• 10 Days to Faster Reading
    10 Days to Faster Reading
    ISBN: 9780446676670
    Title: 10 Days to Faster Reading

    Jump-Start Your Reading Skills! Speed reading used to require months of training. Now you can rev up your reading in just a few minutes a day. With quizzes to determine your present reading level and exercises to introduce new skills quickly, 10 Days to Faster Reading will improve your reading comprehension and speed as it shows you how to: * Break the Bad Habits That Slow You Down * Develop Your Powers of Concentration * Cut Your Reading Time in Half * Use Proven, Specially Designed Reading Techniques * Boost the Power of Your Peripheral Vision * Learn How to Scan and Skim a Written Report ...And All in 10 Days

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • 100 Best Novels in the English Language
    100 Best Novels in the English Language
    ISBN: 9781903385425
    Title: 100 Best Novels in the English Language

    Everybody loves a list but this is a list of major ambition: namely, to select the best 100 novels in the English language, published from the late 17th century to the present day. This list has been built up week by week in The Observer since September 2013, and selected by writer and Observer editor Robert McCrum. With a short critique on each book, this is a real delight for literary lovers.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $36.00
  • 100 Best Novels in Translation
    100 Best Novels in Translation
    ISBN: 9781903385678
    Title: 100 Best Novels in Translation
    Author: TONKIN BOYD

    An extraordinary selection of classics ranging from the well known authors such as Proust, Dostoyevsky, Sartre, Cervantes, Nabokov, Marquez, Kundera etc, to name just a handful, to lesser known, but no less deserving, authors writing in languages from every corner of the earth. For each selection Boyd Tonkin has written a commentary on the plot and theme of the work concerned, as well as writing about the merits of the particular translation(s) into the English language. The works are arranged in date order of publication, and are not ranked in any other way. The result is a rich tapestry of the best fiction from around the world that will surely accelerate the recent trend towards a more outward looking approach to what we read. It is both a work of reference but as importantly a book that can read from cover to cover with huge enjoyment.
    Published: August 2018

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $34.00
  • 100 Books That Changed the World
    100 Books That Changed the World
    ISBN: 9781849944519
    Title: 100 Books That Changed the World

    A chronological survey of the world's most influential books.&

    Many books have become classics, must-reads or overnight publishing sensations, but how many can genuinely claim to have changed the way we see and think?

    In 100 Books that Changed the World, prize-winning author Scott Christianson brings together an exceptional collection of truly groundbreaking books - from scriptures that founded religions, to scientific treatises that challenged beliefs, to novels that kick-started literary genres. This elegantly designed book offers a sweeping, chronological survey of the most important books from around the globe, from the earliest illuminated manuscripts to the age of the ebook publication.

    Entries include: Iliad and Odyssey, Homer (750 BC), Gutenberg Bible (1450s), The Qur'an (AD 609-632), On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Nicolaus Copernicus (1543), Shakespeare's First Folio (1623), Philosophae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton (1687), Samuel Johnson's Dictionary (1755), The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (1776), The Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft (1792), The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1848), Roget's Thesaurus (1852), On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin (1859), The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud (1899), Lady Chatterley's Lover, D.H. Lawrence (1928), The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1947), Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (1964), A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking (1988)

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • 100 Documents that Changed the World: from the Magna Carta to Wikileaks
    100 Documents that Changed the World: from the Magna Carta to Wikileaks
    ISBN: 9780789329363
    Title: 100 Documents that Changed the World: from the Magna Carta to Wikileaks

    A tour of the history of the world through the declarations, manifestos, and agreements from the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence to Wikileaks. This fascinating collection gathers the most significant written documents that have influenced and shaped the way we think about the world and the course of history.From the Magna Carta (1215) to the Gettysburg Address (1863) to Martin Luther King, Jr. s I Have a Dream speech (1963), the documents showcased here chart dramatic high points of world history.
    In addition to official charters and famous treaties, there are also less well known yet nonetheless interesting items included, such as the Apollo flight plan, Apple s 1976 incorporation documents, and the check with which the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia. Equally interesting are Watson and Crick s scrawled notes leading to the discovery of DNA, Darwin s journal, and the annotated manuscripts for Freud s Interpretation of Dreams and Orwell s novel 1984.
    Beautifully illustrated in full color, this book not only informs but also entertains as it demonstrates how the power of the written word has shaped, changed, enhanced, and even revolutionized the world."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • 100 Great Books in Haiku (Pop Penguin)
    100 Great Books in Haiku (Pop Penguin)
    ISBN: 9780141399423
    Title: 100 Great Books in Haiku (Pop Penguin)
    Author: BADER DAVID

    In the sixteenth century, Zen monks in Japan developed the haiku, an unrhymed poetic form consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines. Now, in One Hundred Great Books in Haiku, David Bader has applied this ancient poetic form to the classics. From Homer to Milton to Dostyevsky, the great books are finally within reach of even the shortest attention spans!

