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An extraordinary and classic graphic novel celebrating the Big Apple, from the master of American comics art.

 

With an unparalleled eye for stories and expressive illustration, Will Eisner, the master and pioneer of American comics art, presents one of his renowned celebrations of the Big Apple. No illustrator evoked the melancholy duskiness of New York City as expressively as Eisner, who knew the city from the bottom up.

 

The Building is a story filled with ghosts, and a testament to our greatest human qualities—a deeply moving chronicle of a city building and the people who inhabited it.

 

78 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-32816-5

December 2007

Cover design: Patti Ratchford

 

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From one of our greatest novelists comes this luminous portrait of the world’s first literary rock star.

 

Acclaimed biographer of James Joyce Edna O’Brien has written an intimate biography that suits her fiery and charismatic subject. She follows Byron from the dissipations of Regency London to the wilds of Albania and the Socratic pleasures of Greece and Turkey, culminating in his meteoric rise to fame at the age of twenty-four on the publication of Childe Harold. With her prismatic eye and novelistic style, O’Brien eerily captures the spirit of the man and creates an indelible portrait of Byron that explodes the Romantic myth. From his escapades with John Edleston, the fourteen-year-old Cambridge choir boy, to those with a galaxy of women that included his half-sister, his wife of one year, and the Italian countess who forsook her satyr-like husband for “the peer of England and its greatest poet,” Byron scandalized the world and inspires “Byronmania” to this day. Byron, as brilliantly rendered by O’Brien, is the poet as rebel, imaginative and lawless, and defiantly immortal. MORE

 

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256 pages, Paperback and e-book

June 2010

Jacket design: Evan Gaffney Design

 

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Title: "Personal Recollections and Observations of General Nelson A. Miles, embracing a brief view of the civil war ... and the story of his Indian campaigns ... Copiously illustrated ... by F. Remington, etc"

Author: MILES, Nelson Appleton.

Contributor: REMINGTON, Frederic.

Shelfmark: "British Library HMNTS 9602.i.6.", "British Library DSC MFE/33/07097 *1*"

Page: 97

Place of Publishing: Chicago

Date of Publishing: 1896

Publisher: Werner Co.

Issuance: monographic

Identifier: 002491871

 

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A Novel

 

A powerful story of a Vietnam veteran torn between his war experience and his Native American community.

 

Raised in a remote seaside village, Thomas Witka Just marries Ruth, his beloved since infancy. But an ill-fated decision to fight in Vietnam changes his life forever: cut off from his Native American community, he fathers a child with another woman. When he returns home a hero, he finds his tribe in conflict over the decision to hunt a whale, both a symbol of spirituality and rebirth and a means of survival. In the end, he reconciles his two existences, only to see tragedy befall the son he left behind.

 

300 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-33534-7

August 2009

Cover design: Jen Wang

 

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Kenneth Grahame's classic comes alive in a gorgeous, annotated homage to this beloved masterpiece.

 

An instant bestseller on its initial publication in 1908, The Wind in the Willows has become one of the greatest books in children's literature. Hundreds of illustrations, including famous images by E. H. Shepard and Arthur Rackham, illuminate the adventures of Mole, Mr. Toad, Badger, Otter, River Rat, and all our other favorite characters. In addition to remarkable notes on automobiles (Toad drove an Armstrong Hardcastle Special Eight), picnics, Gypsies, caravans, old English mansions, peculiar dukes, and even modern manifestations (Disney's "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"), scholar Annie Gauger has uncovered extraordinary new material on Kenneth Grahame, his troubled family life, and the origins of the story. Her preface puts Grahame's work in historical and literary context, and she provides biographies of all the illustrators. With a stirring introduction by Brian Jacques, The Annotated Wind in the Willows promises to become the authoritative edition of this classic work, published just in time to honor the author's 150th birthday.

