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Mosses from an Old Manse

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Introduction by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6605-3 (0-8129-6605-8)

Mosses from an Old Manse is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s second story collection, first published in 1846 in two volumes and featuring sketches and tales written over a span of more than twenty years, including such classics as “Young Goodman Brown,” “The Birthmark,” and “Rappaccini’s Daughter.” Herman Melville deemed Hawthorne the American Shakespeare... Read more >
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Twice-Told Tales

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Introduction by Rosemary Mahoney


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75788-4 (0-375-75788-0)

Twice-Told Tales, originally published in 1837 and revised and republished by Hawthorne in 1851 (the edition reproduced here), is the most famous collection of Hawthorne's stories. All of Hawthorne's great gifts - and the features that make him not only one of the greatest but one of the most contemporary American... Read more >

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The Best Short Stories of O. Henry

Written by O. Henry
Edited by Bennett Cerf and Van H. Cartmell


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 22, 1994
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-60122-7 (0-679-60122-8)

The more than 600 stories written by O. Henry provided an embarrassment of riches for the compilers of this volume. The final selection of the thirty-eight stories in this collection offers for the reader's delight those tales honored almost unanimously by anthologists and those that represent, in variety and balance, the... Read more >
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Key West Tales
Stories
Written by John Hersey


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 6, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77263-7 (0-679-77263-4)

Alternating a tale of the past that has become a part of Key West legend with a contemporary story that reflects the pulse of life there today, Hersey weaves in these stories a brilliant human tapestry of the place that means a great deal to him. From the author of A... Read more >

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The One-Room Schoolhouse
Stories About the Boys
Written by Jim Heynen


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 30, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74769-7 (0-679-74769-9)

n more than one hundred perfectly pitched, sometimes perverse, and always surprising stories, Jim Heynen displays his mastery of country wisdom, speech, and behavior as he reveals life in a Midwest where electricity is a magical novelty and cities a distant rumor. These are tales of farmboys finding their way, contending... Read more >

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The Ways of White Folks
Stories
Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72817-7 (0-679-72817-1)

Like his most famous poems, Langston Hughes’s stories are messages from that “other” America, sharply etched vignettes of its daily life, cruelly accurate portrayals of black people colliding—sometimes humorously, more often tragically—with whites. Filled with mordant wit and human detail, whether his character is a poor black musician or wealthy whites... Read more >
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
Or, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
Written by Washington Irving
Introduction by Alice Hoffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75721-1 (0-375-75721-X)

With his beloved Gothic tales, Washington Irving is said to have created the genre of the short story in America. Though Irving crafted many of the most memorable characters in fiction, from Rip Van Winkle to Ichabod Crane, his gifts were not confined to the short story alone. He was also... Read more >
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The Sunnier Side and Other Stories

Written by Charles Jackson
Introduction by Blake Bailey


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94872-4 (0-307-94872-2)

A masterful collection of short stories exposing the seamy undercurrents of small-town American life from Charles Jackson, celebrated author of The Lost Weekend.

A selection of Jackson’s finest tales, The Sunnier Side and Other Stories explores the trials of adolescence in America during the tumultuous years of the early twentieth century. Set... Read more >
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The Melancholy of Anatomy
Stories
Written by Shelley Jackson


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 2, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72120-2 (0-385-72120-X)

Amusing, touching, and unsettling, The Melancholy of Anatomy is that most wonderful of fictions, one that makes us see the world in an entirely new light.

Here is the body turned inside out, its members set free, its humors released upon the world. Hearts bigger than planets devour light and warp the... Read more >
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The Turn of the Screw & In the Cage

Written by Henry James
Introduction by Hortense Calisher


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75740-2 (0-375-75740-6)

This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition brings together one of literature's most famous ghost stories and one of Henry James's most unusual novellas. In The Turn of the Screw, a governess is haunted by ghosts from her young charges past; Virginia Woolf said of this masterpiece of psychological ambiguity and suggestion... Read more >
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Aerogrammes

Written by Tania James


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38902-2 (0-307-38902-2)

From the acclaimed author of Atlas of Unknowns, a bravura collection of short stories—set, by turns, in London, Sierra Leone, and the American Midwest—that captures the yearning and dislocation of young men and women around the world.

