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  • Slight Exaggerationby Adam Zagajewski; Clare Cavanagh

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2017; US$ 18.20

    A new essay collection by the noted Polish poet For Adam Zagajewski?one of Poland?s great poets?the project of writing, whether it be poetry or prose, is an occasion to advance what David Wojahn has characterized as his ?restless and quizzical quest for self-knowledge.? Slight Exaggeration is an autobiographical portrait of the poet, arranged... more...

  • Freeman's: Homeby John Freeman

    Grove/Atlantic, Inc. 2017; US$ 16.00

    The third literary anthology in the series that has been called ambitious? ( O Magazine ) and strikingly international? ( Boston Globe ), Freeman?s: Home , continues to push boundaries in diversity and scope, with stunning new pieces from emerging writers and literary luminaries alike. As the refugee crisis continues to convulse whole swathes of... more...

  • Killingsby Calvin Trillin

    Random House Publishing Group 2017; US$ 15.15

    True stories of sudden death in the classic collection by a master of American journalism ?Reporters love murders,? Calvin Trillin writes in the introduction to Killings. ?In a pinch, what the lawyers call ?wrongful death? will do, particularly if it?s sudden.? Killings, first published in 1984 and expanded for this edition, shows Trillin to... more...

  • Somebody with a Little Hammerby Mary Gaitskill

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2017; US$ 25.95

    From one of the most singular presences in American fiction comes a searingly intelligent book of essays on matters literary, social, cultural, and personal. Whether she?s writing about date rape or political adultery or writers from John Updike to Gillian Flynn, Mary Gaitskill reads her subjects deftly and aphoristically and moves beyond them to locate... more...

  • The Best Minds of My Generationby Allen Ginsberg; Bill Morgan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2017; US$ 28.19

    A unique history of the Beats, in the words of the movement's most central member, Allen Ginsberg, based on a seminal series of his lectures In 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem 'Howl' and Jack Kerouac's On the Road , Allen Ginsberg decided it was time to teach a course on the literary history of the Beat Generation.... more...

  • Things That Helpedby Jessica Friedmann

    Scribe Publications Pty Ltd 2017; US$ 20.99

    Through the tide of hormones surging within my body, and the little runnels of blood, and the sour tang of my breasts, I lay awake, listening, and thinking of breath and of water. I had broken my relationship with sleep. In this stunning collection, Jessica Friedmann navigates her journey through postpartum depression after the birth of her son.... more...

  • South and West: From A Notebookby Joan Didion

    HarperCollins Publishers 2017; US$ 11.01

    From the best-selling author of the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking: two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks?writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer. more...

  • Cash and Curryby Chris Newens

    Random House 2017; US$ 0.00

    WINNER OF THE 2017 BODLEY HEAD & FINANCIAL TIMES ESSAY PRIZE In this quest across India during the recent cash crisis, Chris Newens follows in the footsteps of TV chef Rick Stein in search of divine truth and the perfect curry. Steeped in the smells and colours of south India, Cash and Curry is a brilliantly funny and intelligent journey of discovery... more...

  • Stranger in a Strange Landby Abhishek Mukherjee

    Random House 2017; US$ 0.00

    RUNNER-UP OF THE 2017 BODLEY HEAD & FINANCIAL TIMES ESSAY PRIZE In this sharp, witty essay, written from inside the Indian banking system, we witness the absurdities and mundanities of corruption and bureaucracy, set against a backdrop of modern urban India. In a personal battle with his moustachioed boss, Mukherjee illuminates a Kafkaesque system... more...

  • Checkmate or Top Trumpsby Daniel Rey

    Random House 2017; US$ 0.00

    RUNNER-UP OF THE 2017 BODLEY HEAD & FINANCIAL TIMES ESSAY PRIZE Cuba is on the brink of seismic change ? but in the age of post-Fidel, post-Obama and post-truth, the country?s future hangs in the balance as it finds itself facing a decisive endgame moment with the new US president. In this lucid reflection on Cuba?s decades-long stalemate with... more...