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  1. Half Empty (trade paperback)

    Half Empty


    The inimitably witty David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Get Too Comfortable, defends the commonsensical notion that you should always assume the worst, because you’ll never be disappointed. Learn More
  2. Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide

    Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide


    A huge bestseller in Europe, Frederic Lenoir’s Happiness is an exciting journey that examines how history’s greatest philosophers and religious figures have answered life’s most fundamental question: What is happiness and how do I achieve it? Learn More
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  4. The Hatred of Poetry

    Hatred of Poetry


    No art has been denounced as often as poetry. It's even bemoaned by poets: "I, too, dislike it," wrote Marianne Moore. Learn More
  5. Hippias Minor Or The Art Of Cunning

    Hippias Minor or The Art of Cunning: A New Translation of Plato's Most Controversial Dialogue


    One of Plato's most controversial dialogues, Hippias Minor details Socrates' claims that there is no difference between a person who tells the truth and one who lies, and that the good man is the one who willingly makes mistakes and does wrong. Learn More
  6. hold everything dear

    Hold Everything Dear


    John Berger occupies a unique position in the international cultural landscape: artist, filmmaker, poet, philosopher, novelist, essayist, he is also a deeply thoughtful political activist. Learn More
  7. Holidays On Ice

    Holidays On Ice


    A collection of David Sedaris' essays. Learn More
  8. Hope in the Dark

    Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities


    A book as powerful and influential as Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me, Hope in the Dark was written to counter the despair of radicals at a moment when they were focused on their losses and had turned their back to the victories behind them—and the unimaginable changes soon to come. Learn More
  9. How Did You Get This Number

    How Did You Get This Number


    Sloane Crosley, the brilliantly funny "fountain of observations" (Boston Globe), now takes readers from a bear-infested wedding in Alaska to a run-in with clowns in Portugal in a new collection of essays about the messiest and most unexpected dilemmas life has to offer. Learn More
  10. How Literature Saved My Life

    How Literature Saved My Life


    In this wonderfully intelligent, stunningly honest, and painfully funny book, acclaimed writer David Shields uses himself as a representative for all readers and writers who seek to find salvation in literature. Learn More
  11. I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son

    I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son


    With a chirp, a smirk, and a nod, Kent Russell crisscrosses the country, seeking immersive experiences and revelations on society’s ragged edge. Learn More
  12. I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts

    I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams


    From the cultural critic Wired called "provocative and cuttingly humorous" comes a viciously funny, joltingly insightful collection of drive-by critiques of contemporary America where chaos is the new normal. Learn More
  13. I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales

    I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales


    For years, Todd Snider has been one of the most beloved country-folk singers in the United States, compared to Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, John Prine, and dozens of others. Learn More
  14. I Totally Meant To Do That

    I Totally Meant to Do That


    Jane Borden is a hybrid too horrifying to exist: a hipster-debutante. She was reared in a propert Southern home in Greensboro, North Carolina, sent to boarding school in Virginia, and then went on to join a sorority in Chapel Hill. She next moved to New York and discovered that none of this grooming meant a lick to anyone. In fact, she hid her upbringing for many years--it was easier than explaining what a debutante "does" (the short answer: not much). Learn More
  15. I Wear the Black Hat (softcover)

    I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)


    From New York Times bestselling author, “one of America’s top cultural critics” (Entertainment Weekly), and “The Ethicist” for The New York Times Magazine, comes a new book of all original pieces on villains and villainy. Learn More
  16. In Defense Of Lost Causes

    In Defense Of Lost Causes


    Acclaimed, adrenalin-fuelled manifesto for universal values by 'the most dangerous philosopher in the West.' Learn More
  17. Information Doesn't Want To Be Free (paperback)

    Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age


    In sharply argued, fast-moving chapters, Cory Doctorow’s Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. Learn More
  18. The Internet Is Not The Answer

    Internet Is Not The Answer


    The Internet, created during the Cold War, has now ushered in one of the greatest shifts in society since the Industrial Revolution. Learn More
  19. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (trade paperback)

    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?” Learn More
  20. Jane Jacobs: The Last Interview

    Jane Jacobs: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations


    Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “perhaps the single most influential work in the history of town planning,” Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities was instantly recognized as a masterpiece upon its publication in 1961. Learn More
  21. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

    Lafayette in the Somewhat United States


    From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot, an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette. Learn More
  22. Learning To Live Finally

    Learning To Live Finally: The Last Interview


    With death looming, Jacques Derrida, the world's most famous philosopher, sat down with Jean Birnbaum of the French daily Le Monde. Learn More
  23. Less Than Nothing

    Less Than Nothing: Hegel And The Shadow Of Dialectical Materialism


    For the last two centuries, Western philosophy has developed in the shadow of Hegel, an influence each new thinker struggles to escape. As a consequence, Hegel’s absolute idealism has become the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring the fact that he is the defining philosopher of the historical transition to modernity, a period with which our own times share startling similarities. Learn More
  24. Let's Be Less Stupid

    Let's Be Less Stupid: An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties


    Former SNL writer and The New Yorker staffer Patty Marx employs the weapon she wields best--not that weapon; Patty believes in gun control. Learn More
  25. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls (paperback)

    Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls


    A new collection of essays from the #1 New York Times bestselling author who has been called "the preeminent humorist of his generation" (Entertainment Weekly). Learn More

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