The author is the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of "Fanny Hill", and who once found herself poring over a 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only thing in her apartment that she had not read at least twice. This title recounts her lifelong obsession with books.

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The Bedside Book of Beasts blends the best writing about lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, hyenas, bears, wolves and other alpha predators and their prey with a wealth of extraordinary illustration. Among the writers included are: as Simon Armitage, Margaret Atwood, Walter Benjamin, Italo Calvino, Angela Carter, Bru... read more

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Author: John Freeman
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Series:Granta: The Magazine of New Writing

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Edited by critically acclaimed, best-selling author Alice Sebold, the stories in this year's collection serve as a provacative literary "antenna for what is going on in the world" ("Chicago Tribune)." The collection boasts great variety from "famous to first-timers, sifted from major magazines and little reviews, grand and li... read more

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Edited by award-winning poet and essayist Mary Oliver, the latest edition of this "rich and thoughtful collection" ("Publishers Weekly") offers the finest essays "judiciously selected from countless publications" ("Chicago Tribune").

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Describing Tolstoy's crisis of depression and estrangement from the world, A Confession is an autobiographical work of exceptional emotional honesty. It describes his search for 'a practical religion not promising future bliss but giving bliss on earth'. Although A Confession led to his ex-communication, it also resulted in a... read more

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"The Antarctic" features an international mix of classic first-person accounts of exploration, literary travelogues and works of cultural history, natural science and fiction about the South Pole. Contributors include British, American, Australian, Scandinavian, Japanese and Russian explorers such as Ernest Shackleton, Apsely... read more

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In The Best Australian Stories 2010 , Cate Kennedy selects the year's most exciting short fiction. Featuring established masters alongside fresh new voices, this diverse collection is a perfect companion for summer and an ideal introduction to Australia's best contemporary fiction writing. Previous contributors include Kate G... read more

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Mavis Gallant is admired and beloved as one of the masters of the modern short story. Selected from early collections and the "New Yorker", where many of the author's stories have appeared over the years, and with an introduction by Jhumpa Lahiri, this title reveals a writer coming into her own.

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Friedrich Nietzsche was one of the most revolutionary thinkers in Western philosophy. Here he sets out his subversive views in a series of aphorisms on subjects ranging from art to arrogance, boredom to passion, science to vanity, rejecting conventional notions of morality to celebrate the individual's 'will to power'. Throug... read more

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Author: Julianne Schultz
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Series:Griffith Review

Major changes of direction that affect whole societies occur very rarely. We are on the cusp of an epochal change which promises to transform the world as we have known it. The reaction to the global financial crisis and growing understanding of the impact of climate change are two of the triggers of a profound transformation... read more

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Our world is changing at a dizzying pace: our physical environment, our communities and our cultures, how we communicate and the speed with which we adapt to new ways of experiencing and living in the world. Caught in the midst of decline and regeneration, what are we losing and what are we gaining? And how do we decide what'... read more

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Author: Geraldine Brooks
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Series:Best American Short Stories (Paperback)

Edited by the award-winning, best-selling author Geraldine Brooks, this year's collection will be another "sure bet for gripping, emotional challenging reading" ("San Diego Union-Tribune"). With Brooks picking the best of the best, America's oldest and best-selling story anthology is sure to satisfy this year.

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Granta has long been known for the quality of its travel writing. The 1980s were the culmination of a golden age, when writers including Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin, James Hamilton-Paterson and James Fenton set out to document life in largely unfamiliar territory, bringing back tales of the beautiful, the extraordinary and... read more

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Like Paris in the twenties or postwar Greenwich Village, Brooklyn today is experiencing an alchemical cultural boom. This title not only traces the origins of Brooklyn's contemporary literary scene but illuminates a slice of American urban history.

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In the world of the future, people exist in a perpetual state of rehearsing evacuations, and one man's rehearsal involves leaving his parents behind. A firespotter knows all too well that where there's smoke, there's fire - but fails to spot the blaze that consumes half her family. Then there's the Custer impersonator who tak... read more

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Meanjin is Australias second oldest literary journal. Founded by Clem Christesen in 1940, it has documented both the changing concerns of Australians and the achievements of many of the nations writers, thinkers and poets. This anthology offers a broad sweep of essays, fiction and poetry published in Meanjin since the magazin... read more

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The Paris Review is a groundbreaking publication bringing together fiction, poetry and prose from great writers all over the world. Its legendary interview series alone represents the single most important body of work that celebrates writing about writing. Publishing quarterly, each issue is a tribute to the possibilities of... read more

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