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The Author’s Bookshelf: Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer, author of the internationally acclaimed new novel Here I Am, has also written two bestselling, award-winning novels, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. Writing in The New York Times, Dwight Garner calls Here I Am Foer's “best and most caustic novel,” and on NPR's Fresh Air, Maureen Corrigan calls it “dazzling” and “a profound novel about the claims of identity, history, family, and the burdens of a broken world.” Foer lives in Brooklyn and teaches at New York University.

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Jonathan Safran Foer’s Bookshelf:


  • Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

    By Alison Bechdel

    Our Price: $8.00 - $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780544002234
    • Publisher: Mariner Books
    • Published: April 2013
    A graphic novel follow-up to Fun Home depicts the author's mother as a voracious reader, music lover and passionate amateur actress who quietly suffers as the wife of a closeted gay artist and withdraws from her young daughter. Reprint. (This book was featured in a previous issue of Forecast.)
  • Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis

    By Leon R. Kass

    Our Price: $24.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780226425672
    • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    • Published: March 2006
    As ardent debates over creationism fill the front pages of newspapers, Genesis has never been more timely. And as Leon R. Kass shows in The Beginning of Wisdom, it's also timeless.Examining Genesis in a philosophical light, Kass presents it not as a story of what happened long ago, but as the enduring story of humanity itself. He asserts that the first half of Genesis contains insights about human nature that “rival anything produced by the great philosophers.” Kass here reads these first stories—from Adam and Eve to the tower of Babel—as a mirror for self-discovery that reveals truths about human reason, speech, freedom, sexual desire, pride, shame, anger, and death. Taking a step further in the second half of his book, Kass explores the struggles in Genesis to launch a new way of life that addresses mankind's morally ambiguous nature by promoting righteousness and holiness.Even readers who don't agree with Kass's interpretations will find The Beginning of Wisdom a compelling book—a masterful philosophical take on one of the world's seminal religious texts.“Extraordinary. . . . Its analyses and hypotheses will leave no reader's understanding of Genesis unchanged.” —New York Times“A learned and fluent, delightfully overstuffed stroll through the Gates of Eden. . . . Mix Harold Bloom with Stephen Jay Gould and you'll get something like Kass. A wonderfully intelligent reading of Genesis.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Throughout his book, Kass uses fruitful, fascinating techniques for getting at the heart of Genesis. . . . Innumerable times [he] makes a reader sit back and rethink what has previously been tediously familiar or baffling.”—Washington Post “It is important to state that this is a book not merely rich, but prodigiously rich with insight. Kass is a marvelous reader, sensitive and careful. His interpretations surprise again and again with their cogency and poignancy.”—Jerusalem Post
  • Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays

    By Zadie Smith

    Our Price: $9.00 - $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143117957
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: October 2010
    Split into five sections - Reading, Being, Seeing, Feeling, and Remembering - CHANGING MY MIND finds Zadie Smith casting an acute eye over material both personal and cultural. This engaging collection of essays - some published here for the first time - reveals Smith as a passionate and precise essayist, equally at home in the world of great books and bad movies, family and philosophy, British comedians and Italian divas. Whether writing on Katharine Hepburn, Kafka, Anna Magnani, or Zora Neale Hurston, she brings deftness to a new level of art criticism - a style both sympathetic and insightful. Index. 306p.
  • Collected Poems in English

    By Joseph Brodsky

    Our Price: $19.80
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374528386
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: April 2002
    Here, collected for the first time in a paperback edition, are all the poems the Russian expatriate, Nobel Prize-winning poet published in English, from his earliest collaborations with Derek Walcott, Ricard Wilbur, Howard Moss, and Anthony Hecht, to the moving farewell poems he wrote near the end of his life. Nearly two hundred poems, several of them never before published in book form. Notes, Index of Titles & First Lines. 540p.
  • Disgrace

    By J.M. Coetzee

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140296402
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: November 2000
    At fifty-two, Professor David Lurie is divorced, filled with desire, but lacking in passion. When an affair with a student leaves him jobless, shunned by friends, and ridiculed by his ex-wife, he retreats to his daughter Lucy's smallholding. His visit becomes an extended stay as he attempts to find meaning in his one remaining relationship. Instead, an incident of unimaginable terror and violence forces father and daughter to confront their strained relationship - and the equally complicated racial complexities of the new South Africa. A Finalist for the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction. From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. 220p.
  • Fear and Trembling (Penguin Books - Great Ideas)

