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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-557-9 (1-60980-557-7)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-559-3 (1-60980-559-3)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The First Poets
Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets
Written by Michael Schmidt


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72525-8 (0-375-72525-3)

When Michael Schmidt’s last book, Lives of the Poets, was published, Mark Strand called it “a tour de force, an astonishing view of the whole of poetry in English, a superb read.” Now Schmidt brings the same erudition, insight, and élan to The First Poets—the story of the ancient Greeks whose... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lives of the Poets

Written by Michael Schmidt


Format: Trade Paperback, 992 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 2000
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70604-2 (0-375-70604-6)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

In this stunning volume of epic breadth, Michael Schmidt connects the lives and works of more than 300 poets over the last 700 years—spanning distant shores from Scotland to Australia to the Caribbean, all sharing the English language.

Schmidt reveals how each poet has transformed “a... Read more >
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Emma Lazarus

Written by Esther Schor


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 5, 2006
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4216-4 (0-8052-4216-3)

Emma Lazarus’s most famous poem gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty, but her remarkable life has remained a mystery until now. She was a woman so far ahead of her time that we are still scrambling to catch up with her–a feminist, a Zionist, and an internationally famous Jewish... Read more >
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The Emergence of Memory
Conversations with W. G. Sebald
Written by W.G. Sebald
Edited by Lynne Sharon Schwartz


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-915-6 (1-58322-915-9)

When German author W. G. Sebald died in a car accident at the age of fifty-seven, the literary world mourned the loss of a writer whose oeuvre it was just beginning to appreciate. Through published interviews with and essays on Sebald, award-winning translator and author Lynne Sharon Schwartz offers a profound... Read more >
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Painted Shadow
The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T. S. Eliot
Written by Carole Seymour-Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49993-4 (0-385-49993-0)

By the time Vivienne Eliot was committed to an asylum for what would be the final nine years of her life, she had been abandoned by her husband T.S. Eliot and shunned by literary London. Yet Vivienne was neither insane nor insignificant. She generously collaborated in her husband’s literary efforts, taking... Read more >
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Oberammergau
The Troubling Story of the World's Most Famous Passion Play
Written by James Shapiro


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70852-7 (0-375-70852-9)

The Bavarian village of Oberammergau has staged the trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ nearly every decade since 1634. Each production of the Passion Play attracts hundreds of thousands, many drawn by the spiritual benefits it promises. Yet Hitler called it a convincing portrayal of the menace of Jewry, and in... Read more >
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Chicago's Nelson Algren

Written by Art Shay
Foreword by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-764-0 (1-58322-764-4)

Nelson Algren and Art Shay met in 1949 when Shay was a reporter for Life. Shay followed Algren around with a camera, gathering pictures for a photo-essay piece he was pitching to the magazine. Life didn’t pick up the article, but Shay and Algren became fast friends. Algren gave Shay’s camera... Read more >
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Reality Hunger
A Manifesto
Written by David Shields


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38797-4 (0-307-38797-6)

With this landmark book, David Shields fast-forwards the discussion of the central artistic issues of our time. Who owns ideas? How clear is the distinction between fiction and nonfiction? Has the velocity of digital culture rendered traditional modes obsolete? Exploring these and related questions, Shields orchestrates a chorus of voices, past... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Reality Hunger
A Manifesto
Written by David Shields


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 23, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27353-6 (0-307-27353-9)

An open call for new literary and other art forms to match the complexities of the twenty-first century.

Reality TV dominates broadband. YouTube and Facebook dominate the web. In Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, his landmark new book, David Shields (author of the New York Times best seller The Thing About Life Is... Read more >
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A Jury of Her Peers
Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
Written by Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3442-0 (1-4000-3442-6)

A Jury of Her Peers is an unprecedented literary landmark: the first comprehensive history of American women writers from 1650 to 2000.

In a narrative of immense scope and fascination—brimming with Elaine Showalter’s characteristic wit and incisive opinions—we are introduced to more than 250 female writers. These include not only famous and... Read more >

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Graven With Diamonds
The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt: Poet, Lover, Statesman, and Spy in the Court of Henry VIII
Written by Nicola Shulman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-207-3 (1-58642-207-3)

Nicola Shulman interweaves the bloody events of Henry VIII’s reign with the story of English love poetry and the life of its first master, Henry VIII’s most glamorous and enigmatic subject: Sir Thomas Wyatt.

