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  • 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...

  • Non-Fictionby Chuck Palahniuk

    Random House 2011; US$ 13.08

    Chuck Palahniuk's world has been, well, different from yours and mine. The pieces that comprise Non-Fiction prove just how different, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling. Encounters with alternative culture heroes Marilyn Manson and Juliette Lewis; the peculiar wages of fame attendant on the big budget film production... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Man-Made Worldby Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    The Floating Press 1911; US$ 4.99

    Early feminist author and advocate Charlotte Perkins Gilman is today best remembered for the haunting short story "The Yellow Wallpaper," which recounts the female protagonist's descent into madness. In addition to her prodigious body of fictional work, Gilman wrote a great deal of non-fiction, including scholarly and persuasive essays... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...