• Something That May Shock & Discredit You
    Something That May Shock & Discredit You
    ISBN: 9781922310040
    Title: Something That May Shock & Discredit You
    Author: ORTBERG DANIEL MALLORY


    A New York Timesbestselling author's sparkling memoir of changing genders whilst remaining a feminist.


    Reasons for Transitioning: Want to impress good-looking ex; Want to upset good-looking ex; Bored of existing wardrobe, looking for excuse to buy all-new clothes that don't fit in a new way; Younger siblings getting too much attention; Neoliberalism??; Want to sing both parts of a duet at karaoke; Something about upper-body strength; Excited to reinforce a different set of sexist stereotypes; Cheaper haircuts; Just love layering shirts ...


    From the beloved writer behind The Toastand Slate's 'Dear Prudence' column comes a personal essay collection exploring popular culture, literature, religion, and sexuality. With wit and compassion, Daniel Mallory Ortberg revisits beloved cultural and literary figures in the light of his transition.



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  • Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, & Meditations
    Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, & Meditations
    ISBN: 9780525562795
    Title: Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, & Meditations
    Author: MORRISON TONI

    Here is Toni Morrison in her own words: a rich gathering of her most important essays and speeches, spanning four decades. These pages give us her searing prayer for the dead of 9/11, her Nobel lecture on the power of language, her searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., her heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. She looks deeply into the fault lines of culture and freedom: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, "black matter(s)," human rights, the artist in society, the Afro-American presence in American literature. And she turns her incisive critical eye to her own work (The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Beloved, Paradise) and that of others. An essential collection from an essential writer, The Source of Self-Regard shines with the literary elegance, intellectual prowess, spiritual depth, and moral compass that have made Toni Morrison our most cherished and enduring voice.

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  • Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never do Again
    Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never do Again
    ISBN: 9780316925280
    Title: Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never do Again
    Author: WALLACE DAVID FOSTER

    In this exuberantly praised book - a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has delighted readers of his fiction, including the bestsellingInfinite Jest.

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  • That's Mental: The Sad, Annoying & Hilarious Things That Drive Me Crazy about Being Mentally Ill
    That's Mental: The Sad, Annoying & Hilarious Things That Drive Me Crazy about Being Mentally Ill
    ISBN: 9781684422890
    Title: That's Mental: The Sad, Annoying & Hilarious Things That Drive Me Crazy about Being Mentally Ill
    Author: ROSENBERG AMANDA

    Raw, witty, and unapologetic, That's Mental is a collection of laugh-out-loud funny, confessional essays about the inappropriate, devastating, and strangely amusing side to being mentally ill.


    In her book, British comedy writer Amanda Rosenberg breaks down myths and misconceptions about what it means to live, laugh, love with bipolar II in a darkly funny, but familiar way. That's Mental dives head-first into the overlooked and offbeat issues of mental illness, it shines a harsh, fitting room light on thoughts and ideas that are often avoided, because they're uncomfortable or just downright embarrassing.


    These pages move through the everyday realities of mental illness, covering everything from, how reaching out for help is a fucking nightmare, to dealing with people who suggest "cures" for your depression, to making up excuses to miss work just so you can take a mental health day. That's Mental is an uproarious and brutally honest collection of confessions from someone who's been there, done that, and still has no idea what she's doing.



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  • Think, Write, Speak Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews & Letters to the Editor
    Think, Write, Speak Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews & Letters to the Editor
    ISBN: 9780141398389
    Title: Think, Write, Speak Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews & Letters to the Editor
    Author: NABOKOV VLADIMIR

    The last major collection of Nabokov's published material, Think, Write, Speak brings together a treasure trove of previously uncollected texts from across the author's extraordinary career. Each phase of his wandering life is included, from a precocious essay written while still at Cambridge in 1921, through to his fame in the aftermath of the publication of Lolita to the final, fascinating interviews given shortly before his death in 1977.

    Introduced and edited by his biographer Brian Boyd, this is an essential work for anyone who has been drawn into Nabokov's literary orbit. Here he is at his most inspirational, curious, misleading and caustic. The seriousness of his aesthetic credo, his passion for great writing and his mix of delight and dismay at his own, sudden global fame in the 1950s are all brilliantly delineated here.

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  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
    This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
    ISBN: 9781408842416
    Title: This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
    Author: PATCHETT ANN


    The New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto creates a resonant portrait of a life in this collection of writings on love, friendship, work, and art.


