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By Sergio Pitol, George Henson (Translator), Enrique Vila-Matas (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781941920060
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - March 17th, 2015

A meditation on travel, literature, writing, politics and culture, The Art of Flight is the long overdue introduction of one of the great living Mexican writers to American readers. Part memoir, part travelogue, part something else, this book is a must for writers and others interested in creativity or thoughtful considerations of ways of being. Also great for fans of The Empathy Exams, The Argonauts, and, oddly, Knaussgaard's My Struggle.




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ISBN: 9780062236685
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 7th, 2014

An incisive collection of essays from the acclaimed author of Bel Canto. Seemingly disparate pieces come together in a nuanced exploration of the reading, writing, and empathetic life. Read for inspiration, reflection, and Patchett's luminous prose.


The Empathy Exams

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ISBN: 9781555976712
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 1st, 2014

Jamison asks one question over and over in The Empathy Exams. She asks it of young doctors, ultrarunners, John Agee, Joan Didion, a man who punched her, a man in jail, a woman who believes fibers grow out of her skin. She asks them all, herself, and you: how can we be people with each other? Through her brilliant essays, equal parts head and heart, she leads us closer to answering her own impossible question.


White Girls

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ISBN: 9781936365814
Availability: Out of Print
Published: McSweeney's - November 12th, 2013

Intrigued by the description, I borrowed this from the library. Als’ essays tear right through you. Intelligent, honest, and unflinching explorations of love, race, music, culture, and literature. I thought immediately of James Baldwin, Joan Didion, and Hunter S. Thompson. (Imagine that dinner party.) It’s the first essay collection I’ve ever been compelled to charge through cover to cover. I returned the library copy  and bought my own.  


Deadline Artists

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ISBN: 9781468300543
Availability: On Order at the Warehouse: Not Guaranteed for the Holidays
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 25th, 2012

This collection brings together some of the best newspaper columns from the last 150 years, from famous names like H.L. Mencken and Dave Barry to brilliant unknowns who understand the power of a well-written sentence.


E.B. White on Dogs

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By Martha White (Editor)
ISBN: 9780884483410
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - March 25th, 2013

Can you imagine a better combination; dogs, and E.B. White’s writings about them? Essays from Harper’s Magazine and The New Yorker, poems, and personal letters make up this delightful collection. Each piece contains White’s gentle humor, distinctive style and his unquestioning love of dogs.


Both Flesh and Not

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ISBN: 9780316182379
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 6th, 2012

Presenting a range of previously uncollected essays, this book truly shows David Foster Wallace’s range as a writer and thinker. From pop culture looks at tennis and Terminator 2, to thoughts on math and words, to one of the most thorough critical explorations of David Markson’s seminal and challenging Wittgenstein’s Mistress, Both Flesh and Not, is more proof of Wallace’s expansive brilliance. And the pages between essays are filled with words from Wallace’s personal dictionary, the list of words and definitions he kept over the course of his life. Worth the price of admission right there.


The Way the World Works

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ISBN: 9781416572473
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 7th, 2012

There are many gems in this wide ranging book of essays and they can mined in any order you please.  Among my favorites are "Sunday at the Dump" and "Why I Like the Telephone" in which Baker recalls the childhood delight he felt in being the person in the household responsible for calling the automated number sponsored by the local bank to get the current time and temperature.  The essay entitled "Inky Burden" is a brief but eloquent testament to the pleasure and the power of the printed page.



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