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Second Mencken Chrestomathy
Second Mencken Chrestomathy
Written by H.L. Mencken
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307831118
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Second Mencken Chrestomathy

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 656 pages
On Sale: March 20, 2013
Price: $11.99

Before there was any such thing as political correctness, H. L. Mencken was flouting it. He was also cheerfully deriding the precursors of family values and lambasting the guardians of public virtue. This historic new collection is further evidence that Mencken was our most astute, stylish, and biliously funny commentator on... Read more >
On an Irish Island
On an Irish Island
Written by Robert Kanigel
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780307389879
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On an Irish Island
The Lost World of the Great Blasket
Written by Robert Kanigel


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $16.00

On an Irish Island tells the remarkable story of a remote outpost nearly untouched by time in the first half of the twentieth century, and of the adventurous men and women who visited and were inspired by it.

In a love letter to a vanished way of life, Robert Kanigel brings to...

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The Spell of the Sensuous
The Spell of the Sensuous
Written by David Abram
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307830555
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The Spell of the Sensuous
Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
Written by David Abram


Format: eBook, 352 pages
On Sale: October 17, 2012
Price: $11.99

Animal tracks, word magic, the speech of stones, the power of letters, and the taste of the wind all figure prominently in this intellectual tour de force that returns us to our senses and to the sensuous terrain that sustains us. This is a major work of ecological philosophy that startles... Read more >
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On an Irish Island
On an Irish Island
Written by Robert Kanigel
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ISBN: 9780307957481
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On an Irish Island

Written by Robert Kanigel


Format: eBook, 336 pages
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $11.99

On an Irish Island is a love letter to a vanished way of life, in which Robert Kanigel, the highly praised author of The Man Who Knew Infinity and The One Best Way, tells the story of the Great Blasket, a wildly beautiful island off the west coast of Ireland, renowned... Read more >
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American Language
American Language
Written by H.L. Mencken
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307808790
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American Language

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: eBook, 816 pages
On Sale: January 4, 2012
Price: $37.99

The American Language, first published in 1919, is H. L. Mencken's book about the English language as spoken in the United States.

Mencken was inspired by "the argot of the colored waiters" in Washington, as well as one of his favorite authors, Mark Twain, and his experiences on the streets of Baltimore... Read more >
You Are What You Speak
You Are What You Speak
Written by Robert Lane Greene
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780553807875
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You Are What You Speak
Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity
Written by Robert Lane Greene


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $25.00

"An insightful, accessible examination of the way in which day-to-day speech is tangled in a complicated web of history, politics, race, economics and power." - Kirkus


What is it about other people’s language that moves some of us to anxiety or even rage? For centuries, sticklers the world over have donned the... Read more >
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You Are What You Speak
You Are What You Speak
Written by Robert Lane Greene
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780440339762
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You Are What You Speak
Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity
Written by Robert Lane Greene


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $12.99

"An insightful, accessible examination of the way in which day-to-day speech is tangled in a complicated web of history, politics, race, economics and power." - Kirkus


What is it about other people’s language that moves some of us to anxiety or even rage? For centuries, sticklers the world over have donned the... Read more >
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News Is a Verb
News Is a Verb
Written by Pete Hamill
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307766762
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News Is a Verb

Written by Pete Hamill


Format: eBook, 112 pages
On Sale: January 5, 2011
Price: $10.99

LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT
"When screaming headlines turn out to be based on stories that don't support them, the tale of the boy who cried wolf gets new life. When the newspaper is filled with stupid features about celebrities at the expense of hard news, the reader feels patronized. In the process... Read more >
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The Last Speakers
The Last Speakers
Written by K. David Harrison
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781426204616
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The Last Speakers
The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages
Written by K. David Harrison


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $27.00

Part travelogue and part scientist's notebook, The Last Speakers is the poignant chronicle of author K. David Harrison's expeditions around the world to meet with last speakers of vanishing languages. The speakers' eloquent reflections and candid photographs reveal little-known lifeways as well as revitalization efforts to teach disappearing languages to younger... Read more >
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In the Land of Invented Languages
In the Land of Invented Languages
Written by Arika Okrent
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ISBN: 9780812980899
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In the Land of Invented Languages
Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius
Written by Arika Okrent


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $16.00

Here is the captivating story of humankind’s enduring quest to build a better language—and overcome the curse of Babel. Just about everyone has heard of Esperanto, which was nothing less than one man’s attempt to bring about world peace by means of linguistic solidarity. And every Star Trek fan knows about... Read more >
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La Bella Lingua
La Bella Lingua
Written by Dianne Hales
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ISBN: 9780767927703
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La Bella Lingua
My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language
Written by Dianne Hales


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $15.00

“Italians say that someone who acquires a new language ‘possesses’ it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood through my veins, I do indeed see with different eyes, hear with different ears, and drink in the world with all my senses…”

A celebration of the language and culture... Read more >
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Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes
Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes
Written by Daniel L. Everett
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780307386120
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Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes
Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
Written by Daniel L. Everett


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $16.00

A riveting account of the astonishing experiences and discoveries made by linguist Daniel Everett while he lived with the Pirahã, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians in central Brazil. Daniel Everett arrived among the Pirahã with his wife and three young children hoping to convert the tribe to Christianity. Everett quickly became... Read more >
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In the Land of Invented Languages
In the Land of Invented Languages
Written by Arika Okrent
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ISBN: 9780385529716
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In the Land of Invented Languages
Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language
Written by Arika Okrent


Format: eBook
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $13.99

Here is the captivating story of humankind’s enduring quest to build a better language—and overcome the curse of Babel. Just about everyone has heard of Esperanto, which was nothing less than one man’s attempt to bring about world peace by means of linguistic solidarity. And every Star Trek fan knows about... Read more >
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Language Visible
Language Visible
Written by David Sacks
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307486936
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Language Visible
Unraveling the Mystery of the Alphabet from A to Z
Written by David Sacks


Format: eBook, 416 pages
On Sale: December 18, 2008
Price: $14.99

Letters are tangible language. Joining together in endless combinations to actually show speech, letters convey our messages and tell our stories. While we encounter these tiny shapes hundreds of times a day, we take for granted the long, fascinating history behind one of the most fundamental of human inventions--the alphabet.

