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FREEDOM A Novel

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atty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St.

Paul—the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde

of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter’s dreams. Together with Walter—environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man—she was doing her small part to build a better world. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz—outré rocker and Walter’s college best friend and rival—still doing in the picture? Most of all, what has happened to Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become “a very different kind of neighbor,” an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street’s attentive eyes? In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom’s intensely realized characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

Franzen J O N A T H A N F R A N Z E N is the author of The Corrections, winner of

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the 2001 National Book Award for fiction; the novels The Twenty-Seventh City and Strong Motion; and two collections of essays, How to Be Alone

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and The Discomfort Zone, all published by FSG. He lives in New York City.

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T H E E D I T E D , A N N OTAT E D DIARY OF PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER窶認ILLED WITH INSIGHTS INTO H I S P R E S I D E N C Y, H I S R E L AT I O N S H I P S W I T H FRIENDS AND FOES, AND HIS LASTING I M PAC T O N I S S U E S T H AT S T I L L P R E O C C U P Y AMERICA AND THE WORLD

Jimmy

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WHITE HOUSE DIARY

E

ach day during his presidency, Jimmy Carter made several entries in a private diary, recording his thoughts, impressions, delights,

and frustrations. He offered unvarnished assessments of cabinet members, congressmen, and foreign leaders; he narrated the progress of secret negotiations such as those that led to the Camp David Accords. When his four-year term came to an end in early 1981, PHOTOGRAPH © RICK DIAMOND

the diary amounted to more than five thousand pages. But this extraordinary document has never been made public—until now. By carefully selecting the most illuminating and relevant entries, Carter has provided us with an astonishingly intimate view of his presidency. Day by day, we see his forceful advocacy for nuclear containment, sustainable energy, human rights, and peace in the Middle East. We witness his interactions with such complex personalities as Ted Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Joe Biden, Anwar Sadat, and Menachem Begin. We get the inside story of his so-called “malaise speech,” his bruising battle for the 1980 Democratic nomination, and the Iranian hostage crisis. Remarkably, we also get Carter’s retrospective comments on these topics and more: thirty years after the fact, he has annotated the diary with his candid reflections on the people and events that shaped his presidency, and on the many lessons learned. Carter is now widely seen as one of the truly wise men of our time. Offering an unprecedented look at both the man and his tenure, this fascinating book will stand as a unique contribution to the history of the American presidency.

Carter J I M M Y C A R T E R , our thirty-ninth president, received the Nobel

Peace Prize in 2002. The author of numerous bestsellers—including An Hour Before Daylight and Palestine Peace Not Apartheid—he and his wife, Rosalynn, live in Plains, Georgia, but continue to travel around the world in support of numerous philanthropic efforts.

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Paul Muldoon

MAGGOT Poems

A BRILLIANT NEW COLLECTION OF POEMS FROM THE PULITZER PRIZE–WINNING AU T H O R O F M OY SA N D A N D G R AV E L

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f Plan B, an interim volume that included several of the

P A U L M U L D O O N is the author of ten

poems in Maggot, Robert McCrum recently said in the London

books of poetry, including the Pulitzer

Observer that “Paul Muldoon, who has done so much to reimagine the poet’s task, has surpassed himself with his latest collection.” In his eleventh full-length book, Muldoon reminds us that he is

Prize–winning Moy Sand and Gravel (FSG, 2002) and, most recently, Horse Latitudes (FSG, 2006). He teaches at Princeton University.

a traditional poet who is steadfastly at odds with tradition. If the poetic sequence is the main mode of Maggot, it certainly isn’t

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Yeats’s remark that the only fit topics for a serious mood are “sex and the dead,” Muldoon finds unexpected ways of thinking and feeling about what it means to come to terms with the early twenty-first century. It’s no accident that the centerpiece of Maggot is an outlandish meditation on a failed poem that draws on the vocabulary of entomological forensics. The last series of

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linked lyrics, meanwhile, takes as its subject the urge to memorialize the scenes of fatal automobile accidents. The extravagant

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linkage of rot and the erotic is at the heart of not only the title sequence but also many of the round songs that characterize

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Maggot, and has led Angela Leighton, writing in The Times Literary

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Supplement, to see these new poems as giving readers “a thrilling, wild, fairground ride, with few let-ups for the squeamish.”

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Seamus Heaney

HUMAN CHAIN

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Poems

A MAJOR NEW COLLECTION FROM THE NOBEL PRIZE–WINNING POET

S

eamus Heaney’s new collection elicits continuities and soli-

S E A M U S H E A N E Y was born in Northern

darities, between husband and wife, child and parent, then

Ireland. He has published poetry, criticism, and

and now, inside an intently remembered present—the stepping stones of the day, the weight and heft of what is passed from hand to hand, lifted and lowered. Human Chain also broaches

translations that have established him as one of the leading poets of his generation. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

larger questions of transmission, of lifelines to the inherited past. There are newly minted versions of anonymous early Irish lyrics,

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poems that stand at the crossroads of oral and written, and other

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“hermit songs” that weigh equally in their balance the craft of scribe and the poet’s early calling as scholar. A remarkable sequence entitled “Route 101” plots the descent into the underworld in the Aeneid against single moments in the arc of a life, from a 1950s childhood to the birth of a first grandchild. Other

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poems display a Virgilian pietas for the dead—friends, neighbors,

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family—that is yet wholly and movingly vernacular. Human Chain also includes a poetic “herbal” adapted from the

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Breton poet Guillevic—lyrics as delicate as ferns, which puzzle briefly over the world of things and landscapes that exclude

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Mark Rotella

AMORE

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The Story of Italian American Song

A LOVE SONG TO MIDCENTURY I TA L I A N A M E R I C A N M U S I C — T H E H I T S F R O M S I N AT R A , B E N N E T T, C O M O, A N D MANY OTHERS

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more is Mark Rotella’s celebration of the “Italian decade”—

M A R K R O T E L L A is the author of Stolen

the years after the war and before the Beatles when Frank

Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria (NPP, 2003).

Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett, among others, won the hearts of the American public with a smooth, stylish, classy brand of pop. In Rotella’s vivid telling, the stories

A senior reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and their two children.

behind forty Italian American classics (from “O Sole Mio,” “Night and Day,” and “Mack the Knife” to “Volare” and “I Wonder Why”)

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Rotella follows the music from the opera houses and piazzas of southern Italy, to the barrooms of the Bronx and Hoboken, to the Copacabana, the Paramount Theatre, and the Vegas Strip. He shows us the hardworking musicians whose voices were to be-

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come ubiquitous on jukeboxes and the radio and whose names— some anglicized, some not—have become bywords for Italian

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American success, even as they were dogged by stereotypes and prejudice.

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Amore is the personal Top 40 of one proud son of Italy; it is also a love song to Italian American culture and an evocation of

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an age that belongs to us all.

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Adam Phillips

ON BALANCE

S TA R T L I N G A N D E N T E R TA I N I N G E S SAY S ON EXCESS AND DESIRE FROM THE E M I N E N T P S Y C H O A N A LY S T A D A M P H I L L I P S

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alancing acts,” writes Adam Phillips, “are entertaining be-

A D A M P H I L L I P S is a psychoanalyst and

cause they are risky, but there are situations in which it is

and a visiting professor in the English

more dangerous to keep your balance than to lose it.” In these exhilarating and casually brilliant essays, the philosopher and psychoanalyst examines literature, fairy tales, works of art, and case

department at the University of York. He is the author of many acclaimed books, including On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored; Going Sane; and On Kindness (with Barbara Taylor).

studies to reveal the paradoxes inherent in our appetites and fears. How do we know when enough is enough? Are there times

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not the prince but other women? What can Richard III’s furious sense of his own helplessness tell us of our own desires? On Balance shows Phillips’s bravura gift for linking disparate ideas and the dreamers that dreamed them into something beautiful, reveALSO AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK:

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Praise for Adam Phillips: “One of the finest prose stylists at work in the language, an Emerson of our time.”

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Mark Feldstein

POISONING THE PRESS Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture

A N E M B O L D E N E D J O U R N A L I S T TA K E S O N A N E M BAT T L E D P R E S I D E N T

P

oisoning the Press documents a bitter face-off between the

M A R K F E L D S T E I N teaches media and

postwar era’s most bellicose politician and its most reviled

public affairs at George Washington University.

newsman—a quarter-century brawl whose participants stooped to blackmail, bribery, forgery, burglary, spying, and even a White House murder plot. The politician was President Richard Nixon.

He has worked for nearly twenty years as an on-air correspondent at CNN, ABC, and NBC, and is a two-time winner of the George Foster Peabody public-service award.

The newsman was the columnist Jack Anderson. Their fray exemplified a larger conflict between the government and the press,

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an epic clash that would outlive both men.

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Anderson, whose syndicated column gripped readers across the nation, was the most famous and feared investigative reporter of his time. Part freedom fighter and part righteous rogue, the flam-

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boyant, Pulitzer-winning journalist swiped classified documents, bugged conversations, and rifled through garbage. Anderson had a hand in virtually every key slash-and-burn attack on Nixon. In turn, the president’s men unleashed illegal surveillance and wiretaps, fake photos, bogus documents, sexual smears, and

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a plot to poison Anderson—a metaphor for what would become a generation of venomous conflict between the press and the

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politicians they covered. Today, contends Mark Feldstein, this

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poisoned media continues to gorge itself on a toxic diet of sensationalism and trivialities, reaping record profits while debasing public discourse.

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Alex Ross

LISTEN TO THIS

AN EXCITING NEW BOOK ON CLASSICAL AND POP MUSIC FROM “THE BEST L I S T E N E R I N A M E R I C A”

(DOREE SHAFRIR,

NEW YORK OBSERVER)

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lex Ross’s award-winning international bestseller, The Rest Is

A L E X R O S S has been the music critic for

Noise, has become a contemporary classic, establishing him

The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of

as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians. Listen to This, which takes its title from a beloved 2004 essay in which Ross described his late-blooming discovery of pop music,

the international bestseller The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, which was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award.

showcases the best of Ross’s writing from more than a decade at The New Yorker. These pieces, dedicated to classical and popular

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artists alike, are at once erudite and lively. In a previously un-

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published essay, Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music

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history—from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin—through a few

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iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. He vibrantly sketches

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canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters such as Björk

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and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and to indie-rock hipsters in Beijing.

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Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition.

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Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, Listen to This teaches

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AN UNPRECEDENTED PERSONAL PORTRAIT OF O N E O F T H E G R E AT LEADERS OF OUR TIME

Nelson

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C O N V E R SAT I O N S W I T H MYSELF

N

elson Mandela is widely considered to be one of the most in-

spiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of

taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has bestowed his entire extant personal papers, which offer an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life. A singular international publishing event, Conversations with Myself draws on Mandela’s personal archive of never-before-seen materials to offer unique access to the private world of an incomparable world leader. Journals kept on the run during the anti-apartheid struggle of the early 1960s; diaries and draft letters written in Robben Island and other South African prisons during his twenty-seven years of incarceration; notebooks from the postapartheid transition; private recorded conversations; speeches and correspondence written during his presidency—a historic collection of documents archived at the Nelson Mandela Foundation is brought together into a sweeping narrative of great immediacy and stunning power. An intimate journey from Mandela’s first stirrings of political consciousness to his galvanizing role on the world stage, Conversations with Myself illuminates a heroic life forged on the front lines of the struggle for freedom and justice. While other books have recounted Mandela’s life from the vantage of the present, Conversations with Myself allows, for the first time, unhindered insight into the human side of the icon.

Mandela N E L S O N M A N D E L A was born in Transkei, South Africa, on July 18, 1918.

