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  1. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt

    Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt


    Prepare yourself for a journey through the world of Patton Oswalt, one of the most creative, insightful, and hysterical voices on the entertain­ment scene today. Learn More
  2. Zizek's Jokes

    Zizek's Jokes: Did You Hear The One About Hegel And Negation?


    "A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes." -Ludwig Wittgenstein Learn More
  3. Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason

    Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason


    Ever accidentally sent a mass e-mail to your office describing your Not Safe-For-Work fantasy kingdom? Or been confused about the ground rules at a cuddle party? Looking to rent an overpriced room in the Hamptons from a co-dependent sociopath with a checkered past (and a hot tub)? Good. Learn More
  4. Yes Please (softcover)

    Yes Please


    Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade? Learn More
  5. The Year of Dreaming Dangerously

    Year of Dreaming Dangerously


    The renowned philosopher finds a utopian future in worldwide protests. Learn More
  6. Winter Journal

    Winter Journal


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    From the bestselling novelist and author of The Invention of Solitude, a moving and highly personal meditation on the body, time, and language itself. Learn More
  7. Why Not Me?

    Why Not Me?


    From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal. Learn More
  8. Why I Write

    Why I Write (Penguin Great Ideas)


    Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives—and destroyed them. Learn More
  9. Why Bother?

    Why Bother?: Getting A Life In A Locked-Down Land


    Many of us feel like fugitives from the media-driven stereotype of a booming country composed of compliant consumers. Learn More
  10. When You Are Engulfed In Flames

    When You Are Engulfed In Flames


    'David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art,' (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book. Learn More
  11. When the Sick Rule the World

    When the Sick Rule the World


    A moving meld of essay, memoir, and story, When the Sick Rule the World collects Dodie Bellamy's new and recent lyric prose. Learn More
  12. What Would Lynne Tillman Do?

    What Would Lynne Tillman Do?


    Here is an American mind contemplating contemporary society and culture with wit, imagination, and a brave intelligence. Learn More
  13. What Are Intellectuals Good For?

    What Are Intellectuals Good For?


    What Are Intellectuals Good For? contains searching appraisals of a large gallery of twentieth-century intellectuals, including Randolph Bourne, Dwight Macdonald, Lionel Trilling, Irving Howe, Isaiah Berlin, William F. Buckley Jr., Allan Bloom, Richard Rorty, Stanley Fish, Christopher Lasch, Edward Said, Ellen Willis, and Christopher Hitchens. Learn More
  14. Welcome to the Desert of the Real

    Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates


    Liberals and conservatives proclaim the end of the American holiday from history. Now the easy games are over; one should take sides. Learn More
  15. We're All Going to Die (Especially Me)

    We're All Going to Die (Especially Me)


    In We're All Going to Die (Especially Me), award-winning journalist Joel Meares reflects on the muddle of Gen Y existence with razor-sharp insight and riotous good humour. Learn More
  16. We Learn Nothing (paperback)

    We Learn Nothing: Essays And Cartoons


    Satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider here turns his most unflinchingly funny, brutally honest mind to the dark truths of the human condition. Learn More
  17. The Way The World Works

    Way the World Works: Essays


    Nicholson Baker, who "writes like no one else in America" (Newsweek), here assembles his best short pieces from the last fifteen years. Learn More
  18. The View from the Cheap Seats

    View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction


    An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing, and distinctive style. Learn More
  19. The Utopia of Rules (paperback)

    Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy


    From the author of the blockbuster international bestseller Debt: The First 5,000 Years comes a revelatory account of the way bureaucracy rules our lives Learn More
  20. Utilitarianism: A Guide for the Perplexed

    Utilitarianism: A Guide for the Perplexed


    A student's introduction to the historical context, key themes and current debates in Utilitarianism. Learn More
  21. Urgent, Unheard Stories

    Urgent Unheard Stories - SIGNED


    A mini-collection of essays on books, reading, and the world of contemporary literature by Roxane Gay available as a limited edition, signed chapbook. Learn More
  22. Universal Exception

    Universal Exception


    Slavoj Žižek is one of the world's foremost cultural commentators: a prolific writer and thinker, whose adventurous, unorthodox and wide-ranging writings have won him a unique place as one of the most high profile thinkers of our time. Learn More
  23. Unfinished Projects

    Unfinished Projects: Decolonization and the Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre


    The philosophical roots of Sartre’s anti-colonial stance. Learn More
  24. True Stories, Well Told

    True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction Magazine


    Creative nonfiction is the literary equivalent of jazz: it’s a rich mix of flavors, ideas, voices, and techniques—some newly invented, and others as old as writing itself. Learn More
  25. The Tipping Point

    Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference


    Why did crime in New York drop so suddenly in the mid-90s? How does an unknown novelist end up a bestselling author? Why is teenage smoking out of control, when everyone knows smoking kills? What makes TV shows like Sesame Street so good at teaching kids how to read? Why did Paul Revere succeed with his famous warning? Learn More

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