The heart... Read more >
Biting the Wax Tadpole
Biting the Wax Tadpole
Written by Elizabeth Little
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ISBN: 9780385527743
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Biting the Wax Tadpole
Confessions of a Language Fanatic
Written by Elizabeth Little


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $14.95

When Chinese shopkeepers tried to find a written equivalent of Coca-Cola, one set of characters they chose was pronounced “ke-kou ke-la.” It sounded right, but it literally translated as “bite the wax tadpole.”

Language, like travel, is always stranger than we expect and often more beautiful than we imagine. In Biting...

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Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes
Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes
Written by Daniel L. Everett
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ISBN: 9780307377791
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Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes
Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
Written by Daniel L. Everett


Format: eBook
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $13.99

A riveting account of the astonishing experiences and discoveries made by linguist Daniel Everett while he lived with the Pirahã, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians in central Brazil. Daniel Everett arrived among the Pirahã with his wife and three young children hoping to convert the tribe to Christianity. Everett quickly became... Read more >
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Resurrecting Hebrew
Resurrecting Hebrew
Written by Ilan Stavans
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805242317
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Resurrecting Hebrew

Written by Ilan Stavans


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $21.00

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

Here is the stirring story of how Hebrew was rescued from the fate of a dead language to become the living tongue of a modern nation. Ilan Stavans’s quest begins with a dream featuring a beautiful woman speaking an unknown language. When the language turns out...

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Resurrecting Hebrew
Resurrecting Hebrew
Written by Ilan Stavans
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ISBN: 9780805242621
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Resurrecting Hebrew

Written by Ilan Stavans


Format: eBook
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $12.99

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

Here is the stirring story of how Hebrew was rescued from the fate of a dead language to become the living tongue of a modern nation. Ilan Stavans’s quest begins with a dream featuring a beautiful woman speaking an unknown language. When the language turns out...

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Pardon My Spanglish
Pardon My Spanglish
Written by Bill Santiago
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781594742132
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Pardon My Spanglish

Written by Bill Santiago


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
On Sale: July 1, 2008
Price: $14.95

In Pardon My Spanglish, stand-up comedian Bill Santiago chronicles the quintessentially American alegrías of his mother tongue: the quirky, hilariously improvisational fusion of inglés and español spoken by millions (even if they don’t know or admit que están doing it). With crash-course efficiency, cada página de este libro empowers your every... Read more >
Let's Talk Turkey
Let's Talk Turkey
Written by Rosemarie Ostler
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ISBN: 9781591026259
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Let's Talk Turkey
The Stories Behind America's Favorite Expressions
Written by Rosemarie Ostler


Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages
On Sale: June 1, 2008
Price: $18.99

Ever wonder what going on the wagon has to do with drinking? Why does extreme behavior take the cake? And did Americans’ pocket change ever really include wooden nickels? Many of our most intriguing expressions grew out of once-familiar bits of American culture, the roots of which are now obscure. Respected... Read more >
Letter Perfect
Letter Perfect
Written by David Sacks
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307419088
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Letter Perfect
The Marvelous History of Our Alphabet From A to Z
Written by David Sacks


Format: eBook, 416 pages
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

David Sacks has embarked on a fun, lively, and learned excursion into the alphabet–and into cultural history–in Letter Perfect. Clearly explaining the letters as symbols of precise sounds of speech, the book begins with the earliest known alphabetic inscriptions (circa 1800 b.c.), recently discovered by archaeologists in Egypt, and traces the... Read more >
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Slam Dunks and No-Brainers
Slam Dunks and No-Brainers
Written by Leslie Savan
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780375702426
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Slam Dunks and No-Brainers
Pop Language in Your Life, the Media, and Like . . . Whatever
Written by Leslie Savan


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $14.00

In this marvelously original book, three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Leslie Savan offers fascinating insights into why we’re all talking the talk—Duh; Bring it on!; Bling; Whatever!—and what this reveals about America today. Savan traces the paths that phrases like these travel from obscure slang to pop stardom, selling everything from cars... Read more >
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Wordplay
Wordplay
Written by John Langdon
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780767920759
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Wordplay
The Philosophy, Art, and Science of Ambigrams
Written by John Langdon


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $14.95

Take a second look at the cover of this book—this time, turn it upside down. The title, Wordplay, is an ambigram, which means you will be able to read it both right side up and upside down.

You may be familiar with the John Langdon’s ambigrams from Dan Brown’s bestseller Angels &... Read more >
Letter Perfect
Letter Perfect
Written by David Sacks
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780767911733
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Letter Perfect
The Marvelous History of Our Alphabet From A to Z
Written by David Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
On Sale: August 3, 2004
Price: $15.95

David Sacks has embarked on a fun, lively, and learned excursion into the alphabet–and into cultural history–in Letter Perfect. Clearly explaining the letters as symbols of precise sounds of speech, the book begins with the earliest known alphabetic inscriptions (circa 1800 b.c.), recently discovered by archaeologists in Egypt, and traces the... Read more >
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