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He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party’s apartheid policies after 1948. From 1964 to 1982, he was incarcerated at Robben Island prison and then later moved to

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Pollsmoor prison, during which time his reputation as a potent symbol of resistance to apartheid grew steadily. Released from prison in 1990, Mandela

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democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994. He is the author of the international bestseller Long Walk to Freedom. HARDCOVER

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Page Dickey

EMBROIDERED GROUND Revisiting the Garden Illustrations by William Atherton

A MEMORABLE BOOK ABOUT MAKING A RENOWNED GARDEN WORK

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n Embroidered Ground: Revisiting the Garden, the renowned

P A G E D I C K E Y is a garden writer, lecturer,

author and garden designer Page Dickey writes of the pitfalls,

and designer. She is the author of Duck Hill

the challenges, the successes, and the myriad pleasures of the

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twenty-nine-year-long process of creating her own remarkable garden, Duck Hill, in upstate New York. This winning book de-

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its failed schemes and realized dreams, and the wisdom gained

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success—structure, fragrance, the play of light and shadow, patterns and textures, multiseasonal plants. She writes of gardening with a husband, with wildlife, with dogs and chickens. And she

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grapples with how to adapt her garden—as we can adapt ours— to change in the years ahead. Praise for Breaking Ground:

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“The work here is playful, undaunted by the classical tradition and far more concerned with sensory experience than academic

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correctness . . . The excellent text and pictures . . . manage to extract from these gardens valuable lessons.”

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Elizabeth Bishop

ELIZABETH BISHOP AND THE NEW YORKER The Complete Correspondence Edited by Joelle Biele

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A R A R E G L I M P S E AT T H E A R T I S T I C DEVELOPMENT OF ONE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY’S MOST C E L E B R AT E D P O E T S “

I

sort of see you surrounded with fine-tooth combs, sandpa-

E L I Z A B E T H B I S H O P (1911–79) won

per, nail files, pots of varnish, etc.—with heaps of used com-

the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award,

mas and semicolons handy, and little useless phrases taken out

and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

of their contexts and dying all over the floor,” Elizabeth Bishop said upon learning a friend landed a job at The New Yorker in the early 1950s. Bishop published the vast majority of her poems in the magazine’s pages, and her relationship with the magazine

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went back to 1933 and continued until her death in 1979. Dur-

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ing forty years of correspondence, hundreds of letters passed between Bishop and her editors, Charles Pearce, Katharine White, and Howard Moss. In these letters Bishop discussed the ideas and inspiration for her poems while sharing news about her travels and life in Brazil, while her editors offered generous support, commentary, and friendship. Their correspondence provides an

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unparalleled look into Bishop’s writing process, the relationship between a poet and her editors, the internal workings of The New

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Yorker, and the process of publishing a poem. As these poems and stories move from manuscript page to print, Elizabeth Bishop and

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The New Yorker gives us a rare glimpse into the artistic development of one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets.

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A H I G H LY A N T I C I PAT E D , BOLD NEW NOVEL FROM THE PULITZER PRIZE–WINNING AUTHOR OF THE HOURS

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BY NIGHTFALL A Novel

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eter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan’s SoHo, nearing the apogee of committed careers in the arts—he

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in Boston, and lively friends, they are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy. Then Rebecca’s much younger look-alike brother, Ethan (known in the family as Mizzy, “the mistake”), shows up for a visit. A beautiful, beguiling twenty-three-year-old with a history of drug problems, Mizzy is wayward, at loose ends, looking for direction. And in his presence, Peter finds himself questioning his artists, their work, his career—the entire world he has so carefully constructed. Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Hours, Michael Cunningham’s masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now. Full of shocks and aftershocks, it makes us think and feel deeply about the uses and meaning of beauty and the place of love in our lives. Praise for The Hours: “[Cunningham] has fashioned a fictional instrument of intricacy and remarkable beauty. It is a kaleidoscope whose four shining and utterly unlike pieces—the lives of two fictional characters, of a real writer, and her novel—combine, separate and tumble in continually shifting and startlingly suggestive patterns.” —RICHARD EDER, Los Angeles Times

Cunningham M I C H A E L C U N N I N G H A M ’s novel The Hours won both the Pulitzer

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Prize and a PEN/Faulkner award, and became an Academy Award–winning film starring Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep. An earlier novel, A Home at the End of the World, was recently made into a film

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starring Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Sissy Spacek, and Robin Wright Penn. He lives in New York.

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Ari Berman

HERDING DONKEYS The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics

A RIVETING ACCOUNT OF THE T R A N S F O R M AT I O N A N D T U R M O I L I N S I D E O BA M A’ S D E M O C R AT I C PA R T Y

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fter the 2004 election, the Republican Party held the White

A R I B E R M A N is a political correspondent

House, both houses of Congress, twenty-eight governor-

for The Nation and an Investigative Journalism

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seemed, was here to stay. Herding Donkeys tells the improbable tale of the grassroots

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Ed Vulliamy

AMEXICA War Along the Borderline

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correspondent for The Observer from 1997 to

right, which belongs to both the United States and Mexico, yet neither”—as the narco-war escalates to a fever pitch there. In 2009, after reporting from the border for many years, Ed

2003 and spent many years as an international correspondent for The Guardian. The author of Seasons in Hell, Vulliamy lives in London and Arizona.

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of beauty and joy and resilience. He describes in revelatory detail how the narco gangs work; the smuggling of people, weapons, and drugs back and forth across the border; middle-class flight from Mexico and an American celebrity culture that is feeding the violence; the interrelated economies of drugs and the maquiladora factories; the ruthless, systematic murder of young women in Ciudad Juarez. Heroes, villains, and victims—the brave and

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Anton Zeilinger

DANCE OF THE PHOTONS From Einstein to Quantum Teleportation

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“THE NEAREST THING TO A UNIFIED FIELD THEORY OF HISTORY WE A R E E V E R L I K E LY TO G E T. W I T H W I T A N D WISDOM, IAN MORRIS DEPLOYS THE TECHNIQUES AND INSIGHTS OF THE NEW ANCIENT HISTORY TO ADDRESS THE BIGGEST OF ALL HISTORICAL QUESTIONS: WHY ON EARTH DID THE WEST B E AT T H E R E S T ? I L OV E D I T. ”

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WHY THE WEST RULES— FOR NOW

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The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future

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ometime around 1750, English entrepreneurs unleashed the astounding energies of steam and coal, and the world was for-

ever changed. The emergence of factories, railroads, and gunboats propelled the West’s rise to power in the nineteenth century, and the development of computers and nuclear weapons in the twentieth century secured its global supremacy. Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, many worry that the emerging economic power of China and India spells the end of the West as a superpower. In order to understand this possibility, we need to look back in time. Why has the West dominated the globe for the past two hundred years, and will its power last? Describing the patterns of human history, the archaeologist and historian Ian Morris offers surprising new answers to both questions. It is not, he reveals, differences of race or culture, or even the strivings of great individuals, that explain Western dominance. It is the effects of geography on the everyday efforts of ordinary people as they deal with crises of resources, disease, migration, and climate. As geography and human ingenuity continue to interact, the world will change in astonishing ways, transforming Western rule in the process. Deeply researched and brilliantly argued, Why the West Rules—for Now spans fifty thousand years of history and offers fresh insights on nearly every page. The book brings together the latest findings across disciplines—from ancient history to neuroscience—not only to explain why the West came to rule the world but also to predict what the future will bring in the next hundred years.

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I A N M O R R I S is Willard Professor of Classics and History at Stanford

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Giacomo Leopardi

CANTI Poems A Bilingual Edition Translated from the Italian and Annotated by Jonathan Galassi

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iacomo Leopardi is Italy’s greatest modern poet, the first

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European writer to portray and examine the self in a way

Ricanti, Italy, in 1798. He was a poet, essayist,

that feels familiar to us today. A great classical scholar and pa-

philosopher, and philologist. He died in 1837.

triot, he explored metaphysical loneliness in entirely original and new ways. Though he died young, his influence was enormous, and it is no exaggeration to say that all of modern poetry, not only in Italian, derives in some way from his work.

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Alan Bennett

A LIFE LIKE OTHER PEOPLE’S

F R O M O N E O F B R I TA I N ’ S G R E AT E S T LIVING WRITERS AND THE AUTHOR OF T H E U N C O M M O N R E A D E R , A FA M I LY MEMOIR AND UNIQUE WORK OF ART—A LIFE LIKE OTHER PEOPLE’S IS ALAN B E N N E T T AT H I S B E S T

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n this poignant memoir of his parents’ marriage, Alan Bennett

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recalls the lost world of his childhood and the lives, loves,

leading dramatists since the success of Beyond

and deaths of his unforgettable aunties, Kathleen and Myra. First published in the acclaimed collection Untold Stories, this tender, intimate family portrait beautifully captures the Bennetts’

the Fringe. The History Boys (Faber, 2006) won six Tony Awards; his most recent play is The Habit of Art.

hopes, disappointments, and yearning for a life like other people’s. With the sudden descent of his mother into depression,

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ing, funny, and deeply affecting.” AUTOBIOGRAPHY

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“One of the greatest living English writers.”

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FRANKLIN AND ELEANOR An Extraordinary Marriage

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history. It raised eyebrows in their lifetimes and has only become more controversial since their deaths. From FDR’s lifelong romance with Lucy Mercer to Eleanor’s purported lesbianism—and many scandals in between—the American public has never tired of speculating about the ties that bound these two headstrong individuals. Some claim that Eleanor sacrificed her personal happiness to accommodate FDR’s needs; others claim that the marriage was nothing more than a gracious façade for political convenience. No one has told the full story until now. In this groundbreaking new account of the marriage, Hazel Rowley describes the remarkable courage and lack of convention—private and public—that kept FDR and Eleanor together. She reveals a partnership that was both supportive and daring. Franklin, especially, knew what he owed to Eleanor, who was not so much behind the scenes as heavily engaged in them. Their relationship was the product of FDR and Eleanor’s conscious efforts—a partnership that they created according to their own ambitions and needs. In this dramatic and vivid narrative, set against the great upheavals of the Depression and World War II, Rowley paints a portrait of a tender lifelong companionship, born of mutual admiration and compassion. Most of all, she depicts an extraordinary evolution—from conventional Victorian marriage to the bold and radical partnership that has made Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt go down in history as one of the most inspiring and fascinating couples of all time.

Rowley H A Z E L R O W L E Y was born in London and educated in England

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and Australia. She is the author of three previous biographies: Christina Stead: A Biography, a New York Times Best Book; Richard Wright: The Life

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and Times, a Washington Post Best Book; and Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, which has been translated into twelve

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Adrienne Sharp

THE TRUE MEMOIRS OF LITTLE K A Novel

A N A B S O R B I N G PAG E A N T O F A N OV E L ABOUT THE REAL-LIFE PRIMA BALLERINA OF THE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL BA L L E T, A N D H E R A F FA I R W I T H T H E LAST CZAR

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inety-nine years old, with a sharp memory for every jewel she

A D R I E N N E S H A R P trained at the

owned and every conquest she made, Mathilde Kschessinska—

prestigious Harkness Ballet and has been a

prima ballerina assoluta of the long-vanished Russian Imperial

Fiction Fellow at MacDowell, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Squaw Valley

Ballet—sits down to write her memoirs. And what a life it has been. The greatest dancer of the age,

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her scything technique caught the eye—and heart—of one Nikolai Romanov when she was only seventeen years old. When Nikolai

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vered. As the last czar presided over a fatally crumbling empire, her devotion to the imperial family was tested in ways she could never have foreseen. In Adrienne Sharp’s richly imagined novel, we see the seething beginnings of revolution and the blind giddiness of a doomed court. Based on fact, The True Memoirs of Little K is historical fiction

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Nadine Gordimer

LIFE TIMES Stories 1952–2007

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his collection of Nadine Gordimer’s short fiction demonstrates

N A D I N E G O R D I M E R , who was awarded

her rich use of language and her unsparing vision of politics,

the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991, is the

sexuality, and race. Whether writing about lovers, parents and children, or married couples, Gordimer maps out the terrain of human relationships with razor-sharp psychological insight and

author of fourteen novels, nine volumes of stories, and three nonfiction collections. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

a stunning lack of sentimentality. The selection, which spans the course of Gordimer’s career to date, presents the range of her sto-

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Christian Wiman

EVERY RIVEN THING Poems

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very Riven Thing is Christian Wiman’s first collection in seven

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years, and rarely has a book of poetry so borne the stamp of

in West Texas. He is the editor of Poetry and

necessity. Whether in stark, haiku-like descriptions of a cancer ward, surrealistic depictions of a social order coming apart, or fluent, defiant outpourings of praise, Wiman pushes his language

the author of two previous collections of poems, Hard Night (2005) and The Long Home (2007), and one collection of prose. He lives in Chicago.

