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What Are People For?
What Are People For?
Paperback      ISBN: 0865474370
Two spiritual prose poems precede more than twenty essays in which the author argues for the diversification of local economies, elucidates how art participates in our lives, and urges that humanity collectively seek harmony between human economy and nature
Giving Good Weight
Giving Good Weight
Paperback      ISBN: 0374516006
"You people come into the market—the Greenmarket, in the open air under the down pouring sun—and you slit the tomatoes with your fingernails. With your thumbs, you excavate the cheese. You choose your stringbeans one at a time. You pulp the nectarines and rape the sweet corn. You are something wonderful, you are—people of the city—and we, who are almost without exception strangers here, are as absorbed with you as you seem to be with the numbers on our hanging scales." So opens the title piece in this collection of John McPhee's classic essays, grouped here with four others, including "Brigade de Cuisine," a profile of an artistic and extraordinary chef; "The Keel of Lake Dickey," in which a journey down the whitewater of a wild river ends in the shadow of a huge projected dam; a report on plans for the construction of nuclear power plants that would float in the ocean; and a pinball shoot-out between two prizewinning journalists. "You people come into the market—the Greenmarket, in the open air under the down pouring sun—and you slit the tomatoes with your fingernails. With your thumbs, you excavate the cheese. You choose your stringbeans one at a time. You pulp the nectarines and rape the sweet corn. You are something wonderful, you are—people of the city—and we, who are almost without exception strangers here, are as absorbed with you as you seem to be with the numbers on our hanging scales." So opens the title piece in this collection of John McPhee's classic essays, grouped here with four others, including "Brigade de Cuisine," a profile of an artistic and extraordinary chef; "The Keel of Lake Dickey," in which a journey down the whitewater of a wild river ends in the shadow of a huge projected dam; a report on plans for the construction of nuclear power plants that would float in the ocean; and a pinball shoot-out between two prizewinning journalists.
Piano Lessons: Music, Love, & True Adventures
Piano Lessons
Music, Love, & True Adventures
Paperback      ISBN: 0385318219
The author describes his midlife decision to learn to play the piano, a lifelong dream that made him reevaluate his life achievements and that was bolstered by his admiration for accomplished pianists
Radio on: A Listener's Diary
Radio on
A Listener's Diary
Paperback      ISBN: 0312183011
A self-proclaimed member of Generation X examines what is on the radio day-by-day and how she as an audience interacts with it from morning to night, in a car, at home, and in the office
The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages
The Western Canon
The Books and School of the Ages
Paperback      ISBN: 1573225142
A study of twenty-six canonical writers details the qualities that make them literary essentials, and includes Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, Beckett, Tolstoy, and Freud.
Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0679427430
A collection of inspirational messages presents the author's insights into such topics as friendship, grace, spirit, family, and healing
The Vintage Mencken
The Vintage Mencken
Paperback      ISBN: 0679728953
A collection of essays by the distinguished journalist, representing the broad scope of his social criticism
The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings
The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick
Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings
Paperback      ISBN: 0679747877
Collects articles on science fiction and related topics, chapters from an unfinished novel, excerpts from journals, and other writings
Collected Essays: Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, the Fire Next Time, No Name in the Street, the Devil Finds Work, Other Essays
Collected Essays
Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, the Fire Next Time, No Name in the Street, the Devil Finds Work, Other Essays
Hardcover      ISBN: 1883011523
A comprehensive compilation of Baldwin's previously published, nonfiction writings encompasses essays on America's racial divide, the social and political turbulence of his time, and his insights into the poetry of Langston Hughes and the music of Earl Hines.
Gift from the Sea
Gift from the Sea
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679406832
A woman's incisive and lyrical reflections on life, its stages, and its states compares them with the natural treasures of life in the sea, in a special fiftieth anniversary edition of the inspirational classic that addresses such topics as youth and age, love and marriage, peace, contentment, and solitude. 50,000 first printing.