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The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup
My Encounters with Extraordinary People
Written by Susan Orlean


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75863-8 (0-375-75863-1)

Acclaimed New Yorker writer Susan Orlean and author of The Orchid Thief is back with this delightfully entertaining collection of her best and brightest profiles. Orlean brings her wry sensibility, exuberant voice, and peculiar curiosities to a fascinating range of subjects—from the well known (Bill Blass) to the unknown (a typical... Read more >
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Essays

Written by George Orwell


Format: Hardcover, 1416 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41503-6 (0-375-41503-3)

The most generous and varied single volume selection available of the literary and political writings of one of our greatest essayists of the twentieth century. In these 240 plus essays, Orwell elevated political writing to the level of art, and his motivating ideas–his desire for social justice, his belief in universal... Read more >

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The Book That Changed My Life
Interviews with National Book Award Winners and Finalists
Edited by Diane Osen
Introduction by Neil Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78351-0 (0-679-78351-2)

Every reader can name at least one book that changed his or her life—and many more beloved titles will surely come to mind as well. In The Book That Changed My Life, fifteen of America’s most influential authors discuss their own special literary choices. These unique interviews with National Book Award... Read more >
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Fame & Folly
Essays
Written by Cynthia Ozick


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 1997
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76754-1 (0-679-76754-1)

From one of America's great literary figures, a new collection of essays on eminent writers and their work, and on the war between art and life. The perilous intersection of writers' lives with public and private dooms is the fertile subject of many of these remarkable essays from such literary giants... Read more >
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Metaphor & Memory

Written by Cynthia Ozick


Format: Trade Paperback, 300 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 3, 1991
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73425-3 (0-679-73425-2)

In these intellectually dazzling essays, Ozick writes about Saul Bellow and Henry James, William Gaddis and Primo Levi. She observes the tug-of-war between written and spoken language and the complex relation between art's contrivances and its moral truths. She has given us an exceptional book that demonstrates the possibilities of literature... Read more >

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Quarrel & Quandary
Essays
Written by Cynthia Ozick


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72445-9 (0-375-72445-1)

Quarrel & Quandary showcases the manifold talents of one of our leading and award-winning critics and essayists.

In nineteen opulent essays, Cynthia Ozick probes Dostoevsky for insights into the Unabomber, questions the role of the public intellectual, and dares to wonder what poetry is. She roams effortlessly from Kafka to James, Styron... Read more >
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Break, Blow, Burn
Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the World's Best Poems
Written by Camille Paglia


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 24, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72539-5 (0-375-72539-3)

Break, Blow, Burn is destined to become a landmark. In it, America’s premier intellectual provocateur explores and celebrates a series of great poems of the Western tradition, including some surprising discoveries of her own. She brings new energy and insight to our understanding of poems we already know, such as masterpieces... Read more >
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Sexual Personae
Art & Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
Written by Camille Paglia


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 20, 1991
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73579-3 (0-679-73579-8)

Paglia seeks to demonstrate the unity and continuity of western culture. Accepting the canonical western tradition and rejecting the modernist idea that culture has collapsed into meaningless fragments, she argues that Judeo-Christianity did not defeat paganism, which, along with androgyny, sadism, and the aggressive western eye, continues to flourish in art... Read more >

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The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist

Written by Orhan Pamuk


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74524-8 (0-307-74524-4)

From the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, an inspired, thoughtful, and deeply personal book about reading and writing novels.

In this fascinating set of essays, based on the talks he delivered at Harvard University as part of the distinguished Norton Lecture series, Pamuk presents a comprehensive and provocative theory of the novel and... Read more >
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Other Colors
Essays and a Story
Written by Orhan Pamuk


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38623-6 (0-307-38623-6)

In the three decades that Nobel prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk has devoted himself to writing fiction, he has also produced scores of witty, moving, and provocative essays and articles. He engages the work of Nabokov, Kundera, Rushdie, and Vargas Llosa, among others, and he discusses his own books and writing process... Read more >
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Shakespeare Alive!

Edited by Joseph Papp and Elizabeth Kirkland


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27081-5 (0-553-27081-8)

From Joseph Papp, America's foremost theater producer, and writer Elizabeth Kirkland, Shakespeare Alive! recreates Shakespeare's London as everyday people might have experienced it. Through Papp and Kirkland's richly detailed book, students will find out how young Elizabethans fell in love, how the city's workers and artists made ends meet, what people... Read more >

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Promised Land
Thirteen Books That Changed America
Written by Jay Parini


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38618-2 (0-307-38618-X)

“These thirteen books must be seen as representative, not definitive, works. They are nodal points, places where vast areas of thought and feeling gathered and dispersed, creating a nation as various and vibrant as the United States, which must be considered one of the most successful nation-states in modern history, and... Read more >
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Beat Writers at Work

Written by Paris Review
Edited by George Plimpton
Introduction by Richard Moody


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 16, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75215-5 (0-375-75215-3)

Edited by George Plimpton, and with an introduction by Rick Moody, this collection of interviews with the Beat Writers grants writers of prose, poetry, and literary critics an in-depth look into one of the most famous literary tribes of the century. The Beats, with their mix of talent, bravado, and insight... Read more >

