Tim Gunn's Bookshelf

Tim Gunn's Bookshelf


  • A Moveable Feast

    By Ernest Hemingway

    Our Price: $6.95
    Kindle Price: $10.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780099595656
    • Publisher: Vintage
    • Published: 2000
  • A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence

    By John E. Mack

    Our Price: $36.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780674704947
    • Publisher: Harvard University Press
    • Published: April 1998
    Presents portrait of the soldier and leader most widely known as Lawrence of Arabia, set against the history, politics, and society of the times.
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    By Bill Bryson

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780767902526
    • Publisher: Broadway Books
    • Published: May 1999
    A wry account by the author of The Lost Continent traces an adventurous and arduous trek past the Appalachian Trail's natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts. Reprint. $175,000 ad/promo. Tour.
  • Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780142004647
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: June 2004
    A cultural history of the perceptions, exploitations, and celebrations of the human body discusses such topics as Achilles' heel, dreadlocks, fingerprints, breast-feeding, navel rings, and back pain. Reprint.
  • Ancients Against Moderns: Culture Wars and the Making of a Fin de Siecle

    By Joan Dejean

    Our Price: $46.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780226141381
    • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
    • Published: March 1997
    As the end of the century approaches, many predict our fin de siècle will mirror the nineteenth-century decline into decadence. But a better model for the 1990s is to be found, according to Joan DeJean, in the culture wars of France in the 1690s—the time of a battle of the books known as the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns.DeJean brilliantly reassesses our current culture wars from the perspective of that earlier fin de siècle (the first to think of itself as such), and rereads the seventeenth-century Quarrel from the vantage of our own warring "ancients" and "moderns." In so doing, DeJean shows that a fin de siècle taking place in the shadow of culture wars can be more a source of constructive cultural revolution than of apocalyptic gloom and doom. Just as the first fin de siècle's battle of the books served as the spark that set off the Enlightenment, introducing radically new sexual and social politics that laid the groundwork for modernity, so can our current culture wars result in radical, liberating changes—if we take an active stand against our own "ancients" who seek to stifle such reforms.
  • Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel

    By Truman Capote

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679751823
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: April 1994
    As it follows the career of a writer of uncertain parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar in Tangiers to a banquette at La Cote Basque from literary salons to high-priced whorehouses. It takesin calculating beauties and sadistic husbands along with such real-life supporting character as Colette the Duchess of Windsor, Montgomery Clift, and Tallulah Bankhead. Capote at his most relentlessly observant and murderously witful. 180p.
  • Antony and Cleopatra

    By Adrian Goldsworthy

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300177459
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: October 2011
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    By Bill Bryson

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780767919395
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: October 2011
    Bill Bryson takes readers on a room-by-room tour through his own house, using each room as a jumping off point into the vast history behind the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he rambles through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. Bibliography, Index. Illus., floor plans. 581p.
  • Augustus: First Emperor of Rome

    By Adrian Goldsworthy

    Our Price: $17.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780300178722
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: August 2014
    Caesar Augustus’ story, one of the most riveting in western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. He began as a teenage warlord, whose only claim to power was as the heir of the murdered Julius Caesar. Mark Antony dubbed him ?a boy who owes everything to a name,” but in the years to come the youth outmaneuvered all the older and more experienced politicians and was the last man standing in 30 BC. Over the next half century he reinvented himself as a servant of the state who gave Rome peace and stability, and created a new system of government?the Principate or rule of an emperor. In this highly anticipated biography Goldsworthy puts his deep knowledge of ancient sources to full use, recounting the events of Augustus’ long life in greater detail than ever before. Goldsworthy pins down the man behind the myths: a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless. Under Augustus’ rule the empire prospered, yet his success was never assured and the events of his life unfolded with exciting unpredictability. Goldsworthy captures the passion and savagery, the public image and private struggles of the real man whose epic life continues to influence western history.
  • Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories

    By Herman Melville

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140390537
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: August 1989
    Seven stories deal with a slave rebellion, an obstinate copyist, an accidental murder, a voyage to the Galapagos Islands, and a bachelors' dinner party
  • Brideshead Revisited

    By Evelyn Waugh

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316216456
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books
    • Published: December 2012
    Captain Charles Ryder, stationed at Brideshead, recalls his boyhood associations with the odd but charming members of an English noble family.
  • Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family

    By Thomas Mann

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679752608
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: June 1994
    First published in 1900. A minutely imagined chronicle of four generations of a North German mercantile family - a work so true to life that it scandalized the author's former neighbors inhis native Lubeck. As he charts the Buddenbrokks' decline from prsoperity to bankruptcy, from moral and psychic soundness to sickly piety, artistic decadence, and madness, Mann ushers the reader into a world of rich vitality, pieced together from birthsand funerals, weddings and divorces, recipes, gossip, and earthy humor. 731p.
  • Caesar: Life of a Colossus

    By Adrian Goldsworthy

    Our Price: $22.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300126891
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: January 2008
    The man who singularly defined the West's concept of leadership comes alive in this splendid biography. While providing a comprehensive, vigorous account of Caesar's conquest of Gaul and his victories in the civil wars that made him master of Rome, military historian Goldsworthy doesn't stint on the nonmartial aspects of Caesar's life: his dandyism, his flagrant womanizing (which didn't stop enemies from gay-baiting him), his supple political genius and the flair fordrama and showmanship that cowed mutinous legionaries and courted Rome's restive masses. Illus., b&w photos; maps. 608p.
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    By Robert K. Massie

    Our Price: $8.95 - $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345408778
    • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
    • Published: September 2012
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Peter the Great presents a reconstruction of the 18th-century empress's life that includes coverage of such topics as her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.
  • Collected Stories of Carson McCullers, including The Member of the Wedding and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

    By Carson McCullers

    Our Price: $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780395925058
    • Publisher: Mariner Books
    • Published: September 1998
    This collection of twenty-one pieces includes The Member of the Wedding and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. Though best known for her novels, Carson McCullers was also a writer of dazzling short fiction. The novellas and stories collected here span her entire career, from her apprenticeship in the 1930s through her years of mastery in the 40s & 50s. They explore her signature themes: wounded adolescence, loneliness in marriage, the human comedy as played in the American South. Though her subject matter is often grotesque and her situation extreme, McCullers is not a sensationalist; she is instead a poet & symbolist, a kind of second Hawthorne, searching the luminous meanings behind things in the world.