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  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Modern Libraryby Carmen Colm; Callil Toibin

    Constable & Robinson 2011; US$ 13.11

    For Colm Toibin and Carmen Callil there is no difference between literary and commercial writing -- there is only the good novel: engrossing, inspirational, compelling. In their selection of the best 200 novels written since 1950, the editors make a case for the best and the best-loved works and argue why each should be considered a modern classic.... more...

  • Ian Rankin & Inspector Rebusby Craig Cabell

    John Blake Publishing 2011; US$ 5.82

    The whole story of Ian Rankin, the best-selling author, and Inspector Rebus, his most famous creation. Detective John Rebus first appeared in Ian Rankin's 1987 best-seller Knots and Crosses and has since gone on to appear in 17 books and numerous short stories. For over 20 years these critically-acclaimed novels have sold in their millions, thrilled... more...

  • The Hunger Games Companionby Lois H. Gresh

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 13.99

    The ultimate companion guide to the blockbuster Hunger Games trilogy For all those who adore Katniss and Peeta, and can't get enough, this companion guide to the wildly popular Hunger Games series is a must-read and a terrific gift. Go deeper into the post-apocalyptic world created by Suzanne Collins than you ever thought possible?an alternative... more...

  • Rereadingsby Anne Fadiman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006; US$ 14.99

    Is a book the same book-or a reader the same reader-the second time around? The seventeen authors in this witty and poignant collection of essays all agree on the answer: Never. The editor of Rereadings is Anne Fadiman, and readers of her bestselling book Ex Libris (FSG, 1998) will find this volume especially satisfying. Her chosen authors include... more...

  • Brave New Wordsby Jeff Prucher

    Oxford University Press, USA 2007; US$ 16.99

    The first historical dictionary devoted to science fiction, Brave New Words:The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction shows exactly how science-fictional words and their associated concepts have developed over time, with full citations and bibliographic information. It's a window on a whole genre of literature through the words invented and passed... more...