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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
by Jia Tolentino

Language

English

Pages

303

Publication Date

August 06, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?鈥淔rom聽<i>The New Yorker</i>鈥檚聽beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.鈥?lt;i>鈥擡squire</i><br /><i>聽</i><br />鈥淎 whip-smart, challenging book.鈥濃€擹adie Smith 鈥?鈥淛ia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time.鈥?lt;i>鈥擵ulture</i></b><br /><br /> Jia Tolentino is a peerless voice of her generation, tackling the conflicts, contradictions, and sea changes that define us and our time. Now, in this dazzling collection of nine entirely original essays, written with a rare combination of give and sharpness, wit and fearlessness, she delves into the forces that warp our vision, demonstrating an unparalleled stylistic potency and critical dexterity.<br /><br /> <i>Trick Mirror</i> is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine鈥檚 journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die. Gleaming with Tolentino鈥檚 sense of humor and capacity to elucidate the impossibly complex in an instant, and marked by her desire to treat the reader with profound honesty, <i>Trick Mirror</i> is an instant classic of the worst decade yet.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Trick Mirror</i></b><br /><br />鈥淛ia Tolentino is the best young essayist at work in the United States, one I鈥檝e consistently admired and learned from, and I was exhilarated to get a whole lot of her at once in聽<i>Trick Mirror</i>. In these nine essays, she rethinks troubling ingredients of modern life, from the internet to mind-altering drugs to wedding culture. All through the book,聽single sentences flash like lightning聽to show something familiar in a startling way, but she also builds extended arguments with her usual, unusual blend of lyricism and skepticism. In the end, we have聽a picture of America that was as missing as it was needed.鈥?lt;b>鈥擱ebecca Solnit, author of聽<i>Men Explain Things to Me</i><br /></b>
Letters from an Astrophysicist
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Language

English

Pages

253

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<p><strong>A luminous companion to the phenomenal bestseller <em>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</em>.</strong></p><br /><p>Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world鈥檚 largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator.</p><br /><p>Tyson鈥檚 2017 bestseller <em>Astrophysics for People in a Hurry</em> offered more than one million readers an insightful and accessible understanding of the universe. Tyson鈥檚 most candid and heartfelt writing yet, <em>Letters from an Astrophysicist</em> introduces us to a newly personal dimension of Tyson鈥檚 quest to explore our place in the cosmos.</p>
Calypso
by David Sedaris

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<b>David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.<br /><br /></b>If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with <i>Calypso.</i> You'd be wrong. <br /><br />When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.<br /><br />With <i>Calypso,</i> Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.<br /><br />This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. <i>Calypso</i> is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.<br />
Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty (Garden & Gun B...
by , David DiBenedetto

Language

English

Pages

339

Publication Date

October 21, 2014

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<p>Inspired by <em>Garden & Gun</em> magazine鈥檚 popular 鈥淕ood Dog鈥?column, a rich collection of true stories celebrating the unique relationship between humans and their canine companions, penned by some of today鈥檚 top writers, including Jon Meacham, Roy Blount, Jr, Dominique Browning, and P.J. O鈥橰ourke.</p><p>When <em>Garden & Gun</em> magazine debuted a column aptly named 鈥淕ood Dog,鈥?it quickly became one of the publication鈥檚 most popular features in print. Now, Editor-in-Chief David DiBennedetto (proud owner of a Boykin spaniel) and the editors of <em>G&G</em> have gathered the most memorable stories, as well as original pieces, in this collection of essays written by some of most notable dog owners in literature and journalism.</p><p><em>Good Dog</em> offers memorable, beautifully written stories of dog ownership, companionship, friendship, and kinship. From the troublemakers who can鈥檛 be fenced in to the lifelong companions who won鈥檛 leave our sides, this poignant anthology showcases man鈥檚 best friend through all of his most endearing鈥攁nd sometimes maddening鈥攁ttributes. By turns inspirational and humorous (just like the dogs we love), <em>Good Dog</em> is a must-have collection for dog lovers everywhere.</p>
A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life
by Pat Conroy

