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Questioning Nature

by Melissa Bailes

In the mid-eighteenth century, many British authors and literary critics anxiously claimed that poetry was in crisis. These writers complained that modern poets plagiarized classical authors as well as one another,...


Goldoni in Paris

by Jessica Goodman

The thirty years Carlo Goldoni spent in Paris hold an ambiguous place in his career. The preface to his autobiography explicitly draws attention to France as the site of his authorial glory, but elsewhere he...


The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel by Jojo Moyes | Conversation Starters

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The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel by Jojo Moyes | Conversation Starters

 


The Rosie Effect: A Novel by Graeme Simsion | Conversation Starters

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The Rosie Effect: A Novel by Graeme Simsion | Conversation Starters

A Brief Look Inside:

FOLLOWING the enormous success of The Rosie Project comes Graeme Simsion's latest installment in the Don Tillman series, The...


And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini | Conversation Starters

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini | Conversation Starters

And the Mountains Echoed is a book about war and its long-term, widely-felt effects. It shows how circumstances can affect the lives of people...


Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn | Conversation Starters

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Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn | Conversation Starters

Gone Girl, the latest novel from Gillian Flynn, tells a story of lies, manipulation, and revenge. The story follows Nick and Amy, a couple who are about...


The Fault in Our Stars: A Novel by John Green | Conversation Starters

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The Fault in Our Stars: A Novel by John Green | Conversation Starters

The Fault in Our Stars, written by John Green, is the story of love, heartbreak, illness, loss, and death. It tells the tale of two teenagers,...


Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline | Conversation Starters

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Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is about the relationship between Molly Ayer and Vivian Daly. Brought together by Molly’s community service sentence, seventeen-year-old...


The Paris Architect: A Novel by Charles Belfoure | Conversation Starters

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The Paris ArchitectCharles Belfoure's first fiction work, tells the story of an architect in Paris in 1942 during the Nazi occupations of France. Lucien Bernard is a non-Jew working as a craftsman in a time...


Circling the Sun: A Novel by Paula McLain | Conversation Starters

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Circling the Sun: by Paula McLain | Conversation Starters

Circling the Sun, the fictional biography of Beryl Markham, showcases life in Africa among the white immigrants, the changing roles for women, and the...


Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay | Conversation Starters

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Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay | Conversation Starters

A Brief Look Inside:

EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and...


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin| Conversation Starters

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin | Conversation Starters

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry is a heartwarming book about a lonely man who finds true love, happiness, and friendship. The...


On Not Defending Poetry

by Catherine Bates

Sidney's Defence of Poesy—the foundational text of English poetics—is generally taken to present a model of poetry as ideal: the poet depicts ideals of human conduct and readers are inspired to imitate them....


About Poems

by Anne Stevenson

In this innovative series of public lectures at Newcastle University, leading contemporary poets speak about the craft and practice of poetry to audiences drawn from both the city and the university. The lectures...


The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah | Conversation Starters

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah | Conversation Starters

The Nightingale is set in France during the World War II. It is about family relationships, loss, grief, friendship, 

and life during the war. 

Two sisters,...


The Novel of the Century

by David Bellos

The definitive biography of the world’s most popular novel

Les Misérables is among the most popular and enduring novels ever written. Like Inspector Javert’s dogged pursuit of Jean Valjean, its appeal has...


Early Auden, Later Auden

by Edward Mendelson

Presented in one volume for the very first time, and updated with new archival discoveries, Early Auden, Later Auden reintroduces Edward Mendelson’s acclaimed, two-part biography of W. H. Auden (1907–73),...


The Actually Complete Works of William Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare

The REAL Complete Works of William Shakespeare Comedy All's Well That Ends Well As You Like It The Comedy of Errors Cymbeline Love's Labours Lost Measure for Measure The Merry Wives of Windsor The Merchant of...


The Irish Classical Self

by Laurie O'Higgins

The Irish Classical Self considers the role of classical languages and learning in the construction of Irish cultural identities in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, focusing in particular on the "lower...


The School of Montaigne in Early Modern Europe

by Warren Boutcher

This major two-volume study offers an interdisciplinary analysis of Montaigne's Essais and their fortunes in early modern Europe and the modern western university. Volume one focuses on contexts from within...