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Afsaneh Moqadam

D E AT H TO T H E D I C TATO R ! A Young Man Casts a Vote in Iran’s 2009 Election and Pays a Devastating Price

AT A T I M E W H E N I R A N ’ S R E G I M E T H R E AT E N S A N Y J O U R N A L I S T W H O SPEAKS THE TRUTH, A RIVETING EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE STOLEN E L E C T I O N A N D I T S A F T E R M AT H

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ehran, June 12, 2009. Mohsen Abbaspour, an ordinary young

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man in his twenties—not particularly political, or ambitious,

It has been adopted to protect the identity

or worldly—casts the first vote of his life in Iran’s tenth presidential election. Fed up with rising unemployment and inflation,

of the author, who witnessed and participated in many of the events described in this book.

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A N AT I O N A L B E S T S E L L E R IN HARDCOVER: THE B R I L L I A N T, I N S P I R I N G ACCOUNT OF THE ROLE OF JUSTICE IN OUR SOCIETY BY “PERHAPS THE MOST PROMINENT COLLEGE PROFESSOR I N A M E R I C A”

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JUSTICE What’s the Right Thing to Do?

or Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport,” The Nation’s PHOTOGRAPH © KIKU ADATTO

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reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book—based

on his legendary Harvard course—Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn for a more robust and thoughtful public discourse. “In terms we can all understand,” wrote Jonathan Rauch in The New York Times, Justice “confronts us with the concepts that lurk . . . beneath our conflicts.” Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, the moral limits of markets—Sandel relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well. Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wise—an essential new addition to the small shelf of books that speak convincingly to the hard questions of our civic life.

J. Sandel M I C H A E L J . S A N D E L is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor

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of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1980,

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Lewis Hyde

TRICKSTER MAKES THIS WORLD Mischief, Myth, and Art New Foreword by Michael Chabon

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n Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde brings to life the play-

L E W I S H Y D E is the author of The Gift:

ful and disruptive side of human imagination as it is embod-

Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property and

ied in trickster mythology. He first visits the old stories—Hermes

Common as Air (FSG, 2010). A MacArthur Fellow

in Greece, Eshu in West Africa, Krishna in India, Coyote in North America, among others—and then holds them up against the lives

and former director of creative writing at Harvard, he is currently Luce Professor of Art and Politics at Kenyon College.

and work of more recent creators: Picasso, Duchamp, Ginsberg, John Cage, and Frederick Douglass. Twelve years after its first publication, Trickster Makes This World—authoritative in its scholarship, loose-limbed in its style—has taken its place among the

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Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck

S U B U R BA N N AT I O N The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream 10th Anniversary Edition New Preface by the Authors

“ M AY B E T H E B E S T G U I D E TO REFORMING THE FREE MARKET EVER PUBLISHED. IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE A CITIZEN AGAIN.”

—KURT ANDERSEN

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or a decade, Suburban Nation has given voice to a growing

A N D R E S D U A N Y and E L I Z A B E T H

movement in North America to put an end to suburban sprawl

P L A T E R - Z Y B E R K lead a firm that has

and replace the last century’s automobile-based settlement patterns with a return to more traditional planning. Founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Andres Duany and Elizabeth

designed more than 200 new neighborhoods and community revitalization plans, most famously, Seaside, Florida. J E F F S P E C K is director of town planning for the firm.

Plater-Zyberk are at the forefront of the movement, and even their critics, such as Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard, recog-

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Isaac Bashevis Singer

THE MAGICIAN OF LUBLIN A Novel Translated from the Yiddish by Elaine Gottlieb and Joseph Singer

THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF A L O S T C L A S S I C — A S O P H I S T I C AT E D TA L E OF SEXUAL COMPULSION AND MAN’S FLIGHT FROM LOVE

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asha Mazur is a Houdini-like performer whose skill has made

I S A A C B A S H E V I S S I N G E R (1904–91)

him famous throughout eastern Poland. Half Jewish, half

was the author of many novels, stories,

gentile, a freethinker who slips easily between worlds, Yasha has an observant Jewish wife, a gentile assistant who travels with

children’s books, and memoirs. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

him, and a mistress in every town. For Yasha is an escape artist, not only onstage but in life, a man who lives under the spell of his own hypnotic effect on women. Now, though, his exploits are catching up with him, and he is tempted to make one final escape—from his wife and her faith and their homeland. Set in the shtetls and Warsaw of the 1870s—but first published in 1960—Isaac Bashevis Singer’s second novel hides a haunting psychological portrait inside a beguiling parable. At its heart, this is a book about the burden of sexual freedom. As such, it belongs on a small shelf with such midcentury classics as Rabbit, Run; The

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Adventures of Augie March; and The Moviegoer. As Milton Hindus wrote in The New York Times Book Review, “The pathos of the end-

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ing may move the reader to tears, but they are not sentimental tears . . . [Singer] is a writer of far greater than ordinary powers.”

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Joan Biskupic

AMERICAN ORIGINAL The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

“ I N T E L L E C T UA L LY R I G O R O U S , Y E T ACCESSIBLE TO THE GENERAL READER. AMERICAN ORIGINAL . . . IS A M U S T - R E A D F O R A N Y O N E W H O WA N T S TO U N D E R S TA N D T H I S J U R I S T. ” —THE BOSTON GLOBE

T

he U.S. Supreme Court has witnessed a succession of larger-

J O A N B I S K U P I C has covered the

than-life jurists in its history, but it’s never seen the likes of

Supreme Court since 1989. She is the legal-

Justice Antonin Scalia. Combative yet captivating, he remains a

affairs correspondent for USA Today and the

source of curiosity to observers across the political spectrum. And after nearly a quarter of a century on the bench, Scalia may

author of Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice.

be at the apex of his power. But for all his public grandstanding, Scalia has managed to

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Washington journalist Joan Biskupic presents a comprehensive narrative that will engage Scalia’s adherents and critics alike. Beginning with Scalia’s childhood in a first-generation Italian American home, American Original takes us through his formative years, his role in the Nixon and Ford administrations, and his trajectory through the Reagan Revolution. Biskupic’s careful report-

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ing culminates with the tumult of the contemporary Supreme Court—where it’s been and where it’s going, with Scalia helping to lead the charge.

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Barry Friedman

THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution “FRIEDMAN’S CONTRIBUTION TO THIS DISCUSSION [ABOUT THE SUPREME C O U R T ] I S T H E B R E A DT H A N D D E TA I L O F H I S H I S T O R I C A L C A N VA S , A N D I T ’ S A SIGNIFICANT ONE.” — E M I LY BA Z E L O N , T H E N E W YO R K T I M E S B O O K R E V I E W

I

n recent years, the justices of the Supreme Court have ruled

B A R R Y F R I E D M A N holds the Jacob D.

definitively on such issues as abortion, school prayer, and

Fuchsberg Chair at the New York University

military tribunals in the war on terror. They decided one of American history’s most contested presidential elections. Yet for all their power, the justices never face election and hold their of-

School of Law. He is a constitutional lawyer and has litigated cases involving abortion, the death penalty, and free speech. He lives in New York City.

fices for life. This combination of influence and apparent unaccountability has led many to complain that there is something illegitimate—even undemocratic—about judicial authority. In The Will of the People, Barry Friedman challenges that

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claim by showing that the Court has always been subject to a higher power: the American public. Judicial positions have been abolished, the justices’ jurisdiction has been stripped, the Court has been packed, and unpopular decisions have been defied. For at least the past sixty years, the justices have made sure that their decisions do not stray too far from public opinion. Friedman’s pathbreaking account of the relationship between

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Louise Glück

A VILLAGE LIFE Poems

“THE FUSION OF ANCIENT AND MODERN IS HAUNTING A N D E X H I L A R AT I N G . ‘ M A K E I T N E W ,’ E Z R A P O U N D S A I D . SHE HAS.” — M A U R E E N N . M C L A N E , T H E WA S H I N G T O N P O S T BOOK WORLD

A

Village Life, Louise Glück’s eleventh collection of poems, be-

L O U I S E G L Ü C K is the author of eleven

gins in the topography of a village, a Mediterranean world

books of poems and a collection of essays. Her many awards include the Pulitzer Prize,

of no definite moment or place:

the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Bollingen Prize, and the Wallace Stevens

All the roads in the village unite at the fountain.

Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Avenue of Liberty, Avenue of the Acacia Trees— The fountain rises at the center of the plaza;

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Glück has been known as a lyric and dramatic poet; since Ararat, she has shaped her austere intensities into book-length sequences.

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Here, for the first time, she speaks as “the kind of describing, supervising intelligence found in novels rather than poetry,” as Langdon Hammer has written of her long lines—manifesting a calm omniscience. While Glück’s manner is novelistic, she focuses not on action but on pauses and intervals, moments of suspension, in a dreamlike present tense in which poetic speculation and reflection are possible. FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX

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William Grimes

APPETITE CITY A Culinary History of New York

A ROLLICKING JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY’S R E S TAU R A N T S

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ew York is the greatest restaurant city the world has ever

W I L L I A M G R I M E S was the restaurant

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critic for The New York Times from 1999 to 2003.

In Appetite City, the former New York Times restaurant critic William Grimes leads us on a grand historical tour of New York’s dining culture. Beginning with the era when simple chophouses

He is the author of Straight Up or On the Rocks (NPP, 2001) and My Fine Feathered Friend (NPP, 2002), and the coauthor of The New York Times Guide to New York City Restaurants 2004.

and oyster bars dominated the culinary scene, he charts the city’s transformation into the world restaurant capital it is today. Appetite City takes us on a unique and delectable journey, from the days when oysters and turtle were the most popular ingredients in New York cuisine, to the birth of Times Square—where food and entertainment formed a partnership that has survived ALSO AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK:

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rare menus, menu cards, and other curios and illustrations (many never before seen), Grimes vividly describes the dining styles,

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dishes, and restaurants succeeding one another in an unfolding historical panorama.

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an irresistible menu of the city’s most savory moments.

