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The European social charter

by Collectif Conseil de l'Europe (April 01, 2013)

The 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter presents the opportunity for a comprehensive and informative review of one of the Council of Europe's fundamental treaties.What are its origins? Which states...

The Council of Europe and human rights

by Collectif Conseil de l'Europe (April 01, 2013)

Just what are your human rights, and how does the Council of Europe protect them? This small book tells the story simply and clearly, making a complicated issue straightforward. It offers examples illustrating...

The Council of Europe

by Collectif Conseil de l'Europe (April 01, 2013)

The Council of Europe is the oldest of European institutions. Under the banner of human rights and democracy, it brings together 47 member states, ranging from Finland to Turkey and from Switzerland to Russia....

Standard-setting through monitoring? The role of Council of Europe expert bodies in the development of human rights

by Collectif Conseil de l'Europe (April 01, 2013)

A variety of mechanisms has been established in the Council of Europe to monitor compliance with human rights standards.This publication discusses four specific monitoring bodies, namely the Advisory Committee...

Manual on hate speech

by Anne Weber & Collectif Conseil de l'Europe (January 01, 2014)

The right to freedom of expression entails duties and responsibilities and is subject to certain limits, provided for in Article 10.2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which are concerned, among other...

Interculturalism and multiculturalism: similarities and differences

by Collectif Conseil de l'Europe (January 01, 2014)

This book examines the relationship between two policy approaches for managing the cultural diversity of contemporary societies: interculturalism and multiculturalism.

The relationship between these two approaches...

Human rights and a changing media landscape

by Collectif Conseil de l'Europe (April 01, 2013)

The media play a crucial role in the protection of human rights. They expose human rights violations and offer an arena for different voices to be heard in public discourse. Free, independent and pluralistic...

Europe and the Spectre of Post-Growth Society

by Collectif & Piotr A. Switalski Conseil de l'Europe (January 01, 2014)

Europe has been going through its most serious crisis of values since the fall of communism. In public discourse, economic and social pressures have overshadowed the other dimensions of the crisis, including...

Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe - 2nd edition

by Collectif Conseil de l'Europe (April 01, 2013)

Many people in Europe are stigmatised because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and cannot fully enjoy their universal human rights. Some of them are victims of violence, others have fled to Europe...

Human rights in Europe: no grounds for complacency

by Collectif Conseil de l'Europe (January 01, 2014)

Political rhetoric on human rights in Europe is different from daily reality. Almost every politician is on record as favouring the protection of freedom and justice. Standards on human rights have been agreed...

The Black Woman

by Toni Cade Bambara & Eleanor W Traylor Washington Square Press (June 15, 2010)

A collection of early, emerging works from some of today's most celebrated African American female writers

When it was first published in 1970, The Black Woman introduced readers to an astonishing new wave of...

Why Poetry

by Matthew Zapruder Ecco (August 15, 2017)

An impassioned call for a return to reading poetry and an incisive argument for poetry’s accessibility to all readers, by critically acclaimed poet Matthew Zapruder

In Why Poetry, award-winning poet Matthew...

A Stay Against Confusion

by Ron Hansen Harper (November 25, 2014)

In the tradition of Flannery O'Connor and Andre Dubus, A Stay Against Confusion explores the role that religious belief and literature play in one writer's life. All creative writing is, in the words of Robert...


by Kate Zambreno Harper Perennial (June 24, 2014)

A manifesto for "toxic girls" that reclaims the wives and mistresses of modernism for literature and feminism.

I am beginning to realize that taking the self out of our essays is a form of repression. Taking...

The Year of Reading Dangerously

by Andy Miller Harper Perennial (December 09, 2014)

An editor and writer's vivaciously entertaining, and often moving, chronicle of his year-long adventure with fifty great books (and two not-so-great ones)—a true story about reading that reminds us why we...

The Partly Cloudy Patriot

by Sarah Vowell Simon & Schuster (August 27, 2002)

From public radio This American Life contributor and self-described “history nerd” Sarah Vowell comes a collection of humorous and personal essays investigating American history, pop culture and Buffy the...

