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An Education in Happiness
The Lessons of Hesse and Tagore
Written by Flavia Arzeni
Translated by Howard Curtis


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $9.99

Happiness "is neither a privilege of the few, nor a fleeting state of mind: it is hidden behind a door that every person can open once they have found it, at the end of an arduous journey of self-discovery."
The two Nobel Prize-winning writers Rabindranath Tagore and Hermann Hesse are arguably very... Read more >
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Letters From the Palazzo Barbaro

Written by Henry James


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $9.99

The novelist Henry James arrived in Venice as a tourist, and instantly fell in love with the city – particularly with the splendid Palazzo Barbaro, home of the expatriate American Curtis family. This selection of letters covers the period 1869-1907 and provides a unique record of the life and work of... Read more >
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The Man Within My Head
The Man Within My Head
Written by Pico Iyer
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780307387561
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The Man Within My Head

Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: January 22, 2013
Price: $15.00

Ever since he first discovered Graham Greene's work, Pico Iyer has felt a haunting closeness with the English writer. In The Man Within My Head, Iyer follows Greene's trail from his first novel, The Man Within, to such later classics as The Quiet American, examining Greene's obsessions, his elusiveness, and his...

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The Silent Woman
The Silent Woman
Written by Janet Malcolm
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307830616
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The Silent Woman
Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
Written by Janet Malcolm


Format: eBook, 224 pages
On Sale: January 16, 2013
Price: $11.99

From the moment it was first published in The New Yorker, this brilliant work of literary criticism aroused great attention. Janet Malcolm brings her shrewd intelligence to bear on the legend of Sylvia Plath and the wildly productive industry of Plath biographies. Features a new Afterword by Malcolm. Read more >
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Good Prose
Good Prose
Written by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781400069750
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Good Prose
The Art of Nonfiction
Written by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $26.00

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS

Good Prose is an inspiring book about writing—about the creation of good prose—and the record of a warm and productive literary friendship. The story begins in 1973, in the offices of The Atlantic Monthly, in Boston, where a young freelance... Read more >
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Good Prose
Good Prose
Written by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780679604723
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Good Prose
The Art of Nonfiction
Written by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd


Format: eBook, 224 pages
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $11.99

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS

Good Prose is an inspiring book about writing—about the creation of good prose—and the record of a warm and productive literary friendship. The story begins in 1973, in the offices of The Atlantic Monthly, in Boston, where a young freelance... Read more >
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Adieux
Adieux
Written by Simone De Beauvoir
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307832184
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Adieux
A Farewell to Sartre
Written by Simone De Beauvoir


Format: eBook, 464 pages
On Sale: January 9, 2013
Price: $11.99

Simone de Beauvoir’s account of the last ten years of Jean-Paul Sartre’s life provides a focus for understanding one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century. But the book, consisting of both a year-by-year account of Sartre’s last decade and a conversation between him and de Beauvoir about his life...

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A Very Easy Death
A Very Easy Death
Written by Simone De Beauvoir
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ISBN: 9780307832191
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A Very Easy Death

Written by Simone De Beauvoir


Format: eBook, 112 pages
On Sale: January 9, 2013
Price: $9.99

A Very Easy Death has long been considered one of Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpieces. The profoundly moving, day-by-day recounting of her mother’s death “shows the power of compassion when it is allied with acute intelligence” (The Sunday Telegraph).
 
Powerful, touching, and sometimes shocking, this is an end-of-life account that no reader is...

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David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview
and Other Conversations
Written by David Foster Wallace


Format: eBook
On Sale: December 18, 2012
Price: $15.95

In intimate and eloquent interviews, including the last he gave before his suicide, the writer hailed by A.O. Scott of The New York Times as “the best mind of his generation” considers the state of modern America, entertainment and discipline, adulthood, literature, and his own inimitable writing style.

In addition to Wallace’s last interview, the... Read more >
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Here Lies: An Autobiography
Here Lies: An Autobiography
Written by Eric Ambler
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307950109
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Here Lies: An Autobiography
An Autobiography
Written by Eric Ambler


Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $11.99

Winner of the Edgar Award, Eric Ambler’s autobiography Here Lies is an intriguing look inside the mind of one of our greatest thriller writers. Here the famously recalcitrant Ambler peels back the layers of experience that affected his life with the same skill he uses to unfold the plots of his...

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David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview
David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview
Written by David Foster Wallace
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781612192062
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David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview
and Other Conversations
Written by David Foster Wallace


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
On Sale: December 5, 2012
Price: $15.95

In intimate and eloquent interviews, including the last he gave before his suicide, the writer hailed by A.O. Scott of The New York Times as “the best mind of his generation” considers the state of modern America, entertainment and discipline, adulthood, literature, and his own inimitable writing style.

