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    • Latin : story of a world language
      Latin : story of a world language
      Jurgen Leonhardt
      "The mother tongue of the Roman Empire and the lingua franca of the West for centuries after Rome's fall, Latin survives today primarily in classrooms and texts. Yet this "dead language" is unique in the influence it has exerted across centuries and continents. Jurgen Leonhardt has written a full history of Latin from antiquity to the present, uncovering how this once parochial dialect developed into a vehicle of global communication that remained vital long after its spoken form was supplanted by modern languages. Latin originated in the Italian region of Latium, around Rome, and became widespread as that city's imperial might grew. By the first century BCE, Latin was already transitioning from a living vernacular, as writers and grammarians like Cicero and Varro fixed Latin's status as a "classical" language with a codified rhetoric and rules. As Romance languages spun off from their Latin origins following the empire's collapse--shedding cases and genders along the way--the ancient language retained its currency as a world language in ways that anticipated English and Spanish, but it ceased to evolve. Leonhardt charts the vicissitudes of Latin in the post-Roman world: its ninth-century revival under Charlemagne and its flourishing among Renaissance writers who, more than their medieval predecessors, were interested in questions of literary style and expression. Ultimately, the rise of historicism in the eighteenth century turned Latin from a practical tongue to an academic subject. Nevertheless, of all the traces left by the Romans, their language remains the most ubiquitous artifact of a once peerless empire." -- Publisher's description.
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    • Why Homer matters
    • The complete idiot's guide to learning Italian
    • The complete idiot's guide to learning German
    • Arabic for dummies
      Arabic for dummies
      by Amine Bouchentouf.
      Written by a native Arabic speaker, this guide takes a straightforward and practical approach to this complex language.
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    • Talking Wolof with Da' African Village : a speaker's guide to Senegal/West Africa
    • TaTa Dada : the real life and celestial adventures of Tristan Tzara
      TaTa Dada : the real life and celestial adventures of Tristan Tzara
      Marius Hentea.
      "As a leader of Dada, Tzara helped create the moment art changed forever. BUt, Hentea shows, Tzara and Dada were not coterminous. Tzara went on to publish more than fifty books; he wrote one of the great poems of surrealism; he became a recognized expert on primitive art; he was an active antifascist, a communist, and a forumer communist. Hentea offers a detailed exploration of Tzara's early life in Romania; a scrupulous assessment of his Dada years; and a fascinating reconstruction of Tzara's often surprising post-Dada activities and adventures."
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    • Father and son : a lifetime
      Father and son : a lifetime
      Marcos Giralt Torrente
      Many authors have wrestled with the death of a father in their writing, but few have grappled with the subject as fiercely, or as powerfully, as the brilliant Spanish writer Marcos Giralt Torrente does in Father and Son, the mesmerizing and discomfiting memoir that won him Spain's highest literary award, the Spanish National Book Award. Giralt Torrente is best known for his fiction, but it is in this often savage memoir that he demonstrates the full measure of his gifts. In the months following his father's death from cancer, Giralt Torrente could not write--until he began to write about his father. In many ways, they were strangers to each other; after his parents' relationship ended, when he was quite young, Giralt Torrente's father remained in contact with him but held himself at a distance. Silences began to linger, prompted by Giralt Torrente's anger at his father's lies and absences and perpetuated by their inability to speak about the sources of the conflicts between them. But despite their differences, they had a strong bond, and in the months leading up to his father's death from cancer, they groped toward reconciliation. Here the author commits to exploring it all, sparing neither his father nor himself, conscious of their flaws but also understanding of them. Weaving together history and personal narrative, Giralt Torrente crafts a startlingly honest account of a complex relationship, and an indelible portrait of both father and son.
