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  • Roth Unboundby Claudia Roth Pierpont

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 16.99

    A critical evaluation of Philip Roth?the first of its kind?that takes on the man, the myth, and the work Philip Roth is one of the most renowned writers of our time. From his debut, Goodbye, Columbus , which won the National Book Award in 1960, and the explosion of Portnoy's Complaint in 1969 to his haunting reimagining of Anne Frank's story... more...

  • The Novel Cureby Ella Berthoud; Susan Elderkin

    Canongate Books 2013; US$ 12.49

    'Witty, engaging and informative. The sort of book you choose for a friend and end up wanting to keep' RACHEL JOYCE'Ideal for anyone who has ever wondered what on earth to read next' S J WATSON'Brilliant . . . a perfect gift' VogueThis is a medical handbook, with a difference. Whether you have a stubbed toe or a severe case of the blues, within... more...

  • Why I Readby Wendy Lesser

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 15.99

    "Wendy Lesser's extraordinary alertness, intelligence, and curiosity have made her one of America's most significant cultural critics," writes Stephen Greenblatt. In Why I Read , Lesser draws on a lifetime of pleasure reading and decades of editing one of the most distinguished literary magazines in the country, The Threepenny Review , to describe... more...

  • Jorge el curioso va a la biblioteca/Curious George Visits the Library (Read-aloud)by H. A. Rey

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2013; US$ 3.99

    George is lucky to arrive at the library just in time for story hour. But it?s not easy for a little monkey to sit still too long. From selecting books to getting his very own library card, George?s day at the library makes reading fun. more...

  • John Updike: A Critical Biographyby Bob Batchelor

    ABC-CLIO 2013; US$ 48.00

    Widely considered "America's Man of Letters," John Updike is a prolific novelist and critic with an unprecedented range of work across more than 50 years. No author has ever written from the variety of vantages or spanned topics like Updike did. Despite being widely recognized as one of the nation's literary greats, scholars have largely ignored Updike's... more...

  • The Plausible Worldby Bertrand Westphal

    Palgrave Macmillan 2013; US$ 90.00

    In The Plausible World , the intersections of literature and cartography enable readers to understand that place is anything but purely geographic: a plausible world is created as a strategy to fill the void. Innovative in his approach, Westphal challenges the view that perceptions and representations of space are stable or straightforward. more...

  • The Unexpected Professorby John Carey

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 13.12

    Best known for his provocative take on cultural issues in The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?, John Carey describes in this warm and funny memoir the events that formed him - an escape from the London blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford and an academic career that... more...

  • Revaluing British Boys' Story Papers, 1918-1939by Helen A Fairlie

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    This book explores the phenomenon of the story paper, the meanings and values children took from their reading, and the responses of adults to their reading choices. It argues for the revaluing of the story paper in the inter-war years, giving the genre a pivotal role in the development of children's literature. more...

  • Makers and Users of Medieval Booksby Carol M. Meale; Derek Pearsall

    Boydell & Brewer 2014; US$ 99.00

    Essays exploring different aspects of late medieval and early modern manuscript and book culture. more...

  • Internationalism in Children's Seriesby Karen Sands-O'Connor; Marietta Frank

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    Internationalism in Children's Series brings together international children's literature scholars who interpret 'internationalism' through various cultural, historical and theoretical lenses. From imperialism to transnationalism, from Tom Swift to Harry Potter , this book addresses the unique ability of series to introduce children to the world.... more...