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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. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. This Is Water

    This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life


    Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. Learn More
  17. Things That Are

    Things That Are


    The debut collection of a writer whose accolades precede her: a Whiting Award, a Rona Jaffe Award, a Best American Essays selection, and a Pushcart Prize, all received before her first book-length publication. This book represents a major break-out of an entirely new brand of nonfiction writer, in a mode like that of Ander Monson, John D'Agata, and Eula Biss, but a new sort of beast entirely its own. Learn More
  18. The Wordy Shipmates

    The Wordy Shipmates


    The Wordy Shipmates is Sarah Vowell's exploration of the Puritans and their journey to America to become the people of John Winthrop's 'city upon a hill' - a shining example, a 'city that cannot be hid.' Learn More
  19. The Vintage Mencken

    The Vintage Mencken


    The finest and fiercest essays of the great literary iconoclast. Learn More
  20. The Right To Be Lazy

    The Right To Be Lazy: Essays by Paul LaFargue


    At once a masterpiece of critical theory and rip-roaring radical humor, this is one of the most spirited attacks on the notion of the "work ethic" ever to be published! Learn More
  21. The Philosophy Of Punk

    The Philosophy Of Punk: More Than Noise!


    Overall, this is a very in-depth study of punk values, and how punk looks out towards the straight world. Learn More
  22. The Lifespan of a Fact

    The Lifespan of a Fact


    An innovative essayist and his fact-checker do battle about the use of truth and the definition of nonfiction. Learn More
  23. The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books

    The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books


    The way we absorb information has changed dramatically. Edison’s phonograph has been reincarnated as the iPod. Celluloid went digital. But books, for the most part, have remained the same—until now. And while music and movies have undergone an almost Darwinian evolution, the literary world now faces a revolution, a sudden seismic change in the way we buy, produce, and, yes, read books. Learn More
  24. The Great Shark Hunt

    The Great Shark Hunt


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    Gonzo Papers Volume 1: Strange Tales From A Stranger Time. Learn More
  25. The Dreaded Feast

    The Dreaded Feast: Writers on Enduring the Holidays


    The Dreaded Feast will act as a balm for the millions of people who face Christmastime with a mixture of dread and obligation. Whether it’s the last-minute shopping, the unappealing office party, or the prospect of more than 24 hours with family, it’s never easy. Learn More

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