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Farther and Wilder
The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson
Written by Blake Bailey

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47552-7 (0-307-47552-2)

Charles Jackson’s novel The Lost Weekend—the story of five disastrous days in the life of an alcoholic—was published in 1944 to triumphant success. Although he tried to escape its legacy, Jackson is often remembered only as the author of this thinly veiled autobiography. In Farther & Wilder, the award-winning biographer of... Read more >
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Fighting for Life

Written by S. Josephine Baker
Introduction by Helen Epstein

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-706-8 (1-59017-706-1)

New York’s Lower East Side was said to be the most densely populated square mile on earth in the 1890s. Health inspectors called the neighborhood “the suicide ward.” Diarrhea epidemics raged each summer, killing thousands of children. Sweatshop babies with smallpox and typhus dozed in garment heaps destined for fashionable shops... Read more >
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How to Live
Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
Written by Sarah Bakewell

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-483-2 (1-59051-483-1)

Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography
An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love–such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Through the Window
Seventeen Essays and a Short Story
Written by Julian Barnes

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80550-8 (0-345-80550-X)

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending and one of Britain’s greatest writers: a brilliant collection of essays on the books and authors that have meant the most to him throughout his illustrious career.

In these seventeen essays (plus a short story and a special preface, “A... Read more >
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Irrational Man
A Study in Existential Philosophy
Written by William Barrett

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 1, 1962
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-03138-7 (0-385-03138-6)

Widely recognized as the finest definition of existentialist Philosophy, this book introduced existentialism to America in 1958. Barrett discusses the views of 19th and 20th century existentialists Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre and interprets the impact of their thinking on literature, art, and philosophy. Read more >
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Essays and Reflections
Written by Walter Benjamin

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 13, 1969
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0241-0 (0-8052-0241-2)

Illuminations includes Benjamin's views on Kafka, with whom he felt the closest personal affinity, his studies on Baudelaire and Proust (both of whom he translated), his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. Also included are his penetrating study on "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,"... Read more >

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Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
Written by Walter Benjamin

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 12, 1986
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0802-3 (0-8052-0802-X)

Walter Benjamin is recognized as one of the most acute analysts of literary and sociological phenomenon of the 19th and 20th centuries. A companion volume to Illuminations (also available in Schocken paperback), Reflections presents a new sampling of his wide-ranging work. In addition to literary criticism, it contains autobiographical narration and... Read more >

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The Memoirs of Hector Berlioz

Written by Hector Berlioz

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 19, 2002
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41391-9 (0-375-41391-X)

The Memoirs of Hector Berlioz has long been considered to be among the best of musical autobiographies.

Like his massive compositions, Berlioz (1803-69) was colorful, eloquent, larger than life. His book is both an account of his important place in the rise of the Romantic movement and a personal testament. He tells... Read more >

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A Biography
Written by T.J. Binyon

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7652-9 (1-4000-7652-8)

In the course of his short, dramatic life, Aleksandr Pushkin gave Russia not only its greatest poetry—including the novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin—but a new literary language. He also gave it a figure of enduring romantic allure–fiery, restless, extravagant, a prodigal gambler and inveterate seducer of women. Having forged a dazzling, controversial career... Read more >
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Roberto Bolano: The Last Interview
And Other Conversations
Written by Roberto Bolaņo
Translated by Sybil Perez
Introduction by Marcela Valdes

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-095-2 (1-61219-095-2)

With the release of Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives in 1998, journalist Monica Maristain discovered a writer “capable of befriending his readers.” After exchanging several letters with Bolaño, Maristain formed a friendship of her own, culminating in an extensive interview with the novelist about truth and consequences, an interview that turned... Read more >
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Jorge Luis Borges: The Last Interview
and Other Conversations
Written by Jorge Luis Borges
Translated by Kit Maude

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: June 25, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-204-8 (1-61219-204-1)

Days before his death, Borges gave an intimate interview to his friend, the Argentine journalist Gloria Lopez Lecube. That interview is translated for the first time here, giving English-language readers a new insight into his life, loves, and thoughts about his work and country at the end of his life.

Accompanying that... Read more >
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Shakespeare A to Z
The Essential Reference to His Plays, His Poems, His Life and Times, and More
Written by Charles Boyce

Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: November 10, 1991
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31361-2 (0-385-31361-6)

The only single-volume comprehensive reference to Shakespeare. With over 3,000 entries, the book covers every play and character, poems, actors, producers and directors, theatrical and literary terms, authors, scholars and publishers of Shakespeare's works and more. Read more >

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The Redneck Way of Knowledge

Written by Blanche Mccrary Boyd

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75767-2 (0-679-75767-8)

This intoxicating book combines autobiography, reporting, and the dressed-up lies we call fiction. An underground classic since its initial publication, it is the wildly funny personal testament of Blanche McCrary Boyd, sixties radical and born-again Southerner, a lesbian with an un-PC passion for skydiving and stock-car racing, a graduate of Eastern... Read more >
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Listen to the Echoes
The Ray Bradbury Interviews
Written by Ray Bradbury and Sam Weller
Foreword by Black Francis

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Stop Smiling Books
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-03-5 (1-935554-03-4)

A definitive collection of interviews with one of America's most famous writers, covering his life, faith, friends, politics, and visions of the future.

