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  • The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmesby Marvin Kaye

    St. Martin's Press 1997; US$ 8.99

    This long-awaited volume finally brings to light several cases of the world's most famous consulting detective that were originally suppressed to avoid scandal and embarrassment to the Crown, public figures, or to Holmes himself. Now, the truth is finally revealed regarding Holmes's exploits involving the Titanic , his rematch with Irene Adler,... more...

  • Book by Bookby Michael Dirda

    Henry Holt and Co. 2007; US$ 17.99

    A Pulitzer Prize?winning critic?s often surprising meditation on those places where life and books intersect and what might be learned from both Once out of school, most of us read for pleasure.Yet there is another equally important, though often overlooked, reason that we read: to learn how to live. Though books have always been understood as... more...

  • The Twilight Companion: Completely Updatedby Lois H. Gresh

    St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 18.99

    Everyone?s in love with vampires, and if the vampire?s name happens to be Edward Cullen, then readers of the wildly popular Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer can?t help but be crazy about him. For all those who adore Bella Swan, Edward, and the rest of the Cullen family and can?t get enough, this companion guide is a must.             The Twilight... more...

  • The Reading Promiseby Alice Ozma; Jim Brozina

    Grand Central Publishing 2011; US$ 9.99

    When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundreth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called "The Streak." Alice's father read... more...

  • The Complete Stephen King Universeby Stanley Wiater; Christopher Golden; Hank Wagner

    St. Martin's Press 2006; US$ 25.99

    The myriad worlds and universes King has created are, in reality, one world, one universe. Here is the guide to that universe.       The Complete Stephen King Universe is the only definitive reference work that examines all of Stephen King?s novels, short stories, motion pictures, miniseries, and teleplays, and deciphers the threads that exist... more...

  • Twenty-five Books That Shaped Americaby Thomas C. Foster

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 12.99

    Thomas C. Foster, acclaimed author of the phenomenal bestseller How to Read Literature Like a Professor , returns with a hugely entertaining appreciation of twenty-five works of literature that have greatly influenced the American identity. In a delightfully informative, often wry manner, Twenty-Five Books that Shaped America looks closely at important... more...

  • Tolstoy and the Purple Chairby Nina Sankovitch

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 12.99

    ?NinaSankovitch has crafted a dazzling memoir that remindsus of the most primal function of literature-to heal, to nurture and to connectus to our truest selves." ?Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between Us Catalyzedby the loss of her sister, a mother of four spends one year savoring a greatbook every day, from Thomas Pynchon to Nora Ephron... more...

  • The Culture of the Publisher's Series, Volume 2by Professor John Spiers

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 90.00

    This volume explores problems concerning the series, national development and the national canon in a range of countries and their international book-trade relationships. Studies focus on issues such as the fabrication of a national canon, and on the book in war-time, the evolution of Catholic literature, imperial traditions and colonial libraries. more...

  • The Naive and the Sentimental Novelistby Orhan Pamuk

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 14.95

    From the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, an inspired, thoughtful, and deeply personal book about reading and writing novels.   In this fascinating set of essays, based on the talks he delivered at Harvard University as part of the distinguished Norton Lecture series, Pamuk presents a comprehensive and provocative theory of the novel and the experience... more...

  • Uneasy Relationsby Jane Rupert

    Marquette University Press 2010; US$ 20.00

    Since antiquity, perceptive thinkers in western culture have maintained that literature has its own rationality, a rationality as valid in its own domain as the reasoning of theoretical and empirical science. The dismissal of literature’s rationality in our own scientific era has wreaked havoc in the philosophy of education, sowed discord in religion,... more...