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“The latest story from Jhumpa Lahiri is told gently, quietly. It’s about a woman, told in her own voice—filled with everyday commonalities that explain little and yet reveal much. The words are lovely, sad, sometimes hopeful, but often disappointed. The author has shared with us a vision of life lived by another and yet there’s something about her that is so familiar. 'Could she be me?' some will ask. 'Am I, too, that private—known only to myself?' Whether or not you follow the author’s work, you’ll treasure this small offering to life, to unknown love, to memory. It’s one to read over again many times. I know I will.”Linda, Auntie's Bookstore
In Other Words
“Lahiri traces the origins, tribulations, and tiny victories that have fueled her decades-long courtship with the Italian language in a bilingual memoir that reads more like an intimate diary. The chapters and short stories offer a vivid timeline of Lahiri's turbulent relationship with language, bouncing around from English to Bengali during her childhood, immersing herself in the Italian culture by moving her family overseas, and finally attempting to write a book in a new voice. In Other Words is much more than an attempt -- at self-reflection and reinvention it's a mastery.”Carly Lenz, Boswell Book Company
A Memoir Of The Craft
Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King
ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S TOP 100 NONFICTION BOOKS OF ALL TIME
Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him... Read more »
Where the Past Begins
A Writer's Memoir
In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan reveals herself in a way she never has before, delving into her childhood, adolescence, family history, beginnings as a writer and professional life to explore the answers to questions of purpose and meaning that we all ask ourselves as we get... Read more »
Science of Storytelling, The
How do master storytellers compel us? There have been many attempts to understand what makes a good story, but few have used a scientific approach. In The Science of Storytelling, Will Storr applies dazzling psychological research and cutting-edge neuroscience to our myths and archetypes to show how we can tell better stories, revealing, among... Read more »
How To Write a Mystery
A Handbook from Mystery Writers of America
From the most successful mystery writers in the business, an invaluable guide to crafting mysteries—from character development and plot to procedurals and thrillers—a must-have for every aspiring mystery writer.
Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is known for providing unparalleled resources on the craft, art, and business of storytelling, helping... Read more »
How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)
Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book, Wired for Story, this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story.
It’s every novelist’s greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story... Read more »
The Language Instinct
How the Mind Creates Language
In this classic, the world’s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling... Read more »
Talk Like TED
The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. In order to succeed, you need to be able to sell your ideas persuasively. This ability is the single greatest skill that will help you accomplish your dreams. Many people have a fear of public speaking or are insecure about their ability to give a successful presentation. Now public speaking... Read more »
The Story You Need to Tell
Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss
A practical and inspiring guide to transformational personal storytelling, The Story You Need to Tell is the product of Sandra Marinella’s pioneering work with veterans and cancer patients, her years of teaching writing, and her research into its profound healing properties. Riveting true stories illustrate Marinella’s methods for understanding,... Read more »
Pimsleur Japanese Level 1 Lessons 11-15
Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs
Pimsleur Digital: Book #1
The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Japanese
With Pimsleur you’ll become conversational in Japanese — to understand and be understood — quickly and effectively. You’ll learn vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation together through conversation. And our scientifically proven program will help you remember what you’ve learned, so you can put it... Read more »
Learn Chinese - Level 6: Lower Intermediate Chinese, Volume 1
Innovative Language Series - Learn Chinese from Absolute Beginner to Advanced
No Longer a Chinese Beginner?
Welcome to Lower Intermediate Chinese, Volume 1
Master Chinese conversation the fun, fast and easy way! Speak with anyone, anywhere.
Start speaking Chinese in minutes, and learn key vocabulary, phrases, and grammar in just minutes more with Lower Intermediate Chinese. Our native Chinese hosts break down all the... Read more »
Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
An essential volume for generations of writers young and old, Bird by Bird is a modern classic. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition will continue to spark creative minds for years to come.
For a quarter century, more than a million readers—scribes and scribblers of all ages and abilities—have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious,... Read more »
Say What You Mean
A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication
Find your voice, speak your truth, listen deeply—a guide to more meaningful and mindful conversations.
We spend so much of our lives talking to each other, but how much are we simply running on automatic—relying on old habits and hoping for the best? Are we able to truly hear others and speak our mind in a clear and kind way, without needing to... Read more »
Have You Eaten Grandma?
