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

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014; 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...

  • Books that Changed the Worldby Andrew Taylor

    Quercus Publishing 2014; US$ 8.99

    A tribute to the enduring power of the printed word. 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...

  • Teaching Storiesby Robert Coles

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    In this remarkable anthology, some of the world?s greatest writers provide a master class on the transformative power of learning and literature. Culled from a course developed by Pulitzer Prize?winning author Robert Coles for the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Teaching Stories is an invaluable collection in which novelists, essayists, and... 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...

  • Recovering Your Storyby Arnold Weinstein

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 26.95

    ?Great art discovers for us who we are,? writes eminent literature professor and critic Arnold Weinstein in this magisterial new book about how we can better uncover and understand our own stories by reading five major modern writers. Professor Weinstein, author of the highly acclaimed A Scream Goes Through the House, has spent a lifetime guiding students... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...