• Hooded Gunman: An Illustrated History of Collins Crime Club
    Hooded Gunman: An Illustrated History of Collins Crime Club
    ISBN: 9780008192358
    Title: Hooded Gunman: An Illustrated History of Collins Crime Club
    Author: CURRAN JOHN

    A lavish full-colour celebration of the 2000 books are more than 250 authors published by the iconic Crime Club between 1930 and 1994.

    The Hooded Gunman was the sinister figure who, having appeared in various guises on the covers of Collins' various series of Mystery and Detective books in the 1920s, finally gained recognition with the launch of Collins' Crime Club, becoming the definitive imprint stamp on more than 2,000 books published by that august imprint between 1930 and 1994. From Agatha Christie to Reginald Hill, the Hooded Gunman was a guarantee of a first-class crime novel for almost 65 years, and those books are now as sought after and collectable and almost any other book series, with many commanding high prices and almost impossible to find.

    In the year that Collins - the publisher founded by William Collins in Glasgow in 1819 - is enjoying its 200th birthday, this book celebrates probably its most famous publishing imprint. Written and researched by Agatha Christie writer, expert and archivist Dr John Curran, this sumptuous coffee table book looks back at the history of the Crime Club and its authors, showing the jackets of every book published by the imprint over seven decades, and the descriptive 'blurbs' of every book, running to more than 350,000 words.

    With facts, figures and tables, and rare archival photos, correspondence and marketing materials, it is the first time that anyone has attempted to chronicle the publishing of the Crime Club - the ultimate book for fans of crime fiction and also of twentieth century book jacket design.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • How to Enjoy Poetry
    How to Enjoy Poetry
    ISBN: 9781529412963
    Title: How to Enjoy Poetry

    'Someone recently said to me, in reference to my poetry podcast, that you'd think poetry would be more popular than ever, in the twenty-first century, because people don't have a lot of time and 'novels are often quite big while poems are often quite small'. I referred them to Doctor Who's Tardis.'

    Frank Skinner wants you to read more poetry. Wait, wait - don't stop reading. Whether you're a frequent poetry reader or haven't read any since sixth form, Frank's infectious passion for language, rhythm and metre will win you over and provide you with the basic tools you need to tackle any poem.

    In this short, easy-to-digest and delightful book, Frank guides us through the twists and turns of 'Pad, pad' by Stevie Smith, a short, seemingly simple poem that contains multitudes of meaning and a deceptive depth of emotion. Revel in the mastery of Stevie Smith's choice of words, consider the eternal mystery of the speaker of the poem and be moved by rhyming couplets like you never have before.

    Give it a go. You never know, you might even enjoy it.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
  • How to Raise a Reader
    How to Raise a Reader
    ISBN: 9781523505302
    Title: How to Raise a Reader
    Author: PAUL PAMELA

    An indispensable guide to welcoming children--from babies to teens--to a lifelong love of reading, written by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, editors of The New York Times Book Review.

    Do you remember your first visit to where the wild things are? How about curling up for hours on end to discover the secret of the Sorcerer's Stone? Combining clear, practical advice with inspiration, wisdom, tips, and curated reading lists, How to Raise a Reader shows you how to instill the joy and time-stopping pleasure of reading.

    Divided into four sections, from baby through teen, and each illustrated by a different artist, this book offers something useful on every page, whether it's how to develop rituals around reading or build a family library, or ways to engage a reluctant reader. A fifth section, "More Books to Love: By Theme and Reading Level," is chockful of expert recommendations. Throughout, the authors debunk common myths, assuage parental fears, and deliver invaluable lessons in a positive and easy-to-act-on way.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $42.00
  • How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor A Smart, Irreverent Guide to Biography, History, Journalism, Blogs, & Everything in Between
    How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor A Smart, Irreverent Guide to Biography, History, Journalism, Blogs, & Everything in Between
    ISBN: 9780062895813
    Title: How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor A Smart, Irreverent Guide to Biography, History, Journalism, Blogs, & Everything in Between

    The& New York Times& bestselling author of& How to Read Literature Like a Professor& uses the same skills to teach how to access accurate information in a rapidly changing 24/7 news cycle and become better readers, thinkers, and consumers of media.

