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A shy manifesto, an impractical handbook, the true story of a fabulist, an entire life in parts and pieces, Manhood for Amateurs is the first sustained work of personal writing from Michael Chabon. In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one of America’s most brilliant…read more

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These ten letters, written by one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century, offer deep and sincere advice to the young poet. They touch on all aspects of life and are valuable to anyone wishing to be a poet and to those who are not. Written with power, style, and conviction these letters…read more

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Follow the thoughts of essayist, poet and American Transcendentalism founder Ralph Waldo Emerson as he discovered his own belief system in the anthology "Self-Reliance and Other Essays." In "Self-Reliance," Emerson explained that standing on one's own two feet against society was essential to…read more

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These poetic, inspiring essays offer remarkable insights into the world of a gifted woman who was deaf and blind. Helen Keller relates her impressions of the world's beauty and promise, perceived through the sensations of touch, smell, and vibration, together with the workings of a powerful…read more

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Leanne Shapton, author of Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris and Swimming Studies, creates an authorly and artistic response to travel, work and being a passenger - part of a series of twelve books tied to the twelve lines of the London…read more

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Walden and Civil Disobedience , by Henry David Thoreau , is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics   series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are…read more

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Thoreau has inspired generations of readers to think for themselves and to find meaning and beauty in nature. This sampling includes five of his most frequently read and cited essays: "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" (1849), "Life without Principle" (1863), "Slavery in Massachusetts" (1854), "A…read more

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Essays spanning 4 centuries reflect the wit, wisdom, and common sense of a number of distinguished English writers. Included are Addison's "Sir Roger de Coverley at Spring-Garden," Swift's "A Meditation Upon a Broomstick," Johnson's "Dick Minim the Critic," plus compositions by Oliver…read more

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One of France's great Renaissance thinkers, Montaigne was remarkably modern in his views. These highly readable essays reflect his thoughts on poetry, philosophy, theology, law, literature, education, and world exploration. Filled with aphorisms and anecdotes, enlivened by wordplay…read more

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Si vous répondez oui à une de ces questions, alors vous vous reconnaîtrez dans les pages de ce livre signé Umberto Eco : Avez-vous déjà essayé de mettre un saumon fumé dans le mini-frigo de votre chambre d'hôtel ? Tenté d'installer un logiciel en lisant les trois volumes d'explications…read more

Optimism

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February 25, 2012

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Who better than Helen Keller to write about optimism? Helen Keller became blind when she was nineteen months old. At the time children who were deaf and blind were simply given up on. But Helen's mother read that a deaf blind person had been educated and decided to explore that possibility for…read more