Or, the Life-Saving Importance of Correct Punctuation, Grammar, and Good English
For anyone who wants to make fewer (not less) grammar mistakes, a lively, effective, and witty guide to all the ins and outs of the English language, reminiscent of the New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves.
Our language is changing, literary levels are declining, and our grasp of grammar is at a crisis point. From commas to... Read more »
An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
“Listening to this is so much fun. Dreyer has a droll wit—occasionally smug, in a charming way—and he turns grammar and style into an entertaining puzzle. And this stuff really does matter! It’s a great listen. I’ve been snorting with laughter having to rewind to hear what I missed!”Jennifer, Blue Willow Bookshop
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
An essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist-and how we form our identities in life and in art.
As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as "masterful" by Roxane Gay, "incendiary" by the New York Times, and "brilliant" by the Washington Post. With How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his first collection... Read more »
A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language
A brash, enlightening, and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us, written with humor and playfulness that challenges words and phrases and how we use them.
“I get so jazzed about the future of feminism knowing that Amanda Montell’s brilliance is rising up and about to explode worldwide.”—Jill Soloway
The... Read more »
The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark
A page-turning, existential romp through the life and times of the world’s most polarizing punctuation mark
The semicolon. Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut, and Orwell detest it. Herman Melville, Henry James, and Rebecca Solnit love it. But why? When is it effective? Have we been misusing it? Should we even care?
In Semicolon, Cecelia Watson... Read more »
Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different
“After listening to the audiobook recording of Consider This, I felt invigorated enough that I almost thought, "Should I write a book?" I'm not a writer, but Palahniuk's tapestry of stories and advice for the craft feels so vibrant and useful that it makes the reader (or listener, in my case) feel prepared to venture into the world of writing, and it reminds us that the most powerful stories are the ones that bring out more stories in the people interacting with it. Palahniuk's words (read with exquisite energy by Edoardo Ballerini in the audiobook) combine his own experiences and advice with stories collected from readers, booksellers, agents, and other authors he's encountered over the years. Whether or not you're a writer, Consider This will engage, titillate, and at times frighten you.”Lelia, One More Page
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel
The Last Book On Novel Writing You'll Ever Need
The first novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure series, which reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any novel a success.
Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing.... Read more »
The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life
“Still Writing offers up a cornucopia of wisdom, insights, and practical lessons gleaned from Dani Shapiro's long experience as a celebrated writer and teacher of writing. The beneficiaries are beginning writers, veteran writers and everyone in between.” —Jennifer Egan
From Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of Devotion and Slow Motion, comes a... Read more »
French Short Stories for Beginners Book 1: Over 100 Dialogues and Daily Used Phrases to Learn French in Your Car. Have Fun & Grow Your Vocabulary, with Crazy Effective Language Learning Lessons
WANT TO LEARN FRENCH THE EASIEST AND MOST EXCITING WAY POSSIBLE?
YOU CAME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!
Learning a second language is a great mental exercise if you want to create new neural pathways in your brain, so you can stay quick and sharp. Plus, learning a widely spoken language – French in particular – can open up a myriad of new opportunities for... Read more »
The Mother Tongue
English and How It Got That Way
With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson—the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent—brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells... Read more »
Researching, Interviewing, Writing
“One of the great reporters of our time and probably the greatest biographer.” —The Sunday Times (London)
From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson: an unprecedented gathering of vivid, candid, deeply moving recollections about his experiences researching and writing his acclaimed... Read more »
Wired for Story
The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence
Imagine knowing what the brain craves from every tale it encounters, what fuels the success of any great story, and what keeps readers transfixed. Wired for Story reveals these cognitive secrets—and it's a game-changer for anyone who has ever set pen to paper. The vast majority of writing advice focuses on "writing well" as if it were the same... Read more »
The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts
The book that Inc. says "every entrepreneur should read" and an FT Book of the Month selection...
How did the movie The Shawshank Redemption fail at the box office but go on to gross more than $100 million as a cult classic?
How did The 48 Laws of Power miss the bestseller lists for more than a decade and still sell more than a million copies?
