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Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting
by Ann Hood

Language

English

Pages

305

Publication Date

November 11, 2013

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<p><strong>"In this lovely anthology, Sue Grafton, Barbara Kingsolver, and other authors go public with their passion for knitting." 鈥?lt;em>People</em> (four stars)</strong></p><br /><p>"The impressive collection of writers here have contributed essays that celebrate knitting and knitters. They share their knitting triumphs and disasters as well as their life triumphs and disasters鈥hese essays will break your heart. They will have you laughing out loud." 鈥擜nn Hood, from the introduction</p><br /><p>Why does knitting occupy a place in the hearts of so many writers? What鈥檚 so magical and transformative about yarn and needles? How does knitting help us get through life-changing events and inspire joy? In <em>Knitting Yarns</em>, twenty-seven writers tell stories about how knitting healed, challenged, or helped them to grow. Barbara Kingsolver describes sheering a sheep for yarn. Elizabeth Berg writes about her frustration at failing to knit. Ann Patchett traces her life through her knitting, writing about the scarf that knits together the women she鈥檚 loved and lost. Knitting a Christmas gift for his blind aunt helped Andre Dubus III knit an understanding with his girlfriend. Kaylie Jones finds the woman who used knitting to help raise her in France and heals old wounds. Sue Grafton writes about her passion for knitting. Also included are five original knitting patterns created by Helen Bingham.</p><br /><p>Poignant, funny, and moving, <em>Knitting Yarns</em> is sure to delight knitting enthusiasts and lovers of literature alike.</p>
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
by Jia Tolentino

Language

English

Pages

303

Publication Date

August 06, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?鈥淔rom聽<i>The New Yorker</i>鈥檚聽beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.鈥?lt;i>鈥擡squire</i><br /><i>聽</i><br />鈥淎 whip-smart, challenging book.鈥濃€擹adie Smith 鈥?鈥淛ia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time.鈥?lt;i>鈥擵ulture</i></b><br /><br /><b><b><b><b>FINALIST FOR聽THE聽NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE鈥橲 JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK 鈥⒙?lt;/b></b></b>NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY AND <i>HARVARD CRIMSON聽</i>AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The New York Times Book Review </i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Time </i>鈥?<i>Chicago Tribune</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>The Washington Post</i> 鈥?NPR 鈥?<i>Variety</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>Esquire </i>鈥?<i>Vox</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>Elle聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Glamour</i> 鈥?<i>GQ</i>聽鈥⒙?lt;i>Good Housekeeping </i>鈥?<i>The Paris Review</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>Paste</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>Town & Country聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>BookPage </i>鈥?<i>Kirkus Reviews</i> 鈥⒙?lt;i>BookRiot </i>鈥?<i>Shelf Awareness</i></b><br /><br /> Jia Tolentino is a peerless voice of her generation, tackling the conflicts, contradictions, and sea changes that define us and our time. Now, in this dazzling collection of nine entirely original essays, written with a rare combination of give and sharpness, wit and fearlessness, she delves into the forces that warp our vision, demonstrating an unparalleled stylistic potency and critical dexterity.<br /><br /> <i>Trick Mirror</i> is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine鈥檚 journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die. Gleaming with Tolentino鈥檚 sense of humor and capacity to elucidate the impossibly complex in an instant, and marked by her desire to treat the reader with profound honesty, <i>Trick Mirror</i> is an instant classic of the worst decade yet.<br /><br /><b>FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY</b>
Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artis...
by Penguin Books

Language

English

Pages

279

Publication Date

September 26, 2017

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<b>A stunning masterclass on <b>the creative process</b>, the craft of writing, and the art of finding inspiration from Stephen King, Elizabeth Gilbert, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, Roxane Gay, Neil Gaiman, and more of the most acclaimed writers at work today<br /><br />"For artists in need of a creative fix,聽<i>Light the Dark</i>聽is as good as a visit from the divine muse." -<i>Bookpage</i><br /></b><br /> What inspires you? That's the simple, but profound question posed to forty-six renowned authors in LIGHT THE DARK. Each writer begins with a favorite passage from a novel, a song, a poem鈥攕omething that gets them started and keeps them going with the creative work they love. From there, incredible lessons and stories of life-changing encounters with art emerge, like how sneaking books into his job as a night security guard helped Khaled Hosseini learn that nothing he creates will ever be truly finished. Or how a college reading assignment taught Junot D鉚az that great art can be a healing conversation, and an unexpected poet led Elizabeth Gilbert to embrace an unyielding optimism, even in the face of darkness. LIGHT THE DARK collects the best of <i>The Atlantic</i>'s much-acclaimed "By Heart" series edited by Joe Fassler and adds brand new pieces, each one paired with a striking illustration. Here is a guide to creative living and writing in the vein of <i>Daily Rituals</i>, <i>Bird by Bird</i>,聽<i>Draft No. 4</i>, and <i>Big Magic</i> for anyone who wants to learn how great writers find inspiration鈥攁nd to find some of your own.<br /><br /> <b>CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS:</b> Elizabeth Gilbert, Junot D鉚az, Marilynne Robinson, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Aimee Bender, Mary Gaitskill, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman,聽Roxane Gay, Angela Flournoy, Jonathan Franzen,聽Yiyun Li, Leslie Jamison, Claire Messud, 聽Edwidge Danticat, David Mitchell, Khaled Hosseini, Ayana Mathis, Kathryn Harrison, Azar Nafisi,聽 Hanya Yanagihara, Jane Smiley, Nell Zink, Emma Donoghue, Jeff Tweedy, Eileen Myles, Maggie Shipstead, Sherman Alexie, Andre Dubus III, Billy Collins, Lev Grossman, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Charles Simic, Jim Shepard,聽 T.C. Boyle, Tom Perrotta, Viet Thanh Nguyen, William Gibson, Mark Haddon, Ethan Canin, Jesse Ball, Jim Crace, and Walter Mosley.<br /><br />"As [these authors] reveal what inspires them, they, in turn, inspire the reader, all while celebrating the beauty and purpose of art." -<i>Booklist</i>
The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians
by David M. Rubenstein

