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PREMIUM

The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives

Recommended for bibliophiles and readers curious about the works and authors behind the books they love.

Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses 2021 Edition

This fascinating anthology is a must for all collections.

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Suppose a Sentence

Dillon’s riffs on his chosen sentences are often impressionistic, meandering, and thin, resulting in a text riddled with misconceptions, albeit from an especially energetic, literary mind.

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The Language of Thieves: My Family’s Obsession with a Secret Code the Nazis Tried To Eliminate

A puzzling family mystery uncovers a forgotten language and its ties to Nazi Germany in this probing literary history that will attract linguistics enthusiasts.

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The Best of Me

This collection of favorite and beloved writings by an author with legions of fans is warm, witty, and guaranteed to please longtime and new readers alike.

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Who We’re Reading When We’re Reading Murakami

Readers not obsessed with Murakami or translating may find themselves periodically overwhelmed by the minutiae, but anyone who cares about the process of translating and the variables involved will be richly rewarded. Recommend for academic and public libraries with robust Japanese literature collections

Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19

Among the first anthologies of its kind, this thoughtful and engaging compilation is recommended for readers seeking understanding and connection and a more empathetic and less materialistic post–­COVID-19 world.

Like Streams to the Ocean: Notes on Ego, Love, and the Things That Make Us Who We Are

Jenkins is a sincere writer, and his ability to make it feel as if he is talking to you directly will both attract longtime fans and engage new readers.

PREMIUM

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway. Vol. 5: 1932–1934

A worthy addition to the ongoing effort to publish all of Hemingway’s letters, this volume will be welcomed by scholars, students, and general readers with a more than casual interest in the man and his work.

Intimations: Six Essays

Smith demonstrates once again that she is a powerful albeit quiet voice for our challenging times. Highly Recommended.
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The Happily Ever After: A Memoir of an Unlikely Romance Novelist

With a journalist’s perspective and a penchant for wit and storytelling, Steinberg crafts a compelling narrative of his quest to find love and to write postdivorce.

Weird Women: Classic Supernatural Fiction by Groundbreaking Female Writers 1852–1923

A feast of entertaining (and often scary) reads. Highly recommended for those interested in literature of the horror and supernatural variety.

A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas

Highly recommended for Texas history and poetry collections, and for all memoir readers.

The Mystery of Charles Dickens

Wilson is the perfect choice to write about this complicated soul, showing how reading Dickens, one emerges with a new appreciation of the people one encounters. Even 150 years after his death, Dickens’s life and works continue to fascinate.

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From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture

An essential, scholarly volume for academic and larger public library collections devoted to the literary traditions and history of African American women throughout U.S. history.

Borges and Me: An Encounter

Essential for Borges’s legions of fans, as well as those who enjoy literary memoirs by experimental writers whose works play a bit more loosely with the facts.
PREMIUM

The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War

Faulkner once famously said, “The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past,” and this exceptional study by Gorra lends credence to these words. A worthy addition to Faulkner studies, and for larger Southern literature and Civil War collections.
PREMIUM

Notable African American Writers

Comprehensive and useful for a variety of audiences.
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Tomboyland

Readers of all kinds will wish to sit down with this tomboy, not just those interested in issues of androgyny. Recommended.

Just Us: An American Conversation

“How does one say/ what if/ without reproach?” asks Rankine, and proceeds to show us. In the end it is “just us” wanting “justice,” which will require whiteness to be visible and interrogated. A must-read to add to the conversation on racism, antiracism, and white fragility.
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Austen Years: A Memoir in 5 Novels

A successful reminder of how time-honored literature evokes insight into our present reality and why the classics should be read more and often.

Jane Austen: Writing, Society, Politics

Highly recommended.

The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century

The focus throughout this illuminating and invaluable study is on secular modern Jewish writers from Central and Eastern Europe and their descendants. For all Jewish literature collections, and for informed general readers interested in modern Jewish secular literary culture.

Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Essential for biography and literary collections; a sheer joy to read for its portrayal of the amazing life of the first “poet of the people.” [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]

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Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why: Essays

These writings will appeal to a broad range of readers and even stand up (pun intended) against the most well-fortified sensibilities. Men possessing low tolerance to alienation, however, are warned.

Here We Are: My Friendship with Philip Roth

Like Roth, Taylor is a terrific raconteur, and readers are likely to be as entertained by his opinions as those of the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. An eloquent and touching account that should appeal to all who appreciate the value of true friendship.

