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Just Enough Liebling
A. J. Liebling, David Remnick

North Point Press, 2004

Abbott Joseph Liebling was one of the greatest of all New Yorker writers, a colorful figure who helped set the magazine's urbane tone and style. Just Enough Liebling gathers in one volume the vividest and most enjoyable of his pieces. Charles McGrath (in The New York Times Book Review ) praised it as "a judicious sampling-a useful window on Liebling's vast body of writing and a reminder, to those lucky enough to have read him the first time ...


Palm-of-the-Hand Stories
Yasunari Kawabata

North Point Press, 1990

Translated by Lane Dunlop and J. Martin Holman Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, Yasunari Kawabata is perhaps best known in the United States for his deeply incisive, marvelously lyrical novel Snow Country . But according to Kawabata himself, the essence of his art was to be found in a series of short stories-which he called "Palm-of-the-Hand Stories"-written over the entire span of his career. He began experimenting with the ...


Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit
Mort Rosenblum

North Point Press, 1998

Winner of the James Beard Award Until one stops to notice, an olive is only a lowly lump at the bottom of a martini. But not only does a history of olives traverse climates and cultures, it also reveals fascinating differences in processing, production, and personalities. Aficionados of the noble little fruit expect miracles from it as a matter of course. In 1986, Mort Rosenblum bought a small farm in Provence and acquired 150 neglected olive ...


My Fine Feathered Friend
William Grimes

North Point Press, 2002

Boy Meets Bird. Boy Gets Bird. Boy Loses Bird An Urban Folktale. One day in the dead of winter, New York Times restaurant critic William Grimes looked out the window into his backyard in Queens and saw a chicken, jet black with a crimson comb. Wherever it had come from, it showed no sign of leaving, and it quickly made a place for itself among the society of resident stray cats. Before long, the chicken became the Chicken, and it began ...


The Death of Virgil
Hermann Broch

North Point Press, 1983

It is the reign of the Emperor Augustus, and Publius Vergilius Maro, the poet of the Aeneid and Caesar's enchanter, has been summoned to the palace, where he will shortly die. Out of the last hours of Virgil's life and the final stirrings of his consciousness, the Austrian writer Hermann Broch fashioned one of the great works of twentieth-century modernism, a book that embraces an entire world and renders it with an immediacy that is at once ...


Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
Jeff Speck

North Point Press, 2013

“Timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work . . . Should be required reading.” — The Christian Science Monitor A Best Book of the Year according to Planetizen and the American Society of Landscape Architects Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. Making downtown into a walkable, viable community is the essential ...


Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn
David Hajdu

North Point Press, 1997

Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award Billy Strayhorn (1915-67) was one of the greatest composers in the history of American music, the creator of a body of work that includes such standards as "Take the 'A' Train." Yet all his life Strayhorn was overshadowed by his friend and collaborator Duke Ellington, with whom he worked for three decades as the Ellington Orchestra's ace songwriter and arranger. A "definitive" corrective (USA ...


Unborn: The Life and Teachings of Zen Master Bankei, 1622-1693

North Point Press, 2000

In 1633, at age eleven, Bankei Yotaku was banished from his family's home because of his consuming engagement with the Confucian texts that all schoolboys were required to copy and recite. Using a hut in the nearby hills, he wrote the word Shugyo-an, or "practice hermitage," on a plank of wood, propped it up beside the entrance, and settled down to devote himself to his own clarification of "bright virtue." He finally turned to Zen and, after ...


The Ramayana: A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic
Ramesh Menon

North Point Press, 2004

The great Indian epic rendered in modern prose India's most beloved and enduring legend, the Ramayana is widely acknowledged to be one of the world's great literary masterpieces. Still an integral part of India's cultural and religious expression, the Ramayana was originally composed by the Sanskrit poet Valmiki around 300 b.c. The epic of Prince Rama's betrayal, exile, and struggle to rescue his faithful wife, Sita, from the clutches of a ...


