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David Shields

David Shields is the author of thirteen previous books, including Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications), The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (New York Times bestseller), Black Planet (National Book Critics Circle Award finalist), and Remote (winner of the PEN/Revson Award). He has published essays and stories in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Yale Review, The Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and The Believer. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.


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How Literature Saved My Life
Written by David Shields
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2013
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-345-80272-9 (0-345-80272-1)

Blending confessional criticism and cultural autobiography, David Shields explores the power of literature to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. Evoking his deeply divided personality, his character flaws, his woes, his serious despair, he wants "literature to assuage human loneliness, but nothing can assuage human loneliness. Literature doesn't lie about this—which is what makes...

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How Literature Saved My Life
Written by David Shields
Knopf | Hardcover | February 2013
$25.95/30.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-96152-5 (0-307-96152-4)

“Reading How Literature Saved My Life is like getting to listen in on a really great, smart, provocative conversation. The book is not straightforward, it resists any single interpretation, and it seems to me to constitute nothing less than a new form.” ––Whitney Otto
 
In this wonderfully intelligent, stunningly honest...

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Reality Hunger
Written by David Shields
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2011
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 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...

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Reality Hunger
Written by David Shields
Knopf | Hardcover | February 2010
$24.95/28.95(Canada) | 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






The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead
Written by David Shields
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2009
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-38796-7 (0-307-38796-8)

Mesmerized and somewhat unnerved by his 97-year-old father's vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an original investigation of our flesh-and-blood existence, our mortal being.Weaving together personal anecdote, biological fact, philosophical doubt, cultural criticism, and the wisdom of an eclectic range of writers and thinkers—from Lucretius to Woody Allen—Shields expertly renders both... Read more





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