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A TRANSLATOR ON BEAUTY AND MEANING IN THE BIBLE
Written by SARAH RUDEN

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 03/28/2017

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-90856-8

A dazzling reconsideration of the original languages and texts of the Bible, in both the Old and the New Testaments, from the acclaimed scholar and translator of Classical literature (“The best translation of the Aeneid, certainly the best of our time” —Ursula Le Guin; “The first translation since Dryden that can be read as a great English poem in itself” —Garry Wills, The New York Review of Books) and author of Paul Among the People (“Astonishing . . . Superb” —Booklist, starred...

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HOW GREAT POEMS TRANSFORM THE WORLD
Written by JANE HIRSHFIELD

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/21/2017

Price: $19.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80684-0

A dazzling collection of essays on how the best poems work, from the master poet and popular essayist

“Poetry,” Jane Hirshfield has said, “is language that foments revolutions of being.” In ten eloquent and highly original explorations, she unfolds some of the ways this is done—by the inclusion of hiddenness, paradox, and surprise; by a perennial awareness of the place of uncertainty in our lives; by language's own acts of discovery; by the powers of image, statement, music, and feeling to...

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HOW DARWIN'S THEORY OF EVOLUTION IGNITED A NATION
Written by RANDALL FULLER

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 01/24/2017

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-42833-6

A compelling portrait of a unique moment in American history when the ideas of Charles Darwin reshaped American notions about nature, religion, science and race

“A lively and informative history.” – The New York Times Book Review

Throughout its history America has been torn in two by debates over ideals and beliefs.  Randall Fuller takes us back to one of those turning points, in 1860, with the story of the influence of Charles Darwin’s just-published On the Origin of Species on five American...

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A HISTORY
Written by JAMES GLEICK

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 09/27/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-90879-7

From the acclaimed author of The Information and Chaos, here is a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself.

The story begins at the turn of the previous century, with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book and an international sensation: The Time Machine. It was an era when a host of forces were converging to transmute the...

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ONE MAN'S QUEST TO RECOVER FROM GREAT SUCCESS
Written by TRACY KIDDER

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 09/20/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99524-4

“A perfectly executed, exquisitely reported parable of the Internet age and the wild, mad adventure that is start-up culture.”—Charles Duhigg
 
Fortune, mania, genius, philanthropy—the bestselling author of Mountains Beyond Mountains gives us the inspiring story of Paul English, the founder of Kayak.com and Lola.

Tracy Kidder, the “master of the nonfiction narrative” (The Baltimore Sun) and author of the bestselling classic The Soul of a New Machine, now tells the story of Paul English, a...

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Written by MARK GREIF

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87115-7

A brilliant collection of critical essays by a young writer who is already a star in the intellectual firmament—a book of scope and acuity worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Susan Sontag's Against Interpretation and Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

Over the course of eleven years Mark Greif has been publishing superb and in some cases superstar essays in n+1, the high-profile little magazine that he co-founded with some Harvard classmates. These essays address such key...

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A JOURNEY INTO THE MINDS OF OUR GREATEST WRITERS
Written by RICHARD COHEN

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99830-6

For anyone who has ever identified with a hero or heroine, been seduced by a strong opening sentence, or been powerfully moved by a story’s end, How to Write Like Tolstoy is a thought-provoking journey inside the minds of the world’s most accomplished storytellers, from Shakespeare to Stephen King.
 
“I have tried, as far as possible using the words of the authors themselves, to explain their craft, aiming to take readers on a journey into the concerns, techniques, tricks, flaws, and,...

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MARK TWAIN'S RAUCOUS AND REDEMPTIVE ROUND-THE-WORLD COMEDY TOUR
Written by RICHARD ZACKS

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 04/19/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-53644-8

From Richard Zacks, bestselling author of Island of Vice and The Pirate Hunter, a rich and lively account of how Mark Twain’s late-life adventures abroad helped him recover from financial disaster and family tragedy—and revived his world-class sense of humor

Mark Twain, the highest-paid writer in America in 1894, was also one of the nation’s worst investors. “There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate,” he wrote. “When he can’t afford it and when he can.” The publishing...

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A TRUE STORY
Written by JOHNNY DWYER

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47499-5

At fifteen, Chucky Taylor was an average American teenager, growing up in the suburbs outside Orlando. Then he got a phone call from his father, a man who would become the infamous president dictator of Liberia, and later be convicted of crimes against humanity.
 
Arriving in West Africa and reunited with his father, Chucky soon found himself leading a murderous militia group tasked with carrying out the president’s vendettas. Young and drunk on power, and with no real training beyond watching...

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Written by ALPHONSE DAUDET
Translator JULIAN BARNES

Format: Trade Paperback, 108 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97086-7

“Pain, you must be everything for me. Let me find in you all those foreign lands you will not let me visit.” —Alphonse Daudet
 
In the Land of Pain—Alphonse Daudet’s poignant, humorous, and piercing reflections on his years of enduring severe illness—is a classic in the literary annals of human suffering.

Daudet (1840–1897) was a greatly admired writer during his lifetime, praised by Dickens and Henry James. In the prime of his life, he developed an agonizing nerve disease caused by syphilis...

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THE REMARKABLE EVOLUTION OF SHAKESPEARE'S FEMALE CHARACTERS
Written by TINA PACKER

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74534-7

Women of Will is a fierce and funny exploration of Shakespeare’s understanding of the feminine. Tina Packer, one of our foremost Shakespeare experts, shows that Shakespeare began, in his early comedies, by writing women as shrews to be tamed or as sweet little things with no independence of thought. The women of the history plays are much more interesting, beginning with Joan of Arc. Then, with the extraordinary Juliet, there is a dramatic shift: suddenly Shakespeare’s women have depth,...

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GREAT WRITERS AT THE END
Written by KATIE ROIPHE

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: The Dial Press

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-34359-6

From one of our most perceptive and provocative voices comes a deeply researched account of the last days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, Maurice Sendak, and James Salter—an arresting and wholly original meditation on mortality.

In The Violet Hour, Katie Roiphe takes an unexpected and liberating approach to the most unavoidable of subjects. She investigates the last days of six great thinkers, writers, and artists as they come to terms with the reality of...

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