How... Read more »
Writing Fiction, Tenth Edition
A Guide to Narrative Craft
A creative writerss shelf should hold at least three essential books: a dictionary, a style guide, and Writing Fiction. Janet Burroway's bestselling classic is the most widely used creative writing text in America, and for more than three decades it has helped hundreds of thousands of students learn the craft. This new edition continues to... Read more »
Pimsleur Irish Level 1
Learn to Speak and Understand Irish (Gaelic) with Pimsleur Language Programs
Compact: Book #1
The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Irish
With Pimsleur you’ll become conversational in Irish — to understand and be understood — quickly and effectively. You’ll learn vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation together through conversation. And our scientifically proven program will help you remember what you’ve learned, so you can put it into... Read more »
Greek to Me
Adventures of the Comma Queen
“What a pleasure to again spend a few hours with Mary Norris. The author of Between You & Me is back with a second book, and this time her subject is all things Greek — the language, the people, the mythology, and the culture.Greek to Me recounts Norris’ experiences learning Greek and traveling the country while putting her new skills to the test. As in her first book, Norris is excellent company, spinning tales and charming readers. Blending memoir, history, and travel, all topped off with heaps of wordy nerdiness, Greek to Me is a joy to read.”David Enyeart, Next Chapter Booksellers
Learn Spanish in Your Car: Learning Spanish for Beginners & Kids Has Never Been Easier Before! Have Fun Whilst Learning Fantastic Exercises for Accurate Pronunciations, Daily Used Phrases and Vocabulary!
Discover the Most Effective Way to Learn How to Speak Spanish Through Fun and Exciting Activities.
Did you know that most people that try to learn another language are left dissatisfied and unable to converse in that language, even though they’ve spent hours and hours learning grammar and vocabulary? Do you know why that happens?... Read more »
Story or Die
How to Use Brain Science to Engage, Persuade, and Change Minds in Business and in Life
“A practical, heartfelt manual for anyone who needs to change minds and actions. Lisa Cron shares the art of practical empathy with leaders who care enough to make a difference.”—Seth Godin, author of The Practice
A step-by-step guide to using the brain’s hardwired need for story to achieve any goal, from the author of Wired for Story
Whether... Read more »
We Need to Talk
How to Have Conversations That Matter
“WE NEED TO TALK.”
They are, perhaps, the most dreaded four words in the English language. But in her timely, insightful, and wonderfully practical audiobook, We Need to Talk, Celeste Headlee—who earns a living by talking on the airwaves of National Public Radio—makes the case that they are urgently needed.
Today most of us communicate from behind... Read more »
Before and After the Book Deal
A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book
“Even better than answering the questions a writer is afraid to ask, this book more importantly answers the questions a writer may not know to ask. Filled with anecdotal examples (both negative and positive), humor, and a lot of common sense advice, this book covers everything an aspiring writer might need to know, including how to deal with agents, editors, publishers, advances, social media, book tours, movie/TV rights, depression, failure, and, yes, even success.”Keith Glaeske, East City Bookshop
Pity the Reader
On Writing With Style
The art and craft of writing by one of the few grandmasters of American literature, a bonanza for writers and readers written by Kurt Vonnegut's former student. Here is an entirely new side of Kurt Vonnegut, Vonnegut as a teacher of writing. Of course he's given us glimpses before, with aphorisms and short essays and articles and in his... Read more »
The Heroine's Journey
For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture
Tired of the hero's journey?
Frustrated that funny, romantic, and comforting stories aren't taken seriously?
Sad that the books and movies you love never seem to be critically acclaimed, even when they sell like crazy?
The heroine's journey is here to help.
Multiple New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a clear concise analysis... Read more »
Grammar for a Full Life
How the Ways We Shape a Sentence Can Limit or Enlarge Us
Why settle for a normal book on grammar when you could learn new things about it and become your own best self at the same time?
If you’re looking for a traditional manual of rules, this much-acclaimed, groundbreaking book by a cofounder of Harvard University’s Writing Center may not be the one for you. Grammar is about much more than rules:... Read more »
A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky
The World of Octavia Butler
A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and “MacArthur Genius” Octavia E. Butler. It is a collection of ideas about how to look, listen, breathe — how to be in the world.