Poet, statesman, spy, lover of Anne Boleyn and favorite both of Henry VIII and his sinister minister... Read more >
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5218-9 (1-4000-5218-1)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
including:
Best Book of... Read more >

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5217-2 (1-4000-5217-3)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s 2011 Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize
Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
... Read more >

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13 Ways of Looking at the Novel

Written by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3318-8 (1-4000-3318-7)

Over an extraordinary twenty-year career, Jane Smiley has written all kinds of novels: mystery, comedy, historical fiction, epic. “Is there anything Jane Smiley cannot do?” raves Time magazine. But in the wake of 9/11, Smiley faltered in her hitherto unflagging impulse to write and decided to approach novels from a different... Read more >
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Queen Anne
The Politics of Passion
Written by Anne Somerset


Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-96288-1 (0-307-96288-1)

She ascended the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1702, at age thirty-seven, Britain’s last Stuart monarch, and five years later united two of her realms, England and Scotland, as a sovereign state, creating the Kingdom of Great Britain. She had a history of personal misfortune, overcoming ill health (she... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Dearie
The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
Written by Bob Spitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47341-7 (0-307-47341-4)

A Time, Washington Post, and NPR Best Book of the Year

The stunning story of how Julia Child transformed herself into the cult figure who touched off a food revolution that has gripped the country for more than fifty years. Spanning Pasadena to Paris, acclaimed author Bob Spitz reveals the history behind... Read more >

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The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad

Written by John Stape


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9586-5 (1-4000-9586-7)

In this authoritative, insightful biography, we see the modernist master Joseph Conrad as a man who consistently reinvented himself. Born in 1857 in the Ukraine, he left home early and worked as a sailor, traveling to the Far East and Africa, and eventually settled in England, beginning a precarious existence as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Weather of Words
Poetic Inventions
Written by Mark Strand


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70970-8 (0-375-70970-3)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, a brilliant and witty collection of writings on the art and nature of poetry—a master class both entertaining and provocative.

The pieces have a broad range and many levels. In one, we sit with the teenage Mark Strand while he reads for the first time a poem... Read more >

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Alice James
A Biography
Written by Jean Strouse
Preface by Colm Toibin


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-453-1 (1-59017-453-4)

The Jameses are perhaps the most extraordinary and distinguished family in American intellectual life. Henry’s novels, celebrated as among the finest in the language, and William’s groundbreaking philosophical and psychological works, have won these brothers a permanent place at the center of the nation’s cultural firmament. Less well known is their... Read more >
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Selected Letters of William Styron

Written by William Styron
Edited by Rose Styron and R. Blakeslee Gilpin


Format: Hardcover, 704 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6806-7 (1-4000-6806-1)

In 1950, at the age of twenty-four, William Clark Styron, Jr., wrote to his mentor, Professor William Blackburn of Duke University. The young writer was struggling with his first novel, Lie Down in Darkness, and he was nervous about whether his “strain and toil” would amount to anything. “When I mature... Read more >
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Unstuck in Time
A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels
Written by Gregory D. Sumner


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-430-5 (1-60980-430-9)

In Unstuck in Time, Gregory Sumner guides us, with insight and passion, through a biography of fifteen of Kurt Vonnegut’s best-known works--his fourteen novels starting with Player Piano (1952) all the way to an epilogue on his last book, A Man Without a Country (2005)--to illustrate the quintessential American writer’s profound... Read more >
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Unstuck in Time
A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels
Written by Gregory D. Sumner


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-349-0 (1-60980-349-3)

In Unstuck in Time, Gregory Sumner guides us, with insight and passion, through a biography of fifteen of Kurt Vonnegut’s best known works, his fourteen novels starting with Player Piano (1952) all the way to an epilogue on his last book, A Man Without a Country (2005), to illustrate the quintessential... Read more >
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David Hockney
The Biography, 1937-1975
Written by Christopher Simon Sykes


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53144-3 (0-385-53144-3)

Drawing on exclusive and unprecedented access to David Hockney’s extensive archives, notebooks, and paintings, interviews with family, friends, and on Hockney himself, Christopher Simon Sykes provides a colorful and intimate portrait of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

Born in 1937, David Hockney grew up in a northern... Read more >
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