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Berry is a master of the poem, of the short story, and of the novel, but it is as an essayist that his prerogatives and perspectives are most full throated. His big heartedness, his far-groping head, and his wizened hands work in tandem to bring the social sciences (all of them!) and the policies of the polis to bear on matters of the heart in this collection of the prolific octogenarian’s essays.

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ISBN: 9781640091580
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 22nd, 2019

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Before he was George Orwell of literary fame he was Eric Blair, a largely unknown Englishman who arrived in Barcelona in 1936 to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell, with a touch of sadness and humor as well as a refreshingly modest humanity, thoughtfully conveys the story of his involvement in this enigmatic conflict. This isn't a story of someone who had a profound impact on the war. Rather it's the story of someone who experienced the profound impacts of war in all its glory, horror, and absurdity. Glimmers of the writer he was to become lie within. 

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By George Orwell, Adam Hochschild (Foreword by), Lionel Trilling (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780544382046
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Published: Mariner Books - May 19th, 2015

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From the master storyteller of His Dark Materials trilogy, comes a collection of essays and lectures on the art and power of storytelling. Pullman shares personal theories, curiosities and passions on themes ranging from the practice of writing to the connections between science and stories. I found the “topic finder” at the beginning of the book to be extremely helpful. Read freely. The more exploratory you are, the more you tend to gain from Pullman’s wisdom, as he aptly says by borrowing from Muhammad Ali’s famous quote, “read like a butterfly, write like a bee.” Start fluttering about!


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ISBN: 9780525521174
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018