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The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay
An American Family in Iran
Written by Hooman Majd


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53532-8 (0-385-53532-5)

With U.S.–Iran relations at a thirty-year low, Iranian-American writer Hooman Majd dared to take his young family on a year-long sojourn in Tehran. The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay traces their domestic adventures and closely tracks the political drama of a terrible year for Iran's government.

It was an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Cabin
Reminiscence and Diversions
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 30, 1993
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74720-8 (0-679-74720-6)

In these mordant, elegant, and often disquieting essays, the internationally acclaimed dramatist creates a sort of autobiography by strobe light, one that is both mysterious and starkly revealing.The pieces in The Cabin are about places and things: the suburbs of Chicago, where as a boy David Mamet helplessly watched his stepfather... Read more >
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Censoring an Iranian Love Story

Written by Shahriar Mandanipour
Translated by Sara Khalili


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39042-4 (0-307-39042-X)

If conducting a love affair in modern Iran is not a simple undertaking, then telling the story of that love may be even more difficult. In a country where mere proximity between a man and a woman may be the prologue to deadly sin, where illicit passion is punished by imprisonment... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Fractalist
Memoir of a Scientific Maverick
Written by Benoit Mandelbrot


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38991-6 (0-307-38991-X)

A fascinating memoir from the man who revitalized visual geometry, and whose ideas about fractals have changed how we look at both the natural world and the financial world.

Benoit Mandelbrot, the creator of fractal geometry, has significantly improved our understanding of, among other things, financial variability and erratic physical phenomena. In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Class A
Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere
Written by Lucas Mann


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94975-2 (0-307-94975-3)

An unforgettable chronicle of a year of minor-league baseball in a small Iowa town that follows not only the travails of the players of the Clinton LumberKings but also the lives of their dedicated fans and of the town itself.

Award-winning essayist Lucas Mann delivers a powerful debut in his telling of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Greetings from Bury Park

Written by Sarfraz Manzoor


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38802-5 (0-307-38802-6)

Sarfraz Manzoor was two years old when, in 1974, he emigrated from Pakistan to Britain with his mother, brother, and sister. Sarfraz spent his teenage years in a constant battle, trying to reconcile being both British and Muslim, trying to fit in at school and at home. But it was when... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Zenzele
A Letter for My Daughter
Written by J. Nozipo Maraire


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: April 7, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31822-8 (0-385-31822-7)

Written as a letter from a Zimbabwean mother to her daughter, a student at Harvard, J. Nozipo Maraire evokes the moving story of a mother reaching out to her child to share the lessons life has taught her, and bring the two closer than ever before. Interweaving history and memories, disappointments... Read more >

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How to Stop Time
Heroin from A to Z
Written by Ann Marlowe


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 7, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72016-8 (0-385-72016-5)

In this hypnotic and piercingly intelligent chronicle, Ann Marlowe dissects her former heroin habit, and recounts in harrowing detail the rigors and realities of life under the influence while building a successful Wall Street career and establishing a reputation as a critic in the alternative press. A one-time Harvard grad student... Read more >

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Cheating Death
Combat Air Rescues in Vietnam and Laos
Written by George J. Marrett


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-296-6 (1-58834-296-4)

They flew low and slow, at treetop level, at night, in monsoons, and in point-blank range of enemy guns and missiles. They were missions no one else wanted, but the ones all other pilots prayed for when shot down. Flying the World War II-vintage Douglas A-1 Skyraider, a single-engine, propeller-driven relic... Read more >

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To a Young Jazz Musician
Letters from the Road
Written by Wynton Marsalis and Selwyn Seyfu Hinds


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7420-1 (0-8129-7420-4)

In To a Young Jazz Musician, the renowned jazz musician and Pulitzer Prize—winning composer Wynton Marsalis gives us an invaluable guide to making good music–and to leading a good life.
Writing from the road “between the bus ride, the sound check, and the gig,”

Marsalis passes on wisdom gained from experience, addressed... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Song in the Night
A Memoir of Resilience
Written by Bob Massie


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53575-5 (0-385-53575-9)

Bob Massie was born with classical hemophilia, a painful disorder that caused repeated bleeding in his joints and slowly robbed him of the ability to walk. Though bound to leg braces and wheelchairs as a child, his curiosity and enthusiasm pulled him relentlessly outward toward knowledge and people. Gradually he fought... Read more >
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Ancestors
A Family History
Written by William Maxwell


Format: Trade Paperback, 324 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 17, 1995
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75929-4 (0-679-75929-8)

The National Book Award-winning author of So Long, See You Tomorrow offers an astonishing evocation of a vanished world, as he retraces, branch by branch, the history of his family, taking readers into the lives of settlers, itinerant preachers, and small businessmen, examining the way they saw their world and how... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Under the Tuscan Sun