Language

English

Pages

292

Publication Date

October 25, 2016

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<b>Final words and heartfelt remembrances from bestselling author Pat Conroy take center stage in this winning nonfiction collection, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy鈥檚 many friends.</b><br /><br /> This new volume of Pat Conroy鈥檚 nonfiction brings together some of the most charming interviews, magazine articles, speeches, and letters from his long literary career, many of them addressed directly to his readers with his habitual greeting, 鈥淗ey, out there.鈥?Ranging across diverse subjects, such as favorite recent reads, the challenge of staying motivated to exercise, and processing the loss of dear friends, Conroy鈥檚 eminently memorable pieces offer a unique window into the life of a true titan of Southern writing.<br /><br />With a beautiful introduction from his widow, novelist Cassandra King, <i>A Lowcountry Heart</i> also honors Conroy鈥檚 legacy and the innumerable lives he touched. Finally, the collection turns to remembrances of 鈥淭he Great Conroy,鈥?as he is lovingly titled by friends, and concludes with a eulogy. The inarguable power of Conroy鈥檚 work resonates throughout聽<i>A Lowcountry Heart</i>, and his influence promises to endure.<br /><br />This moving tribute is sure to be a cherished keepsake for any true Conroy fan and remain a lasting monument to one of the best-loved masters of contemporary American letters.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>A Lowcountry Heart</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淎 fascinating look into the mind of one of the South鈥檚 greatest authors . . . something to remember him by and cherish for years to come.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Clarion-Ledger</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淔ans of Conroy . . . will relish the chance to spend more time with him in this glowing valedictory to his life and writing . . . Eloquent, folksy, and sometimes brutally honest.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淎 moving and proper tribute to a true Southern icon.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The</i> <i>Florida Times-Union</i>聽</b><br /><br /> 鈥淓legant essays [that] will not disappoint.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淩esplendent . . . As always, his storytelling, word choice and rhythm are gorgeous, almost lyrical.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>USA Today</i></b>
Listening Below the Noise: A Meditation on the Practice of Silenc...
by Anne D. LeClaire

Language

English

Pages

258

Publication Date

January 29, 2009

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<p>鈥?lt;em>Listening Below the Noise</em> offers readers the possibility of finding grace and peace in the natural world and in ourselves. Elegant and honest鈥?one of those rare books that finds its way into our hearts, and stays there.鈥?鈥?Ann Hood, author of <em>The Knitting Circle</em> </p><p>A meditation on silence, the art of being present, and simple spirituality from critically acclaimed novelist Anne D. LeClaire (<em>Entering Normal, The Lavender Hour</em>), <em>Listening Below the Noise</em> offers a practical path to achieving calm, peaceful solitude in hectic lives. Practitioners of yoga and meditation of various traditions have long known the curative powers of stillness; in <em>Listening Below the Noise</em>, LeClaire offers her own unique, compelling version of this ancient wisdom tradition. </p>
Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays
by Leslie Jamison

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b>From the "astounding" (<i>Entertainment Weekly</i>), "spectacularly evocative" (<i>The Atlantic</i>), and "brilliant" (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>) author of the <i>New York Times </i>bestsellers <i>The Recovering </i>and <i>The Empathy Exams</i> comes a return to the essay form in this expansive new book.</b><i></i><u></u><sub></sub><sup></sup><strike></strike><br /><i></i><u></u><sub></sub><sup></sup><strike></strike><b></b><b></b><br /><b>ONE OF THE FALL'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS: </b><b><i>Time, Entertainment Weekly, O, Oprah Magazine, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Esquire, Seattle Times, Baltimore Sun, BuzzFeed, BookPage, The Millions, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Lit Hub, Women's Day, AV Club, Nylon, Bustle, Goop, Goodreads, Book Riot, Yahoo! Lifestyle, Pacific Standard, The Week, and Romper.</i></b><br /><b></b><b></b><b></b><i></i><u></u><sub></sub><sup></sup><strike></strike><i></i><i></i><i></i><br />With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which Leslie Jamison has been so widely acclaimed, the fourteen essays in <i>Make It Scream, Make It Burn</i> explore the oceanic depths of longing and the reverberations of obsession.<br />Among Jamison's subjects are 52 Blue, deemed "the loneliest whale in the world"; the eerie past-life memories of children; the devoted citizens of an online world called Second Life; the haunted landscape of the Sri Lankan Civil War; and an entire museum dedicated to the relics of broken relationships. Jamison follows these examinations to more personal reckonings -- with elusive men and ruptured romances, with marriage and maternity -- in essays about eloping in Las Vegas, becoming a stepmother, and giving birth.<br />Often compared to Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, and widely considered one of the defining voices of her generation, Jamison interrogates her own life with the same nuance and rigor she brings to her subjects. The result is a provocative reminder of the joy and sustenance that can be found in the unlikeliest of circumstances. <br />
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
by Malcolm Gladwell

