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ISBN-13: 9780345526113
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Published: Ballantine Books, 9/2013
A comprehensive biography of the life and accomplishments of the famous puppeteer and creator of the Muppets.

The True Deceiver (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781590173299
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Published: NYRB Classics, 12/2009
Deception--the lies people tell themselves and the lies they tell others--is the subject of Jansson's most unnerving and unpredictable novel to date.

Roads to Berlin (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781623650971
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Published: MacLehose Press, 10/2013
Nooteboom, a renowned Dutch novelist, travel writer, and poet, was a visiting scholar in Berlin, and he watched and wrote as the wall came down in 1989. Nooteboom has a historian's scruples, a fantasist's Baroque imagination, a novelist's narrative skill, and a prophet's sensitivity to the future. Most of the book's first section was written in that watershed year, while later pieces were written on occasions when he returned and include speeches, articles for German editorial pages, and intermezzos, or extended reflections on his previous visits and new circumstances. He revises and refines his sense of Germany, the once divided and now united nation at the center of Europe. This is a valedictory on a country that shaped Nooteboom's life (born in 1933, he was six when German bombs fell on his native country) and work, including the Berlin-set novel, All Souls Day (2001). Every other page poses a vital question or offers a startling insight, and you can't believe there are dozens more. This astonishing book conveys a sense of life lived at a crucial time in history.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

ISBN-13: 9780385523394
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Published: Spiegel & Grau, 2/2011
A compelling, often hilarious, and unfailingly compassionate portrait of life inside a women's prison, "Orange Is the New Black" tells Kerman's dramatic story of her 15 months behind bars.

ISBN-13: 9780802131935
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Published: Grove Press, 1/1994
Jamey lived in the locked room. Twice a day the Persian slave trader came in and taught her to be a whore. Otherwise there was nothing. Once day she found a pencil stub and scrap of paper in a forgotten corner of the room. She began to write down her life, starting with "Parents stink" (Her father, who is also her boyfriend, has fallen in love with another woman and is about to leave her). With "Blood and Guts in High School, " Kathy Acker, whose work has been labeled everthing from post-punk porn to post-punk feminism, has created a brilliantly subversive narrative built from conversation, description, conjecture, and moments snatched from history and literature.

The Faraway Nearby (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780143125495
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Published: Penguin Books, 4/2014
This personal, lyrical narrative about storytelling and empathy from award winner Rebecca Solnit is a fitting companion to her beloved "A Field Guide for Getting Lost." In this exquisitely written new book by the author of "A Paradise Built in Hell," Rebecca Solnit explores the ways we make our lives out of stories, and how we are connected by empathy, by narrative, by imagination. In the course of unpacking some of her own stories--of her mother and her decline from memory loss, of a trip to Iceland, of an illness--Solnit revisits fairytales and entertains other stories: about arctic explorers, Che Guevara among the leper colonies, and Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein, about warmth and coldness, pain and kindness, decay and transformation, making art and making self. Woven together, these stories create a map which charts the boundaries and territories of storytelling, reframing who each of us is and how we might tell our story.

Await Your Reply (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780345476036
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Published: Ballantine Books, 6/2010
The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways--and with unexpected consequences--in acclaimed author Chaon's gripping, brilliantly written new novel.

The Living Method (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780988464346
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Published: Song Cave, 4/2014
The poems in Sara Nicholson's THE LIVING METHOD imaginatively grasp the raw materials of nature, calling the reader to the "outer limits of the dark," where one notices the music of the woods and gardens while searching for "the youngest photo of the night." These poems explore and create various orders of images, a mysterious taxonomy of words and scraps of phrases that revive what in lesser hands would remain dying metaphors. Here, in her debut collection, a new and singular poetic logic reveals itself, growing tenderly out of the "droning chamber" of the poet's throat, through Google image searches, and from the rich soil of archaic landscapes.

Seed to Harvest (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780446698900
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 1/2007
The Patternist novels details a secret history continuing from the Ancient Egyptian period to the far future that involves telepathic mind control and an extraterrestrial plague.

ISBN-13: 9781904859246
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Published: AK Press, 5/2005
The words of this Mexican American working-class hero brought to English-language readers for the first time.