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  • Runaway Waltzby Frederic Morton

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 25.00

    One of the most revered essayists and novelists of his generation, Frederic Morton has captured with matchless immediacy the glamour of Vienna before World War I and the storied opulence of the Rothschild family in his bestselling and award-winning works. Now, in his first book in more than fifteen years, he delivers a luminous look at his own unique... more...

  • Village of the Small Housesby Ian Ferguson

    D & M Publishers 2009; US$ 11.99

    In 1959, just one step ahead of the law, Ian Ferguson's parents left the sophisticated big-city life of Edmonton for Fort Vermilion once a fur-trapping frontier town, now a remote aboriginal settlement in northernmost Alberta. There, Ian and his six brothers and sisters grew up without indoor plumbing, electricity, central heating, or even a radio.... more...

  • Phoenixby J.D. Dolan

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 12.00

    A beautifully rendered portrait of family and loss, of childhood and manhood by a supremely gifted writer evaluating the sum of his experiences and emerging with a moving work of the highest level. J. D. Dolan was vacationing in Paris when he received a telephone call telling him to fly home immediately. A horrible accident had put his big brother... more...

  • The Scarlet Professorby Barry Werth

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 14.95

    During his thirty-seven years at Smith College, Newton Arvin published groundbreaking studies of Hawthorne, Whitman, Melville, and Longfellow that stand today as models of scholarship and psychological acuity. He cultivated friendships with the likes of Edmund Wilson and Lillian Hellman and became mentor to Truman Capote. A social radical and closeted... more...

  • Genetby Edmund White

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 22.00

    In this revelatory biography of Jean Genet, we have the first full-scale life of one of the great -- and controversial -- figures of twentieth-century literature. Edmund White shows us the writer in all his permutations: poet, dandy, homosexual, thief; a 'thug of genius', as Simone de Beauvoir called him. Moving from Genet's illegitimate birth in... more...

  • Charles Dickens as a Readerby Charles Foster Kent

    ReadHowYouWant 2007; US$ 4.99

    A remarkable and unique work, this book analyzes the reading habits of one of the greatest authors of all times. Kent scans the works that influenced and shaped Dickens’ thought processes throughout his life. Categorically concentrating on one side of his personality, this work enables the reader to understand the mind that created some of the... more...

  • My Mark Twainby William Dean Howells

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 4.99

    In this works, Howells reflects on the personality of Mark Twain. Through his deep-rooted friendship with the man, he gives an engrossing insight into his life. With unique perspectives and idiosyncratic experiences, one of the most influential men has been portrayed. more...

  • Bjornstjerne Bjornsonby William Morton Payne

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 4.99

    The biography sheds light on the life of Norwegian playwright and poet Bjornstjerne Bjornson. That the nation hails him as a nationalist who propounded patriotic themes and ideas is eloquently described. The biography covers his major works, his ideals and convictions and follows his life till the state funeral that was accorded to him. more...

  • Anecdotes of Johnsonby Hesther Lynch Piozzi

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 4.99

    Piozzi's markedly distinctive and colloquial style is illuminated in the memoir "Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson". It is an engaging study of an idiosyncratic and self-absorbing persona. It captures a very different side of Johnson during the last twenty years of his life. The specific linguistic and stylistic features of the biography... more...

  • Jasmin Barber, Poet, Philanthropistby Samuel Smiles

    ReadHowYouWant 2006; US$ 4.99

    An extraordinary biographical work by Samuel Smiles who is famous for his social activities, books and articles. Published in 1891, it gives an in-depth account of the life of French poet and philanthropist Jaques Jasmin. Outstanding for its character-portrayal, it is a must-read! more...