literature... more...

  • The Empathy Examsby Leslie Jamison

    Graywolf Press 2014; US$ 12.74

    From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014 Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral... more...

  • The Confessionsby Jean-Jacques Rousseau; J. Cohen

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 16.91

    Widely regarded as the first modern autobiography, The Confessions is an astonishing work of acute psychological insight. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) argued passionately against the inequality he believed to be intrinsic to civilized society. In his Confessions he relives the first fifty-three years of his radical life with vivid immediacy - from... more...

  • This I Believeby Jay Allison; Dan Gediman

    Henry Holt and Co. 2006; US$ 11.90

    An inspiring collection of the personal philosophies of a group of remarkable men and women Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty essayists—from the famous to the unknown—completing the thought that begins the book's title. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived... more...

  • The Uncannyby Sigmund Freud; Hugh Haughton; David McLintock

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 15.50

    An extraordinary collection of thematically linked essays, including THE UNCANNY, SCREEN MEMORIES and FAMILY ROMANCES. Leonardo da Vinci fascinated Freud primarily because he was keen to know why his personality was so incomprehensible to his contemporaries. In this probing biographical essay he deconstructs both da Vinci's character and the nature... more...

  • Nobody Knows My Nameby James Baldwin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 14.00

    Told with Baldwin's characteristically unflinching honesty, this collection of illuminating, deeply felt essays examines topics ranging from race relations in the United States to the role of the writer in society, and offers personal accounts of Richard Wright, Norman Mailer and other writers. more...

  • On Immunityby Eula Biss

    Fitzcarraldo Editions 2014; US$ 7.49

    In this bold, fascinating book, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear—fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in your children’s air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Reflecting on her own experience as a new mother, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its... more...