• 97,196 Words: Essays
    97,196 Words: Essays
    ISBN: 9781911214465
    Title: 97,196 Words: Essays
    Author: CARRERE EMMANUEL

    From the bestselling author of The Adversary and 'France's greatest writer of nonfiction' (New York Times), the first collection of Carr re's essays in English.

    Over the course of his career, Emmanuel Carr re has reinvented non-fiction writing. In a search for truth in all its guises, he dispenses with the rules of genre. For him, no form is out of reach- theology, historiography, reportage and memoir - among many others - are fused under the pressure of an inimitable combination of passion, curiosity and intellect that has made Carr re one of our most distinctive and important literary voices today.

    97,196 Wordsintroduces Carr re's shorter work to an English-language audience. Featuring more than thirty extraordinary texts written over an illustrious twenty-five-year period of Carr re's creative life, the book shows a remarkable mind at work. Spanning continents, histories, and personal relationships, 97,196 Wordsconsiders the divides between truth, reality and our shared humanity, exploring remarkable events and eccentric lives, including Carr re's own.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $38.00
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  • Against Everything: On Dishonest Times
    Against Everything: On Dishonest Times
    ISBN: 9781784785932
    Title: Against Everything: On Dishonest Times
    Author: GREIF MARK

    Against Everything is a thought-provoking study and essential guide to the vicissitudes of everyday life under twenty-first-century capitalism.

    Mark Greif is one of the most exciting writers of his generation. In this invigorating collection, he challenges us to rethink the ordinary world and take life seriously – in short, to stay honest in dishonest times. In a series of coruscating set pieces he asks why we put ourselves through the pains of exercise, what our concerns about diet or sex does for our fundamental worth, what political identity the hipster might possess, and what happens to us when we listen to Radiohead or hip-hop.

    Counter-intuitive and revelatory in his insights, Greif revels in the contradictions arising between our desires and the excuses we make to console ourselves. His work demands we have the courage to be 'against everything', to change our vantage on everyday life, find it wanting and demand something better.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
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  • Against Interpretation & Other Essays
    Against Interpretation & Other Essays
    ISBN: 9780141190068
    Title: Against Interpretation & Other Essays
    Author: SONTAG SUSAN

    'A dazzling intellectual performance' VogueAgainst Interpretation was Susan Sontag's first collection of essays and made her name as one of the most incisive thinkers of our time. Sontag was among the first critics to write about the intersection between 'high' and 'low' art forms, and to give them equal value as valid topics, shown here in her epoch-making pieces 'Notes on Camp' and 'Against Interpretation'. Here too are impassioned discussions of Sartre, Camus, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, L#65533;vi-Strauss, science-fiction movies, psychoanalysis and contemporary religious thought. Originally published in 1966, this collection has never gone out of print and has been a major influence on generations of readers, and the field of cultural criticism, ever since. 'Sontag offers enough food for thought to satisfy the most intellectual of appetites' The Times

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
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  • Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere
    Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere
    ISBN: 9781250013989
    Title: Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere
    Author: ACIMAN ANDRE


    A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011


    Celebrated as one of the most poignant stylists of his generation, Andr#65533; Aciman has written a luminous series of linked essays about time, place, identity, and art that show him at his very finest. From beautiful and moving pieces about the memory evoked by the scent of lavender; to meditations on cities like Barcelona, Rome, Paris, and New York; to his sheer ability to unearth life secrets from an ordinary street corner, Alibis reminds the reader that Aciman is a master of the personal essay.



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  • Art Matters
    Art Matters
    ISBN: 9781472260086
    Title: Art Matters
    Author: GAIMAN NEIL & RIDDELL CHRIS (ILLUSTRATOR)


    A creative call to arms from the mind of Neil Gaiman, combining his extraordinary words with deft and striking illustrations by Chris Riddell. Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art.


    Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose art. It matters.


    Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision. Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters explores how reading, imagining and creating can change the world, and will be inspirational to young and old.



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  • Bad Boy of Athens: Musings on Culture from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    Bad Boy of Athens: Musings on Culture from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    ISBN: 9780007545155
    Title: Bad Boy of Athens: Musings on Culture from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    Author: MENDELSOHN DANIEL

    Over the past three decades, Daniel Mendelsohn's essays and reviews have earned him a reputation as 'our most irresistible literary critic' (The New York Times). This striking new collection exemplifies the way in which Mendelsohn - a classicist by training who writes extensively for popular publications - uses the classics as a lens to think about urgent contemporary debates. There is much to surprise here. Mendelsohn invokes the automatons featured in Homer's epics to help explain the AI films Ex Machina and Her, and perceives how Ted Hughes sought redemption by translating a play of Euripides (the 'bad boy of Athens') about a wayward husband whose wife returns from the dead. There are essays on Sappho's sexuality and the feminism of Game of Thrones; on how Virgil's Aeneid prefigures post-World War II history and why we are still obsessed by the Titanic; on Patrick Leigh Fermor's final journey, Karl Ove Knausgaard's autofiction, and the plays of Tom Stoppard, Tennessee Williams, and Noël Coward. The collection ends with a poignant account of the author's boyhood correspondence with the historical novelist Mary Renault, which inspired his ambition to become a writer. In The Bad Boy of Athens, Mendelsohn provokes and dazzles with erudition, emotion, and tart wit while his essays dance across eras, cultures, and genres. This is a provocative collection which sees today's master of popular criticism using the ancient past to reach into the very heart of modern culture.