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.00
  • 100 Things You Will Never Do
    100 Things You Will Never Do
    ISBN: 9781782064558
    Title: 100 Things You Will Never Do
    Author: SMITH DANIEL

    Ever fancied travelling through time? Taming a lion? Winning a Nobel Prize? Well, here's how to attempt all that and more. Daniel Smith - author of 100 Places You Will Never Visit - takes you on an entertaining journey through 100 things you will (probably) never get the chance to do. Offering tips and advice on things that you may never be rich enough to do (buy your own island, drink a bottle of 1787 Chteau Lafite, own a Shakespeare first folio); things you might never be brave enough to try (bullfight, base jump from the Burj Khalifa, charm a snake); things you'll hopefully never have to do (escape from Alcatraz, land a 747, play Russian roulette); and even the downright absurd (being in two places at once, making gold, becoming invisible),100 Things You Will Never Do will give you a glimpse of your infinite potential.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • 100 Writers
    100 Writers
    ISBN: 9781855147423
    Title: 100 Writers

    This richly illustrated gift book showcases 100 portraits of writers, authors and essayists held in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, from William Shakespeare to Malala Yousafzai. An illustrated introductory text looks at the relationship between the written word and visual arts.
    100 Writers includes 16th-century works through to contemporary portraits, with a focus on writers who have made an important contribution to a number of areas such as literature, history, philosophy and politics, bringing varied disciplines and periods into one publication. Select works are also accompanied by quotations taken from interviews, essays and the sitter's most acclaimed works.
    Featured writers include Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, George Eliot, Zadie Smith, Stephen Hawking, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, Sylvia Plath, Harold Pinter, Jean Rhys, Kazuo Ishiguro, Roald Dahl, Carol Ann Duffy, Malala Yousafzai, Charles Darwin, Emily Bront and Samuel Pepys.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 1000 Books to Read Before You Die
    1000 Books to Read Before You Die
    ISBN: 9781523504459
    Title: 1000 Books to Read Before You Die

    Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that's as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends.

    Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children's books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation, You have to read this. But it's not a proscriptive list of the "great works"--rather, it's a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage.

    Flip it open to any page and be transfixed by a fresh take on a very favorite book. Or come across a title you always meant to read and never got around to. Or, like browsing in the best kind of bookshop, stumble on a completely unknown author and work, and feel that tingle of discovery. There are classics, of course, and unexpected treasures, too. Lists to help pick and choose, like Offbeat Escapes, or A Long Climb, but What a View. And its alphabetical arrangement by author assures that surprises await on almost every turn of the page, with Cormac McCarthy and The Road next to Robert McCloskey and Make Way for Ducklings, Alice Walker next to Izaac Walton.&

    There are nuts and bolts, too--best editions to read, other books by the author, "if you like this, you'll like that" recommendations , and an interesting endnote of adaptations where appropriate. Add it all up, and in fact there are more than six thousand titles by nearly four thousand authors mentioned--a life-changing list for a lifetime of reading.

    "948 pages later, you still want more!" --THE WASHINGTON POST

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • 1000 Years of English Literature
    1000 Years of English Literature
    ISBN: 9780712358736
    Title: 1000 Years of English Literature

    The British Library is home to an unparalleled collection of original manuscripts of great English literature, from the tenth-century manuscript ofBeowulfto the work of such twentieth-century authors as T. S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, and Angela Carter. With1000 Years of English Literature, Chris Fletcher shares some of the gems from the collection.
    Originally published in 2003, this updated and expanded paperback edition chronicles the life and work of more than one hundred of the best-loved British writers, with greater attention paid to the writers of the twentieth century. Each spread begins with an engaging sketch of the life and significance of the author, then offers a reproduced portion of manuscript on the facing page. Among the writers included are Shakespeare, Dickens, Wordsworth, and Larkin, and the volume also presents such masterpieces as Chaucer’sCanterbury Tales, Charlotte Brontë’sJane Eyre, and Virginia Woolf’sMrs. Dalloway. Whether written on parchment, vellum, or paper, and whether poems, short stories, novels, or diaries, these documents offer fascinating insights into the world of the writer at work and at times reveal major amendments and corrections carried out during the course of writing.  
    An inspiring vision of literary achievement,1000 Years of English Literaturewill not only teach and delight but also enrich the pleasure of reading and rereading the best literature Britain has to offer.  