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Places I’ve Taken My Body: Essays

Anyone who has faced physical challenges is sure to find wisdom in Brown’s words as well as the universal truths she shares.
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Critical Insights: Conspiracies

Recommended only for large literary criticism collections.

The Essential Clarence Major: Prose & Poetry

Recommended for all libraries with substantial collections of African American and contemporary American literature.

PREMIUM

Dante’s Bones: How a Poet Invented Italy

Pulling together many threads of the Dante’s story, Raffa offers an engaging, informative, and original account of the material culture of the poet’s epic body of work. Highly recommended.
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Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature

A lighthearted read for all fans of French literature.

Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity

Emotions of sorrow, anger, and anxiety loom large in Khakpour’s inner and outer experiences in America, but the humor in her reflections keep this book immune from wallowing. A triumphant entry in the personal essay canon.
PREMIUM

One Last Lunch: A Final Meal with Those Who Meant So Much to Us

A thought-provoking, albeit uneven, compilation with varied insights into grief, mourning, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Recommended where literary anthologies are popular.

PREMIUM

Hemingway and Ho Chi Minh in Paris

An interesting look at how two remarkable men, who came of age in Paris during the 1920s, developed a sympathy for the common man and a hatred of injustice. Recommended for general readers.

PREMIUM

My Life as a Villainess: Essays

Fans of Lippman’s novels (The Lady in the Lake) and her Twitter followers will gobble up this short collection and beg for more nonfiction from this gifted storyteller. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
PREMIUM

The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s

Doherty’s overall galvanizing look at a little-explored conjunction of critical feminist voices should incite provocative historical context to current-day discussions around the need for more support of women’s intellectual work.
PREMIUM

Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars

Literary historians, as well as general readers up on the major events in recent British history, will be well served by this valiant debut about bold women whose struggles continue to resonate today.

The Beauty of Living: E.E. Cummings in the Great War

Placing Cummings in the context of the “War Poets,” Rosenblitt breathes new life back into poems too often anthologized and too little read. Highly recommended.
PREMIUM

Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World

As a succinct introduction to women nature writers, this elegant compilation should have a broad reach and inspire readers to seek out more about the authors featured.
PREMIUM

An Apartment on Uranus: Chronicles on the Crossing

Preciado engages complex ideas from a number of ancient and modern-day philosophers and theorists, which might challenge the uninitiated, but the dreamlike quality of the work is sure to resonate with readers of the great French writers Jean Genet and Albert Camus. Highly recommended.
PREMIUM

Private Investigations: Mystery Writers on the Secrets, Riddles, and Wonders in Their Lives

Genre fans are sure to be curious about this rare window into the lives of their favorite authors, as will anyone who enjoys compelling, candid tales.

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

Toss out your old editions, this is the one you’ll want to own.

Detectives in the Shadows: A Hard-Boiled History

One can say many things about crime fiction, and throughout this thoughtful, well-crafted piece of literary history, Lee succeeds in telling the story straight.

Mark Twain, the World, and Me: Following the Equator, Then and Now

A can’t-miss title for those interested in Twain’s life and especially his views on religion and imperialism.
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Aesop’s Fables: The Cruelty of the Gods

While there’s little comfort to be found in these tales that ruthlessly dissect human nature, this anthology is not without its charms, especially as found in the whimsical illustrations and witty, honest prose.

Wow, No Thank You: Essays

A sheer delight for Irby’s legions of fans. For those new to her work, or who enjoy Jenny Lawson, Roxane Gay, Jenny Slate, or Nora Ephron, this should be obtained immediately.
PREMIUM

This Is Shakespeare

Smith wears her learning lightly and writes in an accessible, conversational style, making this an excellent work for those eager to brush up their Shakespeare, forsooth.
PREMIUM

African American Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students

Overall, a useful option for its target audience: students. The entries will be accessible to high schoolers, and possibly younger students, as well as college-level readers, who will learn much from the coverage of varied genres, from mystery, romance, and horror, influenced by African American writers.
PREMIUM

Kerouac: The Last Quarter Century

Nicosia provides a detailed, well-documented account of what is loosely referred to in Kerouac circles as “The Kerouac Estate Controversy.” While a fascinating read, this will not win everyone over to Nicosia’s viewpoint. Sampas’s death in 2017 perhaps offered some hope that the controversy would smolder, but this publication promises to fan the flames.

