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  • What to Read (and Not)by Tom LeClair

    Dzanc Books 2014; US$ 9.99

    These essays and reviews are mostly about literary fiction published in the last ten years and are written from the perspective of a fan of the McElroy/Coover/DeLillo axis or, more recently, the Powers/Vollmann/Wallace axis. The review-essays include pieces on all of the National Book Award fiction finalists of the last five years. Reviews selected... more...

  • Six Memos for the Next Millenniumby Italo Calvino; Patrick Creagh

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015; US$ 13.95

    A collection of five lectures Italo Calvino was preparing to deliver at the time of his death, setting forth the qualities in writing he most valued, and which he believed would define literature in the century to come. Together, these "memos" form a stirring defense of literature and an indispensable guide to Calvino's own work. more...

  • Invisible Formsby Kevin Jackson

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    Dedications, Titles, Epigraphs, Footnotes, Prefaces, Afterwords, Indexes... These and other "invisible" literary necessities form the skeletons of many a book, yet these unacknowledged and unexamined forms abound in wisdom, curiosities, or eccentricities. With both erudition and wit, and drawing on examples from every part of literature's history,... 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...

  • 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...

  • The Evolution of the Bookby Frederick G. Kilgour

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 54.99

    This study is a concise history of the book in all its forms, starting from the very beginning with the invention of writing and concluding at the present time with the electronic revolution and what it may hold for the future. more...

  • Leave Me Alone, I'm Readingby Maureen Corrigan

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.95

    ?It?s not that I don?t like people,? writes Maureen Corrigan in her introduction to Leave Me Alone, I?m Reading . ?It?s just that there always comes a moment when I?m in the company of others?even my nearest and dearest?when I?d rather be reading a book.? In this delightful memoir, Corrigan reveals which books and authors have shaped her own life?from... 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...

  • 100 One-Night Readsby David C. Major; John S. Major

    Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 12.95

    Readers everywhere know that nothing soothes the spirit like sinking into a really good book. If you're one of that happy band, you'll quickly recognize the authors of this inspired reading guide as kindred spirits. Here David and John Major have chosen one hundred books that can each be delightfully consumed in one quiet evening. Covering categories... more...

  • Creationistsby E.L. Doctorow

    Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 14.95

    E. L. Doctorow is acclaimed internationally for such novels as Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, and The March . Now here are Doctorow?s rich, revelatory essays on the nature of imaginative thought. In Creationists , Doctorow considers creativity in its many forms: from the literary (Melville and Mark Twain) to the comic (Harpo Marx) to the cosmic (Genesis... more...