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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Western Lit Survival Kitby Sandra Newman

    Penguin Publishing Group 2012; US$ 18.00

    A side-splitting tour that makes it a blast to read the Western literary canon, from the ancient Greeks to the Modernists. To many, the Great Books evoke angst: the complicated Renaissance dramas we bluffed our way through in college, the dusty Everyman's Library editions that look classy on the shelf but make us feel guilty because they've... more...

  • Reading for My Lifeby John Leonard; E. L. Doctorow

    Penguin Publishing Group 2012; US$ 18.00

    Right up until his death in 2008, John Leonard was a lion in American letters. A passionate, erudite, and wide-ranging critic, he helped shape the landscape of modern literature. He reviewed the most celebrated writers of his age?from Kurt Vonnegut and Joan Didion to Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon. He championed Morrison?s work so ardently that she... more...

  • Secrets of The Wee Free Men and Discworldby Linda Washington; Carrie Pyykkonen

    St. Martin's Press 2008; US$ 18.99

    A fascinating guide to the international bestselling Discworld series and the award-winning The Wee Free Men ?soon to be a major motion picture Before J. K. Rowling became the best-selling author in Britain, Terry Pratchett wore that hat. With over 45 million books sold, Pratchett is an international phenomenon. His brainchild is the Discworld... more...

  • The History of Reading, Volume 1by Dr Shafquat Towheed; W.R. Owens

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 100.00

    Bringing together research from a variety of countries and periods, this volume introduces readers to the diverse approaches used to recover the evidence of reading through history in different societies, and asks whether reading practices are always conditioned by specific local circumstances or whether broader patterns might emerge. more...

  • READ THIS NEXTby Sandra Newman

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 15.98

    In 2009 it was How NOT to Write a Novel ('A hilarious, wickedly observed and deeply useful guide' Observer ). In 2010 it's READ THIS NEXT - Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark have written the perfect book for anyone who has ever struggled to choose what to read next. But this is far more than a guide for book groups. Covering 600 books... more...