• & Yet... Essays
    & Yet... Essays
    ISBN: 9781760294953
    Title: & Yet... Essays
    Author: HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER

    The seminal, uncollected essays--lauded as "dazzling" (The New York Times Book Review)--by the late Christopher Hitchens, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller God Is Not Great, showcase the notorious contrarian's genius for rhetoric and his sharp rebukes to tyrants and the ill-informed everywhere.
    For more than forty years, Christopher Hitchens delivered essays to numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic that were astonishingly wide-ranging and provocative. His death in December 2011 from esophageal cancer prematurely silenced a voice that was among the most admired of contemporary voices--writers, readers, pundits and critics the world over mourned his loss.
    At the time of his death, Hitchens left nearly 250,000 words of essays not yet published in book form. "Another great book of essays from a writer who we wish were still alive to produce more copy" (National Review), And Yet... ranges from the literary to the political and is a banquet of entertaining and instructive delights, including essays on Orwell, Lermontov, Chesterton, Fleming, Naipaul, Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, and Dickens, among others, as well as his laugh-out-loud self-mocking "makeover." The range and quality of Hitchens's essays transcend the particular occasions for which they were originally written, yielding "a bounty of famous scalps, thunder-blasted targets, and a few love letters from the notorious provocateur-in-chief's erudite and scathing assessments of American culture" (Vanity Fair). Often prescient, always pugnacious, formidably learned, Hitchens was a polemicist for the ages. With this posthumous volume, he remains, "America's foremost rhetorical pugilist" (The Village Voice).

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  • 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 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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    Price: $41.00
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  • Bad Boy of Athens: Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    Bad Boy of Athens: Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    ISBN: 9780008245122
    Title: Bad Boy of Athens: Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    Author: MENDELSOHN DANIEL


    'Mendelsohn takes the classical costumes off figures like Virgil and Sappho, Homer and Horace ... He writes about things so clearly they come to feel like some of the most important things you have ever been told.' Sebastian Barry


    Over the past three decades, Daniel Mendelsohn's essays and reviews have earned him a reputation as 'our most irresistible literary critic' (New York Times). This striking new collection exemplifies the way in which Mendelsohn - a classicist by training - 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 with 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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  • Bad News: Why We Fall for Fake News
    Bad News: Why We Fall for Fake News
    ISBN: 9781472962881
    Title: Bad News: Why We Fall for Fake News
    Author: BROTHERTON ROB

    From the bestselling author of Suspicious Minds
    There was a time when the news came once a day, in the morning newspaper. A time when the only way to see what was happening around the world was to catch the latest newsreel at the movies.
    Times have changed. Now we're inundated. The news is no longer confined to a radio in the living room, or to a nightly half-hour timeslot on the television. Pundits pontificate on news networks 24 hours a day. We carry
    the news with us, getting instant alerts about events around the globe. Yet despite this unprecedented abundance of information, it seems increasingly difficult to know what's true and what's not.
    In Bad News, Rob Brotherton delves into the psychology of news, reviewing how the latest research can help navigate this supposedly post-truth world. Which buzzwords describe psychological reality, and which are empty sound bites? How much of this news is unprecedented, and how much is business as usual? Are we doomed to fall for fake news, or is fake news ... fake news?
    There has been considerable psychological research into the fundamental questions underlying this phenomenon. How do we form our beliefs, and why do we end up believing things that are wrong? How much information can we possibly process, and what is the internet doing to our attention spans? Ultimately this book answers one of the greatest questions of the age- how can we all be smarter consumers of news?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
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  • Barrel Fever Stories & Essays
    Barrel Fever Stories & Essays
    ISBN: 9780349119762
    Title: Barrel Fever Stories & Essays
    Author: SEDARIS DAVID

    In David Sedaris's world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz and the National Enquirer, Sedaris's collection of stories and essays is a rollicking tour through the American Zeitgeist: a man who is loved toomuch flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicidetried to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; and in his essays, David Sedaris considers the hazards of rewards of smoking, writing for Giantess magazine, and living with his scrappy brother Paul, aka 'The Rooster'.With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes and reads stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behaviour. Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life - and anything can happen.




