Katherine Anne Porter, Collected Stories and Other Writings.
"Porter may be better known for her bestselling novel Ship of Fools, but her short stories constitute her real achievement. I read these haunting tales of desperate people more than thirty years ago, and the handsome new Library of America edition has inspired me to revisit them. Porter, born in Indian Creek, has good claim to being the finest fiction writer Texas has ever produced."
Anthony Pagden, Worlds at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West.
"Pagden, a British historian, takes episodes commonly treated separately—the Greek-Persian rivalry, the rise of Islam, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire—and weaves them into one grand tapestry. Provocative and engagingly written, Worlds at War is a wonderful specimen of big-picture history." (Out of print in hardcover, scheduled for mid-July release as an Oxford University Press paperback.)