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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. The Utopia of Rules

    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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Unfinished Projects

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


    The philosophical roots of Sartre’s anti-colonial stance. Learn More
  8. The Ecstasy of Influence

    The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.


    What’s a novelist supposed to do with contemporary culture? And what’s contemporary culture sup­posed to do with novelists? In The Ecstasy of Influence, Jonathan Lethem, tangling with what he calls the “white elephant” role of the writer as public intellectual, arrives at an astonishing range of answers. Learn More
  9. The Birth (And Death) of the Cool

    The Birth (And Death) of the Cool


    It’s hard to imagine that “the cool” could ever go out of style. After all, cool is style. Isn’t it? And it may be harder to imagine a world where people no longer aspire to coolness. Learn More
  10. Sincerity

    Sincerity: How a moral ideal born five hundred years ago inspired religious wars, modern art, hipster chic, and the curious notion that we all have something to say (no matter how dull)


    A cultural and intellectual history of sincerity, from its emergence during the Protestant Reformation to its present incarnations and adversaries. Learn More
  11. Silver Screen Fiend

    Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film


    New York Times bestselling author, comedian, and actor Patton Oswalt shares his entertaining memoir about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late ’90s while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. Learn More
  12. Sick In The Head

    Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy


    From the writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years—including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham. Learn More
  13. Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm

    Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm


  14. Philosophy: An Illustrated History Of Thought

    Philosophy: An Illustrated History of Thought


    Here is the essential guide to philosophy. Learn More
  15. No Gods, No Masters, No Peripheries: Global Anarchisms

    No Gods No Masters No Peripheries: Global Anarchisms


    Was anarchism in areas outside of Europe an import and a script to be mimicked? Was it perpetually at odds with other currents of the Left? Learn More
  16. No Gods No Masters

    No Gods No Masters


    The first English translation of Guerin's monumental anthology of anarchism, published here in one volume. Learn More
  17. More Curious

    More Curious


    In More Curious, Sean Wilsey travels across the U.S., from the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, to the isolated artists' enclave of Marfa, Texas, to the boardrooms and ballrooms of post–9/11 New York City. Learn More
  18. Modern Romance

    Modern Romance


    A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices. Learn More
  19. Mama Tried

    Mama Tried: Dispatches from the Seamy Underbelly of Modern Parenting - SIGNED


    New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake relates the hilarious horrors of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting in this funny, poignant, and beautifully illustrated book. Learn More
  20. London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction

    London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction


    Voted by the London Times as one of the best writers since 1945, Michael Moorcock has long been considered one of the top names in science fiction and fantasy. Learn More
  21. Lizz Free or Die

    Lizz Free or Die: Essays


    Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and one of today's most hilarious comedians and insightful social critics, pens a brilliant account of how she discovered her comedic voice. Learn More
  22. Living in the End Times

    Living in the End Times


    Zizek analyzes the end of the world at the hands of the "four riders of the apocalypse." Learn More
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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

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