Subjects Freshman Year Reading African American Studies African Studies American Studies Anthropology Art, Film, Music and Architecture Asian Studies Business and Economics Criminology Education Environmental Studies Foreign Language Instructional Materials Gender Studies History Irish Studies Jewish Studies Latin American & Caribbean Studies Law and Legal Studies Literature and Drama Literature in Spanish Media Issues, Journalism and Communication Middle East Studies Native American Studies Philosophy Political Science Psychology Reference Religion Russian and Eastern European Studies Science and Mathematics Sociology Study Aids


E-Newsletters: Click here to be notified of new titles in your field
Click here to request Desk/Exam copies
Freshman Year Reading
View Our Award Winners
Click here to view our Catalogs

73 Featured Titles

Sort: Author  Date  Format  Price  Title


Exam Copy
Getting Even

Written by Woody Allen


Format: Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1978
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72640-3 (0-394-72640-5)

In Getting Even Woody Allen revenges himself upon such significant subjects as death, obesity, organized crime, the invention of the sandwich, adult education, laundry lists of famous people, and Latin American revolutionaries. In all seventeen pieces by this legendary comic and filmmaker. Read more >

Exam Copy
The Rise of David Levinsky

Written by Abraham Cahan
Introduction by Seth Lipsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 556 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75798-3 (0-375-75798-8)

The Rise of David Levinsky, written by the legendary founder and editor of the Jewish Daily Forward, is an early Jewish-American classic. According to the scholar Sam B. Girgus, "The novel is more than an important literary work and cultural document. It forms part of the traditional ritual of renewal of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
The Palace Thief
Stories
Written by Ethan Canin


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7617-5 (0-8129-7617-7)

“Extraordinary for its craft and emotional effect . . . [Ethan Canin is] a writer of enormous talent and charm.”
The Washington Post

“Character is destiny,” wrote Heraclitus–and in this collection of four unforgettable stories, we meet people struggling to understand themselves and the unexpected turns their lives have taken.

In “Accountant,” a quintessential... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Great Neck

Written by Jay Cantor


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71339-2 (0-375-71339-5)

From the much-praised author of Krazy Kat and The Death of Che Guevara, the tumultuous story of a group of friends growing up idealistic, radical, and romantic in the sixties and seventies.

We enter their lives in 1960 as a sixth-grade class of Great Neck kids—most of them Jewish—learns for the first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Burnt Bread and Chutney
Growing Up Between Cultures - A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Childhood
Written by Carmit Delman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: September 30, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44594-0 (0-345-44594-5)

**Named by School Library Journal as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students, 2003

Contributing her own unique story to the growing genre of bi-cultural narratives (which includes Marie Arana’s critically-acclaimed American Chica) Carmit Delman has written a coming-of-age memoir that explores the life of an Indian Jewish girl... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
The Vices

Written by Lawrence Douglas


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-415-3 (1-59051-415-7)

Oliver Vice, forty-one, prominent philosopher, scholar, and art collector, is missing and presumed dead, over the side of Queen Mary 2.Troubled by his friend’s possible suicide, the unnamed narrator of Lawrence Douglas’ new novel launches an all-consuming investigation into Vice’s life history. Douglas, moving backward through time, tells a mordantly humorous... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
Stories
Written by Nathan Englander


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 21, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70443-7 (0-375-70443-4)

The stories in For the Relief of Unbearable Urges are powerfully inventive and often haunting, steeped in the weight of Jewish history and in the customs of Orthodox life. But it is in the largeness of their spirit-- a spirit that finds in doubt a doorway to faith, that sees in... Read more >

Exam Copy
The Ministry of Special Cases

Written by Nathan Englander


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 1, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70444-4 (0-375-70444-2)

From its unforgettable opening scene in the darkness of a forgotten cemetery in Buenos Aires, Nathan Englander's debut novel The Ministry of Special Cases casts a powerful spell. In the heart of Argentina's Dirty War, Kaddish Poznan struggles with a son who won't accept him; strives for a wife who forever... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

Exam Copy
The Family Orchard
A Novel
Written by Nomi Eve


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72457-2 (0-375-72457-5)

In the bestselling tradition of The Red Tent, The Family Orchard is a spellbinding novel of one unforgettable family, the orchard they've tended for generations, and a love story that transcends the ages.

Nomi Eve’s lavishly imagined account begins in Palestine in 1837, with the tale of the irrepressible family matriach, Esther... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Light Fell

Written by Evan Fallenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: January 1, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-536-2 (1-56947-536-9)

Awarded the 2009 Stonewall Prize for Fiction

Winner of the Publishing Triangle’s 2008 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction.

Twenty years have passed since Joseph left his family and his religious Israeli community when he fell in love with a man, the brilliant rabbi Yoel Rosenzweig. Now, for his fiftieth birthday, Joseph... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Come and Get It

Written by Edna Ferber


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 5, 2014
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-80615-4 (0-345-80615-8)

Originally published in 1935, this is Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber's sprawling novel of Wisconsin's logging days, when fortunes—and families—were made and broken over king lumber.