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    • Bolano : a biography in conversations
      Bolano : a biography in conversations
      Monica Maristain
      How to know the man behind works of fiction so prone to extravagance? In the first biography of Chilean novelist and poet Roberto Bolano, journalist Monica Maristain tracks Bolano from his childhood in Chile to his youth in Mexico and his early infatuation with literature, to his beginnings as a poet, and to the stardom that came with the publication of the novels The Savage Detectives and 2666. Throughout the book, Maristain present an image far removed from the stereotypes that have been created over the years to introduce a writer whose works grabbed readers worldwide. Maristain writes as a journalist and admirer, impressed with the power of Bolano's prose and the cool irony with which he faced the literary world.
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    • What Galileo saw : imagining the scientific revolution
    • Troilus and Criseyde in Modern Verse
    • Shakespeare and YouTube : new media forms of the bard
    • The Search for Anne Perry : the Hidden Life of a Bestselling Crime Writer
      The Search for Anne Perry : the Hidden Life of a Bestselling Crime Writer
      Joanne Drayton.
      Biographer Joanne Drayton explores the life and work of crime writer Anne Perry, who started life as Juliet Hulme, the New Zealand teenager jointly convicted of murdering her friend's mother.
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    • Tolkien : how an obscure Oxford professor wrote The Hobbit and became the most beloved author of the century
    • The compleat Ankh-Morpork
      The compleat Ankh-Morpork
      Terry Pratchett
      "A brand-new street directory of Discworld city Ankh-Morpork complete with a beautifully illustrated pull-out map. This is the city celebrated in Terry Pratchett's bestselling Discworld series as you've never seen it before. A stunning map and comprehensive street directory covering each and every district from Unseen University to the Shades, major landmarks like the Patrician's Palace to little-known, er, nooks like Dwarf Bread Museum in Whirligig Alley. See the notorious establishments and famous streets along which so many heroes have walked, in some cases quite hurriedly. As leading Ankh-Morpork entrepreneur CMOT Dibbler would say, 'A nip at any price -- and that's cutting our own throat. Well, close."-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Things I don't want to know : on writing
      Things I don't want to know : on writing
      Deborah Levy.
      Things I Don't Want to Know is a unique response to George Orwell from one of our most vital contemporary writers. Taking Orwell's famous list of motives for writing as the jumping-off point for a sequence of thrilling reflections on the writing life, this is a perfect companion not just to Orwell's essay, but also to Levy's own, essential oeuvre.
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    • Still reigning : thoughts of a queen
      Still reigning : thoughts of a queen
      At Queen_UK.
      Sixty years on the British throne. It's been a challenge, as @Queen_UK doesnt mind telling you. But despite it all, she is still here. Still in charge, still iconic, and still keeping the gin industry in business. Still reigning. In this uproarious collections of musings from a matriarch, the Queen of Twitter shares some unvarnished opinions about her subjects and the rest of the civilized world. Of her adoring public across the pond in America, she notes, One thinks of them as a mother thinks of a teenage boy; with a mixture of pride and exasperation. Witty and insightful, this is a glimpse inside the mind of Britain's pop monarch.
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    • The L.M. Montgomery reader
      The L.M. Montgomery reader
      edited by Benjamin Lefebvre.

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    • Lullabies
      written and illustrated by Lang Leav.

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    • Oct tongue -1 : Weems, Swain
      Oct tongue -1 : Weems, Swain
      Smith, Lady / Chernin, Burroughs / Brightman / authors : Mary E. Weems, John Swain, Steven B. Smith, Lady (Kathy Smith), Shelley Chernin, John Burroughs and Steve Brightman.

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    • Mark Twain on common sense : timeless advice and words of wisdom from America's most-revered humorist
    • Leaves of grass and selected poems and prose
      Leaves of grass and selected poems and prose
      Walt Whitman
      "This volume reprints the whole of the initial, 1855 version of Leaves of grass (with titles and section numbers, as they would appear in later editions, supplied in brackets). Added, too, are a handful of poems from across the length of Whitman's career--these taken from the 1891-92 "Deathbed edition," though arranged chronologically--and selected prose pieces"--P. xiii.
