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  • 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 Know-It-Allby A J Jacobs

    Random House 2012; US$ 13.27

    On leaving school or university, you feel pretty pleased with yourself. You've learnt a lot, your'e well-read and you know a whole bunch of obscure facts guaranteed at some point to appear in the questions on Mastermind or University Challenge. Then you get a job, and ten years later youre more eloquent and eager to argue about Britney and Big Brother... 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...

  • The Point, Issue 5by Jon Baskin; Jonny Thakkar; Etay Zwick

    Agate Publishing 2012; US$ 12.00

    The latest 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...