    "The tricky thing about being a writer, or about being any kind of artist, is that in addition to making art you also have to make a living." Bringing her narrative gifts to bear on her own life, Ann Patchett uses insight and compassion to turn very personal experiences into stories that will resonate with every listener. These essays twine to create both a portrait of life and a philosophy of life. Obstacles that at first appear insurmountable--scaling a six-foot wall in order to join the Los Angeles Police Department, opening an independent bookstore, and sitting down to write a novel--are eventually mastered with quiet tenacity and a sheer force of will. An irresistible blend of literature and memoir, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a unique examination of the heart, mind, and soul of one of our most revered and gifted writers.



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  • This Young Monster
    This Young Monster
    ISBN: 9781925704143
    Title: This Young Monster
    Author: FOX CHARLIE

    This Young Monster is a hallucinatory celebration of artists who raise hell, transform their bodies, anger their elders and show their audience dark, disturbing things. What does it mean to be a freak? Why might we be wise to think of the present as a time of monstrosity? And how does the concept of the monster irradiate our thinking about queerness, disability, children and adolescents? FromTwin Peaks to Leigh Bowery, Harmony Korine to Alice in Wonderland,This Young Monster gets high on a whole range of riotous art as its voice and form shape-shift, all in the name of dealing with the strange wonders of what Nabokov once called 'monsterhood'. Ready or not, here they come...

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  • To Obama: A People's History
    To Obama: A People's History
    ISBN: 9781408894507
    Title: To Obama: A People's History
    Author: LASKAS JEANNE MARIE

    One of the most important politics books of the year, To Obama is a record of a time when politics intersected with empathy.'The real story of Obama's America' Sunday Times Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed. In To Obama, Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews President Obama, the letter-writers themselves and the White House staff in the Office of Presidential Correspondence who were witness to the millions of pleas, rants, thank-yous and apologies that landed in the mailroom during the Obama years. At once desperate, joyful, hateful and despairing, they form an intimate portrait of one man's relationship with the American people, and of a time when empathy intersected with politics in the White House.

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  • Tomboyland: Essays
    Tomboyland: Essays
    ISBN: 9781542014182
    Title: Tomboyland: Essays
    Author: FALIVENO MELISSA

    A fiercely personal and startlingly universal essay collection about the mysteries of gender and desire, of identity and class, of the stories we tell and the places we call home.


    Flyover country, the middle of nowhere, the space between the coasts. The American Midwest is a place beyond definition, whose very boundaries are a question. It's a place of rolling prairies and towering pines, where guns in bars and trucks on blocks are as much a part of the landscape as rivers and lakes and farms. Where girls are girls and boys are boys, where women are mothers and wives, where one is taught to work hard and live between the lines. But what happens when those lines become increasingly unclear? When a girl, like the land that raised her, finds herself neither here nor there?


    In this intrepid collection of essays, Melissa Faliveno traverses the liminal spaces of her childhood in working-class Wisconsin and the paths she's traveled since, compelled by questions of girlhood and womanhood, queerness and class, and how the lands of our upbringing both define and complicate us even long after we've left. Part personal narrative, part cultural reportage, Tomboyland navigates midwestern traditions, mythologies, landscapes, and lives to explore the intersections of identity and place. From F5 tornadoes and fast-pitch softball to gun culture, strange glacial terrains, kink party potlucks, and the question of motherhood, Faliveno asks curious, honest, and often darkly funny questions about belonging and the body, isolation and community, and what we mean when we use words like woman, family, and home.



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  • Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
    Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
    ISBN: 9780008294953
    Title: Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
    Author: TOLENTINO JIA

    A Times book of the year

    A Guardian book of the year


    'Magnificent' The Times

    'Dazzling' New Statesman

    'It filled me with hope' Zadie Smith


    We are living in the era of the self, in an era of malleable truth and widespread personal and political delusion. In these nine interlinked essays, Jia Tolentino, the New Yorker's brightest young talent, explores her own coming of age in this warped and confusing landscape.


    From the rise of the internet to her own appearance on an early reality TV show; from her experiences of ecstasy - both religious and chemical - to her uneasy engagement with our culture's endless drive towards 'self-optimisation'; from the phenomenon of the successful American scammer to her generation's obsession with extravagant weddings, Jia Tolentino writes with style, humour and a fierce clarity about these strangest of times.


    Following in the footsteps of American luminaries such as Susan Sontag, Joan Didion and Rebecca Solnit, yet with a voice and vision all her own, Jia Tolentino writes with a rare gift for elucidating nuance and complexity, coupled with a disarming warmth. This debut collection of her essays announces her exactly the sort of voice we need to hear from right now - and for many years to come.