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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
    $33.00
  • 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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  • Between the World & Me
    Between the World & Me
    ISBN: 9781925240702
    Title: Between the World & Me
    Author: COATES TA-NEHISI

    A bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States ("The New York Observer") "This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it". In the one hundred fifty years since the end of the Civil War and the ratificiation of the Thirteenth Amendment, the story of race and America has remained a brutally simple one, written on flesh: It is the story of the black body, exploited to create the country s foundational wealth, violently segregated to unite a nation after a civil war, and, today, still disproportionately threatened, locked up, and killed in our streets. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all regardless of race honestly reckon with our country's fraught racial history and free ourselves from its burden? "Between the World and Me" is Ta-Nehisi Coates s attempt to answer those questions, presented in the form of a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son and readers the story of his own awakening to the truth about history and race through a series of revelatory experiences: immersion in nationalist mythology as a child; engagement with history, poetry, and love at Howard University; travels to Civil War battlefields and the South Side of Chicago; a journey to France that reorients his sense of the world; and pilgrimages to the homes of mothers whose children's lives have been taken as American plunder. Taken together, these stories map a winding path toward a kind of liberation a journey from fear and confusion to a full and honest understanding of the world as it is. Masterfully woven from lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, "Between the World and Me" offers a powerful new framework for understanding America s history and current crisis, and a transcendent vision for a way forward."

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
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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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  • Bluets
    Bluets
    ISBN: 9781933517407
    Title: Bluets
    Author: NELSON MAGGIE

    Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color . . . A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. WithBluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists. Maggie Nelson is the author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction, includingSomething Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) andWomen, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007). She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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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.



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    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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  • Calypso
    Calypso
    ISBN: 9780349141893
    Title: Calypso
    Author: SEDARIS DAVID


    David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.


    If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris' cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.


    When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.


    With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny-it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris' powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.


    This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris' darkest and warmest book yet-and it just might be his very best.

    Format: Paperback
    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: $31.00
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  • 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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  • 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


    Format: Paperback
    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


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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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
  • Crying Book
    Crying Book
    ISBN: 9781472154705
    Title: Crying Book
    Author: CHRISTLE HEATHER


    "A poignant and piercing examination of the phenomenon of tears--exhaustive, yes, but also open-ended. . . A deeply felt, and genuinely touching, book." --Esm Weijun Wang, author of The Collected Schizophrenias


    "Spellbinding and propulsive--the map of a luminous mind in conversation with books, songs, friends, scientific theories, literary histories, her own jagged joy, and despair. Heather Christle is a visionary writer." --Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks


    Heather Christle has just lost a dear friend to suicide and now must reckon with her own depression and the birth of her first child. As she faces her grief and impending parenthood, she decides to research the act of crying: what it is and why people do it, even if they rarely talk about it. Along the way, she discovers an artist who designed a frozen-tear-shooting gun and a moth that feeds on the tears of other animals. She researches tear-collecting devices (lachrymatories) and explores the role white women's tears play in racist violence.


    Honest, intelligent, rapturous, and surprising, Christle's investigations look through a mosaic of science, history, and her own lived experience to find new ways of understanding life, loss, and mental illness. The Crying Book is a deeply personal tribute to the fascinating strangeness of tears and the unexpected resilience of joy.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
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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.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • 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
    $28.00
  • 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
  • Encyclopedia of Trouble & Spaciousness
    Encyclopedia of Trouble & Spaciousness
    ISBN: 9781595347534
    Title: Encyclopedia of Trouble & Spaciousness
    Author: SOLNIT REBECCA

    The incomparable Rebecca Solnit, author of more than a dozen acclaimed, prizewinning books of nonfiction including Men Explain Things To Me, brings the same dazzling writing to the essays in The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness; hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "globally wide-ranging and topically urgent and the Boston Globe as "luminous and precise.". As the title suggests, the territory of Solnit's concerns is vast, and in her signature alchemical style she combines commentary on history, justice, war and peace, and explorations of place, art, and community, all while writing with the lyricism of a poet to achieve incandescence and wisdom.

    Gathered here are celebrated iconic essays along with little-known pieces that create a powerful survey of the world we live in, from the jungles of the Zapatistas in Mexico to the splendors of the Arctic. This rich collection tours places as diverse as Haiti and Icel∧ movements like Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring; an original take on the question of who did Henry David Thoreau's laundry; and a searching look at what the hatred of country music really means.

    Solnit moves nimbly from Orwell to Elvis, to contemporary urban gardening to 1970s California macram#65533; and punk rock, and on to searing questions about the environment, freedom, family, class, work, and friendship. It's no wonder she's been compared in Bookforum to Susan Sontag and Annie Dillard and in the San Francisco Chronicle to Joan Didion.

