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On Ugliness

Written by Umberto Eco


Format: Trade Paperback, 456 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3723-6 (0-8478-3723-8)

In the mold of his acclaimed History of Beauty, renowned cultural critic Umberto Eco’s On Ugliness is an exploration of the monstrous and the repellant in visual culture and the arts. What is the voyeuristic impulse behind our attraction to the gruesome and the horrible? Where does the magnetic appeal of... Read more >

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Trading Twelves
The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Written by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Preface by Albert Murray
Edited by John Callahan
Introduction by John Callahan


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70805-3 (0-375-70805-7)

The correspondence between Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man, and Murray is a professor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Mirroring a jam session in which two jazz musicians "trade twelves"—each improvising twelve... Read more >
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Fanpire
The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love it
Written by Tanya Erzen


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0639-9 (0-8070-0639-4)

An author immerses herself in the frenzied fandom of Twilight, the young-adult vampire romance series that has captivated women of all ages.

Why have the Twilight saga’s representations of romance and relationships enchanted millions of fans and generated millions in revenue, selling everything from Barbie-type dolls to blockbuster films? Tanya Erzen–herself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Fanpire
The Twilight Saga and the Women Who Love it
Written by Tanya Erzen


Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0633-7 (0-8070-0633-5)

An author immerses herself in the frenzied fandom of Twilight, the young-adult vampire romance series that has captivated women of all ages.

Why have the Twilight saga’s representations of romance and relationships enchanted millions of fans and generated millions in revenue, selling everything from Barbie-type dolls to blockbuster films? Tanya Erzen–herself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Theatre of the Absurd

Written by Martin Esslin


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7523-2 (1-4000-7523-8)

“Exciting and stimulating...a very useful reference work and a standard text book.” —Literary Review

In 1953, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot premiered at a tiny avant-garde theatre in Paris; within five years, it had been translated into more than twenty languages and seen by more than a million spectators. Its startling popularity... Read more >
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Essays, Speeches & Public Letters

Written by William Faulkner
Edited by James B. Meriwether


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7137-8 (0-8129-7137-X)

An essential collection of William Faulkner’s mature nonfiction work, updated, with an abundance of new material.

This unique volume includes Faulkner’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech, a review of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (in which he suggests that Hemingway has found God), and newly collected gems, such as the... Read more >
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Anna of All the Russias
A Life of Anna Akhmatova
Written by Elaine Feinstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3378-2 (1-4000-3378-0)

In this definitive biography of the legendary Russian poet, Elaine Feinstein draws on a wealth of newly available material–including memoirs, letters, journals, and interviews with surviving friends and family–to produce a revelatory portrait of both the artist and the woman.

Anna Akhmatova rose to fame in the years before World War I... Read more >
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Mordecai
The Life & Times
Written by Charles Foran


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: July 5, 2011
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-676-97965-7 (0-676-97965-3)

Foran’s book is the definitive portrait of Mordecai Richler, the lion of Canadian literature, and the turbulent, changing times that nurtured him. It is also an extraordinary love story that lasted half a century.

Mordecai Richler won multiple Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, among others, as... Read more >
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The Archaeology of Knowledge

Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1982
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71106-5 (0-394-71106-8)

Madness, sexuality, power, knowledge--are these facts of life or simply parts of speech?  The Archaeology of Knowledge begins at the level of "things said" and moves quickly to illuminate the connections between knowledge, language, and action in a style at once profound and personal.  A summing up of Foucault's own methodological assumptions, this... Read more >
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The Foucault Reader

Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 1984
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71340-3 (0-394-71340-0)

Edited by Paul Rainbow.  Michel Foucault was one of the most influential thinkers in the contemporary world, someone whose work has affected the teaching of half a dozen disciplines ranging from literary criticism to the history of criminology. The Foucault Reader contains selections from each area of Foucault's work as well as... Read more >

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Must You Go?
My Life with Harold Pinter
Written by Antonia Fraser


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53250-1 (0-385-53250-4)

In this exquisite memoir, Antonia Fraser recounts the life she shared with the internationally renowned dramatist. In essence, it is a love story and a marvelously insightful account of their years together, beginning with their initial meeting when Fraser was the wife of a member of Parliament and mother of six... Read more >
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The Long Embrace
Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved
Written by Judith Freeman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9517-9 (1-4000-9517-4)

Raymond Chandler was among the most original and enduring crime novelists of the twentieth century. Yet much of his pre-writing life, including his unconventional marriage, has remained shrouded in mystery. In this compelling, wholly original book, Judith Freeman sets out to solve the puzzle of who Chandler was and how he... Read more >
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The World Is What It Is
The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
Written by Patrick French


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7980-3 (1-4000-7980-2)

The first major biography of V.S. Naipaul, the controversial and enigmatic Nobel laureate: a stunning writer whose only stated ambition was greatness, in pursuit of which goal nothing else was sacred.

