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    • Europe in sepia
      Europe in sepia
      Dubravka Ugresic
      "Hurtling between Weltschmerz and wit, drollness and diatribe, entropy and enchantment, it's the juxtaposition at the heart of Dubravka Ugresic's writings that saw Ruth Franklin dub her "the fantasy cultural studies professor you never had." In Europe in Sepia, Ugresic, ever the flaneur, wanders from the Midwest to Zuccotti Park, the Irish Aran Islands to Jerusalem's Mea Shearim, from the tristesse of Dutch housing estates to the riots of south London, charting everything from the listlessness of Central Europe to the ennui of the Low Countries. One finger on the pulse of an exhausted Europe, another in the wounds of postindustrial America, Ugresic trawls the fallout of political failure and the detritus of popular culture, mining each for revelation. Infused with compassion and melancholic doubt, Europe in Sepia centers on the disappearance of the future, the anxiety that no new utopian visions have emerged from the ruins of communism; that ours is a time of irreducible nostalgia, our surrender to pastism complete. Punctuated by the levity of Ugresic's raucous instinct for the absurd, despair has seldom been so beguiling" -- Provided by publisher.
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    • Limonov
      Limonov
      Emmanuel Carrere
      "This deft, timely translation of French writer and filmmaker Carrere's sparkling 2011 biography of Edward Limonov is an enthralling portrait of a man and his times. The subtitle is no exaggeration: Limonov, a prolific and celebrated author, cofounder of Russia's National Bolshevik Party, onetime coleader of the Drugaya Rossiya opposition movement, and current head of Strategy-31 (which organizes protests in Russia aimed at securing the right to peacefully assemble), has led an extraordinary life. Carrere suggests that Limonov's haphazard turns from budding poet, disillusioned emigre, New York City butler, and Parisian literary rock star to Russian countercultural maverick, Putin opponent, and political prisoner have been prompted by his drive for adventure and fame. Though his behavior is frequently reprehensible (including his lasting flirtation with authoritarian and fascist figures), Carrere's Limonov never dissolves in a mess of unfathomable contradictions. Instead, he emerges as a mirror through which the vortex of culture and politics in the late-Soviet and New Russian eras is reflected. In this astute, witty account, Limonov has found his ideal biographer. There are few more enjoyable descriptions of Russia today"--Publisher's Weekly.
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    • Get started in writing for children
      Get started in writing for children
      Lisa Bullard.
      Bullard offers practical advice for finding inspiration and your creative voice in order to write captivating children's books. She shows you the importance of tailoring your language and style to the age range of your intended audience, in order to engage young readers.
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    • A practical guide to poetry forms : how to find the perfect form for your poem
      A practical guide to poetry forms : how to find the perfect form for your poem
      Alison Chisholm.
      This is a practical handbook on poetry forms, giving informative details on the construction of the major set forms. It also includes exercises, all within the scope of the beginner, yet stimulating enough to engage the more experienced poet.
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    • The critic in the modern world : public criticism from Samuel Johnson to James Wood
      The critic in the modern world : public criticism from Samuel Johnson to James Wood
      James Ley.
      "The Critic in the Modern World explores the work of six influential literary critics--Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, Matthew Arnold, T.S. Eliot, Lionel Trilling and James Wood--each of whom occupies a distinct historical moment. It considers how these representative critics have constructed their public personae, the kinds of arguments they have used, and their core principles and philosophies. Spanning three hundred years of cultural history, The Critic in the Modern World considers the various ways in which literary critics have positioned themselves in relation to the modern tradition of descriptive criticism. In providing a lucid account of each critic's core principles and philosophies, it considers the role of the literary critic as a public figure, interpreting him as someone who is compelled to address the wider issues of individualism and the social implications of the democratising, secularising, liberalising forces of modernity"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The Norton anthology of English literature, the major authors
    • Le morte Darthur : selections
    • Collecting Shakespeare : the story of Henry and Emily Folger
    • Apocalypse of clay : 'the men's the boys' : a study of Patrick Kavanagh's masterpiece 'The great hunger' and Ireland's coming of age
    • Philip Larkin : life, art and love
      Philip Larkin : life, art and love
      James Booth.
      In one of the most comprehensive pictures of the poet yet published, James Booth examines the people, the places and the chance encounters that influenced Larkin and shaped his poetry. From Larkin's early life, his academic studies and his aspirations as a novelist, an image emerges of a reserved and gentle man greatly affected by those close to him. Delving into his fluctuating relationships with Maeve Brennan and Monica Jones, two of the many women in Larkin's life, and analysing their varied effect on his work, Booth sheds fresh light on one of Britain's best loved poets.
