Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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Sexual personae: art and decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson

By Paglia, Camille

Publishing Date: 1991, c1990

Classification: 800

Call Number: 809.03 PAG

From ancient Egypt through the nineteenth century, Sexual Personae explores the provocative connections between art and pagan ritual; between Emily Dickinson and the Marquis de Sade; between Lord Byron and Elvis Presley. It ultimately challenges the cultural assumptions of both conservatives and traditional liberals. 47 photographs. - (Random House, Inc.)

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James Merrill: life and art

By Hammer, Langdon

Publishing Date: 2015

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 HAM

"The first biography of one of the most important poets in the second half of the twentieth century, whose life story is unparalleled in its narrative interest. The story of James Merrill (1926-1995) is that of a young man escaping, but inevitably reproducing, the energies and obsessions of glamorous, powerful parents (his father founded Merrill Lynch); of a gay man inventing his identity against a shifting social and sexual backdrop; and of a brilliantly gifted poet testing the redemptive potential of his art. We see how Merrill, freed from having to work for a living, made his life itself a kind of work. After Amherst and a period of adventure in Italy, he returned to the New York art world of the 1950s (he met W. H. Auden, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Larry Rivers) and began publishing his poems, novels, and plays. In 1953, he fell in love with budding writer David Jackson, who remained his companion for forty years while they explored "boys and bars" in Greece and elsewhere. At the same time, they were talking to the spirits of the otherworld using a Ouija board, which became an improbable source of poetic inspiration for Merrill. In his many collections of poetry and the candid letters and diaries that enrich every page of this deliciously readable life, Merrill created a prismatic art of multiple perspectives. Holding that life and art together in a complex, evolving whole, Langdon Hammer illuminates Merrill's "chronicles of love & loss" and the remarkable personal journey they record"--

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Felicity

By Oliver, Mary

Publishing Date: 2016

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 OLI

"Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrates love in her new collection of poems,"--Amazon.com.

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Endpoint and other poems

By Updike, John

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: 800

Call Number: 811.54 UPD

A stunning collection of poems that Updike wrote during the last seven years of his life and put together only weeks before he died for this, his final book. The opening sequence, "Endpoint," is made up of a series of connected poems written on the occasions of his recent birthdays and culminates in his confrontation with his final illness ... For Updike, the writing of poetry was always a special joy, and this final collection is an eloquent and moving testament to the life of this extraordinary writer.--From publisher description.

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Where the past begins: a writer's memoir

By Tan, Amy

Publishing Date: [2017]

Classification: 800

Call Number: 813.54 TAN

"From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood, and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory"--

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Texts from Jane Eyre: and other conversations with your favorite literary characters

By Ortberg, Mallory

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 800

Call Number: 818 ORT

"Hilariously imagined text conversations--the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange--from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O'Hara to Jessica Wakefield. Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Everyone knows that if Scarlett O'Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she'd constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she'd text you to pick her up after she totaled her car. Based on the popular web-feature, Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century"--

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Break, blow, burn

By Paglia, Camille

Publishing Date: 2005

Classification: 800

Call Number: 821.009 PAG

America's premier intellectual provocateur explores and celebrates a series of great poems of the Western tradition, including some surprising discoveries of her own. She brings new energy and insight to our understanding of poems we already know, such as masterpieces by Shakespeare, Donne, Shelley, Dickinson, Lowell, and Plath. She leads us to appreciate the artistry of writers with whom we may not be familiar, such as Chuck Wachtel and Wanda Coleman. And she hails the songwriter Joni Mitchell as a major contemporary poet. Daring, erudite, entertaining, and infused throughout with Paglia's inimitable style and passion, this book--and the dazzling mind behind it--will entice readers to begin or renew a passionate engagement with poetry.

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One thousand things worth knowing

By Muldoon, Paul

Publishing Date: 2015

Classification: 800

Call Number: 821.914 MUL

"A new collection of poems by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Muldoon"--

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The great detective: the amazing rise and immortal life of Sherlock Holmes

By Dundas, Zach

Publishing Date: 2015

Classification: 800

Call Number: 823.809 DUN

For longtime Conan Doyle fans as well as readers just discovering Sherlock Holmes, a wickedly smart and rollicking journey through the birth, life, and afterlives of popular culture's most beloved sleuth.

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Unrecounted: 33 poems

By Sebald, W. G.

Publishing Date: 2004

Classification: 800

Call Number: 831.914 SEB

From the Publisher: A gorgeous illustrated poetry collection by W.G. Sebald: "An extraordinarily handsome edition of poems by the late great writer" (Confrontation). Unrecounted combines thirty-three of what W.G. Sebald called his "micropoems"--Miniatures as unclassifiable as all of his works-with thirty-three exquisitely exact lithographs by one of his oldest friends, the acclaimed artist Jan Peter Tripp. The lithographs portray, with stunning precision, pairs of eyes-the eyes of Beckett, Borges, Proust Jasper Johns, Francis Bacon, Tripp, Sebald, Sebald's dog Maurice. Brief as haiku, the poems are epiphanic and anti-narrative. What the author calls "time lost, the pain of remembering, and the figure of death" here find a small home. The art and poems do not explain one another, but rather engage in a kind of dialogue. "The longer I look at the pictures of Jan Peter Tripp," Sebald comments in his essay, "the better I understand that behind the illusions of the surface, a dread-inspiring depth is concealed. It is the metaphysical lining of reality, so to speak."

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Proust: the search

By Taylor, Benjamin

Publishing Date: [2015]

Classification: 800

Call Number: 843.914 TAY

"Marcel Proust came into his own as a novelist comparatively late in life, yet only Shakespeare, Balzac, Dickens, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevsky were his equals when it came to creating characters as memorably human. As biographer Benjamin Taylor suggests, Proust was a literary lightweight before writing his multivolume masterwork In Search of Lost Time, but following a series of momentous historical and personal events, he became -- against all expectations -- one of the greatest writers of his, and indeed any, era. This insightful, beautifully written biography examines Proust's artistic struggles -- the "search" of the subtitle -- and stunning metamorphosis in the context of his times. Taylor provides an in-depth study of the author's life while exploring how Proust's personal correspondence and published works were greatly informed by his mother's Judaism, his homosexuality, and such dramatic events as the Dreyfus Affair and, above all, World War I. As Taylor writes in his prologue, "Proust's Search is the most encyclopedic of novels, encompassing the essentials of human nature. ... His account, running from the early years of the Third Republic to the aftermath of World War I, becomes the inclusive story of all lives, a colossal mimesis. To read the entire Search is to find oneself transfigured and victorious at journey's end, at home in time and in eternity too.""--Jacket.

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How to live, or, A life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer

By Bakewell, Sarah

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 800

Call Number: 848.3 BAK

How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love´such questions arise in most people´s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: How do you live? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, considered by many to be the first truly modern individual. He wrote free-roaming explorations of his thoughts and experience, unlike anything written before. More than four hundred years later, Montaigne´s honesty and charm still draw people to him. Readers come to him in search of companionship, wisdom, and entertainment ´and in search of themselves. Just as they will to this spirited and singular biography.

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The complete works of Isaac Babel

By Babel, Isaac

Publishing Date: [2002]

Classification: 800

Call Number: 891.7342 BAB

Presents the collected short stories of a master of the form, along with his letters, plays, diaries, and screenplays.

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Map: collected and last poems

By Szymborska, Wislawa

Publishing Date: 2015

Classification: 800

Call Number: 891.8 SZY

Collects translations of poems from throughout the author's career, including several new translations, including her entire final collection in English for the first time.

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