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Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

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"As a bookseller, I loved Shelf Life for the chance to peer behind the curtain of Diwan, Nadia Wassef's Egyptian bookstore--the way that the personal is inextricable from the professional, the way that failure and success are often lovers, the relationship between neighborhoods and books and life. Nadia's story is for every business owner who has ever jumped without a net, and for every reader who has found solace in the aisles of a bookstore."
--Emma Straub, author of All Adults Here

"Shelf Life is such a unique memoir about career, life, love, friendship, motherhood, and the impossibility of succeeding at all of them at the same time. It is the story of Diwan, the first modern bookstore in Cairo, which was opened by three women, one of whom penned this book. As a bookstore owner I found this fascinating. As a reader I found it fascinating. Blunt, honest, funny."
--Jenny Lawson, author of Broken (in the best possible way)

The warm and winning story of opening a modern bookstore where there were none, Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller recounts Nadia Wassef's troubles and triumphs as a founder and manager of Cairo-based Diwan

The streets of Cairo make strange music. The echoing calls to prayer; the raging insults hurled between drivers; the steady crescendo of horns honking; the shouts of street vendors; the television sets and radios blaring from every sidewalk. Nadia Wassef knows this song by heart.

In 2002, with her sister, Hind, and their friend, Nihal, she founded Diwan, a fiercely independent bookstore. They were three young women with no business degrees, no formal training, and nothing to lose. At the time, nothing like Diwan existed in Egypt. Culture was languishing under government mismanagement, and books were considered a luxury, not a necessity. Ten years later, Diwan had become a rousing success, with ten locations, 150 employees, and a fervent fan base.

Frank, fresh, and very funny, Nadia Wassef's memoir tells the story of this journey. Its eclectic cast of characters features Diwan's impassioned regulars, like the demanding Dr. Medhat; Samir, the driver with CEO aspirations; meditative and mythical Nihal; silent but deadly Hind; dictatorial and exacting Nadia, a self-proclaimed bitch to work with--and the many people, mostly men, who said Diwan would never work.

Shelf Life is a portrait of a country hurtling toward revolution, a feminist rallying cry, and an unapologetic crash course in running a business under the law of entropy. Above all, it is a celebration of the power of words to bring us home.

Siegfried  and  Roy:  Mastering  the  Impossible  (Signed  1st  edition)
Siegfried  and  Roy:  Mastering  the  Impossible  (Signed  1st  edition)
Siegfried  and  Roy:  Mastering  the  Impossible  (Signed  1st  edition)

Siegfried and Roy: Mastering the Impossible (Signed 1st edition)

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This rags-to-riches story of the highest paid performers in live entertainment tells how Siegfried and Roy climbed from their troubled childhoods in wartime Germany to the heights of show business with their amazing Las Vegas magic show.

1st edition; inscribed by Siegfried and Roy. Dust jacket has minor soiling on rear cover; slight cant to volume; bundled with program, two tickets, postcard of the Mirage, and slightly soiled napkin from the Mirage. VG/VG

So You Want to Publish a Book?

So You Want to Publish a Book?

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Anne Trubek, founder of Belt Publishing, demystifies the publishing process, offering some insider how-to advice for aspiring authors. "A compact, practical manual ... a wealth of information usually only available to insiders."--The Times Literary Supplement

This slim but insightful guide offers concrete, witty advice and information to authors, prospective authors, and those curious about the publishing industry's inner workings. The chapters are chock full of important advice and information, including:

- How advances and royalties really work

- The surprising methods that actually move books off the shelves

- The art of pitching to agents

- The differences between Big Five and independent presses

- The ins and outs of distribution, direct sales, and selling through Amazon.

Written by an industry veteran who's been on both the writing and publishing side, So You Want to Publish a Book? is a refreshing, no-nonsense, and transparent guide to how books get made and sold.

For readers and writers looking for a straightforward guide for publishing, promoting, and selling their work.

