The Author's Shelf: Alain de Botton's Shelf


  • A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

    By Julian Barnes

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679731375
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: November 1990
    The author's ventriloquistic capability makes for this book being: a hilariously revisionist account of Noah's ark, narrated by a passenger who doesn't appear in Genesis; a sneak preview of heavenm encompassing the stories of a cruise ship hijacked by terrorists and of woodworms tried for blasphemy in 16th century France; it explores the relatioship of fact to fabulation and the antagonism between history and love. 308p.
  • A Lover's Discourse: Fragments

    By Roland Barthes

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374532314
    • Publisher: Hill and Wang
    • Published: October 2010
    A Lover's Discourse, at its 1978 publication, was revolutionary: Roland Barthes made unprecedented use of the tools of structuralism to explore the whimsical phenomenon of love. Rich with references ranging from Goethe's Werther to Winnicott, from Plato to Proust, from Baudelaire to Schubert, A Lover's Discourse artfully draws a portrait in which every reader will find echoes of themselves.
  • An Intimate History of Humanity

    By Theodore Zeldin

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060926915
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: January 1996
    Traces various aspects of everyday life through history, including the relationship of men and women, loneliness, love, respect, toleration, privelege, travel, parenthood, and compassion
  • Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

    By Roland Barthes

    Our Price: $7.00 - $14.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374532338
    • Publisher: Hill and Wang
    • Published: October 2010
    A graceful, contemplative volume, Camera Lucida was first published in 1979. Commenting on artists such as Avedon, Clifford, Mapplethorpe, and Nadar, Roland Barthes presents photography as being outside the codes of language or culture, acting on the body as much as on the mind, and rendering death and loss more acutely than any other medium. This groundbreaking approach established Camera Lucida as one of the most important books of theory on the subject, along with Susan Sontag's On Photography.
  • Conditions Of Love

    By John Armstrong

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393331738
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton and Company, Inc.
    • Published: January 2003
  • Deceit, Desire, and the Novel: Self and Other in Literary Structure

    By René Girard

    Our Price: $33.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780801818301
    • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
    • Published: April 1976
  • Essays and Aphorisms

    By Arthur Schopenhauer

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140442274
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: May 1973
  • Flaubert's Parrot

    By Julian Barnes

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679731368
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: November 1990
    An exuberant metafictional inquiry into the ways in which art mirrors life and then turns around to shape it; a look at the perverse autopsies that readers perform on books and lovers perform on their beloved, and a piercing glimpse atthe nature of obsession and betrayal, both scholarly and romantic. 192p.
  • Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits

    By Friedrich Nietzsche

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803283688
    • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
    • Published: May 1996
    This English translation—the first since 1909—restores Human, All Too Human to its proper central position in the Nietzsche canon. First published in 1878, the book marks the philosophical coming of age of Friedrich Nietzsche. In it he rejects the romanticism of his early work, influenced by Wagner and Schopenhauer, and looks to enlightened reason and science. The "Free Spirit" enters, untrammeled by all accepted conventions, a precursor of Zarathustra. The result is 638 stunning aphorisms about everything under and above the sun.
  • Norwegian Wood

    By Haruki Murakami

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375704024
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: September 2000
    Genre-bender novel from one of Japan's finest writers about a quiet, preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo devoted to a beautiful and introspective young woman, their mutual obsession marked by a tragic death. 296p.
  • Platform

    By Michel Houellebecq

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400030262
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: July 2004
    In his early forties, Michel Renault skims through his days with as little human contact as possible, but following his father's death he takes a group holiday to Thailand where he meets a travel agent - the shyly compelling Valerie - who begins to bring this half-dead man to life with sex of escalating intensity and audacity. Arcing with dreamlike swiftness from Paris to Pattaya Beach and from sex clubs to a terrorist massacre, PLATFORM is a brilliant, apocalyptic tour de fiction. 259p.
  • S/Z: An Essay

    By Roland Barthes

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374521677
    • Publisher: Hill and Wang / The Noonday Press
    • Published: January 1975
    Barthes's scrupulous (post-) literary analysis of Balzac's short story, Sarrasine - into 561 numbered fragments or lexias, varying in length from one word to several lines - interrupted by and generated by 93 roman-numeralized divigations. Appendices. 271p.
  • Selected Writings

    By John Ruskin

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780199539246
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: June 2009
    John Ruskin was the most powerful and influential art critic and social commentator of the Victorian nineteenth century. A true polymath, he wrote about nature, art, architecture, politics, history, myth and much more. All of his work is characterized by a clarity of vision as unsettling and intense now as it was for his first readers.This new selection includes wide-ranging extracts of Ruskin's texts, from the early 1840s to the late 1880s, as well as representative material from each of his major works. Modern Painters, The Stones of Venice, and Sesame and Lilies are juxtaposed with less familiar writing on science and myth. An authoritative introduction outlines Ruskin's life and thought, making it clear why his writing is still relevant today. This new edition also includes a selection of Ruskin's own illustrations.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
  • Sesame and Lilies

    By John Ruskin

    Our Price: $26.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300092608
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: September 2002
  • The Americans

    By Robert Frank

    Our Price: $40.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9783865215840
    • Publisher: Steidl
    • Published: June 2008
    Published on the occasion of the The Americans' 50th Anniversary Edition and accompanying the exhibition installing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, 09/20/09-12/27/09. It is, afterall, the most famous photobook ever published, as it changed the face of the medium forever. Robert Frank has come up with a new format for the book, including new typography. A new cover was designed and Frank personaly chose the book cloth, foil for embossing and the endpaper. Most significantly, in the process of working out the layout of the photographs on the page, Frank chose to reproduce un-cropped examples of the photographs when available. Illus., 83 tritone. 180p.