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Panorama
A Novel
Written by H. G. Adler
Afterword by Peter Demetz
Translated by Peter Filkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8060-8 (0-8129-8060-3)

Only recently available for the first time in English, Panorama is the newly rediscovered first novel of H. G. Adler, a modernist master whose work has been compared to that of Kafka, Joyce, and Solzhenitsyn. A brilliant epic told in ten distinct vignettes, Panorama is a portrait of a place and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Paradiso

Written by Dante


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1986
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21204-4 (0-553-21204-4)

The Divine Comedy stands as one of the towering creations of world literature, and its climactic section, the Paradiso, is perhaps the most ambitious poetic attempt ever made to represent the merging of individual destiny with universal order. Having passed through Hell and Purgatory, Dante is led by his beloved Beatrice... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Purgatorio

Written by Dante
Translated by Allen Mandelbaum


Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 1, 1983
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21344-7 (0-553-21344-X)

This splendid verse translation by Allen Mandelbaum provides an entirely fresh experience of Dante's great poem of penance and hope. As Dante ascends the Mount of Purgatory toward the Earthly Paradise and his beloved Beatrice, through "that second kingdom in which the human soul is cleansed of sin," all the passion... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Meaningful Life

Written by L.J. Davis
Introduction by Jonathan Lethem


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-300-8 (1-59017-300-7)

L.J. Davis’s 1971 novel, A Meaningful Life, is a blistering black comedy about the American quest for redemption through real estate and a gritty picture of New York City in collapse. Just out of college, Lowell Lake, the Western-born hero of Davis’s novel, heads to New York, where he plans to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Accidental Light

Written by Elizabeth Diamond


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: February 3, 2009
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-301-9 (1-59051-301-0)

On a quiet road just outside London, in the blue half-light of dusk, a fatal car accident takes the life of thirteen-year-old Laura Jenkins, and her death changes the lives of two families forever. For Jack Philips, a married police officer with two small daughters, the consequences of that evening behind... Read more >

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Nikolski
A Novel
Written by Nicolas Dickner
Translated by Lazer Lederhendler


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-714-4 (1-59030-714-3)

A sweet and quirky novel that follows three characters as they search for home while clinging to artifacts of their past: a misdirected compass, a book with no cover, and tales of piracy.

This is a story of three characters—Noah, Joyce, and the anonymous narrator—as each leave their far-flung birthplaces to follow... Read more >

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William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return

Written by Ian Doescher


Format: Hardcover, 168 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59474-713-7 (1-59474-713-X)

From the author of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next installment of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Eternal Husband and Other Stories

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21444-4 (0-553-21444-6)

The centerpiece of this collection , "The Eternal Husband" (1890) is one of Dostoevsky's most perfect works. Classical in form, it presents his most profound exploration of mimetic rivalry and the duality of human consciousness. Told from the point of view of a rich and idle man who is confronted by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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On Method Acting

Written by Edward Dwight


Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Ivy Books
On Sale: July 30, 1989
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-0522-4 (0-8041-0522-7)

Practiced by such actors of stature as Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Julie Harris, Dustin Hoffman, and Ellen Burstyn (not to mention the late James Dean) the Method offers a practical application of the renowned Stanislavsky technique. On Method Acting demystifies the "mysteries" of Method acting–breaking down the various steps into clear... Read more >
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Earth Girl

Written by Janet Edwards


Format: Hardcover, 350 pages
Publisher: Pyr
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-61614-765-5 (1-61614-765-2)

In the year 2788, only the handicapped live on Earth. Eighteen-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to... Read more >
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Necessary Targets
A Story of Women and War
Written by Eve Ensler


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 23, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75603-0 (0-375-75603-5)

In her first new work since The Vagina Monologues, her Obie Award-winning smash hit, Eve Ensler tells the story of two American women, a Park Avenue psychiatrist and a human rights worker, who go to Bosnia to help women confront their memories of war and emerge deeply changed themselves. Necessary Targets... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Grief Lessons
Four Plays by Euripides
Written by Euripides
Translated by Anne Carson
Introduction by Anne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-253-7 (1-59017-253-1)

Euripides reached the height of his renown during the disastrous Peloponnesian War, when democratic Athens was brought down by its own outsized ambitions. His plays were shocking: he unmasked heroes, revealing them as foolish and savage, and he wrote about the powerless—women and children, slaves and barbarians—for whom tragedy was not... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sister Age

Written by M.F.K. Fisher


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1984
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72385-3 (0-394-72385-6)

