Essays

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain George Saunders

 

A SWIM IN A POND IN THE RAIN is George Saunders' exploration in to why readers stay immersed in a story and why they resist. Included are short stories by Checkhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy and Gogol. This book is a special gift for those who love fiction, and will certainly add to the pleasure of upcoming book selections.

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Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse Calvin Trillin

DOGFIGHT: THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN IN VERSE is a hilarious look at the politics and politicians who entertained and frightened American voters in 2012. The book is full of laugh-out-loud verse and prose.

 

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Make Trouble John Waters

MAKE TROUBLE was created from the speech John Waters delivered to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design. The advice was meant for those in all fields and included such wisdom as "be nosy", "embrace chaos" and "outrage our critics". In other words, "make trouble".

 

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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents Isabel Wilkerson

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is a brilliant portrait of the hidden system that has shaped our country. This deeply researched narrative allows the reader to easily grasp the rigid hierachy of human rankings. The book also delves into how the Nazis studied America's plan of outcasting Jews and Blacks. In...

In Defense of a Liberal Education Fareed Zakaria

IN DEFENSE OF A LIBERAL EDUCATION eloquently explains the importance of writing clearly, expressing yourself convincingly, thinking analytically and all the other advantages of a liberal education, regardless of any chosen occupation. The book also points out that routine manufacturing jobs continue to get automated or...