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  • True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fiction
    True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fiction
    ISBN: 9781925773194
    Title: True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fiction
    Author: GARNER HELEN


    'Garner is scrupulous, painstaking, and detailed, with sharp eyes and ears. She is everywhere at once, watching and& listening, a recording angel at life's secular apocalypses...her unillusioned eye makes her clarity compulsive.'& James Wood, New Yorker


    Helen Garner visits the morgue, and goes cruising on a Russian ship. She sees women giving birth, and gets the sack for teaching her students about sex. She attends a school dance and a gun show. She writes about dreaming, about turning fifty, and the storm caused by The First Stone. Her story on the murder of the two-year-old Daniel Valerio wins her a Walkley Award.


    Garner looks at the world with a shrewd and sympathetic eye. Her non-fiction is always passionate and compelling. True Storiesis an extraordinary book, spanning fifty years of work, by one of Australia's great writers.


    Helen Garnerwrites novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award. Her most recent book, Everywhere I Lookwon the 2017 Indie Book Award for Non-Fiction.


    'Her prose is wiry, stark, precise, but to find her equal for the tone of generous humanity one has to call up writers like Isaac Babel and Anton Chekhov.' Wall Street Journal


    '[Garner's] writing expresses a hard-won grace. It brings you closer to the world, and shows you how to love it.'& Monthly


    'Helen Garner is one of Australia's greatest living writers and her collection of essays, diary entries and stories written over almost 50 years is just the thing for the lover of fine writing. A compilation of three non-fiction collections, True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fictioncovers everything from family, love and marriage, sex and motherhood to travel, writing and criminal trials. Her piercing intellect, fearlessness and compassion shine through in every word.' Sydney Morning Herald, Can't-Put-Down Titles for Summer


    'True Storiesby Helen Garner--I mean, really. Helen. Helen Garner. Do you hear that sound? It is the sound of glitter cannons exploding in my heart.' Marieke Hardy, Melbourne Writers Festival Staff Summer Reading List


    'Memoirist, fiction writer, faction writer, journalist? Australian critics and booksellers have stopped trying to pigeonhole Melburnian writer Helen Garner and now just give her prizes...These stories and essays are the work of a natural storyteller, of an unsparing yet sympathetic eye...It's all wonderful stuff: unstinting honesty, clarity and charm. Dive in.' North & South


    'This is the power of Garner's writing. She drills into experience and comes up with such clean, precise distillations of life, once you read them they enter into you. Successive generations of writers have felt the keen influence of her work and for this reason Garner has become part of us all.' Australian


    'As I leaf through the volumes, having just re-read both of them, I am still brought up short by another revelatory insight of the everyday...I could go on and on, but I am out of words. Many happy returns Helen Garner!' Adelaide Advertiser


    'This collection of columns, essays and feature writing from the early 1970s to the present is a real treat, offering immersive journalism, humour, whimsy and analysis.' Overland


    'Garner's non-fiction is often driven by the question why. Ruthless and full-blooded, her journalism nevertheless displays the greatest nimbleness in its accommodation of ambivalence and uncertainty. Her short stories, on the other hand, have a tendency to rise seamlessly towards epiphany.' Times Literary Supplement



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  • Uncle Dysfunctional
    Uncle Dysfunctional
    ISBN: 9781786891839
    Title: Uncle Dysfunctional
    Author: GILL A. A.

    From 2011 up until his death at the end of 2016, the inimitable AA Gill reigned supreme as Uncle Dysfunctional, Esquire's resident advice columnist. In this raffish, hilarious, scathing yet often surprisingly humane collection, Gill applies his unmatched wit to the largest and smallest issues of our time.

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  • Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader
    Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader
    ISBN: 9781760641887
    Title: Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader
    Author: GORNICK VIVIAN

    I sometimes think I was born reading ... I can't remember the time when I didn't have a book in my hands, my head lost to the world around me.

    A celebration of the delights of rereading from the acclaimed author of The Odd Woman and the City

    In nine essays that meld criticism and memoir, Gornick returns to the books that have shaped her. She finds herself in contradictory figures in D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, assesses womanhood in Colette, and considers the veracity of memory in Marguerite Duras's The Lover. She uncovers the psychological complexity of Elizabeth Bowen's prose, and soaks in Natalia Ginzburg, 'whose work has often made me love life more'. After adopting two cats, whose erratic behaviour she finds vexing, she discovers Doris Lessing's Particularly Cats.