    We live in an information age, but it is increasingly difficult to know which information to trust. Fake news is rampant in mass media, stoked by foreign powers wishing to disrupt a democratic society. We need to be more perceptive, more critical, and more judicious readers. The future of our republic may depend on it.&

    How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor& is more careful, more attentive, more aware reading. On bookstore shelves, one book looks as authoritative as the next. Online, posts and memes don't announce their relative veracity. It is up to readers to establish how accurate, how thorough, how fair material may be.&

    After laying out general principles of reading nonfiction,& How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor& offers advice for specific reading strategies in various genres from histories and biographies to science and technology to social media. Throughout, the emphasis will be on understanding writers' biases, interrogating claims, analyzing arguments, remaining wary of broad assertions and easy answers, and thinking critically about the written and spoken materials readers encounter. We can become better citizens through better reading, and the time for that is now.

    Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • How to Write a Lot A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
    How to Write a Lot A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
    ISBN: 9781591477433
    Title: How to Write a Lot A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
    Author: SILVIA PAUL J

    All students and professors need to write, and many struggle to finish their stalled dissertations, journal articles, book chapters, or grant proposals. Writing is hard work and can be difficult to wedge into a frenetic academic schedule. In this practical, light-hearted, and encouraging book, Paul Silvia explains that writing productively does not require innate skills or special traits but specific tactics and actions. Drawing examples from his own field of psychology, he shows readers how to overcome motivational roadblocks and become prolific without sacrificing evenings, weekends, and vacations. After describing strategies for writing productively, the author gives detailed advice from the trenches on how to write, submit, revise, and resubmit articles, how to improve writing quality, and how to write and publish academic work.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Howdunit: a Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club
    Howdunit: a Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club
    ISBN: 9780008380137
    Title: Howdunit: a Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club

    Ninety crime writers from the world's oldest and most famous crime writing network give tips and insights into successful crime and thriller fiction.

    Howdunit offers a fresh perspective on the craft of crime writing from leading exponents of the genre, past and present. The book offers invaluable advice to people interested in writing crime fiction, but it also provides a fascinating picture of the way that the best crime writers have honed their skills over the years. Its unique construction and content mean that it will appeal not only to would-be writers but also to a very wide readership of crime fans.

    The principal contributors are current members of the legendary Detection Club, including Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Peter James, Peter Robinson, Ann Cleeves, Andrew Taylor, Elly Griffiths, Sophie Hannah, Stella Duffy, Alexander McCall Smith, John Le Carr and many more.

    Interwoven with their contributions are shorter pieces by past Detection Club members ranging from G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr to Desmond Bagley and H.R.F. Keating.

    The book is dedicated to Len Deighton, who is celebrating 50 years as a Detection Club member and has also penned an essay for the book.

    The contributions are linked by short sections written by Martin Edwards, the current President of the Club and author of the award-winning The Golden Age of Murder.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf
    I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf
    ISBN: 9781419737114
    Title: I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf
    Author: SNIDER GRANT

    A look at the culture and fanaticism of book lovers, from beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider

    It's no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our books as sacred objects. In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, writer-artist Grant Snider explores bookishness in all its forms, and the love of writing and reading, building on the beloved literary comics featured on his website, Incidental Comics. With a striking package including a die-cut cover, I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf is the perfect gift for bookworms of all ages.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • In the Presence of Schopenhauer
    In the Presence of Schopenhauer
    ISBN: 9781509543250
    Title: In the Presence of Schopenhauer

    The work of Michel Houellebecq - one of the most widely read and controversial novelists of our time - is marked by the thought of Schopenhauer. When Houellebecq came across a copy of Schopenhauer's Aphorisms in a library in his mid-twenties, he was bowled over by it and he hunted down a copy of his major philosophical work, The World as Will and Representation. Houellebecq found in Schopenhauer - the radical pessimist, the chronicler of human suffering, the lonely misanthrope - a powerful conception of the human condition and of the future that awaits us, and when Houellebecq's first writings appeared in the early 1990s, the influence of Schopenhauer was everywhere apparent.

