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January 19th, 2019

 

Patricia Toht is a poet, picture book author, and school library associate. She once owned a children'ss bookshop before turning a love of books into a love of writing. She is the author of ALL ABOARD THE LONDON BUS, illustrated by Sam Usher, and PICK A PINE TREE, illustrated by Jarvis. She also has two upcoming books in 2019 – DRESS LIKE A GIRL and PICK A PUMPKIN. Find her online at patriciatoht.com and on Twitter as @PatriciaToht. Patricia Toht will discuss DRESS LIKE A GIRL on February 2nd at 10:30 AM at 57th Street Books

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Off-Topic
January 13th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore work at the margins, including art that is often not recognized as such by cultural institutions, a scientific quest for forms of matter deemed "impossible" by the physics community, and a history of the black working class from slavery through the decline of industrial capitalism. Find the following titles and more at ...

Front Table
January 6th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, unpack lives through letters: an eighteenth-century library illuminates its owner's networks of power and authority; a new biography relates Sartre's philosophy to his life and politics; Tarkovsky's reflections on literary figures fill his diaries, and an experimental fusion of ethnography and poetry seeks to locate revolutionary potential in the African diasporic communities of New York. Find the following titles and more at ...

Front Table
January 5th, 2019

The American Revolution was not only a revolution for liberty and freedom, it was also a revolution of ethics, reshaping what colonial Americans understood as "honor" and "virtue." As Craig Bruce Smith demonstrates, these concepts were crucial aspects of Revolutionary Americans' ideological break from Europe and shared by all ranks of society. Focusing his study primarily on prominent Americans who came of age before and during the Revolution--notably John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington--Smith shows how a colonial ethical transformation caused and became inseparable from the American Revolution, creating an ethical ideology that still remains.

By also interweaving individuals and groups that have historically been excluded from the discussion of honor--such as female thinkers, women patriots, slaves, and free...

Bibliographies
January 2nd, 2019

Top 12 2018 Bestsellers at Seminary Co-op Bookstores
1. Michelle Obama,
Becoming
2. Eve L. Ewing, ...

Et cetera
December 30th, 2018

 

On our final Front Table of 2018, find new beginnings in postwar histories, including the emergence of electronic music from a devastated West Germany, the hunt for human nature in the capacity for violence, and the opening salvos in the fight for disability rights and accessible design. Browse the following titles and more at ...

Front Table
December 24th, 2018

All That Is Evident Is Suspect is the first collection in English to offer a life-size picture of the ouvroir de littérature potentielle in its historical and contemporary incarnations, and the first in any language to represent each of its (as of this printing) forty-one members. Combining fiction, poetry, essays and lectures, and never-published internal correspondence—along with the acrobatically constrained writing and complexly structured narratives that have become synonymous with oulipian practice—this volume shows a unique group of thinkers and artists at work and at play, meditating on and subverting the facts of life, love, and the group itself. It offers an unprecedentedly intimate and comprehensive glimpse at the breadth and diversity of...

December 23rd, 2018

It’s that most wonderful time of the year and our booksellers and books are here to help, surprise, challenge, and delight every reader on your list. From Biography to Cooking (of a sort), indulge in books worth giving and lives worth living, with Imani Perry on the radiant and radical life of playwright Lorraine Hansberry in Looking for Lorraine; Norman C. Ellstrand on the romance of plants and your food in ...

Open Stacks Podcast
December 23rd, 2018

On our Front Table this week, explore the philosophical bases of social critique. Start with authors who draw on Kant and Hegel to reformulate standpoints for the evaluation of modern forms of life and posthuman intelligence. Then find a turning point in the development of Martin Buber's theory of dialogic relations, and a seminal work in the deconstruction of gendered identities. Find the following titles and more at ...

Front Table
December 19th, 2018

"Et parfois l'on se retrouve dans les pages des livres." ("And sometimes one ends up in the pages of books.") Should you purchase two Éditions Allia titles—after browsing our French Corner and Shared Perspectives end-cap—you will receive a beautiful illustrated Allia notebook—speckled with quotes from Lichtenberg, Weil, Scutenaire, and more—for FREE. À Tout de suite...

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