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David Shields
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  • About this Author
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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


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $11.99

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How Literature Saved My Life

Written by David Shields


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $15.95

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... Read more >
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I Think You're Totally Wrong
A Quarrel
Written by David Shields and Caleb Powell


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 6, 2015
Price: $13.99

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I Think You're Totally Wrong
A Quarrel
Written by David Shields and Caleb Powell


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 6, 2015
Price: $25.95

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Also available as an eBook.

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Reality Hunger
A Manifesto
Written by David Shields


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.00

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... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Reality Hunger
A Manifesto
Written by David Shields


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 23, 2010
Price: $24.95

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 >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Reality Hunger

Written by David Shields


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 23, 2010
Price: $13.99

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Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

The Thing About Life is That One Day You'll Be Dead

Written by David Shields


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $11.99

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The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead

Written by David Shields


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $15.95

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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