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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...

  • 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...

  • Reliable Essays: The Best of Clive Jamesby Clive James

    Pan Macmillan 2009; US$ 9.42

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

  • The Revolt of the Pendulumby Clive James

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 9.42

    The further thoughts of Clive James. more...

  • Freedom of the Poetby John Berryman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1976; US$ 8.99

    Less than a year before his death in 1972, John Berryman signed a contract with his publisher for a book of prose, The Freedom of the Poet , for which he had made a selection from his published and unpublished writings.  In his draft of a prefatory note, he acknowledged the influence of Eliot, Blackmur, Pound, and Empson on his critical thought,... more...

  • When I Was A Child I Read Booksby Marilynne Robinson

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; US$ 19.96

    Of Marilynne Robinson, Michael Arditti said that there is 'no contemporary novelist whose work I would rather read'. However she is not only a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, but also a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist. In this luminous new collection she returns to the themes which have preoccupied her bestselling novels: the place literature... more...

  • The Groaning Shelfby Pradeep Sebastian

    Hachette India 2012; Not Available

    Notes from a bibliophile on the lure of rare and first editions, the beauty of dust jackets, the thrill of browsing in antiquarian bookshops, the bibliomania of book thieves, movies about books, and the inner life of a reader. The Groaning Shelf is not so much a book about books as a book about books about books. These little essays capture the drama... more...