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Here are some of our favorite new titles released on this Tuesday the 24th of November in the year 2020. Which one are you going to read next? 
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In Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life, the philosopher John Gray discovers in cats a way of living that is unburdened by anxiety and self-consciousness, showing how they embody answers to the big questions of love and attachment, mortality, morality, and the Self: Montaigne's house cat, whose un-examined life may have been the one worth living; Meo, the Vietnam War survivor with an unshakable capacity for "fearless joy"; and Colette's Saha, the feline heroine of her subversive short story "The Cat"a parable about the pitfalls of human jealousy.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24
 
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In The Bright Book of Life: Novels to Read and Reread, America's most original and controversial literary critic and legendary Yale professor Harold Bloom writes trenchantly about fifty-two masterworks spanning the Western tradition.

Perhaps no other literary critic but Bloom could--or would--undertake a project of this immensity. Whether you have already read these books, or intend to, or simply care about the importance and power of fiction, Harold Bloom serves as an unparalleled guide through the pages of these 52 masterpieces of the genre.

Knopf, $35
 
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Ghostways: Two Journeys in Unquiet Places, is a hauntingly beautiful diptych of works inspired by Robert Macfarlane’s travels with celebrated collaborators to two eerie corners of England.

In Holloway, "a perfect miniature prose-poem" (William Dalrymple), Macfarlane, artist Stanley Donwood, and writer Dan Richards travel to Dorset, near the south coast of England, to explore a famed "hollowed way"—a path used by walkers and riders for so many centuries that it has become worn far down into the soft golden bedrock of the region.

In Ness, "a triumphant libretto of mythic modernism for our poisoned age" (Max Porter), Macfarlane and Donwood create a modern myth about Orford Ness, the ten-mile-long shingle spit that lies off the coast of East Anglia, which the British government used for decades to conduct secret weapons tests.

W.W. Norton & Co., $15.95
 
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The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film. Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it, Ready Player Two takes us on another imaginative, fun, action-packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe, and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again.

Ballantine Books, $28.99
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A postmodern masterpiece about fraud and forgery by one of the most distinctive, accomplished novelists of the last century.

Dismissed uncomprehendingly by reviewers on publication in 1955 and ignored by the literary world for decades after, The Recognitions is now established as one of the great American novels, immensely ambitious and entirely unique, a book of wild, Boschian inspiration and outrageous comedy that is also profoundly serious and sad.


NYRB Classics, $29.95
 
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It does take all kinds and Shaun Bythell knows them all--from the "Person Who Doesn't Know What They Want (But Thinks It Might Have a Blue Cover)" to the "Parents Secretly After Free Childcare."

Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops is a wickedly witty field guide by the curmudgeonly author of Confessions of a Bookseller.



David R. Godine Publisher, $18.95
 
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