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
    1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
    ISBN: 9781760524036
    Title: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

    Delve into the pages of this sumptuously illustrated book and take a tour of the greatest novels that the world has to offer. Fully updated for 2018.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Rev Ed<BR>
    1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Rev Ed
    ISBN: 9780143011002
    Title: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Rev Ed

    Author: BOXALL PETER

    In the style of the phenomenally successful 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Diethis is a bold, bright and incisive guide to the books and writers that have had real impact -whether in the form of critical acclaim or as cult classics. This wide-ranging selection by a superb international team of writers and critics contains classics as well as those books that are hot in contemporary fiction. This must-have book is the perfect reference for everyone who loves to read.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
    1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
    ISBN: 9780789318763
    Title: 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

    This is the best and most authoritative guide to classic and contemporary children's literature today. It is the latest in the best-selling 1001 series, and its informative reviews are the key to differentiating the "must-read" books from all the rest in the realm of children's books. Whether you are a parent seeking to instill a love of reading in your child, an educator or counselor looking for inspiration, or a young reader with a voracious appetite, this guide to the best writing for children and young adults covers the spectrum of children's literature. It is organized by age group-from board books to YA novels and all the gradations in between. Each entry features evaluations by a team of international critics complete with beautifully reproduced artwork from the featured title. The beloved classics are here, but the guide also takes a global perspective and includes the increasingly diverse contributions from African American and Latino authors and illustrators-not to mention important books from around the world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $73.00
  • 3 A. M. Epiphany Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction
    3 A. M. Epiphany Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction
    ISBN: 9781582973517
    Title: 3 A. M. Epiphany Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction

    The 3 A.M. Epiphany will encourage writers to push the boundaries of their fiction for exciting results. Rather than featuring standard rules, this guide:* Shares unusual exercises that help writers "think away" from anxieties, allowing creative ideas to emerge* Combines the work of writing with thought processes behind the work, helping writers break out of limited writing processes and molds* Addresses the concerns of fiction writers, whether they are going it alone or enrolled in a workshop, having difficulty getting started or suffering from a blockThe 3 A.M. Epiphany will give writers the exercises they need to make creative breakthroughs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • 3-minute Jrr Tolkien
    3-minute Jrr Tolkien
    ISBN: 9781908005830
    Title: 3-minute Jrr Tolkien
    Author: RAYMOND GARY

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $34.00
  • 5 Essays You Must Master to be College Ready a Complete Guide to Nailing the Most Common Essays You'll Encounter in College
    5 Essays You Must Master to be College Ready a Complete Guide to Nailing the Most Common Essays You'll Encounter in College
    ISBN: 9781945547188
    Title: 5 Essays You Must Master to be College Ready a Complete Guide to Nailing the Most Common Essays You'll Encounter in College
    Author: TORRES LAURA

    Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough said, -Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard.- Too many students enter college without a basic understanding of writing, which can affect every aspect of their education.

    Author and educator Laura Torres provides a one-stop guide to preparing secondary and homeschool students for college-level writing. This handbook covers the five most common types of essays:

    • Narrative
    • Compare/Contrast
    • Summary/Response
    • Research
    • Argumentative

    The 5 Essays You Must Master to Be College Ready includes lessons, tips, and organizational guides for writing clear and compelling essays. Torres walks students through the complete writing process, from outlining to revising and ultimately evaluating their work (with provided grading rubrics). With this easy-to-follow instruction, students can master these essay types, be college ready, and redefine what it means to think and communicate well.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • 50 Years of New York Magazine: Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable
    50 Years of New York Magazine: Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable
    ISBN: 9781501166846
    Title: 50 Years of New York Magazine: Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable

    New York, the city. New York, the magazine. A celebration.