    From a young New York reporter, to a critic exploring gender and feminism, to a woman in the jubilant solitude of older age- the characters Gornick meets in literature speak to the person she is when reading, and in reopening her favourite texts she meets characters anew. Infused with her trademark verve and insight, this is a masterful appreciation of literature's ability to illuminate, from a peerless writer who 'still read s to feel the power of Life with a capital L'.

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  • Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You
    Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You
    ISBN: 9781786893499
    Title: Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You
    Author: NAYERI DINA

    A timely, provocative and personal examination of the refugee experience.

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  • Unreality of Memory Essays
    Unreality of Memory Essays
    ISBN: 9781838950620
    Title: Unreality of Memory Essays
    Author: GABBERT ELISA

    A literary guide to digital anxiety, The Unreality of Memory collects thought-provoking and playful essays on the Internet age's media-saturated disaster coverage and our addiction to viewing and discussing the world's ills.

    Format: Hardback
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  • Unspeakable: & Other Subjects of Discussion
    Unspeakable: & Other Subjects of Discussion
    ISBN: 9781250074928
    Title: Unspeakable: & Other Subjects of Discussion
    Author: DAUM MEGHAN


    Winner of the 2015 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction

    "Daum is her generation's Joan Didion." âe"Nylon


    Nearly fifteen years after her debut collection,My Misspent Youth, captured the ambitions and anxieties of a generation, Meghan Daum returns to the personal essay withThe Unspeakable, a masterful collection of ten new works. Her old encounters with overdrawn bank accounts and oversized ambitions in the big city have given way to a new set of challenges. The first essay, "Matricide," opens without flinching:


    People who weren't there like to say that my mother died at home surrounded by loving family. This is technically true, though it was just my brother and me and he was looking at Facebook and I was reading a profile of Hillary Clinton in the December 2009 issue ofVogue.

    Elsewhere, she carefully weighs the decision to have childrenâe""I simply felt no calling to be a parent. As a role, as my role, it felt inauthentic and inorganic"âe"and finds a more fulfilling path as a court-appointed advocate for foster children. In other essays, she skewers the marriage-industrial complex and recounts a harrowing near-death experience following a sudden illness. Throughout, Daum pushes back against the false sentimentality and shrink-wrapped platitudes that surround so much of contemporary American experience and considers the unspeakable thoughts many of us harborâe"that we might not love our parents enough, that "life's pleasures" sometimes feel more like chores, that life's ultimate lesson may be that we often learn nothing.
    But Daum also operates in a comic register. With perfect precision, she reveals the absurdities of the New Age search for the "Best Possible Experience," champions the merits of cream-of mushroom-soup casserole, and gleefully recounts a quintessential "only-in-L.A." story of playing charades at a famous person's home.
    Combining the piercing insight of Joan Didion with humor reminiscent of Nora Ephron's, Daum dissects our culture's most dangerous illusions, blind spots, and sentimentalities while retaining her own joy and compassion. Through it all, she dramatizes the search for an authentic self in a world where achieving an identity is never simple and never complete.



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  • Watsonia: A Writing Life
    Watsonia: A Writing Life
    ISBN: 9781760642792
    Title: Watsonia: A Writing Life
    Author: WATSON DON


    No other writer has journeyed further into the soul of Australia and returned to tell the tale


    Watsonia collects the fruits of a writing life. It covers everything from Australian bush humour to America gone berserk; from Don Bradman to Oscar Wilde; from Animal Farm to the Australian parliament. Wherever Watson turns his incisive gaze, the results are as illuminating as they are enjoyable.


    Artfully arranged, Watsonia showcases the many sides of Don Watson: historian, speechwriter, commentator, humourist, nature writer and biographer. It also features several previously unpublished lectures and a wide-ranging introduction by the author. This comprehensive anthology - replete with wit, wisdom and diverse pleasures - is essential reading.



