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Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism

Written by Joan Acocella


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71295-1 (0-375-71295-X)

Joan Acocella’s acute and often very funny critique of the critics untangles Cather’s reputation from decades of politically motivated misreadings, and proposes her own view of Cather’s genius. Serving also as a concise and graceful summary of Cather’s life and work, Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism is a refreshing... Read more >

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Pitch Dark

Written by Renata Adler
Afterword by Muriel Spark


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-614-6 (1-59017-614-6)

“What’s new. What else. What next. What’s happened here.”

Kate Ennis is poised at a critical moment in an affair with a married man. The complications and contradictions pursue her from a house in rural Connecticut to a brownstone apartment in New York City, to a small island off the coast... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Speedboat

Written by Renata Adler
Afterword by Guy Trebay


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-613-9 (1-59017-613-8)

When Speedboat burst on the scene in the late ’70s it was like nothing readers had encountered before. It seemed to disregard the rules of the novel. Reading it was a pleasure of a new, unexpected kind. Above all, there was its voice, ambivalent, curious, wry, the voice of Jen Fain... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jo's Boys

Written by Louisa May Alcott


Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 1, 1995
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21449-9 (0-553-21449-7)

Better known for her novels Little Women and Little Men, Louisa May Alcott continued the story of her feisty protagonist Jo in this final novel chronicling the adventures and misadventures of the March family. Entertaining, surprising, and overall a joy to read, Jo's Boys is nevertheless shaded by a bittersweet tone... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Little Women

Written by Louisa May Alcott
Introduction by Susan Cheever


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $9.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75672-6 (0-375-75672-8)

It is no surprise that Little Women, the adored classic of four sisters and their enduring devotion to and protection of one another, was loosely based on Louisa May Alcott's own life. Alcott drew from her own personality to create a unique protagonist: Jo, willful, headstrong, and undoubtedly the backbone of... Read more >

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Little Women

Written by Louisa May Alcott


Format: Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 1, 1983
Price: $3.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21275-4 (0-553-21275-3)

Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have... Read more >

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Even the Stars Look Lonesome

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37972-3 (0-553-37972-0)

Available in paperback, Maya Angelou's most recent book Even the Stars Look Lonesome is a continuation of her celebrated Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now. In this new book, Angelou shares more vital lessons gleaned from intimate personal experiences and reveals insights into a wide variety of subjects. She tells... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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I Shall Not Be Moved

Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 1, 1991
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-35458-4 (0-553-35458-2)

The best selling author presents a new collection of poems. This volume of poetry captures the pain and triumph of being black and speaks out about history, heartbreak and love. Here are three volumes of classic Maya Angelou -- including her first poetry collection, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Poems
Maya Angelou
Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 12, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37985-3 (0-553-37985-2)

Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness, sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In this moving volume of poetry, we hear the multi-faceted voice of one of the most powerful and vibrant writers of our time. Includes the full texts of... Read more >
Also available as a paperback.

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Poems
Maya Angelou
Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1996
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-25576-8 (0-553-25576-2)

In this moving volume of poetry, Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as she has discovered it in poems such as “Just Give a Cool Drink of Water ’Fore I Diiie,” “Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well,” “Still I Rise, Shaker,” and “Why Don’t You Sing.”... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Cassandra at the Wedding

Written by Dorothy Baker
Afterword by Deborah Eisenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-601-6 (1-59017-601-4)

Cassandra Edwards is a graduate student at Berkeley: gay, brilliant, nerve-racked, miserable. At the beginning of this novel, she drives back to her family ranch in the foothills of the Sierras to attend the wedding of her identical twin, Judith, to a nice young doctor from Connecticut. Cassandra, however, is hell-bent... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Salt Eaters

Written by Toni Cade Bambara


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74076-6 (0-679-74076-7)

Set in Claybourne, a town somewhere in the South, The Salt Eaters is the story of a community of black people searching for the healing properties of salt, who witness an event that will change their lives forever. From the men who live off welfare-women to the mud mothers who carry... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hungry for the World
A Memoir
Written by Kim Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 20, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72044-1 (0-385-72044-0)

From the author of the critically acclaimed In the Wilderness, comes a riveting new narrative of self-discovery and personal triumph. Hungry for the World is the story of how an intelligent and passionate young woman, yearning for an understanding of the world beyond her insular family life, found her way.

