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The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft

Written by H.P. Lovecraft


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: July 7, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50660-7 (0-440-50660-3)

Explore the marvelous complexity of Lovecraft's writing—including his use of literary allusions, biographical details, and obscure references in this rich, in-depth exploration of great horror fiction from the acknowledged master of the weird, including the stories "Herbert West—Reanimator", "Pickman's Model", "The Call of Cthulhu", "The Thing on the Doorstep", "The Horror... Read more >

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The Voyage That Never Ends
Fictions, Poems, Fragments, Letters
Written by Malcolm Lowry
Edited by Michael Hofmann


Format: Hardcover, 536 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: August 21, 2007
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-235-3 (1-59017-235-3)

A self-portrait of one of the twentieth-century’s most original and tragic writers, The Voyage that Never Ends is the first collection to draw on the whole range of Malcolm Lowry’s work above and beyond his masterpiece Under the Volcano. When Lowry died at the age of 48—in the coroner’s words, “of... Read more >

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Beatrice and Virgil
A Novel
Written by Yann Martel


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 22, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8154-4 (0-8129-8154-5)

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Life of Pi comes another ingenious, provocative, and mesmerizing novel that explores big questions about humanity—about who we are and what we are capable of doing in order to survive.

Fate can take many forms. For Henry, it arrives in an envelope from a stranger containing... Read more >

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Shadow Country

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 26, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8062-2 (0-8129-8062-X)

2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER

Peter Matthiessen’s great American epic–Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man’s River, and Bone by Bone–was conceived as one vast mysterious novel, but because of its length it was originally broken up into three books. In this bold new rendering, Matthiessen has cut nearly a third of the overall... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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TransAtlantic
A Novel
Written by Colum McCann


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6959-0 (1-4000-6959-9)

In the National Book Award–winning Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called “an emotional tour de force.” Now McCann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential authors of... Read more >

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Catching Light
Collected Poems of Joanna McClure
Written by Joanna McClure
Foreword by Michael McClure
Introduction by Christopher Wagstaff


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58394-613-8 (1-58394-613-6)

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The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico
A Novel
Written by Sarah McCoy


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46017-2 (0-307-46017-7)

It is 1961 and Puerto Rico is trapped in a tug-of-war between those who want to stay connected to the United States and those who are fighting for independence. For eleven-year-old Verdita Ortiz-Santiago, the struggle for independence is a battle fought much closer to home.

Verdita has always been safe and secure... Read more >
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My Life in Middlemarch

Written by Rebecca Mead


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98476-0 (0-307-98476-1)

Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot's Middlemarch, regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission to Oxford, and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage and family, Mead read... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Echoing Silence
Thomas Merton on the Vocation of Writing
Written by Thomas Merton
Edited by Robert Inchausti


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: New Seeds
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-348-1 (1-59030-348-2)

When Thomas Merton entered a Trappist monastery in December 1941, he turned his back on secular life—including a very promising literary career. He sent his journals, a novel-in-progess, and copies of all his poems to his mentor, Columbia professor Mark Van Doren, for safe keeping, fully expecting to write little, if... Read more >

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
A Novel
Written by David Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7636-6 (0-8129-7636-3)

The year is 1799, the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor, the Japanese Empire’s single port and sole window onto the world, designed to keep the West at bay. To this place of devious merchants, deceitful interpreters, and costly courtesans comes Jacob de Zoet, a devout young clerk who has five years... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
A Novel
Written by David Mitchell


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6545-5 (1-4000-6545-3)

In 2007, Time magazine named him one of the most influential novelists in the world. He has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. The New York Times Book Review called him simply “a genius.” Now David Mitchell lends fresh credence to The Guardian’s claim that “each of his books... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

Written by Brian Moore
Afterword by Mary Gordon


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-349-7 (1-59017-349-X)

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is an unflinching and deeply sympathetic portrait of a woman destroyed by self and circumstance. First published in 1955, it marked Brian Moore as a major figure in English literature (he would go on to be short-listed three times for the Booker Prize) and established... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Silver
Return to Treasure Island
Written by Andrew Motion


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88488-6 (0-307-88488-0)

A wildly imaginative sequel to Treasure Island—Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved classic—about two young friends and their high-seas adventure with dangerous pirates and long-lost treasure.

