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Hopes and Impediments: Selected Essays

By: Achebe, Chinua

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Publisher: ANCHOR:

Seller ID: 9780385414791

ISBN: 038541479X

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One of the most provocative and original voices in contemporary literature, Chinua Achebe here considers the place of literature and art in our society in a collection of essays spanning his best writing and lectures from the last twenty-three years. For Achebe, overcoming goes hand in hand with eradicating the destructive effects of racism and injustice in Western society. He reveals the impediments that still stand in the way of open, equal dialogue between Africans and Europeans, between blacks and whites, but also instills us with hope that they will soon be overcome. View more info

AE's Letters to Minanlabain

By: AE

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Seller ID: 1226ALM

ISBN: 1226ALM

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Letters of James Agee to Father Flye

By: Agee, James

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Publisher: 2/12/2013

Seller ID: 5796624

ISBN: 5796624

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I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual

By: Ajaya, Luvvie

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Publisher: 7/15/2017

Seller ID: 9781627796064

ISBN: 1627796061

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Eden's Outcasts: Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father

By: Alcott/Matteson, John

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Publisher: W W NORTON & CO INC: 4/16/2014

Seller ID: 9780393333596

ISBN: 0393333590

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography Louisa May Alcott is known universally. Yet during Louisa's youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson--an eminent teacher and a friend of Emerson and Thoreau. He desired perfection, for the world and from his family. Louisa challenged him with her mercurial moods and yearnings for money and fame. The other prize she deeply coveted--her father's understanding--seemed hardest to win. This story of Bronson and Louisa's tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters. View more info

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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir

By: Alexie, Sherman

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Seller ID: 9780316270755

ISBN: 031627075X

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A Life on the Wild Side

By: Algren/Drew, Bettina

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Publisher: 12/7/2012

Seller ID: 9780292755437

ISBN: 0292755430

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Paula

By: Allende, Isabel

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Publisher: 3/12/2015

Seller ID: 9780060927219

ISBN: 0060927216

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With an enchanting blend of magical realism, politics, and romance reminiscent of her classic bestseller The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende presents a soul-baring memoir that seizes the reader like a novel of suspense. Written for her daughter Paula when she became ill and slipped into a coma, Paula is the colorful story of Allende's life -- from her early years in her native Chile, through the turbulent military coup of 1973, to the subsequent dictatorship and her family's years of exile. In the telling, bizarre ancestors reveal themselves, delightful and bitter childhood memories... View more info

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My Invented Country

By: Allende, Isabel

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Publisher: PERENNIAL: 12/14/2015

Seller ID: 9780060545673

ISBN: 0060545674

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Isabel Allende evokes the magnificent landscapes of her country; a charming, idiosyncratic Chilean people with a violent history and an indomitable spirit; and the politics, religion, myth, and magic of her homeland that she carries with her even today.The book circles around two life-changing moments. The assassination of her uncle Salvador Allende Gossens on September 11, 1973, sent her into exile and transformed her into a literary writer. And the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on her adopted homeland, the United States, brought forth an overdue acknowledgment that Allende h... View more info

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Sum of Our Days

By: Allende, Isabel

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Publisher: PERENNIAL: 12/12/2015

Seller ID: 9780061551840

ISBN: 0061551848

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In The Sum of Our Days, internationally acclaimed author Isabel Allende reconstructs the painful reality of her own life in the wake of the tragic death of her daughter, Paula. Narrated with warmth, humor, exceptional candor, and wisdom, this remarkable memoir is as exuberant and full of life as its creator. Allende bares her soul as she shares her thoughts on love, marriage, motherhood, spirituality and religion, infidelity, addiction, and memory--and recounts stories of the wildly eccentric, strong-minded, and eclectic tribe she gathers around her and lovingly embraces as a new kind of fa... View more info

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This I Believe 2: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

By: Allison, Jay

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Publisher: HENRY HOLT & CO: 6/19/2012