    The great story of New York City in the past half-century has been its near collapse and miraculous rebirth. A battered town left for dead, one that almost a million people abandoned and where those who remained had to live behind triple deadbolt locks, was reinvigorated by the twinned energies of starving artists and financial white knights. Over the next generation, the city was utterly transformed. It again became the capital of wealth and innovation, an engine of cultural vibrancy, a magnet for immigrants, and a city of endless possibility. It was the place to be--if you could afford it.

    Since its founding in 1968, New York Magazine has told the story of that city's constant morphing, week after week. Covering culture high and low, the drama and scandal of politics and finance, through jubilant moments and immense tragedies, the magazine has hit readers where they live, with a sensibility as fast and funny and urbane as New York itself. From its early days publishing writers like Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, and Gloria Steinem to its modern incarnation as a laboratory of inventive magazine-making, New York has had an extraordinary knack for catching the Zeitgeist and getting it on the page. It was among the originators of the New Journalism, publishing legendary stories whose authors infiltrated a Black Panther party in Leonard Bernstein's apartment, introduced us to the mother-daughter hermits living in the dilapidated estate known as Grey Gardens, launched Ms. Magazine, branded a group of up-and-coming teen stars "the Brat Pack," and effectively ended the career of Roger Ailes. Again and again, it introduced new words into the conversation--from "foodie" to "normcore"--and spotted fresh talent before just about anyone.

    Along the way, those writers and their colleagues revealed what was most interesting at the forward edge of American culture--from the old Brooklyn of Saturday Night Fever to the new Brooklyn of artisanal food trucks, from the Wall Street crashes to the hedge-fund spoils, from The Godfather to Girls--in ways that were knowing, witty, sometimes weird, occasionally vulgar, and often unforgettable. On "The Approval Matrix," the magazine's beloved back-page feature, New York itself would fall at the crossroads of highbrow and lowbrow, and more brilliant than despicable. (Most of the time.)

    Marking the magazine's fiftieth birthday, Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant, Despicable: 50 Years of New York draws from all that coverage to present an enormous, sweeping, idiosyncratic picture of a half-century at the center of the world. Through stories and images of power and money, movies and food, crises and family life, it constitutes an unparalleled history of that city's transformation, and of a New York City institution as well. It is packed with behind-the-scenes stories from New York's writers, editors, designers, and journalistic subjects--and frequently overflows its own pages onto spectacular foldouts. It's a big book for a big town.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $115.00

  • 642 Things to Write Journal
    642 Things to Write Journal
    ISBN: 9781452105444
    Title: 642 Things to Write Journal

    This collection of 642 outrageous and witty writing prompts will get the creative juices flowing in no time. From crafting your own obituary to penning an ode to an onion, each page of this playful journal invites inspiration and provides plenty of space to write. Brimming with entertaining exercises from the literary minds of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, this is the ultimate gift for scribes of every stripe.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Accidence Will Happen: the Non-pedantic Guide to English
    Accidence Will Happen: the Non-pedantic Guide to English
    ISBN: 9781780227955
    Title: Accidence Will Happen: the Non-pedantic Guide to English
    Author: KAMM OLIVER

    Are standards of English alright - or should that be all right?
    To knowingly split an infinitive or not to?
    And what about ending a sentence with preposition, or for that matter beginning one with 'and'?

    We learn language by instinct, but good English, the pedants tell us, requires rules. Yet, as Oliver Kamm demonstrates, many of the purists' prohibitions are bogus and can be cheerfully disregarded. ACCIDENCE WILL HAPPEN is an authoritative and deeply reassuring guide to grammar, style and the linguistic conundrums we all face.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Accidental Taxonomist
    Accidental Taxonomist
    ISBN: 9781573873970
    Title: Accidental Taxonomist

    The Accidental Taxonomist is the most comprehensive guide available To The art and science of building information taxonomies. Heather Hedden-one of today's leading writers, instructors, and consultants on indexing and taxonomy topics-walks readers throug

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $106.00
  • Advanced Bushcraft: an Expert Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival
    Advanced Bushcraft: an Expert Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival
    ISBN: 9781440587962
    Title: Advanced Bushcraft: an Expert Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival

    Trek deeper into the wilderness with "New York Times" bestselling author Dave Canterbury

    In this valuable guide, survivalist Dave Canterbury goes beyond bushcraft basics to teach you how to survive in the backcountry with little or no equipment. Using the foundation you learned in "Bushcraft 101," Canterbury shows you how to completely immerse yourself in the wilderness with advanced bushcraft and woodcraft techniques. He covers crucial survival skills like tracking to help you get even closer to wildlife, crafting medicines from plants, and navigating without the use of a map or compass. He also offers ways to improvise and save money on bushcraft essentials like fire-starting tools and packs. With Canterbury's expert advice and guidance, you will learn how to forgo your equipment, make use of your surroundings, and truly enjoy the wilderness.

