Essays

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“W. S. Merwin’s The Mays of Ventadorn beautifully combines literary autobiography with literary history . . .”

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"Bukowski tells us: 'Drinking is a form of suicide where you’re allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day.'”

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One woman recalls, “I remember how I felt when I turned 40: elated, powerful, at the top of my game. It was a dizzying time.

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“If Merton is to remain a living voice, it is from such honest and steadfast devotion as Mary Gordon’s On Thomas Merton.”

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“a profoundly intelligent book. Wang addresses complex issues with scientific literacy and personal openness. Her book is valuable . . .”

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“exposes violence in art, literature, thought, music, opera, movies, sports, love, landscapes, and in intellect itself.”

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“To spend hours in this writer’s company as he records the days and years is to have an instructive and unfailingly urbane companion.”

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“Every Krauthammer column is a joy to read—whether you agree or disagree with his particular position on a specific political issue or personality—because he combined graceful writing, comp

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“politics on the level of the librarian, the parent, and the teacher.

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“Stability is out, revolution is in, so are the Islamists, identity politics are a jumble, women and their bodies remain repressed, violence or its threat is endemic, corruption is all arou

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“his poetic prose is a joy to read even when its vision is pessimistic.”

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Sometimes a cookbook author is an unofficial ambassador for good food and culture. With heartwarming stories and tantalizing recipes, Naz Deravian is our guide to all things Persian.

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“a conversation loaded with details, ideas, analyses, and a profound understanding of a moment in American literary history and the people who lived it.”

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The trope of the murdered “dead girl” serves as a catalyst for many popular crime narratives, from bestselling thrillers to limited TV series to true crime podcasts.

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Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series offers small, pocket-sized books big on ideas and insights into the theoretical and cultural implications of everyday objects.

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For almost 40 years, feminist, environmentalist, and human rights advocate Rebecca Solnit has shepherded activists and animated a spirit of community.

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For decades, the residents of the southern Appalachian Mountain region (roughly consisting of parts of Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky) lived their lives untouc

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Every so often in this unusual and uneven book, a phrase or a scene makes a sudden unexpected connection between past and present, like the spark when an electric current flashes across a gap betwe

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Michelle Tea’s publisher, the Feminist Press, calls her a “queer countercultural icon.” She is that, indeed, and has been an icon in the queer world for decades.

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From start to finish, readers will experience Philip Roth’s love of language, sharpness of insight, playfulness, and power of imagination.

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When Julia Child and James Beard first ate at the acclaimed Manhattan restaurant, Felidia, eight months after its opening in 1981, a star-struck Chef Lidia Bastianich came to their table to introdu

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This collection of short pieces by the British writer Martin Amis takes you into a wide range of his nonfiction work.

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"The big surprise about David Sedaris’s new book, Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977–2002), is how very good it is."

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“Horror fiction is alive and well, and Paperbacks from Hell is a grand, affectionate, and informative celebration of the genre.”

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“Horse enthusiasts regularly experience the ways in which horses uplift and save us, giving meaning and peace . . .”

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