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17 Featured Titles

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Black Snow

Written by Mikhail Bulgakov
Translated by Michael Glenny


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: July 30, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-214-7 (1-61219-214-9)

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The Undiscovered Chekhov
Forty-Three New Stories
Written by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Peter Constantine
Foreword by Spalding Gray


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 2, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-026-9 (1-58322-026-7)

The Undiscovered Chekhov gives us, in rich abundance, a new Chekhov. Peter Constantine’s historic collection presents 38 new stories and with them a fresh interpretation of the Russian master. In contrast to the brooding representative of a dying century we have seen over and over, here is Chekhov’s work from the... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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The Lullaby of Polish Girls
A Novel
Written by Dagmara Dominczyk


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8382-1 (0-8129-8382-3)

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Also available as an eBook.

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Oblomov
A Novel
Written by Ivan Goncharov
Afterword by Mikhail Shishkin
Translated by Marian Schwartz


Format: Hardcover, 558 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 2, 2008
Price: $33.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-840-1 (1-58322-840-3)

Set at the beginning of the nineteenth century, before the ideal of industrious modern man, when idleness was still looked upon by Russia’s serf-owning rural gentry as a plausible and worthy goal, there was Oblomov. Indolent, inattentive, incurious, given to daydreaming and procrastination–indeed, given to any excuse to remain horizontal–Oblomov is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a hardcover.

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Life and Fate

Written by Vasily Grossman
Introduction by Robert Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-201-8 (1-59017-201-9)

A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Epic Rivalry
The Inside Story of the Soviet and American Space Race
Written by Von Hardesty and Gene Eisman
Foreword by Sergei Khrushchev


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0119-6 (1-4262-0119-2)

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969, they personified an almost unimaginable feat—the incredibly complex task of sending humans safely to another celestial body. This extraordinary odyssey, which grew from the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, was galvanized... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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In the Garden of Beasts
Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40885-3 (0-307-40885-X)

A 2011 New York Times Notable Book


“Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.”—New York Times Book Review

Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand... Read more >

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In the Garden of Beasts
Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: May 10, 2011
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40884-6 (0-307-40884-1)

A 2011 New York Times Notable Book


“Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.”—New York Times Book Review

Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand... Read more >

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Written by Robert K. Massie


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40877-8 (0-345-40877-2)

“[A] tale of power, perseverance and passion . . . a great story in the hands of a master storyteller.”—The Wall Street Journal

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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A Treatise on Shelling Beans

Written by Wieslaw Mysliwski
Translated by Bill Johnston


Format: Trade Paperback, 450 pages
Publisher: Archipelago
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-935744-90-0 (1-935744-90-9)

The narrator is the ageing caretaker of cottages at a summer resort. A mysterious visitor inspires him to share the story of his long life: a happy childhood cut short by the war, his hiding from the Nazis buried in a heap of potatoes, his plodding attempts to play the saxophone... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gertruda's Oath
A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II
Written by Ram Oren
Translated by Barbara Harshav


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-52719-4 (0-385-52719-5)

"Written with impressive talent and suspense, this true story will appeal to many." --Elie Wiesel

Michael Stolowitzky, the only son of a wealthy Jewish family in Poland, was just three years old when war broke out and the family lost everything. His father, desperate to settle his business affairs, travels to France... Read more >
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I Kiss Your Hands Many Times
Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary
Written by Marianne Szegedy-Maszak


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52485-8 (0-385-52485-4)

Marianne Szegedy-Maszák’s parents, Hanna and Aladár, met and fell in love in Budapest in 1940. He was a rising star in the foreign ministry—a vocal anti-Fascist who was in talks with the Allies when he was arrested and sent to Dachau. She was the granddaughter of Manfred Weiss, the industrialist patriarch... Read more >

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The Illustrious Dead
The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army
Written by Stephan Talty


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39405-7 (0-307-39405-0)

“Gripping . . . a compelling story of personal hubris and humbling defeat.”
—Jack Weatherford, author of the New York Times bestseller Genghis Khan and the Making of the
Modern World


In a masterful dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, New York Times... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Consolations of the Forest
Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga
Written by Sylvain Tesson
Translated by Linda Coverdale


Format: Hardcover, 244 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4127-1 (0-8478-4127-8)

Winner-Prix Médicis for nonfiction
No stranger to inhospitable places, Sylvain Tesson exiles himself to a wooden cabin on Siberia’s Lake Baikal, a full day’s hike from any “neighbor,” with his thoughts, his books, a couple of dogs, and many bottles of vodka for company. Writing from February to July, he shares his... Read more >
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The Tiger
A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
Written by John Vaillant


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38904-6 (0-307-38904-9)

A gripping story of man pitted against nature’s most fearsome and efficient predator.

Outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East a man-eating tiger is on the prowl. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s murdering them, almost as if it has a vendetta. A team of trackers is dispatched to hunt... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Magical Chorus
A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn
Written by Solomon Volkov


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7786-1 (1-4000-7786-9)

From the reign of Tsar Nicholas II to the brutal cult of Stalin to the ebullient, uncertain days of perestroika, nowhere has the inextricable relationship between politics and culture been more starkly illustrated than in twentieth-century Russia.

In the first book to fully examine the intricate and often deadly interconnection between... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Alexander Vvedensky: An Invitation for Me to Think

Written by Alexander Vvedensky
Edited by Eugene Ostashevsky
Translated by Matvei Yankelevich and Eugene Ostashevsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: NYRB Poets
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-630-6 (1-59017-630-8)

“I raise[d] my hand against concepts,” wrote Alexander Vvedensky, “I enacted a poetic critique of reason.” This weirdly and wonderfully philosophical poet was born in 1904, grew up in the midst of war and revolution, and reached his artistic maturity as Stalin was twisting the meaning of words in grotesque and... Read more >
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