Hear some of the greatest American essays ever written! This unabridged collection covers a multitude of subjects, including philosophy, politics, turkeys, and dogs. It includes Ralph Waldo Emerson´s ´´Self-Reliance´´; Henry David Thoreau´s ´´Walking´´ and ´´Civil Disobedience´´; Mark Twain´s ´´Hunting the Deceitful Turkey´´; Benjamin´s Franklin´s ´´Reply to a Begging Letter´´; and Thomas Paine´s ´´The American Crisis´´. You´ll also hear ´´The Union and Its New Constitution´´ by Alexander Hamilton; ´´The Art of Publicity´´ by P. T. Barnum; John Burroughs´s ´´A Life of Fear´´; Bradford Torry´s ´´A Short Month´´; Eugene Field´s ´´Other People´s Dogs´´; and James Russell Lowell´s ´´Abraham Lincoln´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Walter Zimmerman, Walter Covell, Jim Killavey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/jimc/000272/bk_jimc_000272_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Norman Mailer was one of the towering figures of twentieth-century American letters and an acknowledged master of the essay. Mind of an Outlaw, the first posthumous publication from this outsize literary icon, collects Mailer´s most important and representative work in the form that many rank as his most electrifying. As America´s foremost public intellectual, Norman Mailer was a ubiquitous presence in our national life - on the airwaves and in print - for more than sixty years. With his supple mind and pugnacious persona, he engaged society more than any other writer of his generation. The trademark Mailer swagger is much in evidence in these pages as he holds forth on culture, ideology, politics, sex, gender, and celebrity, among other topics. Here is Mailer on boxing, Mailer on Hemingway, Mailer on Marilyn Monroe, and, of course, Mailer on Mailer - the one subject that served as the beating heart of all of his nonfiction. From his early essay ´´A Credo for the Living,´´ published in 1948, when the author was twenty-five, to his final writings in the year before his death, Mailer wrestled with the big themes of his times. He was one of the most astute cultural commentators of the postwar era, a swashbuckling intellectual provocateur who never pulled a punch and was rarely anything less than interesting. Mind of an Outlaw spans the full arc of Mailer´s evolution as a writer, including such essential pieces as his acclaimed 1957 meditation on hipsters, ´´The White Negro´´; multiple selections from his seminal collection Advertisements for Myself; and a never-before-published essay on Sigmund Freud. Incendiary, erudite, and unrepentantly outrageous, Norman Mailer was a dominating force on the battlefield of ideas. Featuring an incisive Introduction by Jonathan Lethem, Mind of an Outlaw forms a fascinating portrait of Mailer´s intellectual development across the span of his career as well as the preoccupations of 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008473/bk_brll_008473_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this powerful and wide-ranging collection of essays, Rebecca Solnit turns her attention to the war at home. This is a war, she says, ´´[W]ith so many casualties that we should call it by its true name, this war with so many dead by police, by violent ex-husbands and partners and lovers, by people pursuing power and profit at the point of a gun or just shooting first and figuring out who they hit later.´´ To get to the root of these American crises, she contends that ´´[T]o acknowledge this state of war is to admit the need for peace´´, countering the despair of our age with a dose of solidarity, creativity, and hope. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassandra Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012747/bk_tant_012747_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Compiled, edited, and newly revised by Ralph Ellison´s literary executor, John F. Callahan, this classic collection includes posthumously discovered reviews, criticism, and interviews, as well as the essay collections Shadow and Act (1964), hailed by Robert Penn Warren as ´´a body of cogent and subtle commentary on the questions that focus on race,´´ and Going to the Territory (1986), an exploration of literature and folklore, jazz and culture, and the nature and quality of lives that black Americans lead. ´´Ralph Ellison´´, wrote Stanley Crouch, ´´reached across race, religion, class and sex to make us all Americans.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dominic Hoffman, Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005511/bk_rand_005511_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize A frank and fascinating exploration of race and racial identity In a book that begins with a series of lynchings and ends with a series of apologies, Eula Biss explores race in America. Her response to the topic is informed by the experiences chronicled in these essays - teaching in a Harlem school on the morning of 9/11, reporting for an African American newspaper in San Diego, watching the aftermath of Katrina from a college town in Iowa, and settling in Chicago’s most diverse neighborhood. As Biss moves across the country from New York to California to the Midwest, her essays move across time from biblical Babylon to the freedman’s schools of Reconstruction to a Jim Crow mining town to post-war white flight. She brings an eclectic education to the page, drawing variously on the Eagles, Laura Ingalls Wilder, James Baldwin, Alexander Graham Bell, Joan Didion, religious pamphlets, and reality television shows. These spare, sometimes lyric essays explore the legacy of race in America, artfully revealing in intimate detail how families, schools, and neighborhoods participate in preserving racial privilege. Faced with a disturbing past and an unsettling present, Biss still remains hopeful about the possibilities of American diversity, ´´not the sun-shininess of it, or the quota-making politics of it, but the real complexity of it.