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Manon's World A Hauntology of a Daughter in the Triangle of Alma Mahler, Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel
ISBN: HB: 9780857427496, Seagull Books, July 2021
324 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 10 halftones
Manon Gropius (1916-1935) was the daughter of Alma Mahler, the widow of Gustav Mahler, and the architect Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus, and the stepdaughter of the writer Franz Werfel. In Manon's World, James Reidel explores the life and...
Rise and Fall of Morris Ernst, Free Speech Renegade
ISBN: HB: 9780226658049, University of Chicago Press, May 2021
424 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 10 halftones
In the 1930s and '40s, Morris Ernst was one of the best-known liberal lawyers in the United States. An eminent attorney and general counsel of the ACLU for decades, Ernst was renowned for his audacious fights against literary and artistic censorship....
It All Tastes of Farewell Diaries, 1964-1970
ISBN: HB: 9780857427809, Seagull Books, May 2021
384 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm
It All Tastes of Farewell is a frank account of one woman's life and loves in 1960s East Germany. As a writer, Brigitte Reimann could not help but tell a compelling story, and that is born out here in her diaries, which are gripping as any novel. She...
Seedtime III Notebooks, 1995-1998
ISBN: HB: 9780857428486, Seagull Books, May 2021
208 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm
Writers' notebooks sometimes prove more revelatory than diaries or intimate journals. At first they might appear to be rag-and-bone shops of ideas, insights, hesitations, doubts, and records of things seen, heard, read, dreamt. But eventually they co...
Drop of Treason Philip Agee and His Exposure of the CIA
ISBN: HB: 9780226356686, University of Chicago Press, April 2021
328 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 6 halftones
Philip Agee's story is the stuff of a John le Carre novel – perilous and thrilling adventures around the globe. He joined the CIA as a young idealist, becoming an operations officer in hopes of seeing the world and safeguarding his country. He was th...
Hadassah An American Story
ISBN: HB: 9781684580378, University of Chicago Press, Brandeis University Press, April 2021
160 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 24 halftones
Born in Prague to Holocaust survivors, Hadassah Lieberman and her family immigrated in 1949 to the United States. She went on to earn a BA from Boston University in government and dramatics and an MA in international relations and American government...
Subversive Simone Weil A Life in Five Ideas
ISBN: HB: 9780226549330, University of Chicago Press, March 2021
200 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm
Known as the "patron saint of all outsiders", Simone Weil (1909-43) was one of the twentieth century's most remarkable thinkers, a philosopher who truly lived by her political and ethical ideals. In a short life framed by the two world wars, Weil tau...
Unnatural Selection A Memoir of Adoption and Wilderness
ISBN: PB: 9781933880839, University of Chicago Press, CavanKerry Press, March 2021
296 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm
Adopted at birth, Andrea Ross grew up inhabiting two ecosystems: one was her tangible, adoptive family, the other her birth family, whose mysterious landscape was hidden from her. In this coming-of-age memoir, Ross narrates how in her early twenties,...
Gazing Eastwards Of Buddhist Monks and Revolutionaries in China, 1957
ISBN: HB: 9780857428165, Seagull Books, March 2021
296 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 20 colour plates, 12 halftones
In 1957, renowned Indian historian Romila Thapar visited China, where, together with Sri Lankan art historian Anil de Silva, she worked at two cave sites that were the locations of Buddhist monasteries and shrines from the first millennium CE. The fi...
once upon a twin
ISBN: PB: 9781944838768, Gallaudet University Press, March 2021
96 pp., 21.6x14 cm
When the author was growing up deaf in a hearing family of nine children, his mother shared conflicting stories about having had a miscarriage after – or around – the time he was conceived. As an elegy to his lost twin, this book asks: If he had a tw...