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Mozart and Leadbelly

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9645-9 (1-4000-9645-6)

In this collection of stories and essays, the beloved author of the classic, best-selling novel A Lesson Before Dying shares the inspirations behind his books and his reasons for becoming a writer. Told in the simple and powerful prose that is a hallmark of his craft, these writings by Ernest J... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Don't Cry

Written by Mary Gaitskill


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27587-5 (0-307-27587-6)

Mary Gaitskill returns with a luminous new collection of stories—her first in more than ten years. In “College Town l980,” young people adrift in Ann Arbor debate the meaning of personal strength at the start of the Reagan era; in the urban fairy tale “Mirrorball,” a young man steals a girl’s... Read more >
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Miss Lulu Bett and Selected Stories

Written by Zona Gale


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 13, 2005
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9538-4 (1-4000-9538-7)

Lulu Bett lives in a small town with her sister Ina and Ina’s husband Dwight–a dentist who rules his household with self-righteous smugness. The unmarried Lulu has learned that she cannot question her role as chief cook, housekeeper, and gracious presence. But when Dwight’s sophisticated brother Ninian comes to visit, Lulu... Read more >
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Evening Performance

Written by George Garrett


Format: eBook, 520 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 9, 2013
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5105-4 (0-8041-5105-9)

There is a special joy in seeing a virtuoso at work, achieving the fulfillment of his art. In a prodigious literary career, demonstrating a virtually limitless range, George Garrett’s dazzling versatility has won high esteem and critical acclaim for his novels, plays, poetry, biography, and short fiction. Now, as testimony to... Read more >

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The Wonders of the Invisible World

Written by David Gates


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75644-6 (0-679-75644-2)

The author of the highly acclaimed novels Jernigan (Pulitzer Prize Finalist) and Preston Falls (National Book Critics Cirlce Award Finalist) offers up a mordantly funny collection of short stories about the faulty bargains we make with ourselves to continure the high-wire act of living meaningful lives in late twentieth-century America.

Populated by... Read more >
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I Cannot Tell a Lie, Exactly
And Other Stories
Written by Mary Ladd Gavell


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75822-5 (0-375-75822-4)

When Mary Ladd Gavell died in 1967, at the age of forty-seven, she had never been published. But her story “The Rotifer” was fortuitously discovered by John Updike, who called it a “gem” and included it in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. With the publication of I Cannot... Read more >
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American Falls
The Collected Short Stories
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-573-8 (1-58322-573-0)

American Falls is the first major collection of short stories from Barry Gifford, master of the dark side of the American reality. These stories range widely in style and period, from the 1950s to the present, from absurdist exercises to romantic tales, from stories about childhood innocence to novellas of murder... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Do the Blind Dream?
New Novellas and Stories
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 7, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-670-4 (1-58322-670-2)

Do the Blind Dream? shows Gifford at the height of his powers, navigating with ease the new, more fragmented imaginative landscape of morning-after America. Gifford seems to have anticipated themes that suddenly are recognizable everywhere: the fragility of identity; the power of coincidence; the illusion of a secure tomorrow.

In contrast to... Read more >
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The Roy Stories

Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-497-8 (1-60980-497-X)

Barry Gifford has been writing gritty, American tales for the past forty years. His novels, stories, poetry, and films have helped shape the American neo-noir genre. The New York Times Book Review says that he, “can sum up in a few words the cruelty, horror, and crushing banality that shape an... Read more >
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Sad Stories of the Death of Kings

Written by Barry Gifford
Foreword by Rob Christopher


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 23, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-948-4 (1-58322-948-5)

Roy is a lover of adventure movies, a budding writer, and a young man slowly coming of age without the benefit of a father. Surrounding him–whether to support him or to drag him under–is the adult world of postwar Chicago, a city haunted by violence, poverty, and the redeeming power of... Read more >
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Sad Stories of the Death of Kings

Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-922-4 (1-58322-922-1)

Roy is a lover of adventure movies, a budding writer, and a young man slowly coming of age without the benefit of a father. Surrounding him–whether to support him or to drag him under–is the adult world of postwar Chicago, a city haunted by violence, poverty, and the redeeming power of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Writings

Written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Introduction by Alexander Black


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78340-4 (0-679-78340-7)

"There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver."--Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), a leading figure in the women's movement of the early twentieth century, is a pillar of the American feminist canon. This edition of her work... Read more >

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Tell Me One Thing
Stories
Written by Deena Goldstone


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53875-6 (0-385-53875-8)

A collection of unforgettable short stories that explores the wondrous transformation between grief and hope, a journey often marked by moments of unexpected grace.