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Elena Kostioukovitch

W H Y I TA L I A N S L OV E TO TA L K A B O U T F O O D Translated from the Italian by Anne Milano Appel Forewords by Umberto Eco and Carol Field

A C O M P L E T E TO U R O F I TA LY ’ S G R E AT R E G I O N A L C U L I N A R Y C U LT U R E S

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talians love to talk about food. The aroma of a simmering

E L E N A K O S T I O U K O V I T C H is an

ragù, the bouquet of a local wine, the remembrance of a past

essayist, translator, and literary agent. In 2006

meal: Italians discuss these details as naturally as we talk about politics or sports, and often with the same flared tempers. In Why Italians Love to Talk About Food, Elena Kostioukovitch ex-

she published Perche agli Italiani piaci parlare del cibo (Why Italians Love to Talk About Food), which became a bestseller in Italy and Russia. She lives with her family in Milan.

plores the phenomenon that first struck her as a newcomer to Italy: the Italian “culinary code,” or way of talking about food. Along the way, she captures the fierce local pride that gives Italian cuisine its remarkable diversity. To come to know Italian food is to discover the differences of taste, language, and attitude that separate a Sicilian from a Piedmontese or a Venetian from a Sardinian. Try tasting Piedmontese bagna cauda, then a Lombard cassoela, then lamb alla Romana: each is part of a unique culinary tradition. In this learned, charming, and entertaining narrative, Kostiou-

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kovitch takes us on a journey through one of the world’s richest and most adored food cultures. Organized according to region and

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saries, Why Italians Love to Talk About Food teaches any reader

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to be as versed in the ways of Italian cooking as the most sea-

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soned of chefs. Food lovers, history buffs, and gourmands alike

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will savor this exceptional celebration of Italy’s culinary gifts.

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Michael J. Arlen

EXILES

BAC K I N P R I N T, “A W R Y A N D MOVING . . . RARE AND MINUTE ACCOUNTING OF GROWING UP”

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(TIME)

xiles is the story of two glamorous people—one, a beauti-

M I C H A E L J . A R L E N is an Anglo-

ful aristocrat; the other, a self-made man, one of the most fa-

Armenian writer and former television critic

mous authors of the 1920s. In this slender volume, which was nominated for the 1970 National Book Award and helped reestablish the memoir as a genre, their son evokes—with humor

for The New Yorker. He is the author of the acclaimed Passage to Ararat (FSG Classics, 2006), an autobiographical narrative of his Armenian ancestry, and Living-Room War.

and honesty—his parents’ seemingly charmed life in Hollywood and New York, his own childhood spent between homes and boarding schools, and the decline of a family full of love, joy, and pride in one another: in other words, a family as ordinary as it is unusual. “[Arlen] judges his parents; he judges himself, and does both with a wonderfully hard-won honesty . . . The great thing about

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but what it confirms about this author’s strange and eloquent style.”

—GEOFFREY WOLFF, Newsweek

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tenth best thing about the book.” —CHRISTOPHER LEHMANN-HAUPT, The New York Times

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Robert Henryson

T H E T E S TA M E N T O F C R E S S E I D AND SEVEN FABLES Translated by Seamus Heaney

A B R I L L I A N T N E W T R A N S L AT I O N F R O M THE NOBEL PRIZE–WINNING POET AND T R A N S L ATO R O F B E OW U L F

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he greatest of the late-medieval Scots makars, Robert Hen-

S E A M U S H E A N E Y was born in Northern

ryson was influenced by their vision of the frailty and pathos

Ireland. He has published poetry, criticism,

of human life, and by the inherited poetic example of Geoffrey Chaucer. Henryson’s finest poem, and one of the rhetorical masterpieces of Scots literature, is the narrative Testament of Cres-

and translations that have established him as one of the leading poets of his generation. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

seid. Set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, the Testament completes the story of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, offering a

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Diomede, and of her subsequent decline into prostitution and leprosy. Written in Middle Scots, a distinctive northern version of English, the Testament has been translated by Seamus Heaney into a confident but faithful idiom that matches the original verse form and honors the poem’s unique blend of detachment

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and compassion.

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A master of high narrative, Henryson was also a comic master of the verse fable, and his burlesques of human weakness in the

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guise of animal wisdom are delicately pointed with irony. Seven of the Fables are here sparklingly translated by Heaney, their

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freshness rendered to the last claw and feather. Together, The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables provide a rich and wideranging encounter between two poets across six centuries.

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Mildred Ellen Orton

COOKING WITH WHOLEGRAINS How to Cook Breads, Rolls, Cakes, Scones, Crackers, Muffins, and Desserts, Using Only Stone-Ground Wholegrains Introduction by Vrest Orton

THE BASIC WHOLEGRAIN COOKBOOK

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his short, charming little primer in wholegrain cookery was

In 1946, Vrest Orton and M I L D R E D E L L E N

written in 1951—long before healthy eating was a national

O R T O N opened the Vermont Country Store

obsession. Reprinted numerous times, it became a pioneer cookbook: one of the first to reintroduce the joys of wholegrain recipes to the American home cook. Vrest Orton and Mildred Ellen

in Weston, stocking it with foods that had largely disappeared from modern stores. Today their son, Lyman, runs the store and a greatly expanded version of their original catalog.

Orton, a husband-and-wife team who also operated a stone mill, a set of country stores, and a mail-order catalog, offer readers a simple, warm, and welcoming approach to such regional classics as Southern Johnnycake and Vermont Indian Pudding. Along the way, they offer an impassioned argument for wholegrains, as well as a witty critique of the refined, shelf-stable flours that had become so seductive to postwar cooks. Today, a new audience of readers is discovering that wholegrains are not only healthy, but tasty and comforting as well. The Ortons’ delightful guide ranks as one of America’s most important grain cookbooks; it both preceded the current health craze and

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remains true to its present concerns. Cooking with Wholegrains is sure to find a place in every natural-food kitchen.

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Jonathan Nossiter

LIQUID MEMORY Why Wine Matters

“ T H E G R E AT E S T B O O K E V E R W R I T T E N ABOUT WINE.” — B I L L B U F O R D , AU T H O R O F H E AT

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onathan Nossiter, award-winning filmmaker and former som-

J O N A T H A N N O S S I T E R is an award-

melier, had his first taste of wine at the age of three in Paris,

winning filmmaker who has also worked as a

from his father’s fingertip. For him, wine is “memory in its most liquid and dynamic form,” an essential art. In Liquid Memory, the American expatriate takes readers on a cheeky insider’s investi-

sommelier at Balthazar in New York. His films have been featured at the Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes film festivals. He lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

gation of the mysteries of terroir, the historical sense of place that makes wine unique. Nossiter, who already created an uproar in the world of wine with his film Mondovino, here reveals how the tyranny of snobs, critics, and charlatans prevents us all from taking part in what should be a gloriously democratic bacchanalia. From the sacred wineshops of Paris to film locations in Rio de Janeiro, this singular journey invites us to consider how power influences taste and how one’s own taste might combat power in any sphere. Unabashedly controversial, Liquid Memory has already riled the

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establishment, and it will continue to stimulate wine lovers and convert the skeptics for many years to come.

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left me half drunk with pleasure.”

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Mahmoud Darwish

IF I WERE ANOTHER Poems Translated from the Arabic by Fady Joudah

T H E D E F I N I N G LY R I C E P I C S O F T H E PA L E S T I N I A N M A S T E R , I N A B R I L L I A N T T R A N S L AT I O N

M

ahmoud Darwish was that rare literary phenomenon: a poet

M A H M O U D D A R W I S H (1941–2008)

both acclaimed by critics as one of the most important

published more than thirty volumes of poetry

poets in the Arab world and beloved by his readers. His language—lyrical and tender—helped to transform modern Arabic poetry into a living metaphor for the universal experiences of

and eight volumes of prose. He was the recipient of numerous awards for both his poetry and his political activism.

exile, loss, and identity. The poems in this collection, constructed from the cadence and imagery of the Palestinian struggle, shift

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dens of history and collective memory. Brilliantly translated by Fady Joudah, If I Were Another—which collects the greatest epic works of Darwish’s mature years—is a powerful yet elegant work by a master poet that demonstrates why Darwish was one of the most celebrated poets of his time and was hailed as the voice and conscience of an entire people.

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George Packer

INTERESTING TIMES Writings from a Turbulent Decade

A WIDE-RANGING COLLECTION OF E S SAY S O N P O L I T I C S A N D C U LT U R E FROM A CONTEMPORARY MASTER OF THE FORM

T

hroughout his career as a journalist, George Packer has al-

G E O R G E P A C K E R is a staff writer for

ways been attuned to the voices and stories of individuals

The New Yorker and the author of several books,

caught up in the big ideas and events of contemporary history. Interesting Times unites brilliant investigative pieces such as “Betrayed,” about Iraqi interpreters, with personal essays and

most recently The Assassins’ Gate (FSG, 2005). His reporting has won four Overseas Press Club awards.

detailed narratives of travels through war zones and failed states. Spanning a decade that includes the September 11 attacks and the election of Barack Obama, Packer brings insight and passion to his accounts of the war on terror, Iraq, political writers, and the 2008 election. Across these varied subjects, a few key themes recur: the temptations and dangers of idealism; the moral complexities of war and politics; the American capacity for self-blinding and self-renewal. Whether exploring American policies in the wake of Septem-

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ber 11, tracking a used T-shirt from New York to Uganda, or describing the ambivalent response to Obama in Appalachia, these

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essays hold a mirror to our own troubled times and showcase Packer’s unmistakable perspective, which is at once both wide-

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Frederick Seidel

POEMS 1959–2009

“POEMS 1959–2009 TELLS THE STORY OF A MOST UNUSUAL CAREER IN POETRY . . . THERE HAD NEVER BEEN A POET LIKE THIS ONE BEFORE.” —DAN CHIASSON, THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS

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the most compelling, savage, and tender poems in the lan-

Ooga-Booga, received the 2006 Los Angeles

guage. Frederick Seidel is, in the words of the critic Adam Kirsch,

Times Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the

“the best American poet writing today.”

Griffin Poetry Prize.

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both an excoriating loneliness and a pitiless eye. This book should cement a growing consensus that there are few poets writing in English as talented as he.” —ZACH BARON, The Village Voice

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Frank Kermode

CONCERNING E. M. FORSTER

A M A J O R R E A S S E S S M E N T O F T H E G R E AT ENGLISH NOVELIST

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his impressive book by the celebrated critic Frank Kermode

S I R F R A N K K E R M O D E has written

examines hitherto neglected aspects of the novelist E. M.

many works, among them Shakespeare’s

Forster’s life and work. Kermode focuses on a central paradox: how it was that this apparently shy, reclusive man should have claimed and kept such a central position in the English writing

Language (FSG, 2000), and has edited countless others, including some of the Abinger editions of Forster’s works. He lives in Cambridge, England.

of his time, even though for decades he composed no fiction and he was not close to any of his great contemporaries—Henry James, Ford Madox Ford, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce. Concerning E. M. Forster has at its core the Clark Lectures that Kermode gave at Cambridge University in 2007 on the subject of Forster, eighty years after Forster himself gave those lectures, which became Aspects of the Novel. Kermode reappraises the influence and meaning of that great work, assesses the significance of

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Forster’s profound musicality (Britten thought him the most musical of all writers), and offers a brilliant interpretation of

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Jenny Uglow

A GAMBLING MAN Charles II’s Restoration Game

F R O M T H E C E L E B R AT E D AU T H O R O F THE LUNAR MEN—A THRILLING PORTRAIT OF CHARLES II AND THE S T UA R T R E S TO R AT I O N

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harles II was thirty when he crossed the English Channel in

J E N N Y U G L O W is an editor at Chatto &

fine May weather in 1660. His Restoration was greeted with

Windus and lives in Canterbury, England. Her

maypoles and bonfires, like spring after the long years of Cromwell’s rule. But there was no going back, no way that he could “restore” the old. Certainty had vanished. The divinity of kingship

previous books include Nature’s Engraver (FSG, 2007); The Lunar Men (FSG, 2002), winner of the PEN International Prize for History; and Hogarth (FSG, 1997).

fled with his father’s beheading. “Honor” was now a word tossed around in duels. “Providence” could no longer be trusted. As the country was rocked by plague, fire, and war, people searched for new ideas by which to live. Exactly ten years later, Charles would stand again on the shore at Dover, laying the greatest bet of his life in a secret deal with his cousin Louis XIV.

