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  • We Learn Nothing: Essays | Tim Kreider

    We Learn Nothing: Essays

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    • By Tim Kreider
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    In We Learn Nothing, satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn't change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don't even like? How do you react when someone you've known for years unexpectedly changes genders?

    joshua k sabraw says: "Heartfelt work of genius"
  • How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays | Kiese Laymon

    How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays

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    • By Kiese Laymon
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
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    Author and essayist Kiese Laymon is one of the most unique, stirring, and powerful new voices in American social and cultural commentary. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is a collection of Laymon's essays, touching on subjects ranging from family, race, violence, and celebrity to music, writing, and coming of age in the rural Mississippi Gulf Coast. Laymon's writing is unflinchingly honest, while also being smart, lacerating, and unexpectedly funny.

    S. Benjamin says: "Incredible."
  • C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces | C. S. Lewis

    C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces

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    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    This is an extensive collection of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis that have been brought together in one volume for the first time. As well as his many books, letters, and poems, Lewis also wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on various ethical issues and on the nature of literature and storytelling. In this essay collection we find a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.

    Craig says: "All You'll Ever Need As Far As Lewis' Essays Go"
  • Both Flesh and Not: Essays | David Foster Wallace

    Both Flesh and Not: Essays

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    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Katherine Kellgren
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    Beloved for his epic agony, brilliantly discerning eye, and hilarious and constantly self-questioning tone, David Foster Wallace was heralded by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation. Both Flesh and Not gathers 15 essays never published in book form, including "Federer Both Flesh and Not", considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece; "The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2", which deftly dissects James Cameron's blockbuster; and more.

    Darwin8u says: "Both Perfect and Not"
  • Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson | Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
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    Here in one volume are both the Essays: First Series and Essays: Second Series from one of the most influential philosophers in American history. Although Ralph Waldo Emerson, perhaps America’s most famous philosopher, did not wish to be referred to as a transcendentalist, he is nevertheless considered the founder of this major movement of nineteenth-century American thought. Emerson was influenced by a liberal religious training; theological study; personal contact with the Romanticists Coleridge, Carlyle, and Wordsworth; and a strong indigenous sense of individualism and self-reliance.

    gcb says: "For me, unlistenable"
  • Such, Such Were the Joys and Other Essays | George Orwell

    Such, Such Were the Joys and Other Essays

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    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Viewed as too libelous to print in England until 1968, the title essay in this collection reveals the abuse Orwell experienced as a child at an expensive and snobbish boarding school and offers insights into his lifelong concern for the oppressed. "Why I Write" describes Orwell's sense of political purpose, and the classic essay "Politics and the English Language" insists on clarity and precision in communication in order to avoid the Newspeak later described in 1984.

    Christopher says: "Superb collection of essays, very well read"
  • Conversations That Matter: Insights & Distinctions - Landmark Essays, Volume 2 | Gale LeGassick,Steve Zaffron,Laurel Scheaf,Mark Spirtos,Manal Maurice,Balvinder Sodhi,Jane Wright,Larry Pearson,Cathy Elliott,Barry Grieder

    Conversations That Matter: Insights & Distinctions - Landmark Essays, Volume 2

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    • By Gale LeGassick, Steve Zaffron, Laurel Scheaf, and others
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    Landmark Essays, Volume 2 continues a wonderful journey to the heart of the matter of our lives, to what matters most. It points out what's possible if we step outside of what we know, and recognize and embrace our capacity to bring forth an entirely new possibility for living—not because it is better, but simply because that is what human beings can do.

    Joshua Wulf says: "Years of repeated listening value here"
  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays) | David Foster Wallace

    Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)

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    • By David Foster Wallace
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    Long renowned as one of the smartest writers on the loose, David Foster Wallace reveals himself in Consider the Lobster to be also one of the funniest. In this program, he ranges far and farther in his search for the original, the curious, or the merely mystifying. He discovers the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the Maine Lobster Festival and confronts the inevitable question just beyond the butter-or-cocktail-sauce quandary.

    Rick says: "David Foster Wallace...a good place to start"
  • Essays in Love | Alain de Botton

    Essays in Love

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    • By Alain de Botton
    • Narrated By James Wilby
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    Essays in Love charts the progress of a love affair from the first kiss to argument and reconciliation, from intimacy and tenderness to the onset of anxiety and heartbreak. It minutely analyzes emotions we've all felt before but have perhaps never understood so well: it includes a chapter on the anxieties of when and how to say "I love you" and another on the challenges of disagreeing with someone else's taste in shoes. While gripping the reader with the talent of a great novelist, de Botton brings a philosopher's sensibility to the emotions of love.

  • The Federalist Papers: Selected Essays | Alexander Hamilton,James Madison,John Jay

    The Federalist Papers: Selected Essays

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    • By Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
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    The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles, written between 1897 and 1888, advocating for the ratification of the United States Constitution. They serve as a primary source for interpretation of the Constitution, as they outline the philosophy and motivation of the proposed system of government.