    But it was only much later, in 2005, that Houellebecq began to translate and write a commentary on Schopenhauer's work. He thought of turning it into a book but soon abandoned the idea and the text remained unpublished until 2017. Now available in English for the first time, In the Presence of Schopenhauer is the story of a remarkable encounter between a novelist and a philosopher and a testimony to the deep and enduring impact of Schopenhauer's philosophy on one of France's greatest living writers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Inadvertent: Why I Write
    Inadvertent: Why I Write
    ISBN: 9780300248517
    Title: Inadvertent: Why I Write

    The Why I Write series is based on the Windham-Campbell Lectures, delivered annually to commemorate the awarding of the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University. Administered by Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the series publishes works based on the lecture given by the event's keynote speaker.

    In Inadvertent, internationally bestselling author Karl Ove Knausgaard reveals his beginnings as a writer and his literary influences, his creative development and his struggles. But this text is more than a window into the writer's frame of mind. It's also a glimmering meditation on literature and creativity-on its limitations and its freedoms. From Jorge Luis Borges to Edvard Munch, the text explores Knausgaard's relationship to art that's moved him, and how that art situates itself in our culture. The text is both biographical and philosophical, and raises as many questions as it provides answers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.00
  • Jane Austen: A Brief Life
    Jane Austen: A Brief Life
    ISBN: 9780300232219
    Title: Jane Austen: A Brief Life

    Every devoted reader feels that, in some way, they know Jane Austen. But how can we make sense of her extraordinary achievements? At a time when most women received so little formal education and none could obtain a place at university, how did Austen come to write novels that have commanded the attention of some of the most brilliant minds ever since? Why were hers the books that Darwin knew by heart and Churchill read during the Blitz?

    In this graceful introduction to the author's life and works, Fiona Stafford offers a fresh and accessible perspective, discussing Austen's six astonishing novels in the context of their time. Newly updated, Jane Austen: A Brief Life offers a rich and sympathetic insight into a writer who was just as much the Romantic genius as Keats, Shelley or Byron - full of youthful exuberance, intensely creative once she had found her individual voice, and dead before she reached middle age.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
  • Library A World History
    Library A World History
    ISBN: 9780500023525
    Title: Library A World History

    Ambitious and wide-ranging, this is the first single volume to tell the story of the library as a distinct building type, all around the world and from the beginnings of writing to the present day. In its highest form the library is a total work of art, combining painting, sculpture, furniture and architecture. From their designs for the libraries of ancient Rome to those of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, architects have sought to outdo each other by producing ever more spectacular settings. The author and photographer have travelled the globe, documenting some eighty libraries. Architectural historian James Campbell contributes an authoritative and highly readable account. Will Pryce is one of the world's leading photographers of interiors and architecture. Arresting and technically flawless, his photographs are both lucid and deeply atmospheric.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Library Book
    Library Book
    ISBN: 9781782392286
    Title: Library Book
    Author: ORLEAN SUSAN

    Susan Orlean's bestseller and New York Times Notable Book is "a sheer delight...as rich in insight and as varied as the treasures contained on the shelves in any local library" (USA TODAY)--a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution and an investigation into one of its greatest mysteries. "Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book" (The Washington Post).
    On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library--and if so, who?

    Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a "delightful...reflection on the past, present, and future of libraries in America" (New York magazine) that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

    In the "exquisitely written, consistently entertaining" (The New York Times) The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries; brings each department of the library to vivid life; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.

    "A book lover's dream...an ambitiously researched, elegantly written book that serves as a portal into a place of history, drama, culture, and stories" (Star Tribune, Minneapolis), Susan Orlean's thrilling journey through the stacks reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books--and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

  • Lit Stitch: 25 Cross-Stitch Patterns for Book Lovers:
    Lit Stitch: 25 Cross-Stitch Patterns for Book Lovers:
    ISBN: 9781419743177
    Title: Lit Stitch: 25 Cross-Stitch Patterns for Book Lovers:
    Author: BOOK RIOT

    Clever and quirky cross-stitch patterns that proudly show off your love for all things literary

    Inside Book Riot's Lit Stitch, you'll find a number of badass, bookish cross-stitch patterns. Some of these are for bookmarks, others are for wall decor, and still others can take on a whole host of finished outcomes. What they have in common is their literary bent--the patterns speak to all manner of literary-minded book lovers, who are happy to display their nerdier sides. And what better way than through your own cross-stitch art to hang on your wall, prop on your desk, or even gift to friends and family. And most, if not all, are beginner friendly and can be completed in a few hours--instant stitchification So grab yourself some excellent embroidery floss, hoops, and needles, and pick out one or more of these great cross-stitch patterns for your next project.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Literary Review Issue 428 December/january 2017 Double issue (09/04/18)
    Literary Review Issue 428 December/january 2017 Double issue (09/04/18)
    ISBN: 9770144436997
    Title: Literary Review Issue 428 December/january 2017 Double issue (09/04/18)
    Author: GORDON & GOTCH

