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  • A Dangerous Professionby Frederick Busch

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 8.99

    Frederick Busch has an enduring love affair with great books, and here he brilliantly communicates his passion to us all. Whether expounding on Melville or Dickens, or celebrating Hemingway or O'Hara, he explains what literature can ineffably reveal about our own lives. For Busch, there was no other recourse save the "dangerous profession;" it was... more...

  • Ex Librisby Anne Fadiman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 13.99

    Anne Fadiman is the editor of The American Scholar . Her first book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down , was published by FSG in 1997. She lives in New York City. more...

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

    Hodder & Stoughton 2012; Not Available

    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...

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

    Hodder & Stoughton 2012; US$ 8.64

    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...

  • One for the Booksby Joe Queenan

    Penguin Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.00

    ~New York Daily News (Best books of 2012)   "A celebration of literature, reading and the call of books from a stylish humorist who has a soft spot for Georges Simenon and a hard time with trendiness and 'astonishing' reviews." ~ Kansas City Star (Top 100 books of 2012)   "A passionate, at times hilarious, account of a life spent reading and... more...

  • Marsden on Marsdenby John Marsden

    Pan Macmillan Australia 2000; US$ 10.90

    "I found Ellie's voice quite unexpectedly, as I drove back from the tip one Saturday afternoon. I was in an old Landrover, just 500 metres from home, and suddenly I could hear Ellie talking... " In his fiction John Marsden explores the lives of the guilty, the inarticulate, the crazy, the brave and the resourceful. Read about his ideas and his experiences... more...

  • Beneath the American Renaissanceby David S. Reynolds

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 17.99

    The award-winning Beneath the American Renaissance is a classic work on American literature. It immeasurably broadens our knowledge of our most important literary period, as first identified by F.O. Matthiessen's American Renaissance. With its combination of sharp critical insight, engaging observation, and narrative drive, it represents the kind... more...

  • How to Read a Novelistby John Freeman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 15.99

    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...

  • A Love of Reading, The Second Collectionby Robert Adams

    McClelland & Stewart 2013; US$ 30.99

    Fourteen brilliant new reviews from the author of A Love of Reading . Passionate, thought provoking, and witty. A Love of Reading, the Second Collection contains 14 new reviews of modern classics from a discriminating, highly entertaining, and prodigiously well-read guide. In a stimulating selection, ranging from Margaret Atwood?s Alias Grace... more...

  • How to Read Literature Like a Professorby Thomas C. Foster

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey?. Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface?a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character?and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary... more...