The titles in this category deal with society at large - politics, history, religion, science, crime, etc.

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  1. Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011

    Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011


    An eclectic volume introduced by Guillermo del Toro and compiled by Dave Eggers and students of his San Francisco writing center, who don’t leave a stone unturned in their search for nonrequired gems. Learn More
  2. Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012

    Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012


    The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Learn More
  3. Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014

    Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014


    The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Learn More
  4. Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015

    Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015


    Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Orphan Master’s Son, works with group of high school students out of 826 San Francisco to select the year’s best new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and category-defying gems aimed at readers 15 and up. Learn More
  5. Between The World And Me

    Between the World and Me


    Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer) Learn More
  6. Between You & Me

    Between You And Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen


    The most irreverent and helpful book on language since the #1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Learn More
  7. Blink

    Blink: The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking


    In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Learn More
  8. Both Flesh And Not

    Both Flesh and Not: Essays


    Beloved for his epic agony, brilliantly discerning eye, and hilarious and constantly self-questioning tone, David Foster Wallace was heralded by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation. Learn More
  9. The Boy Who Could Change the World

    Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz


    In his too-short life, Aaron Swartz reshaped the Internet, questioned our assumptions about intellectual property, and touched all of us in ways that we may not even realize. Learn More
  10. Bright-Sided (trade paperback)

    Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America


    A sharp-witted knockdown of America’s love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realism. Learn More
  11. Captive Audience

    Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age


    Ten years ago, the United States stood at the forefront of the Internet revolution. With some of the fastest speeds and lowest prices in the world for high-speed Internet access, the nation was poised to be the global leader in the new knowledge-based economy. Learn More
  12. Cat Is Art Spelled Wrong

    Cat Is Art Spelled Wrong


    Fifteen writers, all addressing not just our fascination with cat videos, but also how we decide what is good or bad art, or art at all; how taste develops, how that can change, and why we love or hate something. It's about people and technology and just what it is about cats that makes them the internet's cutest despots. Learn More
  13. Cataract

    Cataract: Some Notes After Having a Cataract Removed


    “Behind my right eye hangs a burlap cloth; behind my left eye there's a mirror. . . Before the burlap the visible remains indifferent; before the mirror it begins to play.” Learn More
  14. Censorship Now!!

    Censorship Now


    In this outrageous and hilarious new essay collection, underground music icon Ian F. Svenonius tackles such diverse subjects as IKEA, Apple, the weather, the gentrification of punk by indie rock, Marion Barry, the film Heathers, Christian pornography, vampires, hoarding, the role of sugar in empire-building, how to properly tip at restaurants, the return of the hat in men's fashion, and other highly topical matters. Learn More
  15. Changing My Mind (trade paperback)

    Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays


    A sparkling collection of Zadie Smith’s nonfiction over the past decade. Learn More
  16. Chuck Klosterman IV

    Chuck Klosterman IV


    A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas. Learn More
  17. Citizen

    Citizen: An American Lyric


    Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Learn More
  18. Confessions of an Antinatalist

    Confessions of an Antinatalist


    Life is a mixture of good and bad, or so they say. Trouble is, there’s no way to determine where a particular life might fall along fortune’s spectrum. Learn More
  19. Consider the Lobster

    Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays


    A brilliant and hilarious new collection of essays from the author of Infinite Jest. Learn More
  20. Context



    One of the internet’s most celebrated hi-tech culture mavens returns with this second collection of essays and polemics. Learn More
  21. Culture Crash

    Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class


    Change is no stranger to us in the twenty-first century. We must constantly adjust to an evolving world, to transformation and innovation. But for many thousands of creative artists, a torrent of recent changes has made it all but impossible to earn a living. Learn More
  22. Dance of the Reptiles

    Dance of the Reptiles: Rampaging Tourists, Marauding Pythons, Larcenous Legislators, Crazed Celebrities, and Tar-Balled Beaches: Selected Columns


    If you think the wildest, wackiest stories that Carl Hiaasen can tell have all made it into his hilarious, bestselling novels, think again. Learn More
  23. Deliriously Happy

    Deliriously Happy: and Other Bad Thoughts


    Do you like dogs? Babies? Baby dogs? Have you ever eaten ice cream or had love troubles? Wish there were dirty parts in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the book for you. Learn More
  24. Distrust That Particular Flavor (trade paperback)

    Distrust That Particular Flavor


    William Gibson is known primarily as a novelist, with his work ranging from his groundbreaking first novel, Neuromancer, to his more recent contemporary bestsellers Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History. Learn More
  25. Don't Lose Track Volume 1:

    Don't Lose Track Volume 1: 40 Selected Articles, Essays and Q&As


    Don't Lose Track is a collection from the widely published arts and culture journalist, Jordannah Elizabeth. Learn More

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