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

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 11.99

    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...

  • Mozart and Leadbellyby Ernest J. Gaines

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.95

    In this collection of stories and essays, the beloved author of the classic, best-selling novel A Lesson Before Dying shares the inspirations behind his books and his reasons for becoming a writer. Told in the simple and powerful prose that is a hallmark of his craft, these writings by Ernest J. Gaines faithfully evoke the sorrows and joys of rustic... more...

  • Joy of Readingby Charles Van Doren

    Sourcebooks, Inc. 2008; US$ 24.95

    Like a professor whose enthusiasm enwraps his students, Van Doren explains what's wonderful in the books you've missed and awakens your desire to reopen the books you already know. more...

  • Why We Read What We Readby John Heath; Lisa Adams

    Sourcebooks, Inc. 2007; US$ 14.99

    What do weight loss, evil emperors and tales of redemption have in common? more...

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

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 1.99

    Of all the literary forms, the novel is arguably the most discussed . . . and fretted over. From Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote to the works of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and today's masters, the novel has grown with and adapted to changing societies and technologies, mixing tradition and innovation in every age throughout... more...

  • Shoot the Widowby Meryle Secrest

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 25.95

    The first rule of biography, wrote Justin Kaplan: ?Shoot the widow.? In her new book, Meryle Secrest, acclaimed biographer (?Knowing, sympathetic and entertainingly droll?? The New York Times ), writes about her comic triumphs and misadventures as a biographer in search of her nine celebrated subjects, about how the hunt for a ?life? is like working... more...

  • Through the Magic Doorby Arthur Conan Doyle

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 4.99

    Through the Magic Door (1907) is an essay by Arthur Conan Doyle: his subject is the charisma and charm of books. Doyle invites readers to enjoy the greatest minds of all times through what they have left behind and argues that, when we read, the selfishness and hopelessness of the world can be left behind. This EasyRead Comfort Edition has been optimized... more...

  • The Sparrowhawk Companionby Edward Cline

    MP Publishing 2007; US$ 6.99

    A comprehensive guidebook for readers of the landmark 'Sparrowhawk' series, 'The Sparrowhawk Companion' includes critical essays, detailed character profiles, and an extensive glossary and bibliography. Praise for the Sparrowhawk series: ?Enthralling... Filled with period detail and characters readers will care about... Comparing favorably to the swashbuckling... more...

  • Bestsellersby Clive Bloom

    Palgrave Macmillan 2008; US$ 32.00

    This essential guide, now available in a fully updated new edition, is the only available study of all bestselling books, authors and genres since the start of the last century, giving an unique insight into a hundred years of publishing and reading and taking us on a journey into the heart of the British imagination. more...

  • The Devil Gets His Dueby Leslie Fiedler; Samuele F. S. Pardini

    Counterpoint 2008; US$ 25.99

    For more than 50 years, Leslie Fiedler played a pivotal role in the development of American literary culture. Despite his often unacknowledged influence, the academy, intellectuals, and the general audience in America and abroad still read his work and draw on its concepts. The essays in The Devil Gets His Due reacquaint readers with the depth and... more...