In “Light & Luminous,” a gifted instructor of Indian dance falls victim to the vanity... Read more >
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Who's Irish?
Stories
Written by Gish Jen


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 13, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70592-2 (0-375-70592-9)

"Sparkling...a gently satiric look at the American Dream and its fallout on those who pursue it."—The New York Times

With dazzling wit and compassion, Gish Jen—author of the highly acclaimed novels Typical American and Mona in the Promised Land—looks at ambition and compromise at century's end and finds that much of the... Read more >
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The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories

Written by Sarah Orne Jewett
Introduction by Suzannah Lessard


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75671-9 (0-375-75671-X)

The story of an endearing, unlikely friendship set against the backdrop of a remote and beautiful Maine coastal town, The Country of the Pointed Firs is one of Sarah Orne Jewett's most loved works, and it quickly earned her a reputation as a talented writer upon its publication. Praised by Alice... Read more >
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This Is Paradise
Stories
Written by Kristiana Kahakauwila


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3625-4 (0-7704-3625-0)

In this debut short-story collection, native Hawaiian Kristiana Kahakauwila’s startling and vivid stories remind readers of the powerful desire to belong, to put down roots, and to have a place to call home.
Kahakauwila travels the islands of Hawai'i, making the fabled place her own. Exploring the deep tensions between local... Read more >
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Night Shift

Written by Stephen King


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94729-1 (0-307-94729-7)

King’s first collection of short stories showcases the darkest depths of his brilliant imagination. Here we see mutated rats gone bad (“Graveyard Shift”); a cataclysmic virus that threatens humanity (“Night Surf,” the basis for The Stand); a possessed, evil lawnmower (“The Lawnmower Man”); unsettling children from the heartland (“Children of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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Sam the Cat
and Other Stories
Written by Matthew Klam


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 29, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72661-3 (0-375-72661-6)

Winner of the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship For Writers

"Matthew Klam's Sam The Cat represents the appearance of a new voice in American short fiction of astonishing energy and vitality. From the instant first encounter, Klam's anguished, neurotic, and hysterically funny tales of young lust and ambition—especially pungent in their depiction of masculine... Read more >
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Unaccustomed Earth

Written by Jhumpa Lahiri


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27825-8 (0-307-27825-5)

From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories—longer and more emotionally complex than any she has yet written—that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand as they enter the lives of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Slapboxing with Jesus

Written by Victor LaValle


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70590-8 (0-375-70590-2)

Twelve original and interconnected stories in the traditions of Junot Díaz and Sherman Alexie. Victor D. LaValle's astonishing, violent, and funny debut offers harrowing glimpses at the vulnerable lives of young people who struggle not only to come of age, but to survive the city streets.

In "ancient history," two best friends... Read more >
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Men and Cartoons

Written by Jonathan Lethem


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7680-2 (1-4000-7680-3)

Jonathan Lethem’s new collection of stories is a feast for his fans and the perfect introduction for new readers—nine fantastic, amusing, poignant tales written in a dizzying variety of styles, as Lethem samples high and low culture to create fictional worlds that are utterly original. Longtime readers will recognize echoes of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Sap Rising

Written by Christine Lincoln


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72777-1 (0-375-72777-9)

In this spare and mesmerizing debut, Christine Lincoln takes us inside the hearts and minds of African Americans whose lives unfold against a vividly evoked rural community. As they navigate between old and new, between youth and responsibility, they find themselves choosing between the comforts of what they trust without question... Read more >
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Two Marriages

Written by Philip Lopate


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: September 2, 2008
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-298-2 (1-59051-298-7)

“THE STOIC’S MARRIAGE” IS THE DIARY OF WELL-OFF, idle Gordon, a lifelong student of philosophy who declares, “I have always regarded myself as having a stunted capacity for happiness.” All that changes when the enchanting Rita enters his life as a nurse’s aid sent to care for his dying mother. The... Read more >

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Field Notes
The Grace Note of the Canyon Wren
Written by Barry Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7512-6 (1-4000-7512-2)

In this collection of twelve stories, Barry Lopez—the National Book Award–winning author of Arctic Dreams and one of our most admired writers—evokes the longing we feel for beauty in our relationships with one another, with the past, and with nature.

An anthropologist traveling with an aboriginal people finds that, because of his... Read more >
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Light Action in the Caribbean
Stories
Written by Barry Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75448-0 (0-679-75448-2)

Moving from fable and historical fiction to contemporary realism, this book of stories from Barry Lopez is erotic and wise, full of irresistible characters doing things they shouldn't do for reasons that are mysterious and irreducible. In "The Letters of Heaven," a packet of recently discovered 17th-century Peruvian love letters presents... Read more >
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Resistance

Written by Barry Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 14, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7665-9 (1-4000-7665-X)

From the National Book Award-winning author of Arctic Dreams, a highly charged, stunningly original work of fiction—a passionate response to the changes shaping our country today. In nine fictional testimonies, men and women who have resisted the mainstream and who are now suddenly “parties of interest” to the government tell their... Read more >
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The Journey Prize Stories 23

Selected by Alexander MacLeod, Alison Pick and Sarah Selecky


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Emblem Editions
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-9562-7 (0-7710-9562-7)

For more than two decades, The Journey Prize Stories has been presenting the best short stories published each year by some of Canada’s most exciting new writers. Previous contributors -- including such now well-known, bestselling writers as Yann Martel, Elizabeth Hay, Annabel Lyon, Lisa Moore, Heather O'Neill, Pasha Malla, Timothy Taylor... Read more >
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