Strand Curated Collections: Nancy Bass Wyden's Picks

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  • 84, Charing Cross Road

    By Helene Hanff

    Our Price: $7.00 - $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140143508
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: October 1990
    First published in 1970. The book brings together twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer in London. Though never having met in all the years of their writing each other, both share a viable friendship based on their common love of books. 97p.
  • Allure

    By Diana Vreeland

    Our Price: $31.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780811870436
    • Publisher: Chronicle Books
    • Published: July 2010
    Legendary fashion maven Diana Vreelandat the urging of her editor Jackie Oauthored a classic volume in the 1980s on the quality of "allure" in fashion and in life. Now back in print, this new edition features a foreword from the incomparable fashion designer Marc Jacobs. Throughout Allure, Vreeland lends her famous knack for turning a phrase to an astonishing array of fashion, celebrity, and fine art photographs. Featuring images of such luminaries as Maria Callas, Gertrude Stein, and Marilyn Monroeshot by superstar photographers such as Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, and Richard AvedonAllure is poised to deliver Vreeland's unparalleled point of view to a whole new generation.
  • Autobiography of Mark Twain (Volume 1)

    By Mark Twain

    Our Price: $9.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780520267190
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Published: 2010
    The complete and authoritative edition. The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's death. In celebration of this important milestone and in honor of the cherished tradition of publishing Mark Twain's books, the University of California Press offers for the first time Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography in its entirety. Exactly as he left it. This major literary event constitutes the first of three volumes and presents Twain's authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended. Includes a List of Manuscripts & Dictations, Explanatory Notes, a Note on the Text, References, Index. B&W illus. 736p.
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    By Walter Isaacson

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780743258074
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: June 2004
    This vivid, ambitious biography cites in depth the centrality of Franklin's polymathic energies and reinventive character which broadly connect him to the founding of the nation and its identity. Sources & Abbreviations, Notes, Index. Illus., color/b&w plate reproductions. 586p. Pap.
  • Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

    By David Brooks

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684853789
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: March 2001
    A guide to bourgeois bohemianism describes the social class' attitudes towards consumption, business, intellectualism, pleasure, spiritual life, and politics.
  • Citizen Hughes

    By Michael Drosnin

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780767919340
    • Publisher: Broadway Books
    • Published: November 2004
    In his own words, how Howard Hughes tried to by America. The power, the money, and the madness of the man portrayed in the movie The Aviator.
  • Here Is New York

    By E.B. White

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.25
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781892145024
    • Publisher: The Little Bookroom
    • Published: July 1999
    Written in a New York City hotel room during the sweltering summer of 1948, this keen, perceptive, funny, and nostalgic essay casts a 'startling vivid picture of a particular time.' Chosen by the NY Times as 'one of the ten best books ever written about the grand metropolis.' This edition of the quintessential love letter marks the 100th anniversary of the author's birthday. 56p.
  • How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food

    By Mark Bittman

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780471789185
    • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    • Published: March 2006
    This is the basic cookbook everyone ought to have in their kitchen. What's inside? More than 1,500 inspired recipes & variations; more than 250 step-by-step illustrations; a list of recipes that take only 30-60 minutes to make; an exhaustive menu-suggestion section; practical cooking how-to's and kitchen equipment basics; a vast glossary of terms & techniques. Relax that attitude! Cook up a storm! Index. B&W illus. 944p.
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

    By Michael Pollan

    Our Price: $8.50 - $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143114963
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: April 2009
    Michael Pollan, author of the acclaimed book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, offers up this critique of the American food industry and the plague of obesity, diabetes, coronary disease, cancer, and untimely death for which it is largely responsible, and for which it so divisively strands the nation. Pollan presents the 'American Paradox': The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become. His informed suggestion: eat food but not too much, and when you do, make it mostly plants. This eloquent manifesto shows how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, in several ways. And the sooner the better! Sources, Index. 244p.
  • James and the Giant Peach

    By Roald Dahl

    Our Price: $7.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780142410363
    • Publisher: Puffin Books
    • Published: August 2007
    When James drops magic crystals by the peach tree, the top peach starts growing, and before long, it's as big as a house, with a secret entranceway. Color illus. 160p. (Ages: 7+).
  • John Adams

    By David McCullough

    Our Price: $8.00
    Kindle Price: $12.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780684813639
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: May 2001
    An enthralling biography of the man whom Thomas Jefferson dubbed 'the colossus of independence,' the book is both a riveting portrait of the man who rose to become the second President as well as a vivid evocation of his time, which Adams himself defined as 'the age of trial' in a letter to his wife, the wise and valiant Abigail Adams. Drawn largely from an outstanding collection of Adams family letters and diaries, in particular, the more than 1,000 surviving letters between Adams and his wife, nearly half of which have never been published, it becomes possible to detail this epic life from the point of view of the 18th century itself. Black and white illustrations. 751p.
  • Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

    By Steven Millhauser

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679781271
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: April 1997
    Young Martin Dressler begins his career as an industrious helper in his father's cigar store. In the course of his restless young manhood, he makes a swift and eventful rise to the top, accompanied by two sisters--one a dreamlike shadow, the other a worldly business partner. As the eponymous Martin's vision becomes bolder and bolder he walks a haunted line between fantasy and reality, madness and ambition, art and industry, a sense of doom builds piece-by-hypnotic piece until this mesmerizing journey into the heart of an American dreamer reaches its bitter-sweet conclusion. 293p.
  • New York: The Novel

    By Edward Rutherfurd

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345497420
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: September 2010
    With this New York Times bestseller, Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America's greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga, weaving together tales of families rich and poor, native-born and immigrant - a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall and rise again with the city's fortunes. From this intimate perspective readers see New York's humble origins as a tiny Indian fishing village, supplanted by the arrival of Dutch and British merchants - through to the attack on the World Trade Center, 9/11/2001. A stirring mix of battle, romance, family struggles, and personal triumphs. 862p.
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

    By Azar Nafisi

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780007178483
    • Publisher: Fourth Estate
    • Published: February 2004
    In Iran, in the late 90s, Azar Nafisi and seven young women - her former students - gathered at her house every Thursday to discuss forbidden works of Western literature. Shy and uncomfortable at first, they soon began to open up; not only about the novels they were reading but also about their own dreams and disappointments. Their personal stories intertwine with those they are reading - Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller, and Lolita - their Lolita, as they imagined her in Tehran. Nafisi also tells her own story, back to the early days of the revolution when she first started teaching at the University of Tehran, amid a swsirl of protests and demonstrations. 347p.
  • The Fran Lebowitz Reader

    By Fran Lebowitz

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679761808
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: November 1994
    This publication brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two bestsellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, two classics in which the humorist limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life - its fads, trends, crazes,morals, and fashions - without mercy. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking and waggish, Lebowitz makes for one wickedly on-target comic sensibility. (Fran Lebowitz still lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.) 333p.

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