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    • Dylan Thomas : the pubs : mermaids and white horses
      Dylan Thomas : the pubs : mermaids and white horses
      Jeff Towns
      A pictoral tour of some of the pubs Dylan Thomas attended in Swansea, west Wales, Oxford, London and the USA. This book will put Dylan Thomas's love of public houses and liking of drink into its proper perspective. Events that happened to him in and around pubs are reflected in his famous works and these are discussed in the book. Mae'r llyfr yn mynd a'r darllenydd ar daith farddol o amgylch hoff dafarndai Dylan Thomas yn Abertawe, Talacharn, Cei Newydd, Llundain ac America. Mae darluniau Wyn Thomas yn cyd-fynd a phob lleoliad ac yn bywiogi'r tafarndai. Mae Dylan Thomas - The Pubs yn llyfr i bawb: i edmygwyr Dylan Thomas a'r darllenwyr llenyddol, i garwyr tafarn a beirdd rhan-amser. A pictoral tour of some of the pubs Dylan Thomas attended in Swansea, west Wales, Oxford, London and the USA. This book will put Dylan Thomass love of public houses and liking of drink into its proper perspective. Events that happened to him in and around pubs are reflected in his famous works and these are discussed in the book.
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    • Artificial cherry
    • The quest for epic in contemporary American fiction : John Updike, Philip Roth and Don DeLillo
    • Poetry Los Angeles : Reading the City's Essential Poems
    • The best American sports writing 2014
      The best American sports writing 2014
      edited and with an introduction by Christopher McDougall
      Presents essays about sports chosen from magazines and newspapers on topics ranging from bullfighting to basketball, baseball, and boxing.
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    • William Wells Brown : an African American life
      William Wells Brown : an African American life
      Ezra Greenspan.
      "Born into slavery in Kentucky, raised on the Western frontier on the farm adjacent to Daniel Boone's, "rented" out in adolescence to a succession of steamboat captains on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, the young man known as "Sandy" reinvented himself as "William Wells" Brown after escaping to freedom. He lifted himself out of illiteracy and soon became an innovative, widely admired, and hugely popular speaker on antislavery circuits (both American and British) and went on to write the earliest African American works in a plethora of genres: travelogue, novel (the now canonized Clotel), printed play, and history. He also practiced medicine, ran for office, and campaigned for black uplift, temperance, and civil rights." -- Publisher's description.
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    • Moby-Dick in pictures : one drawing for every page
    • The heart is strange : new selected poems
      The heart is strange : new selected poems
      John Berryman
      "A lively sampling from the work of one of the most celebrated and daring poets of the twentieth century John Berryman was perhaps the most idiosyncratic American poet of the twentieth century. Best known for the painfully sad and raucously funny cycle of Dream Songs, he wrote passionately: of love and despair, of grief and laughter, of longing for a better world and coming to terms with this one. The Heart Is Strange, a new selection of his poems, along with reissues of Berryman's Sonnets, 77 Dream Songs, and the complete Dream Songs, marks the centenary of his birth. The Heart Is Strange includes a generous selection from across Berryman's varied career: from his earliest poems, which show him learning the craft, to his breakthrough masterpiece, "Homage to Mistress Bradstreet," then to his mature verses, which find the poet looking back upon his lovers and youthful passions, and finally, to his late poems, in which he battles with sobriety and an increasingly religious sensibility. The defiant joy and wild genius of Berryman's work has been obscured by his struggles with mental illness and alcohol, his tempestuous relationships with women, and his suicide. This volume, which includes three previously uncollected poems and an insightful introduction by the editor Daniel Swift, celebrates the whole Berryman: tortured poet and teasing father, passionate lover and melancholy scholar. It is a perfect introduction to one of the finest bodies of work yet produced by an American poet"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Understanding Truman Capote
    • Gatsby : the cultural history of the great American novel
      Gatsby : the cultural history of the great American novel
      Bob Batchelor.