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    Price: $53.00
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  • Becoming George Orwell: Life & Letters, Legend & Legacy
    Becoming George Orwell: Life & Letters, Legend & Legacy
    ISBN: 9780691182742
    Title: Becoming George Orwell: Life & Letters, Legend & Legacy
    Author: RODDEN JOHN

    Is George Orwell the most influential writer who ever lived? Yes, according to Rodden's provocative book about the transformation of a man into a myth. He charts the astonishing passage of a litterateur into a legend.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
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  • Best American Essays 2018
    Best American Essays 2018
    ISBN: 9780544817340
    Title: Best American Essays 2018
    Author: ALS HILTON & ATWAN ROBERT (EDS)

    The Pulitzer-Prize winning and Guggenheim-honored Hilton Als curates the best essays from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites, bringing "the fierce style of street reading and the formal tradition of critical inquiry, reads culture, race, and gender" (New York Times) to the task.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
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  • Best American Essays 2019
    Best American Essays 2019
    ISBN: 9781328465801
    Title: Best American Essays 2019
    Author: SOLNIT REBECCA & ATWAN ROBERT (EDS)

    A collection of the year's best essays selected by Robert Atwan and guest editor Rebecca Solnit.

    Award-winning writer, cultural critic, and activist, Rebecca Solnit, an "unparalleled high priestess of nuance and intelligent contemplation" (Maria Popova), selects the best essays of the year from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
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  • Best American Magazine Writing 2018
    Best American Magazine Writing 2018
    ISBN: 9780231189996
    Title: Best American Magazine Writing 2018
    Author: HOLT SID

    In a time of reckoning with wrongdoing in high places, this year's National Magazine Awards finalists and winners focus on abuse of power in all its forms. Ronan Farrow's Pulitzer Prize-winning revelation of Harvey Weinstein's depredations (New Yorker), along with Rebecca Traister's charged commentary for New York and Laurie Penny's incisive Longreads columns, speak to the urgency of the #MeToo moment. Ginger Thompson's reporting on the botched operation that triggered a cartel massacre in Mexico (National Geographic/ProPublica) and Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal's New York Times Magazine investigation of civilian casualties of drone strikes in Iraq amplify the voices of those harmed by U.S. actions abroad. Alex Tizon's "My Family's Slave" (Atlantic) is a powerful attempt to come to terms with the destruction in plain sight in his own upbringing.

    Responding to the overt racism of the Trump era, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah analyzes Dylann Roof, the South Carolina shooter, and white supremacist terrorism in a Pulitzer-winning profile (GQ), and Ta-Nehisi Coates's "My President Was Black" (Atlantic) looks back at the meaning of Obama. Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham's ESPN reporting exposes the seamy sides of the NFL. In addition, David Wallace-Wells offers a portrait of our climate change-ravaged future (New York); Nina Martin investigates America's shameful record on maternal mortality (NPR/ProPublica); Ian Frazier asks "What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?" (Smithsonian); and Alex Mar considers "Love in the Time of Robots" (Wired with Epic Magazine). The collection concludes with Kristen Roupenian's viral short story "Cat Person" (New Yorker).

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  • Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019
    Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019
    ISBN: 9780358093169
    Title: Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019
    Author: LEPUCKI EDAN & 826 NATIONAL (EDS)

    An eclectic collection of fiction, essays, poetry, and graphic work selected by high school students with the help of New York Times best-selling author Edan Lepucki.

    Over the past year, fifteen Bay Area high school students have gathered each week in the basement of an independent publishing house to pore over online and print literary journals, magazines, books, plays, and graphic novels. They read things they couldn't shake and engaged in deep conversations about how good writing brings people together, no matter what else is happening around the world. With the help of New York Times best-selling author Edan Lepucki they have compiled The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019.

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    Price: $36.00
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  • Best of A. A. Gill
    Best of A. A. Gill
    ISBN: 9781474607759
    Title: Best of A. A. Gill
    Author: GILL A A

    For over twenty years, people turned to A. A. Gill's columns every Sunday - for his fearlessness, his perception, and the laughter-and-tear-provoking one-liners - but mostly because he was the best. 'By miles the most brilliant journalist of our age', as Lynn Barber put it. This is the definitive collection of a voice that was silenced too early but that can still make us look at the world in new and surprising ways.