    Whether you're eager to learn more after your first real outdoor adventure or have been exploring the backcountry for years, "Advanced Bushcraft" will help you take your self-reliance and wilderness experience to the next level.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

  • After Ireland: Irish Literature since 1945 & the Failed Republic
    After Ireland: Irish Literature since 1945 & the Failed Republic
    ISBN: 9781786693235
    Title: After Ireland: Irish Literature since 1945 & the Failed Republic

    Ireland is suffering a crisis of authority. Catholic Church scandals, political corruption, and economic collapse have shaken the Irish people's faith in their institutions. The nation's struggle for independence is thrown into doubt. But, as Declan Kiberd argues in this engaging survey of post-war Irish literature, the country's creative writers have been alert to this reality from the start.

    He describes the young Samuel Beckett witnessing the burning of Dublin in 1916 and realising that 'the birth of a nation might also seal its doom.' Surveying thirty works by modern Irish writers, Kiberd traces the response to the crisis of Irish Statehood in the work of Seamus Heaney, Edna O'Brien, Joseph O'Connor, Tom Murphy, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Derek Mahon and John Banville, among others. Placing these writers at the centre of Ireland's on-going exploration of the true meaning of freedom, Kiberd shows how Irish artists preserve and extend a humane culture that imagines a renewed, more plural and open nation.

    Kiberd's Inventing Ireland, originally published in 1995 is a dazzlingly ambitious critical history of modern Irish literature and the standard work on the Irish Literary Revival. In After Ireland, Kiberd responds to the next generation of Irish writers, in this second renaissance of Irish literature.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write
    Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write
    ISBN: 9780674737709
    Title: Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write
    Author: SWORD HELEN

    From the author of Stylish Academic Writing comes an essential new guide for writers aspiring to become more productive and take greater pleasure in their craft. Helen Sword interviewed one hundred academics worldwide about their writing background and practices. Relatively few were trained as writers, she found, and yet all have developed strategies to thrive in their publish-or-perish environment.

    So how do these successful academics write, and where do they find the "air and light and time and space," in the words of poet Charles Bukowski, to get their writing done? What are their formative experiences, their daily routines, their habits of mind? How do they summon up the courage to take intellectual risks and the resilience to deal with rejection?

    Sword identifies four cornerstones that anchor any successful writing practice: Behavioral habits of discipline and persistence; Artisanal habits of craftsmanship and care; Social habits of collegiality and collaboration; and Emotional habits of positivity and pleasure. Building on this "BASE," she illuminates the emotional complexity of the writing process and exposes the lack of writing support typically available to early-career academics. She also lays to rest the myth that academics must produce safe, conventional prose or risk professional failure. The successful writers profiled here tell stories of intellectual passions indulged, disciplinary conventions subverted, and risk-taking rewarded. Grounded in empirical research and focused on sustainable change, Air & Light & Time & Space offers a customizable blueprint for refreshing personal habits and creating a collegial environment where all writers can flourish.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $47.00
  • Alice in Space: the Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll
    Alice in Space: the Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll
    ISBN: 9780226041506
    Title: Alice in Space: the Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll
    Author: BEER GILLIAN

    In Alice s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll created fantastic worlds that continue to delight and trouble readers of all ages today. Few consider, however, that Carroll conceived his Alice books during the 1860s, a moment of intense intellectual upheaval, as new scientific, linguistic, educational, and mathematical ideas flourished around himand far beyond. Alice in Space reveals the contexts within which the Alice books first lived, bringing back the zest to jokes lost over time and poignancy to hidden references.
    Gillian Beer explores Carroll s work through the speculative gaze of Alice, for whom no authority is unquestioned and everything can speak. Parody and Punch, evolutionary debates, philosophical dialogues, educational works for children, math and logic, manners and rituals, dream theory and childhood studies all fueled the fireworks. While much has been written about Carroll s biography and his influence on children s literature, Beer convincingly shows him at play in the spaces of Victorian cultural and intellectual life, drawing on then-current controversies, reading prodigiously across many fields, and writing on multiple levels to please bothchildren and adultsin different ways.
    With a welcome combination of learning and lightness, Beer reminds us that Carroll s books are essentially about curiosity, its risks and pleasures. Along the way, Alice in Space shares Alice s exceptional ability to spark curiosity in us, too."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $66.00
  • Almanac 2020 Trending Topics, Big Ideas in Science, Photos, Maps, Facts and More
    Almanac 2020 Trending Topics, Big Ideas in Science, Photos, Maps, Facts and More
    ISBN: 9781426220524
    Title: Almanac 2020 Trending Topics, Big Ideas in Science, Photos, Maps, Facts and More