This audiobook is about the creative process.... Read more »
Learn Spanish: Learn Latin American Spanish for Beginners
The Ultimate Spanish for Beginners Bundle, Book 1-3
Don’t Learn Spanish the Wrong Way!
This Learn Spanish audiobook-series takes away the agony of learning, making it a fun and interactive experience.In this series, you will learn the most frequently used words, verbs, and phrases first, before proceeding to learn Spanish grammar.
This easy and highly effective structure, will hijack your learning... Read more »
The Seven Basic Plots
Why We Tell Stories
This remarkable and monumental book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of "basic stories" in the world. Using a wealth of examples, from ancient myths and folk tales via the plays and novels of great literature to the popular movies and TV soap operas of today, it shows that... Read more »
The Sense of Style
The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker
Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care?
In The Sense of Style, the... Read more »
Letters to a Young Writer
Some Practical and Philosophical Advice
“Believe it or not, this audiobook is the first book by Colum McCann I have listened to, or read. McCann is an excellent narrator, and this book is the perfect one to listen to, rather than read. McCann's writing and philosophical advice is candid, supportive, and honest. Some of his best advice includes keeping your are in the chair, attacking the white page. doing relentless research your research, and reading widely and deeply. This book is truly a book for all writers, not just young writers or those new to the craft. Colum McCann is not only passionate on giving advice about writing, but he is adamant about the importance of writing in an uncertain time. Highly recommended.”John, Main Point Books
Do I Make Myself Clear?
Why Writing Well Matters
A wise and entertaining guide to writing English the proper way by one of the greatest newspaper editors of our time.
Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger. He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. In Do I Make Myself Clear?, he brings... Read more »
The Riddle of the Rosetta
How an English Polymath and a French Polyglot Discovered the Meaning of Egyptian Hieroglyphs
In 1799, a French Army officer was rebuilding the defenses of a fort on the banks of the Nile when he discovered an ancient stele fragment bearing a decree inscribed in three different scripts. So begins one of the most familiar tales in Egyptology—that of the Rosetta Stone and the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs. This book draws on fresh... Read more »
Figure it Out
Through a collection of intimate reflections (on art, punctuation, eyeglasses, color, dreams, celebrity, corpses, porn, and translation) and assignments that encourage pleasure, attentiveness, and acts of playful making, poet, artist, critic, novelist, and performer Wayne Koestenbaum enacts twenty-six ecstatic collisions between his mind and the... Read more »
Learn Any Language Fast
NOTE: Please be sure to download the accompanying reference material upon purchasing. You'll need it to go through the audio.
The Boot Camp Approach for Practical Language Learning
Why should you bother learning a new language? Picking up different languages has many benefits. It can open doors for you at work by helping you get a promotion or... Read more »
How Fiction Works
What makes a story a story? What is style? What’s the connection between realism and real life? These are some of the questions James Wood answers in How Fiction Works, the first book-length essay by the preeminent critic of his generation.
Raging widely from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings, Woods... Read more »
Learn French While Sleeping
"Can you learn while sleeping?" Studies say that yes you can.
Listening to a language while asleep can help supercharge your vocabulary.
Learn Easily with the Power of Pleasant Repetition
With the Learn French While Sleeping Audiobook, you'll absorb over 430 French words and phrases effortlessly.
You can use this Beginner-Level Audiobook to
Relax... Read more »
Learn Italian Like a Native – Beginners & Intermediate Box set
Learning Italian in Your Car Has Never Been Easier! Have Fun with Crazy Vocabulary, Daily Used Phrases & Correct Pronunciations
LEARN THE FOURTH MOST STUDIED LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD, AND HAVE REAL-LIFE CONVERSATIONS WITHIN LESS THAN A MONTH EVEN IF YOU´RE A COMPLETE BEGINNER
So, it’s all settled, you are going on holiday to Italy!
Your mouth begins watering as you book your trip. You will fly to Venice and then continue your journey to Florence, and Rome to end up in Naples.... Read more »
Farnsworth’s Classical English Metaphor
The Farnsworth Classical English Series
Make your writing and speech shine like the sun! Here’s the most entertaining and instructive book about enlivening and clarifying communication by comparing one thing to another.
Ward Farnsworth provides a wide-ranging, practical tour of metaphors, arranged by theme. He shows how the best writers have put figurative comparisons to distinctive... Read more »