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  • 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)

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  • Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens | Christopher Hitchens

    Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

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    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    The first new collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens since 2004, Arguably offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers, widely admired for the clarity of his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking. Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell.

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  • Such, Such Were the Joys and Other Essays | George Orwell

    Such, Such Were the Joys and Other Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • 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"
  • How to Write Bar Exam Essays: Strategies and Tactics to Help You Pass the Bar Exam | Matt Racine

    How to Write Bar Exam Essays: Strategies and Tactics to Help You Pass the Bar Exam

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    • By Matt Racine
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    Everyone seems to have one part of the bar exam that they dislike more than the others. For some, it is the MBE; for others, the performance test. But, based on surveys of my Bar Exam Mind blog readers, the majority of bar exam students have the most trouble writing bar exam essays/

    Damon Rowe says: "great for essay strategy. "
  • Essential: Essays by the Minimalists | Joshua Fields Millburn,Ryan Nicodemus

    Essential: Essays by the Minimalists

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    • By Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus
    • Narrated By Justin Malik
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    The best of the Minimalists! This book by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus collects the most relevant essays - some short, some long - from their popular website, TheMinimalists.com. This collection has been edited and organized to create an experience that's considerably different from reading individual selections online. From simple living, decluttering, and finances to passion, health, and relationships, Essential is for anyone who desires a more intentional life.

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  • 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.

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  • A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind | Siri Hustvedt

    A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind

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    • By Siri Hustvedt
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    As well as being a prize-winning, best-selling novelist, Siri Hustvedt is widely regarded as a leading thinker in the fields of neurology, feminism, art criticism and philosophy. She believes passionately that art and science are too often kept separate and that conversations across disciplines are vital to increasing our knowledge of the human mind and body, how they connect and how we think, feel and see.

  • 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.

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  • Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays | Christopher Hitchens

    Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

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    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Anthony May
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    Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays showcases the Hitchens rejection of consensus and cliché, whether he's reporting from abroad in Indonesia, Kurdistan, Iraq, North Korea, or Cuba, or when his pen is targeted mercilessly at the likes of William Clinton, Mother Theresa ("a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud"), the Dalai Lama, Noam Chomsky, Mel Gibson, and Michael Bloomberg.

  • How to Tell a Story and Other Essays | Mark Twain

    How to Tell a Story and Other Essays

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    • By Mark Twain
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    American writer Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain has given us some literary gems with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and his travel adventures in 19th-century Europe and to Australia and New Zealand. In How to Tell a Story and Other Essays, Twain discusses the telling of stories, rather than providing more stories.

    CourtneyWNY says: "Does not disappoint! Very funny!"
  • Anarchism and Other Essays | Emma Goldman

    Anarchism and Other Essays

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    • By Emma Goldman
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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    Among the men and women prominent in the public life of early 20th-century America there are but few whose names are mentioned as often as that of Emma Goldman. Yet the real Emma Goldman is almost quite unknown. Here are powerful, penetrating, prophetic essays on direct action, the role of minorities, prison reform, puritan hypocrisy, and violence.

  • Essays of E. B. White | E. B. White

    Essays of E. B. White

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    • By E. B. White
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    Legendary author and essayist E. B. White writes, "The essayist is a self-liberated man, sustained by the childish belief that everything he thinks about, everything that happens to him, is of general interest." Covering a large number of subjects, this classic collection features 31 of White's most memorable essays.

  • 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
    • Narrated 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"
  • We Learn Nothing: Essays | Tim Kreider

    We Learn Nothing: Essays

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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?

    Warren Taryle says: "Shouldn't have been written but glad it was"
  • The Essay: A Novel | Robin Yocum

    The Essay: A Novel

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    • By Robin Yocum
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
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    Jimmy Lee Hickam grew up along Red Dog Road, a dead-end strip of gravel and mud buried deep in the bowels of Appalachian Ohio. It is the poorest road, in the poorest county, in the poorest region of the state. To make things worse, the name Hickam is synonymous with trouble. Jimmy Lee hails from a heathen mix of thieves, moonshiners, drunkards, and general anti-socials that for decades have clung to both the hardscrabble hills and the iron bars of every jail cell in the region. This life, Jimmy Lee believes, is his destiny, someday working with his drunkard father at the sawmill, or sitting next to his arsonist brother in the penitentiary.

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  • Essays After Eighty | Donald Hall

    Essays After Eighty

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    • By Donald Hall
    • Narrated By Tom Perkins
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    Donald Hall has lived a remarkable life of letters, a career capped by a National Medal of the Arts, awarded by the president. Now, in the "unknown, unanticipated galaxy" of very old age, he is writing searching essays that startle, move, and delight.

  • The Complete Essays of Montaigne | Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

    The Complete Essays of Montaigne

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    • By Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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    One of the most remarkable figures of the Renaissance, Michel de Montaigne was a brilliant French philosopher and statesman whose work directly influenced René Descartes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Isaac Asimov and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He was a humanist and a sceptic, with an insatiable and wide-ranging curiosity. In 1571, on his 38th birthday, he withdrew from public life and retired to the library in his castle tower, where he assembled a body of work that is still highly relevant today.

  • Essays in Humanism | Albert Einstein

    Essays in Humanism

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    • By Albert Einstein
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    Nuclear proliferation, Zionism, and the global economy are just a few of the insightful and surprisingly prescient topics scientist Albert Einstein discusses in this volume of collected essays from between 1931 and 1950. Written with a clear voice and a thoughtful perspective on the effects of science, economics, and politics in daily life, Einstein’s writings provide an intriguing view inside the mind of a genius addressing the philosophical challenges of the Depression, the Second World War, and more.

    Peter says: "Way More Politics than Humanism"
  • 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 is a stunningly original love story. Taking in Aristotle, Wittgenstein, history, religion and Groucho Marx, Alain de Botton 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.

    Maria L. Lantin says: "Every relationship you've ever analyzed"
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches: Crossing Press Feminist Series, Book 1 | Audre Lorde

    Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches: Crossing Press Feminist Series, Book 1

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    • By Audre Lorde
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    Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in 20th-century literature. In this charged collection of 15 essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope.

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