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king was the supreme actor. Yet while his grandeur, his court, and his colorful sex life were on display, his true intentions lay hidden. A Gambling Man is a portrait of Charles II, exploring his elusive nature through the lens of these ten vital years—and a portrait of a vibrant, violent, pulsing world, in which the risks the king took forged the fate of the nation, on the brink of the modern world. FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX

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John Bryan Starr

U N D E R S TA N D I N G C H I N A A Guide to China’s Economy, History, and Political Culture 3rd Edition

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fter ten years, John Bryan Starr has thoroughly revised and

J O H N B R Y A N S T A R R is a lecturer in the

updated his classic introduction to the background of, the

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data about, and the issues at stake in China’s present and future. In the new edition, Starr seamlessly weaves in additional material on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government’s

and serves as a consultant to the Tri-State Consortium. He has served as president of both the Yale China Association and the China Institute in New York City.

ongoing efforts to curb the influence of the Internet, and the intensifying trade disputes between the United States and China.

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Lori D. Ginzberg

E L I Z A B E T H C A DY S TA N TO N An American Life

“ B R I N G S E L I Z A B E T H C A DY S TA N TO N TO LIFE AS NEVER BEFORE.”

—LINDA GORDON

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lizabeth Cady Stanton was a brilliant activist-intellectual. That

A professor of history and women’s studies at

nearly all of her ideas—that women are entitled to seek an

Pennsylvania State University, L O R I D .

education, to own property, to get a divorce, and to vote—are now commonplace is in large part because she worked tirelessly to extend the nation’s promise of radical individualism to women.

G I N Z B E R G has written several books on

women’s history, including Untidy Origins: A Story of Woman’s Rights in Antebellum New York. She lives in Philadelphia.

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equal rights. Few could match Stanton’s self-confidence; loving an argument, she rarely wavered in her assumption that she had won. But she was no secular saint, and her positions were not always on the side of the broadest possible conception of justice and social change. Elitism runs through Stanton’s life and thought, defined most often by class, frequently by race, and always by intellect. Even her closest friends found her absolutism

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A G E N E R AT I O N A L HISTORY OF BLACK AMERICANS FROM A PREEMINENT SCHOLAR

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CHILDREN OF FIRE A History of African Americans

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we impose on the past. The same people who lived through the Civil War and the eradication of slavery also dealt with the hardships of Reconstruction, so why do we almost always treat them separately? In this groundbreaking new book, the renowned historian Thomas C. Holt challenges this form to tell the story of generations of African Americans through the lived experience of the subjects themselves, with all of the nuances, ironies, contradictions, and complexities one might expect. Building on seminal books like John Hope Franklin’s From Slavery to Freedom and many others, Holt captures the entire African American experience from the moment the first twenty “Negars” were sold at Jamestown in 1619. Each chapter focuses on a generation of individuals who shaped the course of American history, hoping for a better life for their children but often confronting the ebb and flow of their civil rights and status within society. Many familiar faces grace these pages—Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, and Barack Obama—but also some overlooked ones. Figures like Anthony Johnson, a slave who bought his freedom in late-seventeenth-century Virginia and became a substantial property holder, only to have it stolen from his children by an increasingly racist court system. Or Frank Moore, a World War I veteran and sharecropper who sued his landlord for unfair practices, but found himself charged with murder after fighting off an angry white posse. Taken together, their stories tell how African Americans fashioned a culture and identity and strived for full recognition as American citizens amid the turmoil of four centuries of the nation’s history.

C. Holt T H O M A S C . H O L T is the James Westfall Thompson Professor of

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Martin Gardner

W H E N YO U W E R E A TA D P O L E A N D I WA S A F I S H And Other Speculations About This and That

SELECTED WRITINGS BY A MASTER GAMESTER AND DEBUNKER

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est known as the longtime writer of the Mathematical Games

M A R T I N G A R D N E R is the author of more

column for Scientific American—which introduced genera-

than seventy books, as well as countless

tions of readers to the joys of recreational mathematics—Martin Gardner has for decades pursued a parallel career as a devastat-

magazine articles and other shorter works. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

ingly effective debunker of what he once famously dubbed “fads and fallacies in the name of science.” It is mainly in this latter role that he is onstage in this collection of choice essays. When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish takes aim at a gallery

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of amusing targets, ranging from Ann Coulter’s qualifications as an evolutionary biologist to the logical fallacies of precognition and extrasensory perception, from Santa Claus to The Wizard of Oz, from mutilated chessboards to the little-known “one-poem poet” Langdon Smith (the original author of this volume’s title line). The writings assembled here fall naturally into seven broad categories: Science, Bogus Science, Mathematics, Logic, Literature, Religion and Philosophy, and Politics. Under each heading,

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“[Martin Gardner] should really be honored as one of this

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Kenneth S. Deffeyes

WHEN OIL PEAKED

WITH PEAK OIL BEHIND US, W H AT ’ S N E X T ?

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n two earlier books, Hubbert’s Peak (2001) and Beyond Oil

K E N N E T H S . D E F F E Y E S , a former

(2005), the geologist Kenneth S. Deffeyes laid out his ration-

researcher for Shell Oil Company, is an emeritus

ale for concluding that world oil production would continue to

professor of geology at Princeton University.

follow a bell-shaped curve, with the smoothed-out peak somewhere in the middle of the first decade of this millennium—in keeping with the projections of his former colleague, the pioneering petroleum geologist M. King Hubbert.

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Roland Barthes

MOURNING DIARY Translated from the French and with an Afterword by Richard Howard

A MAJOR DISCOVERY: THE LOST DIARY O F A G R E AT M I N D — A N D A N I N T I M AT E , D E E P LY M OV I N G S T U DY O F G R I E F

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he day after his mother’s death in October 1977, the influ-

R O L A N D B A R T H E S was born in 1915.

ential philosopher Roland Barthes began a diary of mourning.

A French literary theorist, philosopher, and

Taking notes on index cards as was his habit, he reflected on a new solitude, on the ebb and flow of sadness, and on modern society’s dismissal of grief. These 330 cards, published here for

critic, he influenced the development of schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, and post-structuralism. He died in 1980.

the first time, prove a skeleton key to the themes he tackled throughout his work. Behind the unflagging mind, “the most

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Roland Barthes ROLAND BARTHES BY ROLAND BARTHES Translated from the French by Richard Howard; New Foreword by Adam Phillips First published in 1977, Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes is the great literary theorist’s most original work—a brilliant and playful text, gracefully combining the personal and the theoretical to reveal Roland Barthes’s tastes, his childhood, his education, his passions and regrets. “In Roland Barthes, the critic has at last turned toward himself as the text to be studied. The result is a highly unconventional ‘autobiography’ (splendidly translated) which is brilliant and baffling by turns.” —The Washington Post L I T E R AT U R E / E S SAY S 62 Black-and-White Illustrations / Chronology / Brit., trans., dram.: Georges Borchardt, Inc. Audio: FSG / (PREVIOUS PAPERBACK EDITION 978-0-520-08783-5)

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A LOVER’S DISCOURSE

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Translated from the French by Richard Howard A Lover’s Discourse, at its 1978 publication, was revolutionary: Roland Barthes made unprecedented use of the tools of structuralism to explore the whimsical phenomenon of love. Rich with references ranging from Goethe’s Werther to Winnicott, from Plato to Proust, from Baudelaire to Schubert, A Lover’s Discourse artfully draws a portrait in which every reader will find echoes of themselves. “Barthes’s work, along with that of Wilde and Valéry, gives being an aesthete a good name . . . Defending the senses, he never betrayed the mind.” —SUSAN SONTAG L I T E R AT U R E / E S SAY S Brit., trans., audio, dram.: Georges Borchardt, Inc. / (PREVIOUS PAPERBACK EDITION 978-0-374-52161-5)

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Reflections on Photography

Translated from the French by Richard Howard; New Foreword by Geoff Dyer A graceful, contemplative volume, Camera Lucida was first published in 1979. Commenting on artists such as Avedon, Clifford, Mapplethorpe, and Nadar, Roland Barthes presents photography as being outside the codes of language or culture, acting on the body as much as on the mind, and rendering death and loss more acutely than any other medium. This groundbreaking approach established Camera Lucida as one of the most important books of theory on the subject, along with Susan Sontag’s On Photography. “[Barthes] has accomplished in this extraordinary book something finer than mere polemic. En route to his last painful discovery, Barthes takes the reader on an exquisitely rendered, lyrical journey into the heart of his own life and the medium he came to love, a medium that flirts constantly with the ‘intractable reality’ of the human condition.” —Newsweek P H OTO G R A P H Y / E S SAY S 25 Black-and-White Photographs / Brit., trans., audio, dram.: Georges Borchardt, Inc. / (PREVIOUS PAPERBACK EDITION 978-0-374-52134-9)

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Dan A. Porat

THE BOY A Holocaust Story

THE HISTORY BEHIND THE MOST W I D E LY K N OW N P H OTO G R A P H O F T H E WA R S AW U P R I S I N G

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gravel road. A sunny day. A soldier. A gun. A child, arms high

D A N A . P O R A T is an associate professor

in the air. A moment captured on film. But what is the his-

at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who

tory behind arguably the most recognizable photograph of the Holocaust? In The Boy: A Holocaust Story, the historian Dan A. Porat unpacks this split second that was immortalized on film

teaches classes on the representation of the Holocaust. He is the author of numerous academic publications.

and unravels the stories of the individuals—both Jews and Nazis—associated with it.

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young boy, who encounter these Nazis in Warsaw in the spring of 1943. The book is remarkable in its scope, picking up the lives of these participants in the years preceding World War I and following them to their deaths. One of the Nazis managed to stay at large for twenty-two years. One of the survivors lived long enough to lose a son in the Yom Kippur War. The sixty-two photo-

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extensive research, experience, and oral interviews, places the reader in the middle of unfolding events.

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Karl Gerth

AS CHINA GOES, SO GOES THE WORLD How Chinese Consumers Are Transforming Everything

THE UNTOLD CONSEQUENCES OF C H I N A’ S N E W C O N S U M E R S O C I E T Y AND ECONOMY

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n this revelatory examination of the most overlooked force

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that is changing the face of China, the Oxford historian and

history at Oxford University.

scholar of modern Asia Karl Gerth shows that as the Chinese consumer goes, so goes the world. While Americans and Europeans have become increasingly worried about China’s competition for manufacturing jobs and energy resources, they have overlooked an even bigger story: China’s rapid development of an American-style

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This change is already well under way. China has become the world’s largest consumer of everything from automobiles to beer and has begun to adopt such consumer habits as living in large single-occupancy homes, shopping in gigantic malls, and eating meat-based diets served in fast-food outlets. Even rural Chinese, long the laggards of consumerism, have been buying refrigerators, televisions, mobile phones, and larger houses in unprecedented

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Andrew B. Lewis

THE SHADOWS OF YOUTH The Remarkable Journey of the Civil Rights Generation

“A TAU T, C O M PAC T H I S TO R Y O F T H E C I V I L R I G H T S M OV E M E N T. ” — M I C H A E L A . E L L I OT, T H E AT L A N TA J O U R N A L - C O N S T I T U T I O N

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hrough the lives of Diane Nash, Stokely Carmichael, Bob Moses,

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Bob Zellner, Julian Bond, Marion Barry, John Lewis, and their

Wesleyan University. His books include Gonna

contemporaries, The Shadows of Youth provides a carefully woven group biography of the activists who—under the banner of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee—challenged the way

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able Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the

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into a parallel universe using ten-dimensional string theory? Could it involve Carl, the teenage drug dealer and borderline psychotic who is Skippy’s rival in love? Or could “the Automator”—the ruthless, smooth-talking headmaster intent on modernizing the school—have something to hide? Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, unraveling a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined. With a cast of characters that ranges from hip-hop-loving fourteen-year-old Eoin “MC Sexecutioner” Flynn to basketballplaying midget Philip Kilfether, packed with questions and answers on everything from Ritalin, to M-theory, to bungee jumping, to the hidden meaning of the poetry of Robert Frost, Skippy Dies is a heartfelt, hilarious portrait of the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of adolescence, and a tragic depiction of a world always happy to sacrifice its weakest members. As the twenty-first century enters its teenage years, this is a breathtaking novel from a young writer who will come to define his generation.

