A Penny for Your Thoughts: Essays

Four hundred years ago, Montaigne not only gave the essay form its name, he then went on to never cease refining this genre of writing. He asked of himself a thousand times, "What do I know?" But the answer never matters. It's the manner of the asking that does, and in turn, this is what makes essays so enjoyable to read. There are so many types of essays! Some tackle timely issues, others shed light on obscure topics. Most collections bebop from this to that and can be picked up and put down. The best collections have an invisible thread running through them that may be hard to pin down, but so are the writers themselves.  Some essentials we look for are wit, humor, and depth – and a true love of the subjects these authors are exploring. It is safe to say all of us on staff have certain favorite essayists; we can get very attached to the writers we like, anticipating their next release, savoring it when we get a chance to sit down with it.  

Essays

 

The White Album: Essays (FSG Classics) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374532079
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 10th, 2009

Had I Known: Collected Essays Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781455543670
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Published: Twelve - March 24th, 2020

Incidental Inventions Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator), Andrea Ucini (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781609455583
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Published: Europa Editions - November 19th, 2019

Wow, No Thank You.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780525563488
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

Socialist Realism (Emily Books) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895514
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Published: Coffee House Press - August 13th, 2019

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Bluets Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143130086
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2019

Synthesizing Gravity: Selected Prose Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802148186
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2020

Calypso Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316392426
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 4th, 2019

Little Weirds Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

Artful Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143124498
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Published: Penguin Books - February 4th, 2014

Feel Free: Essays Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143110255
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Published: Penguin Books - February 5th, 2019

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525510543
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Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781593760144
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Published: Counterpoint - December 1st, 2003

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Essays One Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374148850
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 12th, 2019