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The 100 Best Romance Novels: From Pride and Prejudice to Twilight, books to fall in love - and lust - with
The 100 Best Romance Novels
From Pride and Prejudice to Twilight, books to fall in love - and lust - with
Paperback      ISBN: 1440560986
"My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." --Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice The taboo affair of Jane and Mr. Rochester. The (literally) timeless love between Edward and Bella. The improbable pairing of Grace and Josh. Climb between the covers with The 100 Best Romance Novels, collected here for the very first time. Avid fans of the romance genre, the ladies at Crimson Romance know a thing or two about igniting scintillating passion. They've not only collected 100 of the best romance novels of all time, but also provided delicious summaries for each of their picks. From tempting classics like E.M. Hull's The Sheik to adrenaline-pumping contemporaries like Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me, this collection of romance novels is sure to melt your heart!

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Hardcover      ISBN: 0789320398
Offers reviews covering centuries of writing, with each entry accompanied by an essay describing the importance and influence of the work in question.
120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature
120 Banned Books
Censorship Histories of World Literature
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0816082324
Presents summaries and censorship accounts of books that have been banned throughout history for political, religious, sexual, and social reasons.

ABC of Reading
ABC of Reading
Paperback      ISBN: 0811218937
In celebration of what would have been Ezra Pound's 125th birthday comes a new edition of the author's classic book about the meaning of literature, now with a new introduction. Reissue.
All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age
All Things Shining
Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age
Paperback      ISBN: 141659616x
A wide-ranging look at the loss of meaning in the West, and a gripping guide for how to retrieve it.

Always Apprentices: The Believer Magazine Presents Twenty-Two Conversations Between Writers
Always Apprentices
The Believer Magazine Presents Twenty-Two Conversations Between Writers
Paperback      ISBN: 1938073258
The Believer Book of Even More Writers Talking to Writers collects five years of intimate, wide-ranging conversations with many of today’s most prominent writers, taken from the pages of the Believer. The participants don’t limit themselves to issues of writing and craft, but instead offer unfettered exchanges on a wide range of topics?from what it means to be a consumer to whether or not to kill a deer, from how we get to know each other to walking while inebriated. The interviews feature the serious-yet-casual Believer approach to the often staid interview format. For example, Sheila Heti asks Mary Gaitskill, ?If you go into a room or go to a party, is there a basic disposition you have toward humans going through the world?

The Amateur: The Pleasures of Doing What You Love
The Amateur
The Pleasures of Doing What You Love
Paperback      ISBN: 1786631075
A passionate call for independent thinking We have lost our amateur spirit and need to rediscover the radical and liberating pleasure of doing things we love. In The Amateur, thinker Andy Merrifield shows us how the many spheres of our lives—work, knowledge, home, politics—have fallen into the hands of box tickers, bean counters and pedants. In response, he corrals a team of independent thinkers, wayward poets, dabblers and square pegs who challenge accepted wisdom. Such figures as Charles Baudelaire, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Edward Said, Guy Debord, Hannah Arendt and Jane Jacobs show us the way. As we will see, the amateur takes risks, thinks the unthinkable, seeks independence—and changes the world. The Amateur is a passionate manifesto for the liberated life, one that questions authority and reclaims the iconoclast as a radical hero of our times.
American Little Magazines of the Fin De Siecle: Art, Protest, and Cultural Transformation
American Little Magazines of the Fin De Siecle
Art, Protest, and Cultural Transformation
Hardcover      ISBN: 1442643161
In American Little Magazines of the Fin de Siecle, Kirsten MacLeod examines the rise of a new print media form – the little magazine – and its relationship to the transformation of American cultural life at the turn of the twentieth century. Though the little magazine has long been regarded as the preserve of modernist avant-gardes and elite artistic coteries, for whom it served as a form of resistance to mass media, MacLeod’s detailed study of its origins paints a different picture. Combining cultural, textual, literary, and media studies criticism, MacLeod demonstrates how the little magazine was deeply connected to the artistic, social, political, and cultural interests of a rising professional-managerial class. She offers a richly contextualized analysis of the little magazine’s position in the broader media landscape: namely, its relationship to old and new media, including pre-industrial print forms, newspapers, mass-market magazines, fine press books, and posters. MacLeod’s study challenges conventional understandings of the little magazine as a genre and emphasizes the power of “little” media in a mass-market context.
Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom
Among the Janeites
A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom
Paperback      ISBN: 0547757735
For anyone who has ever loved a Jane Austen novel, a warm and witty look at the passionate, thriving world of Austen fandom They walk among us in their bonnets and Empire-waist gowns, clutching their souvenir tote bags and battered paperbacks: the Janeites, Jane Austen’s legion of devoted fans. Who are these obsessed admirers, whose passion has transformed Austen from classic novelist to pop-culture phenomenon? Deborah Yaffe, journalist and Janeite, sets out to answer this question, exploring the remarkable endurance of Austen’s stories, the unusual zeal that their author inspires, and the striking cross-section of lives she has touched. Along the way, Yaffe meets a Florida lawyer with a byzantine theory about hidden subtexts in the novels, a writer of Austen fan fiction who found her own Mr. Darcy while reimagining Pride and Prejudice, and a lit professor whose roller-derby nom de skate is Stone Cold Jane Austen. Yaffe goes where Janeites gather, joining a pilgrimage to historic sites in Britain, chatting online with fellow fans, and attending the annual ball of the Jane Austen Society of North America—in period costume. Part chronicle of a vibrant literary community, part memoir of a lifelong love, Among the Janeites is a funny, touching meditation on the nature of fandom.
The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life
The Anatomy of Influence
Literature as a Way of Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0300181442
A personal meditation on great literary works looks at such authors as Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, drawing connections and influences between them.