PREMIUM

The Life of William Faulkner: Vol. 1: The Past Is Never Dead 1897–1934

Rollyson’s astute analysis makes not only for a good story but also a welcome addition to Faulkner studies.
PREMIUM

The Dolphin Letters, 1970–1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle

Replete with editor Hamilton’s masterly and well-researched footnotes, this will be an indispensable gloss to the reading and interpretation of The Dolphin.

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PREMIUM

The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism

A truly innovative approach to understanding the author-reader connection made all the more compelling for having one of the 20th century’s ­greatest literary works at its core.­
PREMIUM

Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live Without Them

Raphel’s approach is reminiscent of Mary Roach’s work, and even cruciverbalists well versed in their hobby’s history will discover something illuminating here. Nonpuzzling readers may discover a new hobby.
PREMIUM

Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel

This practical guide to technique and intimate look into George’s writing life wisely reminds readers and students that writing is a job and should be scheduled as such. The anecdotal material and reading lists offer penetrating looks into the author’s sensibilities.
PREMIUM

What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life

Despite its flaws, this important and very personal take on Whitman’s lasting influence as “America’s Poet” should be a worthwhile addition to libraries with strong poetry or LGBTQ collections.
PREMIUM

Incidental Inventions

In prose that provokes and transforms, evoking wonder and tension in the most gratifying sense, these fragments of Ferrante ultimately cohere into a full, absorbing portrait of an enduring author.
PREMIUM

Child of Light: A Biography of Robert Stone

For anyone who appreciates great literature (especially the wonderful fiction of Stone), this is required reading.
PREMIUM

Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives

Though long overdue, this satisfying offering comes at a time when women are working harder than ever to secure their rightful place in the literary canon. Recommended enthusiasts of lit crit, feminist studies, and publishing.
PREMIUM

Elena Ferrante’s Key Words

An exceptional companion to the source material, particularly for the lit-crit crowd looking to affirm Ferrante’s reinvention of the future of the novel. [Note: Beginning in Feb. 2020, HBO continues its popular miniseries adapting the “Neapolitan Novels,” now in its second season.
PREMIUM

A Is for Archive: Warhol’s World from A to Z

For archivists, students, and fans of Warhol’s life and art.
PREMIUM

Serious Noticing: Selected Essays 1997–2019

Recommended for nonscholarly but informed readers who appreciate the discovery of authors worth knowing. For all public library collections.

PREMIUM

Why I Write: The Early Prose from 1945 to 1952

While the translation is intermittently turgid and labored, this nonetheless mostly fluid and serviceable volume from a writer little known to American readers is sure to enhance collections of Eastern European literature.

Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different

Palahniuk readers--and writers at any career level--likely will devour this vivid and instructive behind-the-scenes tour.

The Criminal Child: Selected Essays

Essential for followers of Genet, inquisitive general readers, and enthusiasts of 20th-century avant-garde French writing.

Pushcart Prize XLIV: Best of the Small Presses

 Each work shines in its own way throughout this new compilation, which upholds the standards set by preceding volumes in the series beautifully. Required reading for students, writers, and seekers of fine literature.

Coleridge, the Wordsworths, and Their Year of Marvels: The Making of Poetry

Nicolson’s gifts, both as a writer and a scholar, shine brightly, offering readers a thrilling glimpse into the marvelous work that is the “making of poetry.” Interspersed throughout are beautiful and simple woodcuts by artist Tom Hammick that may inspire readers to take up a pen and do a little making of their own. Highly recommended for all libraries.

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These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson

The compelling, eminently readable, novel-like style of Ackmann’s writing makes this new take on the poet’s artistic and personal growth highly recommended for both scholars and casual readers long captivated by the “Belle of Amherst.”
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My Autobiography of Carson McCullers

A fine narrative of how the best writers express the deepest secrets of the heart.

Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space

Leduc persuasively illustrates the power of stories to affect reality in this painstakingly researched and provocative study that invites us to consider our favorite folktales from another angle.

Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader

A delightful entry for lovers of literature and literary criticism.

The Toni Morrison Book Club

All who pick up this book, from Morrison devotees to newcomers, will discover lessons in the literature to apply to their own lives. They will also feel inspired and wish to be part of a Toni Morrison Book Club of their own.

