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  • 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...

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

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    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...

  • The Sackett Companionby Louis L'Amour

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 17.00

    Little did Louis L'Amour realize back in 1960 when he published The Daybreakers , a novel about two brothers who came west after the Civil War, that he had begun creating what would become perhaps North America's most widely followed literary family: the Sacketts. The stories of ten generations of Sackett men and women as they forged westward... more...

  • Empathy and the Novelby Suzanne Keen

    Oxford University Press, USA 2007; US$ 23.99

    Acknowledgements. Preface. 1. Contemporary Perspectives on Empathy. 2. The Literary Career of Empathy. 3. Readers' Empathy. 4. Empathy in the Marketplace. 5. Authors' Empathy. 6. Contesting Empathy. Appendix: A Collection of Hypotheses about Narrative Empathy. Work Cited. Index more...

  • The Book Lover's Cookbookby Shaunda Kennedy Wenger; Janet Jensen

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 18.00

    Wake up to a perfect breakfast with Mrs. Dalby?s Buttermilk Scones, courtesy of James Herriot?s All Things Bright and Beautiful and Ichabod?s Slapjacks, as featured in Washington Irving?s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow . There?s homey comfort food like Connie May's Tomato Pie, created with and inspired by Connie May Fowler (Remembering Blue) ; Thanksgiving... 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...

  • The Book That Changed My Lifeby Roxanne J. Coady; Joy Johannessen

    Penguin Group US 2007; US$ 13.00

    Now in paperback, a delightful collection of essays on the transformative power of reading In The Book That Changed My Life , our most admired writers, doctors, professors, religious leaders, politicians, chefs, and CEO s share the books that mean the most to them. For Doris Kearns Goodwin it was Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August , which inspired... more...