Michener, James - Prose & Criticism
Texas
Texas
Paperback      ISBN: 0375761411

Spanning four and a half centuries, James A. Michener's monumental saga chronicles the epic history of Texas, from its Spanish roots in the age of the conquistadors to its current reputation as one of America's most affluent, diverse, and provocative states. Among his finely drawn cast of characters, emotional and political alliances are made and broken, as the loyalties established over the course of each turbulent age inevitably collapse under the weight of wealth and industry. With Michener as our guide, Texas is a tale of patriotism and statesmanship, growth and development, violence and betrayal--a stunning achievement by a literary master.

Praise for Texas

"Fascinating."--Time

"A book about oil and water, rangers and outlaws, frontier and settlement, money and power . . . James A. Michener] manages to make history vivid."--The Boston Globe

"A sweeping panorama . . . Michener] grapples earnestly with the Texas character in a way that Texas's own writers often don't."--The Washington Post Book World

"Vast, sprawling, and eclectic in population and geography, the state has just the sort of larger-than-life history that lends itself to Mr. Michener's taste for multigenerational epics."--The New York Times
The Watermen: Selections from Chesapeake
The Watermen
Selections from Chesapeake
Paperback      ISBN: 0812986849

Showcasing the evocative artwork created by John Moll for this special edition, James A. Michener's The Watermen is a unique tribute to the adventurous seafarers of the Chesapeake Bay. Excerpted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's classic Chesapeake, this enthralling novel has a unity and a spirit all its own, telling the story of the bay and its wildlife, but especially of the watermen, from their favorite pastimes to their rivalries in hunting, oystering, racing, and fighting. Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly conceived, The Watermen is a narrative and visual feast from one of America's favorite storytellers.

Praise for Chesapeake

"Another of James Michener's great mines of narrative, character and lore."--The Wall Street Journal

" A] marvelous panorama of history seen in the lives of symbolic people of the ages . . . an emotionally and intellectually appealing book."--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Michener's most ambitious work of fiction in theme and scope."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Magnificently written . . . one of those rare novels that is enthusiastically passed from friend to friend."--Associated Press

The World Is My Home
The World Is My Home
Paperback      ISBN: 0812978137

Literary legend James A. Michener was "a Renaissance man, adventurous, inquisitive, unpretentious and unassuming, with an encyclopedic mind and a generous heart" (The New York Times Book Review). In this exceptional memoir, the man himself tells the story of his remarkable life and describes the people, events, and ideas that shaped it. Moving backward and forward across time, he writes about the many strands of his experience: his passion for travel; his lifelong infatuation with literature, music, and painting; his adventures in politics; and the hard work, headaches, and rewards of the writing life. Here at last is the real James Michener: plainspoken, wise, and enormously sympathetic, a man who could truly say, "The world is my home."

Praise for The World Is My Home

"Michener's own life makes one of his most engaging tales--a classic American success story."--Entertainment Weekly

"The Michener saga is as full of twists as any of his monumental works. . . . His output, his political interests, his patriotic service, his diligence, and the breadth of his readership are matched only by the great nineteenth-century writers whose works he devoured as he grew up--Dickens, Balzac, Mark Twain."--Chicago Tribune

"There are splendid yarns about Michener's] wartime doings in the South Pacific. There are hilarious cautionary tales about his service on government commissions. There are wonderful inside stories from the publishing business. And always there is Michener himself--analyzing his own character, assessing himself as a writer, chronicling his intellectual life, giving advice to young writers."--The Plain Dealer

"A sweepingly interesting life . . . Whether he's having an epiphany over a campout in New Guinea with head-hunting cannibals or getting politically charged by the melodrama of great opera, James A. Michener's world is a place and a time worth reading about."--The Christian Science Monitor