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Bordering Fires
The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicana and Chicano Literature
Written by Cristina García


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7718-2 (1-4000-7718-4)

As the descendants of Mexican immigrants have settled throughout the United States, a great literature has emerged, but its correspondances with the literature of Mexico have gone largely unobserved. In Bordering Fires, the first anthology to combine writing from both sides of the Mexican-U.S. border, Cristina García presents a richly diverse... Read more >

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The Bedside Book of Beasts
A Wildlife Miscellany
Written by Graeme Gibson


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52459-9 (0-385-52459-5)

In a wonderfully diverse selection of writings and gorgeous illustrations, this stunning companion to The Bedside Book of Birds explores the relationship between predators and their prey.
The intricate, complex connection between the hunter and the hunted has defined animal life on earth throughout time. In The Bedside Book of Beasts, Graeme... Read more >

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75 Short Masterpieces

Written by Roger Goodman


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-25141-8 (0-553-25141-4)

These 75 short masterpieces of fiction represent the finest accomplishments in a difficult and special art form. Each creates a microcosm in which the very compactness of the story gives it power and emotional impact much more dramatic than could have been achieved in a longer or more explicit work. Read more >

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Reading Dance
A Gathering of Memoirs, Reportage, Criticism, Profiles, Interviews, and Some Uncategorizable Extras
Edited by Robert Gottlieb


Format: Hardcover, 1360 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42122-8 (0-375-42122-X)

Robert Gottlieb’s immense sampling of the dance literature–by far the largest such project ever attempted–is both inclusive, to the extent that inclusivity is possible when dealing with so vast a field, and personal: the result of decades of reading.

It limits itself of material within the experience of today’s general readers, avoiding... Read more >

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Reading Jazz
A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now
Edited by Robert Gottlieb


Format: Trade Paperback, 1088 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 26, 1999
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78111-0 (0-679-78111-0)

Including over 100 selections and 1,000 pages, Reading Jazz is indispensable for anyone interested in jazz and its world. While no single volume can contain everything written about any significant subject, this book does manage to encompass a vast array of jazz figures, veiw points, events, and criticism. As the book's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Best African American Fiction
2009
Edited by E. Lynn Harris and Gerald Early


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38534-2 (0-553-38534-8)

"There hasn't been an anthology of such talented African-American literary figures since Marita Golden's Gumbo, and the result is a masterful bouquet of literary flowers, some grand, some subtle, but none shrinking."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Introducing the first volume in an exciting new annual anthology featuring the year’s most outstanding fiction by... Read more >

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Remembrances and Celebrations
A Book of Eulogies, Elegies, Letters, and Epitaphs
Edited by Jill Werman Harris


Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70125-2 (0-375-70125-7)

This rich anthology of memorial tributes serves as a welcome reminder that, although words cannot necessarily assuage grief, they can provide tremendous comfort and perspective during our times of loss. The likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Benjamin Franklin, W.H. Auden and Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as ordinary folk... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Vintage Book of International Lesbian Fiction

Written by Naomi Holoch


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75952-2 (0-679-75952-2)

The Vintage Book of International Lesbian Fiction presents a range of literary voices--from twenty-seven countries spanning six continents--and offers glimpses of lesbian life in unfamilar, often exotic climes.We follow an Irish woman as she travels through time in search of a wronged maiden, and anticipate the harrowing fate of a married... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Short Shorts

Written by Irving Howe and Ilana W. Howe


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1997
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27440-0 (0-553-27440-6)

Introduction by Irving Howe. Thirty-eight brief pieces of fiction, averaging between three and seven pages each, by reknowned writers.

Introduction by Irving Howe • PART ONE: “The Three Hermits,” Leo Tolstoy • “Alyosha the Pot,” Leo Tolstoy • “The Beggarwoman of Locarno,” Heinrich von Kleist • “A Little Legend of the Dance,”... Read more >

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Fishing Stories

Written by Henry Hughes


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 16, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-96188-4 (0-307-96188-5)

Fishing Stories nets an abundant catch of wonderful writing in a wide variety of genres and styles. The moods range from the rollicking humor of Rudyard Kipling’s “On Dry-Cow Fishing as a Fine Art” and the rural gothic of Annie Proulx’s “The Wer-Trout” to the haunting elegy of Norman Maclean’s “A... Read more >

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The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction

Written by Denys Johnson-Davies


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7976-6 (1-4000-7976-4)

This dazzling anthology features the work of seventy-nine outstanding writers from all over the Arab-speaking world, from Morocco in the west to Iraq in the east, Syria in the north to Sudan in the south.

Edited by Denys Johnson-Davies, called by Edward Said “the leading Arabic-to-English translator of our time,” this treasury... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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soulscript
A Collection of Classic African American Poetry
Written by June Jordan


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 2, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1846-6 (0-7679-1846-0)

Black poets from the early twentieth century and onward come together for a moving anthology, edited and organized by the late, revered poet June Jordan.