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    • Influencing Hemingway : people and places that shaped his life and work
      Influencing Hemingway : people and places that shaped his life and work
      Nancy W. Sindelar.
      In Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work Nancy W. Sindelar introduces the reader to the individuals who played significant roles in Hemingway's development as both a man and as an artist--as well as the environments that had a profound impact on the author's life. In words and photos, readers will see images of Hemingway the child, the teenager, and the aspiring author--as well as the troubled legend dealing with paranoia and fear. The book begins with Hemingway's birth and early influences in Oak Park, Illinois, followed by his first job as a reporter in Kansas City. Sindelar then recounts Hemingway's experiences and adventures in Italy, France, Spain, Key West, Florida, and Cuba, all of which found their way into his writing. The book concludes with an analysis of the events that preceded the author's suicide in Idaho and reflects on the influences critics had on his life and work.
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    • Pioneer girl : the annotated autobiography
      Pioneer girl : the annotated autobiography
      Laura Ingalls Wilder
      "Follows the Ingalls family's journey through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, back to Minnesota, and on to Dakota Territory, [examining] sixteen years of travels, unforgettable experiences, and the everyday people who became immortal through Wilder's fiction. Using additional manuscripts, letters, photographs, newspapers, and other sources, ... Wilder biographer Pamela Smith Hill adds ... context and leads readers through Wilder's growth as a writer"
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    • Imagine this : creating the work you love
    • Enchantee
    • Faithful and virtuous night
    • A brief guide to Stephen King
      A brief guide to Stephen King
      Paul Simpson.
      In 1974, a new talent burst onto the horror scene: Main schoolteacher Stephen King. Over the next forty years, king's name would become synonymous with horror and dark fantasy through over fifty bestselling books including his magnum opus the dark tower series. Simpson traces the writer's development through his difficult childhood and his early writing career to the success of carrie, salem's lot and the shinning in the 1970's and the outpouring of material over the following two decades, some published under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman. He shows how king's writing was affected by the accident that nearly killed him in 1999, and the ways in which his battles with addiction to alcohol and medication are reflected in his stories. He also discusses the dozens of films, tv shows, plays and comic books that have been inspired by King's works.
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    • The Burning door : poems
    • Underground : new and selected poems
      Underground : new and selected poems
      Jim Moore.
      Jim Moore's first career retrospective shows a poet whittling down experience to its essential confrontation with one's own limitations, whether it be time running short, or understanding running thin, or capacity to think or feel or love enough running low. Underground gathers the best poems from Moore's seven previous books and includes twenty new poems.
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    • Wolf centos
      Wolf centos
      Simone Muench.
      "Centos are a patchwork form that originated around 300 AD; WOLF CENTOS places poets in conversation with one another across centuries and continents. In this volume Muench sutures her poems together with the motifs of the wolf, language, loss, desire, and transformation. The ultimate knowledge of these poems is that as we age and experience loss, we must retain our "wildness" inside of us"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • O beautiful
    • Susan Sontag : a biography
      Susan Sontag : a biography
      Daniel Schreiber
      Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was one of America's first celebrity intellectuals. In the first biography to be published since her death, Daniel Schreiber portrays a glamorous woman full of contradictions and inner conflicts, whose life mirrored the cultural upheavals of her time. While known primarily as a cultural critic and novelist, Sontag was also a filmmaker, stage director, and dramatist. It was her status as a pop icon that was unusual for an American intellectual: she was filmed by Andy Warhol and Woody Allen, photographed by Annie Leibovitz and Diane Arbus, and her likeness adorned advertisements for Absolut vodka. Drawing on newly available sources, including interviews with Nadine Gordimer, Robert Wilson, and Sontag's son, David Rieff, as well as on myriad interviews given by Sontag and her extensive correspondence with her friend and publisher Roger Straus, Schreiber explores the roles that Sontag played in influencing American public cultural and political conversations.
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    • Echoes of My Soul
    • The Flick
      The Flick
      Annie Baker.