    The latest dynamic annual for the 21st century, featuring high-energy pages packed with facts, photos, infographics, time lines, and maps that capture today's world. Perfect for ages 12 to 112.

    An almanac like no other, this book offers everything you need to know about the world in 2020--from science and nature to history, world cultures, and the environment. Filled with exquisite National Geographic photography, informative infographics, illustrated time lines, and authoritative maps, this striking new edition will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with practical tips for improving your own sustainability habits.

    The book begins with trending topics in science, technology, and culture, then moves into fascinating chapters on travel, exploration, earth and space, biology, culture, and history. Recurring features include inspiring quotes, revealing facts, photos from National Geographic's Instagram, and a Quizmaster trivia feature. With new discoveries on every page, this cutting-edge book brings you the world, no matter what your age.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00

  • America's Greatest Library: An Illustrated Chronology of the Library of Congress
    America's Greatest Library: An Illustrated Chronology of the Library of Congress
    ISBN: 9781911282136
    Title: America's Greatest Library: An Illustrated Chronology of the Library of Congress
    Author: COLE JOHN Y.

    Packed with fascinating facts, compelling images, and little-known nuggets of information, this new go-to illustrated guide to the history of the Library of Congress will appeal to history buffs and general readers alike. It distils over two hundred years of history into an engaging read that makes a Washington icon relevant today.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $72.00
  • American Canon: Literary Genius from Emerson to le Guin
    American Canon: Literary Genius from Emerson to le Guin
    ISBN: 9781598536409
    Title: American Canon: Literary Genius from Emerson to le Guin

    Our foremost literary critic celebrates the American pantheon of great writers from Emerson and Whitman to Hurston and Ellison, to Ursula K. LeGuin, Philip Roth, and Thomas Pynchon.

    Harold Bloom is our greatest living student of literature, "a colossus among critics" (The New York Times) and a "master entertainer" (Newsweek). Over the course of a remarkable career spanning more than half a century, in such best-selling books as The Western Canonand Shakespeare- The Invention of the Human, he transformed the way we look at the masterworks of western literature. Now, in the first collection devoted to his illuminating writings specifically on American literature, Bloom reflects on the surprising ways American writers have influenced each other across more than two centuries. The American Canongathers five decades of Bloom's essays, occasional pieces, and introductions as well as excerpts from several of his books, weaving them together into an unrivalled tour of the great American bookshelf. Always a champion of aesthetic power, Bloom tells the story of our national literature in terms of artistic struggle against powerful predecessors and the American thirst for selfhood. All of the visionary American writers who have long preoccupied Bloom--Emerson and Whitman, Hawthorne and Melville, and Dickinson, Faulkner, Crane, Frost, Stevens, and Bishop--are here, along with Hemingway, James, O'Connor, Ellison, Hurston, LeGuin, Ashbery and many others. Bloom's enthusiasm for these American geniuses is contagious, and he reminds us how these writers have shaped our sense of who we are, and how they can summon us to be yet better versions of ourselves.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • American Heritage First Dictionary
    American Heritage First Dictionary
    ISBN: 9780547215976
    Title: American Heritage First Dictionary

    Every entry in this award-winning dictionary has a full-sentence definition and a clear example sentence to illustrate meaning.
    - 1,800 entries defined in complete, age-appropriate sentences - 650 lively, full-color photographs and drawings, updated with new selections - Revised phonics and spelling sections for building basic reading skills

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
  • American Notes  for General Circulation
    American Notes for General Circulation
    ISBN: 9780140436495
    Title: American Notes for General Circulation

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street
    American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street
    ISBN: 9780691150604
    Title: American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street

