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  • 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 Brontės, Toni Morrison, Anne Frank) and multifarious... more...

  • The Devil Never Sleepsby Andrei Codrescu

    St. Martin's Press 2000; US$ 8.99

    The Devil is alive and well and living in America, Andrei Codrescu tells us, and with good reason. Nowhere else in the world--not even in Codrescu's native Transylvania--is he taken quite as seriously. When Codrescu gently derided the fundamentalist Christian belief in Rapture ("a pre-apocalyptic event during which all true believers would be suctioned... 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... more...

  • The Irresponsible Selfby James Wood

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 19.99

    "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...

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

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 20.99

    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...

  • Paper Trailby Richard Howard

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 8.99

    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...

  • Homeby Sharon Sloan Fiffer; Steven Fiffer

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 19.00

    In Home , eighteen of our finest writers evoke different rooms--from their pasts, their present, or simply their imaginations--in order to investigate the ways in which homes contain our lives. The results are touching, provocative, and sometimes hilarious. And since a portion of the editors' proceeds will go to organizations that help the homeless,... more...

  • P.S.by Studs Terkel

    New Press, The 2011; US$ 16.95

    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...

  • Irons in the Fireby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 18.99

    In this collection John McPhee once agains proves himself as a master observer of all arenas of life as well a powerful and important writer. more...

  • Giving Good Weightby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 18.99

    "You people come into the market?the Greenmarket, in the open air under the down pouring sun?and you slit the tomatoes with your fingernails. With your thumbs, you excavate the cheese. You choose your stringbeans one at a time. You pulp the nectarines and rape the sweet corn. You are something wonderful, you are?people of the city?and we, who are... more...