Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers

An elegant look at literature’s transformative power.

Novelist as a Vocation

By Haruki Murakami; translated by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen

Novelist as a Vocation

A master offers insight into his craft.

How to Live. What to Do.

The great books have long been lighting the way.

Rip Van Winkle’s Republic: Washington Irving in History and Memory

Appraising a 19th-century master through a 21st-century lens.

Blurb Your Enthusiasm: An A-Z of Literary Persuasion

A congenial consideration of the words that lure us inside the covers.

The Life of Crime: Detecting the History of Mysteries and Their Creators

Whodunit fans should dive into this broad, if not deep, informative pool.

Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative

There’s strength in telling your own story.