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  • A Defense of Ardorby Adam Zagajewski; Clare Cavanagh

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 15.99

    Ardor, inspiration, the soul, the sublime: Such terms have long since fallen from favor among critics and artists alike. In his new collection of essays, Adam Zagajewski continues his efforts to reclaim for art not just the terms but the scanted spiritual dimension of modern human existence that they stake out. Bringing gravity and grace to his... more...

  • Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swellsby Graydon Carter; David Friend

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 14.99

    For the magazine?s centenary celebration, an anthology of pieces from the early golden age of Vanity Fair In honor of the 100th anniversary of Vanity Fair magazine, B ohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells celebrates the publication?s astonishing early catalogue of writers, with works by Dorothy Parker, NoŽl Coward, P. G. Wodehouse,... more...

  • Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essaysby Tony Hoagland

    Graywolf Press 2014; US$ 15.99

    A fearless, wide-ranging book on the state of poetry and American literary culture by Tony Hoagland, the†author of What Narcissism Means to Me Live American poetry is absent from our public schools. The teaching of poetry languishes, and that region of youthful neurological terrain capable of being ignited only by poetry is largely dark, unpopulated,... more...

  • Small Victoriesby Anne Lamott

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 10.99

    From the bestselling author of Stitches and Help, Thanks, Wow comes her long-awaited collection of new and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace. Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. It?s an approach that has become her trademark. Now in Small Victories , Lamott offers a new message... more...

  • The Unspeakableby Meghan Daum

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 26.99

    ?Daum is her generation's Joan Didion.? ? Nylon Nearly fifteen years after her debut collection, My Misspent Youth , captured the ambitions and anxieties of a generation, Meghan Daum returns to the personal essay with The Unspeakable , a masterful collection of ten new works. Her old encounters with overdrawn bank accounts and oversized ambitions... more...

  • Damn You Englandby John Osborne

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 13.11

    Well-known playwright and acerbic wit, John Osborne was a man of trenchant opinions which he was unafraid to express. Ranging from his infamous 1961 letter to Tribune which provides the book with its title to columns written in the last decade of his life, the prose on offer here bear witness to the rage, fury - and great tenderness - that inspired... more...

  • Sacred Seedby Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW); Vandana Shiva

    The Golden Sufi Center 2014; US$ 12.99

    Inspired by physicist and environmental leader Dr. Vandana Shiva, this collection of essays draw on the wisdom of ancient and modern traditions to remind readers of the profound sacredness of the seed?how in its purity, it is the source and renewal of all of life. For centuries the planting of the seed in the earth not only nourished humanity, but... more...

  • Life, Love and The Archersby Wendy Cope

    Hodder & Stoughton 2014; Not Available

    'ENTERTAINING AND MOVING' Independent on Sunday - 'WONDERFUL, WISTFUL AND HAS SOME WISECRACKING ONE LINERS' Tatler - 'FUNNY, FEARLESS AND UNFLINCHINGLY TRUTHFUL' TLS (Books of the Year 2014) Wendy Cope has long been one of the nation's best-loved poets, with her sharp eye for human foibles and wry sense of humour. For the first time, Life,... more...

  • Life, Love and The Archersby Wendy Cope

    Hodder & Stoughton 2014; US$ 24.51

    'ENTERTAINING AND MOVING' Independent on Sunday - 'WONDERFUL, WISTFUL AND HAS SOME WISECRACKING ONE LINERS' Tatler - 'FUNNY, FEARLESS AND UNFLINCHINGLY TRUTHFUL' TLS (Books of the Year 2014) Wendy Cope has long been one of the nation's best-loved poets, with her sharp eye for human foibles and wry sense of humour. For the first time, Life,... more...

  • Australia Under Surveillanceby Frank Moorhouse

    Random House Australia 2014; US$ 24.51

    ASIO has kept a file on Frank Moorhouse since he was seventeen. Now Frank has decided it is time to report on ASIO. This year ASIO has extended its surveillance powers, made the issuing of warrants easier and limited the freedom of journalists. At a time when the government has raised the terrorist alert level to 'high' we are facing the question... more...