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45 Featured Titles

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Jennifer Government

Written by Max Barry


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3092-7 (1-4000-3092-7)

“Full of wit, humor and imagination, Jennifer Government ultimately pulls off its over-the-top conceit.”—Time Out New York

“A riotous satirical rant. . . . [Its characters’] excesses . . . make Barry’s world of unregulated corporate greed and unrelenting consumerism so frightening and funny.”—Entertainment Weekly

Taxation has been abolished, the government has been... Read more >

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Bliss

Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76719-0 (0-679-76719-3)

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The Chemistry of Tears

Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47608-1 (0-307-47608-1)

A Seattle Times Best Book of 2012

When Catherine Gehrig, a museum conservator in London, falls into grief after her lover’s sudden death, her boss gives her a special project. She will bring back to “life” a nineteenth-century mechanical bird. As she begins to piece the automaton together, Catherine also uncovers the... Read more >
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Fat Man in History

Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74332-3 (0-679-74332-4)

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His Illegal Self

Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27649-0 (0-307-27649-X)

Seven-year-old Che Selkirk was raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother. The son of radical student activists at Harvard in the late sixties, Che has grown up with the hope that one day his parents will come back for him. So when a woman arrives at his front door... Read more >
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Illywhacker

Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76790-9 (0-679-76790-8)

Carey can spin a yarn with the best of them... Illywhacker is a big, garrulous, funny novel.... If you haven't been to Australia, read Illywhacker. It will give you the feel of it like nothing else I know." -- The New York Times Book ReviewIn Australian slang, an illywhacker is a... Read more >
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Jack Maggs
A Novel
Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76037-5 (0-679-76037-7)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year 1998

"Jack Maggs is a dazzling tale of obsession, and Jack Maggs stands as a remarkable character, a resurrected antipodean lag returned to England for vengeance and reconciliation."
--Thomas Keneally

From the Booker Prize-winning author, a vivid and robust novel of Dickensian London--a place... Read more >
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My Life as a Fake
A Novel
Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3088-0 (1-4000-3088-9)

Fiendishly devious and addictively readable, Peter Carey’s My Life as a Fake is a moral labyrinth constructed around the uneasy relationship between literature and lying. In steamy, fetid Kuala Lumpur in 1972, Sarah Wode-Douglass, the editor of a London poetry journal, meets a mysterious Australian named Christopher Chubb. Chubb is a... Read more >
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Oscar and Lucinda

Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 1997
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77750-2 (0-679-77750-4)

Winner of the Booker Prize

This sweeping, irrepressibly inventive novel, is a romance, but a romance of the sort that could only take place in nineteenth-century Australia. For only on that sprawling continent--a haven for misfits of both the animal and human kingdoms--could a nervous Anglican minister who gambles on the instructions... Read more >
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Parrot and Olivier in America

Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47601-2 (0-307-47601-4)

Two-time Booker Prize-winner Peter Carey’s latest feat of imagination is an irrepressible, audacious, and trenchantly funny novel set mostly in nineteenth-century America.

Olivier—an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville—is an aristocrat born just after the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English engraver. Their lives are... Read more >
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The Tax Inspector

Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 1993
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73598-4 (0-679-73598-4)

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Theft

Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27648-3 (0-307-27648-1)

Michael "Butcher" Boone is an ex-“really famous" painter, now reduced to living in a remote country house and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh. Alone together they've forged a delicate equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into... Read more >
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True History of the Kelly Gang
A Novel
Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72467-1 (0-375-72467-2)

Winner of the 2001 Booker Prize

Out of nineteenth-century Australia rides a hero of his people and a man for all nations, in this masterpiece by the Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs. Exhilarating, hilarious, panoramic, and immediately engrossing, it is also—at a distance of many thousand miles... Read more >
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The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith

Written by Peter Carey


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76036-8 (0-679-76036-9)

The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda and The Tax Inspector now gives readers a hero, the malformed but ferociously wilful Tristan Smith, who becomes the object of the world's byzantine political intrigues, even as he attains stardom in a bizarre Sirkus that is part passion play and part Mortal... Read more >
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The Road from Coorain

Written by Jill Ker Conway


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72436-0 (0-679-72436-2)

