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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Nothing...Except My Geniusby Oscar Wilde

    Penguin Books Ltd 1997; Not Available

    'I have nothing to declare', Wilde once told an American customs official, 'except my genius'. A socialite, a wit, a man who flaunted convention and was unafraid to shock, Oscar Wilde was a great writer and a great man. This new collection of wit and wisdom demonstrates the brilliance of his vision, the audacity of his style. Such is the scope of the... 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...

  • 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...

  • Reliable Essays: The Best of Clive Jamesby Clive James

    Pan Macmillan 2009; US$ 9.76

    Including his most memorable pieces ? his ?Postcard from Rome?, his observations on Margaret Thatcher, his insights into Heaney, Larkin and Orwell ? this book also contains brilliantly funny examinations of characters like Barry Humphries, as well as showcasing James?s more thoughtful, analytical side. From Germaine Greer to Marilyn Monroe, from the... more...

  • The Revolt of the Pendulumby Clive James

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 9.76

    Illuminating, insightful, informed, inspired, intelligent. These are words that could ? and do ? apply equally to book or author; in fact, The Revolt of the Pendulum, Clive James?s latest essay collection, shows James at his most dazzling and versatile best yet. From the rules of grammar to the fundamentals of religion, from the culture of fandom to... 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...