First published in 1970, soulscript is a poignant, panoramic collection of poetry from some of the most eloquent voices in the art. Selected for their literary... Read more >

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Writer, M.D.
The Best Contemporary Fiction and Nonfiction by Doctors
Written by Leah Kaminsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94686-7 (0-307-94686-X)

From Chekhov to Maugham to William Carlos Williams, doctors have long given voice to their unique perspectives through literature. Writer, M.D. celebrates this rich tradition with a collection of fiction and nonfiction by today’s most beloved physician-writers, including,

• Abraham Verghese, on the lost art of the physical exam
• Pauline Chen, on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Graphic Canon, Vol. 2
From "Kubla Khan" to the Bronte Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray
Written by Russ Kick


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-378-0 (1-60980-378-7)

The Graphic Canon, Volume 2 gives us a visual cornucopia based on the wealth of literature from the 1800s. Several artists–including Maxon Crumb and Gris Grimly–present their versions of Edgar Allan Poe’s visions. The great American novel Huckleberry Finn is adapted uncensored for the first time, as Twain wrote it. The... Read more >

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The Graphic Canon, Vol. 1
From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons
Written by Russ Kick


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 22, 2012
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-376-6 (1-60980-376-0)

This gorgeous, one-of-a-kind trilogy brings classic literatures of the world together with legendary graphic artists and illustrators. From a rarely seen R. Crumb rendering of James Boswell’s London Journal to a massively popular Indian Bhagavad Gita, from Hunt Emerson’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” to a manga Macbeth, there are more... Read more >

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Near Death in the Desert

Edited by Cecil Kuhne


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27936-1 (0-307-27936-7)

“The night was heavy with foreboding. The rain, which had been spitting down on us during the late afternoon, grew heavier. It hurled into our faces, borne by a wind that was now gusting between the dunes at full force. . . . It was the worst storm we had encountered... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Near Death in the Mountains
True Stories of Disaster and Survival
Edited by Cecil Kuhne


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27935-4 (0-307-27935-9)

“He wrapped the rope around his body, got ready to rappel and leaned back. Standing about five feet from him, I heard a sharp scraping, Suddenly Ed was flying. I could see him fall, wordless, fifty feet free, then strike the steep ice below…he was sliding and bouncing down. He passed... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Laugh Lines
Short Comic Plays
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27713-8 (0-307-27713-5)

This one-of-a-kind anthology features thirty-six hilarious short plays by major American playwrights and emerging new voices, all guaranteed to send readers and audiences into peals of laughter.

From the surrealistic wit of Steve Martin’s “The Zig-Zag Woman” to the biting political satire of Steven Dietz’s“The Spot,” from Christopher Durang’s wonderfully loopy... Read more >

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Leading Women
Plays for Actresses 2
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72666-8 (0-375-72666-7)

Gather any group of actresses, from students to stars, and someone will inevitably ask, "Where are all the great roles for women?" The roles are right here, in this magnificently diverse collection of plays—full-lengths, one-acts, and monologues—with mainly female casts, which represent the answer to any actress's prayer.

The editors of the... Read more >

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Plays for Actresses

Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 1997
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77281-1 (0-679-77281-2)

Gather any group of actresses, from students to stars, and someone will inevitably ask, "Where are all the great roles for women?" The roles are right here, in this unprecedented and magnificently diverse collection of plays with all-female casts. The seven full-length and ten one-act selections range in tone from the... Read more >

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Shorter, Faster, Funnier
Comic Plays and Monologues
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47664-7 (0-307-47664-2)

This cornucopia of comedy showcases works by major playwrights and emerging young writers, with casts of all sizes and diverse and challenging roles for actors of every age and type. You’ll discover such colorful characters as a businessman free-falling from a plane, an embittered sword swallower, a punkish girl skateboarder, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Take Ten: New 10-Minute Plays

Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 1997
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77282-8 (0-679-77282-0)

A ten-minute play is a streak of theatrical lightning. It doesn't last long, but its power can stand your hair on end. This splendid anthology contains enough wattage to light up a small city. In its pages, thirty-two of our finest playwrights hone their skills on a form that has been... Read more >

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Take Ten II
More Ten-Minute Plays
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3217-4 (1-4000-3217-2)

A ten-minute play is a blaze of theatrical energy. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking collection Take Ten, editors Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have put together a veritable bonfire of talent. Take Ten II: More 10-Minute Plays provides a fast-track tour of the current theatrical landscape, from the slapstick ingenuity... Read more >

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Talk to Me
Monologue Plays
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7615-4 (1-4000-7615-3)

In this one-of-a-kind collection of monologue plays, Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have gathered a breathtaking array of human voices and stories by master playwrights and emerging new writers. Each of the plays, ranging from one-acts and ten-minute plays to full-length works, creates a rich and specific world. In these pages... Read more >

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Under Thirty
Plays for a New Generation
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7616-1 (1-4000-7616-1)

For the vast generation of actors in their teens and twenties, as well as for teachers, directors, and producers, Under Thirty is an unparalleled source of diverse and challenging roles, created by some of today’s finest writers. The twenty plays presented here in full or in part include insightful looks at... Read more >
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