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- 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...
- Canongate Books 2013; US$ 12.46
What is it that separates Sherlock Holmes from his long-suffering friend and side-kick Dr John Watson? What makes Holmes such a superior detective, able to piece together clues and solve problems that seem elementary to Watson only in hindsight? And can we - most of us Watsons ourselves - ever harness a bit of Holmes's extraordinary powers of mind,... more...
- Pocket Books 2011; US$ 17.00
From the author of dozens of #1 New York Times bestsellers and the creator of many unforgettable movies comes a vivid, intelligent, and nostalgic journey through three decades of horror as experienced through the eyes of the most popular writer in the genre. In 1981, years before he sat down to tackle On Writing, Stephen King decided to address the... more...
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012; US$ 13.47
A provocative young scholar gives us the first book on the new science of storytelling: the latest thinking on why we tell stories, what stories reveal about human nature, what makes a story transporting, which plots and themes are universal, and what it means to have a storytelling brain?what are the implications for how we process information and... more...
- 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...
- 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 readers interest in them. A fascinating treasure trove of information! more...
- 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...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99
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...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 13.99
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...
- 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...