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David Shields

DAVID SHIELDS is The New York Times best-selling author of twenty books, including The Thing About Life, Reality Hunger, Black Planet, Remote, and War Is Beautiful. He and his wife live in Seattle, where he is the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington. His work has been translated into twenty languages.


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Baseball Is Just Baseball
Written by David Shields
Blue Rider Press | Hardcover | September 2012
$15.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-399-16410-1 (0-399-16410-3)

Welcome to the Yankees, Ichiro! An homage to one of the great baseball players of our era, Baseball Is Just Baseball is a wide-ranging selection of Ichiro’s most startling and provocative observations. Updated to reflect his move to New York in July 2012, the book also includes a revised Introduction by... Read more






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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I Think You're Totally Wrong
Written by David Shields and Caleb Powell
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2015
$15.95/20.95(Canada) | 978-0-8041-6981-3 (0-8041-6981-0)

Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life; his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art. The stay-at-home dad (three young girls) and the workaholic writer (eighteen books) head to the woods to spend four days together...

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Other People
Written by David Shields
Knopf | Hardcover | February 21, 2017
$28.95/38.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-35199-7 (0-385-35199-2)

An intellectually thrilling and emotionally wrenching investigation of otherness: the need for one person to understand another person completely, the impossibility of any such absolute knowing, and the erotics of this separation.

Can one person know another person? How do we live through other people? Is it possible to fill the... Read more






Reality Hunger
Written by David Shields
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2011
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-38797-4 (0-307-38797-6)

A landmark book, “brilliant, thoughtful” (The Atlantic) and “raw and gorgeous” (LA Times), that fast-forwards the discussion of the central artistic issues of our time, from the bestselling author of The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead.

Who owns ideas? How clear is the distinction between fiction and nonfiction? Has...

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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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