 

464 pages, 182 color illustrations, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-393-05774-4

April 2009

Jacket design: Chin-Yee Lai

 

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A Sidelong View of Science and Nature

 

"Lively writing about science and nature depends less on the offering of good answers, I think, than on the offering of good questions," said David Quammen in the original introduction to Natural Acts. For more than two decades, he has stuck to that credo. In this updated version of his first essay collection, Quammen's lively curiosity leads him from New Mexico to Romania, from the Congo to the Amazon, asking questions about mosquitoes (what are their redeeming merits?), dinosaurs (how did they change the life of a dyslexic Vietnam vet?), and cloning (can it save endangered species?).

 

This revised and expanded edition returns to print Quammen's best-loved "Natural Acts" columns, which first appeared in Outside magazine in the early 1980s, and includes recent pieces such as "Planet of Weeds," an influential Harper's cover story. The new Natural Acts is an eye-opening journey that will please both Quammen fans and newcomers to his work.

 

352 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-33360-2

March 2009

Cover design: John Fulbrook III

 

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Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table

 

A cocktail is more than a segue to dinner when it’s a Sazerac, an anise-laced drink of rye whiskey and bitters indigenous to New Orleans. For Wisconsin native Sara Roahen, a Sazerac is also a fine accompaniment to raw oysters, a looking glass into the cocktail culture of her own family—and one more way to gain a foothold in her beloved adopted city.

 

Roahen’s stories of personal discovery introduce readers to New Orleans’ well-known signatures—gumbo, po-boys, red beans and rice—and its lesser-known gems: the pho of its Vietnamese immigrants, the braciolone of its Sicilians, and the ya-ka-mein of its street culture. By eating and cooking her way through a place as unique and unexpected as its infamous turducken, Roahen finds a home. And then Katrina. With humor, poignancy, and hope, she conjures up a city that reveled in its food traditions before the storm—and in many ways has been saved by them since.

 

304 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-33537-8

April 2009

Cover design: Kimberly Glyder Design

 

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A bold, groundbreaking work that provides the definitive answer to the persistent question: Why didn’t more Jews flee Nazi Europe?

 

Flight from the Reich is a story about people at a time of crisis. As persecution, war, and deportation savaged their communities, Jews tried to flee Nazi Europe through legal and clandestine routes. In their multifaceted tale of Jewish refugees during and after the Nazi era, Debórah Dwork and Robert Jan van Pelt braid the private and public realms, personal memory and official history. They probe the challenges faced by German Jewish refugees; the dispute among the Swiss on allowing Jews to cross their border; the dangers braved by covert guides who helped the hunted out of occupied France; and the creation of postwar displaced person camps, which have much to tell us about refugee camps today. Grounded in archival research throughout Europe and America, hundreds of oral histories, and thousands of newly discovered letters, Flight from the Reich shows how the lives of people thread together to form history. MORE

 

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496 pages, Paperback and e-book

August 2012

Cover design by Nate Salciccioli

 

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1900 edition of Voyage au centre de la terre. The artist is Pannemaker. Redrawn for the 1911 edition.

A Novel of the Bronte Sisters

 

Enigmatic, intelligent, and fiercely independent, Emily Brontë refuses to bow to the conventions of her day: she is distrustful of marriage, prefers freedom above all else, and walks alone at night on the moors above the isolated rural village of Haworth. But Emily’s life, along with the rest of the Brontë family, is turned upside down with the arrival of an idealistic clergyman named William Weightman. Weightman champions poor mill workers’ rights, mingles with radical labor agitators, and captivates Haworth—and the Brontës especially—with his energy and charm. An improbable friendship between Weightman and Emily develops into a fiery but unconsummated love affair—and when tragedy strikes, the relationship continues, like the love story at the heart of Wuthering Heights, beyond the grave.

 

Denise Giardina, whose fiction has been described as “brilliant. . . heart-wrenching, tough and tender” (Los Angeles Times Book Review), writes a stirring story about faith, passion, longing, and romantic solitude.

