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    • Challenging the bard : Dostoevsky and Pushkin, a study of literary relationship
    • A white tea bowl : 100 haiku from 100 years of life
      A white tea bowl : 100 haiku from 100 years of life
      Mitsu Suzuki
      "A White Tea Bowl is a selection of 100 haiku written by Mitsu Suzuki, the widow of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and published in celebration of her 100th birthday on April 23, 2014. In his wide-ranging introduction, Zen poet and priest Norman Fischer describes the formative impact on her life of war in Japan and social upheaval in America, and places her poetry in the evolution of haiku as an international form. Part I: 100 Haiku presents a kaleidoscope of poems by Mitsu Suzuki that touch all aspects of her being: her dedication to the Buddha way and the formal life of the temple, the loneliness of a widow's life, her generational role as "Candy Auntie," her sensitive attunement to nature, and her moments of insight into the dharma. The more you read these haiku, the more their wisdom will emerge. Part II: Pickles and Tea contains reminiscences and anecdotes about Mitsu Suzuki by those who lived and studied with her at San Francisco Zen Center: Reb Anderson, Victoria Austin, Ed Brown, Peter Coyote, Yvonne Rand, Paul Rosenblum, Mary Watson. Often these meetings took place in Mitsu's kitchen where she provided countless cups of tea, cookies, and homemade pickles as well as sage advice"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse
      The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse
      Stonehouse [author], translations and commentary by Red Pine.

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    • Authorisms : words wrought by writers
      Authorisms : words wrought by writers
      Paul Dickson.
      "William Shakespeare's written vocabulary consisted of 17,245 words, including hundreds that were coined or popularized by him. Some of the words never went further than their appearance in his plays, but others--like bedazzled, hurry, critical, and anchovy--are essential parts of our standard vocabulary today. Many other famous and lesser-known writers have contributed to the popular lexicon. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Sir Walter Scott ranks second to Shakespeare in first uses of words and giving a new and distinct meaning to already existing words (Free Lances for freelancers). John Milton minted such terms as earthshaking, lovelorn, by hook or crook, and all Hell broke loose, and was responsible for introducing some 630 words. Gifted lexicographer Paul Dickson deftly sorts through neologisms by Chaucer (a ha), Jane Austen (base ball), Louisa May Alcott (co-ed), Mark Twain (hard-boiled), Kurt Vonnegut (granfalloon), John le Carre (mole), William Gibson (cyberspace), and many others. Presenting stories behind each word and phrase, Dickson enriches our appreciation of the English language in a book as entertaining as it is enlightening"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Reading writing interfaces : from the digital to the bookbound
    • Mastering the craft of writing : how to write with clarity, emphasis, & style
    • Writing wild : forming a creative partnership with nature
      Writing wild : forming a creative partnership with nature
      Tina Welling.
      "A guide to aligning personal creative energy with that of the natural world. Details a three-step 'Spirit Walk' process for inviting nature to enliven and inspire writing of all kinds. Author is a speaker and workshop leader at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Love sonnets & elegies
      Love sonnets & elegies
      Louise Labe
      "Louise Labe is commonly regarded as the most original woman poet of the French Renaissance. The daughter of an illiterate rope maker in Lyon, known to her contemporaries for her unusual learning as well as her skills as a singer and lutanist, Labe was in her thirties when she published her complete Works in 1555 and then disappeared from the scene, not to be rediscovered until the nineteenth century. Her love poetry, made famous by Rilke's German versions, is published here with the originals en face and newly rendered into English by award-winning translator Richard Sieburth, who also includes a biographical chronology of the poet, notes, and an informative afterword to this edition. These Love Sonnets and Elegies confirm Labe's reputation as the first modern Sappho"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The dance of reality : a psychomagical autobiography
    • The one Thomas More
    • Stay, illusion! : the Hamlet doctrine
      Stay, illusion! : the Hamlet doctrine
      Simon Critchley & Jamieson Webster.

