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The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp

Written by W.H. Davies
Preface by George Bernard Shaw


Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $15.00

A vagrant de Tocqueville gives an eloquent, dry-eyed report of his tramping adventures in the violent underworld of late 19th century America and Britain

An untutored Welsh tramp who became a popular poet acclaimed by the conservative Georgians and the vanguard Ezra Pound alike, W. H. Davies surprised his contemporaries with the... Read more >
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Dangerous Ambition
Dangerous Ambition
Written by Susan Hertog
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780345459862
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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
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $30.00

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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Dangerous Ambition
Dangerous Ambition
Written by Susan Hertog
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ISBN: 9780345529435
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Dangerous Ambition
Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power
Written by Susan Hertog


Format: eBook, 512 pages
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $15.99

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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Unstuck in Time
Unstuck in Time
Written by Gregory D. Sumner
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781609803490
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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
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $24.95

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... Read more >
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Unstuck in Time
A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels
Written by Gregory D. Sumner


Format: eBook
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $24.95

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... Read more >
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Our Paris
Our Paris
Written by Edmund White
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307800466
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Our Paris
Sketches from Memory
Written by Edmund White


Format: eBook, 121 pages
On Sale: November 2, 2011
Price: $15.99

With 30 drawings by Hubert Sorin.


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A Writer's People
A Writer's People
Written by V.S. Naipaul
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ISBN: 9780307269485
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A Writer's People

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 208 pages
On Sale: November 2, 2011
Price: $11.99

V. S. Naipaul has always faced the challenges of "fitting one civilization to another." In A Writer's People, he takes us into this process of creative and intellectual assimilation, which has shaped both his writing and his life.

Naipaul discusses the writers to whom he was exposed early on—Derek Walcott, Gustave Flaubert... Read more >
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Blue Nights
Blue Nights
Written by Joan Didion
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307700513
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Blue Nights

Written by Joan Didion


Format: eBook, 208 pages
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $11.99

From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having... Read more >
Blue Nights
Blue Nights
Written by Joan Didion, Read by Kimberly Farr
Format: Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9780307940810
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Blue Nights

Written by Joan Didion
Read by Kimberly Farr


Format: Unabridged Compact Disc
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $25.00

From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having... Read more >
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Blue Nights
Blue Nights
Written by Joan Didion, Read by Kimberly Farr
Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
ISBN: 9780307940872
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Blue Nights

Written by Joan Didion
Read by Kimberly Farr


Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $12.50

From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having... Read more >
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The Man Who Invented Christmas
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Written by Les Standiford
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780307405791
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The Man Who Invented Christmas
How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits
Written by Les Standiford


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $14.99

As uplifting as the tale of Scrooge itself, this is the story of how one writer and one book revived the signal holiday of the Western world.

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher... Read more >
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Here Be Dragons
Here Be Dragons
Written by Peter C. Newman
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781551994505
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Here Be Dragons
Telling Tales Of People, Passion and Power
Written by Peter C. Newman


Format: eBook
On Sale: October 12, 2011
Price: $16.99

The #1 national bestseller now revised and updated with a new Epilogue.

Now aged 75, Peter C. Newman at last tells the story of his stranger-than-fiction life. Try to keep up as we follow his many lives: as a pampered child in a Czech chateau; a Jewish kid in short pants being... Read more >
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Balzac's Omelette
Balzac's Omelette
Written by Anka Muhlstein
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781590514733
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Balzac's Omelette
A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honore'de Balzac
Written by Anka Muhlstein


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $19.95

"Tell me where you eat, what you eat, and at what time you eat, and I will tell you who you are." This is the motto of Anka Muhlstein’s erudite and witty book about the ways food and the art of the table feature in Honoré de Balzac’s The Human Comedy... Read more >
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The Journals of John Cheever
The Journals of John Cheever
Written by John Cheever, Edited by Robert Gottlieb
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307790293
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The Journals of John Cheever

Written by John Cheever
Edited by Robert Gottlieb


Format: eBook, 416 pages
On Sale: October 5, 2011
Price: $13.99

In these journals, the experiences of one of the most renowned twentieth-century American writers come to life with fascinating, wholly revealing detail.John Cheever's journals provide peerless insights into the creation of his novels and stories. But they are equally the record of a complex, often dark, always closely observed inner world... Read more >
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The Siren Years
The Siren Years
Written by Charles Ritchie
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ISBN: 9781551996783
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The Siren Years
A Canadian Diplomat Abroad 1937-1945
Written by Charles Ritchie


Format: eBook
On Sale: October 5, 2011
Price: $14.99

Charles Ritchie, one of Canada’s most distinguished diplomats, was a born diarist, a man whose daily record of his life is so well written that it leaps from the page.