    Format: Magazine
    Price: $15.00
  • Little History of Poetry
    Little History of Poetry
    ISBN: 9780300232226
    Title: Little History of Poetry
    Author: CAREY JOHN

    A vital, engaging, and hugely enjoyable guide to poetry, from ancient times to the present, by one of our greatest champions of literature

    What is poetry? If music is sound organized in a particular way, poetry is a way of organizing language. It is language made special so that it will be remembered and valued. It does not always work--over the centuries countless thousands of poems have been forgotten. This little history is about some that have not.

    John Carey tells the stories behind the world's greatest poems, from the oldest surviving one written nearly four thousand years ago to those being written today. Carey looks at poets whose works shape our views of the world, such as Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Whitman, and Yeats. He also looks at more recent poets, like Derek Walcott, Marianne Moore, and Maya Angelou, who have started to question what makes a poem "great" in the first place. This little history shines a light on the richness and variation of the world's poems--and the elusive quality that makes them all the more enticing.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $36.00
  • London Review of Books Vol 39 #16 17th August 2017 - Air -  (18/09/17)
    London Review of Books Vol 39 #16 17th August 2017 - Air - (18/09/17)
    ISBN: 9771463076109
    Title: London Review of Books Vol 39 #16 17th August 2017 - Air - (18/09/17)

    Format: Magazine
    Price: $16.80
  • London Review of Books Vol 42 #13 (21/09/20)
    London Review of Books Vol 42 #13 (21/09/20)
    ISBN: 074470922438
    Title: London Review of Books Vol 42 #13 (21/09/20)

    Format: Magazine
    Price: $16.00
  • London Review of Books Vol 42 #23 (22/3/21)
    London Review of Books Vol 42 #23 (22/3/21)
    ISBN: 9770260959165
    Title: London Review of Books Vol 42 #23 (22/3/21)

    Format: Magazine
    Price: $15.60
  • London Review of Books Vol 42 #6 (15/06/20)
    London Review of Books Vol 42 #6 (15/06/20)
    ISBN: 9770260959158
    Title: London Review of Books Vol 42 #6 (15/06/20)

    Format: Magazine
    Price: $14.00
  • Look of the Book Jackets, Covers, & Art at the Edges of Literature
    Look of the Book Jackets, Covers, & Art at the Edges of Literature
    ISBN: 9780399581021
    Title: Look of the Book Jackets, Covers, & Art at the Edges of Literature

    Why do some book covers instantly grab your attention, while others never get a second glance? Fusing word and image, as well as design thinking and literary criticism, this captivating investigation goes behind the scenes of the cover design process to answer this question and more.

    As the outward face of the text, the book cover makes an all-important first impression. The Look of the Book examines art at the edges of literature through notable covers and the stories behind them, galleries of the many different jackets of bestselling books, an overview of book cover trends throughout history, and insights from dozens of literary and design luminaries. Co-authored by celebrated designer and creative director Peter Mendelsund and scholar David Alworth, this fascinating collaboration, featuring hundreds of covers, challenges our notions of what a book cover can and should be.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $100.00
  • Lost Books of Jane Austen
    Lost Books of Jane Austen
    ISBN: 9781421431598
    Title: Lost Books of Jane Austen

    In the nineteenth century, inexpensive editions of Jane Austen's novels targeted to Britain's working classes were sold at railway stations, traded for soap wrappers, and awarded as school prizes. At just pennies a copy, these reprints were some of the earliest mass-market paperbacks, with Austen's beloved stories squeezed into tight columns on thin, cheap paper. Few of these hard-lived bargain books survive, yet they made a substantial difference to Austen's early readership. These were the books bought and read by ordinary people.

    Packed with nearly 100 full-color photographs of dazzling, sometimes gaudy, sometimes tasteless covers, The Lost Books of Jane Austen is a unique history of these rare and forgotten Austen volumes. Such shoddy editions, Janine Barchas argues, were instrumental in bringing Austen's work and reputation before the general public. Only by examining them can we grasp the chaotic range of Austen's popular reach among working-class readers.

