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The Eleven
The Eleven
Written by Pierre Michon, Translated by Elizabeth Deshays and Jody Gladding
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ISBN: 9781935744627
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The Eleven

Written by Pierre Michon
Translated by Elizabeth Deshays and Jody Gladding


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
On Sale: January 18, 2013
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In The Eleven, Michon lets us into the world of Corentin, a painter shaoed by—and who eventually shapes—history. Brought up among provincial aristocracy to become a favorite of Parisian society—his paintings are commissioned by Louis XV’s mistress—Corentin’s career rides the Tides of the French Revolution. His masterpiece, "The Eleven," is an... Read more >
The Journals of Sylvia Plath
The Journals of Sylvia Plath
Written by Sylvia Plath, Foreword by Ted Hughes
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ISBN: 9780307830395
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The Journals of Sylvia Plath

Written by Sylvia Plath
Foreword by Ted Hughes


Format: eBook, 384 pages
On Sale: January 16, 2013
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Sylvia Plath began keeping a diary as a young child. By the time she was at Smith College, when this book begins, she had settled into a nearly daily routine with her journal, which was also a sourcebook for her writing. Plath once called her journal her “Sargasso,” her repository of... Read more >
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Two Girls
Two Girls
Written by Roberto Schwarz, Edited by Francis Mulhern, Introduction by Francis Mulhern
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Two Girls
And Other Essays
Written by Roberto Schwarz
Edited by Francis Mulhern
Introduction by Francis Mulhern


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: January 16, 2013
Price: $29.95

Roberto Schwarz is the foremost literary critic of his generation in Brazil and the most important Marxist practitioner in the tradition of the Frankfurt School writing anywhere today. This collection confirms the international significance of Schwarz’s critical achievement.

Studies of Kafka and Brecht respectively open and close the volume, which includes incisive... Read more >
Hugging the Shore
Hugging the Shore
Written by John Updike
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ISBN: 9780812983784
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Hugging the Shore
Essays and Criticism
Written by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
On Sale: January 15, 2013
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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
 
“Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea,” writes John Updike in his Foreword to this collection of literary considerations. But the sailor doth protest too much: This collection begins somewhere... Read more >
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Hugging the Shore
Hugging the Shore
Written by John Updike
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Hugging the Shore
Essays and Criticism
Written by John Updike


Format: eBook, 896 pages
On Sale: January 15, 2013
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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
 
“Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea,” writes John Updike in his Foreword to this collection of literary considerations. But the sailor doth protest too much: This collection begins somewhere... Read more >
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Picked-Up Pieces
Picked-Up Pieces
Written by John Updike
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ISBN: 9780812983807
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Picked-Up Pieces
Essays
Written by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
On Sale: January 15, 2013
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In John Updike’s second collection of assorted prose he comes into his own as a book reviewer; most of the pieces picked up here were first published in The New Yorker in the 1960s and early ’70s. If one word could sum up the young critic’s approach to books and their... Read more >
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Picked-Up Pieces
Picked-Up Pieces
Written by John Updike
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Picked-Up Pieces
Essays
Written by John Updike


Format: eBook, 544 pages
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $13.99

In John Updike’s second collection of assorted prose he comes into his own as a book reviewer; most of the pieces picked up here were first published in The New Yorker in the 1960s and early ’70s. If one word could sum up the young critic’s approach to books and their... Read more >
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Diaries of Exile
Diaries of Exile
Written by Yannis Ritsos, Translated by Edmund Keeley and Karen Emmerich
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ISBN: 9781935744580
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Diaries of Exile

Written by Yannis Ritsos
Translated by Edmund Keeley and Karen Emmerich


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $15.00

Yannis Ritsos is a poet whose writing life is entwined with the contemporary history of his homeland. Nowhere is this more apparent than in this volume, which presents a series of three diaries in poetry that Ritsos wrote between 1948 and 1950, during and just after the Greek Civil War, while... Read more >
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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Philosophical Pearls of the Shakespearean Deep
Philosophical Pearls of the Shakespearean Deep
Written by Farhang Zabeeh
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ISBN: 9781616146528
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Philosophical Pearls of the Shakespearean Deep

Written by Farhang Zabeeh


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
On Sale: December 18, 2012
Price: $39.00

Offers many fresh insights that will give even longtime readers of Shakespeare a new appreciation of the great master.