Consider the Oyster
M. F. K. Fisher

North Point Press, 1988

M.F.K. Fisher, whom John Updike has called our "poet of the appetites," here pays tribute to that most delicate and enigmatic of foods---the oyster. As she tells of oysters found in stews, in soups, roasted, baked, fried, prepared à la Rockefeller or au naturel--and of the pearls sometimes found therein--Fisher describes her mother's joy at encountering oyster loaf in a girls' dorm in he 1890's, recalls her own initiation into the "strange cold ...


Last Night's Fun: A Book About Irish Traditional Music
Ciaran Carson

North Point Press, 1998

Last Night's Fun's is a sparking celebration of music and life that is itself a literary performance of the highest order. Carson's inspired jumble of recording history, poetry, tall tales, and polemic captures the sound and vigor of a ruthlessly unsentimental music. Last Night's Fun is remarkable for its liveliness, honesty, scholarship, and spontaneous joy; certainly there has never been a book about Irish music like this one, and few books ...


Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi
Hongzhi, Zhengjue

North Point Press, 1991

Tranlated by Taigen Daniel Leighton and Yi Wu Hongzhi -- the twelfth-century Chinese Zen master who was predecessor of the famous philosopher Dogen -- is celebrated in Zen literature as one of its most artistically graceful stylists. He was the first to articulate silent illumination, the nondual objectless meditation commonly known to modern Zen students as "just sitting." Previously available in English only in scattered fragments, Hongzhi's ...


The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change
Charles Wohlforth

North Point Press, 2005

Scientists and natives wrestle with our changing climate in the land where it has hit first --and hardest A traditional Eskimo whale-hunting party races to shore near Barrow, Alaska-their comrades trapped on a floe drifting out to sea-as ice that should be solid this time of year gives way. Elsewhere, a team of scientists transverses the tundra, sleeping in tents, surviving on frozen chocolate, and measuring the snow every ten kilometers in ...


The Hidden Wound
Wendell Berry

North Point Press, 1989

In this beautifully written book-length essay, Berry explores the “hidden wound” of racism and its pernicious effects on white people in America. Rigorous, honest, and deeply felt, The Hidden Wound is essential reading for anyone hoping to understand the problem of race in this country.


The Saints' Guide to Happiness

North Point Press, 2003

A noted spiritual writer seeks answers to life's big questions in the stories of the saints In All Saints ---published in 1997 and already a classic of its kind---Robert Ellsberg told the stories of 365 holy people with great vividness and eloquence. In The Saints' Guide to Happiness , Ellsberg looks to the saints to answer the questions: What is happiness, and how might we find it? Countless books answer these questions in terms of ...


Jean de Florette & Manon of the Springs
Marcel Pagnol

North Point Press, 1988

In Jean de Florette and Manon of the Springs, Marcel Pagnol (called by Andre Malraux "one of the great writers of our generation" and by Jean Renoir "the leading film artist of his age") achieve the fullest and most satisfying expression of a story that haunted him for years, a Provencal legend of vengeance exacted by a mysterious sheperdess. Pagnol brings to his treatment of this powerful, moving story his dramatist's sense of place, ambience, ...


Butter Beans to Blackberries: Recipes from the Southern Garden
Ronni Lundy

North Point Press, 2003

“Lundy . . . has the art of storytelling . . . and that’s one reason it is such a pleasure to read this book.” — Newsday In this definitive cookbook, Ronni Lundy taps her Kentucky roots and the recipes and food passions of fellow Southerners—including both home cooks and professional chefs—she met in her travels through the region. As she cooks her way through succulent purple-speckled butter beans, lady cream peas, corn, greens, ...


Crow and Weasel
Barry Holstun Lopez

North Point Press, 1990

On their bold and wonderful journey, Crown and Weasel meet with terrifying danger and spectacular beauty. They come face to face with Eskimos who welcome the young travellers to their hunting camp on the edge of the tundra. In this novella-length fable, Barry Lopez, bestselling author of Arctic Dreams and Of Wolves and Men , and recipient of the National Book Award and the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, returns to his abiding ...



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