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Poetry, Essays & Bibliophilia

A sampling of our collection - updated frequently. Please check back often!

Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light: Essays Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780385546157
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Published: Doubleday - July 13th, 2021

The bestselling author of American Housewife and Southern Lady Code returns with a viciously funny, deeply felt collection of essays on friendship among grown-ass women.


Becoming a Writer, Staying a Writer: The Artistry, Joy, and Career of Storytelling Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781950665884
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Published: BenBella Books - June 1st, 2021

In the words of novelist Harlan Ellison, "The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer.

New York Times bestselling author and British Academy Award nominee J. Michael Straczynski knew he wanted to be a writer ever since he was a child. What he didn't know was how to actually become, or stay, a writer. 


Genius and Ink: Virginia Woolf on How to Read Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780008361884
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Published: Tls Books - June 1st, 2021

FOREWORD BY ALI SMITH

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY FRANCESCA WADE

Who better to serve as a guide to great books and their authors than Virginia Woolf?


Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020 Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593133170
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Published: Random House - May 25th, 2021

Newly collected, revised, and expanded nonfiction from the first two decades of the twenty-first century—including many texts never previously in print—by the Booker Prize–winning, internationally bestselling author


Where Hope Comes from: Poems of Resilience, Healing, and Light Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780306826405
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Published: Hachette Books - June 1st, 2021

**The Sunday Times Bestseller**

Instagram superstar and poet Nikita Gill returns to her roots with her most personal collection yet, including more than twenty poems exclusive to the US edition.


Letters to a Young Poet: A New Translation and Commentary Cover Image
By Rainer Maria Rilke, Joanna Macy (Translated by), Anita Barrows (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611806861
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Published: Shambhala - June 1st, 2021

A fresh perspective on a beloved classic by acclaimed translators Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy.


Letters of Note: Fathers Cover Image
By Shaun Usher (Compiled by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143134701
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Published: Penguin Books - May 11th, 2021

A fascinating new volume of messages about fatherhood, from the author of the bestselling Letters of Note collections.


The Window Seat: Notes from a Life in Motion Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802158581
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Published: Grove Press - May 18th, 2021

A stunning new collection of essays from the award-winning author of Happiness, The Window Seat explores border crossings both literal and philosophical, our relationship with the natural world, and the stories that we tell ourselves.


Yearbook Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984825407
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Published: Crown - May 11th, 2021

#2 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* • “Rogen’s candid collection of sidesplitting essays . . . thrives at both explaining and encapsulating a generational comedic voice.”—The Washington Post


Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry Cover Image
By Joy Harjo (Editor), Carla D. Hayden (Foreword by), The Library of Congress (With)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780393867916
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2021

A powerful, moving anthology that celebrates the breadth of Native poets writing today.


Twice Alive Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811230292
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Published: New Directions - May 4th, 2021

An exciting new book about renewal by the winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry


Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781938235818
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Published: Hub City Press - April 20th, 2021

"You are a rare bird, easy to see but invisible just the same." That thought is close at hand in Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts, as renowned naturalist and writer J. Drew Lanham explores his obsession with birds and all things wild in a mixture of poetry and prose.


Synthesizing Gravity: Selected Prose Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802148582
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Published: Grove Press - April 20th, 2021

The first-ever collection of essays by one of our most distinguished and distinctive poets, Pulitzer Prize-winner and former Poet Laureate of the United States, Kay Ryan

Synthesizing Gravity gathers for the first time a thirty-year selection of Kay Ryan's probings into aesthetics, poetics, and the mind in pursuit of art.


The Science of Storytelling: Why Stories Make Us Human and How to Tell Them Better Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419747953
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Published: Abrams Press - April 20th, 2021

The compelling, groundbreaking guide to creative writing that reveals how the brain responds to storytelling, based on the wildly popular creative writing classStories shape who we are. They drive us to act out our dreams and ambitions and mold our beliefs. Storytelling is an essential part of what makes us human. So, how do master storytellers compel us?


100 Poems to Break Your Heart Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780544931886
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Published: Mariner Books - March 30th, 2021

100 of the most moving and inspiring poems of the last 200 years from around the world, a collection that will comfort and enthrall anyone trapped by grief or loneliness, selected by the award-winning, best-selling, and beloved author of How to Read a Poem

Implicit in poetry is the idea that we are enriched by heartbreaks, by the recognition and understanding of suff


The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593465271
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Published: Viking Books - March 30th, 2021

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller and #1 USA Today bestseller

Amanda Gorman’s electrifying and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition.

“Stunning.” —CNN
“Dynamic.” —NPR


Live Oak, with Moss Cover Image
By Walt Whitman, Brian Selznick (Illustrator), Karen Karbiener (Afterword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419748158
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - March 23rd, 2021

New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Medal–winning Brian Selznick illustrates Walt Whitman like never before—now in paperback

As he was turning 40, Walt Whitman wrote 12 poems in a small handmade book he entitled Live Oak, with Moss. The poems were intensely private reflections on his attraction and affection for other men.


American Wake Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781574232479
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Published: Black Sparrow Press - March 23rd, 2021

"The poems, plainspoken distillations of origins and loss, explore histories, teasing at what we know without knowing, and know without remembering we know. A book of quiet, watchful radiance."--The Boston Globe

"Must-read poetry."--The Millions


How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope Cover Image
By James Crews, Ross Gay (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781635863864
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - March 23rd, 2021

An Indie Poetry Bestseller!

What the world needs now
– featuring poems from inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, Ross Gay, Tracy K.


Letters of Note: Mothers Cover Image
By Shaun Usher (Compiled by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143134725
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Published: Penguin Books - April 6th, 2021

A fascinating new volume of messages about motherhood, from the author of the bestselling Letters of Note collections. In Letters of Note: Mothers, Shaun Usher gathers together exceptional missives by and about mothers, celebrating the joy and grief, humour and frustration, wisdom and sacrifice the role brings to both parent and child.


North by Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholar's Quest for the Truth Behind the Bard's Work Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316493246
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Published: Hachette Books - March 30th, 2021

**Winner of the 2021 International Book Award in Narrative Non-Fiction**

The true story of a self-taught Shakespeare sleuth’s quest to prove his eye-opening theory about the source of the world’s most famous plays, taking readers inside the vibrant era of Elizabethan England as well as the contemporary scene of Shakespeare scholars and obsessives.


Acclaimed


The Golden Age of the American Essay: 1945-1970 Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780525567332
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Published: Anchor - April 6th, 2021

A one-of-a-kind anthology of American essays on a wide range of subjects by a dazzling array of mid-century writers at the top of their form.


If Men, Then: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374539313
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 16th, 2021

A darkly humorous collection of poems by the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Wideawake Field and Amity and Prosperity


Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer: Essays (Counterpoints #6) Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9781640094574
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Published: Counterpoint - February 9th, 2021

A brief meditation on the role of technology in his own life and how it has changed the landscape of the United States from "America's greatest philosopher on sustainable life and living" (Chicago Tribune).


African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (LOA #333): A Library of America Anthology Cover Image
By Kevin Young (Editor)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781598536669
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Published: Library of America - October 20th, 2020

A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of Black poetry ever published, gathering 250 poets from the colonial period to the present


Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-reader Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250785725
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Published: Picador - February 2nd, 2021

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. One of Library Journal's Best Books of 2020.

One of our most beloved writers reassess the electrifying works of literature that have shaped her life

I sometimes think I was born reading . . . I can’t remember the time when I didn’t have a book in my hands, my head lost to the world around me.


A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984856029
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the Booker Prize–winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today.

“[A] worship song to writers and readers.”—Oprah Daily


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