Language

English

Pages

407

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b>Co-founder of The Carlyle Group and patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein takes readers on a sweeping journey across the grand arc of the American story through revealing conversations with our greatest historians.</b><br /><br />In these lively dialogues, the biggest names in American history explore the subjects they've come to so intimately know and understand.<br /> <br /> -- <b>David McCullough</b> on John Adams<br /> -- <b>Jon Meacham</b> on Thomas Jefferson<br /> -- <b>Ron Chernow</b> on Alexander Hamilton<br /> -- <b>Walter Isaacson</b> on Benjamin Franklin<br /> -- <b>Doris Kearns Goodwin</b> on Abraham Lincoln<br /> -- <b>A. Scott Berg</b> on Charles Lindbergh<br /> -- <b>Taylor Branch</b> on Martin Luther King<br /> -- <b>Robert Caro</b> on Lyndon B. Johnson<br /> -- <b>Bob Woodward</b> on Richard Nixon<br /> --<b>And many others, including a special conversation with Chief Justice John Roberts </b><br /> <br /> Through his popular program <i>The David Rubenstein Show</i>, David Rubenstein has established himself as one of our most thoughtful interviewers. Now, in <i>The American Story,</i> David captures the brilliance of our most esteemed historians, as well as the souls of their subjects. The book features introductions by Rubenstein as well as a foreword by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead our national library. Richly illustrated with archival images from the Library of Congress, the book is destined to become a classic for serious readers of American history.<br /> <br /> Through these captivating exchanges, these bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors offer fresh insight on pivotal moments from the Founding Era to the late 20th century.
Calypso
by David Sedaris

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<b>David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.<br /><br /></b>If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with <i>Calypso.</i> You'd be wrong. <br /><br />When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.<br /><br />With <i>Calypso,</i> Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.<br /><br />This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. <i>Calypso</i> is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.<br />
The Book of Delights: Essays
by Ross Gay

Language

English

Pages

289

Publication Date

February 19, 2019

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br /> As Heard on NPR's <i>This American Life</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淩oss Gay鈥檚 eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us.鈥?鈥擳racy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate<br /><br /> The winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry offers up a spirited collection of short lyric essays, written daily over a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders.<br /><br /> In <i>The Book of Delights</i>, one of today鈥檚 most original literary voices offers up a genre-defying volume of lyric essays written over one tumultuous year. The first nonfiction book from award-winning poet Ross Gay is a record of the small joys we often overlook in our busy lives. Among Gay鈥檚 funny, poetic, philosophical delights: a friend鈥檚 unabashed use of air quotes, cradling a tomato seedling aboard an airplane, the silent nod of acknowledgment between the only two black people in a room. But Gay never dismisses the complexities, even the terrors, of living in America as a black man or the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture or the loss of those he loves. More than anything other subject, though, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world--his garden, the flowers peeking out of the sidewalk, the hypnotic movements of a praying mantis.<br /><br /><i>The Book of Delights</i> is about our shared bonds, and the rewards that come from a life closely observed. These remarkable pieces serve as a powerful and necessary reminder that we can, and should, stake out a space in our lives for delight.
Something That May Shock and Discredit You
by Mallory Ortberg

