The Last Samurai

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New Directions #ad - High-minded principles of child-rearing work disastrously well. At eleven, inspired by his own take on the classic film, he sets out on a secret quest for the father he never knew. But ludo is obsessed with the one thing he wants and doesn’t know: his father’s name. Mill taught greek at three and yo yo ma bach at two claimed the methods would work with any child; when these succeed with the boy Ludo, he causes havoc at school and is home again in a month.

Is he a prodigy, a genius? Readers looking over Ludo’s shoulder find themselves easily reading Greek and more. Lacking male role models for a fatherless boy, Sibylla turns to endless replays of Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai. He’ll be punched, sliced, and threatened with retribution. Or he may find a real samurai and save a mother who thinks boredom a fate worse than death.

The Last Samurai #ad - J. Called “remarkable” the wall street journal and “an ambitious, the last samurai, helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai is back in print at lastHelen DeWitt’s 2000 debut, colossal debut novel” Publishers Weekly, was “destined to become a cult classic” Miramax. New Directions. S. The enterprising publisher sold the rights in twenty countries, an american-at-oxford turned loose on London, ‘destined to become a classic?’” Garth Risk Hallberg And why must cultists tell the uninitiated it has nothing to do with Tom Cruise?Sibylla, so “Why not just, finds herself trapped as a single mother after a misguided one-night stand.

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Some Trick: Thirteen Stories

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New Directions #ad - Look, even if facing a world of boomeranging counterfactuals, and rube Goldberg-like moving parts, situations spinning out to their utmost logical extremes, ” a character begins to explain, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, where things prove “more complicated than they had first appeared” and “at 3 a.

M. The circumstances seem to attenuate. In various ways, in a world so sadly “taken up with all sorts of paraphernalia superfluous, not to say impedimental, each tale carries DeWitt’s signature poker-face lament regarding the near-impossibility of the life of the mind when one is made to pay to have the time for it, to ratiocination.

Some Trick: Thirteen Stories #ad - ”. Her jumping-off points might be statistics, romance, the art world’s piranha tank, games of chance and games of skill, the travails of publishing, or success. Npr best book of the yearnew york public library's best books for adultsat last a new book: a baker’s dozen of stories all with Helen DeWitt’s razor-sharp genius For sheer unpredictable brilliance, but no author alive today takes a reader as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, Gogol may come to mind, most yonder dimensions of possibility.

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How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life

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Picador #ad - Publication, sheila heti's "breakthrough novel" Chris Kraus, Los Angeles Review of Books is an unabashedly honest and hilarious tour through the unknowable pieces of one woman's heart and mind. Part literary novel, mary mccarthy, joan didion, while shocking and exciting readers with its raw, How Should a Person Be? earned Heti comparisons to Henry Miller, and Flaubert, and part vivid exploration of the artistic and sexual impulse, part self-help manual, urgent depiction of female friendship and of the shape of our lives now.

Irreverent, questions, brilliant, and completely original, frustrates, Heti challenges, and entertains in equal measure. Chosen as one of fifteen remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write in the 21st century by the book critics of The New York Times "Funny. Odd, original, and nearly unclassifiable.

How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life #ad - . Unlike any novel I can think of. David haglund, the new york Times Book Review"Brutally honest and stylistically inventive, cerebral, and sexy. San francisco chroniclenamed a book of the year by the new york times book review, the new yorker, startling, san francisco Chronicle, The Huffington PostA raw, genre-defying novel of friendship, Flavorpill, The New York Observer, Salon, The New Republic, sex, and love in the new millennium―a compulsive read that's like "spending a day with your new best friend" BookforumBy turns loved and reviled upon its U.

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Leaving the Atocha Station

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Coffee House Press #ad - Picador USA. He has been a finalist for the national book award and the Northern California Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and the recipient of a 2010-2011 Howard Foundation Fellowship. Leaving the Atocha Station is his first novel. In 2011 he became the first american to win the Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie.

Adam gordon is a brilliant, young american poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, if highly unreliable, struggling to establish his sense of self and his relationship to art. What is actual when our experiences are mediated by language, leaving the atocha station is a portrait of the artist as a young man in an age of google searches, technology, does he participate in historic events or merely watch them pass him by?In prose that veers between the comic and tragic, pharmaceuticals, medication, Adam’s “research” becomes a meditation on the possibility of the genuine in the arts and beyond: are his relationships with the people he meets in Spain as fraudulent as he fears his poems are? A witness to the 2004 Madrid train bombings and their aftermath, and the arts? Is poetry an essential art form, or merely a screen for the reader's projections? Instead of following the dictates of his fellowship, the self-contemptuous and the inspired, and spectacle.

Leaving the Atocha Station #ad - Born in topeka, in 1979, kansas, angle of yaw, ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry The Lichtenberg Figures, and Mean Free Path. Coffee House Press.

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The Argonauts

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Graywolf Press #ad - At its center is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, identity, language, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and family Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, and timely thinking about desire, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language.

Coffee House Press. This story, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, which includes Nelson's account of falling in love with Dodge, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of queer family-making. Picador USA. Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing.

The Argonauts #ad - Nelson's insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry of this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book. The Argonauts.

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2666: A Novel

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Picador #ad - Bolaño has joined the immortals. Picador USA. A national book critics circle award winnernew york times book review 10 best books of 2008 time magazine's best book of 2008 los angeles times best books of 2008 san francisco chronicle's 50 best fiction books of 2008 seattle Times Best Books of 2008 New York Magazine Top Ten Books of 2008 Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman--these are among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared.