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  • We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction
    We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction
    ISBN: 9780307264879
    Title: We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction
    Author: DIDION JOAN

    For the first time, all of Didion's nonfiction writing on place, politics, Joan Didions incomparable and distinctive essays and journalism are admired for their acute, incisive observations and their spare, elegant style. Now the seven books of nonfiction that appeared between 1968 and 2003 have been brought together into one thrilling collection. Slouching Towards Bethlehem captures the counterculture of the sixties, its mood and lifestyle, as symbolized by California, Joan Baez, Haight-Ashbury.The White Album covers the revolutionary politics and the contemporary wasteland of the late sixties and early seventies, in pieces on the Manson family, the Black Panthers, and Hollywood.Salvador is a riveting look at the social and political landscape of civil war.Miami exposes the secret role this largely Latin city played in the Cold War, from the Bay of Pigs through Watergate. In After Henry Didion reports on the Reagans, Patty Hearst, and the Central Park jogger case. The eight essays inPolitical Fictions on censorship in the media, Gingrich, Clinton, Starr, and compassionate conservatism, among others show us how we got to the political scene of today. And in Where I Was From Didion shows that California was never the land of the golden dream.


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  • Weird but Normal: Essays
    Weird but Normal: Essays
    ISBN: 9780062942807
    Title: Weird but Normal: Essays
    Author: MERCADO MIA


    Birth control. Body hair removal cream. Boobs. It's all weird, but also pretty normal.


    Navigating racial identity, gender roles, workplace dynamics, and beauty standards, Mia Mercado's hilarious essay collection explores the contradictions of being a millennial woman, which usually means being kind of a weirdo. Whether it's spending $30 on a candle that smells like an ocean that doesn't exist, offering advice on how to ask about someone's race (spoiler: just don't, please?), quitting a job that makes you need shots of whiskey on your lunch break, or finding a more religious experience in the skincare aisle at Target than your hometown Catholic church, Mia brilliantly unpacks what it means to be a professional, absurdly beautiful, horny, cute, gross human. Essays include:


    - Depression Isn't a Competition but Why Aren't I Winning?


    - My Dog Explains My Weekly Schedule


    - Mustache Lady


    - White Friend Confessional


    - Treating Objects Like Women


    With sharp humor and wit, Mia shares the awkward, uncomfortable, surprisingly ordinary parts of life, and shows us why it's strange to feel fine and fine to feel strange.



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  • What Are We Doing Here?
    What Are We Doing Here?
    ISBN: 9780349010441
    Title: What Are We Doing Here?
    Author: ROBINSON MARILYNNE


    New essays on theological, political, and contemporary themes, by the Pulitzer Prize winner


    Marilynne Robinson has plumbed the human spirit in her renowned novels, including Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith.


    Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America like Emerson and Tocqueville inform our political consciousness or discussing the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display. What Are We Doing Here? is a call for Americans to continue the tradition of those great thinkers and to remake American political and cultural life as "deeply impressed by obligation and as] a great theater of heroic generosity, which, despite all, is sometimes palpable still."



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  • What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays
    What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays
    ISBN: 9780062684318
    Title: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays
    Author: YOUNG DAMON


    From the cofounder of VerySmartBrothas.com, and one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the absurdities and anxieties of being Black in America


    For Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as "How should I react here, as a professional black person?" and "Will this white person's potato salad kill me?" are forever relevant.


    What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker chronicles Young's efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him.


    It's a condition that's sometimes stretched to absurd limits: creating the farce where, as a teen, he wished for a white person to call him a racial slur just so he could fight him and have a great story about it; provoking the angst that made him question if "being straight" was something he could practice and get better at, like a crossover dribble; and generating the surreal experience of watching his Pittsburgh neighborhood getrify from predominantly Black to "Portlandia . . . but with Pierogies."


    And, at its most devastating, it provides him reason to believe that his mother would be alive today if she were white.


    From one of our most respected cultural observers, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker is a hilarious and honest debut that is both a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of Blackness and a critique of white supremacy and how we define masculinity.



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  • When the Facts Change: Essays 1995-2010
    When the Facts Change: Essays 1995-2010
    ISBN: 9780099593430
    Title: When the Facts Change: Essays 1995-2010
    Author: JUDT TONY


    A great thinker's final testament: a characteristically wise and forthright collection of essays from the author of Postwar and Thinking the Twentieth Century, spanning a career of extraordinary intellectual engagement. Edited and introduced by Jennifer Homans.



    Tony Judtâe(tm)s first collection of essays, Reappraisals, was centred on twentieth-century Europe in history and memory. Some of Judtâe(tm)s most prominent and indeed controversial essays felt outside of the scope of Reappraisals, most notably his writings on the state of Israel and its relationship to Palestine. There would be time, it was thought, to fit these essays into a larger frame. Sadly, this would not be the case, at least during the authorâe(tm)s own life.