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Playwrights at Work

Written by Paris Review
Edited by George Plimpton
Introduction by John Lahr


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 30, 2000
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64021-9 (0-679-64021-5)

This third volume in Modern Library’s Paris Review: Writers at Work series gives the student a chance to study the words and opinions of some of the most important and compelling playwrights of our time. The interviews collected here range in date from 1956 to 1997 and in personality from Tennessee... Read more >

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Women Writers at Work
The Paris Review Interviews
Written by Paris Review


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: July 21, 1998
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77129-6 (0-679-77129-8)

With an introduction by Margaret Atwood, and edited by George Plimpton, this volume brings together sixteen of the world's great women writers speaking about their work, their colleagues, and their lives. The writers include:

Marianne Moore
Katherine Anne Porter
Rebecca West
Dorothy Parker
P.L. Travers
Simone de Beauvoir
Eudora Welty
Elizabeth Bishop
Mary McCarthy
Nadine Gordimer
Maya Angelou
Anne Sexton
Toni Morrison
Susan Sontag
Joan Didion
and... Read more >

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Nothing and Everything - The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant Garde
1942 - 1962
Written by Ellen Pearlman


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-363-2 (1-58394-363-3)

In America in the late 1950s and early 60s, the world–and life itself–became a legitimate artist’s tool, aligning with Zen Buddhism’s emphasis on “enlightenment at any moment” and living in the now. Simultaneously and independently, parallel movements were occurring in Japan, as artists there, too, strove to break down artistic boundaries... Read more >
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Ben-Gurion
A Political Life
Written by Shimon Peres and David Landau


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4282-9 (0-8052-4282-1)

Israel’s current president gives us a dramatic and revelatory biography of Israel’s first prime minister and its founding father.

Shimon Peres was in his early twenties when he first met David Ben-Gurion. Although the state that he would lead through war and peace had not yet declared its precarious independence, the “Old... Read more >
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Antoine's Alphabet
Watteau and His World
Written by Jed Perl


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 15, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38594-9 (0-307-38594-9)

Antoine Watteau, one of the most mysterious painters who ever lived, is the inspiration for this delightful investigation of the tangled relationship between art and life. Weaving together historical fact and personal reflections, the influential art critic Jed Perl reconstructs the amazing story of this pioneering bohemian artist who, although he... Read more >
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Franklin and Lucy
Mrs. Rutherfurd and the Other Remarkable Women in Roosevelt's Life
Written by Joseph E. Persico


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7496-6 (0-8129-7496-4)

In Franklin and Lucy, acclaimed author and historian Joseph E. Persico explores FDR’s romance with Lucy Rutherfurd. Persico’s provocative conclusions about their relationship are informed by a revealing range of sources, including never-before-published letters and documents from Lucy Rutherfurd’s estate that attest to the intensity of the affair, which lasted much... Read more >

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A New World Order
Essays
Written by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71403-0 (0-375-71403-0)

The Africa of his ancestry, the Caribbean of his birth, the Britain of his upbringing, and the United States where he now lives are the focal points of award-winning writer Caryl Phillips’ profound inquiry into evolving notions of home, identity, and belonging in an increasingly international society.

At once deeply reflective and... Read more >
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The Gray Notebook

Written by Josep Pla
Translated by Peter Bush
Introduction by Valenti Puig


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-671-9 (1-59017-671-5)

Josep Pla, a budding young writer, was studying law in Barcelona in 1918 when the university was shut down because of the Spanish flu epidemic. Pla returned to his parents’ house in the coastal town of Palafrugell, and with nothing to do he decided to keep a journal in which he... Read more >

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The Life of Alexander the Great

Written by Plutarch
Edited by Arthur Hugh Clough
Translated by John Dryden
Introduction by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7133-0 (0-8129-7133-7)

From one of the most eminent biographers of the ancient world, here is the story that has intrigued readers for centuries--the young king of Macedonia who became known as one of the greatest military geniuses of all time.

Victor Davis Hanson wrote the Introduction to this Modern Library edition of Plutarch's The... Read more >
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Savage Art
A Biography of Jim Thompson
Written by Robert Polito


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 1, 1996
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73352-2 (0-679-73352-3)

Robert Polito recounts Jim Thompson’s relationship with his father, a disgraced Oklahoma sheriff, with the women he adored in life and murdered on the page, with alcohol, would-be censors, and Hollywood auteurs. Unrelenting and empathetic, casting light into the darker caverns of our collective psyche, Savage Art is an exemplary homage... Read more >

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The Little Book of Plagiarism

Written by Richard A. Posner


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42475-5 (0-375-42475-X)

A concise, lively, and bracing exploration of an issue bedeviling our cultural landscape–plagiarism in literature, academia, music, art, and film–by one of our most influential and controversial legal scholars. Best-selling novelists J. K. Rowling and Dan Brown, popular historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Stephen Ambrose, Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, first... Read more >
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Essential Stories

Written by V.S. Pritchett
Edited by Jeremy Treglown


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7294-8 (0-8129-7294-5)

“In his daily walks through London,” notes Jeremy Treglown in his Introduction to this collection, “Pritchett watched and listened to people as a naturalist observes wild creatures and birds. He knew that oddity is the norm, not the exception.” This finely attuned sense, coupled with an understanding that nothing in life... Read more >
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