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book image Afloat
Guy de Maupassant
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Maupassant merges fact and fiction, dream and documentation in this seemingly simple logbook of a sailing cruise along the French Mediterranean coast. "[Afloat] has spontaneity, gaiety and freshness."—Daily Telegraph (UK)
Contributors: Douglas Parmée

book image A Journey Round My Skull
Journey Round My Skull
Frigyes Karinthy
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The author was 48 when he was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. His memoir follows him through the stages of symptom, diagnosis, and surgery. "Karinthy's book is, to my mind, a masterpiece. . . . A Journey Around My Skull, the first autobiographical description of a journey inside the brain, remains one of the very best."—Oliver Sacks, from the Introduction.
Contributors: Oliver Sacks , Vernon Duckworth Barker

book image Memoirs of Montparnasse
Memoirs of Montparnasse
John Glassco
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1927. Finding college life " a point where [he] could not go on" John "Buffy" Glassco decamped for Paris. Forty years later, he reconstructed this memoir à clef of his rollicking youth among the haute bohemians of the day, including Hemingway, Joyce, Djuna Barnes, and Kay Boyle.
Contributors: Louis Begley

book image Pages from the Goncourt Journals
Pages from the Goncourt Journals
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
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No evocation of Parisian life in the second half of the nineteenth century can match that found in the journals of the brothers Goncourt.
Contributors: Geoff Dyer , Robert Baldick

book image Roumeli: Travels In Northern Greece
Patrick Leigh Fermor
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Travel writing's very own "cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Graham Greene" explores northern Greece.
Contributors: Patricia Storace

book image Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese
Patrick Leigh Fermor
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Patrick Leigh Fermor carries the reader with him on his journeys amongst the peoples of the southernmost parts of Greece, exploring their history and time-honored lore.
Contributors: Michael Gorra

book image Conundrum
Jan Morris
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A pioneering memoir exploring the borders of gender and early sex-reassignment surgery.

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 Flaubert and Madame Bovary: A Double Portrait
Flaubert and Madame Bovary
Francis Steegmuller
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A work of scholarship, a profound contribution to literary criticism, Flaubert and Madame Bovary is a biographical study executed with all the precision and vision of a great novel.
Contributors: Victor Brombert

book image Hons and Rebels
Hons and Rebels
Jessica Mitford
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In Hons and Rebels Jessica Mitford tells about her upbringing, which, she drily remarks, "even for England, in those far-off days of the middle twenties...was not exactly conventional...."
Contributors: Christopher Hitchens