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  • Why I Readby Wendy Lesser

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 25.99

    ?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...

  • The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Readingby Phyllis Rose

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 26.99

    Phyllis Rose embarks on a grand literary experiment?to read her way through a random shelf of library books, LEQ?LES Can you have an Extreme Adventure in a library? Phyllis Rose casts herself into the wilds of an Upper East Side lending library in an effort to do just that. Hoping to explore the ?real ground of literature,? she reads her way through... more...

  • Karl Marx and World Literatureby S.S. Prawer

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 29.95

    “Very few men,” said Bakunin, “have read as much, and, it may be added, have read as intelligently, as M. Marx.” S. S. Prawer’s highly influential work explores how the world of imaginative literature?poems, novels, plays?infused and shaped Marx’s writings, from his unpublished correspondence, to his pamphlets and... more...

  • Race, Ethnicity and Publishing in Americaby Cecile Cottenet

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 85.00

    Race, Ethnicity and Publishing in America considers American minority literatures from the perspective of print culture. Putting in dialogue European and American scholars and spanning the slavery era through the early 21st century, they draw on approaches from library history, literary history and textual studies. more...

  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revisedby Thomas C. Foster

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    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...

  • Read This Nextby Howard Mittelmark; Sandra Newman

    HarperCollins 2010; Not Available

    Are you tired of bland, overly earnest reading guides that discuss the same old books? Read This Next by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittlemark is the answer. A smart, irreverent, honest, and truly hilarious guide to your 500 new favorite books, Read This Next is aimed at those readers and book groups that are looking for great reading suggestions... more...

  • Politics by Other Meansby

    John Hunt Publishing 2014; US$ 9.99

    A collection of the site's very best reviews on art, culture & theory. more...

  • The Outlandish Companionby Diana Gabaldon

    Doubleday Canada 2010; US$ 39.95

    New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captured the hearts of millions with her critically acclaimed novels, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn. From the moment Claire Randall accidentally steps through a magical stone that transports her back in time more than 200 years to 1743, and into the arms of Scottish... more...

  • Marsden on Marsdenby John Marsden

    Pan Macmillan Australia 2000; US$ 12.72

    "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...

  • 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...