On the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In the Wilderness
Coming of Age in Unknown Country
Written by Kim Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 17, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47821-2 (0-385-47821-6)

Poet Kim Barnes grew up in northern Idaho, in the isolated camps where her father worked as a logger and her mother made a modest but comfortable home for her husband and two children. Their lives were short on material wealth, but long on the riches of family and friendship, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Another You

Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73464-2 (0-679-73464-3)

To her latest novel, Beattie brings the same documentary accuracy and Chekhovian wit and tenderness that have made her one of the most acclaimed portraitists of contemporary American life. Marshall Lockard, a professor at the local college, is contemplating adultery, unaware that his wife is already committing it. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Burning House

Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76500-4 (0-679-76500-X)

The now-classic, utterly unique voice of Ann Beattie is so dry it throws off sparks, her eye endowed with the emotional equivalent of X-ray vision. Her characters are young men and women discovering what it means to be a grown-up in a country that promised them they’d stay young forever. And... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Distortions

Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 2, 1991
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73235-8 (0-679-73235-7)

Haunting and disturbingly powerful, these stories established Ann Beattie as the most celebrated new voice in American fiction and an absolute master of the short-story form. Beattie captures perfectly the profound longings that came to define an entire generation with insight, compassion, and humor.

"Magnificant, a pleasure, a significant literary debut." --The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Park City
New and Selected Stories
Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78133-2 (0-679-78133-1)

For more than twenty-five years, Ann Beattie's short fiction has held a mirror up to America, portraying its awkwardly welded families, its loosely coupled couples, and much-uprooted children with acuity, humor, and compassion. This triumphant collection includes thirty-six of the finest stories of her career including eight new pieces that have... Read more >

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Picturing Will

Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 2, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73194-8 (0-679-73194-6)

Picturing Will, the widely acclaimed new novel by Ann Beattie, unravels the complexities of a postmodern family. There's Will, a curious five-year-old who listens to the heartbeat of a plant through his toy stethoscope; Jody, his mother, a photographer poised on the threshold of celebrity; Mel, Jody’s perfect—perhaps too perfect—lover; and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Secrets & Surprises

Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 7, 1991
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73193-1 (0-679-73193-8)

These fifteen stories by Ann Beattie garnered universal critical acclaim on their first publication, earning Beattie the reputation as the most celebrated new voice in American fiction. Today these stories — "A Vintage Thunderbird;" "The Lawn Party, " " La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans," to name a few — seem... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Was Mine
& Other Stories
Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73903-6 (0-679-73903-3)

A collection of short fiction, twelve works in all, including two never-before-published novellas. Here are disconnected marriages and uneasy reunions, nostalgic reminiscences and sudden epiphanies--a remarkable and moving collage of contemporary lives. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sand Queen

Written by Helen Benedict


Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: August 2, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-966-7 (1-56947-966-6)

Nineteen-year-old Kate Brady joined the army to bring honor to her family and democracy to the Middle East. Instead, she finds herself in a forgotten corner of the Iraq desert in 2003, guarding a makeshift American prison. There, Kate meets Naema Jassim, an Iraqi medical student whose father and little brother... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Joy School

Written by Elizabeth Berg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 24, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42309-2 (0-345-42309-7)

"A STORY THAT TUGS AT THE HEARTSTRINGS. . . Thirteen-year-old Katie is new to her Missouri town, living alone with a stern, inaccessible father following her mother's death. Unable to fit in at school, she forges alliances where she can: with her housekeeper, with a pimply fellow misfit named Cynthia, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What We Keep
A Novel
Written by Elizabeth Berg


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 25, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42329-0 (0-345-42329-1)

"Beautifully written . . . What We Keep is about ties that are buried but not broken, wounds that are dressed but never heal, and love that changes form but somehow survives . . . [Ginny Young] crosses the country for a reluctant reunion with the mother she has not seen... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Miss Fuller
A Novel
Written by April Bernard


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-58642-195-3 (1-58642-195-6)

She was the most famous woman in America. And nobody knew who she was. It is 1850. Margaret Fuller -- feminist, journalist, orator, and “the most famous woman in America” -- is returning from Europe where she covered the Italian revolution for The New York Tribune. When her ship founders in... Read more >
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