Written by Frances Mayes


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 2, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0038-6 (0-7679-0038-3)

Frances Mayes entered a wondrous new world when she began restoring an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. There were unexpected treasures at every turn: faded frescos beneath the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyard under wildly overgrown brambles in the garden, and, in the nearby hill towns, vibrant... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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What's Going On

Written by Nathan Mc Call


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70150-4 (0-375-70150-8)

In What's Going On, McCall firmly establishes himself as a commentator for our times, drawing on personal experience and current events to deconstruct the social, cultural, and political tensions that, in clearly seen and not so obvious ways, affect us every day. With his trademark blend of honesty, originality, and insight... Read more >
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All Will Be Well

Written by John McGahern


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7986-5 (1-4000-7986-1)

From award-winning author John McGahern, a memoir of his childhood in the Irish countryside and the beginnings of his life as a writer.

McGahern describes his early years as one of seven children growing up in rural County Leitrim, a childhood was marked by his father’s violent nature and the early death... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bat Boy
Coming of Age with the New York Yankees
Written by Matthew McGough


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27864-7 (0-307-27864-6)

Most of us have dreamed of sitting in the dugout with our favorite baseball team, and at sixteen Matt McGough was no different. A few months after sending a blind application letter to George Steinbrenner, on Opening Day 1992 Matt found himself walking into the legendary Yankee clubhouse. There, amid the... 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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Everybody Talks About the Weather . . . We Don't
The Writings of Ulrike Meinhof
Written by Ulrike Meinhof
Preface by Elfriede Jelinek
Afterword by Bettina Rohl
Edited by Karin Bauer
Translated by Luise Von Flotow


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 3, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-831-9 (1-58322-831-4)

No other figure embodies revolutionary politics and radical chic quite like Ulrike Meinhof, who formed, with Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin, the Red Army Faction (RAF), also known as the Baader—Meinhof Gang, notorious for its bombings and kidnappings of the wealthy in the 1970s. But in the years leading up to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I, Rigoberta Menchu
An Indian Woman in Guatemala
Written by Rigoberta Menchu
Edited by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray
Translated by Ann Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-418-3 (1-84467-418-5)

Now a global bestseller, the remarkable life of Rigoberta Menchú, a Guatemalan peasant woman, reflects on the experiences common to many Indian communities in Latin America. Menchú suffered gross injustice and hardship in her early life: her brother, father and mother were murdered by the Guatemalan military. She learned Spanish and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Elusive Embrace
Desire and the Riddle of Identity
Written by Daniel Mendelsohn


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 20, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70697-4 (0-375-70697-6)

In an emotionally charged narrative that weaves together past and present, the personal and the scholarly, a young critic and classicist takes us on a search for the meaning of identity--while showing, through remarkably fresh and accessible readings of such classical Greek and Roman writers as Catullus and Sappho, Ovid and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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True North
A Journey into Unexplored Wilderness
Written by Elliott Merrick
Introduction by Lawrence Millman


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-909-4 (1-55643-909-1)

While many people dream of abandoning civilization and heading into the wilderness, few manage to actually do it. One exception was twenty-four-year-old Elliott Merrick, who in 1929 left his advertising job in New Jersey and moved to Labrador, one of Canada’s most remote regions. First published in 1933, True North tells... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Collected Prose

Written by James Merrill


Format: Hardcover, 752 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41136-6 (0-375-41136-4)

Following James Merrill’s widely celebrated Collected Poems and Collected Novels and Plays, this volume gives us, most intimately, the man himself and his charmingly straightforward exploration of how he became himself. As much as any poet of our time, Merrill conceived of his work and his life as warp and woof... Read more >

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She Looks Just Like You
A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood
Written by Amie Klempnauer Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0151-6 (0-8070-0151-1)

After ten years of talking about having children, two years of trying (and failing) to conceive, and one shot of donor sperm for her partner, Amie Miller was about to become a mother. Or something like that. Over the next nine months, as her partner became the biological mom-to-be, Miller became... Read more >
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Red Azalea

Written by Anchee Min


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9698-5 (1-4000-9698-7)

Red Azalea is Anchee Min’s celebrated memoir of growing up in the last years of Mao’s China. As a child, she was asked to publicly humiliate a teacher; at seventeen, she was sent to work at a labor collective. Forbidden to speak, dress, read, write, or love as she pleased, she... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Secondhand World

Written by Katherine Min


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27499-1 (0-307-27499-3)

Isadora Myung Hee Sohn—Isa—has just spent ninety-five days in a pediatric burn unit in Albany, New York, recovering from the fire that burned her house and killed her parents. Moving back in time, Secondhand World casts a devastating spell, revealing the circumstances that led to the fire.

Growing up the daughter of... Read more >
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