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  • WELL EDUCATED MIND : A GUIDE TO THE CLASSICAL EDUCATION YOU NEVER HAD
    WELL EDUCATED MIND : A GUIDE TO THE CLASSICAL EDUCATION YOU NEVER HAD
    BAUER SUSAN WISE
    ISBN: 9780393080964
    Title: WELL EDUCATED MIND : A GUIDE TO THE CLASSICAL EDUCATION YOU NEVER HAD
    Author: BAUER SUSAN WISE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The enduring and engaging guide to educating yourself in the classical tradition.

    Have you lost the art of reading for pleasure? Are there books you know you should read but haven’t because they seem too daunting? In The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer provides a welcome and encouraging antidote to the distractions of our age, electronic and otherwise.

    Newly expanded and updated to include standout works from the twenty-first century as well as essential readings in science (from the earliest works of Hippocrates to the discovery of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs), The Well-Educated Mind offers brief, entertaining histories of six literary genres?fiction, autobiography, history, drama, poetry, and science?accompanied by detailed instructions on how to read each type. The annotated lists at the end of each chapter?ranging from Cervantes to Cormac McCarthy, Herodotus to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Aristotle to Stephen Hawking?preview recommended reading and encourage readers to make vital connections between ancient traditions and contemporary writing.

    The Well-Educated Mind reassures those readers who worry that they read too slowly or with below-average comprehension. If you can understand a daily newspaper, there’s no reason you can’t read and enjoy Shakespeare’s sonnets or Jane Eyre. But no one should attempt to read the “Great Books” without a guide and a plan. Bauer will show you how to allocate time to reading on a regular basis; how to master difficult arguments; how to make personal and literary judgments about what you read; how to appreciate the resonant links among texts within a genre?what does Anna Karenina owe to Madame Bovary??and also between genres.

    In her best-selling work on home education, The Well-Trained Mind, the author provided a road map of classical education for parents wishing to home-school their children; that book is now the premier resource for home-schoolers. In The Well-Educated Mind, Bauer takes the same elements and techniques and adapts them to the use of adult readers who want both enjoyment and self-improvement from the time they spend reading. Followed carefully, her advice will restore and expand the pleasure of the written word.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • WESTERN LIT SURVIVAL KIT : HOW TO READ THE CLASSICS WITHOUT FEAR
    WESTERN LIT SURVIVAL KIT : HOW TO READ THE CLASSICS WITHOUT FEAR
    NEWMAN SANDRA
    ISBN: 9780141044521
    Title: WESTERN LIT SURVIVAL KIT : HOW TO READ THE CLASSICS WITHOUT FEAR
    Author: NEWMAN SANDRA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There they sit, the great tomes of classical literature, taunting you with their length and difficulty, as you ask: which books are the most important and why - and what's actually any good? Why does most writing about the classics have words like 'seminal' or 'oeuvre' in it? What does postmodernism mean? Can I get away with just reading the introduction?

    Now you can enjoy the classics without fear. This survival kit will guide you painlessly through the Western literary canon, century by century: from Ancient Greek drama to the modern novel, via Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Romantic poetry, Tolstoy and Proust. There are entertaining plot summaries, unpretentious definitions of literary movements and fresh insights into authors' lives. With each work assigned ratings from 1 to 10 on Importance, Accessibility and Fun, you'll discover what's really worth bothering with and what you can safely discard without guilt.

    This book will make the things you've read clearer, inspire you to tackle the ones you've always meant to and make you sound far cleverer than you really are.

    'Heavens, what a joy this book is ... extremely funny' Lynne Truss on

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.95

    Price: $19.95
  • WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ
    WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ
    MENDELSUND PETER
    ISBN: 9780804171632
    Title: WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ
    Author: MENDELSUND PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading--how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.

    What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what, exactly, Ishmael looked like? The collection of fragmented images on a page--a graceful ear there, a stray curl, a hat positioned just so--and other clues and signifiers helps us to create an image of a character. But in fact our sense that we know a character intimately has little to do with our ability to concretely picture our beloved--or reviled--literary figures. In this remarkable work of nonfiction, Knopf's Associate Art Director Peter Mendelsund combines his profession, as an award-winning designer; his first career, as a classically trained pianist; and his first love, literature--he considers himself first and foremost as a reader--into what is sure to be one of the most provocative and unusual investigations into how we understand the act of reading.

    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • WHITE MAGIC : THE AGE OF PAPER
    WHITE MAGIC : THE AGE OF PAPER
    MULLER LOTHAR
    ISBN: 9780745672540
    Title: WHITE MAGIC : THE AGE OF PAPER
    Author: MULLER LOTHAR
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paper is older than the printing press, and even in its unprinted state it was the great network medium behind the emergence of modern civilization. In the shape of bills, banknotes and accounting books it was indispensible to the economy. As forms and files it was essential to bureaucracy. As letters it became the setting for the invention of the modern soul, and as newsprint it became a stage for politics.

    In this brilliant new book Lothar Müller describes how paper made its way from China through the Arab world to Europe, where it permeated everyday life in a variety of formats from the thirteenth century onwards, and how the paper technology revolution of the nineteenth century paved the way for the creation of the modern daily press. His key witnesses are the works of Rabelais and Grimmelshausen, Balzac and Herman Melville, James Joyce and Paul Valéry.

    Müller writes not only about books, however: he also writes about pamphlets, playing cards, papercutting and legal pads. We think we understand the ?Gutenberg era?, but we can understand it better when we explore the world that underpinned it: the paper age.

