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  • When I Was A Child I Read Booksby Marilynne Robinson

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; Not Available

    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; US$ 21.51

    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...

  • Literary Occasionsby V. S. Naipaul

    Pan Macmillan 2012; US$ 9.47

    From a master of the English language comes this astonishing collection of essays about reading, writing, and identity. more...

  • New Selected Journals, 1939-1995by Stephen Spender; Lara Feigel; John Sutherland

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 29.17

    Private faces in public places Are wiser and nicer Than public faces in private places. W.H. Auden, dedication to Stephen Spender, 1932 Stephen Spender wrote almost a million words of journal entries between his September Journal in 1939 and his death in 1995. In choosing from these voluminous journals for the new edition, the editors have tried... more...

  • The Fun Stuffby James Wood

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012; US$ 17.99

    Following The Broken Estate , The Irresponsible Self , and How Fiction Works ?books that established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation? The Fun Stuff c onfirms Wood?s preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel. In twenty-three passionate, sparkling dispatches?that range over... more...

  • The Search Warrantby Patrick Modiano

    Random House 2012; US$ 14.14

    "Missing a young girl, Dora Bruder, 15, height 1.55m, oval-shaped face, grey-brown eyes, grey sports jacket, maroon pullover, navy blue skirt and hat, brown gym shoes. All information to M. and Mme Bruder, 41 Boulevard Ornano, Paris." The author chanced upon this notice in a December 1941 issue of Paris Soir . The girl has vanished from... more...

  • Another Turn of the Crankby Wendell Berry

    Counterpoint 2011; US$ 13.95

    Wendell Berry proposes, and earnestly hopes, that people will learn once more to care for their local communities, and so begin a restoration that might spread over our entire nation and beyond. The renewed development of local economies would help preserve rural diversity despite the burgeoning global economy that threatens to homogenize and compromise... more...

  • The Rituals of Dinnerby Margaret Visser

    HarperCollins Canada 2012; US$ 15.99

    The author of the beloved Much Depends on Dinner turns her acute eye and irresistable wit from the foods we eat to the way in which we eat them. The Rituals of Dinner explores our revealing, colourful, and complex world at the table, illuminating the spread with examples from formal dinners to picnics, from cannibalism to the Eucharist, and from... more...

  • 12th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Compilationby Writer's Digest Editors

    F+W Media 2012; US$ 10.00

    Writer?s Digest Short Short Story Competition This exclusive collection contains the top twenty-five winning entries of the 12th Annual Writer?s Digest Short Short Story competition, including the First-Place winner, ?The Callers? by Nicole Lesperance. more...

  • The Book of Marvelsby Lorna Crozier

    Greystone Books 2012; US$ 17.95

    In The Book of Marvels , award-winning poet Lorna Crozier offers a delightful series of prose meditations on household objects: everything from doorknobs, washing machines, rakes, and zippers to the kitchen sink. Operating as a kind of a literary detective, Crozier brings her rapt attention to the everyday things she explores, uncovering the mystery... more...