    "There is real hope for a culture that makes it as easy to buy a book as it does a pack of cigarettes."--a civic leader quoted in a New American Library ad (1951)"American Pulp" tells the story of the midcentury golden age of pulp paperbacks and how they brought modernism to Main Street, democratized literature and ideas, spurred social mobility, and helped readers fashion new identities. Drawing on extensive original research, Paula Rabinowitz unearths the far-reaching political, social, and aesthetic impact of the pulps between the late 1930s and early 1960s.Published in vast numbers of titles, available everywhere, and sometimes selling in the millions, pulps were throwaway objects accessible to anyone with a quarter. Conventionally associated with romance, crime, and science fiction, the pulps in fact came in every genre and subject. "American Pulp" tells how these books ingeniously repackaged highbrow fiction and nonfiction for a mass audience, drawing in readers of every kind with promises of entertainment, enlightenment, and titillation. Focusing on important episodes in pulp history, Rabinowitz looks at the wide-ranging effects of free paperbacks distributed to World War II servicemen and women; how pulps prompted important censorship and First Amendment cases; how some gay women read pulp lesbian novels as how-to-dress manuals; the unlikely appearance in pulp science fiction of early representations of the Holocaust; how writers and artists appropriated pulp as a literary and visual style; and much more. Examining their often-lurid packaging as well as their content, "American Pulp" is richly illustrated with reproductions of dozens of pulp paperback covers, many in color.A fascinating cultural history, "American Pulp" will change the way we look at these ephemeral yet enduringly intriguing books.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Anatomy of Influence Literature as a Way of Life
    Anatomy of Influence Literature as a Way of Life
    ISBN: 9780300181449
    Title: Anatomy of Influence Literature as a Way of Life
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Anna Karenina Fix
    Anna Karenina Fix
    ISBN: 9780241981276
    Title: Anna Karenina Fix
    Author: GROSKOP VIV

    'A passionate, hilarious, joyful love letter to Russian literature' Allison Pearson, Sunday Telegraph 'A delightful primer and companion to all the authors you are ashamed to admit you haven't read' The Times Viv Groskop has discovered the meaning of life in Russian literature. As she knows from personal experience, everything that has ever happened in life has already happened in these novels: from not being sure what to do with your life (Anna Karenina) to being in love with someone who doesn't love you back enough (A Month in the Country by Turgenev) or being socially anxious about your appearance (all of Chekhov's work). This is a literary self-help memoir, with examples from the author's own life that reflect the lessons of literature, only in a much less poetic way than Tolstoy probably intended, and with an emphasis on being excessively paranoid about having an emerging moustache on your upper lip, just like Natasha in War and Peace. ***A SPECTATOR Book of the Year*** ***An OBSERVER Book of the Year*** ***A TIMES Book of the Year***

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Annotations to Finnegans Wake
    Annotations to Finnegans Wake
    ISBN: 9781421419077
    Title: Annotations to Finnegans Wake

    Roland McHugh's classic Annotations to Finnegans Wake provides both novice readers and seasoned Joyceans with a wealth of information in an easy-to-use format uniquely suited to this densely layered text. Each page of the Annotations corresponds directly to a page of the standard Viking/Penguin edition of Finnegans Wake and contains line-by-line notes following the placement of the passages to which they refer, enabling readers to look directly from text to notes and back again, with no need to consult separate glossaries or other listings.

    McHugh's richly detailed annotations distill decades of scholarship, explicating foreign words, unusual English connotations and colloquial expressions, place names, historical events, song titles and quotations, parodies of other texts, and Joyce's diverse literary and popular sources. This thoroughly updated fourth edition draws heavily on Internet resources and keyword searches. For the first time, McHugh provides readers with a synopsis of the action of Finnegans Wake. He also expands his examination of possible textual corruption and adds hundreds of new glosses to help scholars, students, and general readers untangle the dense thicket of allusions that crowds every sentence of Joyce's nearly inscrutable masterpiece.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $86.00
  • Answering to the Language: Essays on Modern Writers
    Answering to the Language: Essays on Modern Writers
    ISBN: 9781869400385
    Title: Answering to the Language: Essays on Modern Writers
    Author: STEAD C K

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Antigones
    ISBN: 9780192819345
    Title: Antigones

