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  • The Western Lit Survival Kitby Sandra Newman

    Penguin Group US 2012; US$ 14.99

    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 Group US 2012; US$ 14.99

    John Leonard was a lion of American letters. A passionate, erudite, and wide-ranging critic, he helped shape the landscape of modern literature. Reading for My Life is a monumental collection of Leonard's most significant writings?spanning five decades?from his earliest columns for the Harvard Crimson to his final essays for the New York Review... 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$ 95.00

    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; Not Available

    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...

  • Reading Communities from Salons to Cyberspaceby DeNel Rehberg Sedo

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 95.00

    Reading is both a social process and a social formation, as this book illustrates across centuries and cultural contexts. Highlighting links evident in reading communities from literary salons to online environments, each essay reflects the rich repertoire of research methods available to reading scholars. more...

  • 120 Banned Booksby Nicholas J Karolides

    Infobase Publishing 2011; US$ 19.95

    Throughout history, nations, peoples, and governments have censored writers and their works on political, religious, sexual, and social grounds. Although the literary merit of the majority of these books has been proven time and time again, censorship efforts are still in place today. From Animal Farm to The Grapes of Wrath, The Koran to The Talmud,... more...

  • The Unofficial Heroes of Olympus Companionby Natalie Buczynsky; Jonathan Shelnutt; Richard Marcus

    Ulysses Press 2011; US$ 12.95

    DELVE INTO THE WORLD OF THE OLYMPIANS In the ancient world, the gods and their heroic half-blood children were legendary. Now in the modern world, they regain their glory in the pages of Rick Riordan?s captivating novels. Providing everything you?ll need to become a Hero of Olympus, the book looks back at the stories of Percy Jackson while exploring... more...

  • Sense and Nonsensibilityby Lawrence Douglas; Alexander George

    Touchstone 2007; Not Available

    Two widely published humor columnists and "bad boys" of academia take their wit and wisdom to dazzling new lows in this irreverent send-up of highbrow literary culture. At last, the thinking person's take on the life of the mind in today's increasingly mindless age. Sense and Nonsensibility pokes fun at everyone from spoof-proof scholars to... more...

  • The Point, Issue 1by Jon Baskin; Jonny Thakkar; Etay Zwick

    Agate Publishing 2011; US$ 12.00

    The first issue of a Chicago-based, twice-yearly journal of essays on contemporary life and culture, which has been highly praised by writers and commentators from around the world. more...