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Script & Scribble

By Kitty Burns Florey


In this engaging, witty, and thought-provoking book by the author of Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming, we observe the history of handwriting from the evolution of writing implements to the grace and rigor of the Palmer Method, drilled into Florey at Catholic school.



In Lincoln's Hand

Edited by Harold Holzer and Joshua Wolf Shenk


This companion volume to the Library of Congress 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition offers a fascinating portrait of our sixteenth president through reproductions of his handwritten letters, speeches, and childhood notebooks. Even his most famous words are imbued with an unfamiliar intimacy.



Sex, Lies, and Handwriting

By Michelle Dresbold with James Kwalwasser


From the only civilian to be invited to the Secret Service's Advanced Document Examination training program comes this astounding explanation of how penmanship analysis can reveal the secrets of cold-blooded criminals, cheating co-workers, and even innocent scribblers.




The Calligrapher's Bible

By David Harris


Clear, concise, and simple-to-follow, this copiously illustrated compendium of 100 styles offers instruction for beginners as well as plenty of lettering lore for the already accomplished calligrapher. The complete alphabets for each style are accompanied by brief histories. Includes advice on proper tools and materials.



21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

By Patrick O'Brian


Three chapters from the pen of the beloved maritime novelist Patrick O'Brian, comprising the beginnings of his last, and sadly unfinished, Aubrey/Maturin adventure. This edition contains both a printed version with O'Brian's corrections and a facsimile of the manuscript as rendered by the master's own pen.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.