    Informed by the author's years of unconventional book hunting, The Lost Books of Jane Austen will surprise even the most ardent Janeite with glimpses of scruffy survivors that challenge the prevailing story of the author's steady and genteel rise. Thoroughly innovative and occasionally irreverent, this book will appeal in equal measure to book historians, Austen fans, and scholars of literary celebrity.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding Story of One Book's Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey
    Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding Story of One Book's Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey
    ISBN: 9781760529611
    Title: Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding Story of One Book's Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey

    A gripping exploration of the life of the world's oldest and most famous printed book.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
    Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
    ISBN: 9780393321784
    Title: Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
    Author: STRAND M & BOLAND E

    Two beloved and esteemed poets have collaborated on this intimate and useful anthology illuminating the history, practice, and wonder of our most elusive art. Intended for all those who love poetry, including teachers, readers, writers, and students, The Making of a Poem will be especially valued by those who feel that an understanding of form'onnet, ballad, villanelle, sestina, etc.'ould enhance their appreciation of poetry, but are daunted by the terms, the names, and the histories of various poetic forms. This anthology draws the reader in, by example and explanation, to the excitement and entertainment of these forms. It explains their origins, traces their development, and shows examples from the past and present. In a feature called ""The form at a glance"" the reader can try his or her own hand writing a particular form. Included are essays by each of the editors describing their own personal journeys toward a form for their poetic voice. Above all, this anthology shows that poetic form is a continuing adventure. Contemporary poets can be seen here trying out the same forms that poets used hundreds of years ago, but in the new circumstances of a complicated modern world. In this way poetic form is illustrated not as a series of rules, but as a passionate conversation in which every reader of poetry can become involved.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's 1984
    Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's 1984
    ISBN: 9781509890743
    Title: Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's 1984

    1984 isn't just a novel; it's a key to understanding the modern world. George Orwell's final work is a treasure chest of ideas and memes - Big Brother, the Thought Police, Doublethink, Newspeak, 2+2=5 - that gain potency with every year. Particularly in 2016, when the election of Donald Trump made it a bestseller ('Ministry of Alternative Facts', anyone?). Its influence has morphed endlessly into novels (The Handmaid's Tale), films (Brazil), television shows (V for Vendetta), rock albums (Diamond Dogs), commercials (Apple), even reality TV (Big Brother). The Ministry of Truth by Dorian Lynskey is the first book that fully examines the epochal and cultural event that is 1984 in all its aspects: its roots in the utopian and dystopian literature that preceded it; the personal experiences in wartime Britain that Orwell drew on as he struggled to finish his masterpiece in his dying days; and the political and cultural phenomena that the novel ignited at once upon publication and that far from subsiding, have only grown over the decades. It explains how fiction history informs fiction and how fiction explains history.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Miss Aluminium
    Miss Aluminium
    ISBN: 9781474619080
    Title: Miss Aluminium

    'I was self-invented, adapting myself minute by minute, a girl on the run. And yes, built for speed.'

    At seventeen, Susanna Moore left her home in Hawai'i, with no money, no belongings and no prospects. But in Philadelphia, an unexpected gift of four trunks of beautiful clothes allowed her to assume the first of many disguises.

    Her journey takes her from New York to Los Angeles where she becomes a model and meets Joan Didion
    and Audrey Hepburn. She works as a script reader for Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson, and is given
    a screen test by Mike Nichols.

    But beneath Miss Aluminium's glittering fairytale surface lies the story of a girl's insatiable hunger to
    learn. Moore gives us a sardonic, often humorous portrait of Hollywood in the seventies and of a young
    woman's hard-won arrival at selfhood.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Mobituaries
    ISBN: 9781501197628
    Title: Mobituaries
    Author: ROCCA MO

    From beloved CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca, an entertaining and rigorously researched book that celebrates the dead people who have long fascinated him.

    Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries--reading about the remarkable lives of global leaders, Hollywood heavyweights, and innovators who changed the world. But not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves. His quest to right that wrong inspired Mobituaries, his #1 hit podcast. Now with Mobituaries, the book, he has gone much further, with all new essays on artists, entertainers, sports stars, political pioneers, founding fathers, and more. Even if you know the names, you've never understood why they matter...until now.