Murray P A U L M U R R A Y was born in 1975. He studied English

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was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize in 2003 and was nominated for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award.

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hough the director Danny Boyle has long been a cult favorite

A M Y R A P H A E L was born in London in

for films such as Trainspotting and 28 Days Later, it wasn’t

1967. She has worked for Elle and Esquire and

until his 2008 indie film Slumdog Millionaire became a surprise blockbuster hit that he joined the ranks of megastar directors. Born in 1956 to a working-class Irish Catholic family in Lancashire,

now freelances for The Observer and The Daily Telegraph. She is also the editor of Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh.

England, Boyle decided against the priesthood and turned instead to drama. He made his feature-film directorial debut with Shallow Grave, which became the the most commercially successful British film of 1995. This and his adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel Trainspotting were credited with revitalizing cinema in Britain. In 2008 he directed Slumdog Millionaire, the story of an impoverished child on the streets of Mumbai who competes on India’s variant of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The film won a directorial Oscar for Boyle and eight Academy Awards in total.

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Nick Cave

T H E D E AT H O F B U N N Y M U N R O A Novel

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et adrift by his wife’s suicide and struggling to keep a grip

N I C K C A V E has been performing music for

on reality, Bunny Munro does the only thing he can think of:

more than thirty years as the lead singer of the

with his young son in tow, he hits the road. To his son, waiting patiently in the car while his father peddles beauty wares and quickies to lonely housewives in the south of England, Bunny is

Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Grinderman. His first novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, was published in 1989. Born in Australia, Cave now lives near Brighton, England.

a hero, larger than life. But Bunny himself, haunted by what might be his wife’s ghost, seems only dimly aware of his son’s existence. When his bizarre trip shades into a final reckoning, when he can no longer be sure what is real and what is not, Bunny finally begins to recognize the love he feels for his son. And he sees that the revenants of his world—decrepit fathers, vengeful ghosts, jealous husbands, and horned psycho-killers—are lurking in the shadows, waiting to exact their toll. At turns dark and humane, The Death of Bunny Munro is a ten-

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“Cave is a darkly gifted storyteller.”

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“Told with verve, studded with scalding humour.” —GRAEME THOMSON, The Observer

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BAD SCIENCE How Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Deceive You

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ave you ever wondered how one day the media can assert

that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a

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a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren’t medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry, tell what they should be paying attention to and what’s, well, just more bullshit? Ben Goldacre has made a point of exposing quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies. But he has also taken the media to task for its willingness to throw facts and proof out the window in its quest to sell more copies. Now Goldacre is taking on America and its bad science in this revised version of his runaway U.K. bestseller. But he’s not here just to tell you what’s wrong. Goldacre is here to teach you how to evaluate placebo effects, double-blind studies, and sample size, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. You’re about to feel a whole lot better. “Unmissable . . . In a froth of entirely justified indignation, Goldacre slams the mountebanks and bullshitters who misuse science.”

—The Times (London), Books of the Year

“Thousands of books are enjoyable; many are enlightening; only a very few will ever rate as necessary to social health. This is one of them.”

—The Independent

Goldacre B E N G O L D A C R E is a writer, broadcaster, and doctor best known for

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the Bad Science column in The Guardian. Trained in Oxford and London,

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Alan Bennett

THE HABIT OF ART A Play

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enjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind

A L A N B E N N E T T is a renowned playwright,

with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his

essayist, and storywriter whose play The

former collaborator and friend, W. H. Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first in twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, among others, their future biographer and a

History Boys won six Tony Awards. He is also the author of the Academy Award–nominated screenplay The Madness of King George. He lives in London, England.

young man from the local bus station. Alan Bennett’s new play is as much about the theater as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art. A multi-leveled work that deals with sex, death, creativity, biography and much else besides . . . Beautifully written . . . Deeply moving.”

For another title by this author, see page 29. For backlist titles by this author, see page 108.

—MICHAEL BILLINGTON, The Guardian

“A multi-layered masterpiece . . . Hilariously provocative . . .

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Daniel Lanois

SOUL MINING A Musical Life

A M E M O I R O F M U S I C A L C R E AT I O N , F R O M S TA R P R O D U C E R DA N I E L L A N O I S

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ob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, U2, Peter Gabriel,

D A N I E L L A N O I S is one of the most

and the Neville Brothers all have one thing in common: some

respected and sought-after producers in the

of their best albums were produced by Daniel Lanois. A Frenchspeaking kid from Canada, Lanois was driven by his innate curiosity and intense love of music to transcend his small-town

music industry. He has won eight Grammy Awards and is also well known for his own music, including his most recent album, Here Is What Is.

origins and become one of the world’s most prolific and successful record producers, as well as a musician in his own right. Lanois takes us through his early years, from his single mother raising four kids on a hairdresser’s salary, to his discovery by the artist Brian Eno, to his work on albums such as U2’s Joshua Tree and Dylan’s Time Out of Mind. He delves into the ongoing evolution of technology, the birth of the microchip and the death of discrete circuitry, and the arrival of the download era. Part technological treatise, part philosophical manifesto on the nature of artistic excellence and the overwhelming need for music, Soul Mining brings the reader viscerally inside the record-

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ing studio, where the surrounding forces have always been just as important as the work itself. Beyond skill, beyond record budgets, beyond image and ego, says Lanois, music is love and truth.

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John Ortved

THE SIMPSONS An Uncensored, Unauthorized History

A N U N O F F I C I A L A N D U N E X P U R GAT E D L O O K B E H I N D T H E S C E N E S AT O N E O F THE MOST BELOVED TELEVISION SHOWS OF ALL TIME

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he Simpsons is one of the most successful shows to ever run

J O H N O R T V E D ’s writing has appeared in

on television. From the first moment it aired, the series’s rich

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characters, subversive themes, and layered humor resounded

and Vice. He lives in New York City.

deeply with audiences both young and old. Spawned as an animated short on The Tracey Ullman Show—mere filler on the way to commercial breaks—the series grew from a controversial cult favorite to a mainstream powerhouse, and after twenty years the residents of Springfield no longer simply hold a mirror to our way of life: they have ingrained themselves in it. John Ortved’s oral history is the first-ever look behind the scenes at the creation and day-to-day running of The Simpsons, as told by many of the people who made it—among them writers, animators, producers, and network executives. It’s an intriguing yet hilarious tale, full of betrayal, ambition, and love. “As tasty as a pink-glazed donut with sprinkles, as refreshing

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as a Duff beer and as piquant as a curry slushy from Kwik-E Mart.” —LOUIS BAYARD, The Washington Post

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“A gloriously windy oral history crammed with behind-the-scenes squabbles and power grabs . . . Contentious and mesmerizing.” —KEN TUCKER, Entertainment Weekly

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Elizabeth Currid

S TA R S T R U C K The Business of Celebrity

T H E A U T H O R O F T H E WA R H O L E C O N O M Y ASKS, HOW DOES CELEBRITY WORK AND WHY DO WE CARE ABOUT SOME PEOPLE MORE THAN OTHERS?

O

ur modern culture is obsessed with celebrity. We follow every

E L I Z A B E T H C U R R I D is the author of

move of our favorite stars in the tabloids and on gossip

The Warhol Economy and an assistant professor

sites. We know not only about their career highs and lows but also about the highs and lows of their personal lives; we absorb with rapt attention the details of who they are (alleged to be)

at the University of Southern California. She holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University and divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.

dating or breaking up with; we even care about their children, assistants, dogs, and what they ordered this morning at Starbucks. But what exactly is celebrity, and how does it function? In Starstruck, Elizabeth Currid presents the first systematic exploration of stardom, showing how it works and how it came to be. She looks at celebrity as an expression of economics, geography (both real and virtual), and our increasing obsession with social networks. She traces the phenomenon from the high school football star to the Star Trek convention favorite, and from the YouTube idol to the megastar, while bringing together extensive research and analysis, along with interviews with major Holly-

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H AT E : A R O M A N C E A Novel Translated from the French by Marion Duvert and Lorin Stein

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aris in the eighties. Four friends. Three men and one woman.

Two affairs that destroy a life.

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by storm and won the Prix de Flore, Tristan Garcia uses sex, friendships, and love affairs to show what happens to people when political ideals—Marxism, gay rights, sexual liberation, nationalism—come to an end. As Elizabeth Levallois, a cultural journalist, looks back on this decade and on the ravages of the AIDS epidemic in Paris, a drama unfolds—one in which love turns to hate and fidelity turns to betrayal, in both affairs of the heart and politics. With great verve and ingenuity, Garcia lays claim to an era that promised freedom as never before, and he paints an indelible, sharp, but sympathetic portrait of intellectuals lost in the age of MTV. “The revelation of the ‘rentrée littéraire’ . . . Ambitious and surprising . . . A morality tale of universal reach.”

—Les Inrockuptibles

“The real eye-opener of the season . . . A novel that made me reassess a decade that I’d lived through with my eyes closed. It took an upstart philosopher . . . to make me understand what was going on when I was twenty years old, when the Left became the Right.”

Garcia T R I S T A N G A R C I A was born in 1981 in Toulouse and attended the

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École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where he specialized in philosophy. He is the author of a book of philosophy, The Image, published in 2007.

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Hate: A Romance is his first novel.

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Martin McDonagh

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE A Play

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dingy motel room. Small-town America.

M A R T I N M c D O N A G H is the author of

Carmichael travels with a suitcase full of hands, but he

seven plays, including the Tony Award–nominated The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Pillowman,

wants his own back. Toby has a hand that he’d like to sell Carmichael for the right price.

and of the screenplays for the Oscar-nominated film In Bruges and the Oscar-winning short Six Shooter.

Marilyn wishes that Toby had never stolen that hand from the museum. Mervyn thinks Marilyn is pretty hot. He works reception, though he wouldn’t call himself a receptionist. Life and death are up for grabs, and fate is governed by imbeciles and madmen in this darkly comic new play from the acclaimed playwright Martin McDonagh. A Behanding in Spokane turns over American daily existence, exposing the obsessions, prejudices, madness, horrors, and, above all, absurdities that crawl beneath it. Praise for Martin McDonagh:

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THE REPORT A Novel

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n a March night in 1943, on the steps of a London Tube sta-

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tion, 173 people die in a crowd seeking shelter from another

of a collection of stories, Bending Heaven.

air raid. When the devastated neighborhood demands a report, the job falls to magistrate Laurence Dunne.

Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Missouri Review.

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sin for which judgment hopes is a lie. The truth is not one misstep but a horde of them, hidden in a tunnel that this novel brilliantly excavates.”