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    • Aleister Crowley : magick, rock and roll, and the wickedest man in the world
    • The informed air : essays
    • Life and Beth : a play
    • Chimerica
      Lucy Kirkwood.
      A powerful, provocative play about international relations and the shifting balance of power between East and West. Tiananmen Square, 1989. As tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door, Joe--a young American photojournalist--captures a piece of history. New York, 2012. Joe is covering a presidential election, marred by debate over cheap labour and the outsourcing of American jobs to Chinese factories. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he?
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    • Birthplace with buried stones : poems
    • Igniting wonder : plays for preschoolers
    • The selected letters of Elizabeth Stoddard
      The selected letters of Elizabeth Stoddard
      edited by Jennifer Putzi and Elizabeth Stockton.

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    • The thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald : a secret boyhood diary
      The thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald : a secret boyhood diary
      F. Scott Fitzgerald
      " When F. Scott Fitzgerald was fourteen and living in the Crocus Hill neighborhood of St. Paul, he began keeping a short diary of his exploits among his friends, friendly rivals, and crushes. He gave the journal a title page--Thoughtbook of Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald of St. Paul Minn. U.S.A.--and kept it securely locked in a box under his bed. He would later use The Thoughtbook as the basis for "The Book of Scandal" in his Basil Lee Duke stories, and brief sections were copied over the years for use by scholars and even published in Life magazine. "Are you going to the Ordways'? the Herseys'? the Schultzes'?" Here, for the first time, is a complete transcription of this charming, twenty-seven-page diary highlighting Fitzgerald's escapades among the children of some of St. Paul's most influential families--models for the families described in The Great Gatsby. Presented in a simple format for both scholars and general readers alike, The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald includes a new introduction by Dave Page that covers the history and provenance of the diary, its place and meaning in Fitzgerald's literary development, and its revelations about his life and writing process. One of the earliest known works by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Thoughtbook provides a unique glimpse of Fitzgerald as a young boy and his social circle as they played among the grand homes of Summit Avenue, making up games, starting secret societies, competing with rivals, and (at all times) staying up-to-date on who exactly is vying for whose attention. "-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The letters of Robert Frost
      The letters of Robert Frost
      edited by Donald Sheehy, Mark Richardson, and Robert Faggen.
      Pensive, mercurial, and often funny, the private Robert Frost remains less appreciated than the public poet. The Letters of Robert Frost, the first major edition of the correspondence of this complex and subtle verbal artist, includes hundreds of unpublished letters whose literary interest is on a par with Dickinson, Lowell, and Beckett.
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    • Your moon : [poems]
    • Mom & me & mom [text (large print)]
      Mom & me & mom [text (large print)]
      Maya Angelou.
      In this book, Angelou details what brought her mother to send her away, and unearths the well of emotions she experienced long afterward as a result. For the first time, she reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence, a presence absent during much of the author's early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Their reunion a decade later began a story that has never before been told.
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    • Borderlands : the new mestiza = la frontera
    • The stray bullet : William S. Burroughs in Mexico
      The stray bullet : William S. Burroughs in Mexico
      Jorge Garcia-Robles
      William Burroughs arrived in Mexico City in 1949, having slipped out of New Orleans while awaiting trial on drug and weapons charges that would almost certainly have resulted in a lengthy prison sentence. Still uncertain about being a writer, he had left behind a series of failed business ventures--including a scheme to grow marijuana in Texas and sell it in New York--and an already long history of drug use and arrests. He would remain in Mexico for three years, a period that culminated in the defining incident of his life: Burroughs shot his common-law wife, Joan Vollmer, while playing William Tell with a loaded pistol. (He would be tried and convicted of murder in absentia after fleeing Mexico.) First published in 1995 in Mexico, where it received the Malcolm Lowry literary essay award, The Stray Bullet is an imaginative and riveting account of Burroughs's formative experiences in Mexico, his fascination with Mexico City's demimonde, his acquaintances and friendships there, and his contradictory attitudes toward the country and its culture. Mexico, Jorge Garcia-Robles makes clear, was the place in which Burroughs embarked on his "fatal vocation as a writer." Through meticulous research and interviews with those who knew Burroughs and his circle in Mexico City, Garcia-Robles brilliantly portrays a time in Burroughs's life that has been overshadowed by the tragedy of Joan Vollmer's death. He re-creates the bohemian Roma neighborhood where Burroughs resided with Joan and their children, the streets of postwar Mexico City that Burroughs explored, and such infamous figures as Lola la Chata, queen of the city's drug trade. This compelling book also offers a contribution by Burroughs himself--an evocative sketch of his shady Mexican attorney, Barnabe Jurado--as well as previously unpublished letters written by Burroughs from Mexico.
