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How to Breathe Underwater

Written by Julie Orringer


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3436-9 (1-4000-3436-1)

Nine brave, wise, and spellbinding stories make up this award-winning debut. In “When She is Old and I Am Famous” a young woman confronts the inscrutable power of her cousin’s beauty. In “Note to Sixth-Grade Self” a band of popular girls exert their social power over an awkward outcast. In “Isabel... Read more >
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Mendocino and Other Stories

Written by Ann Packer


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3163-4 (1-4000-3163-X)

With humor, wisdom and tenderness, Ann Packer offers ten short stories about women and men—wives and husbands, sisters and brothers, daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, friends, and lovers—who discover that life's greatest surprises may be found in that which is most familiar.

In the title story, on the anniversary of their father's suicide... Read more >
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Swim Back to Me

Written by Ann Packer


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7973-5 (1-4000-7973-X)

Ann Packer is one of our most talented observers of family life, with its hidden crevasses and unforeseeable perils. In these unforgettable, emotionally searing stories, she explores the moral predicaments that define our lives, the frailty of ordinary grace, and the ways in which we are shattered and remade by loss... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Black Tickets
Stories
Written by Jayne Anne Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72735-1 (0-375-72735-3)

Jayne Anne Phillips’s reputation-making debut collection paved the way for a new generation of writers. Raved about by reviewers and embraced by the likes of Raymond Carver, Frank Conroy, Annie Dillard, and Nadine Gordimer, Black Tickets now stands as a classic.

With an uncanny ability to depict the lives of men and... Read more >
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Fast Lanes

Written by Jayne Anne Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2000
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70284-6 (0-375-70284-9)

Jayne Anne Phillips has always been a master of portraiture, both in her widely acclaimed novels and in her short fiction. The stories in Fast Lanes demonstrated the breadth of her talent in a tour de force of voices, offering elegantly rendered views into the lives of characters torn between the... Read more >
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The Iron Bridge
Short Stories of 20th Century Dictators as Teenagers
Written by Anton Piatigorsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-218-9 (1-58642-218-9)

Anton Piatigorsky delivers an inspired inquiry into the early lives of the 20th century's most notorious tyrants. In The Iron Bridge, he pushes at the boundaries of the unexpected as he breathes fictionalized life into the adolescents who would grow up to become the most brutal dictators the world has ever... Read more >
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Complete Tales & Poems

Written by Edgar Allan Poe


Format: Trade Paperback, 1040 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1975
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71678-7 (0-394-71678-7)

Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most original writers in the history of American letters, a genius who was tragically misunderstood in his lifetime. He was a seminal figure in the development of science fiction and the detective story, and exerted a great influence on Dostoyevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules... Read more >
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The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Written by Edgar Allan Poe
Introduction by Matthew Pearl


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 23, 2006
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64342-5 (0-679-64342-7)

Includes The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, and The Purloined Letter

Between 1841 and 1844, Edgar Allan Poe invented the genre of detective fiction with three mesmerizing stories of a young French eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin. Introducing to literature the concept of applying reason to solving... Read more >
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Knockemstiff

Written by Donald Ray Pollock


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2830-4 (0-7679-2830-X)

In this unforgettable work of fiction, Donald Ray Pollock peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern American town to reveal the sad, stunted but resilient lives of its residents.

Spanning a period from the mid-sixties to the late nineties, the linked stories that comprise Knockemstiff feature a cast of recurring characters... Read more >
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The Theory of Light and Matter

Written by Andrew Porter


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 5, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47517-6 (0-307-47517-4)

These ten stories take us across the country—from rural Pennsylvania to Southern California to suburban Connecticut—and deep into characters struggling to find meaning in their day-to-day lives. The Theory of Light and Matter is a stunningly astute vision of contemporary American suburbia, full of tension, heartbreak, and emotional complexity—the work of... Read more >

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Disappearing Ingenue

Written by Melissa Pritchard


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 10, 2003
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72189-9 (0-385-72189-7)

This wildly imaginative collection presents the misadventures of unlikely heroine Eleanor Stoddard as she tries to lead an exemplary life but finds that things just keep going awry. In the summer after sixth grade, she dreams of being as courageous as Anne Frank. As a teenager, her sudden devotion to Catholicism... Read more >
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The Kissing List
Stories
Written by Stephanie Reents


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95183-0 (0-307-95183-9)

Composed of twelve stories connected by a recurring cast of characters, The Kissing List centers on young women–Frances, Deirdre, Maureen, Sylvie, and Laurie–whose lives intersect and overlap, first during a collegiate year abroad at Oxford, and then later as they all move to New York on the cusp of adulthood. Stephanie... Read more >
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What Salmon Know

Written by Elwood Reid


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49122-8 (0-385-49122-0)

Compared by critics to such masterful storytellers as Raymond Carver, Rick Bass, and Thom Jones, Elwood Reid, author of the acclaimed novel If I Don't Six, signals a powerful presence on the American literary landscape with his exceptional story collection, What Salmon Know.