The New York Public Library Literature Companion

by Staff of The New York Public Library & Anne Skillion Free Press (October 30, 2001)

Pick up The New York Public Library Literature Companion to check the dates of Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past or to find out how James Joyce's Ulysses changed U.S. obscenity laws, and you may find...

How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised

by Thomas C. Foster Harper Perennial (February 25, 2014)

A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster's classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts—that shows you...

Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You'll Ever Read

by Howard Mittelmark & Sandra Newman HarperCollins e-books (November 02, 2010)

Are you tired of bland, overly earnest reading guides that discuss the same old books? Read This Next by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittlemark is the answer. A smart, irreverent, honest, and truly hilarious guide...

The Heroine's Bookshelf

by Erin Blakemore HarperCollins e-books (October 19, 2010)

A testament to inspirational women throughout literature, Erin Blakemore’s exploration of classic heroines and their equally admirable authors shows today’s women how to best tap into their inner strengths...

How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One

by Stanley Fish HarperCollins e-books (January 25, 2011)

“Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.”

 —Roy Blount Jr.


“Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.”


The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems

by Robert Hass HarperCollins e-books (March 23, 2010)

“No practicing poet has more talent than Robert Hass.”

Atlantic Monthly


The National Book Award-winning author of Time and Materials, Robert Hass is one of the most revered of all living poets. With The...

Time Bites: Views and Reviews

by Doris Lessing HarperCollins e-books (December 29, 2009)

In this collection of the very best of Doris Lessing's essays, we are treated to the wisdom and keen insight of a writer who has learned, over the course of a brilliant career spanning more than half a century,...

Secrets of The Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code Sequel

by Daniel Burstein & Arne de Keijzer HarperCollins e-books (December 01, 2009)

“If anyone can divine the contents of The Lost Symbol, it’s Dan Burstein.”

 —New York magazine

With Secrets of the Lost Symbol, co-authors Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer delve into the real history,...

For the Love of Letters

by Samara O'Shea HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

Have you ever wanted to write a thank-you note and suffered writer's block? Considered penning a passionate letter to your beloved, but had no idea where to begin? Needed to send a sympathy message, but couldn't...

The Italian American Reader

by Bill Tonelli HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

This anthology -- the first general-reader collection of writing by Italian American authors -- is part manifesto, part Sunday dinner. A gathering of voices old and new, some speak in the accents of another...

Modern American Memoirs: 1917-1992

by Annie Dillard HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

In Modern American Memoirs, two very discerning writers and readers have selected samples from 35 of the finest memoirs written in this century, including contributions by such diverse writers as Margaret Mead,...

Under the Duvet

by Marian Keyes HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

From the acclaimed bestselling author of Sushi for Beginners and Angels comes a collection of personal essays on shopping, writing, moviemaking, motherhood and all the assorted calamities involved in being a...

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Baillie Gifford Prize 2006

by James Shapiro HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

What accounts for Shakespeare’s transformation from talented poet and playwright to one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this gripping account, James Shapiro sets out to answer this question, "succeed[ing]...

What Now?

by Ann Patchett HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Based on her lauded commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, this stirring essay by bestselling author Ann Patchett offers hope and inspiration for anyone at a crossroads, whether graduating, changing...

Living by Fiction

by Annie Dillard HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Living by Fiction is written for--and dedicated to--people who love literature. Dealing with writers such as Nabokov, Barth, Coover, Pynchon, Borges, García Márquez, Beckett, and Calvino, Annie Dillard shows...

The Truth Will Out

by Brenda James & William Rubinstein HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Motivated by scholarship and driven by curiosity, Shakespeare historian Brenda James applied a sixteenth-century code-breaking technique to the dedication of Shakespeare's Sonnets. What she uncovered led her...

Teaching a Stone to Talk

by Annie Dillard HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Here, in this compelling assembly of writings, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard explores the world of natural facts and human meanings.

A Curious Invitation

by Suzette Field Harper Perennial (October 15, 2013)

Forty of the greatest fictional festivities as seen through the eyes of the world's greatest writers.

People love to party. And writers love to attend and document these occasions. The party is a useful literary...

The Lady and Her Monsters

by Roseanne Montillo William Morrow (February 05, 2013)

The Lady and Her Monsters by Roseanne Motillo brings to life the fascinating times, startling science, and real-life horrors behind Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein.

