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  • Visiting Mrs Nabokov And Other Excursionsby Martin Amis

    Random House 2010; US$ 14.09

    Fuelled by innumerable cigarettes, Martin Amis provides dazzling portraits of contemporaries and mentors alike: Larkin and Rushdie; Greene and Pritchett; Ballard and Burgess and Nicholson Baker; John Updike - warts and all. Vigorously zipping across to Washington, he exposes the double-think of nuke-speak; in New Orleans the Republican Convention... more...

  • Talk Storiesby Jamaica Kincaid; Ian Frazier

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002; US$ 6.79

    From " The Talk of the Town, " Jamaica Kincaid's first impressions of snobbish, mobbish New York Talk Pieces is a collection of Jamaica Kincaid's original writing for the New Yorker 's "Talk of the Town," composed during the time when she first came to the United States from Antigua, from 1978 to 1983. Kincaid found a unique voice, at once... more...

  • The Atlantic Oceanby Andrew O'Hagan

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 14.57

    As he grew up, Andrew O'Hagan witnessed the decline of Britain and the rise of America, the end of British industry and the rise of Blair and the tabloids. This collection of essays tells the story of that period in our cultural and political life. Through the reported essays that first made O'Hagan's name, it's a book filled both with personal story... more...

  • Believe in Peopleby Karel Capek; ?árka Tobrmanová-Kühnová

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 18.95

    Playful and provocative, irreverent and inspiring, Capek is perhaps the best-loved Czech writer of all time. Novelist and playwright, famed for inventing the word 'robot' in his play RUR , Capek was a vital part of the burgeoning artistic scene of Czechoslovakia of the 1920s and 30s. But it is in his journalism - his brief, sparky and delightful... more...

  • Cleopatra's Noseby Judith Thurman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 11.90

    Cleopatra's Nose is an exuberant gathering of essays and profiles representing twenty years of Judith Thurman's celebrated writing, particularly her fascination with human vanity, femininity, and "women's work"?from haute couture to literature to commanding empires. The subjects are iconic (Jackie, the Brontës, Toni Morrison, Anne Frank) and multifarious... more...

  • At Large and At Smallby Anne Fadiman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 11.05

    In At Large and At Small , Anne Fadiman returns to one of her favorite genres, the familiar essay?a beloved and hallowed literary tradition recognized for both its intellectual breadth and its miniaturist focus on everyday experiences. With the combination of humor and erudition that has distinguished her as one of our finest essayists, Fadiman draws... more...

  • Just Enough Lieblingby A. J. Liebling; David Remnick

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 14.70

    The restaurants of the Latin Quarter and the city rooms of midtown Manhattan; the beachhead of Normandy and the boxing gyms of Times Square; the trackside haunts of bookmakers and the shadowy redoubts of Southern politicians--these are the places that A.J. Liebling shows to us in his unforgettable New Yorker articles, brought together here so that... more...

  • The Irresponsible Selfby James Wood

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 6.79

    "James Wood has been called our best young critic. This is not true. He is our best critic; he thinks with a sublime ferocity."--Cynthia Ozick Following the collection The Broken Estate --which established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation-- The Irresponsible Self confirms Wood's preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but... more...

  • P.S.by Studs Terkel

    The New Press 2011; US$ 16.99

    Millions of Studs Terkel fans have come to know the prizewinning oral historian through his landmark books? The Good War? , Hard Times , Working , Will the Circle Be Unbroken? , and many others. Few people realize, however, that much of Studs?s best work was not collected into these thematic volumes and has, in fact, never been published. P.S.... more...

  • Paper Trailby Richard Howard

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 6.79

    Richard Howard has been writing stylish, deeply informed commentary on modern culture and literature for more than four decades. Here is a selection of his finest essays, including some never before published in book form, on a splendid range of subjects--from American poets like Emily Dickinson and Marianne Moore to French artists such as Rodin and... more...