Will: A Memoir

Readers of William S. Burroughs and Beat literature, as well as experiential journals from Djuna Barnes, Paul Bowles, and Hunter S. Thompson will find here much to endure and enjoy.
PREMIUM

Dante

While not for beginners, Took’s biography is deeply enriching for those who have some grounding in Dante, for whom this is an essential resource.
PREMIUM

Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future

Chock-full of approachable and engaging critical analyses, this work will pique the curiosity of both Shakespeareans and anyone interested in American culture.

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James Baldwin: Living in Fire

A clear, incisive writer, Mullen succeeds with providing a fresh perspective on an author he so obviously admires. Recommended for readers seeking a broader understanding of the opinions of one of the great writers of the 20th century.
PREMIUM

Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now: Essays

The strong writing, creative genre use, and authentic voice add up to some high-impact essays.
PREMIUM

Little Weirds

This volume mixes the oddball self-examination of Jenny Lawson with moments of poetic insight. Recommended for lovers of fizzy memoirs.
PREMIUM

Literary Geography: An Encyclopedia of Real and Imagined Settings

High school and college students will find excellent examples of how to study the geographical components of literature, while book clubs will discover fresh approaches to old and new classics.

Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop

This definitive account of Bishop’s contributions to American letters will attract both casual readers of her poetry as well as academics with more specialized knowledge of her work.

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Essays One: Reading and Writing

Those familiar with Davis’s work, and even new readers, will find much to ponder—even love
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South American Journals: January–July 1960

Copious and valuable source material provide students and scholars with noteworthy and new information about the poet. Those interested in the relationship between Eros and Thanatos in Ginsberg’s life and work will be especially rewarded.

The Collector of Leftover Souls: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections

Beautifully translated from Portuguese by Whitty, these accounts make up an unforgettable compilation documenting the lives of those largely underrepresented in literature. While the stories are specifically Brazilian, the insights they reveal are universal.

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Critical Insights: Censored & Banned Literature

Most readers will home in on a specific essay or section, but they will likely find something useful in this wide-ranging text.
PREMIUM

97,196 Words: Essays

A compelling collection, best suited for sophisticated readers up-to-date on their current affairs, and academic audiences.
PREMIUM

Me & Other Writings

An admirable translation that will enthrall fans of French literature as well as 20th-century history buffs.
PREMIUM

Inventing Tomorrow: H.G. Wells in the Twentieth Century

Extensive references and footnotes make this a good choice for readers comfortable with analysis steeped in research. Recommended for larger academic holdings.
PREMIUM

The Best American Essays 2019

A worthwhile series installment that should not only interest contemporary readers but also hold a place in the historical record.
PREMIUM

Virginia Woolf: And the Women Who Shaped Her World

Despite the occasionally gossipy tone and casual language that detracts from the work’s overall scholarly perspective, this volume will be welcomed by readers and students curious about the cultural aspects of Woolf’s development as a writer.

Goodness and the Literary Imagination

Interestingly, the essayists here, rather than literary experts, specialize in religion, history, theology, and ethics, which provides a refreshing analysis and perspective on Morrison’s work and a valuable contribution to Morrison scholarship.
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Critical Insights: Richard Wright

High school and college students will get a strong sense of Wright’s life, motivations, and creative output. Readers new to the author, as well as devotees, will take away valuable insights.

PREMIUM

With Child: Lee Child and the Readers of Jack Reacher

A good stopgap read for fans who anxiously await the next Reacher feature, and an amusing look behind the scenes at an author’s creative process.

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Savage Gods

Kingsnorth wrote his brilliant first novel, The Wake, in a language he created. This book provides a startling and instructive account of an uncommonly creative consciousness in a state of profound doubt.
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Good Things Out of Nazareth: The Uncollected Letters of Flannery O’Connor & Friends

Of interest to students of O’Connor and American, especially Southern, mid-20th-century literature.

The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life

To be dipped into rather than read through, this volume will appeal to many readers. Anyone who enjoyed the comics or TV specials will recognize their experiences in these pages and have their appreciation of Schulz’s genius renewed.
PREMIUM

The American Canon: Literary Genius from Emerson to Le Guin

Because of the esoteric nature of this book, it is primarily geared toward collections with Bloom’s other works and his most ardent readers.
PREMIUM

The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison

An invaluable volume for Ellison scholars and recommended for all readers interested in American literature.

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