Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley, winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, is the author of many novels and other works. In 2010 she published Private Life, a novel; A Good Horse, a book for young adults; and The Man Who Invented the Computer, the first volume of the Sloane American Inventors series.

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    Poison Penmanship

    Jessica Mitford, celebrated for her exposé The American Way of Death, spent her career chronicling the mischief people get up to in the pursuit of profit. Poison Penmanship—beach reading for journalism junkies and lovers of mordant wit—collects 17 of her finest pieces and fills each out with the story of how she got the scoop and, no less fascinating, how the story developed after publication.

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    School for Love

    A sadly sweet, yet peculiarly uplifting story about displaced people attempting to repair their broken lives at the end of the Second World War. At the center of the book is Felix, an orphan, who arrives at the Jerusalem home of his horrible holy-rolling aunt and is forced to grow up fast.

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    Anglo-Saxon Attitudes

    After Evelyn Waugh, what? The answer is Angus Wilson, a master of mimicry, diction, intention and wit.” —Edmund Wilson