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Translations from the Natural World

by Les Murray

The centerpiece of this collection of poems is "Presence," a sequence of forty "translations from the natural world" about a variety of settings and their amazing denizens. Lyre birds, honeycombs, sea lions,...

Taller When Prone

by Les Murray

"Les Murray has earned his reputation not only as one of Australia's finest writers but as one of the most engaging poets writing in English today." -Kate Kellaway, The Observer (London)

Taller When Prone is...

Subhuman Redneck Poems

by Les Murray

In this collection of poems, farmers, fathers, poverty-stricken pioneers, and people blackened by the grist of the sugar mills are exposed to the blazing midday sun of Murray's linguistic powers. Richly inventive,...

Poems the Size of Photographs

by Les Murray

Brief, that place in the year

when a blossoming pear tree

with its sweet laundered scent

reinhabits wooden roads

that arch and diverge up

into electronic snow city.

--"Brief, That Place in the Year"

In Poems The Size...

Learning Human

by Les Murray

A bighearted selection from the inimitable Australian poet's diverse ten-book body of work

Les Murray is one of the great poets of the English language, past, present, and future. Learning Human contains the...

Killing the Black Dog

by Les Murray

In 1988, shortly after moving from Sydney back to his birthplace in the rural New South Wales hamlet of Bunyah, Les Murray was struck with depression. In the months that followed, the "Black Dog" (as he calls...

Fredy Neptune

by Les Murray

A riveting, beautiful novel in verse by Australia's greatest contemporary poet, winner of the 1996 T. S. Eliot Prize.

I never learned the old top ropes,

I was always in steam.

Less capstan, less climbing,


Conscious and Verbal

by Les Murray

A wonderful new collection by a wizard of contemporary poetry

Everything widens with distance, in this perspective.

The dog's paws, trotting, rotate his end of infinity

and dam water feels a shiver few willow drapes...

The Biplane Houses

by Les Murray

This is Les Murray's first new volume of poems since Poems the Size of Photographs in 2002. In it we find Murray at his nearmiraculous best. The collection-named for a kind of house distinctive to Murray's native...


by David Milne

A new intellectual history of U.S. foreign policy from the late nineteenth century to the present

Worldmaking is a fresh and compelling new take on the history of American diplomacy. Rather than retracing a familiar...

Strange Tools

by Alva Noë

A philosopher makes the case for thinking of works of art as tools for investigating ourselves

In his new book, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature, the philosopher and cognitive scientist Alva Noë raises a...

Selected Later Poems

by C. K. Williams

A selection from the last twenty years of C. K. Williams's career, plus new work--proof of his enduring power

C. K. Williams's long career has been a catalog of surprises, of inventions and reinventions, of honors....

Near and Distant Neighbors

by Jonathan Haslam

A revelatory and pathbreaking account of the highly secretive world of the Soviet intelligence services

A uniquely comprehensive and rich account of the Soviet intelligence services, Jonathan Haslam's Near and...


by H. S. Cross

At St. Stephen's Academy, the students are on the verge of revolt. While the younger boys plot an insurrection, the older ones are preoccupied with sneaking out-of-bounds, thrashing each other, tearing each...

Only the Animals

by Ceridwen Dovey

Perhaps only the animals can tell us what it is to be human

The souls of ten animals caught up in human conflicts over the last century and connected to both famous and little-known writers in surprising ways...


by Michael W. Clune

A boyhood and adolescence told through the lens of seven primitive computer games

"You have been awakened."

Floppy disk inserted, computer turned on, a whirring, and then this sentence followed by a blinking...

The Crime and the Silence

by Anna Bikont & Alissa Valles

A monumental work of nonfiction on a wartime atrocity, its sixty-year denial, and the impact of its truth

Jan Gross's hugely controversial Neighbors was a historian's disclosure of the events in the small Polish...

Brain Storms

by Jon Palfreman

A Top 10 Science Book of Fall 2015 - Publishers Weekly

A star science journalist with Parkinson's reveals the inner workings of this perplexing disease

Seven million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson's,...

Mysteries of the Mall

by Witold Rybczynski

A deep exploration of modern life that examines our cities, public places, and homes

Following How Architecture Works, Witold Rybczynski casts a seasoned critical eye over the modern scene with Mysteries of the...

The Village of Waiting

by George Packer

Now restored to print with a new Foreword by Philip Gourevitch and an Afterword by the author, this book is a frank, moving, and vivid account of contemporary life in West Africa. Stationed as a Peace Corps...