    Take Herbert Hoover: before he was president, he was the "Great Humanitarian," the man who saved tens of millions from starvation. But after less than a year in the White House, the stock market crashed, and all the good he had done seemed to be forgotten. Then there's Marlene Dietrich, well remembered as a screen goddess, less remembered as a great patriot. Alongside American servicemen on the front lines during World War II, she risked her life to help defeat the Nazis of her native Germany. And what about Billy Carter and history's unruly presidential brothers? Were they ne'er-do-well liabilities...or secret weapons? Plus, Mobits for dead sports teams, dead countries, the dearly departed station wagon, and dragons. Yes, dragons.

    Rocca is an expert researcher and storyteller. He draws on these skills here. With his dogged reporting and trademark wit, Rocca brings these men and women back to life like no one else can. Mobituaries is an insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00

  • Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction
    Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction
    ISBN: 9781683691389
    Title: Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction

    Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature's strangest tales,& from& Frankenstein& to& The Haunting of Hill House& and beyond.
    Frankenstein& was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn't exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Everyone knows about& Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumored to keep her late husband's heart in her desk drawer. But have you heard of& Margaret "Mad Madge" Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier (and liked to wear topless gowns to the theater)? If you know the astounding work of& Shirley Jackson, whose novel& The Haunting of Hill House& was reinvented as a Netflix series, then try the psychological hauntings of& Violet Paget, who was openly involved in long-term romantic relationships with women in the Victorian era. You'll meet celebrated icons (Ann Radcliffe, V. C. Andrews), forgotten wordsmiths (Eli Coltor, Ruby Jean Jensen), and today's vanguard (Helen Oyeyemi). Curated reading lists point you to their most spine-chilling tales.

    Part biography, part reader's guide, the engaging write-ups and detailed reading lists will introduce you to more than a hundred authors and over two hundred of their mysterious and spooky novels, novellas, and stories.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • Moving Foreword Real Introductions to Totally Made-Up Books
    Moving Foreword Real Introductions to Totally Made-Up Books
    ISBN: 9781946885814
    Title: Moving Foreword Real Introductions to Totally Made-Up Books
    Author: CHATTMAN JON

    A great foreword is more than just a few pages of self-indulgent frippery that comes before a book. A great foreword adds zest. It sets the stage for the page turner you're about to open, and perhaps even puts you in the locked room where a mystery happens or in the high-button shoes of a year gone by.

    A great foreword--sometimes--is even better than the book it precedes.

    So why not skip the boring actual-book part?

    Moving Foreword is a collection of introductions to imaginary books, written by real celebrities, comedians, musicians, and other writers with something to say. With a real foreword by Rainn Wilson, this book offers a no-holds-barred cacophony of laugh-out-loud funny, poignant, and thought-provoking writing that tackles everything from politics to pop culture, true crime to trout fishing, and Star Wars to skin flicks.

    Highlights include:

    • Bustin' Through: Confessions of a Kool-Aid Man
    Foreword by "Pop Candy" columnist Whitney Matheson

    • Phil Rosenthal's Who's the Boss?: My Unlikely Rise to Rock Stardom
    Foreword by "Bruce Springsteen" (Phil Rosenthal)

    • Keep Your Gaze on Me: A True Story of Social Media, Obsession, and Murder
    Foreword by Shirley Manson, lead vocalist of Garbage

    • Sock Puppet Mozart: The Life and Gruesome Death of Randy Masterson
    Foreword by actor Thomas Lennon

    • Vance DeGeneris: An Unauthorized Biography
    Foreword by Vance DeGeneres

    • Everything You Need to Know About Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Regulations
    Foreword by New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight

    • Fly Ball: How the New York Yankees Have Changed Lives
    Foreword by talk show host Jerry Springer

    • Terrible Band Names: A Chronology of Rock History
    Foreword by John Ondrasik, a.k.a. Five for Fighting

    • God's Wow, You're All F***ing This Up Big Time
    Foreword by singer-songwriter Mary Lambert

    . . . any many more

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime
    Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime
    ISBN: 9780241346945
    Title: Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime

    On a spring morning in 1840, on an ultra-respectable Mayfair street, a household of servants awoke to discover that their unobtrusive master, Lord William Russell, was lying in bed with his throat cut so deeply that the head was almost severed.