 

336 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-393-06915-0

July 2009

Jacket design: Patti Ratchford

 

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Title: "To the Snows of Tibet through China ... With illustrations and a map"

Author: PRATT, Antwerp Edgar.

Shelfmark: "British Library HMNTS 010057.ee.29."

Page: 297

Place of Publishing: London

Date of Publishing: 1892

Publisher: Longmans & Co.

Issuance: monographic

Identifier: 002979805

 

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The sky is falling for the Caspers, a family of cowards: for Jonathan, a paleontologist, searching in vain for a prehistoric giant squid; for his wife, Madeline, an animal behaviorist with a failing experiment; for their daughter, Amelia, a disappointed teenage revolutionary; for her younger sister, Thisbe, on a frustrated search for God; and for grandfather Henry, who wants to disappear, limiting himself to thirteen words a day, then twelve, then eleven, until he will speak no more. Each fears uncertainty and the possibilities that accompany it. When Jonathan and Madeline suddenly decide to separate, this nuclear family is split, each member forced to confront his or her own cowardice, finally coming to appreciate the cloudiness of the modern age. With wit and humor, The Great Perhaps pre-sents a revealing look at anxiety, ambiguity, and the need for complicated answers to complex questions.

 

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400 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-393-06796-5

May 2009

Jacket design: Jaime Keenan

 

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In this masterful graphic novel, comics pioneer Will Eisner weaves a darkly humorous tale of three Jewish-American families joined in wedlock: the old-money Arnheims, the more humble, midwestern Obers, and the upstart Kayns. At its heart, the novel is a study in the disappointments of "good marriages." With characteristic irony and empathy, Eisner perfectly captures the subtle differences in class and culture between the families and the perils of a parent's best intentions.

 

168 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-32815-8

November 2008

Cover design: Paul Buckley

 

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How Indian War Transformed Early America

 

Winner of the Bancroft Prize

 

Relying on meticulous original archival research, historian Peter Silver uncovers a fearful and vibrant early America in which Lutherans and Presbyterians, Quakers, Catholics and Covenanters, Irish, German, French, and Welsh all sought to lay claim to a daunting countryside. Such groups had rarely intermingled in Europe, and the divisions between them only grew—until, with the arrival of the Seven Years’ War, thousands of country people were forced to flee from Indian attack.

 

Silver reveals in vivid and often chilling detail how easily a rhetoric of fear can incite entire populations to violence. He shows how it was only through the shared experience of fearing and hating Indians that these Europeans, once irreconcilable, were finally united under the ideal of religious and ethnic tolerance that has since defined the best in American life.

 

406 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-33490-6

August 2009

Cover design: Jennifer Cheung

 

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The Life and Times of the MIssissippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music

 

The blues grew out of the plantations and prisons, the swampy marshes and fertile cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. With original research and keen insights, Ted Gioia—the author of a landmark study of West Coast jazz and the critically acclaimed The History of Jazz—brings to life the stirring music of the Delta, evoking the legendary figures who shaped its sound and ethos: Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, B. B. King, and others. Tracing the history of the Delta blues from the field hollers and plantation music of the nineteenth century to the exploits of modern-day musicians in the Delta tradition, Delta Blues tells the full story of this timeless and unforgettable music. No cultural force boasts such humble origins or such world-conquering reverberations. In this evocative rags-to-riches tale, Gioia shows how the sounds of the Delta altered the course of popular music in America and in the world beyond.

 

448 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-393-06258-8

October 2008

Jacket design: Chin-Yee Lai

 

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A gripping epic about the great moral struggles of the Civil War.

 

How is tonight different from all other nights? For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army, it is a question his commanders have answered for him: on Passover in 1862 he is ordered to murder his own uncle, who is plotting to assassinate President Lincoln.

 

After that night, will Jacob ever speak for himself? The answer comes when his commanders send him on another mission—this time not to murder a spy but to marry one.

