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  • Into The Looking-Glass Woodby Alberto Manguel

    Knopf Canada 2011; US$ 24.95

    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$ 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...

  • 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

    John Murray 2012; US$ 10.18

    A survivor's guide to literary bluffing. 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...

  • Second Readingby Jonathan Yardley

    Europa 2011; US$ 9.99

    This collection of reviews and reevaluations by Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Jonathan Yardley considers lesser-known works from renowned authors and underappreciated talents, and offers fresh takes on old favorites. Yardley?s reviews of sixty titles include fiction by Gabriel Garcia Márquez, John Cheever, and Henry Fielding; the autobiography... 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...