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English

Pages

252

Publication Date

February 11, 2020

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<b>Named one of the most anticipated books of the year by <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>, <i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i>, <i>BuzzFeed</i>, <i>Electric Literature</i>, <i>Yahoo Lifestyle</i>, and Bitch Media </b><br /> <br /> <b>鈥淎 delightful hybrid of a book鈥?Yo</b><b>u鈥檒</b><b>l laugh, you'll cry, often both at once. Everyone should read this extraordinary book.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Kirkus Reviews</i> (starred review)</b><br /> <br /> <b>From the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Texts From Jane Eyre </i>and <i>Merry Spinster</i>, writer of <i>Slate</i>鈥檚 鈥淒ear Prudence鈥?column, and cofounder of <i>The Toast</i> comes a hilarious and stirring collection of essays and cultural observations spanning pop culture鈥攆rom the endearingly popular to the staggeringly obscure.</b><br /><br />Daniel Mallory Ortberg is known for blending genres, forms, and sources to develop fascinating new hybrids鈥攆rom lyric rants to horror recipes to pornographic scripture. In his most personal work to date, he turns his attention to the essay, offering vigorous and laugh-out-loud funny accounts of both popular and highbrow culture while mixing in meditations on gender transition, family dynamics, and the many meanings of faith.<br /> <br />From a thoughtful analysis of the beauty of William Shatner to a sinister reimagining of HGTV鈥檚 <i>House Hunters</i>, and featuring figures as varied as Anne of Green Gables, Columbo, Nora Ephron, Apollo, and the cast of <i>Mean Girls</i>, <i>Something That May Shock and Discredit You</i> is a hilarious and emotionally exhilarating compendium that combines personal history with cultural history to make you see yourself and those around you entirely anew. It further establishes Ortberg as one of the most innovative and engaging voices of his generation鈥攁nd it may just change the way you think about Lord Byron forever.
The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism
by Kyle Chayka

Language

English

Pages

264

Publication Date

January 21, 2020

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<b><i>New York Times Book Review </i>Editor's Choice</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>"More than just a story of an abiding cultural preoccupation, <i>The Longing For Less</i> peels back the commodified husk of minimalism to reveal something surprising and thoroughly alive." -Jenny Odell, author of </b><i><b>How to Do Nothing</b> </i><br /><br />鈥淟ess is more鈥? Everywhere we hear the mantra. Marie Kondo and other decluttering gurus promise that shedding our stuff will solve our problems. We commit to cleanse diets and strive for inbox zero. Amid the frantic pace and distraction of everyday life, we covet silence-and airy, Instagrammable spaces in which to enjoy it. The popular term for this brand of upscale austerity, 鈥渕inimalism,鈥?has mostly come to stand for things to buy and consume. But minimalism has richer, deeper, and altogether more valuable gifts to offer. <br /> <br />Kyle Chayka is one of our sharpest cultural observers. After spending years covering minimalist trends for leading publications, he now delves beneath this lifestyle's glossy surface, seeking better ways to claim the time and space we crave. He shows that our longing for less goes back further than we realize. His search leads him to the philosophical and spiritual origins of minimalism, and to the stories of artists such as Agnes Martin and Donald Judd; composers such as John Cage and Julius Eastman; architects and designers; visionaries and misfits. As Chayka looks anew at their extraordinary lives and explores the places where they worked-from Manhattan lofts to the Texas high desert and the back alleys of Kyoto-he reminds us that what we most require is presence, not absence. The result is an elegant new synthesis of our minimalist desires and our profound emotional needs.
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments
by David Foster Wallace

Language

English

Pages

372

Publication Date

October 31, 2009

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In this exuberantly praised book - a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has delighted readers of his fiction, including the bestselling <i>Infinite Jest</i>. <strong></strong>
Feel Free: Essays
by Zadie Smith

Language

English

Pages

464

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<b><b><b><b><b>Winner of the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism聽</b></b></b><br /><br />A <i>New York Times</i> Notable Book<br /><br />From Zadie Smith, one of the most beloved authors of her generation, a new collection of essays </b></b><br /><br />Since she burst spectacularly into view with her debut novel almost two decades ago, Zadie Smith has established herself not just as one of the world's preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. She contributes regularly to <i>The New Yorker </i>and the <i>New York Review of Books</i> on a range of subjects, and each piece of hers is a literary event in its own right.<br /><br />Arranged into five sections--In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free--this new collection poses questions we immediately recognize. What is The Social Network--and Facebook itself--really about? "It's a cruel portrait of us: 500 million sentient people entrapped in the recent careless thoughts of a Harvard sophomore." Why do we love libraries? "Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay." What will we tell our granddaughters about our collective failure to address global warming? "So I might say to her, look: the thing you have to appreciate is that we'd just been through a century of relativism and deconstruction, in which we were informed that most of our fondest-held principles were either uncertain or simple wishful thinking, and in many areas of our lives we had already been asked to accept that nothing is essential and everything changes--and this had taken the fight out of us somewhat."<br /><br />Gathering in one place for the first time previously unpublished work, as well as already classic essays, such as, "Joy," and, "Find Your Beach," <i>Feel Free </i>offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith's own life. Equally at home in the world of good books and bad politics, Brooklyn-born rappers and the work of Swiss novelists, she is by turns wry, heartfelt, indignant, and incisive--and never any less than perfect company. This is literary journalism at its zenith.<br /><br />Zadie Smith's new book,聽<i>Grand Union</i>, is on sale 10/8/2019.

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