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  • 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...

  • The John McPhee Readerby John McPhee; William L. Howarth

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 22.99

    The John McPhee Reader , first published in 1976, is comprised of selections from the author?s first twelve books. In 1965, John McPhee published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are ; a decade later, he had published eleven others. His fertility, his precision and grace as a stylist, his wit and uncanny brilliance in choosing subject matter,... more...

  • Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Bookby Anita Silvey

    Roaring Brook Press 2009; US$ 30.99

    "What children's book changed the way you see the world?"   Anita Silvey asked this question to more than one hundred of our most respected and admired leaders in society, and she learned about the books that shaped financiers, actors, singers, athletes, activists, artists, comic book creators, novelists, illustrators, teachers...   The lessons... more...

  • The Decay of Lying: And Other Essaysby Oscar Wilde

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; Not Available

    In 'The Decay of Lying' Oscar Wilde uses his decadent ideology in an attempt to reverse and therefore reject his audiences' 'normal' conceptualizations of nature, art and morality. Wilde's views of life and art are illustrated through the use of Platonic dialogue where the character Vivian takes on the persona of Wilde. Wilde's goal is to subvert the... more...

  • Selected Essaysby Samuel Johnson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; Not Available

    This volume contains a generous selection from the essays Johnson published twice weekly as 'The Rambler' in the early 1750s. It was here that he first created the literary character and forged the distinctive prose style that established him as a public figure. Also included here is the best of Johnson's later journalism, including essays from the... more...

  • Small Wonderby Barbara Kingsolver

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 14.57

    In this collection of essays, the author of High Tide in Tucson brings to us (out of one of history's darker moments) an extended love song to the world we still have. From its opening parable gleaned from recent news about a lost child saved in an astonishing way, the book moves on to consider a world of surprising and hopeful prospects ranging from... more...

  • Frank Sinatra Has a Coldby Gay Talese

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    Gay Talese is the father of American New Journalism, who transformed traditional reportage with his vivid scene-setting, sharp observation and rich storytelling. His 1966 piece for Esquire , one of the most celebrated magazine articles ever published, describes a morose Frank Sinatra silently nursing a glass of bourbon, struck down with a cold and... more...

  • On Grief And Reasonby Joseph Brodsky

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    In this richly diverse collection of essays, Joseph Brodsky casts a reflective eye on his experiences of early life in Russia and exile in America. With dazzling erudition, he explores subjects as varied as the dynamic of poetry, the nature of history and the plight of the émigré writer. There is also the humorous tale of a disastrous trip to Brazil,... more...

  • Less Than Oneby Joseph Brodsky

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    Essayist and poet Joseph Brodsky was one of the most penetrating voices of the twentieth century. This prize-winning collection of his diverse essays includes uniquely powerful appreciations of great writers: on Dostoevsky and the development of Russian prose, on Auden and Akhmatova, Cavafy, Montale and Mandelstam. These are contrasted with his reflections... more...

  • Reliable Essays: The Best of Clive Jamesby Clive James

    Pan Macmillan 2009; US$ 9.94

    Introduced by Julian Barnes, Reliable Essays is the definitive choice of Clive James?s essays, selected from thirty years of spellbinding prose. more...