THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo
“A portrait of a supreme craftsman who was
also one of the most versatile artists of all
time.”—The New York Times.
NAL 784pp. 978-0-451-21323-5 $16.00
LUST FOR LIFE
Plume 510 pp.
OH THE GLORY OF IT ALL
A founding editor of McSweeney’s delivers his
painfully funny true story. “A vivid mix of
brio, self-awareness and sophistication...writ-ing well is indeed the best revenge.”— The New
York Times Book Review. 8-page photo insert.
Penguin 496pp. 978-0-14-303691-3 $15.00
A New York Times Notable Book
THE OPPOSITE OF FATE
Memories of a Writing Life
“Sharp and invigorating...fertile reading.”
—The New York Times Book Review. “Wickedly
funny and honest.”—O Magazine. B/w photos.
Penguin 416pp. 978-0-14-200489-0 $15.00
f THE FRIENDSHIP
Wordsworth and Coleridge
“Sisman makes Wordsworth and Coleridge
rise off the page and come fully alive.”—Los
Angeles Times Book Review. “Succeeds in the
difficult tasks of making friendship dramatic and the publication of poetry seem
eventful.”— The New York Times Book Review.
Viking 512 pp. 978-0-670-03822-0
Penguin 480 pp. 978-0-14-311296-9
Paperback available February 2008
Foreword by Marilyn Ferguson
The seminal work on alienation, creativity, and
the modern mind-set. “An exhaustive, luminously intelligent study...a real contribution
to our understanding of our deepest predicament.”—Philip Toynbee.
Tarcher 312pp. 978-0-87477-206-7 $14.95
A GIRL’S LIFE ONLINE
See page 154
Mixing memoir with mendacity, Slater examines
memories of her youth, when a strange illness
induced seizures—and the compulsion to lie.
“Slater has the playful mind of a philosopher
and the exquisite, unique voice of a poet.”
— The Washington Post Book World.
Penguin 240 pp. 978-0-14-200006-9 $15.00
THE LIVES OF A CELL
Notes of a Biology Watcher
“A blend of hard science, elegant language,
and thoughtfulness...guaranteed to intrigue
both scientist and poet.”—Rolling Stone.
Penguin 160pp. 978-0-14-004743-1 $13.00
Winner of the National Book Award
Also in Penguin: The Medusa and the Snail 978-0-14-
024319-2, The Youngest Science 978-0-14-024327-7
Story of a Drunken Girlhood
“The wit and insight rampant in the prose of
Smashed raises the book far above the issue
of young drinking. Zailckas has captured
what’s unfortunately become a quintessential
American girlhood.”—Mary Karr.
Penguin 368pp. 978-0-14-303647-0 $14.00
True Stories from a Life of Small Highs
“In her effervescent, delightfully neurotic
memoir...Spero works...magic on paper.”—The
New York Times. “Spero takes you inside her tiny,
hilarious world with a brazen vulnerability that
is the rare province of truly great humorists.”
—Ed Helms, The Daily Show. B/w illus.
Plume 256 pp. 978-0-452-28843-0 $13.00
Podcast available at www.penguin.com
Judith P. Zinsser
f EMILIE DU CHÂTELET
Daring Genius of the Enlightenment
The only full-scale, authoritative biography of
the sole female philosophe of the Enlightenment.
“Today’s women will find much that is familiar in Du Châtelet’s multi-tasking lifestyle,
which Zinsser...describes with understandable
and infectious appreciation.”— The New York
Times Book Review.
Published in hardcover as La Dame D’Esprit.
Penguin 384pp. 978-0-14-311268-6 $16.00
ON BORROWED WORDS
A Memoir of Language
“This fascinating account of a life lived at
various times in various tongues abounds
in personal, cultural and theoretical reflections, elegantly and sometimes wryly framed.
Stavans’s book is full of implications for current and future discussions of ethnic and
linguistic identity in the United States and
elsewhere.”—John Hollander, Yale University.
Penguin 272 pp. 978-0-14-200094-6 $16.00
f THOMAS HARDY
“A masterful portrait.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Admirable...One returns to Thomas
Hardy with renewed pleasure and surprise.”
—The New York Review of Books. “A fascinating
case study in mid-Victorian literary sociology.”
—The New York Times. B/w photos.
Penguin 512pp. 978-0-14-311287-7 $17.00
A New York Times Notable Book of 2007
Roger D. Abrahams
SINGING THE MASTER
The Emergence of African-American
Culture in the Plantation South
Traces the impact of plantation traditions and
songs on black performance styles of the 19th-
Penguin 384pp. 978-0-14-017919-4 $18.00
Irving Stone, editor, with Jean Stone
The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh
Plume 480 pp. 978-0-452-27504-1 $15.95
TOUCH THE TOP OF THE WORLD
A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb
Farther Than the Eye Can See
“Moving and adventure-packed.... Weihenmayer
tells his extraordinary story with humor, honesty and vivid detail, and his fortitude and
enthusiasm are deeply inspiring.”—Publishers
Plume 320pp. 978-0-452-28294-0 $16.00
Free Spirit Award; ESPN/Arthur Ashe Award; Helen
Keller Personal Achievement Award
Stephen E. Ambrose
AMERICANS AT WAR
“Writing in short, crisp chapters, Ambrose covers a lot of years and events and makes them
all compelling.”—The Indianapolis Star.
Berkley 272pp. 978-0-425-16510-2 $15.00
Christian G. Appy
PATRIOTS: The Vietnam War
Remembered from All Sides
“Brilliant and painful....If I were asked to recommend a single book on the war it would be
this one.”—Marilyn Young, NYU.
Penguin 608pp. 978-0-14-200449-4 $16.00
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