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  • A Hazard of New Fortunes

    By William Dean Howells

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140439236
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: November 2001
    A self-made millionaire and a social revolutionary are at odds with each other in a novel set against the background of a nineteenth-century New York streetcar strike.
  • A Mother's Tale

    By Phillip Lopate

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780814213315
    • Publisher: Mad River Books
    • Published: January 2017
  • Against Joie De Vivre: Personal Essays

    By Phillip Lopate

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803222731
    • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS
    • Published: December 2008
    “Over the years I have developed a distaste for the spectacle of joie de vivre, the knack of knowing how to live,” begins the title essay by Phillip Lopate. This rejoinder to the cult of hedonism and forced conviviality moves from a critique of the false sentimentalization of children and the elderly to a sardonic look at the social rite of the dinner party, on to a moving personal testament to the “hungry soul.” Lopate’s special gift is his ability to give us not only sophisticated cultural commentary in a dazzling collection of essays but also to bring to his subjects an engaging honesty and openness that invite us to experience the world along with him. Also included here are Lopate’s inspiring account of his production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya with a group of preadolescents, a look at the tradition of the personal essay, and a soul-searching piece on the suicide of a schoolteacher and its effect on his students and fellow teachers. By turns humorous, learned, celebratory, and elegiac, Lopate displays a keen intelligence and a flair for language that turn bits of common, everyday life into resonant narrative. This collection maintains a conversational charm while taking the contemporary personal essay to a new level of complexity and candor.
  • American Movie Critics: An Anthology From the Silents Until Now (Expanded Edition)

    By Phillip Lopate

    Our Price: $9.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781598530223
    • Publisher: The Library of America
    • Published: January 2008
    Now published in expanded edition - this anthology, with its unparalleled scope, charts the rise of movies as art, industry, and mass entertainment. Beginning in the silent era - with poets Vachel Lindsay and Carl Sandburg hailing the new medium, and Edmund Wilson paying tribute to Chaplin's Gold Rush - the collection traces the rapid evolution of the medium in an age of tumultuous political and social changes. Here are the great movie critics who forged a forceful vernacular idiom for talking about the new new art. For that matter, don't miss Susan Sontag's 'The Imagination of Disaster.' Sources & Acknowledgments, Index. 760p.
  • Confessions of Summer: A Novel

    By Phillip Lopate

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780385126199
    • Publisher: Doubleday
    • Published: January 1979
  • John Koch: Painting a New York Life

    By John Koch

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781857592665
    • Publisher: SCALA
    • Published: October 2001
    Published to accompany a major exhibition installing at the New York Historical Society, Oct.16.2001-Jan.27.2002. The first book to be published onthe artist, it provides an intimate portrait of New York society from the 1950s on into the early 1970s, rendered byKoch in a realist manner that resisted the then current trend toward various expressions of abstract art.Illus., 45 color/25 b&w. 112p.
  • Portrait of My Body

    By Phillip Lopate

    Our Price: $9.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385483773
    • Publisher: Anchor
    • Published: September 1997
    Phillip Lopate's richest and most ambitious book  yet--the final volume of a trilogy that began with  Bachelorhood and Against  Joie de Vivre--Portrait of My  Body is a powerful memoir in the form of  interconnected personal essays. One of America's  foremost essayists, who helped focus attention on  the form in his acclaimed anthology The  Art of the Personal Essay, Lopate  demonstrates here just how far a writer can go in the  direction of honesty and risk  taking.In thirteen essays, Lopate explores the  resources and limits of the self, its many disguises,  excuses, and unmaskings, with his characteristic  wry humor and insight. From the title essay, a  hilarious physical self-exam, to the haunting  portrait of his ex-colleague Donald Barthelme, to the  bittersweet account of his long-delayed surrender  to marriage, "On Leaving Bachelorhood,"  Lopate wrestles with finding the proper balance  between detachment and empathy, doubt and  conviction. In other essays, he celebrates his love of  film and city life, and reflects on his religious  identity as a Jew. A wrenchingly vivid,  unforgettable portrait of the author's eccentric,  solipsistic, aged father, a self-proclaimed failure, is  the centerpiece of a suite of essays about  father-figures and resisted mentors. The book ends with  the author's own introduction to fatherhood, as  witness to the birth of his daughter.  A book that will engage readers with its  conversational eloquence, skeptical intelligence,  candor, and mischief, Portrait of My  Body is a captivating work of literary  nonfiction.
  • Portrait of My Body