It's almost forty years after the events of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island: Jim Hawkins now runs an inn called the Hispaniola on the English coast with his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Perfect Man
A Novel
Written by Naeem Murr


Format: Trade Paperback, 468 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 17, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7701-1 (0-8129-7701-7)

Winner of the 2008 PEN/Beyond Margins Award

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Europe and South Asia

2007 School Library Journal Best Adult Books for High School Students

Identity, friendship, and a long-hidden crime lie at the heart of Naeem Murr’s captivating novel about five friends growing up in a small 1950s... Read more >
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A Treatise on Shelling Beans

Written by Wieslaw Mysliwski
Translated by Bill Johnston


Format: Trade Paperback, 450 pages
Publisher: Archipelago
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-935744-90-0 (1-935744-90-9)

The narrator is the ageing caretaker of cottages at a summer resort. A mysterious visitor inspires him to share the story of his long life: a happy childhood cut short by the war, his hiding from the Nazis buried in a heap of potatoes, his plodding attempts to play the saxophone... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Good Son
A Novel
Written by Craig Nova


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 24, 2006
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-23697-5 (0-307-23697-8)

Chip Mackinnon returns from World War II a changed man. After being shot down over the desert and imprisoned by the enemy, the world of privilege to which he belongs seems shallow. But in the shadow of his older brother’s death, the full weight of his father’s expectations falls on Chip... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Tiger's Wife
A Novel
Written by Téa Obreht 


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34384-8 (0-385-34384-1)

Winner, 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction
Finalist, 2011 National Book Award

A 2011 New York Times Notable Book ("10 Best")
A 2011 Library Journal Best Book (Top Ten)
A 2011 School Library Journal "Best Adult Book 4 Teens"
A 2012 American Library Association Notable Book for Adults (Fiction)

Selected for common reading at Georgetown University and New...
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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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In the Land of Invented Languages
Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius
Written by Arika Okrent


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8089-9 (0-8129-8089-1)

Written by author Akira Okrent, who has a Ph.D. in linguistics, The Land of Invented Languages is an informative book about language, as seen through the escapades of those who have tried to invent ones that work better than those we are born speaking.

“Hats off to Okrent, who expertly exposes the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Murderess

Written by Alexandros Papadiamantis
Translated by Peter Levi
Introduction by Peter Levi


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-350-3 (1-59017-350-3)

The Murderess is a bone-chilling tale of crime and punishment with the dark beauty of a backwoods ballad. Set on the dirt-poor Aegean island of Skiathos, it is the story of Hadoula, an old woman living on the margins of society and at the outer limits of respectability. Hadoula knows about... Read more >

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The Poe Shadow
A Novel
Written by Matthew Pearl


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7012-8 (0-8129-7012-8)

2009 Common Reading selection, Collin College (Plano, TX)

“I present to you . . . the truth about this man’s death and my life.”

Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. The public, the press, and even Poe’s own family and friends accept the conclusion... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Technologists (with bonus short story The Professor's Assassin)
A Novel
Written by Matthew Pearl


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7803-2 (0-8129-7803-X)

Boston, 1868. The Civil War may be over but a new war has begun, one between past and present, tradition and technology. The daring Massachusetts Institute of Technology is on a mission to harness science for the benefit of all. But when an unnatural disaster strikes the ships in Boston Harbor... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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May Sarton
Biography
Written by Margot Peters


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 23, 1998
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90798-6 (0-449-90798-8)

From acclaimed writer Margot Peters comes the first completely authorized biography of novelist, poet, and feminist May Sarton. Granted unprecedented access to personal papers and diaries, Peters gives us a compelling look at the woman who influenced a legion of readers with rich and intimate writings, and reveals the fascinating life... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

Written by Edgar Allan Poe


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-222-2 (1-61219-222-X)

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Essential Stories

Written by V.S. Pritchett
Edited by Jeremy Treglown


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7294-8 (0-8129-7294-5)

“In his daily walks through London,” notes Jeremy Treglown in his Introduction to this collection, “Pritchett watched and listened to people as a naturalist observes wild creatures and birds. He knew that oddity is the norm, not the exception.” This finely attuned sense, coupled with an understanding that nothing in life... Read more >
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Mr. Beluncle
A Novel
Written by V.S. Pritchett
Introduction by Darin Strauss


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7379-2 (0-8129-7379-8)

“Like most great comedy,” writes Darin Strauss in his Introduction, “Mr. Beluncle makes sport of the Stuffed Shirt, the Hypocritical Pious Gentleman, and the Tyrant, as well as the Big Spender–and all these descriptions fit a single character: Mr. Beluncle himself.” One of V. S. Pritchett’s most enduring characters, Mr. Beluncle... Read more >
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