The provocative H.L. Mencken has long been considered the most controversial and influential of journalists, and now we can fully appreciate his work with two slipcased, handsomely produced volumes from the Library of America. PREJUDICES: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Library of America, $70) contains all six series of Mencken’s iconoclastic writing on American culture. Mencken’s critical eye ranged from the local to the national, and he wrote just as unsparingly about politics and famous court cases as he did in his book reviews and his celebratory writings on Baltimore. As we’ve come to expect, the Library of America outdoes itself with an impressive selection of notes, an exhaustive chronology, and an excerpt from Mencken’s later memoir in which he reflects on the public and intellectual reception of his “Prejudices.”

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ISBN: 9781598530766
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Published: Library of America - September 2nd, 2010

Sometimes a reader feels so close to certain books, it’s as if he or she knows the author intimately. Elizabeth Hawes became fascinated with Camus when she read his work in college. Forty years later, he was still on her mind and she set out to track him down. Camus: A Romance (Grove Press, $14) is a combination memoir/travelogue, biography/literary essay. We get the voices of both Hawes and Camus as Hawes chronicles her expeditions to the places where Camus lived, recounts her meetings with his surviving friends and family, and presents her research on the reception and legacy of his writing.

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ISBN: 9780802144881
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Published: Grove Press - June 8th, 2010

John McPhee has long been known for taking very specific topics and sussing out everything that makes them interesting.  With his 28th book, McPhee widens the filter and turns his gaze on himself. Silk Parachute (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25) sheds light on where the ideas for previous books have come from: McPhee’s experience with canoes as a child, his year at Deerfield Academy, his first glimpse of Bill Bradley playing basketball at Princeton.  This book is like a perfect copy of The New Yorker where every story is captivating and every word is worth reading. 

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ISBN: 9780374263737
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 2nd, 2010

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ISBN: 9780374532628
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 1st, 2011