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Practice of the Wild
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The nine captivatingly meditative essays in The Practice of the Wild display the deep understanding and wide erudition of Gary Snyder in the ways of Buddhist belief, wildness, wildlife, and the world.…

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Winner of the International Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction

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They were seeking a place to winter in the West, a secluded retreat where he could write and she could paint. Bass and his friend Elizabeth discovered the Yaak valley in northwest Montana. It was remo…
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"I am a beekeeper, but I am also a writer, and some years ago I sat down at a typewriter to experiment with words, to try to tease out of the amorphous, chaotic and worldess part of myself the reason …
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'A thing to marvel at, a thing to be grateful for.'A rich American art-collector and his daughter Maggie buy in for themselves and to their greater glory a beautiful young wife and noble husband. They…
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Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World
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A psychological thriller by the pioneering German writer Ricarda Huch. A novel of letters from the last century – but one with an astonishingly modern feel. Now for the first time in English.

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Incapaz de superar la pérdida del amor, Sebastián se entrega con entusiasmo a su fracaso, a la inútil corrección compulsiva de traducciones de poemas de Blake, a observar a las mujeres con dedicada at…
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Entre el aroma del mar y de los pinos gallegos, en una torre residencial junto a la playa, un joven saxofonista de ojos claros, Luis Reigosa, ha aparecido asesinado con una crueldad que apunta a un cr…
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Una mañana, el cadáver de un marinero es arrastrado por la marea hasta la orilla de una playa gallega. Si no tuviese las manos atadas, Justo Castelo sería otro de los hijos del mar que encontró su tum…
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The Anatomy of a Moment: Thirty-Five Minutes in History and Imagination
In February 1981, Spain was still emerging from Franco's shadow, holding a democratic vote for the new prime minister. On the day of the vote in Parliament, while the session was being filmed by TV ca…
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Un furioso temporal en la costa cantábrica arroja contra los acantilados de Getxo un barco inglés, cuya carga de carbón se desparrama por las peñas. Todo el pueblo acude por la noche, como una marea h…
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