    Now, in When the Facts Change, Tony Judtâe(tm)s widow and fellow historian, Jennifer Homans, has found the frame, gathering together important essays from the span of Judtâe(tm)s career that chronicle both the evolution of his thought and the remarkable consistency of his passionate engagement and intellectual élan. Whether the subject is the scholarly poverty of the new social history, the willful blindness of French collective memory about what happened to the countryâe(tm)s Jews during World War II, or the moral challenge to Israel of the so-called Palestinian problem, the majesty of Tony Judtâe(tm)s work lies in his combination of unsparing honesty, intellectual brilliance, and ethical clarity. When the Facts Change exemplifies the utility, indeed the necessity, of minding our history and not letting cheerful fictions suffice in its place. An emphatic demonstration of the power of a great historian to connect us more deeply to the world as it was, as it is, and as it should be, it is a fitting capstone to an extraordinary body of work.



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  • White
    White
    ISBN: 9781529012439
    Title: White
    Author: ELLIS BRET EASTON


    Bret Easton Ellis is most famous for his era-defining novel American Psycho and its terrifying anti-hero, Patrick Bateman. With that book, and many times since, Ellis proved himself to be one of the world's most fearless and clear-sighted observers of society - the glittering surface and the darkness beneath.


    In White, his first work of non-fiction, Ellis offers a wide-ranging exploration of what the hell is going on right now. He tells personal stories from his own life. He writes with razor-sharp precision about the music, movies, books and TV he loves and hates. He examines the ways our culture, politics and relationships have changed over the last four decades. He talks about social media, Hollywood celebrities and Donald Trump.


    Ellis considers conflicting positions without flinching and adheres to no status quo. His forthright views are powered by a fervent belief in artistic freedom and freedom of speech. Candid, funny, entertaining and blisteringly honest, he offers opinions that are impossible to ignore and certain to provoke.


    What he values above all is the truth. 'The culture at large seemed to encourage discourse,' he writes, 'but what it really wanted to do was shut down the individual.' Bret Easton Ellis will not be shut down.


    Now, in White, with the same originality displayed in his fiction, Ellis pours himself out onto the page and, in doing so, eviscerates the perceived good that the social media age has wrought, starting with the dangerous cult of likeability. White is both a denunciation of censorship, particularly the self-inflicted sort committed in hopes of being 'accepted', and a bracing view of a life devoted to authenticity.


    Provocative, incisive, funny, and surprisingly poignant, White reveals not only what is visible on the glittering, pristine surface but also the riotous truths that are hidden underneath.



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  • White Album
    White Album
    ISBN: 9780374532079
    Title: White Album
    Author: DIDION JOAN

    First published in 1979,The White Albumis a mosaicof the late sixties and seventies. It includes, among other bizarre artifacts and personalities, the dark journeys and impulses of the Manson family, a Balck Panther Party press conference, the story of John Paul Getty's museum, the romance of water in an arid landscape, and the swirl and confusion of the sixties. With commanding sureness of mood and language, Joan Didion exposes the realities and dreams of that age of self-discovery whose spiritual center was California.

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  • White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World
    White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World
    ISBN: 9781925355086
    Title: White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World
    Author: DYER GEOFF


    From one of Britain's most original writers, White Sands is a creative exploration of why we travel. Episodic, wide-ranging, funny and smart, the linked journeys recall the themes of Dyer's Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It--albeit with the wisdom of (middle) age.


    From a trip to the Lightning Field in New Mexico to chasing Gauguin's ghost in French Polynesia, from falling for someone who may or may not be a tour guide in Beijing's Forbidden City to tracking down the house of an intellectual hero in Los Angeles, Dyer pursues all permutations of the peak experience--including the trough experience.


    In his trademark style he blends travel writing, essay, criticism and fiction with a smart and cantankerous wit that is unmatched. This is a book for armchair travellers and procrastinating philosophers everywhere.


    Geoff Dyeris the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasiand three previous novels, as well as nine non-fiction books. He has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters E.M. Forster Award. In 2009 he was named GQ's Writer of the Year. He won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2011 and was a finalist in 1998. In 2015 he won a Windham Campbell Award for Non-fiction and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Dyer currently lives in Los Angeles where he is a writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California. His most recent book is White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World.