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Robert Boswell

T H E H E Y DAY O F T H E I N S E N S I T I V E BA S TA R D S Stories

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et mainly in small, gritty American cities, each of these stories

R O B E R T B O S W E L L is the author of five

is a world unto itself. A man’s obsessive visits to a fortune-

novels, two short-story collections, and a

teller leave him nearly homeless. Time collapses as two marriages slowly dissolve. And in the searing title story, a young man re-

collection of essays. He teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.

counts the summer he spent in a mountain town, squatting in a borrowed house with a loose band of slackers, abstaining from all drugs (other than mushrooms)—and ultimately asking just

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“[Boswell] shows a sensitive and comprehensive understanding of the quirks that can shake a person off course: from fear,

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passivity and pride to external knocks and dings that are easier to spot, harder to fix.”

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Thomas Sayers Ellis

SKIN, INC. Identity Repair Poems

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T H O M A S S A Y E R S E L L I S is a poet

the civil rights out of some

and photographer. He is the author of a previous poetry book, The Maverick Room,

and, for a mad-moment, empower

and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and in

a great many wrong-cultured others. —from “The Return of Colored Only”

the low-residency program at Lesley University. He lives in Brooklyn.

Skin, Inc. is Thomas Sayers Ellis’s big, ambitious argument in sound

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repair kit, part plea for poetic wholeness, this collection worries and self-defends, eulogizes and casts a vote, raises a fist and,

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often, an intimidating song. One sequence is written as a sonic/ visual diagram of pronouns and vowels; another quotes from ed-

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Benjamin Percy

THE WILDING A Novel

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cho Canyon is a disappearing pocket of wilderness outside of

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Bend, Oregon, and the site of conflicting memories for Justin

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Caves and his father, Paul. It’s now slated for redevelopment as a golfing resort. When Paul suggests one last hunting trip, Justin accepts, hoping to get things right with his father this time, and

has been awarded the Plimpton Prize and a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been included in Best American Short Stories. He teaches at Iowa State University.

agrees to bring his son, Graham, along. As the weekend unfolds, Justin is pushed to the limit by the

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Wilding shines unexpected light on our shifting relationship with nature and family in contemporary society.

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“Full of bravery and bravado, and it fairly crackles with life. These stories mark the beginning of what is bound to be a long and brilliant career for Benjamin Percy.”

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Elizabeth Alexander

C R AV E R A D I A N C E New and Selected Poems 1990–2010

THE FIRST CAREER RETROSPECTIVE BY T H E AWA R D - W I N N I N G P O E T E L I Z A B E T H ALEXANDER, INCLUDING HER POEM D E L I V E R E D AT BA R AC K O BA M A’ S P R E S I D E N T I A L I N AU G U R AT I O N We crave radiance in this austere world,

E L I Z A B E T H A L E X A N D E R is the author

light in the spiritual darkness.

of five previous books of poetry, including

Learning is the one perfect religion,

American Sublime, a finalist for the Pulitzer

its path correct, narrow, certain, straight.

Prize, and two books of essays, including The

—from “Allegiance”

Black Interior. She is the chair of the African American Studies Department at Yale University.

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Stephen Elliott

THE ADDERALL DIARIES A Memoir

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be a classic, The Adderall Diaries was described by The Washington Post as “a serious literary work designed to make you see the

Award. He is also the founding editor of the online culture magazine TheRumpus.net.

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“A searing, self-conscious memoir of drug addiction, obsession and art as a means of survival.”

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Mark Slouka

E S SAY S F R O M T H E N I C K OF TIME Reflections and Refutations

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to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future.” At this bewildering convergence, Slouka asks us to consider what it means to be human and what we must revive, or reject, in order

nonfiction, War of the Worlds; and two novels, God’s Fool and The Visible World. He is a contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine and teaches at the University of Chicago.

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Gary Jackson

MISSING YOU, METROPOLIS Poems Selected and with an Introduction by Yusef Komunyakaa

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the University of New Mexico and has taught in Albuquerque and in Anyang, South Korea.

I’m not as black as you dream. —from “Luke Cage Tells It Like It Is With humor and the serious collector’s delight, Gary Jackson

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Lynda Barry P I CTU R E TH I S The Near-sighted Monkey Book T H E C R E AT I V E - D R AW I N G C O M PA N I O N T O T H E A C C L A I M E D A N D B E S T S E L L I N G W H AT I T I S Lynda Barry single-handedly created a literary genre all her own, the graphic memoir/how-to, otherwise known as the bestselling, the acclaimed, but most important, the adored and the inspirational What It Is. The R. R. Donnelley and Eisner Award–winning book posed, explored, and answered the question: “Do you wish you could write?” Now with Picture This, Barry asks: “Do you wish you could draw?” It features the return of Barry’s most beloved character, Marlys, and introduces a new one, the Near-sighted Monkey. Like What It Is, Picture This is an inspirational, take-home extension of Barry’s traveling, continually sold-out, and sought-after workshop, “Writing the Unthinkable.” Praise for What It Is: “The collages in legendary cartoonist Lynda Barry’s What It Is are a bathysphere-like odyssey through the depths of her funky subconscious.” —ELISSA SCHAPPELL, Vanity Fair

“Meditations, stories and images float past in a random fashion, segueing between darkness and hope, or adulthood and childhood, the way they might in dreams or memory.” —CAROL KINO, The New York Times “What It Is is part diary, part showcase, part manifesto for the power of the imagination. It’s bold and beautiful; angry and sad; joyful and loving and nervous.” —JULIA KELLER, Chicago Tribune

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LY N D A B A R R Y has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright,

editor, commentator, and teacher, and found they are very much alike. She lives in Wisconsin.

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THE 20TH VOLUMES OF TWO Chris Ware

A C M E N O V E LT Y L I B R A R Y #20

C H R I S W A R E lives in Oak Park, Illinois, and is

the author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, which was recently selected as one of the hundred best books of the decade by the London Times. He is an irregular contributor to The New Yorker.

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Jordan Wellington Lint, fifty-one, is chief executive officer of Lint Financial Products, a company he began serving in 1985 as assistant and adviser before working his way up its corporate ladder to recordsetting innovation in the fields of finance and high-yield investment. In his seven years as the head of Lint, Jordan has grown the company from a business lender and real estate speculator to a leading provider of network financial infrastructure services, all the while positioning Lint as a model of corporate integrity and high-yield, low-risk product. Lint’s vision has made him one of the most influential and widely sought-after leaders in the complex Omaha securities industry, and his fresh approach to an understanding of local problems, leadership, and determination have enabled Lint to outdistance and outpace its competitors. Lint graduated from UNL in 1981 with a B.A. in business and briefly studied music and recording in Los Angeles before returning to his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, where he has continued his life journey ever since. In his ongoing role as chief executive officer and his dual roles as public servant and father, Lint continues to put his creative leadership and vision to work in a variety of challenging settings. He is married and the father of two boys. The ACME Novelty Library #20 comprises a contributing chapter to cartoonist Chris Ware’s gradual accretion of the ongoing graphic novel experiment Rusty Brown.

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SEMINAL COMIC BOOK SERIES Seth

P A L O O K A V I L L E #20

Palookaville #20 is the first volume of the seminal comic book series to be published in book form. The expansion into hardcover from pamphlet is a parallel that illustrates Seth’s growth into an award-winning cartoonist, book designer, hobbyist, editor, essayist, and installation artist. Seth’s first autobiographical comics since Palookaville #2 and #3 will be featured in #20. Drawing in his loose sketchbook style, similar to his book Wimbledon Green, Seth details his trip to a book festival and his awkward struggle to overcome isolation and communicate with the people around him. Seth continues the serialization of his acclaimed Clyde Fans story line, about which The New York Times Book Review aptly noted, “Seth truly believes in his wares—the little meanings of regular lives.” This is, perhaps, nowhere more apparent than in the cartoonist’s ongoing three-dimensional rendering of his fictional Dominion City, most recently featured in his book George Sprott. Using sketches, photographs, and an essay, the cartoonist explains why the need to conceptualize the fictional city in sculptures was a natural extension from comics storytelling, and how if he had his way, it would have stayed in his basement forever.

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Vanessa Davis MAKE ME A

WOMAN

CHARMING VIGNETTES ABOUT BEING YOUNG, JEWISH, AND SINGLE It’s easy to understand why Vanessa Davis has taken the comics industry by storm and is poised to do the same with the world at large—her comics are pure chutzpah, gorgeously illustrated in watercolors. No story is too painful to tell—like how much she enjoyed fat camp. Nor too off-limits—like her critique of R. Crumb. Nor too personal—like her stories of growing up Jewish in Florida. Using her sweet but biting wit, Davis effortlessly carves out a wholly original and refreshing niche in two well-worn territories: autobio comics and the Jewish identity. Davis draws strips from her daily diary, centering on her youth, mother, relationships with men, and eventually her longtime boyfriend. Her intimacy, self-deprecation, and candor have deservedly earned her many accolades and awards. Her deft comedic touch, lush color, and immediacy will set Davis apart not only as one of the premier cartoonists, but as one of the leading humorists for her generation, too.

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“What distinguishes Davis’s take is a reflective hunger for meaning and connection in the very mundane.” —Bust

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“Vanessa Davis’s autobiographical slice-of-life drawings are both totally relatable and sweetly surreal.” —Bitch

V A N E S S A D A V I S was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, and lives in Santa Rosa,

California. She is the author of Spaniel Rage. Her comics have appeared in Vice, The New York Times, and Tablet.

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Tove Jansson WHO WILL C O M F O RT TO F F LE?

FOR ALL AGES

A Tale of Moomin Valley A S C A N D I N AV I A N M I D C E N T U RY CLASSIC BACK IN PRINT Who Will Comfort Toffle? is the timeless, magical tale of the wistful wallflower, Toffle–too shy to speak to anyone and too fearful of the world he is watching from afar. Lonely and sad, Toffle runs away from home and watches the magical cast of Moomin Valley—Mymble, My, Snufkin, the merry whompses and the Fillyjonk—celebrate and enjoy life. His insecurity continues to only serve his isolation until he has the courage to overcome his fears by reaching out to another frightened introvert, the mesmerizing Miffle. Who Will Comfort Toffle? is an endearing, introspective story that will speak to readers of all ages— anyone who has ever needed a friend to pull them out of their shell. Joining Drawn & Quarterly’s archival series of Moomin The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Moomin, Mymble & Little My, and the Moomintroll chapter books is the glorious reprinting of the Tove Jansson classic children’s book Who Will Comfort Toffle? with a loving translation by British poet Sophie Hannah.

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“A warm and immensely re-readable story of loneliness and of friendship. The Moomin stories have a timeless quality, and speak to every new generation.” —The Bookseller (U.K.) “Who Will Comfort Toffle? is classic Jansson, the flat, matte expanses of colour on the pages broken up with psychedelic detail.” —Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) T O V E J A N S S O N (1914–2001) was born in Helsinki, Finland, and is the Hans

Christian Andersen award-winning author, cartoonist, painter, and creator of the Moomintrolls. The Moomins are loved around the world, have been on television, and can be found in their own museum and theme park in Finland.

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Doug Wright

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Classic Comics from 1963–64

A LOVING TIME CAPSULE OF MIDCENTURY CANADIANA The 2008 debut of The Collected Doug Wright: Canada’s Master Cartoonist introduced the world to the charms of Canada’s mischievous little kid Nipper, who appeared in newspapers across the country in the mid-twentieth century. Nipper is the first in a series of paperback annuals that will collect two years’ worth of Wright’s ingenious and enduring comic strip. This volume covers a peak period in Wright’s four-decade career as he comes into his own as an iconic cartoonist capable of documenting middle-class suburban existence in all its minute joys and indignities. Packed with period details and loaded with charm, these collections of sublime wordless strips feature designs by the acclaimed cartoonist Seth and a brief introduction by the writer Brad Mackay. “Working without dialogue and in the rigid confines of the ‘mischievous little kid’ genre, Wright was able to capture the idyllic look and mood of mid-twentieth-century suburban life, as well as the way children inflict casual anarchy on the world their parents have planned out so carefully.” —The Onion A.V. Club “Doug Wright’s works are a sure pleasure for lovers of elegant cartooning, and remain work worth preserving in a readily available format.” —Publishers Weekly

D O U G W R I G H T (1917–1983) was a Canadian

cartoonist whose weekly comic strip, Doug Wright’s Family, aka Nipper, ran for more than thirty-five years in magazines and newspapers across Canada and the United States.