    In the words of Andrew Marr, A.. A. Gill was 'a golden writer'. There was nothing that he couldn't illuminate with his dazzling prose. Wherever he was - at home or abroad - he found the human story, brought it to vivid life, and rendered it with fierce honesty and bracing compassion. And he was just as truthful about himself. There have been various collections of A. A. Gill's journalism - individual compilations of his restaurant and TV criticism, of his travel writing and his extraordinary feature articles. This book showcasesthe very best of his work: the peerlessly funny criticism, the extraordinarily knowledgeable food writing, assignments throughout the world, and reflections on life, love, and death. Drawn from a range of publications, including the Sunday Times, Vanity Fair, Tatler and Australian Gourmet Traveller, The Ivy Cookbook and his books on England and America, it is by turns hilarious, uplifting, controversial, unflinching, sad, funny and furious.



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  • Blakwork
    Blakwork
    ISBN: 9781925360851
    Title: Blakwork
    Author: WHITTAKER ALISON


    A stunning mix of memoir, reportage, fiction, satire, and critique composed by a powerful new voice in poetry. Alison Whittaker's BLAKWORK is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge; an incomprehensible loss, and the poet's fearless examination of the present.


    Whittaker is unsparing in the interrogation of familiar ideas - identifying and dissolving them with idiosyncratic imagery, layering them to form new connections, and reinterpreting what we know.


    'Alison Whittaker's second book,& Blakwork& is a bold mix of poetry, micro-fiction, memoir and critique, and a follow-up to her award-wining debut poetry collection,& Lemons in the Chicken Wire...Whittaker has drawn on the strength of past generations to become a strong& blak& woman in contemporary Australia, and readers are gifted her insights into growing up& blak.& With a unique style of writing, she bravely unpacks themes such as colonisation and Aboriginal rights in Australia.'& --& Karen& Wyld, Books+Publishing




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    Price: $30.00
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  • Books V Cigarettes #57
    Books V Cigarettes #57
    ISBN: 9780141036618
    Title: Books V Cigarettes #57
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE

    Beginning with a dilemma about whether he spends more money on reading or smoking, George Orwell's entertaining and uncompromising essays go on to explore everything from the perils of second-hand bookshops to the dubious profession of being a critic, from freedom of the press to what patriotism really means. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $13.00
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  • Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant: Modern Life As Interpreted by Someone Who Is Reasonably Bad at Living It
    Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant: Modern Life As Interpreted by Someone Who Is Reasonably Bad at Living It
    ISBN: 9780008265427
    Title: Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant: Modern Life As Interpreted by Someone Who Is Reasonably Bad at Living It
    Author: GOLBY JOEL


    'This is a funny and beautiful book. What a little bastard.' RUSSELL BRAND


    'A millennial's answer to David Sedaris. No writer is funnier than Joel Golby.' DOLLY ALDERTON


    A collection of full-throated appreciations, withering assessments, and hard-won lessons by the popular journalist.


    There are a few things you need to know about Joel Golby. Both his parents are dead. His dad was an alcoholic. He himself has a complicated relationship with alcohol. He once went to karaoke three times in five days. He will always beat you at Monopoly, and he will always cheat.


    Joel makes a name for himself as a journalist who brings us distinguished articles such as 'A Man Shits On A Plane So Hard It Has To Turn Around And Come Back Again', but that says more about us than him. In his first book, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant Joel writes about important stuff (death, alcohol, loss, friendship) and unimportant stuff (Saudi Arabian Camel Pageants, a watertight ranking of the Rocky films, Monopoly), always with the soft punch of a lesson tucked within.


    Golby's sharp, evocative prose thrives on reality and honesty that is gut-wrenchingly close to the bone, and laced with a copious dose of dark humour. Who is this book for? It is for everyone, but mainly people who are as lost and confused as Joel and just want to have a good laugh about it.

    stuff (death, alcohol, loss, friendship) and unimportant stuff (Saudi Arabian Camel Pageants, a watertight ranking of the Rocky films, Monopoly), always with the soft punch of a lesson tucked within.
    Golby's sharp, evocative prose thrives on reality and honesty that is gut-wrenchingly close to the bone, and laced with a copious dose of dark humour. Who is this book for? It is for everyone, but mainly people who are as lost and confused as Joel and just want to have a good laugh about it.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (& Essays)
    Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (& Essays)
    ISBN: 9781783784974
    Title: Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (& Essays)
    Author: SOLNIT REBECCA

