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  • The $60,000 Dogby Lauren Slater

    Beacon Press 2012; US$ 24.95

    A stunning new book about the role of animals in our lives, by a popular and acclaimed writer   From the time she is nine years old, biking to the farmland outside her suburban home, where she discovers a disquieting world of sleeping cows and a “Private Way” full of the wondrous and creepy creatures of the wild—spiders, deer, moles, chipmunks, and... more...

  • The '98 Readerby Padraic O' Farrell

    The Lilliput Press 1998; US$ 5.99

    Seventeen ninety-eight saw French and American revolutionary ideals converge with popular rebellion in Ireland. The rebellion ended in bloody failure, but 1798 was kept alive in folk memory by a nascent literature added to by succeeding generations of nationalists and cultural revivalists. This wide-ranging gathering of prose, poetry and song mirrors... more...

  • (Not that You Asked)by Steve Almond

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 17.00

    How does Steve Almond get himself into so much trouble? Could it be his incessant moralizing? His generally poor posture? The fact that he was raised by a pack of wolves? Frankly, we haven’t got a clue. What we do know is that Almond has a knack for converting his dustups into essays that are both funny and furious. In (Not that You Asked) , he squares... more...

  • 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Writeby Sarah Ruhl

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 10.50

    Sarah Ruhl is a mother of three and one of America's best-known playwrights. She has written a stunningly original book of essays whose concerns range from the most minimal and personal subjects to the most encompassing matters of art and culture. The titles themselves speak to the volume's uniqueness: "On lice," "On sleeping in the theater," "On... more...

  • 11. 'Der Bund'-Essay-Wettbewerb: Stell Dir vor, es ist Schule und alle gehen hin!by Alexander Sury

    Zytglogge Verlag 2017; US$ 30.99

    Hurra, hurra, die Schule ... macht Freude! - Vom Auslaufmodell zum Zukunftslabor - Von welcher Schule träumen wir? - Die besten Texte des diesjährigen 'Der Bund'-Essay-Wettbewerbs Ob Lernlabor, Gewächshaus, Lernzentrum für alle oder gar Glücksschule - die Schule der Zukunft kann viele Namen tragen. Welche Schule wollen wir künftig für unsere Kinder?... more...

  • 13 Ways of Looking at the Novelby Jane Smiley

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 17.95

    An essential guide for writers and readers alike, here is Smiley’s great celebration of the novel. As she embarks on an exhilarating tour through one hundred titles—from classics such as the thousand-year-old  Tale of Genji  to recent fiction by Zadie Smith and Alice Munro—she explores the power of the form, looking at its history and variety, its... more...

  • 150 Years of Solitudeby Laurence Blair

    Random House 2016; US$ 0.00

    Why does a landlocked nation need a navy? Over the centuries, Bolivia has lost territory to Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Paraguay, but its greatest loss was access to the ocean. It lost its only coastline to Chile 150 years ago, but the wound is still fresh. Without a single glorious military victory in their past to provide a cohesive, foundational... more...

  • 1914-Goodbye to All Thatby Lavinia Greenlaw; Ali Smith; Ales Steger; Jeanette Winterson; Elif Shafak; NoViolet Bulawayo; Colm Toibin; Xiaolu Guo; Erwin Mortier; Kamila Shamsie; Daniel Kehlmann

    Pushkin Press 2014; US$ 12.99

    ;A wide-ranging collection of reflective essays, to mark the centenary of the conflict that changed the world.In this collection of essays, ten leading writers from different countries consider the conflicts that have informed their own literary lives. 1914-Goodbye to All That borrows its title from Robert Graves's "bitter leave-taking of England"... more...

  • 2013by Richard Grossinger; Daniel Pinchbeck

    North Atlantic Books 2011; US$ 16.95

    For the Earth to move to the next vibration, says Richard Grossinger, consciousness must change in profound ways, and these involve core elements of humanity: evil, grief, bliss, and compassion. 2013 locates these elements in often unlikely places and seeks their nature and capacity for change. With playfulness and precision, 2013 tackles the questions... more...

  • 259 sauts, un immortelby Alicia Kozameh; Anne-Claire Huby

    Primento Digital Publishing 2016; US$ 7.99

    Un ensemble captivant de réflexions basées sur des résonances personnelles et collectives 259 sauts ou tentatives pour dire l'exil politique, sous ses multiples facettes, dans ses composantes multiples, dans les combinatoires possibles de l'ici, maintenant, là-bas, avant, du je et des autres, dans ses tiraillements, joies, peines, absences et disparitions.... more...