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Denys Wortman

D E NYS W O RTM A N’S N E W YO R K Cartoons from the 1930s and 1940s Edited by James Sturm and Brandon Elston

D E N Y S W O R T M A N (1887–1954) was born in

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Saugerties, New York. He studied at the New York

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School of Fine and Applied Art, where his classmates included George Bellows, Rockwell

After cartoonist, educator, and editor James Sturm discovered the vintage book Mopey Dick and the Duke, he set off to find out more about the author, the deceased and unknown cartoonist Denys Wortman. Sturm immediately took note of the masterful drawings—casual, confident, and brimming with personality—and wondered how this cartoonist escaped his radar. After some online sleuthing, Sturm connected with Wortman’s son, who relayed that an archive of more than five thousand illustrations was literally sitting in his shed in dire need of rescuing. For more than thirty-five years, the illustrations had been fighting such elements as hungry rodents, rusty paper clips, and even a blizzard. Wortman’s son also had drawers full of his father’s correspondence, including letters and holiday cards from William Steig and Walt Disney. Original artwork by artists and personal friends—including Peggy Bacon, Milt Gross, Isabel Bishop, and Reginald Marsh—were also saved. The fact that Wortman’s luminary peers held him in the highest regard, coupled with his artistic prowess, makes his absence from both fine art and comics history puzzling. So Sturm and Brandon Elston set out to create a beautiful tribute to the forgotten master. Denys Wortman’s New York is not only a tribute to Wortman; it is a tribute to New York, the city that sparked Wortman’s voracious creative output. From coal cellars to rooftops, from opera houses to boardinghouses, Wortman recorded the sailors, dishwashers, con artists, entertainers, pushcart peddlers, construction workers, musicians, hoboes, society matrons, young mothers, secretaries, and students who collectively made the city what it was and is today.

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Kent, and Edward Hopper. In 1924, he took over the comic feature Metropolitan Movies in the pages of the New York World and found his true passion as a cartoonist.

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Oji Suzuki

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O J I S U Z U K I was born in 1949 in Nagoya,

Japan. He moved to Tokyo in 1967 and within two years his first short stories were published in the avant-garde Japanese comics magazine Garo. Throughout the 1970s and ’80s at least ten collections of his short stories were published. Suzuki has produced short films and has written

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In this collection of hauntingly elliptical short stories, Oji Suzuki explores memory, relationships, and loss with a loose narrative style, filling each tale with a sense of unfulfilled longing. He plumbs the dissolute depths of human psychology, literally bathing his characters in expansive shadows that paradoxically reveal as much as they obscure. A young man catches a cold after being soaked in the rain and is tended to by his grandmother. He drifts, dreaming of a train trip with an older brother he doesn’t have. A traveling salesman comes across a boy lying in the middle of the road and stops to have a cigarette and tell a story that sifts through memories of faces and places before settling back on the boy and pretending to not look at the stars. A young woman walks along the river with her bicycle and a friend who is nothing more than a disembodied head—discussing past times together, memories they have of each other. Although he touches on many of the same themes as his contemporaries in the field of postwar alternative manga—Yoshihiro Tsuge (L’Homme Sans Talent) and Seiichi Hayashi (Red Coloured Elegy)—Suzuki uses an ever shifting narrative approach and dashes of surrealist humor to distinguish his work from that of his peers.

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John Stanley

TU B BY The John Stanley Library

T H E C O M PA N I O N S E R I E S T O S TA N L E Y ’ S C A R E E R DEFINING LITTLE LULU

J O H N S T A N L E Y (1914–1993) was a journeyman

comics scripter in the 1950s and 1960s. He is most famous for his scripts for most of the Little Lulu comics produced by Dell, and is considered by many comics historians to be the most

Meet Tubby Tompkins, a mischievous gourmand, rabblerouser, and schemer who, along with neighborhood buddies The Fellers, is continually at odds with the belligerent and thwarting West Side Boys, headed by Wilbur Van Snobbe, the rich trickster who always gets the girl Tubby likes, Gloria Darling. From clubhouse standoffs to pogostick time machines, the day is rarely long enough for the hilarious escapades and witty shenanigans that divert and preoccupy the epicurean Tubby and his pals. Consistently humorous and engaging, Tubby is a spirited voyage through the prototypal works of a preeminent storyteller. Tubby is the latest title in Drawn & Quarterly’s extensive reprinting of the work of the 1960s cartoonist John Stanley and is elegantly designed by the Canadian cartoonist Seth. Tubby collects issues 9–12 of the classic strip chronicling the tales of its namesake protagonist and is an offshoot from the wildly popular Little Lulu, Stanley’s careerdefining work.

consistently funny and idiosyncratic writer to ever work in comics. He left comics bitterly sometime in the late 1960s, never to return.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina. After obtaining a degree in science and communication, he began to focus on cartooning. Holmberg’s comics have been serialized each week on his website since 2004.

A Q U I E T, W H I M S I C A L W O R L D F R O M A N ARGENTINIAN NEWCOMER Argentinean artist Pablo Holmberg creates a bucolic, medieval folktale in Eden, where nature is the protagonist and characters are the scenery. Follow a king as he converses with the moon, a star as it is born, and many more in four-panel strips that combine the playfulness of a Sunday comic with the simplicity of a haiku. Surreal yet friendly and approachable, each strip celebrates the thrill of being alive and encourages the reader to do the same. Eden is Holmberg’s chimerical cosmos where the author’s imaginative storytelling is purposely reliant on the reader’s interpretation. In this playful new collection of comic strips that were originally syndicated on his website, Holmberg reinvents the comic strip convention by emphasizing situations and natural landscapes rather than personalities and human interaction.

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Guy Delisle

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animation in Europe and Asia. In 2005–2006, he accompanied his wife, an administrator for Doctors Without Borders, on a fourteen-month posting in Burma. He is currently working on a graphic novel about a year spent in Jerusalem.

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INDEX


Acme Novelty Library #20, 96

Darwish, Mahmoud, 52

Gottlieb, Elaine, 42

Adderall Diaries, The, 89

Davis, Vanessa, 98

Grimes, William, 46

Alexander, Elizabeth, 88

Death of Bunny Munro, The, 73

American Original, 43

Death to the Dictator!, 35

Habit of Art, The, 76

Amexica, 21

Deffeyes, Kenneth S., 63

Hate: A Romance, 80

Amore, 10

Delisle, Guy, 107

Heaney, Seamus, 9, 49

Appel, Anne Milano, 47

Denys Wortman’s New York, 103

Heavenly Questions, 24

Appetite City, 46

Duany, Andres, 41

Henryson, Robert, 49

Arlen, Michael J., 48

Duvert, Marion, 81

Herding Donkeys, 20

As China Goes, So Goes the World, 67

Dyer, Geoff, 65

Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, The, 85

Bad Science, 74

Eco, Umberto, 47

Barry, Lynda, 94

Eden, 106

Barthes, Roland, 64, 65

Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker, 17

Behanding in Spokane, A, 82

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 59

Bennett, Alan, 29, 76

Elliott, Stephen, 89

Berman, Ari, 20

Ellis, Thomas Sayers, 86

Biele, Joelle, 17

Elston, Brandon, 103

Bishop, Elizabeth, 17

Essays from the Nick of Time, 90

Biskupic, Joan, 43

Every Riven Thing, 34

Boswell, Robert, 85

Exiles, 48

Holmberg, Pablo, 106 Holt, Thomas C., 60 Howard, Richard, 64, 65 Human Chain, 9 Hyde, Lewis, 40

If I Were Another, 52 Interesting Times, 53

Jackson, Gary, 91 Jansson, Tove, 100

Boy, The, 66 Burma Chronicles, 107

Feldstein, Mark, 12

By Nightfall, 18

Field, Carol, 47

Joudah, Fady, 52 Justice, 38

Franklin and Eleanor, 30 Camera Lucida, 65

Franzen, Jonathan, 4

Canti, 28

Frazier, Ian, 22

Carter, Jimmy, 6

Freedom, 4

Cave, Nick, 73

Friedman, Barry, 44

Kane, Jessica Francis, 84 Kermode, Frank, 55 Komunyakaa, Yusef, 91 Kostioukovitch, Elena, 47

Chabon, Michael, 40 Children of Fire, 60

Galassi, Jonathan, 28

Concerning E. M. Forster, 55

Gambling Man, A, 56

Conversations with Myself, 14

Garcia, Tristan, 80

Cooking with Wholegrains, 50

Gardner, Martin, 62

Crave Radiance, 88

Gerth, Karl, 67

Cunningham, Michael, 18

Ginzberg, Lori D., 59

Currid, Elizabeth, 79

Glück, Louise, 45 Goldacre, Ben, 74

Dance of the Photons, 25

Lanois, Daniel, 77 Leopardi, Giacomo, 28 Lewis, Andrew B., 68 Life Like Other People’s, A, 29 Life Times, 33 Liquid Memory, 51 Listen to This, 13 Lover’s Discourse, A, 65

Gordimer, Nadine, 33

Danny Boyle, 72

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Maggot, 8

Seth, 97

Wilding, The, 87

Magician of Lublin, The, 42

Shadows of Youth, The, 68

Will of the People, The, 44

Make Me a Woman, 98

Sharp, Adrienne, 32

Wiman, Christian, 34

Mandela, Nelson, 14

Simpsons, The, 78

Wortman, Denys, 103

McDonagh, Martin, 82

Singer, Isaac Bashevis, 42

Wright, Doug, 102

Missing You, Metropolis, 91

Singer, Joseph, 42

Moqadam, Afsaneh, 35

Single Match, A, 104

Morris, Ian, 26

Skin, Inc., 86

Mourning Diary, 64

Skippy Dies, 70

Muldoon, Paul, 8

Slouka, Mark, 90

Murray, Paul, 70

Soul Mining, 77

Zeilinger, Anton, 25

Speck, Jeff, 41 Nipper, 102

Stanley, John, 105

Nossiter, Jonathan, 51

Starr, John Bryan, 58 Starstruck, 79

On Balance, 11

Stein, Lorin, 81

Orton, Mildred Ellen, 50

Sturm, James, 103

Orton, Vrest, 50

Suburban Nation, 41

Ortved, John, 78

Suzuki, Oji, 104

Packer, George, 53

Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables, The, 49

Palookaville #20, 97 Percy, Benjamin, 87 Phillips, Adam, 11, 65 Picture This, 94 Plater-Zyberk, Elizabeth, 41

Travels in Siberia, 22 Trickster Makes This World, 40 True Memoirs of Little K, The, 32 Tubby, 105

Poems 1959–2009, 54 Poisoning the Press, 12 Porat, Dan A., 66

Raphael, Amy, 72 Report, The, 84

Uglow, Jenny, 56 Understanding China, 58

Village Life, A, 45 Vulliamy, Ed, 21

Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes, 65 Ross, Alex, 13 Rotella, Mark, 10 Rowley, Hazel, 30

Ware, Chris, 96 When Oil Peaked, 63 When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish, 62 White House Diary, 6

Sandel, Michael J., 38 Schnackenberg, Gjertrud, 24 Seidel, Frederick, 54

INDEX

Who Will Comfort Toffle?, 100 Why Italians Love to Talk About Food, 47 Why the West Rules—for Now, 26

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