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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Otherwiseby Farley Mowat

    McClelland & Stewart 2009; US$ 16.95

    A Canadian icon gives us his final book, a memoir of the events that shaped this beloved writer and activist. Farley Mowat has been beguiling readers for fifty years now, creating a body of writing that has thrilled two generations, selling literally millions of copies in the process. In looking back over his accomplishments, we are reminded of his... more...

  • Mark Twain's Other Womanby Laura Skandera Trombley

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.95

    Laura Skandera Trombley, the preeminent Twain scholar at work today, reveals the never-before-read letters and daily journals of Isabel Lyon, Mark Twain?s last personal secretary.   For six years, Isabel Lyon was responsible for running the aging Man in White?s chaotic household, nursing him through several illnesses and serving as his adoring audience.... more...

  • A Personal Recordby Joseph Conrad

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 4.99

    Nearly lost for a very long time, “A Personal Record”, the second of Conrad's autobiographical memoirs, first appeared in 1912. This collection retraces the author's East European background, his life during voyages, his obsession with English language, and the influence of his writings as one of the milestones in modern English literature.... more...

  • Notes on Life and Lettersby Joseph Conrad

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 4.99

    Joseph Conrad's Notes on Life and Letters was first published in 1921. It is "a thin array (for such a stretch of time) of really innocent attitudes: Conrad literary, Conrad political, Conrad reminiscent, Conrad controversial. Well, yes! A one-man show – or is it merely the show of one man?" Including the political treatise Notes... more...

  • The Private Life of Napoleonby Louis Constant Wairy

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 4.99

    In these pages the personal life of the great conqueror Napoleon is discussed; his excesses, his kindness, his wisdom and thoughtfulness and his vices are all eloquently described. The book follows his rise from a commoner to a great marshal and then his downfall. Through the eyes of his personal valet, the great man is depicted in all his greatness... more...