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  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revisedby Thomas C. Foster

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 11.99

    A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster's classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts—that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable. While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are... more...

  • The Complete Stephen King Universeby Stanley Wiater; Christopher Golden; Hank Wagner

    St. Martin's Press 2006; US$ 6.79

    The myriad worlds and universes King has created are, in reality, one world, one universe. Here is the guide to that universe. The Complete Stephen King Universe is the only definitive reference work that examines all of Stephen King's novels, short stories, motion pictures, miniseries, and teleplays, and deciphers the threads that exist... more...

  • Reading Lolita in Tehranby Azar Nafisi

    Random House Publishing Group 2003; US$ 15.15

    We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They... more...

  • The Solitary Viceby Mikita Brottman

    Counterpoint 2008; US$ 14.99

    Mikita Brottman wonders, just why is reading so great? It’s a solitary practice, one that takes away from time that could be spent developing important social networking skills. Reading’s not required for health, happiness, or a loving family. And, if reading is so important, why are catchy slogans like "Reading Changes Lives" and "Champions Read"... more...

  • Modern English Books of Powerby George Hamlin Fitch

    ReadHowYouWant 2007; US$ 4.99

    This edifying book analyzes the most memorable classics of English Literature in a befitting and gracious manner. Fitch studies and discusses several celebrated authors and their brilliant masterpieces in a manner that is guaranteed to arouse any reader’s interest in them. A fascinating treasure trove of information! more...

  • Into The Looking-Glass Woodby Alberto Manguel

    Knopf Canada 2011; US$ 20.95

    By the award-winning author of A History of Reading "For me, words on a page give the world coherence--Words tell us what we, as a society, believe the world to be--I believe there is an ethic of reading--a commitment that is both political and private in the act of turning the pages. And I believe that sometimes, beyond the author's intentions and... more...

  • In Praise of Reading and Fictionby Mario Vargas Llosa; Edith Grossman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 11.20

    On December 7, 2010, Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His Nobel lLecture is a resounding tribute to fiction's power to inspire readers to greater ambition, to dissent, and to political action. "We would be worse than we are without the good books we have read, more conformist, not as restless, more submissive, and the... more...

  • Ex Librisby Anne Fadiman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 11.05

    Anne Fadiman is--by her own admission--the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate's 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read at least... more...

  • Who's Afraid of Jane Austen? How to Really Talk About Books You Haven't Readby Henry Hitchings

    Hodder & Stoughton 2012; US$ 6.99

    Ever wondered how some people seem to have an opinion on every book ever published? Nowadays, there are so many books: how can anyone be well read anymore? Well, help is at hand. Let Henry Hitchings educate you in the invaluable skill of literary bluffing in this survivor's guide to talking about books you haven't read. With tips on how to bluff... more...

  • How to Read a Novelistby John Freeman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 10.50

    The novel is alive and well, thank you very much For the last fifteen years, whenever a novel was published, John Freeman was there to greet it. As a critic for more than two hundred newspapers worldwide, the onetime president of the National Book Critics Circle, and the former editor of Granta , he has reviewed thousands of books and interviewed... more...