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  • How to Be Aloneby Jonathan Franzen

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 17.99

    Passionate, strong-minded nonfiction from the National Book Award-winning author of The Correction s Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections was the best-loved and most-written-about novel of 2001. Nearly every in-depth review of it discussed what became known as "The Harper's Essay," Franzen's controversial 1996 investigation of the fate of the... more...

  • Colour Me Englishby Caryl Phillips

    Random House 2011; US$ 25.37

    What do we mean by 'English'? How does that image square with reality? How does our island look from abroad, and what aspects of our experience do we share with, for example, America - a nation built by outsiders and the huddled masses? Taking as its starting point a moving recollection of growing up in Leeds during the 1970s, Colour Me English... more...

  • 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...

  • The Language of Passionby Mario Vargas Llosa; Natasha Wimmer

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99

    Internationally acclaimed novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has contributed a biweekly column to Spain's major newspaper, El País, since 1977. In this collection of columns from the 1990s, Vargas Llosa weighs in on the burning questions of the last decade, including the travails of Latin American democracy, the role of religion in civic life, and the... more...

  • Talk Storiesby Jamaica Kincaid; Ian Frazier

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002; US$ 23.99

    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$ 17.99

    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$ 13.99

    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...

  • The Irresponsible Selfby James Wood

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 23.99

    "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...