      In 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald produced his third novel, a slim work for which he had high expectations. Despite such hopes, the novel received mixed reviews and lackluster sales. Over the decades, however, the reputation of The Great Gatsby has grown and millions of copies have been sold. One of the bestselling novels of all time, it is also considered one of the most significant achievements in 20th century fiction. But what makes Gatsby great? Why do we still care about this book more than 85 years after it was published? And how does Gatsby help us make sense of our own lives and times? In Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel, Bob Batchelor explores the birth, life, and enduring influence of The Great Gatsby--from the book's publication in 1925 through today's headlines filled with celebrity intrigue, corporate greed, and a roller-coaster economy. A cultural historian, Batchelor explains why and how the novel has become part of the fiber of the American ethos and an important tool in helping readers to better comprehend their lives and the broader world around them. A "biography" of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, this book examines The Great Gatsby's evolution from a nearly-forgotten 1920s time capsule to a revered cultural touchstone. Batchelor explores how this embodiment of the American Dream has become an iconic part of our national folklore, how the central themes and ideas emerging from the book--from the fulfillment of the American Dream to the role of wealth in society--resonate with contemporary readers who struggle with similar uncertainties today. By exploring the timeless elements of reinvention, romanticism, and relentless pursuit of the unattainable, Batchelor confirms the novel's status as "The Great American Novel" and, more importantly, explains to students, scholars, and fans alike what makes Gatsby so great.
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    • J.D. Salinger : the escape artist
      J.D. Salinger : the escape artist
      Thomas Beller.
      "Three years after his death at ninety-one, J.D. Salinger remains our most mythic writer. The Catcher in the Rye (1951) became an American classic, and he was for a long time the writer for The New Yorker. Franny and Zooey and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters introduced, by way of the Glass family, a new type in contemporary literature: the introspective, voluble cast of characters whose stage is the Upper East Side of New York. But fame proved a burden, and in 1963 Salinger fled to New Hampshire, spending the next half century in isolation. Beller has followed his subject's trail, from his Park Avenue childhood to his final refuge, barnstorming across New England to visit various Salinger shrines, interviewing just about everyone alive who ever knew Salinger. The result is a quest biography in the tradition of Geoff Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage, a book as much about the biographer as about the subject--two vivid, entertaining stories in one"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Maya Angelou : her phenomenal life & poetic journey
      Maya Angelou : her phenomenal life & poetic journey
      from the editors of Essence.
      A celebration of the African American author, poet, and civil rights activist details her award-winning works and the legacy she left on the literary community.
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    • The psychic : (a murder mystery of sorts)
      The psychic : (a murder mystery of sorts)
      by Sam Bobrick.
      A down-on-his-luck New York writer places a sign in his apartment window advertising psychic readings. He becomes involved in the lives of various and sundry characters in the area as well a murder mystery.
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    • Olive and the bitter herbs
    • Oedipus at Palm Springs
      Oedipus at Palm Springs
      a Five Lesbian Brothers play
      "Irreverent theater group the Five Lesbian Brothers get their greasy prints on a classic. Oedipus at Palm Springs follows the dark adventure of two couples on a retreat to the desert resort town. While new parents Fran and Con try desperately to jump-start their sex life, May-December love bunnies Prin and Terri can't keep their hands off each other. What begins as a hilarious, boozey weekend takes a horrific turn after a secret is revealed. Two parts comedy with a shot of tragedy shaken over ice, Oedipus at Palm Springs is a brave examination of the messy guts of relationships."--P. [4] of cover.
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    • If the tabloids are true what are you? : poems & images
    • A princess magic presto spell
      A princess magic presto spell
      Lisa Jarnot with artwork by Emilie Clark.

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    • The World of Ice & Fire : the untold history of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
      The World of Ice & Fire : the untold history of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
      George R.R. Martin, Elio Garcia, and Linda Antonsson.
      "This is the comprehensive guide to all things Game of Thrones and beyond. From the prehistory to the coming of the First Men, through the reign of the Targaryen kings and Robert's Rebellion, this guide--co-written by George R.R. Martin and the immensely knowledgeable founders and keepers of the www.westeros.org site--will tell series readers old and new all they might want to know about the history and culture of Westeros and the lands beyond the Narrow Sea--a tapestry of all new history that George has invented solely for this volume"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Who that divines
    • All the way
      All the way
      Robert Schenkkan.
      "Chronicles the first 11 months of Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency. The story tells how nation-shifting legislation was accomplished and how the presidency was won in 1964"--Director's note.
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    • If this isn't nice, what is? : advice to the young : the graduation speeches
      If this isn't nice, what is? : advice to the young : the graduation speeches
      Kurt Vonnegut
      "Chiefly consists of selected graduation speeches given by Vonnegut at various educational institutions"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The getaway car : a Donald Westlake nonfiction miscellany
      The getaway car : a Donald Westlake nonfiction miscellany
      edited by Levi Stahl
      "Collection of published and unpublished gems: a memoir about learning to write, an imaginary interview between Westlake's various identities, essays on writing, introductions, and letters to writers like Stephen King and Brian Garfield. A true miscellany, this includes a piece by Abigail Westlake, a recipe for "May's Famous Tuna Casserole" and a 'Midnight snack'."--From the publisher.
