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book image Smith: The Story of a Pickpocket
Smith: The Story of a Pickpocket
Leon Garfield
Garfield
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Full of high adventure and vivid characters, this Dickensian tale about a child pickpocket is perfect for any young reader that loves history, mystery, and lots of serious fun.

book image The Black Spider
The Black Spider
Jeremias Gotthelf
Gotthelf
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In this unforgettably creepy story admired by the likes of Robert Walser and Thomas Mann, a bold peasant woman believes she has outwitted the devil until a horrible spider's egg develops on the site of the kiss he gives her to seal the deal. The Black Spider can be seen as a parable of evil in the heart or at large in society, or as a Lovecraftian vision of the cosmic horror that underpins all life on Earth.
Contributors: Susan Bernofsky

book image Arzee the Dwarf
Arzee the Dwarf
Chandrahas Choudhury
Choudhury
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In this delightful debut novel, Arzee, a cinema projectionist with ‘a small frame but a big imagination,’ guides readers through the diverse and chaotic streets of Bombay, a terrain Choudhury depicts with a freshness, energy, and humor that vividly brings his hero’s inner and outer worlds to life.

book image Pierre Reverdy
Pierre Reverdy
Pierre Reverdy
Reverdy
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As Frank O'Hara once wrote in a poem, 'My heart is in my pocket, it is Poems by Pierre Reverdy.' A Catholic who lived much of his life in quasi-monasticism after an intense relationship with Coco Chanel, Reverdy has remained one of the most singular poets of his generation, and was described by André Breton as "The greatest poet of the time." Here is a life-spanning selection of the French modernist's work by the most revered translators of the language.
Contributors: Mary Ann Caws

book image Proper Doctoring: A Book for Patients and their Doctors
Proper Doctoring
David Mendel
Mendel
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A book about what it means (and takes) to be a good doctor, and for that reason very much a book for patients as well as doctors—which is to say a book for everyone. “A gem for physicians, future physicians, and clinicians of all types.... It presents advice to practitioners...and contains many brief examples and aphorisms.” —American Psychological Association
Contributors: Jerome Groopman

book image Fighting for Life
Fighting for Life
S. Josephine Baker
Baker
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In 1918, Dr. S. Josephine Baker made the shocking assertion that front-line soldiers enjoyed better survival rates than infants born in NYC. And then she did something about it, developing hygiene programs that turned the city into one of the safest places to be born and in the process creating the discipline of preventive medicine. Here she recounts her many crusades, including her successful identification of Typhoid Mary and work as a suffragist.
Contributors: Helen Epstein

book image The Little Woman Wanted Noise
Little Woman Wanted Noise
Val Teal
Teal
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A lost classic about finding peace in the loudest of worlds, from the illustrator of The Story of Ferdinand and Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
Contributors: Robert Lawson

book image One Fat Englishman
One Fat Englishman
Kingsley Amis
Amis
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Amis sent Roger Micheldene, the titular hero of One Fat Englishman to America (he is a visiting professor at Budweiser College) as a fictional emissary, avenging the wrongs done to the Old World by the vulgar, consumerist New. But the joke is on Roger, obese, bumbling, and outsmarted at every turn by unobliging housewives, clever novelists, and even neighborhood deer. “Very funny…splendidly slapstick…and serious too.”—TLS
Contributors: David Lodge

book image Girl, 20
Girl 20
Kingsley Amis
Amis
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Sir Roy Vandervane (a Leonard Bernstein-esque, but very British, conductor) has been known to indulge in dalliances with younger women, but in the highborn hippie Sylvia, he might have met his match. In Girl, 20, famous curmudgeon and wit Kingsley Amis deals a double-punch to radical chic and Flower Power. “Sir Roy is a first-class character, possibly Amis’s best.”—Anatole Broyard
Contributors: Howard Jacobson

book image No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State
No Ordinary Men
Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern
Sifton
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"A convincing argument that theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his often overlooked brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi 'deserve to be remembered together' for their courageous resistance to Hitler's Nazi regime….A concise yet powerful contribution to an even larger history."—Kirkus Reviews