In addition to Wallace’s last interview, the... Read more >
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Selected Letters of William Styron
Selected Letters of William Styron
Written by William Styron, Edited by Rose Styron and R. Blakeslee Gilpin
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781400068067
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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
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $40.00

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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Selected Letters of William Styron
Selected Letters of William Styron
Written by William Styron, Edited by Rose Styron and R. Blakeslee Gilpin
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780679645337
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Selected Letters of William Styron

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


Format: eBook, 704 pages
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $18.99

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
Unstuck in Time
Written by Gregory D. Sumner
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781609804305
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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
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $18.95

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 engagement with the "American... Read more >
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What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
Written by E. Lynn Harris
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307831149
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What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
A Memoir
Written by E. Lynn Harris


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: November 28, 2012
Price: $9.99

For almost a decade, beloved storyteller E. Lynn Harris has welcomed you into his family with his passionate, warm and trail-blazing novels. Now, he invites you into the most intimate world ever--his own.

Since his first book Invisible Life was published in the early 1990s, New York Times bestselling author E. Lynn... Read more >
Dear Mr. Longfellow
Letters to and from the Children's Poet
Written by Sydelle Pearl


Format: eBook
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $11.99

If you were attending school in the late-nineteenth century, it's very likely that your teacher would have taught you to memorize lines from "The Village Blacksmith" by renowned poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. And on the classroom wall you'd probably see his portrait looking down benignly on you and your classmates. Longfellow... Read more >
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In the House of the Interpreter
In the House of the Interpreter
Written by Ngugi wa'Thiong'o
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307907707
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In the House of the Interpreter
A Memoir
Written by Ngugi wa'Thiong'o


Format: eBook, 256 pages
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $13.99

With black-and-white illustrations throughout

World-renowned Kenyan novelist, poet, playwright, and literary critic Ng˜ug˜ý wa Thiong’o gives us the second volume of his memoirs in the wake of his critically acclaimed Dreams in a Time of War.
 
In the House of the Interpreter richly and poignantly evokes the author’s life and times at boarding... Read more >
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In the House of the Interpreter
In the House of the Interpreter
Written by Ngugi wa'Thiong'o
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780307907691
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In the House of the Interpreter
A Memoir
Written by Ngugi wa'Thiong'o


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $25.95

With black-and-white illustrations throughout

World-renowned Kenyan novelist, poet, playwright, and literary critic Ng˜ug˜ý wa Thiong’o gives us the second volume of his memoirs in the wake of his critically acclaimed Dreams in a Time of War.
 
In the House of the Interpreter richly and poignantly evokes the author’s life and times at boarding... Read more >
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Monsieur Proust's Library
Monsieur Proust's Library
Written by Anka Muhlstein
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781590515662
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Monsieur Proust's Library

Written by Anka Muhlstein


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $19.95

Reading was so important to Marcel Proust that it sometimes seems he was unable to create a personage without a book in hand. Everybody in his work reads: servants and masters, children and parents, artists and physicians. The more sophisticated characters find it natural to speak in quotations. Proust made literary...

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Monsieur Proust's Library

Written by Anka Muhlstein


Format: eBook
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $16.99

Reading was so important to Marcel Proust that it sometimes seems he was unable to create a personage without a book in hand. Everybody in his work reads: servants and masters, children and parents, artists and physicians. The more sophisticated characters find it natural to speak in quotations. Proust made literary... Read more >
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My Father and Myself

Written by J.R. Ackerley
Introduction by W. H. Auden


Format: eBook
On Sale: October 31, 2012
Price: $15.95

When his father died, J. R. Ackerley was shocked to discover that he had led a secret life. And after Ackerley himself died, he left a surprise of his own—this coolly considered, unsparingly honest account of his quest to find out the whole truth about the man who had always eluded... Read more >
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Black Fire
Black Fire
Written by Robert Graysmith
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307720580
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Black Fire
The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer--and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-Era San Francisco
Written by Robert Graysmith


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $11.99

The first biography of the little-known real-life Tom Sawyer (a friend of Mark Twain during his brief tenure as a California newspaper reporter), told through a harrowing account of Sawyer's involvement in the hunt for a serial arsonist who terrorized mid-nineteenth century San Francisco.

When 28-year-old San Francisco Daily Morning Call reporter...

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Elsewhere
Elsewhere
Written by Richard Russo
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307959546
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Elsewhere
A memoir
Written by Richard Russo


Format: eBook, 256 pages
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $11.99

After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape.

Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville once famous for producing that...

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Elsewhere
Elsewhere
Written by Richard Russo, Read by Richard Russo
Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
ISBN: 9780449012529
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Elsewhere
A memoir
Written by Richard Russo
Read by Richard Russo


Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $17.50

After eight commanding works of fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape.

Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville once famous for producing that...

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The Invisible Woman
The Invisible Woman
Written by Claire Tomalin
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ISBN: 9780345803979
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The Invisible Woman
The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens
Written by Claire Tomalin


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $16.00

Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan met in 1857; she was 18, a hard-working actress performing in his production of The Frozen Deep, and he was 45, the most lionized writer in England. Out of their meeting came a love affair that lasted thirteen years and destroyed Dickens’s marriage while effacing Nelly... Read more >
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