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  • 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 future... 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

    A stunning collection of reportage from the acclaimed journalist and novelist. more...

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

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 18.94

    A hugely engaging collection of pieces by Karel Capek, one of the great European writers of the last century. 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...

  • 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...