by: Adam Kirsch
Publisher: pW. W. Norton & CompanyBook Description
How to read the Jewish past.
Poet and critic Kirsch (Director, Jewish Studies Master’s Program/Columbia Univ.; Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas, 2014, etc.) takes a reflective look at what his Jewish rel ... more
Publisher: pBlue Rider PressBook Description
A Tony Award–winning playwright turns his hand to humorous nonfiction in this generally disarming, self-mocking collection of essays on matters personal and cultural.
From its cheeky title to the arresting bons mots sprinkled throughou ... more
by: Mary Oliver
Publisher: pPenguin PressBook Description
The Pulitzer Prize–winning poet lovingly reflects on her relationship to nature and the written word.
As a child, Ohio native Oliver (Felicity: Poems, 2015, etc.) found her greatest solace in “two…blessings—the natural wor ... more
by: Benjamin Percy
Publisher: pGraywolf PressBook Description
An accomplished writer comes to the defense of genre.
Percy (The Dead Lands, 2015, etc.) has practiced what he preaches. His novels can be considered genre novels, but they’re more. In this deeply personal and intriguing apologia ... more
Publisher: pHoughton Mifflin HarcourtBook Description
Common expressions gain richness of meaning through mistakes in word usage.
As an editor at the New Yorker, Menaker (My Mistake, 2013) often encountered phrases from fledgling writers in which a sound-alike word, mista ... more
by: Graydon Carter
Publisher: pPenguin BooksBook Description
A coked-up Capote, a torn-apart Tartt, a bellowing Bellow: longtime Vanity Fair editor Carter assembles shimmering pieces on the literary life.
Founded in 1913, Vanity Fair, writes Carter, was “immediately a ... more
by: Cecile Pineda
Publisher: pWings PressBook Description
What is introduced as a writing guide becomes something very different in its execution.
As a novelist, creative writing teacher, and founder and director of an experimental theater, Pineda (Apology to a Whale: Words to Mend a World more