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  • The Room Lit by Rosesby Carole Maso

    Dzanc Books 2014; US$ 9.99

    From one of our most daring writers comes this intimate and seductive book: a working journal of pregnancy that was both a Lambda Literary Awards finalist and a Village Voice pick for Best Books of 2000. Maso chronicles with great tenderness and awe the months of her pregnancy, from its charmed conception through the auspicious arrival of Rose. more...

  • Table Talkby Wendy Lesser; Jennifer Zahrt; Mimi Chubb

    Counterpoint 2015; US$ 28.00

    Table Talk is a portable dinner party and a book to read alone while laughing out loud. Table Talk is a salon attended by your smartest friends and by all of the wittiest people they know. Table Talk is a collection of brief but critically acclaimed, half serious/half tongue-in-cheek pieces that borrow the format of The New Yorker?s “Talk of the... 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...

  • 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...

  • The Dark-Hunter Companionby Sherrilyn Kenyon; Alethea Kontis

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 22.99

    Consider this handbook your education. Hunter 101. And don't go thinking you got off easy just because there's not a pop quiz at the end. This is the good stuff. The real deal. In here you'll find out all there is to know about being a Dark-Hunter. Now for the disclaimer: This book is mutable. It goes with the wind. It changes more often than... 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...

  • Ex Librisby Anne Fadiman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 13.99

    Anne Fadiman is--by her own admission--the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate's 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read at least... more...

  • New Media in Black Women?s Autobiographyby Tracy Curtis

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 90.00

    Examining novelists, bloggers, and other creators of new media, this study focuses on autobiography by American black women since 1980, including Audre Lorde, Jill Nelson, and Janet Jackson. As Curtis argues, these women used embodiment as a strategy of drawing the audience into visceral identification with them and thus forestalling stereotypes. more...

  • Ten Windowsby Jane Hirshfield

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 24.95

    Preface   Good art is a truing of vision, in the way a saw is trued in the saw shop, to cut more cleanly. It is also a changing of vision. Entering a good poem, a person feels, tastes, hears, thinks, and sees in altered ways. Why ask art into a life at all, if not to be transformed and enlarged by its presence and mysterious means? Some hunger for... more...

  • Familiar Studies of Men and Booksby Robert Louis Stevenson

    Electric Book Company 1999; US$ 4.95

    The essays that were later published as Familiar Studies of Men and Books (1882) began to appear in the Cornhill Magazine in 1876. The essay was the form in which Stevenson first gave promise of his future distinction and these critical essays were very favourably received. more...