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008053/bk_adbl_008053_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For almost a century after the U.S. Constitution went into effect, few Americans seem to have questioned the legitimacy of the Revolution. Since the Progressive generation of historians began the work of serious criticism and revision, however, students of American life have largely learned to live with a more complicated understanding of the revolutionary legacy. Smith´s treatment of the era charts space for libertarians to both criticize and revere the American heritage. 1. Language: English. Narrator: VoiceBunny. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/099782/bk_acx0_099782_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Named a most anticipated book of 2018 by Bitch Magazine. In this poignant collection, Alice Bolin examines iconic American works from the essays of Joan Didion and James Baldwin to Twin Peaks, Britney Spears, and Serial, illuminating the widespread obsession with women who are abused, killed, and disenfranchised, and whose bodies (dead and alive) are used as props to bolster men’s stories. Smart and accessible, thoughtful and heartfelt, Bolin investigates the implications of our cultural fixations, and her own role as a consumer and creator. Bolin chronicles her life in Los Angeles, dissects the Noir, revisits her own coming of age, and analyzes stories of witches and werewolves, both appreciating and challenging the narratives we construct and absorb every day. Dead Girls begins by exploring the trope of dead women in fiction, and ends by interrogating the more complex dilemma of living women - both the persistent injustices they suffer and the oppression that white women help perpetrate. Reminiscent of the piercing insight of Rebecca Solnit and the critical skill of Hilton Als, Bolin constructs a sharp, perceptive, and revelatory dialogue on the portrayal of women in media and their roles in our culture. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Em Eldridge. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/007557/bk_harp_007557_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A career-spanning collection of critical essays and cultural journalism from one of the most acute, entertaining, and sometimes acerbic (but in a good way) critics of our time. From his early-seventies dispatches as a fledgling critic for The Village Voice on rock ’n’ roll, comedy, movies, and television to the literary criticism of the eighties and nineties that made him both feared and famous to his must-read reports on the cultural weather for Vanity Fair, James Wolcott has had a career as a freelance critic and a literary intellectual nearly unique in our time. This collection features the best of Wolcott in whatever guise—connoisseur, intrepid reporter, memoirist, and necessary naysayer—he has chosen to take on. Included in this collection is ´´O.K. Corral Revisited,” a fresh take on the famed Norman Mailer–Gore Vidal dustup on The Dick Cavett Show that launched Wolcott from his Maryland college to New York City (via bus) to begin his brilliant career. His prescient review of Patti Smith’s legendary first gig at CBGB leads off a suite of eyewitness and insider accounts of the rise of punk rock, while another set of pieces considers the vast cultural influence of the enigmatic Johnny Carson and the scramble of his late-night successors to inherit the ´´swivel throne.” There are warm tributes to such diverse figures as Michael Mann, Sam Peckinpah, Lester Bangs, and Philip Larkin and masterly summings-up of the departed giants of American literature—John Updike, William Styron, John Cheever, and Mailer and Vidal. Included as well are some legendary takedowns that have entered into the literary lore of our time. Critical Mass is a treasure trove of sparkling, spiky prose and a fascinating portrait of our lives and cultural times over the past decades. In an age where a great deal of back scratching and softball pitching pass for criticism, James Wolcott’s fearless essays and reviews offer a bracing taste of the real critical thing./ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin T. Collins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018272/bk_adbl_018272_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hope: Bride of New Jersey is third in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series.In this faithful Jane Eyre retelling, Hope Middleton was all but thrown away by the family that was supposed to care for her. Now on her own, she loses her job when the factory where she worked burned to the ground. With no other alternatives, she answers an advertisement for a mail-order bride and travels to Newark, New Jersey, expecting a simple life in a quiet community. Instead, she is thrown into the middle of the dark mystery that surrounds her enigmatic fiancé, with only the chance of falling in love as her saving grace. This retelling brings the drama of a Bronte classic together with the romance of a mail-order bride novella. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Meghan Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/131861/bk_acx0_131861_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.