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book image Paris and Elsewhere
Paris and Elsewhere
Richard Cobb
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Collecting memoirs, portraits of favorite haunts, appreciations of Simenon and Queneau, René Clair and Brassaï, and including the famous polemic "The Assassination of Paris," Paris and Elsewhere shows us a France unglimpsed by tourists.

book image Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties
Part of Our Time
Murray Kempton
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Through brilliant portraits of real persons who created the myths and realities of the 1930s, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Murray Kempton brings that turbulent decade to life.
Contributors: David Remnick

book image Reading and Writing: A Personal Account
Reading and Writing
V.S. Naipaul
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In this essay of literary autobiography, V. S. Naipaul sifts through memories of his childhood in Trinidad, his university days in England, and his earliest attempts at writing, seeking the experiences of life and reading that shaped his imagination and his growth as a writer.

book image Sacagawea's Nickname: Essays on the American West
Sacagawea's Nickname
Larry McMurtry
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Once again Larry McMurtry casts a keen and elegaic eye not only on the often harsh truths of the West, but also on the power of western illusions.

book image Seduction and Betrayal: Women and Literature
Seduction and Betrayal
Elizabeth Hardwick
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Seduction and Betrayal is a virtuoso performance, a major writer's reckoning with the relations between men and women, women and writing, writing and life.
Contributors: Joan Didion

book image There You Are: Writings on Irish and American Literature and History
There You Are
Thomas Flanagan
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In these essays and reviews, Flanagan reflects on past and present Irish history, on writers such as Yeats, O'Neill, Brian Moore, and O'Hara, as well as on Fitzgerald, Joyce, Mary McCarthy, Eugene O'Neill, Darcy O'Brien, Hemingway, and the films of John Ford.
Contributors: Christopher Cahill

book image The Tiger in the House: A Cultural History of the Cat
Tiger in the House
Carl Van Vechten
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The erudite and charming Carl Van Vechten sings the praises of the most enigmatic of human companions in this witty, learned, and unabashedly opinionated book.
Contributors: Stephen Budiansky

book image The Voyage That Never Ends: Fictions, Poems, Fragments, Letters
Voyage That Never Ends
Malcolm Lowry
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A self-portrait of one of the 20th century's most compelling and tragic writers, The Voyage that Never Ends draws on Lowry's stories, several unfinished novels, poems, and letters to present a picture of the whole range his accomplishment to set alongside his masterpiece, Under the Volcano.
Contributors: Michael Hofmann

book image After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction
After the Tall Timber
Renata 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 Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village
Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village
Ronald Blythe
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This landmark oral history of rapidly disappearing traditional British village life reverberates with the recollections and opinions of its residents, from the schoolteacher to the blacksmith, from survivors of World War I to the newest generation of farmworkers, and everyone in between. “If you buy only one book this year, let it be this one.” —Studs Terkel
Contributors: Matt Weiland