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  • Buildingby Isaiah Berlin

    Random House 2013; US$ 28.19

    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...

  • Place Called Maineby Wesley McNair

    Down East Books 2008; US$ 24.99

    What is it like to live and write in Maine? Wesley McNair, Maine's premier anthologist, asked authors who are new to Maine as well as natives to answer this question. They wax lyrical on everything from encounters with neighbors and wildlife to embracing Maine's rich natural landscape, and they take a philosophical look at the state of being in Maine.... more...

  • Books, Movies, Rhythm, Bluesby Nick Hornby

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 2.80

    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...

  • Venetian Curiositiesby Donna Leon

    Random House 2013; US$ 21.14

    In a city as ancient as Venice, myths and legends passed down from generation to generation record more than just love or murder. They are the storehouse of a city's mores, emblems of its identity. In Venetian Curiosities, acclaimed novelist Donna Leon recounts some of Venice's most intriguing tales: an elephant brought in for Carnival wreaks havoc... more...

  • Marginal Notes, Doubtful Statementsby Jonathan Coe

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 7.04

    Marginal Notes, Doubtful Statements by Jonathan Coe - an extraordinary non-fiction collection from the author of EXPO 58 From celebrating the greatness of Gulliver's Travels to tracing the impact of Margaret Thatcher's death, from interviewing Brian Eno to finding Hitchcockian elements in a Disney film , Marginal Notes, Doubtful Statements... more...

  • The Sea Close Byby Albert Camus

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 2.80

    Part of the Penguin Classics campaign celebrating 100 years of Albert Camus, 'A Sea Close By' reveals the writer as a sensual witness of landscapes, the sea and sailing. It is a light, summery day-dream. Accompanying 'The Sea Close By' is the essay 'Summer in Algiers', a lovesong to his Mediterranean childhood. more...

  • Epoch and Artistby David Jones

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 20.41

    Written between the late 1930s and the late 1950s, Epoch and Artist represents those essays that David Jones wished to see preserved in his lifetime.Beginning with his most personal reflections upon Welsh culture, the selection turns next to Jones's thoughts on the position of art and the artist in the twentieth-century, concluding with writings... more...

  • Bambooby William Boyd

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 14.99

    Throughout his career as a novelist, William Boyd has never stopped writing non-fiction, providing a fascinating counterpoint to the world of his novels. Bamboo gathers together Boyd's writing on literature, art, the movie business, television, people he has met, places he has visited and autobiographical reflections on his African childhood and... more...

  • The Living Novelby V.S. Pritchett

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 5.99

    The critical essays of V.S. Pritchett are unparalleled for their wit, geniality, subtlety and profound good sense. His survey of writers ranges from Fielding and Smollett to Conrad, D.H. Lawrence, Nathanael West and William Golding... from Balzac to Dostoevsky and Gorky, with wonderful detours for minor figures. Pritchett's commentaries are short... more...

  • Lasting Impressionsby V.S. Pritchett

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 5.99

    The essays in Lasting Impressions have never before appeared in book form and together they make up, in the author's own words, a journey through different countries and different generations. The subjects range from Bruce Chatwin and Salmon Rushdie to Simon de Beauvoir and Bernard Shaw, from Lorca and Flaubert to John Updike and Walker Percy, from... more...