 

A page-turner rich with romance and the history of America (North and South), this is a book only Dara Horn could have written. Full of in-sight and surprise, layered with meaning, it is a brilliant parable of the moral divide that still haunts us: between those who value family first and those dedicated, at any cost, to social and racial justice for all.

 

384 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-393-06492-6

April 2009

Jacket design: Chin-Yee Lai

 

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Discovering Your True Needs

 

Since the landmark publication of The Drama of the Gifted Child, no one has been more influential than Alice Miller in empowering adults whose lives were maimed emotionally and physically during childhood. Now Dr. Miller goes even further, presenting groundbreaking theories that enhance communication between therapist and patient and enable adults to express powerful emotions that have been trapped for years. Practical and perceptive, Miller’s work explains what we can expect from therapy, how we can identify the causes of our own pain, and why subconscious pain, unaddressed for decades, manifests itself later as depression, self-mutilation, primal inadequacy, and chronic loneliness. Containing searing excerpts from “The Diary of a Mother,” in which a mother learns how to communicate honestly with both herself and her daughter, as well as a trove of Miller’s own moving answers to her thousands of readers, Free from Lies is the culmination of a life devoted to healing others.

 

282 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-393-06913-6

June 2009

Jacket design: Chin-Yee Lai

Jacket painting: Alice Miller

 

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Freud’s seminal volume of twentieth-century cultural thought grounded in psychoanalytic theory, now with a new introduction by Christopher Hitchens.

 

Written in the decade before Freud’s death, Civilization and Its Discontents may be his most famous and most brilliant work. It has been praised, dissected, lambasted, interpreted, and reinterpreted. Originally published in 1930, it seeks to answer several questions fundamental to human society and its organization: What influences led to the creation of civilization? Why and how did it come to be? What determines civilization’s trajectory? Freud’s theories on the effect of the knowledge of death on human existence and the birth of art are central to his work. Of the various English translations of Freud’s major works to appear in his lifetime, only Norton’s Standard Edition, under the general editorship of James Strachey, was authorized by Freud himself. This new edition includes both an introduction by the renowned cultural critic and writer Christopher Hitchens as well as Peter Gay’s classic biographical note on Freud. More…

 

192 pages, paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-30451-0

August 2010

Cover design by Triboro

 

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Book cover designed by Cliff Roberts for The Magic House of Numbers by Irving Adler Illustrated by Ruth Adler. New York: J. Day Co. 1957. QA95 .A24 1957. Irving Adler was a member of the Bennington College faculty.

A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter

 

"A striking portrait of a woman artist’s struggle for life." —Arthur Miller

 

Margarett Sargent was an icon of avant-garde art in the 1920s. In an evocative weave of biography and memoir, her granddaughter (Honor Moore) unearths for the first time the life of a spirited and gifted woman committed at all costs to self-expression. More…

 

400 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-33611-5

May 2009

Cover design: Jennifer Cheung

 

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Cover of The Pilgrimage of Festus by Conrad Aiken. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1923. Set up and printed by Vail-Ballou Co., Binghamton, NY. Paper supplied by W. F. Etherington & Co. New York. Bound by the H. Wolff Estate, New York. PS3501.I5 P5 1923

Woo! It's here! Not only is my book now finally shipping, but I even received my copies from Wiley this weekend. I wasn't expecting these to turn up for ages yet.

 

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A groundbreaking biography of a psychologically traumatized novelist who forever changed the way we look at women in fiction.

 

Jean Rhys (1890–1979) is best known for her 1966 novel Wide Sargasso Sea. A prequel to Jane Eyre, Rhys’s revolutionary work reimagined the story of Bertha Rochester—the misunderstood “madwoman in the attic” who was driven to insanity by cruelties beyond her control. The Blue Hour performs a similar exhumation of Rhys’s life, which was haunted by demons from within and without. Its examination of Rhys’s pain and loss charts her desperate journey from the jungles of Dominica to a British boarding school, and then into an adult life scarred by three failed marriages, the deaths of her two children, and her long battle with alcoholism.

