Essays, Criticism, Memoirs

LONG ACCOMPLISHMENT: A MEMOIR OF STRUGGLE AND HOPE IN MATRIMONY

At this story’s start, Moody, a recovering alcoholic and sexual compulsive with a history of depression, is also the divorced father of a beloved little girl and a man in love; his answer to the question “Would you like to be in a committed relationship?” is, fully and for the first time in his life, “Yes.” And so his second marriage begins as he emerges, humbly and with tender hopes, from the wreckage of his past, only to be battered by a stormy sea of external troubles—miscarriages, the deaths of friends, and robberies, just for starters. As Moody has put it, "this is a story in which a lot of bad luck is the daily fare of the protagonists, but in which they are also in love.” To Moody’s astonishment, matrimony turns out to be the site of strength in hard times, a vessel infinitely tougher and more durable than any boat these two participants would have traveled by alone. Love buoys the couple, lifting them above their hardships, and the reader is buoyed along with them.
August 1, 2019 | Hardcover |
$28.00

COVENTRY: ESSAYS

Rachel Cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction with the Outline Trilogy, three “literary masterpieces” (The Washington Post) whose narrator, Faye, perceives the world with a glinting, unsparing intelligence while remaining opaque to the reader. Lauded for the precision of her prose and the quality of her insight, Cusk is a writer of uncommon brilliance. Now, in Coventry, she gathers a selection of her nonfiction writings that both offers new insights on the themes at the heart of her fiction and forges a startling critical voice on some of our most urgent personal, social, and artistic questions.Coventry encompasses memoir, cultural criticism, and writing about literature, with pieces on family life, gender, and politics, and on D. H. Lawrence, Françoise Sagan, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Named for an essay Cusk published in Granta (“Every so often, for offences actual or hypothetical, my mother and father stop speaking to me. There’s a funny phrase for this phenomenon in England: it’s called being sent to Coventry”), this collection is pure Cusk and essential reading for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite, and dazzling to behold.
August 1, 2019 | Hardcover |
$27.00

LIFE OF MY OWN: A MEMOIR

In A Life of My Own, the renowned biographer of Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Hardy, and former literary editor for the Sunday Times reflects on a remarkable life surrounded by writers and books. From discovering books as a form of escapism during her parents' difficult divorce, to pursuing poetry at Cambridge, where she meets and marries Nicholas Tomalin, the ambitious and striving journalist, Tomalin always steered herself towards a passionate involvement with art. She relives the glittering London literary scene of the 1960s, during which Tomalin endured her husband's constant philandering and numerous affairs, and revisits the satisfaction of being commissioned to write her first book, a biography of the early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. In biography, she found her vocation. However, when Nick is killed in 1973 while reporting in Israel, the mother of four put aside her writing to assume the position of literary editor of the New Statesman. Her career soared when she later moved to the Sunday Times, and she tells with dazzling candor of this time in her life spent working alongside the literary lights of 1970s London. But, the pain of her young daughter's suicide and the challenges of caring for her disabled son as a single mother test Claire's strength and persistence. It is not until later in life that she is able to return to what gave her such purpose decades ago, writing biographies, and finds enduring love with her now-husband, playwright Michael Frayn. Marked by honesty, humility, and grace, rendered in the most elegant of prose, A Life of My Own is a portrait of a life, replete with joy and heartbreak. With quiet insight and unsparing clarity, Tomalin writes autobiography at its most luminous, delivering an astonishing and emotionally-taut masterpiece.Esteemed biographer and legendary literary editor Claire Tomalin's stunning memoir of a life in literature "[An] intelligent and humane book...There is genuine appeal in watching this indomitable woman continue to chase the next draft of herself." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times In A Life of My Own, the renowned biographer of Charles Dickens, Samuel Pep
August 1, 2019 | Paperback |
$17.00
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CORRESPONDENCE

Written by Bachmann, Ingeborg
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October 15, 2019 | Paperback | Seagull Books |
$16.50
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TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE, BUT FIRST IT WILL PISS YOU OFF!: A LIFETIME OF QUOTES

Written by Steinem, Gloria
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October 29, 2019 | Hardcover | Random House |
$22.00
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INSOMNIAC DREAMS: EXPERIMENTS WITH TIME BY VLADIMIR NABOKOV

Written by Nabokov, Vladimir
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October 1, 2019 | Paperback | Princeton University Press | 224 Pages |
$17.95
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SLEEVELESS: FASHION, IMAGE, MEDIA, NEW YORK 2011-2019

Written by Stagg, Natasha
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October 8, 2019 | Paperback | Semiotext(e) | 256 Pages |
$16.95
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HOW TO READ LITERATURE

Written by Eagleton, Terry
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September 24, 2019 | Paperback | Yale University Press | 232 Pages |
$16.00
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INADVERTENT

Written by Knausgaard, Karl Ove
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September 10, 2019 | Paperback | Yale University Press | 104 Pages |
$9.95

WILD THINGS: THE JOY OF READING CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AS AN ADULT

Written by Handy, Bruce
An irresistible, nostalgic, insightful--and totally original--ramble through classic children's literature from Vanity Fair contributing editor (and father) Bruce Handy. "Consistently intelligent and funny...The book succeeds wonderfully." --The New York Times Book Review "A delightful excursion...Engaging and full of genuine feeling." --The Wall Street J
August 15, 2017 | Hardcover | Simon & Schuster | 336 Pages |
$26.00

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