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  • Venetian Curiositiesby Donna Leon

    Random House 2013; US$ 21.14

    In a city as ancient as Venice, myths and legends passed down from generation to generation record more than just love or murder. They are the storehouse of a city's mores, emblems of its identity. In Venetian Curiosities, acclaimed novelist Donna Leon recounts some of Venice's most intriguing tales: an elephant brought in for Carnival wreaks havoc... more...

  • How to Use Your Enemiesby Baltasar Gracián

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 2.80

    'Better mad with the crowd than sane all alone' In these witty, Machiavellian aphorisms, unlikely Spanish priest Baltasar Gracián shows us how to exploit friends and enemies alike to thrive in a world of deception and illusion. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range... more...

  • As They Wereby M.F.K. Fisher

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    This marvelous collection of autobiographical essays by the celebrated, much-adored Fisher covers her life, family, food and adventures. more...

  • Citizenby Claudia Rankine

    Graywolf Press 2014; US$ 19.99

    * Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry * * Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award * ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker... more...

  • Self-Reliance and Other Essaysby Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 0.99

    Six essays and one address outline Emerson's moral idealism and hint at later scepticism. In addition to title essay, this volume includes "History," "Friendship," "The Over-Soul," "The Poet" and "Experience," plus the Harvard Divinity School Address. more...

  • Old Ageby Michael Kinsley

    Crown/Archetype 2016; US$ 18.00

    Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow Boomers through the door marked "Exit." The notorious baby boomers?the largest age cohort in history?are approaching the end and starting to plan their final moves in the game of life. Now they are asking: What was  that  all about? Was it about acquiring things or changing the world? Was... more...

  • Rough Likenessby Lia Purpura

    Sarabande Books 2011; US$ 15.95

    Lyric essays that examine the smallest things imaginable--beach glass, the color "gunmetal," a mushroom--as well as states of being . more...

  • The Disappointment Artistby Jonathan Lethem

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.95

    In a volume he describes as "a series of covert and not-so-covert autobiographical pieces," Jonathan Lethem explores the nature of cultural obsession?from western films and comic books, to the music of Pink Floyd and the New York City subway. Along the way, he shows how each of these "voyages out from himself" has led him to the source of his beginnings... more...

  • The Essential Writings of James Weldon Johnsonby James Weldon Johnson; Rudolph Byrd; Charles Johnson

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.00

    ?Henry Louis Gates, Jr. One of the leading voices of the Harlem Resaissance and a crucial literary figure of his time, James Weldon Johnson was also an editor, songwriter, founding member and leader of the NAACP, and the first African American to hold a diplomatic post as consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua. This comprehensive volume of Johnson?s works... more...

  • Creative Unityby Rabindranath Tagore

    The Floating Press 1922; US$ 5.99

    Creative Unity is a collection of essays from Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore, who in 1913 became Asia's first recipient of the Nobel Prize. Tagore was an accomplished poet, artist, playwright, novelist, composer, social reformer and businessman. The essays in this book are: The Poet's Religion. The Creative Ideal. The Religion of the... more...