On Cats

A raw and tenderly funny look at the human-cat relationship, from one of our most treasured and transgressive writers.“The cat is the beautiful devil.”Felines touched...

Some Remarks

“Neal Stephenson has made a name for himself as a writer whose imagination knows no limits.”—Salon#1 New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson is, quite...

The Art of the Novel

Kundera brilliantly examines the work of such important and diverse figures as Rabelais, Cervantes, Sterne, Diderot, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Musil. He is especially penetrating on...

CRUSH

A star-studded collection of essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities that illuminates the lasting power of desire and longing, and celebrates our initiation...

The Art of Memoir

In The Art of Memoir, master memoirist Mary Karr synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black-belt...

Understanding the Rise of the Islamic State

As a young man, Lawrence Wright first visited the Middle East when he taught English in Cairo. He has spent much of his life since reporting on the region -- documenting culture...

Colm Toibin Sees the ‘Origin of All Civil Wars’ in this Greek Tragedy

In the new novel House of Names, one of today's leading contemporary writers looks back to the Trojan War and Greek mythology for inspiration. Colm Toibin joins Jeffrey Brown to...

How Amy Tan's family stories made her a storyteller

Amy Tan was going to write a book about writing. But what came to her mind instead were memories of childhood, reflections on family treasures, photos, documents. In Where the...

A Lesson Before Dying

The CliffsNotes study guide on Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the...

The Many Lives of Catwoman The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale

For more than seventy-five years, Catwoman has forged her own path in a clear-cut world of stalwart heroes, diabolical villains, and damsels in distress. Her relentless...

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