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  • The Western Lit Survival Kitby Sandra Newman

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    There they sit, the great tomes of classical literature, taunting you with their length and difficulty, as you ask: which books are the most important and why - and what's actually any good? Why does most writing about the classics have words like 'seminal' or 'oeuvre' in it? What does postmodernism mean? Can I get away with just reading the introduction?... more...

  • History of the Book in Americaby Hugh Amory; David D. Hall

    The University of North Carolina Press 2007; US$ 42.00

    Volume 1, The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World carries the interrelated stories of publishing, writing, and reading from the beginning of the colonial period in America up to 1790. Three major themes run through the volume: the persisting connections between the book trade in the Old World and the New, evidenced in modes of intellectual and cultural... more...

  • Reading the Romanceby Janice A. Radway

    The University of North Carolina Press 1991; US$ 25.99

    Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature more...

  • Odd Jobsby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2012; US$ 25.00

    To complement his work as a fiction writer, John Updike accepted any number of odd jobs?book reviews and introductions, speeches and tributes, a ?few paragraphs? on baseball or beauty or Borges?and saw each as ?an opportunity to learn something, or to extract from within some unsuspected wisdom.? In this, his largest collection of assorted prose, he... more...

  • From Cover to Coverby Kathleen T. Horning

    HarperCollins 2010; Not Available

    The revised edition of From Cover to Cover offers a fresh, up-to-date look at some of the best examples of children's literature today and also includes practical advice on how to write clearly articulated, reasoned opinions so that others can learn about books they have not yet read. A brief, updated introduction explains how children's books... more...

  • Tolstoy and the Purple Chairby Nina Sankovitch

    HarperCollins 2011; Not Available

    ?NinaSankovitch has crafted a dazzling memoir that remindsus of the most primal function of literature-to heal, to nurture and to connectus to our truest selves." ?Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between Us Catalyzedby the loss of her sister, a mother of four spends one year savoring a greatbook every day, from Thomas Pynchon to Nora Ephron... more...

  • How Not to Readby Dan Wilbur

    Penguin Group US 2012; US$ 12.99

    The Last Stupid Book You?ll Ever Need to Read Don?t want to slog through lengthy old books like A Tale of Two Cities or The Giving Tree ? Sick of being judged by your avid-reader ?friends? who talk about books you?ve never heard of? Want to sound smarter without the strain of actually bettering yourself? Never fear. In How Not to Read, you?ll... more...

  • Through the Windowby Julian Barnes

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.95

    From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending and one of Britain?s greatest writers: a brilliant collection of essays on the books and authors that have meant the most to him throughout his illustrious career.   In these seventeen essays (plus a short story and a special preface, ?A Life with Books?), Julian Barnes examines the... more...

  • Dive Deeperby George Cotkin

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 17.99

    Herman Melville's epic tale of obsession has all the ingredients of a first rate drama--fascinating characters in solitude and society, battles between good and evil, a thrilling chase to the death--and yet its allusions, digressions, and sheer scope can prove daunting to even the most intrepid reader. George Cotkin's Dive Deeper provides both... more...

  • Through the Windowby Julian Barnes

    Random House of Canada 2012; US$ 19.95

    From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending and one of Britain's greatest writers: a brilliant collection of essays on the books and authors that have meant the most to him throughout his illustrious career.   In these seventeen essays (plus a short story), Julian Barnes examines the British, French and American writers who... more...