In wartime England, Ritchie, as Second Secretary at the Canadian High Commission, served as private secretary to Vincent Massey, whose second-in-command... Read more >
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Mile Marker Zero
Mile Marker Zero
Written by William McKeen
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ISBN: 9780307592040
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Mile Marker Zero
The Moveable Feast of Key West
Written by William McKeen


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $12.99

True tales of writers and pirates, painters and potheads, guitar pickers and drug merchants in America’s southernmost city
 
For Hemingway and Fitzgerald, there was Paris in the twenties. For others, later, there was Greenwich Village, Big Sur, and Woodstock. But for an even later generation—one defined by the likes of Jimmy Buffett... Read more >
My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner
My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner
Written by Meir Shalev, Translated by Evan Fallenberg
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ISBN: 9780805242980
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My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner
A Family Memoir
Written by Meir Shalev
Translated by Evan Fallenberg


Format: eBook, 240 pages
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $14.99

From the author of the acclaimed novel A Pigeon and a Boy comes a charming tale of family ties, over-the-top housekeeping, and the sport of storytelling in Nahalal, the village of Meir Shalev’s birth. Here we meet Shalev’s amazing Grandma Tonia, who arrived in Palestine by boat from Russia in 1923...

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My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner
My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner
Written by Meir Shalev, Translated by Evan Fallenberg
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ISBN: 9780805242874
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My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner
A Family Memoir
Written by Meir Shalev
Translated by Evan Fallenberg


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $25.95

From the author of the acclaimed novel A Pigeon and a Boy comes a charming tale of family ties, over-the-top housekeeping, and the sport of storytelling in Nahalal, the village of Meir Shalev’s birth. Here we meet Shalev’s amazing Grandma Tonia, who arrived in Palestine by boat from Russia in 1923...

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An Appetite for Life
An Appetite for Life
Written by Charles Ritchie
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ISBN: 9781551996776
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An Appetite for Life
The Education of a Young Diarist, 1924-1927
Written by Charles Ritchie


Format: eBook
On Sale: September 28, 2011
Price: $11.99

Charles Ritchie’s first volume of diaries, The Siren Years, created a sensation when it was published in 1974. Besides winning the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction, it was hailed by reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic. An Appetite for Life, his second volume, first published in 1977, deals with his... Read more >
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My Grandfather's House
My Grandfather's House
Written by Charles Ritchie
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ISBN: 9781551996813
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My Grandfather's House

Written by Charles Ritchie


Format: eBook
On Sale: September 28, 2011
Price: $11.99

In this book, Charles Ritchie looks back at some of the characters that peopled his childhood and youth, in the years before his brilliant career in Canada’s diplomatic corps began. In these essays we are introduced to his uncles, Harry “Bimbash” Stewart and the dashing, doomed Charlie Stewart; to his indomitable... Read more >
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Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
Written by Barbara Belford
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307795373
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Oscar Wilde
A Certain Genius
Written by Barbara Belford


Format: eBook
On Sale: September 21, 2011
Price: $11.99

In this elegant and affectionate biography of one of the most controversial personalities of the nineteenth century, Barbara Belford breaks new ground in the evocation of Oscar Wilde's personal life and in our understanding of the choices he made for his art. Published for the centenary of Wilde's death, here is... Read more >
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Create Dangerously
Create Dangerously
Written by Edwidge Danticat
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ISBN: 9780307946430
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Create Dangerously
The Immigrant Artist at Work
Written by Edwidge Danticat


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $14.95

A New York Times Notable Book
A Miami Herald Best Book of the Year


In this deeply personal book, the celebrated Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat reflects on art and exile.
 
Inspired by Albert Camus and adapted from her own lectures for Princeton University’s Toni Morrison Lecture Series, here Danticat tells stories of artists who... Read more >
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Hemingway's Boat
Hemingway's Boat
Written by Paul Hendrickson
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ISBN: 9780307700537
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Hemingway's Boat
Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961
Written by Paul Hendrickson


Format: eBook, 544 pages
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $12.99

From a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, 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 until... Read more >
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From the Kingdom of Memory
From the Kingdom of Memory
Written by Elie Wiesel
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307806437
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From the Kingdom of Memory
Reminiscences
Written by Elie Wiesel


Format: eBook, 256 pages
On Sale: September 14, 2011
Price: $11.99

"One of the great writers of our generation" (The New Republic) weaves together memories of his life before the Holocaust and his great struggle to find meaning afterwards. Included are Wiesel's landmark speeches, among them his powerful testimony at the trial of Klaus Barbie and his 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance... Read more >
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Half a Life
Half a Life
Written by Darin Strauss, Read by Darin Strauss
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ISBN: 9780307988607
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Half a Life
A Memoir
Written by Darin Strauss
Read by Darin Strauss


Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $12.00

In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss examines the far-reaching consequences of the tragic moment that has shadowed his whole life. In his last month of high school, he was behind the wheel of his dad's Oldsmobile, driving with friends, heading off to play mini-golf. Then: a classmate swerved...

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