    Beginning with the election of Donald Trump ('The Loneliest Man in the World') and expanding back and forth into American history, surveillance, violence against the individual, the denormalizing of misogyny and the rehumanizing of public space. The ultimate focus of the book is climate and feminist activism, bringing Solnit's trademark deep analysis to bear on a range of contemporary crises. And again, and spectacularly, she shows us how to hope.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Celestial Planisphere Early Cartography Midi Lined
    Celestial Planisphere Early Cartography Midi Lined
    ISBN: 9781439752968
    Title: Celestial Planisphere Early Cartography Midi Lined
    Author: PAPERBLANKS

    Evocative of an age when the heavens were alive with more than satellites, this cover design is a romantic’s delight. Frederik de Wit’s spectacular map of the heavens was published in the late 17th century and depicts the hemispheres with representations of the constellations and signs of the Zodiac.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
    Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
    ISBN: 9780141019468
    Title: Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
    Author: SMITH ZADIE

    How did George Eliot’s love life affect her prose? Why did Kafka write at three in the morning? In what ways is Barack Obama like Eliza Doolittle? Can you be over-dressed for the Oscars? What is Italian Feminism? If Roland Barthes killed the Author, can Nabokov revive him? What does ‘soulful’ mean? Is Date Movie the worst film ever made?A collection of essays that brims over with personality and warmth, Changing My Mind is journalism at its most expansive, intelligent and funny – a gift to readers and writers both. Within its covers an essay is more than a column of opinions: it’s a space in which to think freely.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
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  • China in Ten Words
    China in Ten Words
    ISBN: 9780715645512
    Title: China in Ten Words
    Author: HUA YU

    From one of China's most acclaimed writers, his first work of non-fiction to appear in English: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the past several decades, told through personal stories and astute analysis that sharply illuminate the country's meteoric economic rise and social transformation. Framed by ten words or phrases common in the Chinese vernacular, China in Ten Words reveals as never before the world's most populous yet most often misunderstood nation. With Yu Hua's wit, insight and courage, this is a refreshingly candid vision of the 'Chinese miracle' and all its consequences, from the singularly invaluable perspective of a leading writer living in China today. Two of the author's novels were named in the Top Ten most influential books of the decade by Wen Hui Bao, Shanghai's biggest newspaper.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures & Innovations
    Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures & Innovations
    ISBN: 9781781250495
    Title: Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures & Innovations
    Author: BEARD MARY

    Mary Beard is one of the world's best-known classicists - a brilliant academic, with a rare gift for communicating with a wide audience both though her TV presenting and her books.In a series of sparkling essays, she explores our rich classical heritage - from Greek drama to Roman jokes, introducing some larger-than-life characters of classical history, such as Alexander the Great, Nero and Boudicca. She invites you into the places where Greeks and Romans lived and died, from the palace at Knossos to Cleopatra's Alexandria - and reveals the often hidden world of slaves. She takes a fresh look at both scholarly controversies and popular interpretations of the ancient world, from The Golden Bough to Asterix. The fruit of over thirty years in the world of classical scholarship, Confronting the Classics captures the world of antiquity and its modern significance with wit, verve and scholarly expertise.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
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  • Consider the Lobster & Other Essays
    Consider the Lobster & Other Essays
    ISBN: 9780349119526
    Title: Consider the Lobster & Other Essays
    Author: WALLACE DAVID FOSTER

    Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult-video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of a vicious presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World's Largest Lobster Cooker, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Counterfutures #6: Left Thought & Practice Aotearoa
    Counterfutures #6: Left Thought & Practice Aotearoa
    ISBN: 9781811261400
    Title: Counterfutures #6: Left Thought & Practice Aotearoa
    Author: TAYLOR DYLAN ED


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    Price: $25.00
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  • Counterfutures #6: Left Thought & Practice Aotearoa
    Counterfutures #6: Left Thought & Practice Aotearoa
    ISBN: 9781811261408
    Title: Counterfutures #6: Left Thought & Practice Aotearoa
    Author: TAYLOR DYLAN ED


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  • Coventry
    Coventry
    ISBN: 9780571350445
    Title: Coventry
    Author: CUSK RACHEL

    After the publication of Outline, Transit and Kudos - in which Rachel Cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction - this writer of uncommon brilliance returns with a series of essays that offers new insights on the themes at the heart of her life's work. Encompassing memoir and cultural and literary criticism, with pieces on gender, politics and writers such as D. H. Lawrence, Olivia Manning and Natalia Ginzburg, this collection is essential reading for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite, both startling and rewarding to behold. The result is a cumulative sense of how the frank, deeply intelligent sensibility - so evident in her stories and novels - reverberates in the wider context of Cusk's literary process. Coventry grants its readers a rare opportunity to see a mind at work that will influence literature for time to come.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History & the Arts
    Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History & the Arts
    ISBN: 9780393333541
    Title: Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History & the Arts
    Author: JAMES CLIVE

