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book image The Peregrine
J.A. Baker
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A classic of nature writing.
Contributors: Robert Macfarlane

book image Looking Back
Looking Back
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In these eleven essays, all originally published in The New York Review of Books, Russell Baker looks back on a group of iconic public figures from his own past.

book image Seven Men
Seven Men
Max Beerbohm
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In Seven Men the brilliant English caricaturist and critic Max Beerbohm turns his comic searchlight upon the fantastic fin-de-siècle world of the 1890s—the age of Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, and the young Yeats, as well of Beerbohm's own first success.
Contributors: John Updike

book image The Struggle for Iran
Struggle for Iran
Christopher de Bellaigue
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Who rules Iran, and how secure is their grip on a young and restless society? How should the world respond to allegations that the Islamic Republic is building nuclear weapons and supporting terrorists? Bellaigue addresses these and other questions in this essential guide to a nation that is certain to be in the headlines for some time to come.

book image Moura: The Dangerous Life of the Baroness Budberg
Nina Berberova
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In this legendary biography, an unusual labor of love, Berberova paints a portrait of the ultimate survivor, a woman who made her life a triumph of fiction.
Contributors: Marian Schwartz, Richard D. Sylvester

book image Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
Alexander Berkman
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No other book discusses so frankly the criminal ways of the closed prison society, its homosexuality or extortion. No other political prisoner even remotely approaches Berkman's sympathy for what most of the revolutionaries refer to contemptuously as common criminals.
Contributors: John William Ward

book image Mouchette
Georges Bernanos
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First published as Nouvelle Histoire de Mouchette in 1937, this French classic is the basis for Robert Bresson's cult film.
Contributors: Fanny Howe , J.C. Whitehouse

book image War and the Iliad
War and the Iliad
Simone Weil, Rachel Bespaloff
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These essays do more than prove the permanent relevance of Homer's great poem. They analyze the logic of war itself, and explore how intoxicating violence defines the human condition.
Contributors: Christopher Benfey , Hermann Broch , Mary McCarthy

book image Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself
Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself
Robert Montgomery Bird
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The eponymous hero of this early-American picaresque climbs the social ladder by inhabiting the bodies of the recently deceased, assuming the identities of, among others, a country squire, a young man of fashion, and a slave.
Contributors: Christopher Looby

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Great Granny Webster
Caroline Blackwood
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This macabre, mordantly funny, partly auto-biographical novel reveals the gothic craziness behind the scenes in the great houses of the aristocracy, as witnessed through the unsparing eyes of an orphaned teenage girl.
Contributors: Honor Moore