    By Phillip Lopate

    Our Price: $11.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780385477109
    • Publisher: Doubleday
    • Published: August 1996
    Essays comment upon fatherhood, fathers, and things paternal, the Holocaust, moviegoing, and the birth of the author's daughter
  • Rug Merchant

    By Phillip Lopate

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780670814343
    • Publisher: Viking
    • Published: March 1987
    A one-time graduate student who took over his uncle's New York rug store, middle-aged Cyrus Irani faces a harsh world with his customary old-world grace as he is lead from sex clubs to the Zoroastrian temple
  • South Street

    By Barbara G. Mensch

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780231139328
    • Publisher: Columbia University Press
    • Published: March 2007
    As a young photographer in the early 1980s, Barbara Mensch persevered, particularly during the government investigations into organized crime, in trying to gain access to the South Street Seaport fishmongers' private circles. Bonding with this particular group of 'authentic New Yorkers' - many of them recent immigrants and the children of immigrants - Mensch became a unique confidante for their life stories. Her striking photographs and rch oral testimonies capture the unique personality and fierce secrecy of a vibrant working-class culture. Mensch's story ends with the closure of the docks and the opening of the South Street Seaport mall. Illus., 137 photos. 240p.
  • The Anchor Essay Annual: The Best of 1997

    By Phillip Lopate

    Our Price: $23.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385484138
    • Publisher: Anchor
    • Published: September 1997
    Collects the year's best essays from books, periodicals, and unpublished manuscripts
  • The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present

    By Phillip Lopate

    Our Price: $11.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385423397
    • Publisher: Anchor Books / Doubleday
    • Published: June 1995
    The personal essay offers a feast of individuality, and THE ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY is the first anthology to celebrate this rich and vibrant literary form. More than 75 essays represent this robust tradition, beginning with influential forerunners from ancient Rome and the Far East and ranging from the mastery of the essay's 16th-century founder, Michel de Montaigne, and the golden age of the English essay, to its variegated outcroppings in Europe, Asia, Latin America, & Africa and its efflorescence in the Unied States. Includes essays by, among others, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Joan Didion, Mary McCarthy, J.L. Borges.
  • The Ordering Mirror

    By Phillip Lopate

    Our Price: $53.25
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780823215157
    • Publisher: Fordham Univ Pr
    • Published: November 1993
    In 1977, Bennington College alumna Edith Barbour Andrews established the Ben Belitt Lectureships in gratitude to her teacher Ben Belitt and dedicated the publication of the lectures (in the form of chapbooks) to the memory of William Troy, another of her beloved teachers. The collection, published here in one volume, comprises lectures by some of the most inspiring writers and keenest critics of our time. In his introduction to The Ordering Mirror, Phillip Lopate contrasts the anticipation and the audience/lecturer dynamic inherent in attending the yearly lecture, with the experience of reading them, and the opportunity for reflection and comparison. Lopate summarizes that "It is enough to appreciate that we are watching masters of the game of essay-writing, who, even as they comment on the masterpieces of other writers, practice their own wizardry."
  • Totally, Tenderly, Tragically: Essays and Criticism from a Lifelong Love Affair with the Movies

    By Phillip Lopate

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385492508
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: October 1998
    Essays written over a period of thirty years evaluate the contributions of great filmmakers and noted critics, and address the question of whether movies can think
  • Writing New York: A Literary Anthology

    By Phillip Lopate

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781598530216
    • Publisher: The Library of America
    • Published: January 2008
    (Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition). Residents and tourists, novelists and poets, architects, politicians, social reformers, sports writers, naturalists, humorists - inn unexpected and dazzling ways, the writers in this volumetake on the challenge of capturing New York's enduring spirit, its constantly changing public spectacle, its gossip, amusements, and hard-luck stories, its tragedies and disasters - form an unprecedented literary portrait. Over 100 writers contribute to this monumental anthology. Sources & Acknowledgements. '...the deepest, broadest, most exhilarating portrait of New York City anywhere' - Luc Sante. 1,049p.

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