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The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything
Written by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson
Translated by Jennifer Hawkins

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 17, 2013
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-537-1 (1-60980-537-2)

A few years ago, 32-year-old Markus “Notch” Persson of Stockholm was an unknown and bored computer programmer. Today, he is a multi-millionaire international icon. Minecraft, the “virtual Lego” game Markus crafted in his free time, has become one of the most talked about activities since Tetris. Talked about by tens of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Me and Shakespeare
Adventures with the Bard
Written by Herman Gollob

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49818-0 (0-385-49818-7)

On the eve of retiring from a successful publishing career, Herman Gollob attends a wonderful Broadway production of Hamlet starring Ralph Fiennes. Galvanized by the splendor of the language, the drama and the acting, he discovers an insatiable passion for all things Shakespeare. He reads broadly and deeply about the plays... Read more >
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Paul Robeson
A Watched Man
Written by Jordan Goodman

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-131-2 (1-78168-131-7)

In his heyday, Paul Robeson was one of the most famous people in the world; to his enemies he was also one of the most dangerous. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the African-American singer was the voice of the people, both as a performer and as a political activist who... Read more >
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G. R. S. Mead and the Gnostic Quest

Edited by Clare Goodrick-Clarke and Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: August 10, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-572-0 (1-55643-572-X)

George Robert Stowe Mead (1863-1933) was a major translator, editor, and commentator on Gnostic and hermetic literature and thus a pivotal figure linking the late 19th-century esoteric revival to 20th-century art, literature, and psychology. As a young convert to the new movement of theosophy, he served as private secretary to its... Read more >

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Personal History

Written by Katharine Graham

Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 24, 1998
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70104-7 (0-375-70104-4)

Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

An extraordinarily frank, honest, and generous book by one of America's most famous and admired women, Personal History is, as its title suggests, a book composed of both personal memoir and history.

It is the story of Graham's parents: the multimillionaire father who left private... Read more >
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College of One

Written by Sheilah Graham
Afterword by Wendy W. Fairey

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-283-3 (1-61219-283-1)

In 1937, on the night of her engagement to the Marquess of Donegall, Sheilah Graham met F. Scott Fitzgerald at a party in Hollywood. Graham, a British-born journalist, broke off her engagement, and until Fitzgerald had a fatal heart attack in her apartment in 1940, the two writers lived the fervid... Read more >
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March 3, 2015
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Follies of God
Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog
Written by James Grissom

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 3, 2015
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26569-2 (0-307-26569-2)

An extraordinary book; one that almost magically makes clear how Tennessee Williams wrote; how he came to his visions of Amanda Wingfield, his Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Alma Winemiller, Lady Torrance, and the other characters of his plays that transformed the American theater of the mid-twentieth century; a book that does... Read more >
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My Wars Are Laid Away in Books
The Life of Emily Dickinson
Written by Alfred Habegger

Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6601-5 (0-8129-6601-5)

Emily Dickinson, probably the most loved and certainly the greatest of American poets, continues to be seen as the most elusive. One reason she has become a timeless icon of mystery for many readers is that her developmental phases have not been clarified. In this exhaustively researched biography, Alfred Habegger presents... Read more >
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Hit Lit
Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers
Written by James W. Hall

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7095-1 (0-8129-7095-0)

What do Michael Corleone, Jack Ryan, and Scout Finch have in common? Creative writing professor and thriller writer James W. Hall knows. Now, in this entertaining, revelatory book, he reveals how bestsellers work, using twelve twentieth-century blockbusters as case studies—including The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and... Read more >
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American Fictions

Written by Elizabeth Hardwick

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 2, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75482-1 (0-375-75482-2)

"Just as Edwin Denby, Clement Greenburg, and Pauline Kael transformed the nature of criticism in the fields of dance, art, and film, respectively, Hardwick has redefined the possibilities of the literary essay."
--The New Yorker

A brilliant tour of a century American writers, from the novels of Melville, Wharton and James to the... Read more >

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Joan of Arc
A Life Transfigured
Written by Kathryn Harrison

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53120-7 (0-385-53120-6)

The profoundly inspiring and fully documented saga of Joan of Arc, the young peasant girl whose "voices" moved her to rally the French nation and a reluctant king against British invaders in 1428, has fascinated artistic figures as diverse as William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Voltaire, George Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, Carl... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Nancy Mitford

Written by Selina Hastings

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 3, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94946-2 (0-307-94946-X)

Nancy Mitford’s life was as glamorous and as dramatic as her most famous novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate.

