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- Penguin Group US 2012; US$ 9.99
An absolute must-read for anyone who loves books In Closing Time , Joe Queenan shared how he became a voracious reader to escape a joyless childhood. Now, like many bibliophiles, he fears for the books that once saved him. In One for the Books , Queenan examines the entire culture of reading and what books really mean in people?s lives today.... more...
- Pan Macmillan Australia 2000; US$ 13.76
"I found Ellie?s voice quite unexpectedly, as I drove back from the tip one Saturday afternoon. I was in an old Landrover, just 500 metres from home, and suddenly I could hear Ellie talking... " In his fiction John Marsden explores the lives of the guilty, the inarticulate, the crazy, the brave and the resourceful. Read about his ideas and his experiences... more...
- Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 18.99
The award-winning Beneath the American Renaissance is a classic work on American literature. It immeasurably broadens our knowledge of our most important literary period, as first identified by F.O. Matthiessen's American Renaissance. With its combination of sharp critical insight, engaging observation, and narrative drive, it represents the kind... more...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 15.99
The novel is alive and well, thank you very much For the last fifteen years, whenever a novel was published, John Freeman was there to greet it. As a critic for more than two hundred newspapers worldwide, the onetime president of the National Book Critics Circle, and the former editor of Granta , he has reviewed thousands of books and interviewed... more...
- McClelland & Stewart 2013; US$ 30.99
Fourteen brilliant new reviews from the author of A Love of Reading . Passionate, thought provoking, and witty. A Love of Reading, the Second Collection contains 14 new reviews of modern classics from a discriminating, highly entertaining, and prodigiously well-read guide. In a stimulating selection, ranging from Margaret Atwood?s Alias Grace... more...
- HarperCollins 2011; Not Available
?Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.? ?Roy Blount Jr. ?Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.? ? Booklist Outspoken New York Times columnist Stanley Fish offers an entertaining, erudite analysis of language and rhetoric in this delightful celebration... more...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 25.99
?Wendy Lesser?s extraordinary alertness, intelligence, and curiosity have made her one of America?s most significant cultural critics,? writes Stephen Greenblatt. In Why I Read , Lesser draws on a lifetime of pleasure reading and decades of editing one of the most distinguished literary magazines in the country, The Threepenny Review , to describe... more...
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014; US$ 13.95
A collection of five lectures Italo Calvino was preparing to deliver at the time of his death, setting forth the qualities in writing he most valued, and which he believed would define literature in the century to come. Together, these "memos" form a stirring defense of literature and an indispensable guide to Calvino's own work. more...
- Bucknell University Press 2013; US$ 69.99
Proust, Pastiche, and the Postmodern or Why Style Matters argues against the traditional critical view that minimizes Proust?s practice of pastiche ? the imitation of a writer?s style ?and that considers it a simple exercise of mastering the predecessor. Instead, this work establishes pastiche as a powerful, ubiquitous practice central to Proust?s... more...