Seller ID: 9780805087680

ISBN: 0805087680

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A new collection of inspiring personal philosophies from another noteworthy group of peopleThis second collection of "This I Believe "essays gathers seventyfive essayists--ranging from famous to previously unknown--completing the thought that begins the book's title. With contributors who run the gamut from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to ordinary folks like a diner waitress, an Iraq War veteran, a farmer, a new husband, and many others, "This I Believe II," like the first "New York Times "bestselling collection, showcases moving and irresistible essays.Included are Sister Helen Prejean writing a... View more info

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This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

By: Allison, Jay/Gediman, Dan

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Publisher: HENRY HOLT & CO: 7/13/2014

Seller ID: 9780805086584

ISBN: 0805086587

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"A welcome change from the sloganeering, political mudslinging and products of spin doctors."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer""" Based on the NPR series of the same name, "This I Believe" features eighty Americans--from the famous to the unknown--completing the thought that the book's title begins. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.Featuring many renowned contributors--including Isabel Allende, Colin Powell, Gloria Steinem, William F. Buckley Jr., Penn Jillette, Bil... View more info

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Something to Declare

By: Alvarez, Julia

Price: $4.00

Publisher: 8/5/2010

Seller ID: 9780452280670

ISBN: 0452280672

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"Reading Julia Alvarez's new collection of essays is like curling up with a glass of wine in one hand and the phone in the other, listening to a big-hearted, wisecracking friend share hard-earned wisdom about family, identity, and the art of writing." --People The rich and revealing essays in Something to Declare offer Julia Alvarez's dual meditations on coming to America and becoming a writer. In the first section, "Customs," Alvarez relates how she and her family fled the Dominican Republic and its oppressive dictator, Rafael Trujillo, settling in New York City in the 1960s. Here Julia be... View more info

What's Not To Love? The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer

By: Ames, Jonathan

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Publisher: 7/8/2016

Seller ID: 9780965192675

ISBN: 0965192679

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What's Not To Love? The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer

By: Ames, Jonathan

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Publisher: VINTAGE BOOKS: 2/11/2015

Seller ID: 9780375726491

ISBN: 0375726497

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Perhaps all of Jonathan Ames’ problems–and the genesis of this hilarious book–can be traced back to the late onset of his puberty. After all it can’t be easy to be sixteen with a hairless “undistinguishable from that of a five year old’s.” This wonderfully entertaining memoir is a touching and humorous look at life in New York City. But this is life for an author who can proclaim “my first sexual experience was rather old-fashioned: it was with a prostitute”–an author who can talk about his desire to be a model for the Hair Club f... View more info

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My Less than Secret Life

By: Ames, Jonathan

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Publisher: DA CAPO PR: 4/21/2014

Seller ID: 9781560253754

ISBN: 1560253754

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My Less Than Secret Life is the companion volume to Jonathan Amess first memoirish endeavor, the mildly perverted and wildly amusing (Vanity Fair) Whats Not to Love? This collection of the cult authors fiction and essays includes Amess public diary, the bi-weekly columns he penned for the New York Press. The entries of this diary are a record of his mad adventures: his ill-fated debut as an amateur boxer fighting as The Herring Wonder, a faltering liaison with a Cuban prostitute, his public outing of George Plimpton as a Jew, his discussion with Eve Ensler about his dear friend The Mangina, a ... View more info

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Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions

By: Amis, Martin

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Publisher: 12/15/2015

Seller ID: 9780394280912

ISBN: 0394280911

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Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions

By: Amis, Martin

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Publisher: 9/26/2016

Seller ID: 9780517597026

ISBN: 0517597020

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Experience

By: Amis, Martin

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Publisher: 4/29/2016

Seller ID: 9780676973143

ISBN: 0676973140

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Martin Amis is one of the most gifted and innovative writers of our time. With "Experience," he discloses a private life every bit as unique and fascinating as his bestselling novels. He explores his relationship with his beloved father, novelist Kingsley Amis, and examines the life and legacy of his cousin, Lucy Partington, who was abducted and murdered by one of Britain's most notorious serial killers. "Experience" also dissects the literary scene, and includes Amis'portraits of Saul Bellow, Salman Rushdie, Allan Bloom, Philip Larkin, Robert Graves, and Ian McEwan, among others. Not sinc... View more info

Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million

By: Amis, Martin

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Publisher: 12/12/2015

Seller ID: 9780676975178

ISBN: 0676975178

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