Essays, Criticism, Memoirs

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REAL WORK: ON THE MYSTERY OF MASTERY

Written by Gopnik, Adam
For decades, Adam Gopnik has been one of our most beloved writers, a brilliantly perceptive critic of art, food, France, and more. But recently, he became obsessed by a fundamental matter: How did the people he was writing about learn their outlandish skill, whether it was drawing a nude or baking a sourdough loaf?
March 14, 2023 | Hardcover | Liveright Publishing Corporation | 256 Pages |
$30.00
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PATRICIA HIGHSMITH'S DIARIES AND NOTEBOOKS: THE NEW YORK YEARS, 1941-1950

Written by Highsmith, Patricia
Before Alfred Hitchcock adapted her debut novel, Strangers on a Train, for the big screen; before her suave and sociopathic Thomas Ripley snaked his way into the canon of psychological suspense; and before The Price of Salt became a cult classic of romantic obsession, who was Patricia Highsmith?
January 10, 2023 | Paperback | Liveright Publishing Corporation | 672 Pages |
$22.00
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ALEXANDRA PETRI'S US HISTORY: IMPORTANT AMERICAN DOCUMENTS (I MADE UP)

Written by Petri, Alexandra
Washington Post humor columnist Alexandra Petri is perhaps America's most beloved political satirist. Her new, side-splitting work of historical humor uses imagined documents to create a laugh-out-loud, irreverent takedown of our nation's complicated past.
April 11, 2023 | Hardcover | W. W. Norton & Company | 356 Pages |
$27.95
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ANIMAL JOY: A BOOK OF LAUGHTER AND RESUSCITATION

Written by Alsadir, Nuar
An invigorating, continuously surprising book about the serious nature of laughter. Laughter shakes us out of our deadness. An outburst of spontaneous laughter is an eruption from the unconscious that, like political resistance, poetry, or self-revelation, expresses a provocative, impish drive to burst free from external constraints.
August 16, 2022 | Paperback | Graywolf Press | 320 Pages |
$17.00
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WORLD ACCORDING TO PROUST

Written by Landy, Joshua
100 years after Proust's death, In Search of Lost Time remains one of the greatest works in World Literature. At 3,000 pages, it can be intimidating to some. This short volume invites first-time readers and veterans alike to view the novel in a new way. Marcel Proust (1871-1922) was arguably France's best-known literary writer.
November 1, 2022 | Hardcover | Oxford University Press, USA | 152 Pages |
$18.95
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I WANT TO KEEP SMASHING MYSELF UNTIL I AM WHOLE: AN ELIAS CANETTI READER

Written by Canetti, Elias
A brilliant selection . . . Canetti's range astonishes. --Claire Messud, Harper's
September 27, 2022 | Paperback | Picador USA |
$20.00
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ON FREEDOM: FOUR SONGS OF CARE AND CONSTRAINT

Written by Nelson, Maggie
Named a Most Anticipated/Best Book of the Month by: NPR * USA Today * Time * Washington Post * Vulture * Women's Wear Daily * Bustle * LitHub * The Millions * Vogue * Nylon * Shondaland * Chicago Review of Books * The Guardian * Los Angeles Times * Kirkus * Publishers Weekly So often dep
September 6, 2022 | Paperback | Graywolf Press |
$17.00
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VISIBLE UNSEEN: ESSAYS

Written by Chapela, Andrea
Andrea Chapela, one of Granta's Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists of 2021, breaks down literary and scientific conventions in this prize-winning collection of experimental essays exploring the properties and poetics of glass, mirrors, and light as a means of understanding the self.
October 11, 2022 | Hardcover | Restless Books | 160 Pages |
$20.00
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CRITICAL PRACTICE

Written by Belsey, Catherine
What is poststructuralist theory, and what difference does it make to literary criticism? Where do we find the meaning of the text: in the author's head? in the reader's? Or do we, instead, make meaning in the practice of reading itself? If so, what part do our own values play in the process of interpretation? And what is the role of the text?
May 16, 2002 | Paperback | Routledge | 176 Pages |
$38.95
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PHILOSOPHY OF LITERARY FORM

Written by Burke, Kenneth
From the ForewordThese pieces are selections from work done in the Thirties, a decade so changeable that I at first thought of assembling them under the title, "While Everything Flows." Their primary interest is in speculation on the nature of linguistic, or symbolic, or literary action--and in a search for more precise ways of locating or defining such action.
August 27, 1974 | Paperback | University of California Press | 463 Pages |
$36.95

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