Last Performance at the Odeon
Being the Memoirs of a Jewish woman growing up in Britain-Kibbutz, Love, Death and the search for her Romanian roots
Hardcover ISBN: 1912477610
Literary Nonfiction. Jewish Studies. "Sometimes it takes years and years to see a pattern, but watch a tin of paint when it falls and spreads unmercifully across the carpet. You can't stop it. The stain just gets bigger and bigger and bigger, like secrets, passed down from generation to generation. Each family fiddles with the story, changes a fact here and there, tries to protect itself. From what--shame. We have to stop it." LAST PERFORMANCE AT THE ODEON is an evocative and original autobiographical prose poem, rich in insights into Anglo- Jewish life from the late nineteenth century to the present day, supported by family-historical documents and photographs. Nathanson gives us stories and snapshots of lovers, family, a grandfather who sails the wide open seas, an adventure in South Africa and a Romanian caretaker who watches over the tombs of their fathers or was it her great-uncle Alf? We never quite know. Her story stands alongside the complexities of her childhood, her search for roots and her desire for completion; the circle of identity that we all aspire to. "Hovering in an evocative space between poetry and prose, LAST PERFORMANCE AT THE ODEON is a hypnotic, exquisitely situated, study of remembered love. In an age of formulaic writing, this original book, with a voice and a vitality all of its own, stands out as one to savour and revisit."--Melissa Raphael "A hauntingly beautiful read, touching and tragic. A very personal family history come to life, a truly remarkable remembrance, highly recommended."--Steve Hoffman
101 Outstanding Graphic Novels
Hardcover ISBN: 1561639443
The popular primer on the best graphic novels, initially called The 101 Best Graphic Novels, is back in its third updated edition. Expert librarian Stephen Weiner—with the crowdsourcing help of professionals in the field, from artists to critics to leading comic store owners—has sifted through the bewildering thousands of graphic novels now available to come up with an outstanding, not-to-be-missed 101. With an all-encompassing variety of genres, including both fiction and nonfiction, this serves as a great introduction to this increasingly influential world of pop culture and entertainment while also serving as a reference list for fans on what they may have possibly overlooked.
And Other Essays
Paperback ISBN: 0312280866
In her first collection of essays, first published in 1966, the author relates her theories of literary criticism to the total aesthetic experience and discusses such topics as Sartre, Simone Weil, Beckett, science fiction movies, psychoanalysis, and contemporary religious thinking. Reprint.
Deference, Devotion and Antebellum America
Hardcover ISBN: 0226789446
Anglophilia charts the phenomenon of the love of Britain that emerged after the Revolution and remains in the character of U.S. society and class, the style of academic life, and the idea of American intellectualism. But as Tamarkin shows, this Anglophilia was more than just an elite nostalgia; it was popular devotion that made reverence for British tradition instrumental to the psychological innovations of democracy. Anglophilia spoke to fantasies of cultural belonging, polite sociability, and, finally, deference itself as an affective practice within egalitarian politics. Tamarkin traces the wide-ranging effects of anglophilia on American literature, art and intellectual life in the early nineteenth century, as well as its influence in arguments against slavery, in the politics of Union, and in the dialectics of liberty and loyalty before the civil war. By working beyond narratives of British influence, Tamarkin highlights a more intricate culture of American response, one that included Whig elites, college students, radical democrats, urban immigrants, and African Americans. Ultimately, Anglophila argues that that the love of Britain was not simply a fetish or form of shame-a release from the burdens of American culture-but an anachronistic structure of attachement in which U.S. Identity was lived in other languages of national expression.
The Annotated Wind in the Willows
Hardcover ISBN: 0393057747
A lavishly bound tribute to the classic children's tale is augmented by hundreds of famous images illuminating the adventures of Mole, Mr. Toad, and the story's other companions, in an edition that features story commentary, new material on Kenneth Grahame, and historical context notes.
The Story of Canlit
Paperback ISBN: 1487005431
In the mid-twentieth century, Canadian literature transformed from a largely ignored trickle of books into an enormous cultural phenomenon that produced Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Mordecai Richler, and so many others. In Arrival, acclaimed writer and critic Nick Mount answers the question: What caused the CanLit Boom? Written with wit and panache, Arrival tells the story of a literary awakening. Interwoven with Mount