Beginning in rich detail in Trinidad, where Naipaul was born into an Indian family, Patrick French skillfully examines Naipaul’ s... Read more >
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This I Believe
An A to Z of a Life
Written by Carlos Fuentes


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7254-2 (0-8129-7254-6)

In this masterly, deeply personal, and provocative book, the internationally renowned Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, whose work has been called “a combination of Poe, Baudelaire, and Isak Dinesen” (Newsweek), steps back to survey the wellsprings of art and ideology, the events that have shaped our time, and his extraordinary life and... Read more >
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"There Are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larsson and Me

Written by Eva Gabrielsson
Contribution by Marie-Francoise Colombani
Translated by Linda Coverdale


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-410-7 (1-60980-410-4)

Eva Gabrielsson, long-time partner to Millennium Trilogy author, Stieg Larsson, tells of their thirty-year love story, of Stieg’s life-long struggle to expose Sweden’s right-wing extremists, of his struggle to keep the magazine he founded, Expo, alive, his difficult relationships with his family, and the joy and relief he discovered writing the... Read more >

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"There Are Things I Want You to Know" about Stieg Larsson and Me

Written by Eva Gabrielsson
Contribution by Marie-Francoise Colombani
Translated by Linda Coverdale


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 21, 2011
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-363-6 (1-60980-363-9)

Eva Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson shared everything, starting when they were both eighteen until his untimely death thirty-two years later at the age of fifty. In “There Are Things I Want You to Know” about Stieg Larsson and Me, Eva Gabrielsson accepts the daunting challenge of telling the story of their... Read more >
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Shakespeare After All

Written by Marjorie Garber


Format: Trade Paperback, 1008 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 20, 2005
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72214-8 (0-385-72214-1)

Winner of the CHRISTIAN GAUSS AWARD for Literary Scholarship

A brilliant and companionable tour through all thirty-eight plays, Shakespeare After All is the perfect introduction to the bard by one of the country’s foremost authorities on his life and work. Drawing on her hugely popular lecture courses at Yale and Harvard over... Read more >
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The Use and Abuse of Literature

Written by Marjorie Garber


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42434-2 (0-375-42434-2)

In this deep and engaging meditation on the useful­ness and uselessness of reading in the digital age, Harvard English professor Marjorie Garber (“One of the most powerful women in the academic world.”—The New York Times) aims to reclaim “literature” from the periphery of our personal, educational, and pro­fessional lives and restore... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Use and Abuse of Literature

Written by Marjorie Garber


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27712-1 (0-307-27712-7)

In this deep and engaging meditation on the usefulness and uselessness of reading in the digital age, Harvard English professor Marjorie Garber aims to reclaim “literature” from the periphery of our personal, educational, and professional lives and restore it to the center, as a radical way of thinking.

But what is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Passionate Nomad
The Life of Freya Stark
Written by Jane Fletcher Geniesse


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 24, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75746-4 (0-375-75746-5)

Freya Stark—traveler, explorer, Arabist, and woman of letters—began the extraordinary adventures that would glamorize her—and would catapult her into public life for the next sixty years—in 1927. And with the publication of The Valley of the Assassins in 1934, her legend was launched.

Leaving behind a miserable family life, Freya set out... Read more >
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If It Die . . .
An Autobiography
Written by Andre Gide


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72606-4 (0-375-72606-3)

This is the major autobiographical statement from Nobel laureate André Gide. In the events and musings recorded here we find the seeds of those themes that obsessed him throughout his career and imbued his classic novels The Immoralist and The Counterfeiters.

Gide led a life of uncompromising self-scrutiny, and his literary... Read more >

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James Joyce's Ulysses

Written by Stuart Gilbert


Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1955
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70013-7 (0-394-70013-9)

With the passing of each year, Ulysses receives wider recognition and greater acclaim as a modern literary classic. To comprehend Joyce's masterpiece fully, to gain insight into its significance and structure, the serious reader will find this analytical and systematic guide invaluable. In this exegesis, written under Joyce's supervision, Stuart Gilbert... Read more >

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The Birth of Pleasure

Written by Carol Gilligan


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75943-0 (0-679-75943-3)

Carol Gilligan, whose classic In a Different Voice revolutionized the study of human psychology, now offers a brilliant, provocative book about love. Why is love so often associated with tragedy, she asks. Why are our experiences of pleasure so often shadowed by loss? And can we change these patterns?

Gilligan observes children... Read more >
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Elizabeth Bowen

Written by Victoria Glendinning


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27740-4 (0-307-27740-2)

In this richly detailed biography, Victoria Glendinning brings alive the great Anglo-Irish novelist whose literary achievements were equaled only by her unbounded gift for living.

Taking us from Elizabeth Bowen's ancestral home in Ireland, Bowen’s Court, to Oxford where she met Yeats and Eliot, to her service as an air-raid warden... Read more >

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Minecraft
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 >
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