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book image Where I'm Reading From: The Changing World of Books
Where I'm Reading From
Tim Parks
Parks
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This collection of thirty-seven interlocking essays ranges across more than four decades of reading to re-examine fundamental assumptions about literature today, from the status of the writer to the ability of fiction to change the world

book image Dreams of Earth and Sky
Dreams of Earth and Sky
Freeman Dyson
Dyson
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Dyson's new collection includes reminiscences, lucid explanations of scientific concepts, and an engagingly imaginative approach to the triumphs, blunders, mysteries, and dreams of scientific inquiry into the natural world.

book image After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction
After the Tall Timber
Renata Adler
Adler
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As a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1963 to 2001, Renata Adler reported on civil rights from Selma; on the war in Biafra, the Six-Day War, and the Vietnam War; on the Nixon impeachment and Congress. She has also written about cultural matters, films, books, politics, and pop music. This first comprehensive gathering of her work shows why she is among the finest American journalists of the last century—and of this one.
Contributors: Michael Wolff

book image Onward and Upward in the Garden
Onward and Upward in the Garden
Katharine White
White
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This collection of White's gardening columns, originally written for The New Yorker, has blossomed into a classic in its own right. Here is White's acerbic and irreverent take on everything from the unsung authors of seed packet copy to flower arranging, herbalists, and the pleasures of dreaming of future gardens. “Can be savored by the reader whose closest acquaintance with nature is the corner florist. It is a heady compost of observation, taste, wit, and scholarship.”—Time
Contributors: E.B. White

book image Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers
Moral Agents
Edward Mendelson
Mendelson
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One of contemporary America’s leading critics and scholars offers a provocative reassessment of the lives and work of eight influential twentieth-century American writers: Lionel Trilling, Dwight Macdonald, W.H. Auden, William Maxwell, Saul Bellow, Alfred Kazin, Norman Mailer, and Frank O’Hara.

book image Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy
Blackballed
Darryl Pinckney
Pinckney
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Darryl Pinckney's first book in over ten years covers the participation of blacks in US electoral politics, from Reconstruction to the Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and what it may mean for the political influence of black voters in future elections.

book image Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War
Theater of Cruelty
Ian Buruma
Buruma
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Many of the filmmakers and artists Ian Buruma covers in his new collection, which focuses on the themes of war, film, and the visual arts, come from Germany and Japan and deal with World War II. What unifies the book is less the question of war itself than the way people deal with violence and cruelty, in the arts and in life.

book image Shakespeare's Montaigne: The Florio Translation of the Essays, A Selection
Shakespeare's Montaigne
Michel de Montaigne
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There is no better to way to encounter Montaigne's searching, eloquent essays than as William Shakespeare did, in lyrical translation by his contemporary John Florio. Here noted Shakespearean scholar Greenblatt accompanies the texts with a learned and engaging essay, tracking Montaignian themes in such works as King Lear and The Tempest and setting his work in elegant context.
Contributors: Peter Platt , John Florio

book image On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry
On Being Blue
William H. Gass
Gass
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On Being Blue is a book about everything blue—sex and sleaze and sadness, among other things. It brings us the world in a word as only William H. Gass, among contemporary American writers, can do.
Contributors: Michael Gorra

book image Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture
Waiting for
Daniel Mendelsohn
Mendelsohn
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Daniel Mendelsohn—hailed by The Economist as one of the finest critics writing in the English language today—brings together a selection of his recent critical essays.

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