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Negotiating with the Dead
A Writer on Writing
Margaret Atwood
What do we mean when we say that someone is a writer? Is he or she an entertainer? A high priest of the god Art? An improver of readers' minds and morals? And who, for that matter, are these mysterious readers? In this wise and irresistibly quotable...



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Dead Souls
Nikolai Gogol
Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls is the great comic masterpiece of Russian literature–a satirical and splendidly exaggerated epic of life in the benighted provinces.Gogol hoped to show the world "the untold riches of the...



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Deadwood
Pete Dexter
Deadwood, Dakota Territories, 1876: Legendary gunman Wild Bill Hickcock and his friend Charlie Utter have come to the Black Hills town of Deadwood fresh from Cheyenne, fleeing an ungrateful populace. Bill, aging and sick but still able to best any man...



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A Place in Space
Ethics, Aesthetics, and Watersheds
Gary Snyder
In this classic collection of 29 pieces that span half a century, Gary Snyder explores humans’ complex, ever-evolving attitudes toward the environment. He argues that nature is not separate from humanity, but intrinsic to it, and that since societies...



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Between Barack and a Hard Place
Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama
Tim Wise
How Barack Obama's rise is reshaping the meaning of race in the United States today.



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Not Dead Yet
A Feisty Bohemian Explores the Art of Growing Old
Herb Gold
An NPR Book of the Year, “worth, oh well, its weight in gold. . . . vivid and eloquent.”—The New York Times Book ReviewAn upbeat memoir to savor and admire, Still Alive! proves that in your later years you can still be going strong . . . and having...



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Shelter in Place
A Novel
Alexander Maksik
Set in the Pacific Northwest in the jittery, jacked-up early 1990s, Shelter in Place, by one of America's most thrillingly defiant contemporary authors, is a stylish literary novel about the hereditary nature of mental illness, the fleeting intensity of youth, the obligations of family, and the dramatic consequences of love.



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The Stone Building and Other Places
Aslı Erdoğan
Vivid stories from one of Turkey's most admired contemporary female authors, whose political activism has made her the target of state persecution.