Barney Glasgow, who had fought his way up from chore-boy in the lumber camps of Iron Ridge to lumber king of Wisconsin, is fifty-three and has... Read more >

Great Son

Written by Edna Ferber


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-80613-0 (0-345-80613-1)

Originally published in 1945, the triumphant novel of a great American family dynasty in the Pacific Northwest, by Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber.

Great Son tells the story of four generations of the Melendys, a family grown rich and ill at ease, who watched Seattle grow from a village to a skyscraper... Read more >

Ice Palace

Written by Edna Ferber


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-80614-7 (0-345-80614-X)

Originally published in 1958, Ice Palace is Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber's classic and mighty novel about the taming of a great northern wilderness—Alaska.

Czar Kennedy came to Alaska for money and power, Thor Storm for a dream. This is the story of their struggle, over a long half-century, for the future... Read more >

A Kind of Magic
An Autobiography
Written by Edna Ferber


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-80580-5 (0-345-80580-1)

Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber's fascinating second autobiography—a follow-up to her first, A Peculiar Treasure—in which she shares the adventures of her life from 1939 to 1963.

Rather than just an autobiography, A Kind of Magic serves as a chronicle of American history from 1939-1963 through the eyes of... Read more >

Exam Copy
Swimming Toward the Ocean
A Novel
Written by Carole L. Glickfeld


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 26, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72176-9 (0-385-72176-5)

From the author of the Flannery O’Connor Award-winning collection Useful Gifts, a sharp and tender debut novel chronicling the boisterous life and loves of a Russian Jewish immigrant family in 1950s New York City.

Chenia is a Betty Grable look-alike, passionate, sharp-witted, in many ways still Old-World. Her husband Ruben is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Bee Season
A Novel
Written by Myla Goldberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49880-7 (0-385-49880-2)

Eliza Naumann, a seemingly unremarkable nine-year-old, expects never to fit into her gifted family: her autodidact father, Saul, absorbed in his study of Jewish mysticism; her brother, Aaron, the vessel of his father's spiritual ambitions; and her brilliant but distant lawyer-mom, Miriam. But when Eliza sweeps her school and district spelling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Wickett's Remedy
A Novel
Written by Myla Goldberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7812-7 (1-4000-7812-1)

Lydia Kilkenny is eager to move beyond her South Boston childhood, and when she marries Henry Wickett, a shy Boston Brahmin who plans to become a doctor, her future seems assured. That path changes when Henry abandons his medical studies and enlists Lydia to help him invent a mail-order medicine called... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

Exam Copy
Intuition

Written by Allegra Goodman


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33610-9 (0-385-33610-1)

“The best major American novel of the year so far” — The New York Sun

Hailed as “a writer of uncommon clarity” by the New Yorker, National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman has dazzled readers with her acclaimed works of fiction, including such beloved bestsellers as The Family Markowitz and Kaaterskill Falls... Read more >

Exam Copy
Paradise Park

Written by Allegra Goodman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33418-1 (0-385-33418-4)

***New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award Nominee***

Allegra Goodman debuted on the literary scene in 1989 with the collection of short stories, Total Immersion. She then went on to pen a second and critically-acclaimed short story collection, The Family Markowitz (1996) and Kaaterskill Falls (1998), her debut novel which was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
The View from Stalin's Head

Written by Aaron Hamburger


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7093-7 (0-8129-7093-4)

A debut collection of ten lucid, haunting, and darkly comic stories about Americans and Europeans in post-Cold War Prague.

The ten stories in The View from Stalin's Head unfold in the post-Cold War Prague of the 1990s, a magnet not only for artists and writers but also for tourists and drifters, a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Appassionata

Written by Eva Hoffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-457-3 (1-59051-457-2)

Isabel Merton is a renowned concert pianist, whose performances are marked by a rare intensity of feeling. At the height of her career, she feels increasingly torn between the compelling musical realm she deeply inhabits, and her fragmented itinerant artist’s life, with its frequent flights, anonymous hotels, and brief, arbitrary encounters... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Yossel

Written by Joe Kubert


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: May 17, 2011
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-3180-4 (1-4012-3180-2)

Famed comic creator Joe Kubert’s family came to America from Poland in the 1920s, but the family almost was not allowed into the country. YOSSEL asks the question, “What if my family had still been in Poland when the Warsaw Ghetto was founded?”
In 1939, Yossel and his family were relocated... Read more >

Exam Copy
Portrait of My Body

Written by Phillip Lopate


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 15, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48377-3 (0-385-48377-5)

Phillip Lopate’s richest and most ambitious book yet—the final volume of a trilogy that began with Bachelorhood and Against Joie de VivrePortrait of My Body is a powerful memoir in the form of interconnected personal essays. One of America’s foremost essayists, who helped focus attention on the form in his acclaimed... Read more >

Exam Copy
Crossing the Borders of Time
A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
Written by Leslie Maitland


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-570-9 (1-59051-570-6)

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees, the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

Exam Copy
The Outside World

Written by Tova Mirvis


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7528-7 (1-4000-7528-9)

Tzippy Goldman was born for marriage. She and her mother had always assumed she’d graduate high school, be set up with the right boy, and have a beautiful wedding with white lace and pareve vanilla cream frosting. But at twenty-two, Tzippy’s fast approaching spinsterhood. She dreams of escape; instead, she leaves... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
View pages: 1 | 2 | 3
Page 1 of 3