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  • The Borowitz Reportby Andy Borowitz

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 9.99

    Prepare to be shocked. From the man The Wall Street Journal hailed as a "Swiftean satirist" comes the most shocking book ever written! The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers, by award-winning fake journalist Andy Borowitz, contains page after page of "news stories" too hot, too controversial, too -- yes, shocking -- for the mainstream... more...

  • Into the Twilight, Endlessly Grousingby Patrick F. McManus

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 15.00

    Like Twain -- or more contemporary humorists Dave Barry and Garrison Keillor -- Patrick McManus shares the belief that life's eternal verities exist primarily to be overturned. In McManus's world, all steaks should be chicken-fried, strong coffee is drunk by the light of a campfire, and fishing trips consist of men acting like boys and boys behaving... more...

  • Anger, Mercy, Revengeby Lucius Annaeus Seneca; Robert A. Kaster; Martha C. Nussbaum

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 27.50

    Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE?65 CE) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, dramatist, statesman, and adviser to the emperor Nero, all during the Silver Age of Latin literature. The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca is a fresh and compelling series of new English-language translations of his works in eight accessible volumes. Edited by world-renowned... more...

  • Xenophonby Vivienne J. Gray

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 54.99

    Xenophon's many and varied works represent a major source of information about the ancient Greek world: for example, about culture, politics, social life and history in the fourth century BC, Socrates, horses and hunting with dogs, the Athenian economy, and Sparta. However, there has been controversy about how his works should be read. This selection... more...

  • Thank You Notesby Jimmy Fallon; the Writers of Late Night

    Grand Central Publishing 2011; US$ 8.99

    Jimmy Fallon is very thankful. And in this first book to come from his TV show, he expresses his gratitude for everything from the light bulb he's too lazy to replace to the F12 button on his computer's keyboard. He thanks microbreweries for making his alcoholism seem like a neat hobby. He thanks the name "Lloyd" for having two L's. Otherwise it would... more...

  • Narrative, Intertext, and Space in Euripides' "Phoenissae"by Anna A. Lamari

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 133.00

    This book applies the basic principles of narratology to an ancient Greek tragedy, namely Euripides? Phoenissae . In a play with an exceptionally rich plot, a narratological study yields interesting interpretive results regarding the use of myth, narrators, narrative levels, time and space, as well as the relation of the Phoenissae ... more...

  • Helping Friends and Harming Enemiesby Mary Whitlock Blundell

    Cambridge University Press 1989; US$ 44.00

    This book is a detailed study of five plays of Sophocles that examines a key ethical principle. more...

  • Dear Gangster...by Gangster of Love; Dave Berry

    Penguin Publishing Group 1996; US$ 20.00

    He's the Ann Landers of anomie, the antidote for sniveling sensitivity, a caustic balm for our broken hearts--he's "The Gangster of Love." This collection of his columns features questions from anxious readers--with the Gangster's more or less helpful replies--which are loaded with quirky counsel on sticky problems and endless anecdotes. more...

  • A Guide to The Odysseyby Ralph Hexter

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 14.36

    For those of us who know and love the incomparable Odyssey of Homer (and there are many), Dr. Hexter has created a valuable, detailed analysis, taking into account many of Homer's most fascinating subtleties. more...

  • 100% Essexby Wendy Roby

    Michael O'Mara 2011; US$ 4.99

    There's only one Essex - and due to the phenomenal popularity of the hit reality-show The Only Way is Essex , the county has transformed from somewhere to be scoffed at to somewhere to be celebrated. 100% Essex is a hilarious book that does just that! Crammed full of bling, banter, Essex birds and blokes, it champions the Essex way of life as shown... more...