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  • Kurt Vonnegutby Kurt Vonnegut; Dan Wakefield

    Random House Publishing Group 2012; US$ 20.00

    NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Newsweek /The Daily Beast ? The Huffington Post ? Kansas City Star ? Time Out New York ? Kirkus Reviews This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut?s fiction. Written over a sixty-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before... more...

  • The Wisdom of John Muirby Anne Rowthorn; Bill McKibben

    Wilderness Press 2012; US$ 13.99

    The Wisdom of John Muir marries the best aspects of a Muir anthology with the best aspects of a Muir biography. The fact that it is neither, and yet it is both, distinguishes this book from the many extant books on John Muir. Building on her lifelong passion for the work and philosophy of John Muir, author Anne Rowthorn has created this entirely... more...

  • I Await the Devil's Comingby Mary Maclane; Jessa Crispin

    Melville House 2013; US$ 16.00

    Mary MacLane?s  I Await the Devil?s Coming  is a shocking, brave and intellectually challenging diary of a 19-year-old girl living in Butte, Montana in 1902. Written in potent, raw prose that propelled the author to celebrity upon publication, the book has become almost completely forgotten. In the early 20th century, MacLane?s name was synonymous... more...

  • Rub Out the Wordsby William S Burroughs

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 18.32

    This major collection of William Burroughs' letters gives an unprecedented insight into one of America's most incisive and influential writers, at a time when his work was at its most experimental and his life entered a new era of creativity. William Burroughs' life was often as extreme as his prose. This second volume of his letters documents the... more...

  • Enlightening: Letters 1946 - 1960by Isaiah Berlin

    Random House 2012; US$ 26.78

    'People are my landscape', Isaiah Berlin liked to say, and nowhere is the truth of this observation more evident than in his letters. He is a fascinated watcher of human beings in all their variety, and revels in describing them to his many correspondents. His letters combine ironic social comedy and a passionate concern for individual freedom. His... more...

  • Marblesby James Guida

    Turtle Point Press 2009; US$ 14.99

    This young author revives an old form, the aphorism, in ways sardonic, topical, and thought-provoking. more...

  • Neglected Geniusby John Jolliffe

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 20.41

    The journal of Benjamin Haydon was, Max Beerbohm reported to Siegfried Sassoon, the best diary Beerbohm had ever read. Harold Acton declared Haydon 'a more exciting figure than Ruskin.' H.H. Asquith compared him favourably with Rousseau, while Aldous Huxley declared that 'Never was anyone more clearly cut out to be an author.' Today Haydon's portraits... more...

  • The Yage Lettersby Allen Ginsberg; William S Burroughs; Oliver Harris

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 21.14

    William Burroughs closed his classic debut novel, Junky , by saying he had determined to search out a drug he called 'Yage' which he believed transmitted telepathic powers, a drug that could be 'the final fix'. In The Yage Letters - a mix of travel writing, satire, psychedelia and epistolary novel - he journeys through South America, writing to... more...

  • Proud Highwayby Hunter S. Thompson; William J. Kennedy; Douglas Brinkley

    Random House Publishing Group 2012; US$ 20.00

    Here, for the first time, is the private and most intimate correspondence of one of America's most influential and incisive journalists--Hunter S. Thompson. In letters to a Who's Who of luminaries from Norman Mailer to Charles Kuralt, Tom Wolfe to Lyndon Johnson, William Styron to Joan Baez--not to mention his mother, the NRA, and a chain of newspaper... more...

  • Kurt Vonnegut: Lettersby Kurt Vonnegut

    Random House 2012; US$ 16.91

    This collection of Vonnegut?s letters is the autobiography he never wrote ? from the letter he posted home upon being freed from a German POW camp, to notes of advice to his children: ?Don?t let anybody tell you that smoking and boozing are bad for you. Here I am fifty-five years old, and I never felt better in my life?. Peppered with insights, one-liners... more...