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Literary

  • Once I Was Coolby Megan Stielstra

    Curbside Splendor Publishing 2014;

    Insightful, compassionate, gutsy, and heartbreaking personal essays exploring the messy, maddening beauty of adulthood with wit, intelligence, and biting humor. more...

  • Praeteritaby John Ruskin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 23.00

      As a memoir elevated to the level of fine art, John Ruskin?s Praeterita stands alongside The Education of Henry Adams and the confessions of Augustine, Rousseau, and Tolstoy. A luminous account of his childhood and youth, Praeterita is the last major work of the revolutionary nineteenth-century critic.   Written in the lucid intervals between... more...

  • Signed, Sealed, Deliveredby Nina Sankovitch

    Simon & Schuster 2014; US$ 24.95

    The author of the much-admired Tolstoy and the Purple Chair goes on a quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten letter. Witty, moving, enlightening, and inspiring, Signed, Sealed, Delivered begins with Nina Sankovitch?s discovery of a trove of hundred... more...

  • The World Is My Homeby James A. Michener; Steve Berry

    Random House Publishing Group 2014; US$ 15.95

    The New York Times Book Review ). In this exceptional memoir, the man himself tells the story of his remarkable life and describes the people, events, and ideas that shaped it. Moving backward and forward across time, he writes about the many strands of his experience: his passion for travel; his lifelong infatuation with literature, music, and painting;... more...

  • The Danger Treeby David Macfarlane

    HarperCollins Canada 2014; US$ 14.99

    Emulating the circuitous tales told by his mother?s relatives, the Goodyears of Newfoundland, David Macfarlane weaves the major events of the island?s twentieth century—the ravages of tuberculosis, the great seal-hunt disaster, the bitter Confederation debate, and above all, the First World War—into his own tale of the ill-starred fortunes of his... more...

  • American Smokeby Iain Sinclair

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 27.99

    The visionary writer Iain Sinclair turns his sights to the Beat Generation in America in his most epic journey yet ?How best to describe Iain Sinclair?? asks Robert Macfarlane in The Guardian . ?A literary mud-larker and tip-picker? A Travelodge tramp (his phrase)? A middle-class dropout with a gift for bullshit (also his phrase)? A toxicologist... more...

  • Visible Manby Jeffrey B. Leak

    University of Georgia Press 2014; US$ 39.95

    Henry Dumas (1934-1968) was a writer who did not live to see most of his fiction and poetry in print. A son of Sweet Home, Arkansas, and Harlem, he devoted himself to the creation of a black literary cosmos, one in which black literature and culture were windows into the human condition. While he certainly should be understood in the context of the... more...

  • Zenith Cityby Michael Fedo

    University of Minnesota Press 2014; US$ 17.00

    Duluth may be the city of ?untold delights? as lampooned in a Kentucky congressman?s speech in 1871. Or it may be portrayed by a joke in Woody Allen?s film Manhattan . Or then again, it may be the ?Zenith City of the unsalted seas? celebrated by Dr. Thomas Preston Foster, founder of the city?s first newspaper. But whatever else it may be, this city... more...

  • Dylan Thomasby Walford Davies

    University of Wales Press 2014; US$ 30.00

    An authoritative introduction by a leading Dylan Thomas scholar to the nature, cultural background, achievement and critical reception of this major poet’s work. more...

  • A Fort of Nine Towersby Qais Akbar Omar

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 16.99

    One of the rare memoirs of Afghanistan to have been written by an Afghan, A Fort of Nine Towers reveals the richness and suffering of life in a country whose history has become deeply entwined with our own. For the young Qais Akbar Omar, Kabul was a city of gardens where he flew kites from his grandfather?s roof with his cousin Wakeel... more...