Set in California, Tell Me One Thing is an uplifting and poignant book about people finding their way toward happiness. In "Get Your Dead Man's Clothes," "Irish Twins,"... Read more >
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The Stories of Mary Gordon

Written by Mary Gordon


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7808-0 (1-4000-7808-3)

The stories of Mary Gordon return us to the pleasure of this writer's craft and to her monumental talent as an observer of character and of the ever-fading American Dream. These pieces encompass the pre- and postwar Irish American family life she circles in the early Temporary Shelter series, as well... Read more >
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Ford County: Stories

Written by John Grisham


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53245-7 (0-385-53245-8)

In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill.

Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother... Read more >

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The Practical Heart
Four Novellas
Written by Allan Gurganus


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72763-4 (0-375-72763-9)

A luminous quartet, five years in the writing, reveals even more fully the breathtaking range of "a storyteller in the grand tradition" (New York Times).

Allan Gurganus's voice—by turn bawdy and serene, folkloric and profane—deepens as it soars into this quiet masterwork. Four new fables—rich in event, comedy, experience—surge with the force... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Country Ahead of Us, The Country Behind

Written by David Guterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 1996
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76718-3 (0-679-76718-5)

Like his novel, Snow Falling On Cedars, for which he received the PENFaulkner Award, Guterson's beautifully observed and emotionally piercing short stories are set largely in the Pacific Northwest. In these vast landscapes, hunting, fishing, and sports are the givens of men's lives. But although Guterson's characters go into the wilderness... Read more >
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Problems with People
Stories
Written by David Guterson


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35148-5 (0-385-35148-8)

Ten sharply observed, funny, and wise new stories from the best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars: stunning explorations of the mysteries of love and our complex desire for connection.

Ranging from youth to old age, the voices that inhabit Problems with People offer tender, unexpected, and always tightly focused accounts of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Continental Op

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72258-8 (0-679-72258-0)

Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to pain, Dashiell Hammett's Continetal Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. In these stories the Op unravels a murder with too many clues, looks for a girl with eyes the color of shadows on polished silver, and tangles with a crooked-eared gunman... Read more >

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Nightmare Town
Stories
Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70102-3 (0-375-70102-8)

In the title story, a man on a bender enters a small town and ends up unraveling the dark mystery at its heart. A woman confronts the brutal truth about her husband in the chilling story "Ruffian's Wife." "His Brother's Keeper" is a half-wit boxer's eulogy to the brother who betrayed... Read more >

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The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick

Written by Elizabeth Hardwick
Introduction by Darryl Pinckney


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-287-2 (1-59017-287-6)

Elizabeth Hardwick was one of America’s great postwar women of letters, celebrated as a novelist and an essayist. Until now, however, her slim but remarkable achievement as a writer of short stories has remained largely hidden, tucked away in the pages of the periodicals–such as Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and... Read more >
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A Brief History of the Flood

Written by Jean Harfenist


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71335-4 (0-375-71335-2)

Lillian Anderson is a strong-minded, backwoods-Minnesota girl, well-versed in the basics of survival. She can find air to breathe under a capsized boat, drive in a blizzard, or capture a wild duck. As part of a large struggling family, she tiptoes around her explosive father whose best days always come right... Read more >
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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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Gumbo
A Celebration of African American Writing
Written by E. Lynn Harris and Marita Golden


Format: Trade Paperback, 828 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1041-5 (0-7679-1041-9)

The 2003 Nonfiction Honor Book, presented by The Black Caucus of ALA

Not since Terry McMillan's Breaking Ice have so many African-American writers been brought together in one volume. Edited by Marita Golden and E. Lynn Harris, Gumbo brings together a broad spectrum of writers of new and previously published stories of... Read more >
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Hawthorne's Short Stories

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74121-9 (0-307-74121-4)

Twenty-four of the best short stories by one of the early masters of the form, in the definitive collection edited by acclaimed scholar Newton Arvin.

Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of the greatest American writers of the nineteenth century, and some of his most powerful work was in the form of fable-like tales... Read more >
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