 

A mesmerizing evocation of a fragile and brilliant mind, The Blue Hour explores the crucial element that ultimately spared Rhys from the fate of her most famous protagonist: a genius that rescued her, again and again, from the abyss.

 

384 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-393-05803-1

April 2009

Jacket design: Chin-Yee Lai

 

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An unprecedented union of scientific analysis and stunning photography illustrating the effects of climate change on the global ecosystem.

 

Going beyond the headlines, this work by leading NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt and master photographer Joshua Wolfe illustrates as never before the ramifications of shifting climate. Photographic spreads show retreating glaciers, sinking villages in Alaska’s tundra, and drying lakes. The text follows adventurous scientists through the ice caps at the poles to the coral reefs of the tropical seas. Marshaling data spanning centuries and continents, the book sparkles with cutting-edge research and visual records, including contributions from experts on atmospheric science, oceanography, paleoclimatology, technology, politics, and the polar regions. As Jeffrey D. Sachs writes in his powerful foreword, "Climate Change is a tour de force of public education."

 

320 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-33125-7

April 2009

Cover design: Laura Lindgren

 

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In this graphic novel, Will Eisner’s pen cuts an expansive swath through all aspects of the human condition. Life on Another Planet places American life within a broader perspective, chronicling the lives of scientists, politicians, spies, and nobodies as they come to terms with the discovery of extraterrestrial life: in reaching out to other galaxies, Eisner’s characters ultimately find themselves focusing within.

 

128 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-32812-7

July 2009

Cover design: Paul Buckley

 

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Book design by Maxwell Mays depicting of one of Shirley Jackson's home in North Bennington, Vermont. Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson. New York: Farrar, Straus and Young [1953] PS3519.A392 Z5 1953

A highly anticipated collection from one of the most powerful voices at work in America today.

 

Combining sensitivity and eloquence with a broad appeal, Li-Young Lee walks in the footsteps of Stanley Kunitz and Billy Collins as one of the United States’s most beloved poets. Playful, erotic, at times mysterious, his work describes the immanent value of everyday experience. Straightforward language and simple narratives become gateways to the most powerful formulations of beauty, wisdom, and divine love.

 

“[Lee’s work] has a disarming modesty about it that turns out to be the foot in the door of a whole range of sad, strange, and even monumental experiences.”—New York Times

 

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112 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-33481-4

July 2009

Cover design: Cooley Design Lab

 

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Praised for his "beautifully crafted and strangely surreal" (Peter Matthiessen) stories, Terrence Holt had been operating under the literary radar for more than fifteen years, placing award-winning stories in such noted journals as Zoetrope, Kenyon Review, and TriQuarterly. With the release of this debut collection, Holt's work takes its "rightful place besides those works of genius—fiction, philosophy, theology—unafraid of axing into our iced hearts" (William Giraldi, New York Times Book Review). Whether chronicling a plague that ravages a New England town or the anguish of a son who keeps his father's beating heart in a jar, Holt's stories oscillate between the rational and the surreal, the future and the past, masterfully weaving together reality and myth. Like Poe or Hawthorne, "Holt is a gifted wordsmith, his sentences carefully shaped and often beautiful, and he spins these ancient, irresolvable dilemmas in an elegiac poetry" (Los Angeles Times). More…

 

224 pages, paperback

ISBN 978-0-393-33908-6

September 2010

Cover design by gray318

 

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"Cartographies Of Time"

Even after two hundred years, the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm remain among our most powerful stories. Their scenes of unsparing savagery and jaw-dropping beauty remind us that fairy tales, in all their simplicity, have the power to change us. With some of the most famous stories in world literature, including “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Snow White,” as well as some less well known stories like “The Seven Ravens,” this definitive collection promises to entrance readers with the strange and wonderful world of the Brothers Grimm.

