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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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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 Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham
A Biography
Written by Selina Hastings

Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: May 25, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6141-9 (1-4000-6141-5)

Finalist, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography
(winner to be announced March 10th, 2011)

He was a brilliant teller of tales, one of the most widely read authors of the twentieth century, and at one time the most famous writer in the world, yet W. Somerset Maugham’s own true story has... 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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Dangerous Ambition
Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power
Written by Susan Hertog

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45986-2 (0-345-45986-5)

Born in the 1890s on opposite sides of the Atlantic, friends for more than forty years, Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West lived strikingly parallel lives that placed them at the center of the social and historical upheavals of the twentieth century. In Dangerous Ambition, Susan Hertog chronicles the separate but intertwined... 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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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 >

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Gabriele d'Annunzio
Poet, Seducer, and Preacher of War
Written by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 20, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26393-3 (0-307-26393-2)

Daring night flight missions, dropping bombs and propaganda out of early airplanes. Bloodthirsty orations, inciting a people to war. Trysts with countless women, including the great actress Eleonora Duse. Writing books and plays that moved thousands of young men to begin to dress, smoke, speak, and walk like fictional characters. The... Read more >
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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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The Gift
Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World
Written by Lewis Hyde

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27950-7 (0-307-27950-2)

By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. Widely available again after twenty-five years, this book is even more necessary today than when it first appeared. An... Read more >
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George Sand
A Woman's Life Writ Large
Written by Belinda Jack

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77918-6 (0-679-77918-3)

The author of classic novels including Indiana and Lélia, George Sand is perhaps better known for her unconventional life. Belinda Jack unravels the many facets of this writer who counted among her friends and lovers everyone from Chopin and Liszt to Dostoyevsky and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Sand defied convention by writing... Read more >
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Talking About Detective Fiction

Written by P. D. James

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74313-8 (0-307-74313-6)

P. D. James, the undisputed queen of mystery, gives us an intriguing, inspiring and idiosyncratic look at the genre she has spent her life perfecting.

Examining mystery from top to bottom, beginning with such classics as Charles Dickens's Bleak House and Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White, and then looking at... Read more >
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The Antinomies Of Realism

Written by Fredric Jameson

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-133-6 (1-78168-133-3)

The Antinomies of Realism is a history of the nineteenth-century realist novel and its legacy told without a glimmer of nostalgia for artistic achievements that the movement of history makes it impossible to recreate. The works of Zola, Tolstoy, Pérez Galdós, and George Eliot are in the most profound sense inimitable... Read more >
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Burnt Books
Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka
Written by Rodger Kamenetz

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4257-7 (0-8052-4257-0)

Rodger Kamenetz, acclaimed author of The Jew in the Lotus, has long been fascinated by the mystical tales of the Hasidic master Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. And for many years he has taught a course in Prague on Franz Kafka. The more he thought about their lives and writings, the more... Read more >
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Zora Neale Hurston
A Life in Letters
Written by Carla Kaplan, Ph.D.

Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 2, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49036-8 (0-385-49036-4)

“ I mean to live and die by my own mind,” Zora Neale Hurston told the writer Countee Cullen. Arriving in Harlem in 1925 with little more than a dollar to her name, Hurston rose to become one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance, only to die in obscurity... Read more >
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