Nonfiction

Burying the Typewriter

A Memoir
Carmen Bugan

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2012

Winner of the Bakeless Prize for Nonfiction, a childhood memoir of political oppression and persecution during Romania's Ceausescu years

By Herself

Women Reclaim Poetry
Edited by Molly McQuade

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2000

"No poet will read this book without learning something new about the nuances of the craft, and no critic will read it without realizing the need for such liveliness."—Library Journal

Can Poetry Matter?

Essays on Poetry and American Culture
Dana Gioia; New Introduction by the Author

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2002

"If you're an educated general reader, and you read only one book about contemporary poetry, this should be that book."—Booklist

Changing the Subject

Art and Attention in the Internet Age
Sven Birkerts

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2015
Trenchant, expansive essays on the cultural consequences of ongoing, all-permeating technological innovation

Citizen

An American Lyric
Claudia Rankine

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2014
A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine’s long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric

Close Calls with Nonsense

Reading New Poetry
Stephen Burt

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2009

The essays and critical writings on contemporary poetry by Stephen Burt, "the finest critic of his generation."—Lucie Brock-Broido  

Coin of the Realm

Essays on the Art and Life of Poetry
Carl Phillips

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2004

The Award-winning poet Carl Phillips grapples with issues of authority, identity, and beauty in these sensual and deeply intelligent essays

The Collected Schizophrenias

Essays
Esmé Weijun Wang

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2019

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award

Confessions of a Former Child

A Memoir
Daniel J. Tomasulo

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2008

A hilarious and perceptive memoir of childhood and parenthood

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays

Paul Kingsnorth

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2017

A provocative and urgent essay collection that asks how we can live with hope in “an age of ecocide”

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