    This book examines the far-reaching legacy of one of the great myths of classical antiquity. According to Greek legend, Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, secretly buried her brother in defiance of the orders of Creon, king of Thebes. Creon sentenced Antigone to death, but, before the order could be executed, she committed suicide. The theme of the conflict between Antigone and Creon--between the state and the individual, between young and old, between men and women--has captured the Western imagination for more than 2,000 years. Antigone and Creon are as alive in the politics and poetics of our own day as they were in ancient Athens. Here, Steiner examines the treatment of the Antigone theme in Western art, literature and thought, leading us to look again at the unique influence Greek myths exercise on twentieth-century culture. About the Author: George Steiner, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Geneva and Extraordinary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $61.00
  • Antinomies of Realism
    Antinomies of Realism
    ISBN: 9781781681336
    Title: Antinomies of Realism

    The Antinomies of Realism is a history ofthe nineteenth-century realist novel and its legacy told without a glimmer of nostalgia for artistic achievements that the movement of history makes it impossible to recreate. The works of Zola, Tolstoy, Pérez Galdós, and George Eliot are in the most profound sense inimitable, yet continue to dominate the novel form to this day. Novels to emerge since struggle to reconcile the social conditions of their own creation with the history of this mode of writing: the so-called modernist novel is one attempted solution to this conflict, as is the ever-more impoverished variety of commercial narratives-what today’s book reviewers dub “serious novels,” which are an attempt at the impossible endeavor to roll back the past. 

    Fredric Jameson examines the most influential theories of artistic and literary realism, approaching the subject himself in terms of the social and historical preconditions for realism’s emergence. The realist novel combined an attention to the body and its states of feeling with a focus on the quest for individual realization within the confines of history. 

    In contemporary writing, other forms of representation-for which the term “postmodern” is too glib-have become visible: for example, in the historical fiction of Hilary Mantel or the stylistic plurality of David Mitchell’s novels. Contemporary fiction is shown to be conducting startling experiments in the representation of new realities of a global social totality, modern technological warfare, and historical developments that, although they saturate every corner of our lives, only become apparent on rare occasions and by way of the strangest formal and artistic devices. 
    In a coda, Jameson explains how “realistic” narratives survived the end of classical realism. In effect, he provides an argument for the serious study of popular fiction and mass culture that transcends lazy journalism and the easy platitudes of recent cultural studies.

    From the Hardcover edition.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $58.00
  • Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & Scientists
    Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & Scientists
    ISBN: 9780864735140
    Title: Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & Scientists

    New Zealands top writers and physicists collaborate to create a provocative and fascinating discussion on the most strange and fantastic aspects of physics. With topics that include the curvature of space time, wave particle duality, the untimely death of Schrodinger's cat, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, dark energy, and the end of the universe, this extraordinary guide artfully blends philosophy and literature with science.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Art of Cruelty: a Reckoning
    Art of Cruelty: a Reckoning
    ISBN: 9780393343144
    Title: Art of Cruelty: a Reckoning

    Today both reality and entertainment crowd our fields of vision with brutal imagery. The pervasiveness of images of torture, horror, and war has all but demolished the twentieth-century hope that such imagery might shock us into a less alienated state, or aid in the creation of a just social order. What to do now? When to look, when to turn away?

    Genre-busting author Maggie Nelson brilliantly navigates this contemporary predicament, with an eye to the question of whether or not focusing on representations of cruelty makes us cruel. In a journey through high and low culture (Kafka to reality TV), the visual to the verbal (Paul McCarthy to Brian Evenson), and the apolitical to the political (Francis Bacon to Kara Walker), Nelson offers a model of how one might balance strong ethical convictions with an equally strong appreciation for work that tests the limits of taste, taboo, and permissibility.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Art of Dramatic Writing
    Art of Dramatic Writing
    ISBN: 9780671213329
    Title: Art of Dramatic Writing
    Author: EGRI LAJOS

    Learn the basic techniques every successful playwright knows Among the many "how-to" playwriting books that have appeared over the years, there have been few that attempt to analyze the mysteries of play construction. Lajos Egri's classic, The Art of Dramatic Writing, does just that, with instruction that can be applied equally well to a short story, novel, or screenplay. Examining a play from the inside out, Egri starts with the heart of any drama: its characters. All good dramatic writing hinges on people and their relationships, which serve to move the story forward and give it life, as well as an understanding of human motives -- why people act the way that they do. Using examples from everything from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, Egri shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise -- a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behavior -- and to develop the dramatic conflict on the basis of that behavior. Using Egri's ABCs of premise, character, and conflict, The Art of Dramatic Writing is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in writing.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Art of Fiction
    Art of Fiction
    ISBN: 9780679734031
    Title: Art of Fiction
    Author: GARDNER JOHN

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
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