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Anatomy of Restlessness: Selected Writings 1969-1989
Anatomy of Restlessness
Selected Writings 1969-1989
Paperback      ISBN: 0140256989
A collection of works by the acclaimed travel writer follows twenty years of his life and reinforces key themes of his work, including his passion for the exotic and his concept of history
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.
Essays: First and Second Series
Essays
First and Second Series
Paperback      ISBN: 0679726128
A collection of 20 essays by Emerson including Self-Reliance, The Over-Soul, Experience, and Nature
The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present
The Art of the Personal Essay
An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present
Paperback      ISBN: 038542339x
Bringing together many great reflections on the human condition and the peculiarities of daily life, a unique collection of more than seventy-five essays ranges from classical predecessors of the genre up to today's finest writers. Reprint.
Mythologies
Mythologies
Paperback      ISBN: 0374521506
"[Mythologies] illustrates the beautiful generosity of Barthes's progressive interest in the meaning (his word is signification) of practically everything around him, not only the books and paintings of high art, but also the slogans, trivia, toys, food, and popular rituals (cruises, striptease, eating, wrestling matches) of contemporary life . . . For Barthes, words and objects have in common the organized capacity to say something; at the same time, since they are signs, words and objects have the bad faith always to appear natural to their consumer, as if what they say is eternal, true, necessary, instead of arbitrary, made, contingent. Mythologies finds Barthes revealing the fashioned systems of ideas that make it possible, for example, for 'Einstein's brain' to stand for, be the myth of, 'a genius so lacking in magic that one speaks about his thought as a functional labor analogous to the mechanical making of sausages.' Each of the little essays in this book wrenches a definition out of a common but constructed object, making the object speak its hidden, but ever-so-present, reservoir of manufactured sense."--Edward W. Said
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
Sister Age
Sister Age
Paperback      ISBN: 0394723856
Fifteen narratives by the acclaimed writer focus on the art and processes of aging and living and dying, the implacable strength of age, the passing of identity, and the importance of witnessing death
A Little Book on the Human Shadow
A Little Book on the Human Shadow
Paperback      ISBN: 0062548476
Essays discuss the human subconscious (the shadow to our mind), suppression, aggression, the poetry of Wallace Stevens, and writers' use of the subconscious
Crofter and the Laird
Crofter and the Laird
Paperback      ISBN: 0374514658
When John McPhee returned to the island of his ancestors—Colonsay, twenty-five miles west of the Scottish mainland—a hundred and thirty-eight people were living there. About eighty of these, crofters and farmers, had familial histories of unbroken residence on the island for two or three hundred years; the rest, including the English laird who owned Colonsay, were “incomers.” Donald McNeill, the crofter of the title, was working out his existence in this last domain of the feudal system; the laird, the fourth Baron Strathcona, lived in Bath, appeared on Colonsay mainly in the summer, and accepted with nonchalance the fact that he was the least popular man on the island he owned. While comparing crofter and laird, McPhee gives readers a deep and rich portrait of the terrain, the history, the legends, and the people of this fragment of the Hebrides. When John McPhee returned to the island of his ancestors—Colonsay, twenty-five miles west of the Scottish mainland—a hundred and thirty-eight people were living there. About eighty of these, crofters and farmers, had familial histories of unbroken residence on the island for two or three hundred years; the rest, including the English laird who owned Colonsay, were “incomers.” Donald McNeill, the crofter of the title, was working out his existence in this last domain of the feudal system; the laird, the fourth Baron Strathcona, lived in Bath, appeared on Colonsay mainly in the summer, and accepted with nonchalance the fact that he was the least popular man on the island he owned. While comparing crofter and laird, McPhee gives readers a deep and rich portrait of the terrain, the history, the legends, and the people of this fragment of the Hebrides.
The Letters of Sacco and Vanzetti
The Letters of Sacco and Vanzetti
Paperback      ISBN: 0141180269
Contains letters written by Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who were executed for murder and robbery on August 23, 1927 in Boston amidst much controversy and debate.