    The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness proves Rebecca Solnit worthy of the accolades and honors she's received. Rarely can a reader find such penetrating critiques of our time and its failures leavened with such generous heapings of hope. Solnit looks back to history and the progress of political movements to find an antidote to despair in what many feel as lost causes. In its encyclopedic reach and its generous compassion, Solnit's collection charts a way through the thickets of our complex social and political worlds. Her essays are a beacon for readers looking for alternative ideas in these imperiled times.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Essays
    Essays
    ISBN: 9780241371473
    Title: Essays
    Author: DAVIS LYDIA

    Lydia Davis's writing is a masterclass in control- wry, lucid, penetrating, every word placed deliberately. Here she presents a dazzling collection of literary essays, each one as beautifully formed, thought-provoking, playful and illuminating as her critically acclaimed short fiction. Ranging across her many creative influences, including Thomas Pynchon, Michel Leiris, Maurice Blanchot, Lucia Berlin and Joan Mitchell, she returns again and again to her own writing process, joyfully interrogating the limits of literature and the ways in which we can challenge and reinvent it.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Essays in Idleness
    Essays in Idleness
    ISBN: 9784805306314
    Title: Essays in Idleness
    Author: YOSHIDA KENKO

    Between 1330 and 1332, the Buddhist priest Kenko, having as he put it “nothing better to do” turned to his inkstone and brushes. He jotted down his thoughts, observations, and opinions; anecdotes that he found interesting, amusing, or instructive; accounts of customs and ceremonies-everything that seemed to him worthy of preservation. Donald Keene’s complete translation admirably presents this extraordinarily influential Japanese classic.

    The little essays-none of them more than a few pages in length, and some consisting of but two or three sentences-give us the self-portrait of a most engaging gentleman. He loves the past: every scrap of tradition is precious to him. He is haunted by transience, by the vanity of human desires and ambitious, by the inevitable approach of death. He values modesty and simplicity, even as he appreciates subtlety and formality. Sometimes he contradicts himself, as a journal keeper may so easily do, but these lapses are in themselves endearing.

    However Kenko is consistent in his statement of the peculiarly Japanese aesthetic principle: beauty is intrinsically bound to its perishability. The imperfect, the irregular, the understated, beginnings and endings-these have a charm of their own which surpasses that of completion.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • 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
    $23.00
  • 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: $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
    "

    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
  • F*ck Your Diet & Other Things My Thighs Tell Me
    F*ck Your Diet & Other Things My Thighs Tell Me
    ISBN: 9781982135676
    Title: F*ck Your Diet & Other Things My Thighs Tell Me
    Author: HILLIARD CHLOE

    Fans of Issa Rae and Phoebe Robinson will love this collection of laugh-out-loud funny and insightful essays that explore race, feminism, pop culture, and how society reinforces the message that we are nothing without the perfect body.

    By the time Chloé Hilliard was 12, she wore a size 12--both shoe and dress--and stood over six feet tall. Fitting in was never an option. That didn't stop her from trying. Cursed with a "slow metabolism," "baby weight," and "big bones,"--the fat trilogy--Chloe turned to fad diets, starvation, pills, and workouts, all of which failed.

    Realizing that everything--from government policies to corporate capitalism--directly impacts our relationship with food and our waistlines, Chloé changed her outlook on herself and hopes others will do the same for themselves.

    The perfect mix of cultural commentary, conspiracies, and confessions, F*ck Your Diet pokes fun at the all too familiar, misguided quest for better health, permanent weight loss, and a sense of self-worth.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
    Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
    ISBN: 9780007204496
    Title: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
    Author: THOMPSON HUNTER S

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken. Now this cult classic of gonzo journalism is a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro. Opens everywhere on May 22, 1998.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Feel Free: Essays
    Feel Free: Essays
    ISBN: 9780241971024
    Title: Feel Free: Essays
    Author: SMITH ZADIE

    A New York Times Notable Book

    From Zadie Smith, one of the most beloved authors of her generation, a new collection of essays


    Since she burst spectacularly into view with her debut novel almost two decades ago, Zadie Smith has established herself not just as one of the world's preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. She contributes regularly to The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books on a range of subjects, and each piece of hers is a literary event in its own right.