In these fifteen remarkable stories, M.F.K. Fisher, one of the most admired writers of our time, embraces age as St. Francis welcomed Brother Pain. With a saint to guide us, she writes in her Foreword, perhaps we can accept in a loving way "the inevitable visits of a possibly nagging harpy... Read more >
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Jane Boleyn
The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford
Written by Julia Fox


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 24, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51078-5 (0-345-51078-X)

In a life of extraordinary drama, Jane Boleyn was catapulted from relative obscurity to the inner circle of King Henry VIII. As powerful men and women around her became victims of Henry’s ruthless and absolute power–including her own husband and her sister-in-law, Queen Anne Boleyn–Jane’s allegiance to the volatile monarch was... Read more >

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Copenhagen

Written by Michael Frayn


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72079-3 (0-385-72079-3)

In 1941 the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a strange trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. They were old friends and close colleagues, and they had revolutionized atomic physics in the 1920s with their work together on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. But now the world... Read more >
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All That I Have
A Novel
Written by Castle Freeman, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: March 3, 2009
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58642-151-9 (1-58642-151-4)

Sheriff Lucian Wing confronts a series of challenges to his settled way of life, his work, his society, and his marriage in this gripping, darkly funny and wise follow-up to Castle Freeman Jr.'s celebrated novel Go With Me.

Wing is an experienced pragmatist who enforces the law with a steady hand and... Read more >

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Conversations with Beethoven

Written by Sanford Friedman
Introduction by Richard Howard


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-762-4 (1-59017-762-2)

Deaf as he was, Beethoven had to be addressed in writing, and he was always accompanied by a notebook in which people could scribble questions and comments. Conversations with Beethoven, in a tour de force of fictional invention, tells the story of the last year of Beethoven’s life almost entirely through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Folded World
A Novel
Written by Amity Gaige


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7854-4 (0-8129-7854-4)

When Charlie Shade and Alice Bussard find each other, neither is prepared for the powerful, aching feeling of love that unites them. After falling for the cheerful and empathetic young man, Alice asks God: “Please, leave us alone. Leave us just like this.” But as their relationship evolves, and their family... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On Being Blue
A Philosophical Inquiry
Written by William H. Gass
Introduction by Michael Gorra


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-718-1 (1-59017-718-5)

On Being Blue is a book about everything blue—sex and sleaze and sadness, among other things—and about everything else. A discursive essay on the powers of the color blue in literature and life, written with typical wit, style, and control by a true master of experimental fiction and the art of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Middle Sister
A Novel
Written by Bonnie Glover


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: May 31, 2005
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-48090-3 (0-345-48090-2)

“As Kwai Chang moved through the arid desert of the American West, I would move through the equally desolate ghettos of Brooklyn, and we would each search: he for his family and I for my father. . . .”

The middle of three sisters, Pamela is a quiet, thoughtful girl with a... Read more >
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Stop Here
a novel
Written by Beverly Gologorsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-504-3 (1-60980-504-6)

Ava, Mila, and Rosalyn all work at Murray’s Diner in Long Island. They are friends and coworkers struggling to hold together their disordered lives. While Ava privately grieves the loss of her husband in the first Iraq War, Mila struggles to dissuade her seventeen-year-old daughter from enlisting in the second. Rosalyn... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sex and Death to the Age 14

Written by Spalding Gray


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1986
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74257-1 (0-394-74257-5)

This is a collection of six monologues by the master of one-man drama. Included are "Sex and Death at the Age of 14," "Booze, Cars, and College Girls," "47 Beds," "Nobody Wanted to Sit Behind a Desk," "Travels through New England," and "Terror of Pleasure: The House." Also includes a preface... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy

Written by Charlotte Greig


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-317-0 (1-59051-317-7)

Susannah’s official boyfriend, Jason, is the perfect foil for her student lifestyle. He is ten years older, an antiques dealer, and owns a stylish apartment that prevents her from having to live in the seedy digs on campus. This way, she can take her philosophy major very seriously and dabble in... Read more >
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Katya's War

Written by Jonathan L. Howard


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-908844-19-4 (1-908844-19-1)

The battle lines have been drawn. The people of Russalka turn upon one another in a ruthless and unwavering civil war even while their world sickens and the deep black ocean is stained red with their blood. As the young civilization weakens, its vitality fuelling the opposing militaries at the cost... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wittgenstein Jr

Written by Lars Iyer


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-376-2 (1-61219-376-5)

The unruly undergraduates at Cambridge have a nickname for their new lecturer: Wittgenstein Jr. He’s a melancholic, tormented genius who seems determined to make them grasp the very essence of philosophical thought.

But Peters—a working-class student surprised to find himself among the elite—soon discovers that there’s no place for logic in a... Read more >
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