    Echoing Edward Said's belief that "Western humanism is not enough, we need a universal humanism," the renowned critic Clive James presents here his life's work. Containing over one hundred original essays, organized by quotations from A to Z, Cultural Amnesia illuminates, rescues, or occasionally destroys the careers of many of the greatest thinkers, humanists, musicians, artists, and philosophers of the twentieth century. In discussing, among others, Louis Armstrong, Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, James writes, "If the humanism that makes civilization civilized is to be preserved into the new century, it will need advocates. These advocates will need a memory, and part of that memory will need to be of an age in which they were not yet alive." Soaring to Montaigne-like heights, Cultural Amnesia is precisely the book to burnish these memories of a Western civilization that James fears is nearly lost.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
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  • Dear Mr Murray
    Dear Mr Murray
    ISBN: 9781473662698
    Title: Dear Mr Murray
    Author: MCCLAY DAVID


    The publishing house of John Murray was founded in Fleet Street in 1768 and remained a family firm over seven generations. Published to coincide with this 'remarkable achievement' and in the anniversary year, Dear Mr Murray is a collection of some of the best letters from the hundreds of thousands held in the John Murray Archive. They reveal not only the story of some of the most interesting and influential books in history but also the remarkable friendships - as well as occasional animosities - between author and publisher, as well as readers, editors, printers and illustrators.


    Despite the incredible number of letters that were retained by the Murray family, some failed to arrive, others were delayed and some barely survived, but longevity added to the reputation and fame of John Murray and a correspondent in Canada who addressed his letter merely to 'John Murray, The World-wide famous Book & Publishing House, London, England' as early as 1932 could be confident that his letter would arrive.


    Intended to entertain and inspire, and spanning more than two hundred years, Dear Mr Murray is full of literary history and curiosities: from Charles Darwin's response to the negative reviews of On the Origin of Species to Adrian Conan Doyle challenging Harold Nicolson to a duel for insulting his father in the press; from David Livingstone's displeasure at the proposed drawing of a lion to represent his near-death encounter in Missionary Travels to William Makepeace Thackeray apologising for his drunken behaviour; from Byron berating John Murray for being fooled by his girlfriend's forgery of his signature to the poet James Hogg so desperate for money that he claims he won't be able to afford a Christmas goose; and from Jane Austen expressing concern about printing delays to Patrick Leigh Fermor beseeching Jock Murray not to visit him until he'd completed A Time of Gifts. Complemented by illustrations and reproductions of letters and envelopes, this is the perfect gift for book lovers everywhere.



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    Price: $48.00
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  • Destiny Thief
    Destiny Thief
    ISBN: 9781760632632
    Title: Destiny Thief
    Author: RUSSO RICHARD

    In these nine essays, Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend and reader. From a commencement speech to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humour in art and life, to a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain's value, to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery, The Destiny Thief reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America's most beloved authors.


    Warm, funny, wise and poignant, the essays included here traverse Russo's writing life, expanding our understanding of who he is and how his singular, incredibly generous mind works. An utter joy to read, they give deep insight into the creative process from the perspective of one of our greatest writers.



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    Price: $25.00
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  • Devotion: Why I Write
    Devotion: Why I Write
    ISBN: 9780300240221
    Title: Devotion: Why I Write
    Author: SMITH PATTI

    From the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, a rare and generous look into the creative process

    A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic--its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture's beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.

    Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession--a young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camus's house, and visit the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. Smith tracks down Simone Weil's grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modiano's novels. Whether writing in a caf or a train, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing.

    The Why I Write series is based on the Windham-Campbell Lectures, delivered annually to commemorate the awarding of the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
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  • Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives
    Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives
    ISBN: 9781419729485
    Title: Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives
    Author: NGUYEN VIET THANH (EDITOR)

    In January 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries and dramatically cutting the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States each year. The American people spoke up, with protests, marches, donations, and lawsuits that quickly overturned the order. But the refugee caps remained.

    In The Displaced, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers to explore and illuminate the refugee experience. Featuring original essays by a collection of writers from around the world, The Displaced is an indictment of closing our doors, and a powerful look at what it means to be forced to leave home and find a place of refuge.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives
    Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives
    ISBN: 9781419735110
    Title: Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives
    Author: NGUYEN VIET THANH ED

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen called on 17 fellow refugee writers from across the globe to shed light on their experiences, and the result is The Displaced, a powerful dispatch from the individual lives behind current headlines, with proceeds to support the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

    Today the world faces an enormous refugee crisis: 68.5 million people fleeing persecution and conflict from Myanmar to South Sudan and Syria, a figure worse than flight of Jewish and other Europeans during World War II and beyond anything the world has seen in this generation. Yet in the United States, United Kingdom, and other countries with the means to welcome refugees, anti-immigration politics and fear seem poised to shut the door. Even for readers seeking to help, the sheer scale of the problem renders the experience of refugees hard to comprehend.