    The whole of London, from monarch to maidservants, was scandalized by the unfolding drama of such a shocking murder, but behind it was another story, a work of fiction. For when the culprit eventually confessed, he claimed his actions were the direct result of reading the best-selling crime-novel of the day. This announcement amazed the key literary figures of the time, from Thackeray to Dickens, and posed the question- can a work of fiction do real harm?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • New Sublime: Ten Timeless Lessons on the Classics
    New Sublime: Ten Timeless Lessons on the Classics
    ISBN: 9781787701816
    Title: New Sublime: Ten Timeless Lessons on the Classics

    Boitani invites the reader to discover the timeless beauty and wisdom of ancient literature, highlighting its profound and surprising connections to the present. With their emphasis on the mutability and fluidity of identity and matter, their examination of the power and position of women in society, and their enduring treatments of force and subjugation, fate and free will, the ethical life, hospitality, love, compassion, and mysticism, the classics play active roles in our lives and can help us refine our opinions and our values. Ranging from Homer to Tacitus, with Thucydides, Aristotle, Sophocles, Cicero, and many others in between, Boitani's A New Sublime is a fresh, inspiring reminder of the enduring importance and beauty of the classes of the Western canon.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • New York: A Literary History
    New York: A Literary History
    ISBN: 9781108470810
    Title: New York: A Literary History
    Author: WILSON ROSS (ED)

    New York City's streets, parks, museums, architecture, and its people appear in an array of literary works published from New York's earliest settlement to the present day. The exploration of the city as both a symbol and as a reality has formed the basis of New York's literature. Using the themes of adaptation, innovation, identity, and hope, this history explores novels, poetry, periodicals, and newspapers to examine how New York's literature can be understood through the notion of movement. From the periodicals of the nineteenth century, the Arabic writers of the city in the early twentieth century, the literature of homelessness, childhood, and the spaces of tragedy and resilience within the metropolis, this diverse assessment opens up new areas of research within urban literature. It provides an innovative examination of how writing has shaped the lives of New Yorkers and how writing about the city has shaped the modern world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $54.00
  • Nobel Lecture: Bob Dylan
    Nobel Lecture: Bob Dylan
    ISBN: 9781471172182
    Title: Nobel Lecture: Bob Dylan
    Author: DYLAN BOB

    On October 13, 2016, it was announced that Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, recognizing his countless contributions to music and letters over the last fifty years. Some months later, he delivered a lecture that will now be available in book form for generations to come.

    In it, he reflects on his life and experience with literature, giving readers a rare and intimate look at an American icon. From being inspired by Buddy Holly to the novels that helped shape his own approach to writing (The Odyssey, Moby Dick, and All Quiet on the Western Front), this is Dylan like you've never seen him before.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
  • On Writing A Memoir of the Craft
    On Writing A Memoir of the Craft
    ISBN: 9781982159375
    Title: On Writing A Memoir of the Craft
    Author: KING STEPHEN

    Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King


    Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King's critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

    "Long live the King" hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King's On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King's advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999--and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it--fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00

  • Oxford Illustrated History of the Book
    Oxford Illustrated History of the Book
    ISBN: 9780198702986
    Title: Oxford Illustrated History of the Book
    Author: RAVEN JAMES

    In 14 original essays, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Book reveals the history of books in all their various forms, from the ancient world to the digital present. Leading international scholars offer an original and richly illustrated narrative that is global in scope. The history of the book is the history of millions of written, printed, and illustrated texts, their manufacture, distribution, and reception.

    Here are different types of production, from clay tablets to scrolls, from inscribed codices to printed books, pamphlets, magazines, and newspapers, from written parchment to digital texts. The history of the book is a history of different methods of circulation and dissemination, all dependent on innovations in transport, from coastal and transoceanicshipping to roads, trains, planes and the internet. It is a history of different modes of reading and reception, from learned debate and individual study to public instruction and entertainment.

    It is a history of manufacture, craftsmanship, dissemination, reading and debate. Yet the history of books is not simply a question of material form, nor indeed of the history of reading and reception. The larger question is of the effect of textual production, distribution and reception - of how books themselves made history.