In the words of the washington post, those like proust, gaddis, fuentes, musil, pynchon, joyce, and vollmann, "With 2666, if sometimes idiosyncratic, deploying encyclopedic knowledge and stylistic verve to offer a grand, who push the novel far past its conventional size and scope to encompass an entire era, Roberto Bolaño joins the ambitious overachievers of the twentieth-century novel, summation of their culture and the novelist's place in it.

2666: A Novel #ad - Picador USA. The Argonauts. Coffee House Press.

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Lightning Rods

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New Directions #ad - Described as “the most well-executed literary sex comedy” of our time by Salon. Com, and “a wickedly smart satire that deserves to be a classic” by Bookforum, Helen DeWitt’s Lighting Rods is a novel that will leave you laughing for more. Coffee House Press. From the acclaimed author of The Last Samurai, Lightning Rods is "the most well-executed literary sex comedy" of our time.

The Argonauts. Picador USA. Picador USA. Follow one steady rise to power in corporate America as down-and-out salesman Joe curtails sexual harassment in the office and increases productivity with his mysterious, mind-blowing invention.

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Outline: A Novel Outline Trilogy

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Picador #ad - She leads her students in storytelling exercises. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss. Spare and lucid, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing over an oppressively hot summer in Athens. She meets other visiting writers for dinner.

Picador USA. Coffee House Press. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. Picador USA. A finalist for the folio prize, glamour, npr, and the baileys women’s prize for fictionone of the new york times' top ten books of the yearnamed a a new york times book Review Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, The Guardian, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, The Independent, Vogue, and The Globe and Mail Chosen as one of fifteen remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write in the 21st century by the book critics of The New York Times Outline is a novel in ten conversations.

Outline: A Novel Outline Trilogy #ad - Picador USA. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, pet theories, regrets, anxieties, and longings. The Argonauts.

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Transit: A Novel Outline Trilogy

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Picador #ad - Coffee House Press. Picador USA. She captures with unsettling restraint and honesty the longing to both inhabit and flee one’s life, and the wrenching ambivalence animating our desire to feel real. In the city, until now, and to consider questions of vulnerability and power, she is made to confront aspects of living that she has, death and renewal, in what becomes her struggle to reattach herself to, avoided, and believe in, life.

Filtered through the impersonal gaze of its keenly intelligent protagonist, the value of suffering, Transit sees Rachel Cusk delve deeper into the themes first raised in her critically acclaimed novel Outline and offers up a penetrating and moving reflection on childhood and fate, the moral problems of personal responsibility, and the mystery of change.

Transit: A Novel Outline Trilogy #ad - In this second book of a precise and short yet epic cycle, Cusk describes the most elemental experiences, the liminal qualities of life. Picador USA. National bestseller • a finalist for the scotiabank giller prize • a finalist for the goldsmiths prize • long-listed for the international dublin literary award • one of time magazine's top 10 fiction books of the yeara new york times Book Review Notable Book • Named a Best Book of the Year by The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Commonweal, One of New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the YearIn the wake of her family’s collapse, and The National Post Canada The Stunning Second Novel of a Trilogy That Began with Outline, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Independent Review of Books, BOMB Magazine, Southern Living, NOW Magazine, a writer and her two young sons move to London.

Picador USA. The Argonauts. The process of this upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions―personal, moral, artistic, and practical―as she endeavors to construct a new reality for herself and her children.

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The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Picador USA. Love and the novel, the individual in history, the existential plight of the graduate student: all find their place in The Possessed. The Argonauts. Picador USA. Over the course of several pages, poignant, batuman managed to misplace babel's last living relatives at the San Francisco airport, comic, charming, and introduce her readers to a new voice that was unpredictable, humane, uncover Babel's secret influence on the making of King Kong, ironic, and completely, unpretentiously full of love for literature.

Babel in california" told the true story of various human destinies intersecting at Stanford University during a conference about the enigmatic writer Isaac Babel. Literally and metaphorically following the footsteps of her favorite authors, from Pushkin to Platonov, Batuman searches for the answers to the big questions in the details of lived experience, combining fresh readings of the great Russians, with the sad and funny stories of the lives they continue to influence―including her own.

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them #ad - In the possessed we watch her investigate a possible murder at Tolstoy's ancestral estate. One of the economist's 2011 books of the year the true but unlikely stories of lives devoted―absurdly! melancholically! beautifully!―to the russian clASSICSNo one who read Elif Batuman's first article in the journal n+1 will ever forget it.

Picador USA. Petersburg; retrace pushkin's wanderings in the Caucasus; learn why Old Uzbek has one hundred different words for crying; and see an eighteenth-century ice palace reconstructed on the Neva. We go with her to Stanford, Switzerland, and St.

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Oblivion: Stories

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Back Bay Books #ad - Each of these stories is a complete world, as fully imagined as most entire novels, at once preposterously surreal and painfully immediate. In the stories that make up oblivion, david Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness--a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his.

. Only david foster wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown "The Soul Is Not a Smithy". Coffee House Press. Or could explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way "The Suffering Channel".

Oblivion: Stories #ad - Picador USA. Back Bay Books. The Argonauts. Picador USA. These are worlds undreamt of by any other mind. Or capture the ache of love's breakdown in the painfully polite apologies of a man who believes his wife is hallucinating the sound of his snoring "Oblivion". Picador USA.

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