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Lost Time

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Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp Cover Image
By Jozef Czapski, Eric Karpeles (Translated by), Eric Karpeles (Introduction by)
$12.76
ISBN: 9781681372587
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Published: NYRB Classics - November 6th, 2018

 

One of the most beautiful statements on the power of reading I’ve ever read. Whether you know Proust or not, Czapski’s story of using literature to stay sane and build community in a Soviet prison is profoundly moving. Even more impressive, his reading of Proust is absolutely brilliant; insightful if you’ve read Proust and a great place to start if you haven’t.

Josh


ROMANTIC OUTLAWS

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Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781400068425
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Published: Random House - April 28th, 2015

A highly readable side-by-side study of the remarkable lives of the mother/daughter pair of Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication on the Rights of Women, and Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. Feminists, writers, and pioneers, Charlotte Gordon's addictive dual biography is the true story of two women so remarkable you won't believe it's not fiction.

Mackenzie

 


The Zhivago Affair

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The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307908001
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Published: Pantheon Books - June 17th, 2014

The Zhivago Affair brings to light the involvement of the CIA in the distribution of Pasternak’s epic novel in the USSR which had banned its publication, an involvement which would likely have profoundly disturbed Pasternak had he known about it. But this book tells us much more than just that episode of Doctor Zhivago’s history. It’s really a fuller biographical portrait of the Nobel Prize winning author and a fascinating history of the writing and publication of this his most renowned work undertaken during Stalin’s repressive regime.

Dale


Among the Janeites

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Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780547757735
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Published: Mariner Books - August 6th, 2013

Colin Firth has a lot to answer for.  Since emerging from that lake in his dripping white shirt,  Jane Austen has become a pop culture phenomenon.  Deborah Yaffe explores the hoopla and dedication surrounding the cult of all things Jane today;- from fan fiction to regency costume balls and hidden subtext in Austen's novels, a pilgrimage around historic sights in Britain and a literature professor/roller derby queen named Stone Cold Jane Austen, and a peek inside NASNA (North American Society of Jane Austen).  A peon to fandom and quite a touching memoir of a long time passion, Life Among the Janites is totally entertaining and definitely sent me back to read Persuasion again.

Susannah


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