Mitford was witty, intelligent, often acerbic, a great tease, and an acute observer of upper-class English idiosyncrasies. With the publication of her comic novels, based in part on... Read more >
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The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order
Written by Steven F. Hayward

Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: June 9, 2009
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45369-3 (0-307-45369-3)

THE AGE OF REAGAN brings to life the tumultuous decade and a half that preceded Ronald Reagan's ascent to the White House. Based on scores of interviews and years of research, Steven F. Hayward takes us on an engrossing journey through the most politically divisive years the United States has had... Read more >
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John Osborne
The Many Lives of the Angry Young Man
Written by John Heilpern

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70295-2 (0-375-70295-4)

John Osborne, unapologetic rebel and original Angry Young Man, first won acclaim with the 1956 production of his play Look Back in Anger, which completely transformed postwar theater and established him as one of Britain’s greatest playwrights. This startling biography—the first informed by the secret notebooks in which he recorded his... Read more >
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Nelson Mandela
The Unconquerable Soul
Written by Lewis Helfand
Illustrated by Sankha Banerjee

Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Campfire
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-93-80741-16-1 (93-80741-16-2)

Best Graphic Novel of 2011, Comicon India

In 1948, justice and equality were outlawed in the country of South Africa. The people needed one voice to speak up when the world fell silent. They needed one leader to stand up when the world looked away. One man answered that call; one man... Read more >

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Ayn Rand and the World She Made

Written by Anne Conover Heller

Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7893-6 (1-4000-7893-8)

A New York Times Notable Book
A Chicago Tribune Favorite Book of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year

Ayn Rand’s books have attracted three generations of readers, shaped the Libertarian movement, influenced White House economic policies throughout the Reagan years and beyond, and inspired the Tea Party... Read more >

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Hemingway's Boat
Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost
Written by Paul Hendrickson

Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7535-5 (1-4000-7535-1)

From National Book Critics Circle Award winner Paul Hendrickson, a brilliantly conceived and illuminating reconsideration of a key period in the life of Ernest Hemingway that will forever change the way he is perceived and understood.

Focusing on the years 1934 to 1961—from Hemingway’s pinnacle as the reigning monarch of American letters... Read more >
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The Seasons of the Soul
The Poetic Guidance and Spiritual Wisdom of Herman Hesse
Written by Hermann Hesse
Translated by Ludwig Max Fischer, Ph.D.
Foreword by Andrew Harvey

Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-313-7 (1-58394-313-7)

Vowing at an early age “to be a poet or nothing at all,” Hermann Hesse rebelled against formal education, focusing on a rigorous program of independent study that included literature, philosophy, art, and history. One result of these efforts was a series of novels that became counterculture bibles that remain widely... Read more >
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March 17, 2015
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Ten Windows
How Great Poems Transform the World
Written by Jane Hirshfield

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 17, 2015
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35105-8 (0-385-35105-4)

A dazzling collection of essays on how the best poems work, from the master poet and essayist
“Poetry,” Jane Hirshfield has said, “is language that foments revolutions of being.” In ten eloquent and highly original explorations, she unfolds and explores some of the ways this is done—by the inclusion of hiddenness, paradox... Read more >
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The Great Game
The Myths and Reality of Espionage
Written by Frederick P. Hitz

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72638-5 (0-375-72638-1)

In this riveting insider’s account, a former inspector general of the CIA compares actual espionage cases and practices with classic and popular spy fiction, showing that the real world of espionage is nearly always stranger and more complicated than even the best spy fiction.

Exploring everything from tradecraft and recruitment to bureaucracy... Read more >
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Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804

Written by Richard Holmes

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 23, 1999
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70540-3 (0-375-70540-6)

"Poet, journalist, letter-writer, critic, autobiographer, lecturer, folklorist, philosopher: when a man's genius is so amorphous and protean, how can any one biographer hope to encompass it? Yet, miraculously, in this first of two volumes, Richard Holmes has succeeded in doing so. . . . His masterly book leaves one feeling that... Read more >
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Adventures of a Romantic Biographer
Written by Richard Holmes

Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 1996
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77004-6 (0-679-77004-6)

Richard Holmes knew he had become a true biographer the day his bank bounced a check that he had inadvertently dated 1772. Because for the acclaimed chronicler of Shelley and Coleridge, biography is a physical pursuit, an ardent and arduous retracing of footsteps that may have vanished centuries before.

In this gripping... Read more >

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Explorations of a Romantic Biographer
Written by Richard Holmes

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75771-9 (0-679-75771-6)

With this collection of short and fascinating biographical pieces, the award-winning biographer of Coleridge and Shelley offers a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious art of biography.

When researching, Richard Holmes has often become captivated by figures peripheral to his main subject, literary forays that he couldn’t resist. These tales—he forbidden love of... Read more >
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Gabriele D'Annunzio
Poet, Seducer, and Preacher of War
Written by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27655-1 (0-307-27655-4)

Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Costa Biography Award
**Washington Post Best Books of 2013**
**Economist Best Books of 2013**

This fascinating life of Gabriele d’Annunzio—the charismatic poet, bon vivant, and virulent nationalist who prefigured Mussolini—traces the early twentieth century’s trajectory from Romantic idealism to Fascist thuggery.
D’Annunzio was Italy’s premier... Read more >

The Interior Castle
The Art and Life of Jean Stafford
Written by Ann Hulbert

Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 9, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5123-8 (0-8041-5123-7)

An important moment in American literary history takes life in this stunning biography of Jean Stafford, one of the most successful, admired—and troubled—of the brilliant and influential midcentury circle of writers and critics that included Allen Tate, Caroline Gordon, Peter Taylor, Delmore Schwartz, Randall Jarrell, and Robert Lowell, Stafford's first husband... Read more >
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