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  • That Thing You Do With Your Mouthby David Shields; Samantha Matthews

    McSweeney's 2015; US$ 10.99

    In That Thing You Do With Your Mouth, actress and voice-over artist Samantha Matthews offers—in the form of an extended monologue, prompted and arranged by New York Times bestselling author (and Matthews?s cousin once removed) David Shields—a vivid investigation of her startling sexual history. From her abuse at the hands of a family member to... more...

  • The Thing About Life is That One Day You'll Be Deadby David Shields

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 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... more...

  • Reality Hungerby David Shields

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.95

    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... more...

  • Body Politicby David Shields

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 23.00

    In Body Politic , David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes... more...

  • Dead Languagesby David Shields

    Graywolf Press 2011; US$ 14.99

    In Dead Languages by David Shields, Jeremy Zorn's mother tries unsuccessfully to coax him into saying "Philadelphia," and his life becomes framed by his unwieldy attempts at articulation. Through family rituals with his word-obsessed parents and sister, failed first love, an ill-fated run for class president, as the only Jewish boy on an otherwise... more...

  • The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Deadby David Shields

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.98

    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... more...

  • Reality Hungerby David Shields

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 15.98

    Reality Hunger is a manifesto for a burgeoning group of interrelated but unconnected artists who, living in an unbearably artificial world, are breaking ever larger chunks of 'reality' into their work. The questions Shields explores - the bending of form and genre, the lure and blur of the real - play out constantly around us, and Reality Hunger... more...

  • Body Politicby David Shields

    Simon & Schuster 2010; Not Available

    In Body Politic , David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes... more...

  • Body Politicby David Shields

    Simon & Schuster 2010; Not Available

    In Body Politic , David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes... more...

  • How Literature Saved My Lifeby David Shields

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 15.95

    ?Here is a mind on fire, a writer at war with the page. These rigorous, high-octane, exhaustive yet taut ruminations on ambivalence, love, melancholy, and mortality are like an arrow laced with crack to the brain. [Shields?] gun-to-the-head prose explicates an all-consuming passion for reading, writing, and ?the redemptive grace of human consciousness... more...