    Viet Nguyen, called "one of our great chroniclers of displacement" (Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker), brings together writers originally from Mexico, Bosnia, Iran, Afghanistan, Soviet Ukraine, Hungary, Chile, Ethiopia, and others to make their stories heard. They are formidable in their own right--MacArthur Genius grant recipients, National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalists, filmmakers, speakers, lawyers, professors, and New Yorker contributors--and they are all refugees, many as children arriving in London and Toronto, Oklahoma and Minnesota, South Africa and Germany. Their 17 contributions are as diverse as their own lives have been, and yet hold just as many themes in common.

    Reyna Grande questions the line between "official" refugee and "illegal" immigrant, chronicling the disintegration of the family forced to leave her behind; Fatima Bhutto visits Alejandro I rritu's virtual reality border crossing installation "Flesh and Sand"; Aleksandar Hemon recounts a gay Bosnian's answer to his question, "How did you get here?"; Thi Bui offers two uniquely striking graphic panels; David Bezmozgis writes about uncovering new details about his past and attending a hearing for a new refugee; and Hmong writer Kao Kalia Yang recalls the courage of children in a camp in Thailand.

    These essays reveal moments of uncertainty, resilience in the face of trauma, and a reimagining of identity, forming a compelling look at what it means to be forced to leave home and find a place of refuge. The Displaced is also a commitment: ABRAMS will donate 10 percent of the cover price of this book, a minimum of $25,000 annually, to the International Rescue Committee, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid, relief, and resettlement to refugees and other victims of oppression or violent conflict.

    List of Contributors:
    Joseph Azam
    David Bezmozgis
    Fatima Bhutto
    Thi Bui
    Ariel Dorfman
    Lev Golinkin
    Reyna Grande
    Meron Hadero
    Aleksandar Hemon
    Joseph Kertes
    Porochista Khakpour
    Marina Lewycka
    Maaza Mengiste
    Dina Nayeri
    Vu Tran
    Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
    Kao Kalia Yang

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  • Do You Mind If I Cancel? (Things That Still Annoy Me)
    Do You Mind If I Cancel? (Things That Still Annoy Me)
    ISBN: 9781250266415
    Title: Do You Mind If I Cancel? (Things That Still Annoy Me)
    Author: JANETTI GARY

    With over 800,000 followers on social media, Gary Janetti has quickly become a viral sensation, but here in Do You Mind If I Cancel?, the man behind the most wickedly funny memes on the Internet turns his attention away from the royal family, and squarely to the realm of everyday life. He takes on the humiliations of applying for a job, the excitement of moving to New York, and reflects on growing up, and coming out. "These are essays from my childhood and young adulthood about things that still annoy me," says Gary.But the book is not just a laugh out loud riot. In the vein of David Sedaris, and Jenny Lawson, the collection is also a deeply felt work of literary nonfiction, exploring the complexities of family, frustrations of careers, and the paradox of life where sometimes everything is irritating, and also wonderful. Original, brazen, and laugh out loud funny, Do You Mind If I Cancel? marks the arrival of a remarkably exciting new voice in American humor.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Dramatic Exchanges The Lives & Letters of the National Theatre
    Dramatic Exchanges The Lives & Letters of the National Theatre
    ISBN: 9781781259368
    Title: Dramatic Exchanges The Lives & Letters of the National Theatre
    Author: ROSENTHAL DANIEL (EDITOR)

    The perfect gift for any theatre loverThere has been always as much drama offstage as on at the National Theatre, and much of it is to be found in the letters, telegrams, scribbled notes and colourful postcards of its main players. - What drove Laurence Olivier to confess: 'The foolishness of my position starts to obsess me'?- Why did Maggie Smith write: 'I am absolutely heartbroken by your decision'?- What prompted Judi Dench to ask: 'Can't you write me a musical so that I can sit on a chair in a fur hat & nothing else and sing RUDE songs?' This book brings together for the first time some of the most inspiring, dramatic and amusing letters from the life of Britain's most beloved theatre: Laurence Olivier's gracious rejection letters, Peter Hall's combative memos, Helen Mirren's impassioned defence of theatrical innovation, fantastical good luck missives and long conspiratorial letters. Together, they reveal the stories behind some of the most lavish, triumphant, daring and disastrous productions in the theatre's history, including Amadeus, Romans in Britain, Laurence Olivier's Othello, Closer, The History Boys and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A rich collection of correspondence like no other, this book offers a fascinating and celebratory look at the world of theatre and beyond.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • End of the End of the Earth
    End of the End of the Earth
    ISBN: 9780008299262
    Title: End of the End of the Earth
    Author: FRANZEN JONATHAN


    A sharp and provocative new essay collection from the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections


    In The End of the End of the Earth, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigour to the themes - both human and literary - that have long preoccupied him. Whether exploring his complex relationship with his uncle, recounting his young adulthood in New York, or offering an illuminating look at the global seabird crisis, these pieces contain all the wit and disabused realism that we've come to expect from Franzen.


    Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature and with some of the most important issues of our day, made more pressing by the current political milieu. The End of the End of the Earth is remarkable, provocative and necessary.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Essays
    Essays
    ISBN: 9780141395463
    Title: Essays
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE

    'Political writing in our time consists almost entirely of prefabricated phrases bolted together like the pieces of a child's Meccano set. It is the unavoidable result of self-censorship. To write in plain, vigorous language one has to think fearlessly, and if one thinks fearlessly one cannot be politically orthodox.'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.00
    $21.00
  • Essays & Aphorisms
    Essays & Aphorisms
    ISBN: 9780140442274
    Title: Essays & Aphorisms
    Author: SCHOPENHAUER ARTHUR

    One of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, Schopenhauer (1788-1860) believed that human action is determined not by reason but by 'will' - the blind and irrational desire for physical existence. This selection of his writings on religion, ethics, politics, women, suicide, books and many other themes is taken from Schopenhauer's last work, "Parerga and Paralipomena", which he published in 1851. These pieces depict humanity as locked in a struggle beyond good and evil, and each individual absolutely free within a Godless world, in which art, morality and self-awareness are our only salvation.

    This innovative - and pessimistic - view has proved powerfully influential upon philosophy and art, directly affecting the work of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Wagner among others.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
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  • Essays: A Selection
    Essays: A Selection
    ISBN: 9780140446029
    Title: Essays: A Selection
    Author: MONTAIGNE MICHEL DE

    To overcome a crisis of melancholy after the death of his father, Montaigne withdrew to his country estates and began to write. In the highly original essays that resulted he discussed themes such as fathers and children, conscience and cowardice, coaches and cannibals, and, above all, himself. On Some Lines of Virgil opens out into a frank discussion of sexuality and makes a revolutionary case for the equality of the sexes. In On Experience Montaigne superbly propounds his thoughts on the right way to live, while other essays touch on issues of an age struggling with religious and intellectual strife, with France torn apart by civil war. These diverse subjects are united by Montaigne's distinctive voice - that of a tolerant man, sceptical, humane, often humorous and utterly honest in his pursuit of the truth. M. A. Screech's distinguished translation fully retains the light-hearted and inquiring nature of the essays. In his introduction, he examines Montaigne's life and times, and the remarkable self-portrait that emerges from his works.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
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  • Everything's Trash, But It's Okay
    Everything's Trash, But It's Okay
    ISBN: 9780525534143
    Title: Everything's Trash, But It's Okay
    Author: ROBINSON PHOEBE; GLAZER ILANA (FOREWORD BY)

    From New York Times bestselling author and star of 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson, comes a new, hilarious, and timely essay collection on gender, race, dating, and a world that seems to always be a self-starting Dumpster fire.

    Wouldn't it be great if life came with instructions? Of course, but like access to Michael B. Jordan's house, none of us are getting any. Thankfully, Phoebe Robinson is ready to share everything she has experienced to prove that if you can laugh at her topsy-turvy life, you can laugh at your own.

    Written in her trademark unfiltered and singularly witty style, Robinson's latest essay collection is a call to arms. She tackles a wide range of topics, such as giving feminism a tough-love talk in hopes it can become more intersectional; telling society's beauty standards to kick rocks; and takes a hard look at our culture's obsession with work.

    Robinson also gets personal, exploring debt she has hidden from her parents, how dating is mainly a warmed-over bowl of hot mess, and maybe most importantly, meeting Bono not once, but twice. She's struggled with being a woman with a political mind and a woman with an ever-changing jeans size. She knows about trash not only because she sees it every day, but also because she's seen about one-hundred-thousand hours of reality TV and zero hours of Schindler's List.

    Everything's Trash, But It's Okay is a candid perspective for a generation that has had the rug pulled out from under it too many times to count, as well as an intimate conversation with a new best friend.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00

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  • Everything's Trash, but It's Okay
    Everything's Trash, but It's Okay
    ISBN: 9780525534167
    Title: Everything's Trash, but It's Okay
    Author: ROBINSON PHOEBE & GLAZER ILANA (FOREWARD BY)

    Wouldn't it be great if life came with instructions? Of course, but like access to Michael B. Jordan's house, none of us are getting any. Thankfully, Phoebe Robinson is ready to share everything she has experienced to prove that if you can laugh at her topsy-turvy life, you can laugh at your own.

    Written in her trademark unfiltered and witty style, Robinson's latest collection is a call to arms. Outfitted with on-point pop culture references, these essays tackle a wide range of topics- giving feminism a tough-love talk on intersectionality, telling society's beauty standards to kick rocks, and calling foul on our culture's obsession with work. Robinson also gets personal, exploring money problems she's hidden from her parents, how dating is mainly a warmed-over bowl of hot mess, and definitely most important, meeting Bono not once, but twice. She's struggled with being a woman with a political mind and a woman with an ever-changing jeans size. She knows about trash because she sees it every day--and because she's seen roughly one hundred thousand hours of reality TV and zero hours of Schindler's List.