Scholars have long debated the extent of Shakespeare's education. Although his friend and admirer Ben Jonson said of him, "thou hadst small Latine and lesse Greek," Shakespeare's plays reveal a wide familiarity with... Read more >
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David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview
David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview
Written by David Foster Wallace
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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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Odd Jobs
Odd Jobs
Written by John Updike
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ISBN: 9780812983791
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Odd Jobs
Essays and Criticism
Written by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 1024 pages
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $25.00

To complement his work as a fiction writer, John Updike accepted any number of odd jobs—book reviews and introductions, speeches and tributes, a “few paragraphs” on baseball or beauty or Borges—and saw each as “an opportunity to learn something, or to extract from within some unsuspected wisdom.” In this, his largest... Read more >
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Odd Jobs
Odd Jobs
Written by John Updike
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Odd Jobs
Essays and Criticism
Written by John Updike


Format: eBook, 1024 pages
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $13.99

To complement his work as a fiction writer, John Updike accepted any number of odd jobs—book reviews and introductions, speeches and tributes, a “few paragraphs” on baseball or beauty or Borges—and saw each as “an opportunity to learn something, or to extract from within some unsuspected wisdom.” In this, his largest... 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
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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: $17.99

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
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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
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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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The Burning Time
The Burning Time
Written by Robin Morgan
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ISBN: 9781933633008
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The Burning Time

Written by Robin Morgan


Format: Trade Paperback, 300 pages
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $18.95

"A fantastic page-turner." —Historical Novels Review
 
Based on a true story of the first witchcraft trial in Ireland, The Burning Time is the riveting tale of one extraordinary noblewoman, Lady Alyce Kyteler and her fight for a country’s soul.

When the Catholic Church brings the Inquisition to Ireland, Lady Alyce Kyteler refuses to grant them power... Read more >
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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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Notes of a Native Son
Notes of a Native Son
Written by James Baldwin, Foreword by Edward P. Jones
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ISBN: 9780807006115
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Notes of a Native Son

Written by James Baldwin
Foreword by Edward P. Jones


Format: Hardcover
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $27.95

A new edition of the book many have called James Baldwin’s most influential work

Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil... Read more >
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Notes of a Native Son

Written by James Baldwin
Foreword by Edward P. Jones


Format: eBook
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $27.95

A new edition published on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Baldwin’s death, including a new introduction by an important contemporary writer
 
Since its original publication in 1955, this first nonfiction collection of essays by James Baldwin remains an American classic. His impassioned essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies... Read more >
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Notes of a Native Son
Notes of a Native Son
Written by James Baldwin, Foreword by Edward P. Jones
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Notes of a Native Son

Written by James Baldwin
Foreword by Edward P. Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $15.00

A new edition of the book many have called James Baldwin’s most influential work

Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil...

Read more >
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The $60,000 Dog
The $60,000 Dog
Written by Lauren Slater
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ISBN: 9780807001875
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The $60,000 Dog
My Life with Animals
Written by Lauren Slater


Format: Hardcover
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $24.95

A stunning new book about the role of animals in our lives, by a popular and acclaimed writer
 
From the time she is nine years old, biking to the farmland outside her suburban home, where she discovers a disquieting world of sleeping cows and a “Private Way” full of the wondrous and... Read more >
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The $60,000 Dog
My Life with Animals
Written by Lauren Slater


Format: eBook
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $24.95

A stunning new book about the role of animals in our lives, by a popular and acclaimed writer
 
From the time she is nine years old, biking to the farmland outside her suburban home, where she discovers a disquieting world of sleeping cows and a “Private Way” full of the wondrous and... Read more >
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Through the Window
Through the Window
Written by Julian Barnes
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ISBN: 9780345805508
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Through the Window
Seventeen Essays and a Short Story
Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $15.95

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending and one of Britain’s greatest writers: a brilliant collection of essays on the books and authors that have meant the most to him throughout his illustrious career.
 
In these seventeen essays (plus a short story and a special preface, “A... Read more >
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Through the Window
Through the Window
Written by Julian Barnes
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780345805515
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Through the Window
Seventeen Essays and a Short Story
Written by Julian Barnes


Format: eBook, 272 pages
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $9.99

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending and one of Britain’s greatest writers: a brilliant collection of essays on the books and authors that have meant the most to him throughout his illustrious career.
 
In these seventeen essays (plus a short story and a special preface, “A... Read more >
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