Montillo recounts how—at...

Literary Rogues

by Andrew Shaffer Harper Perennial (February 05, 2013)

Andrew Shaffer's Literary Rogues is an unflinching look at the bad behavior of some of our most beloved authors, from Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe, to Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, to Hunter S....

The Art of the Epigraph: How Great Books Begin

by Rosemary Ahern Atria Books (October 30, 2012)

For many book Lovers, there is no more pleasing start to a book than a well-chosen epigraph. These intriguing quotations, sayings, and snippets of songs and poems do more than set the tone for the experience...

Britain and Welsh Triads

by I. Morganwg & J.Rhys Lm Publishers (April 07, 2020)

There are three pillars of the social state in the Isle of Britain: the voice of the country, royalty, and judicature, according to the regulation of Prydain the son of Aedd the Great...

The three heroic sovereigns...

The Tiger's Prey

by Wilbur Smith & Mike Grady HarperAudio (October 31, 2018)

Set in the eighteenth century and reviving Tom Courtney, hero of Wilbur Smith's bestsellers

Monsoon (1999) and Blue Horizon (2003), this new novel packs action, romance, and exotic settings into a rousing historical...


by Cecelia Watson & Pam Ward HarperAudio (July 30, 2019)

A page-turning, existential romp through the life and times of the world's most polarizing punctuation mark

The semicolon. Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut, and Orwell detest it. Herman Melville, Henry James,...

Screen Tests

by Kate Zambreno & Mia Barron HarperAudio (July 23, 2019)

In Screen Tests, an astoundingly original and stylish collection, Zambreno has once again created new categories of writing, of vivid and surprising language and thought. In the first half, the narrator regales...

How to Read the Constitution--and Why

by Kim Wehle HarperAudio (June 25, 2019)

"A must-read for this era."--Jake Tapper, CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent 

An insightful, urgent, and perennially relevant handbook that lays out in common sense language how the United States...


by Michael Chabon & George Newbern HarperAudio (January 22, 2019)

A brilliant, idiosyncratic collection of introductions and afterwords (plus some liner notes) by New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon--"one of contemporary literature's...

Cuba on the Verge

by Leila Guerriero, Frankie Corzo & Lorenzo Irizarry HarperAudio (December 11, 2018)

Spanning politics and art, music and baseball, Cuba on the Verge is a timely look at a society's profound transformation--from inside and out.

Change looms in Cuba.

Just ninety miles from United States shores...

The Age of Disenchantments

by Aaron Shulman & Tim Andres Pabon HarperAudio (March 05, 2019)

A gripping narrative history of Spain's most brilliant and troubled literary family--a tale about the making of art, myth, and legacy--set against the upheaval of the Spanish Civil War and beyond.

In this absorbing...

How the French Invented Love

by Marilyn Yalom Harper (October 23, 2012)

“Absolutely marvelous…lively and learned….Marilyn Yalom’s book is a distinguished contribution to our experience of a great literature, as well as an endearing memoir.”

—Diane Johnson, author of Lulu...

Literary Impressionisms

by Camilla Storskog Ledizioni (January 18, 2020)

This book aims to locate and draw out resonances of impressionism in Swedish and Finland-Swedish prose at the end of the nineteenth century, a field hitherto overlooked in the critical debate on literary impressionism....

A Hero Of Our Time

by Mikhail Lermontov, Vladimir Nabokov & Dmitri Nabokov Abrams Press (January 15, 2009)

The first major Russian novel, A Hero of Our Time was both lauded and reviled upon publication. Its dissipated hero, twenty-five-year-old Pechorin, is a beautiful and magnetic but nihilistic young army officer,...

Genius and Ink: Virginia Woolf on How to Read

by Virginia Woolf TLS Books (November 28, 2019)



Who better to serve as a guide to great books and their authors than Virginia Woolf?

In the early years of its existence, the Times Literary Supplement...

The invention of Rome

by Maurizio Campanelli & Frances Muecke Librairie Droz (January 01, 2017)

“He has revealed to us the whole of antiquity”: so spoke Pope Pius II of the historian and archaeologist avant la lettre, Biondo Flavio (1392-1463). In his work Roma triumphans (1459), his last major treatise...