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Ex Libris

by Kakutani, Michiko hardback , 304 pages
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HarperCollins Publishers 
20/10/2020 
United Kingdom 

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From 'the most powerful book critic in the English-speaking world' (Vanity Fair) comes an inspiring and beautifully illustrated selection of the life-changing books that none of us should miss 'Why do we love books so much?' For legendary literary critic Michiko Kakutani, books have always been an escape and a sanctuary, the characters of some novels feeling so real to her childhood self that she worried they might leap out of the pages at night if she left the book cover open. In Ex Libris, she offers a personal selection of over 100 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, with passionate essays on why each has had a profound effect on her life. From Homer's The Odyssey to The Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale to Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, Ex Libris covers a rich and vast range of classics, old and new, that will help build a well-rounded reader and citizen of the world. With gorgeous illustrations by lettering artist Dana Tanamachi that evoke vintage bookplates leafed between Kakutani's inspiring essays, Ex Libris points us to our next great read - and proves an unmissable reminder of why we fell in love with reading in the first place.

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Conversations of Socrates

by: Xenophon

After the execution of Socrates in 399 BC, a number of his followers wrote dialogues featuring him as the protagonist and, in so doing, transformed the great philosopher into a legendary figure. This title offers insights into the Socratic world and...

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On the Good Life

by: Cicero, Marcus Tullius

This volume brings together Cicero's tentative and undogmatic reflections on the good life, in which he discusses duty, friendship, the training of a statesman, and the importance of moral integrity in the search for happiness.

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Selected Political Speeches

by: Cicero, Marcus Tullius

This text presents a selection of the political speeches of Cicero, including: "On the Command of Cnaeus Pompeius", "Against Lucius Sergius Catilina", "In Defence of the Poet Aulus Licinius Archias", and "In Defence of Marcus Caelius Rufus".

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