    'One of the funniest writers working today.' Australian Book Review


    'Geoff Dyer is a true original-one of those rare voices in contemporary literature that never ceases to surprise, disturb and delight.' William Boyd


    'Reading Dyer is akin to the sudden elation and optimism you feel when you make a new friend, someone as silly as you but cleverer too, in whose company you know you will travel though life more vagrantly, intensely, joyfully...Quite possibly the best living writer in Britain.'& Daily Telegraph(UK)


    'Dyer is more than a cult writer; he's a virus, invading your system. You look at things differently, embracing the idiosyncratic, keeping the obvious at bay.' Spectator


    'Among the most original and talented writers of his generation.' Independent on Sunday


    'Dyer is compared to Proust, Lawrence and Kingsley Amis. The praise is deserved.' Evening Standard


    'Expect customary wit and insight...Likely the literary travel event of the year.' Bookseller



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
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  • Why Didn't You Just Do What You Were Told? Essays
    Why Didn't You Just Do What You Were Told? Essays
    ISBN: 9781526621900
    Title: Why Didn't You Just Do What You Were Told? Essays
    Author: DISKI JENNY


    A collection of the best of the indomitable Jenny Diski's essays, one of the great anomalies of contemporary literature (The New York Times Magazine), selected by London Review of Books editor Mary-Kay Wilmers.

    She expanded notions about what nonfiction, as an art form, could do and could be. --New Yorker

    Jenny Diski was a fearless writer, for whom no subject was too difficult, even her own cancer diagnosis. Her columns in the London Review of Books--selected here by her editor and friend Mary-Kay Wilmers, on subjects as various as death, motherhood, sexual politics and the joys of solitude--have been described as virtuoso performances, and small masterpieces.

    From Highgate Cemetery to the interior of a psychiatric hospital, from Tottenham Court Road to the icebergs of Antarctica, Why Didn't You Just Do What You Were Told? is a collective interrogation of the universal experience from a very particular psyche: original, opinionated--and mordantly funny.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $39.00
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  • Why Orwell Matters
    Why Orwell Matters
    ISBN: 9780465030507
    Title: Why Orwell Matters
    Author: HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER

    "Hitchens presents a George Orwell fit for the 21st century. "-Boston Globe. In this widely acclaimed biographical essay, Christopher Hitchens assesses the life, the achievements, and the myth of the great political writer and participant George Orwell.

    In true emulative and contrarian style, Hitchens is both admiring and aggressive, sympathetic yet critical, taking true measure of his subject as hero and problem. Answering both the detractors and the false claimants, Hitchens tears down the faade of sainthood erected by the hagiographers and rebuts the critics point by point. He examines Orwell and his perspectives on fascism, empire, feminism, and Englishness, as well as his outlook on America, a country and culture towards which he exhibited much ambivalence.

    Whether thinking about empires or dictators, race or class, nationalism or popular culture, Orwell's moral outlook remains indispensable in a world that has undergone vast changes in the fifty years since his death. Combining the best of Hitchens's polemical punch and intellectual elegance in a tightly woven and subtle argument, this book addresses not only why Orwell matters today, but how he will continue to matter in a future, uncertain world. Christopher Hitchens, one of the most incisive minds of our own age, meets Orwell on the page in this provocative encounter of wit, contention and moral truth.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Words Are My Matter: Writings on Life & Books
    Words Are My Matter: Writings on Life & Books
    ISBN: 9780358212102
    Title: Words Are My Matter: Writings on Life & Books
    Author: LE GUIN URSULA K.

    A collection of essays on life and literature, from one of the most iconic authors and astute critics in contemporary letters.

    Words Are My Matter is essential reading: a collection of talks, essays, and criticism by Ursula K. Le Guin, a literary legend and unparalleled voice of our social conscience. Here she investigates the depth and breadth of contemporary fiction--and, through the lens of literature, gives us a way of exploring the world around us.

    In "Freedom," Le Guin notes: "Hard times are coming, when we'll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now ... to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We'll need writers who can remember freedom--poets, visionaries--realists of a larger reality."

    Le Guin was one of those authors and in Words Are My Matter she gives us just that: a vision of a better reality, fueled by the power and might and hope of language and literature.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00

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  • Wordy
    Wordy
    ISBN: 9781471180125
    Title: Wordy
    Author: SCHAMA SIMON

    'Wordy is about the intoxication of writing; my sense of playful versatility; different voices for different matters: the polemical voice for political columns; the sharp-eyed descriptive take for profiles; poetic precision in grappling with the hard task of translating art into words; lyrical recall for memory pieces. And informing everything a rich sense of the human comedy and the ways it plays through historical time.
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    It's also a reflection on writers who have been shamelessly gloried in verbal abundance; the performing tumble of language - those who have especially inspired me - Dickens and Melvil≤ Joyce and Marquez.'
    Simon Schama