    With the intimate voice of a new best friend, Everything's Trash, But It's Okay is a candid perspective for a generation that has had the rug pulled out from under it too many times to count.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Everywhere I Look
    Everywhere I Look
    ISBN: 9781925498080
    Title: Everywhere I Look
    Author: GARNER HELEN

    Garner is a 2016 Windham-Campbell Prize recipient for her non-fiction writings. The judges praised Garner's work as intelligent, lucid and often disturbing.
    PRAISE FOR EVERYWHERE I LOOK
    A captivating collection No matter the topic, Garner is a charming and courageous writer whose distinctive voice exemplifies the range of what is possible in personal writing. Publishers Weekly
    Garner brings to the collection not only her tremendous powers of observation but a continued employment of those skills to force readers to confront unpleasant truths. The graceful prose with which she delivers her insights will challenge readers to look at what is happening around them. Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)
    Like strolling around in an idiosyncratic, surprising, and informative museum. Kirkus
    'Garner is a natural storyteller: her unillusioned eye makes her clarity compulsive. New Yorker
    Compulsively readable essays. Observer
    Writes with the humor and precision of Joy Williams, the warmth and ferocity of Elena Ferrante, and the investigative rigor of Janet Malcolm.' John Freeman, LitHub
    A thoughtful dissection of the emotional anatomy of the everyday . Financial Times UK]
    This is Garner in expansive mood writing gracefully about everything from her family to ballet to the dawn service. The Spectator

    Garner is a wonderful appreciator: she invites us into the work under review by leading us along the path of discovery she has followed. Open Letters Monthly
    Garner s prose is so very pleasant to read dry, relaxed sentences that calmly reach out towards loveliness Her] willingness to look at and truly see the failures of human behavior, in herself no less than in others, that lends her work its power. Guardian
    A rich, beautiful book by a poet of the everyday, a sheer master of prose. Australian
    A book with a big scope, both in terms of the subjects covered and of the stylistic approaches used to discuss them a great reminder of the range of the essay as form.' Signature
    There s not a word wasted or out of place. Garner observes, intuits, shares and cares about the lives she writes about like no-one else. Readers will laugh, cry, squirm and gasp and wonder. It s Garner s unique gift as a writer, and it s beautifully realized in Everywhere I Look. Books + Publishing

    Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of intuition, insight and humor. It takes us from backstage at the ballet to the trial of a woman for the murder of her newborn baby. It moves effortlessly from the significance of moving house to the pleasure of re-reading Pride and Prejudice.


    Helen Garner is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction. Her novel The Spare Room was published to critical acclaim in 2010. Her work of true crime This House of Grief received international praise.
    PRAISE FOR This House of Grief
    Garner] doesn't merely listen. She watches, imagines, second-guesses, empathizes, agonizes. Her voice intimate yet sharp, wry yet urgent inspires trust.' Atlantic


    She writes with a profound understanding of human vulnerability, and of the subtle workings of love, memory and remorse. Economist


    Helen Garner is an invaluable guide into harrowing territory and offers powerful and unforgettable insights.' Kate Atkinson
    THIS HOUSE OF GRIEF won the Honorable Mention in the INDIEFAB 2015 Book of the Year Awards, True Crime category
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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Eye You See With: Selected Nonfiction
    Eye You See With: Selected Nonfiction
    ISBN: 9780618386246
    Title: Eye You See With: Selected Nonfiction
    Author: STONE ROBERT & BELL MADISON SMARTT (EDITOR)

    The definitive collection of nonfiction--from war reporting to literary criticism to the sharpest political writing--from the "legend of American letters" (Vanity Fair)

    Robert Stone was a singular American writer, a visionary whose award-winning novels--including Dog Soldiers, Outerbridge Reach, and Damascus Gate--earned him comparisons to literary lions ranging from Samuel Beckett to Ernest Hemingway to Graham Greene. Stone had an almost prophetic grasp of the spirit of his age, which he captured with crystalline clarity in each of his novels. Of course, he was also a sharp and brilliant observer of American life, and his nonfiction writing is revelatory.

    The Eye You See With--the first and only collection of Robert Stone's nonfiction--was carefully selected by award-winning novelist and Stone biographer Madison Smartt Bell. Divided into three sections, the collection includes the best of Stone's war reporting, his writing on social change, and his reflections on the art of fiction. This is an extraordinary volume that offers up a clear-eyed look at the 20th century and secures Robert Stone's place as one of the most original figures in all of American letters.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $58.00
    $58.00
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