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  • Bomb: The Author Interviewsby BOMB Magazine

    Soho Press 2014; US$ 14.99

    Drawing on 30 years of BOMB Magazine, this anthology of interviews brings together some of the greatest figures of world literature for a brilliant and unforgettable collection of sharp, insightful and intimate author conversations.   Here we have a conversation with Jonathan Franzen, still an unkown author, on the eve of the publication of ... more...

  • The Book of the Courtierby Baldesar Castiglione; George Bull

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 17.58

    In The Book of the Courtier (1528), Baldesar Castiglione, a diplomat and Papal Nuncio to Rome, sets out to define the essential virtues for those at Court. In a lively series of imaginary conversations between the real-life courtiers to the Duke of Urbino, his speakers discuss qualities of noble behaviour - chiefly discretion, decorum, nonchalance... more...

  • Books, Movies, Rhythm, Blues (Penguin Special)by Nick Hornby

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 3.18

    Books, Movies, Rhythm, Blues is the companion volume to Fan Mail , Nick Hornby's collection of writings on football. This second collection brings together the best of his other non-fiction pieces, on film and tv, writers and painters and music, and including one exceptional fragment of autobiography. With subject matter ranging from the Sundance... more...

  • Both Flesh And Notby David Foster Wallace

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 15.98

    Both Flesh and Not is an collection of essays and writing from the virtuosic genius David Foster Wallace Beloved for his brilliantly discerning eye, his verbal elasticity and his uniquely generous imagination, David Foster Wallace was heralded by critics and fans as the voice of a generation. Collected here are fifteen essays published for... more...

  • Bradbury Speaksby Ray Bradbury

    HarperCollins 2013; US$ 11.99

    He is an American treasure; a clear-eyed fantasist without peer; a literary icon who has created wonder for the better part of seven decades. He has a moon crater named after him and a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. He has been showered with accolades and honored with prizes galore, everything from an Emmy Award to the National Book Foundation... more...

  • Broken Vesselsby Andre Dubus

    Open Road Media 2010; US$ 9.99

    The classic Dubus collection?now available as an ebook   The reflective essays of one of America?s most accomplished authors   Andre Dubus is celebrated for his ability to depict the subtlest of human emotions in his characters, and when he turns the microscope on himself, the resulting insights are no less illuminative. Intimate and expressive,... more...

  • Buildingby Isaiah Berlin

    Random House 2013; US$ 61.17

    In the period covered here (1960?75) Isaiah Berlin creates Wolfson College, Oxford; John F. Kennedy becomes US President (and is assassinated); Berlin dines with JFK on the day he is told of the Soviet missile bases in Cuba; the Six-Day Arab?Israeli war of 1967 creates problems that are still with us today; Richard M. Nixon succeeds Johnson as US... more...

  • Cambridge Piecesby Samuel Butler

    The Floating Press 1903; US$ 3.99

    One of the leading critics and intellectuals of the Victorian era, Samuel Butler produced literary works in a wide range of genres, ranging from translations of ancient Greek texts to critical essays. This collection of short sketches and stories offers an accessible introduction to Butler's body of work. more...

  • The Celtic Twilightby W.B. Yeats

    Copyright Group 2013; US$ 4.50

    William Butler Yeats (1865 ? 1939) is best described as Ireland?s national poet in addition to being one of the major twentieth-century literary figures of the English tongue. To many literary critics, Yeats represents the ?Romantic poet of modernism,? which is quite revealing about his extraordinary style that combines between the outward emphasis... 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 Brontės, Toni Morrison, Anne Frank) and multifarious... more...