    Sir Simon Schama has been at the forefront of the arts, political commentary, social analysis and historical study for over forty years. As a teacher of Art History and an award-winning television presenter of iconic history-based programming, Simon is equally a prolific bestselling writer and award-winning columnist for many of the world's foremost publishers, broadsheet newspapers, periodicals and magazines.
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    His commissioned subjects over the years have been numerous and wide ranging - from the music of Tom Waits, to the works of Sir Quentin Blake; the history of the colour blue, to discussing what skills an actor needs to create a unique performance of Falstaff. Schama's tastes are wide-ranging as they are eloquent, incisive, witty and thought provoking and have entertained and educated the readers of some of the world's most respected publications - the Times, the Guardian, the New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar& and& Rolling Stone magazine.
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    Wordy is a celebration of one of the world's foremost writers. This collection of fifty essays chosen by the man himself stretches across four decades and is a treasure trove for all those who have a passion for the arts, politics, food and life.
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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry
    World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry
    ISBN: 9780141984131
    Title: World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry
    Author: BERRY WENDELL


    "Mr. Berry's sentences and stories deliver a great payload of edifying entertainment, which I hungrily consume, but it is the bass note of morality thumping through his musical phrases that guides me with the most constant of hands upon my plow." ―Nick Offerman, New York Times bestselling author of Paddle Your Own Canoe


    "Read Berry] with pencil in hand, make notes, and hope that somehow our country and the world will soon come to see the truth that is told here." ―The New York Times


    "He is unlike anybody else writing today." ―New Statesman


    The writings gathered in The World-Ending Fire are the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress and in defense of local landscapes, essays that celebrate our cultural heritage, our history, and our home.


    With grace and conviction, Wendell Berry shows that we simply cannot afford to succumb to the mass-produced madness that drives our global economy--the natural world will not survive it.


    Yet he also shares with us a vision of consolation and of hope. We may be locked in an uneven struggle, but we can and must begin to treat our land, our neighbors, and ourselves with respect and care. As Berry urges, we must abandon arrogance and stand in awe.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Wow, No Thank You
    Wow, No Thank You
    ISBN: 9780571359264
    Title: Wow, No Thank You
    Author: IRBY SAMANTHA

    Staring down the barrel of her fortieth year, Samantha Irby is confronting the ways her life has changed since the days she could work a full 11 hour shift on 4 hours of sleep, change her shoes and put mascara on in the back of a moving cab and go from drinks to dinner to the club without a second thought. Recently, things are more 'Girls Gone Mild.' In Wow, No Thank You Irby discusses the actual nightmare of living in a rural idyll, weighs in on body negativity (loving yourself is a full-time job with shitty benefits) and poses the essential question: Sure sex is fun but have you ever googled a popular meme?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Written in History: Letters That Changed the World
    Written in History: Letters That Changed the World
    ISBN: 9781474609197
    Title: Written in History: Letters That Changed the World
    Author: MONTEFIORE SIMON SEBAG

    Outstanding selection of great letters from ancient times to the 21st century, touching on power, love, art, sex, faith, and war.

    Written in History: Letters that Changed the World celebrates the great letters of world history, and cultural and personal life. Bestselling, prizewinning historian Simon Sebag Montefiore selects letters that have changed the course of global events or touched a timeless emotion--whether passion, rage, humor--from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Some are noble and inspiring, some despicable and unsettling, some are exquisite works of literature, others brutal, coarse, and frankly outrageous, many are erotic, others heartbreaking. It is a surprising and eclectic selection, from the four corners of the world, filled with extraordinary women and men, from ancient times to now.

    Truly a choice of letters for our own times encompassing love letters to calls for liberation to declarations of war to reflections on life and death. The writers vary from Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great to Mandela, Stalin and Picasso, Fanny Burney and Emily Pankhurst to Ada Lovelace and Rosa Parks, Oscar Wilde, Chekhov and Pushkin to Balzac, Mozart and Michelangelo, Hitler, Rameses the Great and Alexander Hamilton to Augustus and Churchill, Lincoln, Donald Trump and Suleiman the Magnificent.

    In a book that is a perfect gift, here is a window on astonishing characters, seminal events, and unforgettable words. In the colorful, accessible style of a master storyteller, Montefiore shows why these letters are essential reading and how they can unveil and enlighten the past--and enrich the way we live now.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00

    $28.00
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