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  • Freedom of the Poetby John Berryman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1976; US$ 8.99

    Less than a year before his death in 1972, John Berryman signed a contract with his publisher for a book of prose, The Freedom of the Poet , for which he had made a selection from his published and unpublished writings. In his draft of a prefatory note, he acknowledged the influence of Eliot, Blackmur, Pound, and Empson on his critical thought,... more...

  • The Groaning Shelfby Pradeep Sebastian

    Hachette India 2012; US$ 21.99

    Notes from a bibliophile on the lure of rare and first editions, the beauty of dust jackets, the thrill of browsing in antiquarian bookshops, the bibliomania of book thieves, movies about books, and the inner life of a reader. The Groaning Shelf is not so much a book about books as a book about books about books. These little essays capture the drama... more...

  • The Fun Stuffby James Wood

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012; US$ 17.99

    Following The Broken Estate , The Irresponsible Self , and How Fiction Works ?books that established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation? The Fun Stuff c onfirms Wood's preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel. In twenty-three passionate, sparkling dispatches?that range over... more...

  • Another Turn of the Crankby Wendell Berry

    Counterpoint 2011; US$ 13.99

    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...

  • A Little Orderby Evelyn Waugh

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 14.65

    Whether celebrating Hogarth or savaging Hollywood, mocking modern manners or defending traditional English architecture, inviting readers to 'come inside' the Catholic Church or expressing his contempt for modish Marxism and American-style religion, Evelyn Waugh's journalism is sparkling, sometimes vitriolic and always full of good sense. In this wonderful... more...

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

    F+W Media 2012; US$ 12.50 US$ 10.25

    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$ 14.13

    Alive with insight, wit and Dyer's characteristic irreverence, this collection of essays offers a guide around the cultural maze, mapping a route through the worlds of literature, art, photography and music.Besides exploring what it is that makes great art great, Working the Room ventures into more personal territory with extensive autobiographical... more...

  • Big Book of Maliceby Khushwant Singh

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 18.68

    Malice. The word is synonymous with Khushwant Singh; his pen has spared no one. For over four decades as India?s most widely-read columnist, he has commented on just about everything: religion, politics, our future, our past, prohibition, impotency, presidents, politicians, cricket, dog-haters, astrologers, the banning of books, the secret of 1ongevity...the... more...

  • London's Overthrowby China Mieville

    Saqi 2012; US$ 8.74

    London's Overthrow is a potent polemic describing the capital in a time of austerity at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Award-winning author and essayist China Miéville cuts through the hyperbole of our politicians to present a view from ordinary London - of the inequality, oppression and indignity and the hidden, subversive sentiment pervading... more...

  • Expletives Deletedby Angela Carter; Michael Moorcock

    Random House 2012; US$ 12.68

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MICHAEL MOORCOCK Angela Carter was one of the most important and influential writers of our time: a novelist of extraordinary power and a searching critic and essayist.This selection of her writing, which she made herself, covers more than a decade of her thought and ranges over a diversity of subjects giving a true measure... more...