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book image Paris and Elsewhere
Paris and Elsewhere
Richard Cobb
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Growing Up Absurd
Growing Up Absurd
Paul Goodman
Goodman
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Growing Up Absurd, originally commissioned as a study of juvenile delinquency and later a bible of the 1960s student rebellion, remains essential and troubling reading for anyone who cares about the problems of the young.”
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times


Contributors: Casey Blake , Susan Sontag

book image The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays
Hall of Uselessness
Simon Leys
Leys
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“Simon Leys is living proof of Benjamin Franklin's dictum that a cultured individual should be a jack of all trades.” (Sydney Morning Herald). Here the eminent sinologist and frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books turns his attention to such subjects as the Cultural Revolution, Nabokov, Hitchens, Orwell, Simenon, Confucius, and the fate of the university.