    Dale K. says: "Classics must be rated"
  • The Complete Essays of Montaigne | Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,Donald M. Frame (translator)

    The Complete Essays of Montaigne

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    • By Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame (translator)
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    “A faithful translation is rare; a translation which preserves intact the original text is very rare; a perfect translation of Montaigne appears impossible. Yet Donald Frame has realized this feat. One does not seem to be reading a translation, so smooth and easy is the style; at each moment, one seems to be listening to Montaigne himself - the freshness of his ideas, the unexpected choice of words. Frame has kept everything.” (Andre Maurois, The New York Times Book Review)

    andrew says: "A lifetime companion"
  • The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays | James Wood

    The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays

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    • By James Wood
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    Following The Broken Estate, The Irresponsible Self, and How Fiction Works - books that established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation - The Fun Stuff confirms Wood’s preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel. In 23 passionate, sparkling dispatches - which range over such crucial writers as Thomas Hardy, Leo Tolstoy, Edmund Wilson, and Mikhail Lermontov - Wood offers a panoramic look at the modern novel.

  • The Story of America: Essays on Origins | Jill Lepore

    The Story of America: Essays on Origins

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    • By Jill Lepore
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    In The Story of America, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore investigates American origin stories - from John Smith's account of the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural address - to show how American democracy is bound up with the history of print. Over the centuries, Americans have read and written their way into a political culture of ink and type. Part civics primer, part cultural history, The Story of America excavates the origins of everything from the paper ballot and the Constitution to the I.O.U. and the dictionary.

    Jim says: "A Fun Read on Historical Subjects"
  • The Essays of Sir Francis Bacon | Sir Francis Bacon

    The Essays of Sir Francis Bacon

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    • By Sir Francis Bacon
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
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    Francis Bacon, the great English philosopher, lawyer, scientist, and statesman, is also remembered as a formidable writer of prose. These 58 essays are his greatest literary legacy. Rather than merely summarizing popular philosophy, Bacon attempted to change the shape of other men's minds, and there is little doubt that many minds have been persuaded by these eloquent essays.

    Doug says: "Great possibilities"
  • Compassion Versus Guilt and Other Essays | Thomas Sowell

    Compassion Versus Guilt and Other Essays

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    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Michael Kevin
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    Sociologist-economist Sowell, a noted conservative, offers opinions on social and foreign policy, law, education, and race, criticizing the trend of American politics since Reagan and reserving his sharpest criticism for special-interest groups.

    Jon says: "A Great Mind"
  • An Essay on the Principle of Population | Thomas Malthus

    An Essay on the Principle of Population

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    • By Thomas Malthus
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
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    While millions face hunger, malnutrition, and starvation, the world's population is increasing by over 225,000 people per day, 80 million per year. In many countries, supplies of food and water are inadequate to support the population, so the world falls deeper and deeper into what economists call the "Malthusian trap". Here, Malthus examines the tendency of human numbers to outstrip their resources, and argues that poverty, disease, and starvation are necessary to keep societies from moving beyond their means of subsistence.

  • Dating a Stripper is A Recipe for Perspective: An Essay from Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me | Patton Oswalt

    Dating a Stripper is A Recipe for Perspective: An Essay from Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me

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    • By Patton Oswalt
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    An essay from Things I've Learned From the Women Who've Dumped Me.

    Cliff says: "Freaking hilarious!"
  • The Indispensable Milton Friedman: Essays on Politics and Economics | Lanny Ebenstein

    The Indispensable Milton Friedman: Essays on Politics and Economics

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    • By Lanny Ebenstein
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    Milton Friedman is one of the most famous economists in history. His writings and theories on everything from capitalism and freedom to deregulation and welfare have inspired movements, influenced government policies, and changed the course of America’s economic history. Now, acclaimed Friedman biographer Lanny Ebenstein brings together 20 of Friedman’s greatest essays in The Indispensable Milton Friedman: Essays on Politics and Economics.

    SANDRINE says: "Every prime minister should read this book!"
  • Ham: Slices of a Life: Essays and Stories | Sam Harris

    Ham: Slices of a Life: Essays and Stories

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    • By Sam Harris
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    In 16 brilliantly observed true stories, Sam Harris emerges as a natural humorist in league with David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler, Carrie Fisher, and Steve Martin, but with a voice uniquely his own. Praised by the Chicago Sun-Times for his "manic, witty commentary", and with a storytelling talent the New York Times calls "New Yorker - worthy," he puts a comedic spin on full-disclosure episodes from his own colorful life. What better place to find painfully funny material than in growing up gay, gifted, and ambitious in the heart of the Bible belt?

    Michael Dillon says: "The show must go on, I guess."
  • Essays in Aesthetics | Jean-Paul Sartre

    Essays in Aesthetics

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    • By Jean-Paul Sartre
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    Renowned French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre references artists such as Tintoretto, Calder, Lapoujade, Titian, Raphael, and Michaelangelo in discussing how great art of the past relates to the challenges of his era. Essays in Aesthetics is a provocative collection that considers the nature of art and its meaning. Sartre considers the artist’s "function", and the relation of art and the artist to the human condition. Sartre integrates his deep concern for the sensibilities of the artist with a fascinating analysis of the techniques of the artist as creator. The result is a vibrant manifesto of existentialist aesthetics.

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