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    • Once in the West
    • The who and the what : a play
    • A several world
    • Russian novels
    • The hunger games
    • Outside people
      Outside people
      Zayd Dohrn.
      "A dark, comic look at China/U.S. relations-- economic, political, and sexual. In modern-day Beijing, a young American guy falls for a Chinese girl and then struggles to understand where she's coming from. A play about loneliness, culture-shock, language, and trying to make connections across borders."--Page [4] of cover.
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    • Belleville
      Belleville
      Amy Herzog.
      "Abby and Zack, young American newlyweds, have abandoned a comfortable postgraduate life in the states for Belleville, a bustling, bohemian, multicultural Parisian neighborhood. But as secrets both minor and monumental are revealed, their fraught relationship begins to unravel. Belleville examines the limits of trust and dependency in a world where love can turn pathological and our most intimate relationships may not be what they seem"--Amazon.com.
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    • House music : poems
    • The wilderness : poems
      The wilderness : poems
      Sandra Lim.
      Moving through myths of the American landscape, the fatalism of American Puritanism, family history, New England winters, aesthetic theory, and the suavities and anxieties of contemporary life, the poems in this astonishing collection ultimately speak about the individual soul's struggle with its own meaning.
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    • Mad honey symposium
      Mad honey symposium
      Sally Wen Mao.
      ""Like Sylvia Plath's poems, these visionary poems are not only astute records of experience, they are themselves dazzling, verbal experiences. Worldly, wily, wise: Mad Honey Symposium is an extraordinary debut."-Terrance Hayes"[Mad Honey Symposium] has all the delicacy of [Mao's] earlier writing-but now there's also a gritty, world-wise sense of humor that gives her work heavyweight swagger."-Dave EggersMad Honey Symposium buzzes with lush sound and sharp imagery, creating a vivid natural world that's constantly in flux. From Venus flytraps to mad honey eaters, badgers to empowered outsiders, Sally Wen Mao's poems inhabit the precarious space between the vulnerable and the ferocious-how thin that line is, how breakable-with wonder and verve.From "Valentine for a Flytrap":.There's voltage in your flowers-mulch skeins, armory for cunning loves. Your mouth pins every sticky body, swallowing iridescence, digesting light. Venus, let me swim in your solarium. Venus, take me in your summer gown.Sally Wen Mao was born in Wuhan, China, and grew up in Boston and the Bay Area. She is a Kundiman fellow and 826 Valencia Young Author's Scholar. Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Hayden's Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Passages North, Quarterly West, and West Branch, among others. She holds a BA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from Cornell University, where she's currently a lecturer"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Without compass
    • Saturday night at Old Smokey : a poignant comedy with music
    • The merit of light
      The merit of light
      poems by Stephen Rifkin.

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    • Return of old Maine woman : tales of growing up and getting older
    • House of deer
    • Perfect mendacity
      Perfect mendacity
      by Jason Wells.
      "Walter Kreutzer, a microbiologist for a defense contractor, is being investigated by his employers over an incriminating memo that was leaked to the media. Walter thinks his Moroccan wife may have done the whistle-blowing, and to protect her--and himself--Walter needs to learn how to beat a lie detector, and fast. D'avore Peoples, a polygraph consultant, is happy to help--for a price, of course. But D'avore's technique will require Walter to look deep within himself, a terrifying prospect for a man hiding from his past. With his best friend spying on him, his wife intent on opening old wounds, and D'avore uncovering dark secrets, Walter's desperate journey toward the perfect lie becomes a spiral into paranoia and bitter reckoning"--P. [4] of cover.
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    • Broken cage : poems
    • Kafka translated : how translators have shaped our reading of Kafka
      Kafka translated : how translators have shaped our reading of Kafka
      Michelle Woods.
      "Kafka Translated is the first book to look at the issue of translation and Kafka's work. What effect do the translations have on how we read Kafka? Are our interpretations of Kafka influenced by the translators' interpretations? In what ways has Kafka been 'translated' into Anglo-American culture by popular culture and by academics? Michelle Woods investigates issues central to the burgeoning field of translation studies: the notion of cultural untranslatability; the centrality of female translators in literary history; and the under-representation of the influence of the translator as interpreter of literary texts. She specifically focuses on the role of two of Kafka's first translators, Milena Jesenska and Willa Muir, as well as two contemporary translators, Mark Harman and Michael Hofmann, and how their work might allow us to reassess reading Kafka. From here Woods opens up the whole process of translation and re-examines accepted and prevailing interpretations of Kafka's work." -- Publisher's description
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