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  • The Art of Teachingby Jay Parini

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 12.99 US$ 11.17

    Becoming an effective teacher can be quite painful and exhausting, taking years of trial and error. In The Art of Teaching , writer and critic Jay Parini looks back over his own decades of trials, errors, and triumphs, in an intimate memoir that brims with humor, encouragement, and hard-won wisdom about the teacher's craft.Here is a godsend for instructors... more...

  • The Apprentice Loverby Jay Parini

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 7.99

    When Alex Massolini's brother is killed in Vietnam, he drops out of Columbia University and leaves his conservative family behind for Capri to become secretary to Rupert Grant, a famous British novelist and poet who dominates the island like a latter -- day Prospero. Alex soon finds himself ensnared in a web of love affairs, friendships, and rivalries... more...

  • Promised Landby Jay Parini

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.95

    In this lively exploration of America?s intellectual heritage, acclaimed poet, novelist, and critic Jay Parini celebrates the life and times of thirteen books that helped shape the American psyche.   Moving nimbly between the great watersheds in American letters?including Walden , Huckleberry Finn , The Souls of Black Folk , and On the Road ?Parini... more...

  • The Passages of H. M.by Jay Parini

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.95

    From the author of the international bestseller The Last Station , a stirring novel about the adventurous life and tragic literary career of Herman Melville.   As The Passages of H. M. opens, we see, through the eyes of his long-suffering wife Lizzie, an aging, angry, and drunken Herman Melville wreaking domestic havoc in his unhappy New York... more...

  • The Last Stationby Jay Parini

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, & James McAvoy In 1910, Count Leo Tolstoy, the most famous writer in the world, is caught in the struggle between his devoted wife and an equally devoted acolyte over the master's legacy. Sofya Andreyevna fears that she and the children she has borne Tolstoy will lose all to... more...

  • The Last Stationby Jay Parini

    Canongate Books 2007; US$ 12.46

    By 1910, Leo Tolstoy, the world's most famous author, had become an almost religious figure, surrounded on his lavish estate by family and followers alike. Set in the tumultuous last year of the count's life, The Last Station centres on the battle for his soul waged by his wife and his leading disciple. Torn between his professed doctrine of poverty... more...

  • The Passages of Herman Melvilleby Jay Parini

    Canongate Books 2011; US$ 13.29

    Herman had often walked these streets, eyeing the forest of tall ships, their blackened strakes handsomely curved, masts like crosses, empty of sails . . .1841. A young Herman Melville is yet to write Moby Dick. He sets out on a voyage aboard a whaling ship. What happens on that trip will give him enough material for a lifetime of writing.But what... more...

  • House of Daysby Jay Parini

    Dzanc Books 2013; US$ 9.99

    In House of Days, his fourth collection of poems, Jay Parini moves beyond his earlier work to address the environmental and spiritual crises that afflict us in the late twentieth century. The book moves from "Nature Revisited," an elegiac sequence of poems about the ontological status of nature itself, to the title sequence, "House of Days," which... more...

  • Theodore Roethkeby Jay Parini

    Dzanc Books 2013; US$ 9.99

    Jay Parini's biography of the poet, Theodore Roethke. Parini views Roethke through the lens of a Romantic poet. With this incredibly researched and well written work, Parini reaffirms Roethke's reputation as a poet that came into his own after the publication of "The Lost Son," and then continued to develop from there and greatly extended his reputation... more...

  • The Patch Boysby Jay Parini

    Dzanc Books 2013; US$ 9.99

    Fifteen-year-old Sammy di Cantini, resident of a mining region of Pennsylvania, is determined to rise above his class, falls disastrously in love with a Protestant, and visits his Mafia brother in New York where he becomes involved in impossible struggles more...