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English

Pages

433

Publication Date

October 06, 2009

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<b>Malcolm Gladwell focuses on "minor geniuses" and idiosyncratic behavior to illuminate the ways all of us organize experience in this "delightful" (<i>Bloomberg News</i>) collection of writings from <i>The New Yorker</i>.</b><br /><br />What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20<sup>th</sup> century? <br /> In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves:<i> The Tipping Point</i>; <i>Blink</i>; and <i>Outliers.</i> Now, in <i>What the Dog Saw</i>, he brings together, for the first time, the best of his writing from <i>The</i> <i>New Yorker</i> over the same period. <br /> Here is the bittersweet tale of the inventor of the birth control pill, and the dazzling inventions of the pasta sauce pioneer Howard Moscowitz. Gladwell sits with Ron Popeil, the king of the American kitchen, as he sells rotisserie ovens, and divines the secrets of Cesar Millan, the "dog whisperer" who can calm savage animals with the touch of his hand. He explores intelligence tests and ethnic profiling and "hindsight bias" and why it was that everyone in Silicon Valley once tripped over themselves to hire the same college graduate. <br /> "Good writing," Gladwell says in his preface, "does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else's head." <i>What the Dog Saw </i>is yet another example of the buoyant spirit and unflagging curiosity that have made Malcolm Gladwell our most brilliant investigator of the hidden extraordinary.
The Book of Delights: Essays
by Ross Gay

Language

English

Pages

289

Publication Date

February 19, 2019

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<b>鈥淩oss Gay鈥檚 eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us.鈥?鈥擳racy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate<br /><br /> The winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry offers up a spirited collection of short lyric essays, written daily over a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders.</b><br /><br /> In <i>The Book of Delights</i>, one of today鈥檚 most original literary voices offers up a genre-defying volume of lyric essays written over one tumultuous year. The first nonfiction book from award-winning poet Ross Gay is a record of the small joys we often overlook in our busy lives. Among Gay鈥檚 funny, poetic, philosophical delights: a friend鈥檚 unabashed use of air quotes, cradling a tomato seedling aboard an airplane, the silent nod of acknowledgment between the only two black people in a room. But Gay never dismisses the complexities, even the terrors, of living in America as a black man or the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture or the loss of those he loves. More than anything other subject, though, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world--his garden, the flowers peeking out of the sidewalk, the hypnotic movements of a praying mantis.<br /><br /><i>The Book of Delights</i> is about our shared bonds, and the rewards that come from a life closely observed. These remarkable pieces serve as a powerful and necessary reminder that we can, and should, stake out a space in our lives for delight.
The Best American Essays 2019 (The Best American Series 廬)
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>A collection of the year鈥檚 best essays selected by Robert Atwan and guest editor Rebecca Solnit.</b><br /><br /> 鈥淓ssays are restless literature, trying to find out how things fit together, how we can think about two things at once, how the personal and the public can inform each other, how two overtly dissimilar things share a secret kinship,鈥?contends Rebecca Solnit in her introduction. From lost languages and extinct species to life-affirming cosmologies and literary myths that offer cold comfort, the personal and the public collide in <i>The Best American Essays 2019.</i> This searching, necessary collection grapples with what has preoccupied us in the past year鈥攕exual politics, race, violence, invasive technologies鈥攁nd yet, in reading for the book, Solnit also found 鈥渉ow discovery can be a deep pleasure.鈥?lt;br /> 聽<i>The Best American Essays 2019</i> includes Michelle Alexander, Jabari Asim, Alexander Chee, Masha Gessen, Jean Guerrero, Elizabeth Kolbert, Terese Marie Mailhot, Jia Tolentino, and others.

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