 

Maria Tatar’s engaging preface provides readers with the historical and cultural context to understand what these stories meant and their contemporary resonance. Fans of all ages will be drawn to this elegant and accessible collection of stories that have cast their magical spell over children and adults alike for generations. More…

 

325 pages, paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-33856-0

August 2010

Cover design by Mark Melnick

 

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Dust jacket designed by Christopher Evans for A New Look at Geometry. With diagrams by Ruth Adler. New York: John Day Co. 1966 QA445 .A3 1966

An American in Stalin's Secret Service

 

For half a century, the case of Isaiah Oggins, a 1920s New York intellectual brutally murdered in 1947 on Stalin’s orders, remained hidden in the secret files of the Soviet and American intelligence services—a footnote buried in the rubble of the Cold War. It surfaced briefly in 1992, when Boris Yeltsin handed over a dossier to the White House, but the full story of what happened remained a mystery. After eight years of international sleuthing, Andrew Meier at last reveals the truth in The Lost Spy: Oggins was one of the first Americans to spy for the Soviets.

 

404 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-33535-4

August 2009

Cover design: Chin-Yee Lai

 

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From Creation to the death of Joseph, here is the Book of Genesis, revealingly illustrated as never before.

 

This eagerly awaited graphic work retells the first book of the Bible in a profoundly honest way. Peeling away the theological and scholarly interpretations that have often obscured its most dramatic stories, R. Crumb - using actual text word for word - has imagined the Bible as it really was. Now, readers of every persuasion - Crumb fans, comic book lovers, history buffs, and believers - can gain astonishing new insights from these harrowing, visceral, and even juicy stories. Crumb's "The Book of Genesis" reintroduces readers to Adam and Eve's Eden, Noah's Ark, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Pharaoh's Egypt. Using clues from the text, Crumb fleshes out the parade of biblical originals: from the sensitive dreamer Joseph to the crafty Jacob, to the still-fetching Sarah, to God Himself. The result, four years in the making, is a tapestry of extraordinary detail, the finest work of Crumb's legendary career. MORE

 

BoingBoing Video: Paging Through R. Crumb's Book of Genesis

 

Fora Video: R. Crumb in conversation with Francoise Mouly (Art Director, New Yorker)

 

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224 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-393-06102-4

October 2009

Jacket Illustration: R. Crumb

 

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Book cover design and typography by Edward Gorey for Ceremonial Chemistry: the Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers by Thomas S. Szasz. Garden City, N. Y.: Anchor Press, 1975. HV5825 .S95 1975

Book cover design by Vanessa Bell for Granite and Rainbow : Essays by Virginia Woolf. New York : Harcourt, Brace, 1958. PR6045.O72 G63 1958

Essays on Art in Society, 1996–2008

 

One of America's most distinguished poets explores the complex relationship between art and social justice.

 

Over more than three decades Adrienne Rich's essays have been praised for their lucidity, courage, and range of concerns. In A Human Eye, Rich examines a diverse selection of writings and their place in past and present social disorders and transformations. Beyond literary theories, she explores from many angles how the arts of language have acted on and been shaped by their creators' worlds.

 

This powerful new collection includes a stirring response to the anthology Iraqi Poetry Today, a critique of three classic socialist manifestos, and a rereading of The Dead Lecturer, an early volume of poems by LeRoi Jones. Rich engages the impulse to make art that both impels toward and interacts with social change, a theme she also traces through the letters of poets Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov, gay and lesbian politics and poetry, and influential texts on Zionism and the Jewish diaspora.

 

208 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-393-07006-4

April 2009

Jacket design: Chin-Yee Lai

 

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Seasons on Mount Desert Island

 

An evocative exploration of the natural life of Maine’s Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.

 

Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park have been described as the climax of the coast of Maine. Millions are drawn every year to the stunning beauty of this rocky landscape of spruce-fir forest and granite islands. Some, like nature writer Christopher Camuto, never stop coming back. In Time and Tide in Acadia the author draws on years of walking Mount Desert’s summits and shorelines, canoeing its marshes, kayaking its tidal waters, and visiting its outer islands. To this task Camuto brings an appetite for observing wildlife and landscape with considerable originality, a regard for history and indigenous perceptions of nature, a keen interest in exploring the psychological and philosophical appeal of nature, and a writer’s love of language. As in his previous, highly praised books, Camuto fulfills his promise to give the reader innumerable vantages on the nature of a remarkable place that it takes time to get to know.

