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  • How to Be Aloneby Jonathan Franzen

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 17.99

    Passionate, strong-minded nonfiction from the National Book Award-winning author of The Correction s Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections was the best-loved and most-written-about novel of 2001. Nearly every in-depth review of it discussed what became known as "The Harper's Essay," Franzen's controversial 1996 investigation of the fate of the... more...

  • The Language of Passionby Mario Vargas Llosa; Natasha Wimmer

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99

    Internationally acclaimed novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has contributed a biweekly column to Spain?s major newspaper, El País, since 1977. In this collection of columns from the 1990s, Vargas Llosa weighs in on the burning questions of the last decade, including the travails of Latin American democracy, the role of religion in civic life, and the future... more...

  • Colour Me Englishby Caryl Phillips

    Random House 2011; US$ 23.07

    What do we mean by 'English'? How does that image square with reality? How does our island look from abroad, and what aspects of our experience do we share with, for example, America - a nation built by outsiders and the huddled masses? Taking as its starting point a moving recollection of growing up in Leeds during the 1970s, Colour... more...

  • Talk Storiesby Jamaica Kincaid; Ian Frazier

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2002; US$ 23.99

    From " The Talk of the Town, " Jamaica Kincaid's first impressions of snobbish, mobbish New York Talk Pieces is a collection of Jamaica Kincaid's original writing for the New Yorker 's "Talk of the Town," composed during the time when she first came to the United States from Antigua, from 1978 to 1983. Kincaid found a unique voice, at once... more...

  • A Wodehouse Miscellanyby P. G. Wodehouse

    The Floating Press 1916; US$ 3.99

    Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, popularly known by his pen name, P.G. Wodehouse, is one of the most beloved writers of English prose. He is known for his uncanny ability to find and expose the hilarity of even the most quotidian settings and situations. This comprehensive collection of his shorter fiction and non-fiction works is a great introduction... more...

  • All Things Consideredby G. K. Chesterton

    The Floating Press 1908; US$ 3.99

    Whether you're a reader who is new to G.K Chesterton's work or a longtime fan searching out more of his material, this collection of short stories and essays is sure to fit the bill. The pieces brought together in this volume display the full range of Chesterton's wide-ranging intellect and the keen precision of his razor-sharp prose. more...

  • The Atlantic Oceanby Andrew O'Hagan

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 14.57

    A stunning collection of reportage from the acclaimed journalist and novelist. more...

  • Believe in Peopleby ?árka Tobrmanová-Kühnová; Karel Capek

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 18.94

    A hugely engaging collection of pieces by Karel Capek, one of the great European writers of the last century. more...

  • Cleopatra's Noseby Judith Thurman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008; US$ 17.99

    Cleopatra's Nose is an exuberant gathering of essays and profiles representing twenty years of Judith Thurman's celebrated writing, particularly her fascination with human vanity, femininity, and "women's work"--from haute couture to literature to commanding empires. The subjects are iconic (Jackie, the Brontës, Toni Morrison, Anne Frank) and multifarious... more...

  • 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...