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book image Pages from the Goncourt Journals
Pages from the Goncourt Journals
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
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 Ringolevio: A Life Played for Keeps
Ringolevio
Emmett Grogan
Grogan
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Grogan went from street punk to teenage junkie to countercultural icon in a few years. As the leader of the San Francisco Diggers in the '60s he set the tone—puckish, anarchic, radical—for a movement that was to alter the social fabric. He was also a great self-mythologizer. As Paul Krassner put it, "The leader of the Diggers doesn't exist, and his name is Emmett Grogan."
Contributors: Peter Coyote

book image Twenty Days with Julian & Little Bunny by Papa
Twenty Days
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hawthrone
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This true-life story by a great American writer emerges from obscurity to shine a delightful light upon family life—then and now.
Contributors: Paul Auster

book image Shelley: The Pursuit
Shelley
Richard Holmes
Holmes
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Here we have the real Shelley at last—radical agitator, atheist, and apostle of free love, as well as a brilliant and uncompromising poetic innovator.

book image A Journey Round My Skull
Journey Round My Skull
Frigyes Karinthy
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 The World I Live In
World I Live In
Helen Keller
Keller
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The World I Live In is a thought-provoking and deeply moving account of Helen Keller's keenest impressions and deepest feelings —as well as a rediscovered classic of American writing.
Contributors: Roger Shattuck

book image Peking Story: The Last Days of Old China
Peking Story
David Kidd
Kidd
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"Kidd's pieces are simple, graceful, comic, mournful miniatures of an ominous catastrophe, the unprecedently swift death of a uniquely ancient civilization." —John Updike

book image An African in Greenland
African in Greenland
Tete-Michel Kpomassie
Kpomassie
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"Kpomassie is indisputably a man of extraordinary charm; he is also sharp and perceptive and honest?unencumbered by a sense of obligation to his hosts that might have prevented him from telling us what they are really like."— Katherine Bouton, The Nation
Contributors: Al Alvarez , James Kirkup

book image Afloat
Afloat
Guy de Maupassant
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 Miserable Miracle
Miserable Miracle
Henri Michaux
Michaux
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In Miserable Miracle, the great French poet and artist Henri Michaux, a confirmed teetotaler, tells of his life-transforming first encounters with a powerful hallucinogenic drug.
Contributors: Octavio Paz , Louise Varèse