    By Soren Kierkegaard

    Our Price: $13.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143037576
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • Published: May 2006
    The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguin's Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of history's most prodigious thinkers. Each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-driven design that highlights the bookmaker's art. Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped our world. Regarded as the father of Existentialism, Kierkegaard transformed philosophy with his conviction that we must all create our own nature; in this great work of religious anxiety, he argues that a true understanding of God can only be attained by making a personal "leap of faith."
  • Galatea 2.2

    By Richard Powers

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312423131
    • Publisher: Picador / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: January 2004
    After four novels and seveal years living abroad, the fictional protagonist of Galata 2.2 - Richard Powers - returns to the United States as Humanist-in-Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of Advanced Sciences. There he runs afoul of Philip Lentz, an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent upon modeling the human brain by means of computer-based neural networks. Lentz involves Powers in an outlandish and irresistible project: to train a neural net on a canonical list of Great Books. Through repeated tutorials, the device grows gradually more worldly, until it demands to know its own name, sex, race...and reasons for existing. 329p.
  • Herzog (Penguin Classics Deluxe)

    By Saul Bellow

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143107675
    • Publisher: Penguin Classics
    • Published: May 2015
    In time for the centennial of his birth, one of the Noble Prize winner’s finest achievementsThis is the story of Moses Herzog—a great sufferer, joker, mourner, charmer, serial writer of unsent letters, and a survivor, both of his private disasters and those of the age. Winner of the National Book Award when it was first published in 1964, the novel was hailed as “a masterpiece” (The New York Times Book Review).This beautifully designed Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Herzog features an introduction by Bellow’s longtime friend Philip Roth.For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
  • How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit

    By Witold Rybczynski

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374534820
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: October 2014
  • Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion

    By Abraham Joshua Heschel

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374513283
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: June 1995
    A discourse on the presence and knowledge of God, the meaning and essence of human existence, and the problem of living
  • Midnight's Children (25th Anniversary Edition)

    By Salman Rushdie

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812976533
    • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
    • Published: April 2006
    Publication coincides with the 25th-anniversary of its original publication. An allegory of modern India, the novel is a family saga set against the volatile events of the thirty years following India's independence declared August 14-15, 1947. On that auspicious day, 1,001 children are born, each of whom is gifted with supernatural powers; the novel focuses on two of them - the illegitimate son of a poor Hindu woman and the male heir of a wealthy Muslim family - whobecome inextricably linked when a midwife switches the boys at birth. '...sounds like a continent finding its voice.' - NY Times. 624p.
  • My Name is Red

    By Orhan Pamuk

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375706851
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: September 2002
    Panic erupts when one of the chosen miniaturists, among a cadre of acclaimed artists commissioned by the sultan to create a great book celebrating the glories of his realm in the illuminating European style, disappears. 448p.
  • Omon Ra

    By Victor Pelevin

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811213646
    • Publisher: New Directions / Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    • Published: February 1998
    A satire about the Soviet space program finds Omon, who has dreamed of space flight all of his life, enrolled as a cosmonaut only to learn that his task will be piloting a supposedly unmanned lunar vehicle to the Moon and remaining there to die
  • Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence

    By Geoff Dyer

    Our Price: $18.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312429461
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: November 2009
    Geoff Dyer was a talented young writer, full of energy and reverence for the craft, and determined to write a study of D.H. Lawrence. But he was also thinking about a novel, and about leaving Paris, and maybe moving in with his girlfriend in Rome, or perhaps traveling around for a while. Out of Sheer Rage is Dyer's account of his struggle to write the Lawrence book-a portrait of a man tormented, exhilarated, and exhausted. Dyer travels all over the world, grappling not only with his fascinating subject but with all the glorious distractions and needling anxieties that define the life of a writer.
  • Outline (Outline: Book 1)

    By Rachel Cusk

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781250081544
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: February 2016
    Short-listed for the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize, finalist for the 2014 Folio PrizeNamed one of the best fiction books of 2014 by The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Independent andGlamour A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week and Flavorwire Staff PickA luminous, powerful novel that establishes Rachel Cusk as one of the finest writers in the English languageA man and a woman are seated next to each other on a plane. They get to talking-about their destination, their careers, their families. Grievances are aired, family tragedies discussed, marriages and divorces analyzed. An intimacy is established as two strangers contrast their own fictions about their lives.Rachel Cusk's Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner and discourse. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss.Outline takes a hard look at the things that are hardest to speak about. It brilliantly captures conversations, investigates people's motivations for storytelling, and questions their ability to ever do so honestly or unselfishly. In doing so it bares the deepest impulses behind the craft of fiction writing. This is Rachel Cusk's finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant, original novels of recent years.