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  • The Fifth Book of Peaceby Maxine Hong Kingston

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 17.95

    A long time ago in China, there existed three Books of Peace that proved so threatening to the reigning powers that they had them burned. Many years later Maxine Hong Kingston wrote a Fourth Book of Peace, but it too was burned--in the catastrophic Berkeley-Oakland Hills fire of 1991, a fire that coincided with the death of her father. Now in this... more...

  • Malrauxby Olivier Todd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 35.00

    Writer, publisher, war hero, French government minister, André Malraux was renowned as a Renaissance man of the twentieth century. Now, Olivier Todd?author of the acclaimed biography Albert Camus ?gives us this life, in which fact competes dramatically with his subject?s previously little-known mythomania. We see the adventurous young Malraux move... more...

  • Between Father and Sonby V.S. Naipaul

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.00

      At seventeen, V.S. Naipaul wanted to "follow no other profession" but writing. Awarded a scholarship by the Trinidadian government, he set out to attend Oxford, where he was encountered a vastly different world from the one he yearned to leave behind. Separated from his family by continents, and grappling with depression, financial strain, loneliness,... more...

  • Lake Effectby Rich Cohen

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.00

    A New York Times Notable Book Winner of the Great Lakes Book Award and the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Raised in an affluent suburb on the North Shore of Chicago, Rich Cohen had a cluster of interesting friends, but none more interesting than Jamie Drew. Fatherless, reckless, and lower middle class in a place that wasn?t,... more...

  • All Will Be Wellby John Mcgahern

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.95

    From award-winning author John McGahern, a memoir of his childhood in the Irish countryside and the beginnings of his life as a writer.McGahern describes his early years as one of seven children growing up in rural County Leitrim, a childhood was marked by his father?s violent nature and the early death of his beloved mother. Tracing the memories of... more...

  • Pushkinby T.J. Binyon

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 20.00

    In the course of his short, dramatic life, Aleksandr Pushkin gave Russia not only its greatest poetry?including the novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin ?but a new literary language. He also gave it a figure of enduring romantic allure?fiery, restless, extravagant, a prodigal gambler and inveterate seducer of women. Having forged a dazzling, controversial... more...

  • The Long Embraceby Judith Freeman

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.95

    Raymond Chandler was among the most original and enduring crime novelists of the twentieth century. Yet much of his pre-writing life, including his unconventional marriage, has remained shrouded in mystery. In this compelling, wholly original book, Judith Freeman sets out to solve the puzzle of who Chandler was and how he became the writer who would... more...

  • Fathers and Sonsby Alexander Waugh

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    If there is a literary gene, then the Waugh family most certainly has it?and it clearly seems to be passed down from father to son. The first of the literary Waughs was Arthur, who, when he won the Newdigate Prize for poetry at Oxford in 1888, broke with the family tradition of medicine. He went on to become a distinguished publisher and an immensely... more...

  • Robertson Daviesby Val Ross

    McClelland & Stewart 2009; US$ 19.95

    National bestseller and a Globe and Mail Best Book A fascinating, larger-than-life character, Davies left a treasure trove of stories about him when he died in 1995 ? expertly arranged here into a revealing portrait. From his student days onward, Robertson Davies made a huge impression on those around him. He was so clearly bound for a glorious... more...

  • Ardent Spiritsby Reynolds Price

    Scribner 2009; US$ 17.00

    In his third volume of memoir, Reynolds Price explores six crucial years of his life -- his departure from home in 1955 to spend three years as a student at Oxford University; then his return to North Carolina to begin his long career as a university teacher. He gives often moving, and frequently comic, portraits of his great teachers in England... more...