Solitude of Ravens (USED)
Solitude of Ravens (USED)

Solitude of Ravens

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Exceptionally rare first U.S. PB edition, published 1991 by Bedford Arts, Solitude of Ravens is one of the most important photo-books to come out of Japan, let alone one of the most important photo-books of the 20th century. All editions of this book are extremely rare and increasingly valuable in both the private photo-book market as well as at art-book auctions.

1st U.S. edition, published by Bedford Arts, Publishers, 1991. First published in 1986 as Ravens by Sokyu-sha Co., Ltd., Japan. Softcover; scratch and scuffs on bottom right side of front cover; some scuffs on rear cover; otherwise in very good condition. G+

Spiritual Warrior: Painting a Path Through Cancer

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Stories and Dream Boxes (Limited Edition) (USED)
Stories and Dream Boxes (Limited Edition) (USED)

Stories and Dream Boxes (Limited Edition)

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Art by Gloria Vanderbilt illuminated stories by Richard Burgin. We have two copies available of this limited edition book, signed by both the author and artist. One copy is number 150/500 and one copy is number 171/500. Both are in very good condition with dust jackets showing minimal wear.


Strange Interlude (1st ed) (USED)
Strange Interlude (1st ed) (USED)

Strange Interlude (1st ed)

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Generally agreed to be one of the most significant forces in the history of the American theater, O'Neill is a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize in literature for 1936. He won one of his Pulitzer prizes for Strange Interlude. The play exemplifies O'Neill's ability to explore the limits of the human predicament, even as he sounds the depths of his audiences' hearts and it was probably the furor of discussion aroused by the novelty both of theme and treatment in Strange Interlude that made O'Neill's name known wherever the English-speaking stage is discussed.

Boni & Liveright, 1928. Dust jacket in protective cover; attractive but tattered dj with repaired tear and missing chunk at top of spine; dark green cloth with lettering in gilt and decoration in light blue; decorated endpapers; binding good; text clean. G+/G-

Suicide  Notes  (Art  Exhibition)
Suicide  Notes  (Art  Exhibition)

Suicide Notes (Art Exhibition)

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Published by Edition des Massons, "A Paul Bianchini Book," published in cooperation with and at the occasion of Brice Marden's exhibitions at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, and other venues; 70 pages of black-and-white pen drawings made by Marden in New York from Feb 1972 to July 1973, with reproduced hand-written title on front cover: "These are Suicide Notes - I don't know what my mind means!?"

Laminated white covers, some yellowing to front cover; small tear at top of front cover; corners creases; last page detached and laid in rear. G

Tete-D'Or: A Play In Three Acts (USED)

Tete-D'Or: A Play In Three Acts

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Paul Claudel (1868-1955) was the author of numerous plays and several volumes of poetry.

Yale University Press, 1919. 1st edition. Translated from the French by John Strong Newberry. No dust jacket; dark gray cloth over gray boards; title and author on paper label on spine; front cover has one stained area; endpapers foxed; binding tight; some pages uncut; deckled edges; text clean. G

That Way Madness Lies: 15 of Shakespeare's Most Notable Works Reimagined

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In That Way Madness Lies, fifteen acclaimed writers put their modern spin on William Shakespeare's celebrated classics!

"From comedy to tragedy to sonnet, from texts to storms to prom, this collection is a knockout." --BuzzFeed.com

West Side Story. 10 Things I Hate About You. Kiss Me, Kate. Contemporary audiences have always craved reimaginings of Shakespeare's most beloved works. Now, some of today's best writers for teens take on the Bard in these 15 whip-smart and original retellings!

Contributors include Dahlia Adler (reimagining The Merchant of Venice), Kayla Ancrum (The Taming of the Shrew), Lily Anderson (As You Like It), Melissa Bashardoust (A Winter's Tale), Patrice Caldwell (Hamlet), A. R. Capetta and Cori McCarthy (Much Ado About Nothing), Brittany Cavallaro (Sonnet 147), Joy McCullough (King Lear), Anna-Marie McLemore (Midsummer Night's Dream), Samantha Mabry (Macbeth), Tochi Onyebuchi (Coriolanus), Mark Oshiro (Twelfth Night), Lindsay Smith (Julius Caesar), Kiersten White (Romeo and Juliet), and Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (The Tempest).