      "Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama "Funny, heartbreaking, sly, and unblinking. The Flick may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity, and profound uniqueness, of theater."-New York "Hilarious and ineffably touching. Ms. Baker's peerless aptitude for exploring how people grope their way toward a sense of equanimity, even as they learn to accept disappointment, is among the things that make her such a gifted writer. this lovingly observed play will sink deep into your consciousness."-The New York Times "This hypnotic, heartbreaking micro-epic about movies and moving on is irreducibly theatrical."-Time Out New York In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, the tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks of three underpaid employees play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world. This comedy, by one of the United States' most-produced and highly regarded young playwrights, premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in winter of 2013, directed by Sam Gold. The Flick was awarded the coveted 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Annie Baker's works include The Aliens (Obie Award), Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie Award), Nocturama, and a fresh, Off-Broadway-hit adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. Her work has been produced at more than a hundred theaters in the U.S. and in more than a dozen countries internationally. Recent honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Steinberg Playwright Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award. She is a resident playwright at the Signature Theatre"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • For another writing back
    • Foxes on the trampoline
    • Trespass : poems
    • Instant winner
      Instant winner
      Carrie Fountain.
      "A moving, authentic exploration of spirituality and the domestic from a prize-winning poet The wry, supple poems in Carrie Fountain's second collection take the form of prayers and meditations chronicling the existential shifts brought on by parenthood, spiritual searching, and the profound, often beguiling experience of being a self, inside a body, with a soul. Fountain's voice is at once deep and loose, enacting the dawning of spiritual insight, but without leaving the daily world, matching the feeling of the "pure holiness in motherhood" with the "thuds the giant dumpsters make behind the strip mall when they're tossed back to the pavement by the trash truck." In these wise, accessible, deeply emotional poems, she captures a contemporary longing for spiritual meaning that's wary of prepackaged wisdom-a longing answered most fully by attending to the hustle and bustle of everyday life"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Stop wanting
    • Bone Map : poems
    • Prelude to bruise
    • Its day being gone
      Its day being gone
      Rose McLarney.
      "Selected as a winner of the National Poetry Series by Robert Wrigley Rose McLarney has won acclaim for image-rich poems that explore her native southern Appalachia and those who love and live and lose on it. Her second collection broadens these investigations in poems that examine the shape-shifting quality of memory, as seen in folktales that have traveled across oceans and through centuries, and in how we form recollections of our own lives. An opening sequence presents contemporary ghost stories: men who gather at dawn in the gas station parking lots of small towns; the mountain lion that paces the edge of a receding tree line. A middle section draws connections between Appalachia and Latin America, places that share qualities of biological and cultural richness-places that are threatened by modernization. A final sequence retells the stories of earlier poems, posing questions about how we construct our landscapes and frame our views"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The second sex
      The second sex
      Michael Robbins.
      "A second collection from a poet of "sheer joy and dizzy command" (The New York Times) Upon its publication in 2012, Alien vs. Predator, the debut collection by Michael Robbins, became one of the hottest and most celebrated works of poetry in the country, winning acclaim for its startling freshness and originality, and leading critics to say that it was the most likely book in years to open up poetry to a new readership. Robbins's poems are strange, wonderful, wild, and irrationally exuberant, mashing up high and low culture with "a sky-blue originality of utterance" (The New York Times). The thirty-six new poems in The Second Sex carry over the music, attitude, hilarity, and vulgarity of Alien vs. Predator, while also working deeper autobiographical and political veins"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The courier's archive & hymnal
    • 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 M. Garcia, Jr. 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 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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    • Poets in their youth : a memoir
    • Inside a pearl : my years in Paris
      Inside a pearl : my years in Paris
      Edmund White.
      The book's title evokes the Parisian landscape in the eternal mists and the half-light, the serenity of the city compared to the New York White had known (and vividly recalled in City Boy).
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    • A place in the country : on Gottfried Keller, Johann Peter Hebel, Robert Walser, and others
    • Wallless space