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  • The Search Warrantby Patrick Modiano

    Random House 2012; US$ 14.85

    "Missing a young girl, Dora Bruder, 15, height 1.55m, oval-shaped face, grey-brown eyes, grey sports jacket, maroon pullover, navy blue skirt and hat, brown gym shoes. All information to M. and Mme Bruder, 41 Boulevard Ornano, Paris." The author chanced upon this notice in a December 1941 issue of Paris Soir . The girl has vanished from... more...

  • Another Turn of the Crankby Wendell Berry

    Counterpoint 2011; US$ 13.95

    Wendell Berry proposes, and earnestly hopes, that people will learn once more to care for their local communities, and so begin a restoration that might spread over our entire nation and beyond. The renewed development of local economies would help preserve rural diversity despite the burgeoning global economy that threatens to homogenize and compromise... more...

  • New Ways to Kill Your Motherby Colm Tóibín

    Pan Macmillan Australia 2012; US$ 19.08

    In his essay on the "Notebooks" of Tennessee Williams, Colm Toibin reveals an artist "alone and deeply fearful and unusually selfish" and one profoundly tormented by his sister's mental illness. Through the relationship between W.B. Yeats and his father or Thomas Mann and his children or J.M. Synge and his mother, Toibin examines a world of family... more...

  • Twelve Menby Theodore Dreiser

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    Best remembered for being one of the leading figures in the school of fiction writing known as naturalism, American author Theodore Dreiser got his professional start as a journalist, and he brings his love of research and detail to this collection of biographical essays celebrating the lives and contributions of 12 people who influenced him. more...

  • The Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellowby Jerome K. Jerome

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    The follow-up to Jerome K. Jerome's bestselling volume of humorous essays, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, this collection offers the author's witty observations on all manner of topics, ranging from love to children to cats and dogs. Readers who appreciate a good turn of phrase and are in dire need of a good laugh shouldn't hesitate to... more...

  • The Rituals of Dinnerby Margaret Visser

    HarperCollins Canada 2012; US$ 15.99

    The author of the beloved Much Depends on Dinner turns her acute eye and irresistable wit from the foods we eat to the way in which we eat them. The Rituals of Dinner explores our revealing, colourful, and complex world at the table, illuminating the spread with examples from formal dinners to picnics, from cannibalism to the Eucharist, and from... more...

  • 12th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Compilationby Writer's Digest Editors

    F+W Media 2012; US$ 10.00

    Writer?s Digest Short Short Story Competition This exclusive collection contains the top twenty-five winning entries of the 12th Annual Writer?s Digest Short Short Story competition, including the First-Place winner, ?The Callers? by Nicole Lesperance. more...

  • Working the Roomby Geoff Dyer

    Canongate Books 2010; US$ 12.49

    Alive with insight, delight and Dyer?s characteristic irreverence, this book offers a guide around the cultural maze, mapping a route through the worlds of literature, art, photography and music. Across ten years? worth of essays, Working the Room spans the photography of Martin Parr and the paintings of Turner, the writing of Scott Fitzgerald and... more...

  • The Book of Marvelsby Lorna Crozier

    Greystone Books 2012; US$ 17.95

    In The Book of Marvels , award-winning poet Lorna Crozier offers a delightful series of prose meditations on household objects: everything from doorknobs, washing machines, rakes, and zippers to the kitchen sink. Operating as a kind of a literary detective, Crozier brings her rapt attention to the everyday things she explores, uncovering the mystery... more...

  • Strong Opinionsby Vladimir Nabokov

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    Nabokov begins his Strong Opinions : 'I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.' In the interviews collected here - covering everything from his own burgeoning literary celebrity to Kubrick's Lolita to lepidoptery - he is never casual or off-guard. Instead he insisted on receiving questions in advance... more...