Ray Bradbury, the poetic and visionary author of such classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, is one of the most influential writers of the... Read more >
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Imagining Characters
Six Conversations About Women Writers: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eli ot, Willa Cather, Iris Murdoch, and Toni Morrison
Written by A.S. Byatt and Ignes Sodre

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 2, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77753-3 (0-679-77753-9)

In this innovative and wide-ranging book, Byatt and the psychoanalyst Ignes Sodre bring their different sensibilities to bear on six novels they have read and loved: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Bronte's Villette, George Elliot's Daniel Deronda, Willa Cather's The Professor's House, Iris Murdoch's An Unofficial Rose, and Toni Morrison's Beloved. The... Read more >

Three Years With Grant
As Recalled by War Correspondent
Written by Sylvanus Cadwallader

Format: eBook, 354 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83033-3 (0-307-83033-0)

During the Civil War, Sylvanus Cadwallader, a war correspondent employed first by the Chicago Times and later for the New York Herald, was attached to General Grant’s headquarters from 1862 to 1865. Three Years with Grant is his account of that period.

As a portrait of Grant, the personality and the military... Read more >

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Written by Roberto Calasso
Translated by Geoffrey Brock

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7612-3 (1-4000-7612-9)

From the internationally acclaimed author of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony and Ka: an utterly original, fascinating interpretation of the work of Franz Kafka that is simultaneously an unprecedented exploration into the mystery of Kafka himself.

What are Kafka’s stories about? Are they dreams? Allegories? Symbols? Things that happen every day?... Read more >
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Literature and the Gods

Written by Roberto Calasso

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72543-2 (0-375-72543-1)

Brilliant, inspired, and gloriously erudite, Literature and the Gods is the culmination of Roberto Calasso’s lifelong study of the gods in the human imagination. By uncovering the divine whisper that lies behind the best poetry and prose from across the centuries, Calasso gives us a renewed sense of the mystery and... Read more >
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Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

Written by Simon Callow

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80323-8 (0-345-80323-X)

Acclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow offers a fresh perspective on one of the greatest novelists in the English language, Charles Dickens, in this lively, colorful biography.

Dickens was one of the first true celebrity authors. Thousands of fans in Britain and America eagerly awaited each new installment of his stories and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Hermit in Paris
Autobiographical Writings
Written by Italo Calvino

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71426-9 (0-375-71426-X)

Never before published in English, these essayistic writings enlarge our understanding of one of the twentieth century's most beloved authors.

In evocations of Italo Calvino's tumultuous teenage years—his life during Mussolini's rule, at the time of the liberation, and during the Cold War—we learn the story of the author's generation as it... Read more >
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Kafka's Other Trial
The Letters to Felice
Written by Elias Canetti

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 12, 1988
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0705-7 (0-8052-0705-8)

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Written by Anne Carson

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7890-5 (1-4000-7890-3)

In her first collection in five years, Anne Carson contemplates “decreation”—an activity described by Simone Weil as “undoing the creature in us”—an undoing of self. But how can we undo self without moving through self, to the very inside of its definition? Where else can we start?

Anne Carson’s Decreation starts with... Read more >

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Essays, Poems, Stories
Written by Raymond Carver

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72239-7 (0-679-72239-4)

More than sixty stories, poems, and essays are included in this wide-ranging collection by the gifted and versatile Raymond Carver.

Essays include:
My Father's Life
On Writing
John Gardner: The Writer as Teacher

Poems include:
Drinking While Driving
Distress Sale
Looking For Work
You Don't Know What Love Is

Stories include:
The Lie
The Cabin
Harry's Death
The Pheasant
Where Is Everyone?
So Much Water So... Read more >

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The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

Written by Willa Cather
Edited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout

Format: Hardcover, 752 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 16, 2013
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-95930-0 (0-307-95930-9)

This first publication of the letters of one of America’s most consistently admired writers is both an exciting and a significant literary event. Willa Cather, wanting to be judged on her work alone, clearly forbade the publication of her letters in her will. But now, more than sixty-five years after her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Dear Donald, Dear Bennett
The Wartime Correspondence of Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer
Written by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer
Introduction by Robert D. Loomis

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-50768-7 (0-375-50768-X)

Donald Klopfer and Bennett Cerf had been partners in Random House for seventeen years, but Donald decided that he had to become a part of an even greater endeavor—the defeat of Nazi Germany. Not long after Pearl Harbor, Donald, who was then forty years old, took a leave from Random House... Read more >
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