 

224 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-393-06067-6

May 2009

Jacket design by Chin-Yee Lai

 

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A bold, lyrical invention by Rebecca Wolff an award-winning poet whose "gift for the gorgeous" won praise from Robert Pinsky.

 

The King is a groundbreaking collection following a Self—a mother, lover, wife, thinker—in her fractured approach to the absolutes of pregnancy, postpartum depression, childrearing, belief, love, and epistemology. Here is a potent exploration of one woman’s coming together with the Other—her hard-won attachment to “the King.”

 

Listen to Rebecca Wolff read "Breeder Sonnet" from The King: poemsoutloud.net/audio/archive/rebecca_wolff_reads_breede...

  

128 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-393-06901-3

June 2009

Jacket design: Kimberly Glyder

An electrifying novel about disputed territory, sibling love, and devastating revenge from the celebrated author of The Road Home and Restoration.

 

In a silent valley in southern France stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Aramon, the owner, is so haunted by his violent past that he's become incapable of all meaningful action, letting his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin. Meanwhile, his sister Audrun, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life. Into this closed world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London. When he sets his sights on the Mas, a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in motion. MORE

 

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253 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-393-34060-0

October 2011

Cover design by Jaya Miceli

 

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The Black-Capped Pigeon.

 

This most elegant of species is painted the size of life. It was found on the ground in the isle of Java, having dropped down dead in one of those hot days that are known only in the torrid zone, when the fowls of the air often perish, unable to respire; when lions, leopards, and wolves immerge themselves up to their nostrils in the water, to preserve themselves from the scorching sun; and, when even men themselves have been forced to ascend the highest trees, in order to draw in a more temperate air.

Such a day occasioned the discovery of this species. The fore part of the head, the cheeks, and beginning of the breast were white: the hind part of the head black: the chin yellow.

 

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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain, printed in Harpers in 1896.

 

Mark Twain's work on Joan of Arc is titled in full Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte who is identified further as Joan's page and secretary. The work is fictionally presented as a translation from the manuscript by Jean Francois Alden, or, in the words of the published book, "Freely Translated out of the Ancient French into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France".

 

The work was originally published as a serialization in Harper's Magazine beginning in 1895 and later published in book form in 1896. It is now in the public domain, and may be found for free on the internet, though the most current edition of the book has been published by Ignatius Press since 1989, and also contains, in an appendix, Mark Twain's essay titled "Saint Joan of Arc". [from]

Dark and brilliant tales capturing the strangeness of human (and almost-human) life.

 

In this, his first collection of stories since his celebrated, award-winning Last Days of the Dog-Men, Brad Watson takes us even deeper into the riotous, appalling, and mournful oddity of human beings.

 

In prose so perfectly pitched as to suggest some celestial harmony, he writes about every kind of domestic discord: unruly or distant children, alienated spouses, domestic abuse, loneliness, death, divorce. In his masterful title novella, a freshly married teenaged couple are visited by an unusual pair of inmates from a nearby insane asylum—and find out exactly how mismatched they really are.

 

With exquisite tenderness, Watson relates the brutality of both nature and human nature. There’s no question about it. Brad Watson writes so well—with such an all-seeing, six-dimensional view of human hopes, inadequacies, and rare grace—that he must be an extraterrestrial. More…

 

263 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-393-05711-9

March 2010

Jacket design: B. Middleworth, Bats4Bones Design Inc.

Jacket photograph: Jim Herrington

 

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Book cover design by Lucian Freud for The Glass Tower by Nicholas Moore. Drawings by Lucian Freud. [London] PL [1944] PR6025.O573 G5 1944

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