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  • How Star Wars Conquered the Universeby Chris Taylor

    Basic Books 2015; US$ 16.99

    In 1973, a young filmmaker named George Lucas scribbled some notes for a far-fetched space-fantasy epic. Some forty years and $37 billion later, Star Wars –related products outnumber human beings, a growing stormtrooper army spans the globe, and “Jediism? has become a religion in its own right. Lucas?s creation has grown into far more than a cinematic... more...

  • Initials in The Heartby Laurence Whistler

    Dean Street Press 2015; US$ 7.28

    Laurence Whistler???s story of his five-year marriage to Jill Furse before her sudden early death has achieved a classic quality. Despite the tragedy of its ending the lasting impression is of two lives lived to the full in supreme happiness. Jill Furse was remarkable for many gifts; beauty, acting, poetry and above all gaiety and courage. This edition... more...

  • Brit Witby Susie Jones

    Summersdale 2015; US$ 8.99

    "In politics, if you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman."  ?Margaret Thatcher "Instead of getting married again, I?m going to find a woman I don?t like and just give her a house."  ?Rod Stewart Ever been at a loss for words? Ever wished that the perfect wry remark or putdown would spring to mind? The great,... more...

  • Snow Queenby Hans Christian Andersen; Misha Hoekstra; Lucie Arnoux

    Pushkin Press 2015; US$ 7.28

    A fresh new translation of one of the world's best and most inspiring fairy tales When Kay is cursed by a magic mirror, he can no longer perceive goodness in anything - not his best friend Gerda, nor the roses in the garden. One wintry evening, he is kidnapped by the wicked Snow Queen and swept away to live for ever in her kingdom of ice. Friendless... more...

  • Studio Ghibliby Colin Odell; Michelle Le Blanc

    Oldcastle Books 2015; US$ 11.99

    The first English language book about Studio Ghibli, now updated to include The Wind Rises The animations of Japan?s Studio Ghibli are among the highest regarded in the movie industry. Their delightful films rank alongside the most popular non-English language films ever made, with each new eagerly-anticipated release a guaranteed box-office smash.... more...

  • Improper Namesby Marco Deseriis

    University of Minnesota Press 2015; Not Available

    Improper Names offers a genealogy and theory of the ?improper name,? which author Marco Deseriis defines as the adoption of the same pseudonym by organized collectives, affinity groups, and individual authors. Although such names are often invented to pursue a specific social or political agenda, they are soon appropriated for different and sometimes... more...

  • The Ruined Elegance: Poemsby Fiona Sze-Lorrain

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 14.95

    In her new collection, Fiona Sze-Lorrain offers a nuanced yet dynamic vision of humanity marked by perils, surprises, and the transcendence of a ?ruined elegance.? Through an intercultural journey that traces lives, encounters, exiles, and memories from France, America, and Asia, the poet explores a rich array of historical and literary allusions... more...

  • Syllabus of Errors: Poemsby Troy Jollimore

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 16.95

    . . . we are fixed to perpetrate the species?     I meant perpetuate? as if our duty? were coupled with our terror. As if beauty     itself were but a syllabus of errors. Troy Jollimore?s first collection of poems won the National Book Critics Circle Award, was hailed by the New York Times as ?a snappy, entertaining book,? and led... more...

  • The Maciste Films of Italian Silent Cinemaby Jacqueline Reich

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    Italian film star Bartolomeo Pagano's "Maciste" played a key role in his nation?s narratives of identity during World War I and after. Jacqueline Reich traces the racial, class, and national transformations undergone by this Italian strongman from African slave in Cabiria (1914), his first film, to bourgeois gentleman, to Alpine soldier of the Great... more...

  • Nein. A Eric Jarosinski

    The Text Publishing Company 2015; US$ 19.99

    Nein. A Manifesto.  is an irreverent philosophical investigation into the everyday that sounds the call to rediscover its strangeness. Inspired by the philosophical aphorisms of Nietzsche, Karl Kraus, Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno, Jarosinski's epigrammatic style reinvents short-form philosophy for a world doomed to distraction. As tenets... more...