    Arranged into five sections--In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free--this new collection poses questions we immediately recognize. What is The Social Network--and Facebook itself--really about? "It's a cruel portrait of us: 500 million sentient people entrapped in the recent careless thoughts of a Harvard sophomore." Why do we love libraries? "Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay." What will we tell our granddaughters about our collective failure to address global warming? "So I might say to her, look: the thing you have to appreciate is that we'd just been through a century of relativism and deconstruction, in which we were informed that most of our fondest-held principles were either uncertain or simple wishful thinking, and in many areas of our lives we had already been asked to accept that nothing is essential and everything changes--and this had taken the fight out of us somewhat."

    Gathering in one place for the first time previously unpublished work, as well as already classic essays, such as, "Joy," and, "Find Your Beach," Feel Free offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith's own life. Equally at home in the world of good books and bad politics, Brooklyn-born rappers and the work of Swiss novelists, she is by turns wry, heartfelt, indignant, and incisive--and never any less than perfect company. This is literary journalism at its zenith.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Fight of the Century Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases
    Fight of the Century Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases
    ISBN: 9781501190407
    Title: Fight of the Century Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases
    Author: CHABON MICHAEL ED

    A unique collaboration between the American Civil Liberties Union and authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, Fight of the Century features original essays by the most influential writers at work today--including Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Salman Rushdie, Jesmyn Ward, and more--each writing about a landmark ACLU case, published in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the organization.

    The American Civil Liberties Union began as a small group of idealists and visionaries, including Helen Keller and Jane Addams. A century after its founding, the ACLU remains the nation's premier defender of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

    In collaboration with the ACLU, prize-winning authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have curated an anthology of essays about landmark cases in the ACLU's 100-year history. In Fight of the Century, bestselling and award-winning authors present unique literary takes on historic decisions like Brown v. Board of Education, the Scopes trial, Roe v. Wade, and more. Contributors include Geraldine Brooks, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Louise Erdrich, Neil Gaiman, Lauren Groff, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Morgan Parker, Ann Patchett, Salman Rushdie, George Saunders, Elizabeth Strout, Jesmyn Ward, Meg Wolitzer, and more.

    Fight of the Century shows how throughout American history, pivotal legal battles, fought primarily by underdogs and their lawyers, have advanced civil rights and social justice. The ACLU has been integral in this process. The essays range from personal memoir to narrative history, each shedding light on the work of one remarkable organization as it shaped a country.

    Chabon and Waldman are donating their advance to the ACLU and the contributors are forgoing payment.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00

    $50.00
  • Figure It Out
    Figure It Out
    ISBN: 9781593765958
    Title: Figure It Out
    Author: KOESTENBAUM WAYNE


    A collection of intimate reflections (on art, punctuation, eyeglasses, color, dreams, celebrity, corpses, porn, and translation) and "assignments" that encourage pleasure, attentiveness, and acts of playful making, from the mischievous, munificent, extraordinary mind of legendary public intellectual.


    "Toward what goal do I aspire, ever, but collision? Always accident, concussion, bodies butting together . . . By collision I also mean metaphor and metonymy: operations of slide and slip and transfuse."


    In his new nonfiction collection, poet, artist, critic, novelist, and performer Wayne Koestenbaum enacts twenty-six ecstatic collisions between his mind and the world. A subway passenger's leather bracelet prompts musings on the German word for "stranger"; Montaigne leads to the memory of a fourth-grade friend's stinky feet. Wayne dreams about a handjob from John Ashbery, swims next to Nicole Kidman, reclaims Robert Rauschenberg's squeegee, and apotheosizes Marguerite Duras as a destroyer of sentences. He directly proposes assignments to readers: "Buy a one-dollar cactus, and start anthropomorphizing it. Call it Sabrina." "Describe an ungenerous or unkind act you have committed." "Find in every orgasm an encyclopedic richness . . . Reimagine doing the laundry as having an orgasm, and reinterpret orgasm as not a tiny experience, temporally limited, occurring in a single human body, but as an experience that somehow touches on all of human history."Figure It Out is both a guidebook for, and the embodiment of, the practices of pleasure, attentiveness, art, and play.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Fran Lebowitz Reader
    Fran Lebowitz Reader
    ISBN: 9780679761808
    Title: Fran Lebowitz Reader
    Author: LEBOWITZ FRAN

    The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two bestsellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, by an "important humorist in the classic tradition" (The New York Times Book Review) who is "the natural successor to Dorothy Parker" (BritishVogue). In "elegant, finely honed prose" (The Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life - its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, she is always wickedly entertaining.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
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