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  • In Praise of Reading and Fictionby Mario Vargas Llosa; Edith Grossman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 11.20

    On December 7, 2010, Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His Nobel lLecture is a resounding tribute to fiction's power to inspire readers to greater ambition, to dissent, and to political action. "We would be worse than we are without the good books we have read, more conformist, not as restless, more submissive, and the... more...

  • Ex Librisby Anne Fadiman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 11.05

    Anne Fadiman is--by her own admission--the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate's 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read at least... more...

  • Who's Afraid of Jane Austen? How to Really Talk About Books You Haven't Readby Henry Hitchings

    Hodder & Stoughton 2012; US$ 6.99

    Ever wondered how some people seem to have an opinion on every book ever published? Nowadays, there are so many books: how can anyone be well read anymore? Well, help is at hand. Let Henry Hitchings educate you in the invaluable skill of literary bluffing in this survivor's guide to talking about books you haven't read. With tips on how to bluff... more...

  • How to Read a Novelistby John Freeman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 10.50

    The novel is alive and well, thank you very much For the last fifteen years, whenever a novel was published, John Freeman was there to greet it. As a critic for more than two hundred newspapers worldwide, the onetime president of the National Book Critics Circle, and the former editor of Granta , he has reviewed thousands of books and interviewed... more...

  • A Love of Reading, The Second Collectionby Robert Adams

    McClelland & Stewart 2013; US$ 30.99

    Fourteen brilliant new reviews from the author of A Love of Reading . Passionate, thought provoking, and witty. A Love of Reading, the Second Collection contains 14 new reviews of modern classics from a discriminating, highly entertaining, and prodigiously well-read guide. In a stimulating selection, ranging from Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace... more...

  • What to Read (and Not)by Tom LeClair

    Dzanc Books 2014; US$ 9.99

    These essays and reviews are mostly about literary fiction published in the last ten years and are written from the perspective of a fan of the McElroy/Coover/DeLillo axis or, more recently, the Powers/Vollmann/Wallace axis. The review-essays include pieces on all of the National Book Award fiction finalists of the last five years. Reviews selected... more...

  • Table Talkby Wendy Lesser; Jennifer Zahrt; Mimi Chubb

    Counterpoint 2015; US$ 27.99

    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...

  • LARB Digital Edition: Memoirby Dinah Lenney

    Los Angeles Review of Books 2014; US$ 2.99

    The LARB Digital Edition Memoir epub is a selection of feature articles from the Los Angeles Review of Books's memoir and creative nonfiction section, personally curated by Creative Nonfiction editor Dinah Lenney. more...

  • LARB Digital Edition: Comicsby Anne Elizabeth Moore

    Los Angeles Review of Books 2014; US$ 2.99

    The LARB Digital Edition Comics epub is a selection of feature articles from the Los Angeles Review of Books's Comics section, personally curated by Comics editor Anne Elizabeth Moore. more...

  • LARB Digital Edition: World War Iby Robert Zaretsky

    Los Angeles Review of Books 2015; US$ 2.99

    The LARB Digital Edition epub is a selection of feature articles from the Los Angeles Review of Books's History section, personally curated by history editor Robert Zaretsky. more...