“This beautifully written narrative of Conway's journey from a girlhood on an isolated sheep-farm in the grasslands of Australia to her departure for America (and eventually presidency of Smith College) is both new and universal. If few of us have known an eight-year drought in New South Wales, many of us... Read more >
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Tracks
A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
Written by Robyn Davidson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76287-4 (0-679-76287-6)

A cult classic with an ever-growing audience, Tracks is the brilliantly written and frequently hilarious account of a young woman's odyssey through the deserts of Australia, with no one but her dog and four camels as companions. Davidson emerges as a heroine who combines extraordinary courage with exquisite sensitivity. 16 pages... Read more >

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The Secret of Lost Things

Written by Sheridan Hay


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27733-6 (0-307-27733-X)

Eighteen years old and completely alone, Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little other than her love of books and an eagerness to explore the city. Taking a job at a vast, chaotic emporium of used and rare books called the Arcade, she knows she has found a home... Read more >
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Moonlight Downs

Written by Adrian Hyland


Format: Trade Paperback, 330 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: February 1, 2009
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-526-3 (1-56947-526-1)

Winner of Australia’s Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel

Emily Tempest has been away from Australia for a long time, but now she’s returned to the Moonlight Downs “mob,” the community where she grew up, half in the Aboriginal world, half in the white. She is looking forward to a... Read more >
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The Broken Ones

Written by Stephen M. Irwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74444-9 (0-307-74444-2)

In the near-future murder is still the same. Its who’s watching that’s different.

The worldwide aftershock of what becomes known as "Gray Wednesday" is immediate and catastrophic, leaving governments barely functioning and economies devastated. Hollow-eyed apparitions appear, haunting their loved ones and others. But some things never change. When Detective Mariani... Read more >
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The Dead Path

Written by Stephen M. Irwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73956-8 (0-307-73956-2)

Nicholas Close has always had an uncanny intuition, but after the death of his wife he becomes haunted, literally, by ghosts doomed to repeat their final violent moments in a chilling and endless loop. Torn by guilt and fearing for his sanity, Nicholas returns to his childhood home seeking a fresh... Read more >
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Mister Pip

Written by Lloyd Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: May 20, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34107-3 (0-385-34107-5)

2008 ALEX Award Winner (Young Adult Library Services Association)
2008 Best Books for Young Adults (Young Adult Library Services Association)
Commonwealth Writer's Prize Winner
Booker Prize Finalist

Selected for Common Reading at Queens University of Charlotte

In a novel that is at once intense, beautiful, and fablelike, Lloyd Jones weaves a transcendent story that celebrates the... Read more >
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Office of Innocence
A Novel
Written by Thomas Keneally


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3095-8 (1-4000-3095-1)

Marshalling the vast powers of narrative and historical re-creation that he brought to his international bestseller Schindler’s List, Thomas Keneally has created a moving and provocative novel about a headstrong young Catholic priest in World War II Australia. As Sydney braces itself for a Japanese invasion, Father Frank Darragh finds his... Read more >
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One Foot Wrong

Written by Sofie Laguna


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: August 18, 2009
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-316-3 (1-59051-316-9)

“The stars shine brightest out of the deepest dark . . .” A child is imprisoned in a house by her reclusive, religious parents. Hester Wakefield has never spoken to another child, nor seen the outside world. Her one possession is an illustrated children’s Bible, and its imagery forms the sole... Read more >
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The Hall of Uselessness
Collected Essays
Written by Simon Leys
Foreword by Simon Leys


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: July 30, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-620-7 (1-59017-620-0)

Simon Leys is a Renaissance man for the era of globalization: a distinguished scholar of classical Chinese art and literature, he was one of the first Westerners to expose the horrors of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Leys’s interests and expertise are not, however, confined to China: he also writes about European art... Read more >
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Child's Play

Written by David Malouf


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70141-2 (0-375-70141-9)

In a sunlit piazza on an April morning, women throw buckets of water over the cobbles and men deliver trays of pastry to trattorie. In a barren room above, a fanatic watches, engaged in the details of his life's most important project: the assassination of one of Italy's most beloved men... Read more >
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