    Today, with the proliferation of digital devices, paper may seem to be a residue of the past, but Müller shows that the humble technology of paper is in many ways the most fundamental medium of the modern world.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $33.99

    Price: $33.99
  • WHY WE WRITE ABOUT OURSELVES
    WHY WE WRITE ABOUT OURSELVES
    MARAN MEREDITH
    ISBN: 9780142181973
    Title: WHY WE WRITE ABOUT OURSELVES
    Author: MARAN MEREDITH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2016 NEW RELEASE

    For the many amateurs and professionals who write about themselves - bloggers, journal-keepers, aspiring essayists, and memoirists - this book offers inspiration, encouragement, and pithy, practical advice. Twenty of America's bestselling memoirists share their innermost thoughts and hard-earned tips with veteran author Meredith Maran, revealing what drives them to tell their personal stories, and the nuts and bolts of how they do it. Speaking frankly about issues ranging from turning oneself into an authentic, compelling character to exposing hard truths, these successful authors disclose what keeps them going, what gets in their way, and what they love most - and least - about writing about themselves.

    'Most of the contributors are likely to be familiar to readers . . . Candid revelations for readers; useful advice and encouragement for aspiring writers.' Kirkus



    Imprint: PLUME
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    BOLLMAN STEFAN
    ISBN: 9780789212566
    Title: WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    Author: BOLLMAN STEFAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An elegant survey of more than 70 works of art featuring women reading throughout time.

    What is it about a woman reading that has captivated hundreds of artists over the centuries? Stefan Bollmann's 'Women Who Read Are Dangerous' explores this popular subject in more than 70 artworks—drawings, paintings, photographs, and prints—by iconic artists such as Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Suzanne Valadon, August Sander, Rembrandt, and many more. As the book's provocative title indicates, a woman reading was once viewed as radical. In chapters, such as "Intimate Moments" and "The Search for Oneself," Bollmann profiles how a woman with a book was once seen as idle or suspect and how women have gained autonomy through reading over the years. Bollmann offers intelligent and engaging commentary on each work of art in 'Women Who Read Are Dangerous', telling us who the subject is, her relationship to the artist, and even what she is reading. With works ranging from a 1333 Annunciation painting of the angel Gabriel speaking to the Virgin Mary, book in hand, to twentieth-century works, such as a stunning photograph of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses, this appealing survey provides a veritable slideshow of the many iterations of a woman and her book—a compelling subject to this day.

    Imprint: ABBEVILLE PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WRITING BOOK : A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR FICTION WRITERS
    WRITING BOOK : A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR FICTION WRITERS
    GRENVILLE KATE
    ISBN: 9781742373881
    Title: WRITING BOOK : A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR FICTION WRITERS
    Author: GRENVILLE KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Writing Book doesn't just talk about how to write fiction; it takes you, step-by-step, through the process of doing it. Each chapter concentrates on one aspect of writing: getting started, bringing characters to life, writing convincing dialogue, revising and writer's block, etc. Exercises in each chapter are carefully structured so that each one builds on the one before. Examples from contemporary Australian writing demonstrate how different writers tackle the technical aspects of their art. By working your way through this book, you'll gradually craft a piece of fiction, and develop confidence in your own fictional voice. If you'd like to write, but you're not sure how to start, The Writing Book will show you how. If you're already writing, The Writing Book will give you practical ideas for new energy and direction.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WRITING TRUE STORIES
    WRITING TRUE STORIES
    MILLER PATTI
    ISBN: 9781760293086
    Title: WRITING TRUE STORIES
    Author: MILLER PATTI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Patti Miller is the most well-regarded and experienced memoir teacher in Australia. And Writing True Stories is the culmination of her experience as an award-winning non-fiction writer as well as an acclaimed memoir teacher. 


    Writing True Stories is invaluable for anyone who has ever wanted to write their own memoir or their family's history. Patti Miller has included writing exercises, examples and readings to help each writer accumulate the skills necessary to write their stories in a fascinating and engaging way.


    The book is organised in a graded development of writing experience and will be used by beginning writing students and more advanced writers.


    'Patti is the writing whisperer! She taught me how to stop daydreaming and to get writing. I couldn't have written my memoir without her!' Jessica Rowe

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • YOU COULD LOOK IT UP : THE REFERENCE SHELF FROM ANCIENT BABYLON TO WIKIPEDIA
    YOU COULD LOOK IT UP : THE REFERENCE SHELF FROM ANCIENT BABYLON TO WIKIPEDIA
    LYNCH JACK
    ISBN: 9780802777522
    Title: YOU COULD LOOK IT UP : THE REFERENCE SHELF FROM ANCIENT BABYLON TO WIKIPEDIA
    Author: LYNCH JACK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An illuminating exploration of reference books through time and across cultures, from the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi to Wikipedia.


    Knowledge is of two kinds, said Samuel Johnson in 1775. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. Today we think of Wikipedia as the source of all information, the ultimate reference. Yet it is just the latest in a long line of aggregated knowledge-reference works that have shaped the way we've seen the world for centuries.

    You Could Look It Up chronicles the captivating stories behind these great works and their contents, and the way they have influenced each other. From The Code of Hammurabi, the earliest known compendium of laws in ancient Babylon almost two millennia before Christ to Pliny's Natural History; from the 11th-century Domesday Book recording land holdings in England to Abraham Ortelius's first atlas of the world; from Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language to The Whole Earth Catalog to Google, Jack Lynch illuminates the human stories and accomplishment behind each, as well as its enduring impact on civilization. In the process, he offers new insight into the value of knowledge.

    Imprint: WALKER AND CO
    RRP: $40.99

    Price: $40.99
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