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    • Raison d'etre, II
      Raison d'etre, II
      Bradley James.
      "Some moments in life are meant to be savored, enjoyed through slow, deliberate consumption. But too often, such moments are met instead with overeagerness and excessive hunger, which threaten to devour the context of the moment before its content is even partially digested. For this reason, Bradley James requests that you take your time and be patient with Raison d'etre. It should be read only a few pages at a time, in a quiet place where you can thoroughly consider the deep, sometimes dark mental images and prodding questions that will inevitably pervade your thoughts and tempt you to turn just one more page - even though that's exactly what you've been told not to do. Comprised of two separate volumes, Raison d'etre was described by Kirkus Independent Reviews as "an epic, multipart poetry cycle about the nature of life and the transience of relationships" and "a free-form, often thought-provoking verse confessional in the tradition of Leaves of Grass." Both books in the collection, Raison d'etre, Volume I and Raison d'etre, II deeply explore the author's thoughts and philosophies on life, death, spirituality, and the essence of what makes human life so precious and unique. The latest work, Raison d'etre, II, is perhaps his most personal poetry collection to date"
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    • In the wake
      In the wake
      Lisa Kron.
      It's Thanksgiving of 2000 and the presidential election still has not been decided. Ellen insists that her friends and family don't understand how bad the situation really is. But no one - not he loving partner, Danny, nor the passionate Amy, nor the brutally pragmatic and world weary Judy - can make Ellen see the blind spot at the center of her own politics and emotional life. A funny, passionate, and ultimately searing new play that illuminates assumptions that lie at the heart of the American character - and the blind spots that mask us from ourselves.
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    • The mockingbird next door : life with Harper Lee
      The mockingbird next door : life with Harper Lee
      Marja Mills.
      "One journalist's memoir of her personal friendship with Harper Lee and her sister, drawing on the extraordinary access they gave her to share the story of their lives. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known by her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door for Chicago Tribune reporter Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation-and a friendship that has continued ever since. In 2004, with the Lees' encouragement, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next eighteen months there, talking and sharing stories over meals and daily drives in the countryside. Along with members of the Lees' tight inner circle, the sisters and Mills would go fishing, feed the ducks, go to the Laundromat, watch the Crimson Tide, drink coffee at McDonald's, and explore all over lower Alabama. Nelle shared her love of history, literature, and the quirky Southern way of life with Mills, as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced. As the sisters decided to let Mills tell their story, Nelle helped make sure she was getting the story-and the South-right. Alice, the keeper of the Lee family history, shared the stories of their family. The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills's friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle. Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lees' life in Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The tranquilized tongue
    • Glad & sorry seasons
    • The difficult farm
    • Birthday girl with possum : a collection of poetry
    • Calamity Joe : poems
    • Talkativeness
      Michael Earl Craig.

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    • Slice of moon : poems
    • The tree that walks : poems of self integration
    • It's just sex
      It's just sex
      by Jeff Gould.
      With the kids away, three married couples get together for an evening of relaxation and laughs. But as the liquor flows and secrets are revealed, trust is tested and boundaries are broken.
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    • Laughing cult
    • The Road to Emmaus
    • Unfolding universe
      Unfolding universe
      Paula Amar Schwartz
      A collection of the author's essays, poetry, prayers and meditations.
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    • In the present tense : portraits of my father