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  • Book Banning in 21st-Century Americaby Emily J. M. Knox

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 69.99

    Book Banning in 21st Century America , based on thirteen contemporary book challenge cases in schools and public libraries across the United States argues that understanding contemporary reading practices, especially interpretive strategies, is vital to understanding why people attempt to censor books in schools and public libraries. more...

  • Table Talkby Wendy Lesser; Jennifer Zahrt; Mimi Chubb

    Counterpoint 2015;

    Table Talk is a portable dinner party and a book to read alone while laughing out loud. Table Talk is a salon attended by your smartest friends and by all of the wittiest people they know. Table Talk is a collection of brief but critically acclaimed, half serious/half tongue-in-cheek pieces that borrow the format of The New Yorker?s “Talk of the... more...

  • I Think You're Totally Wrongby David Shields; Caleb Powell

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 25.95

    An impassioned, funny, probing, fiercely inconclusive, nearly-to-the-death debate about life and art?beers included. Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he?s a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to... more...

  • Invisible Formsby Kevin Jackson

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    Dedications, Titles, Epigraphs, Footnotes, Prefaces, Afterwords, Indexes... These and other "invisible" literary necessities form the skeletons of many a book, yet these unacknowledged and unexamined forms abound in wisdom, curiosities, or eccentricities. With both erudition and wit, and drawing on examples from every part of literature's history,... more...

  • Huck Finn's Americaby Andrew Levy

    Simon & Schuster 2014; Not Available

    A provocative, exuberant, and deeply researched investigation into Mark Twain?s writing of Huckleberry Finn , which turns on its head everything we thought we knew about America?s favorite icon of childhood. In Huck Finn?s America , award-winning biographer Andrew Levy shows how modern readers have been misunderstanding Huckleberry Finn for decades.... more...

  • Huck Finn's Americaby Andrew Levy

    Simon & Schuster 2014; US$ 25.00

    A provocative, exuberant, and deeply researched investigation into Mark Twain?s writing of Huckleberry Finn , which turns on its head everything we thought we knew about America?s favorite icon of childhood. In Huck Finn?s America , award-winning biographer Andrew Levy shows how modern readers have been misunderstanding Huckleberry Finn for decades.... more...

  • Huck Finn's Americaby Andrew Levy

    Simon & Schuster 2014; Not Available

    A provocative, exuberant, and deeply researched investigation into Mark Twain?s writing of Huckleberry Finn , which turns on its head everything we thought we knew about America?s favorite icon of childhood. In Huck Finn?s America , award-winning biographer Andrew Levy shows how modern readers have been misunderstanding Huckleberry Finn for decades.... more...

  • The Mother of All Booklistsby William Patrick Martin

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 37.99

    The Mother of All Booklists: The 500 Most Recommended Nonfiction Reads for Ages 3 to 103 is written for parents, grandparents, and teachers unfamiliar with the bewildering array of award and recommended reading lists. This book offers, not the opinion of one book critic, but the aggregate opinion of an army of critics. more...

  • Reading Across Worldsby James Procter; Bethan Benwell

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    Combining sustained empirical analysis of reading group conversations with four case studies of classic and contemporary novels: Things Fall Apart , White Teeth , Brick Lane and Small Island , this book pursues what can be gained through a comparative approach to reading and readerships. more...

  • Reading and Mapping Hardy's Roadsby Scott Rode

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    This book examines Thomas Hardy's representations of the road and the ways the archaeological and historical record of roads inform his work. Through an analysis of the uneven and often competing road signs found within three of his major novels - The Return of the Native, Tess of the D'Urbervilles , and Jude the Obscure - and by mapping the road... more...