    To this end, each chapter of this volume, succinctly bounded by period and geography, offers incisive and stimulating insights into the relationship between books and the story of their times.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $78.00
  • Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72
    Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72
    ISBN: 9781608196975
    Title: Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72

    In 1772, upon the death of her second husband, Mary Delany arose from her grief, picked up a pair of scissors, and, at the age of seventy-two, created a new art form: mixed-media collage. Over the next decade, Mrs. Delany produced an astonishing 985 botanically correct, breathtaking cut-paper flowers, now housed in the British Museum and referred to as the Flora Delanica. As she tracks the extraordinary life of Delany-friend of George Frideric Handel and Jonathan Swift-internationally acclaimed poet Molly Peacock weaves in delicate parallels in her own life and, in doing so, creates a profound and beautiful examination of the nature of creativity and art. This gorgeously designed book, featuring thirty-five full-color illustrations, is to be devoured as voraciously as one of the court dinners it describes.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $57.00
  • Pity the Reader On Writing with Style
    Pity the Reader On Writing with Style
    ISBN: 9781644210215
    Title: Pity the Reader On Writing with Style

    Kurt Vonnegut used to like to say, "Practicing an art form is a way to grow your soul." He would screw up his lips into a prune face after he said this because of how important he believed this idea to be. Pity the Reader is the very embodiment of that idea, a book about writing and life and why the two go together.

    It includes rare photos and reproductions, Vonnegut's own account in his own words of how he became a writer and why it matters, and previously untold stories by and about Vonnegut as teacher and friend.

    It turns out he was generous to a fault about students' writing, idiosyncratic, a bit tortured and always creative as a teacher, and here in this book that portrait becomes our gateway into getting to know Kurt Vonnegut better than we ever have before as a human being.

    Vonnegut recounts that his favorite work of art among all those his children produced "so far" is a letter his daughter Nanette wrote to a disgruntled customer, after he had tormented a new waitress at the restaurant where she had just started working, and then he shares the letter with us. Thus he illustrates his first writing rule: "Find a subject you care about." This book is full of such rare, intimately teachable moments, and they add up to something special. Pity the Reader indeed.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00

  • Poetry Handbook
    Poetry Handbook
    ISBN: 9780156724005
    Title: Poetry Handbook
    Author: OLIVER MARY

    With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built-meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, Oliver imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a remarkably short space. "Stunning" (Los Angeles Times). Index.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Reading Like a Writer: a Guide for People Who Love Books & for Those Who Want to Write Them
    Reading Like a Writer: a Guide for People Who Love Books & for Those Who Want to Write Them
    ISBN: 9780060777050
    Title: Reading Like a Writer: a Guide for People Who Love Books & for Those Who Want to Write Them

    Long before there were creative-writing workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose. In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the work of the very best writers#8212Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov#8212and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is deeply moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She looks to John Le Carr? for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for clever examples of how to employ gesture to create character. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Secret Life of Books: Why They Mean More Than Words
    Secret Life of Books: Why They Mean More Than Words
    ISBN: 9781783965298
    Title: Secret Life of Books: Why They Mean More Than Words
    Author: MOLE TOM

    We love books. We take them to bed with us. They weigh down our suitcases on holiday. We display them on our bookshelves, give them as gifts, write our names in them. We take them for granted. And all the time, our books are leading a double life. &

    The Secret Life of Books is about everything that isn't just the words. It's about how books transform us as individuals, the stories they tell us about & ourselves. It's about how books - and readers - have evolved over time. And it's about why, even with the arrival of other media, books still have the power to change our lives. &

    In this stylish and thought-provoking meditation, Tom Mole looks at everything from binding innovations to binding errors, to books defaced by lovers, to those imprisoning professors in their offices, to books in art, to burned books, to the books that create nations, to those we'll leave behind. A striking text in a stunning package, it will change how you think about books.&

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
  • Shadow of the Wind #1 The Cemetery of Forgotten Books
    Shadow of the Wind #1 The Cemetery of Forgotten Books
    ISBN: 9781920885854
    Title: Shadow of the Wind #1 The Cemetery of Forgotten Books

    Barcelona 1945: young Daniel Sempere is taken to a fabulous secret library called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books where he is told he must 'adopt' a single book, promising to care for it and keep it alive always.Entranced by his chosen book, The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax, Daniel begins a quest to find the truth about the life and death of its mysterious author. He starts to fall into a game of mirrors, reflecting strange discoveries about obsession and love, and how they are entwined within the shadow world of books.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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