Reid's characters are tough men living in a world... Read more >
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Fierce Pajamas
An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker
Edited by David Remnick and Henry Finder


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76127-0 (0-375-76127-6)

When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, he called it a “comic weekly.” And although it has become much more than that, it has remained true in its irreverent heart to the founder’s description, publishing the most illustrious literary humorists in the modern era—among them Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker... Read more >
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Charity

Written by Mark Richard


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-42570-4 (0-385-42570-8)

With Charity, the author of the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award-winning short story collection The Ice at the Bottom of the World and the novel Fishboy, reaffirms his distinction as poet laureate of the orphaned poor, the broken, the deceived, and the unrelieved. Compared to Faulkner for his language and to Flannery... Read more >
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The Ice at the Bottom of the World
Stories
Written by Mark Richard


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1991
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-41544-6 (0-385-41544-3)

In these ten stories, Mark Richard, winner of the 1990 PENErnest Hemingway Foundation Award, emerges as the heir apparent to Mark Twain, Flannery O'Connor, and William Faulkner. Read more >
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Kick in the Head
Stories
Written by Steven Rinehart


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49854-8 (0-385-49854-3)

The stories in this collection establish Steven Rinehart as a master of observation with an uncanny ability plumb to the psyche of that most perplexing beast, the American male, and to create infuriatingly real characters who find themselves in hilariously scary situations.

A man who's finally enjoying his first sex-only relationship destroys... Read more >
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Ladies and Gentlemen

Written by Adam Ross


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45491-1 (0-307-45491-6)

After his widely celebrated debut, Mr. Peanut, Adam Ross now presents a darkly compelling collection of stories about brothers, loners, lovers, and lives full of good intentions, misunderstandings, and obscured motives.

A hotshot lawyer, burdened by years of guilt and resentment, comes to the rescue of his irresponsible, irresistible younger brother. An... Read more >
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St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

Written by Karen Russell


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27667-4 (0-307-27667-8)

A San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year

In these ten glittering stories, debut author Karen Russell takes us to the ghostly and magical swamps of the Florida Everglades. Here wolf-like girls are reformed by nuns, a family makes their living wrestling alligators in a... Read more >
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Vampires in the Lemon Grove
And Other Stories
Written by Karen Russell


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94747-5 (0-307-94747-5)

A Washington Post Notable Book
An O, The Oprah Magazine Best Book of the Year
A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year

From the author of the novel Swamplandia!—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—comes a magical and uniquely daring collection of stories that showcases the author’s gifts at their inimitable best.

Within these... Read more >
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Vampires in the Lemon Grove
Stories
Written by Karen Russell


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95723-8 (0-307-95723-3)

From the author of the New York Times best seller Swamplandia!—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—a magical new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell’s gifts at their inimitable best.

A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’s nest. A community... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Whore's Child
Stories
Written by Richard Russo


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72601-9 (0-375-72601-2)

To this irresistible debut collection of short stories, Richard Russo brings the same bittersweet wit, deep knowledge of human nature, and spellbinding narrative gifts that distinguish his best-selling novels. His themes are the imperfect bargains of marriage; the discoveries and disillusionments of childhood;the unwinnable battles men and women insist on fighting... Read more >
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Last Night

Written by James Salter


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7841-7 (1-4000-7841-5)

From a writer whose every book is a literary event, a superbly accomplished work of fiction. Last Night is a spellbinding collection of stories about passion—by turns fiery and subdued, destructive and redemptive, alluring and devastating.

In ten powerful stories, Salter portrays men and women in their most intimate moments. A... Read more >
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Store of the Worlds
The Stories of Robert Sheckley
Written by Robert Sheckley
Edited by Alex Abramovich and Jonathan Lethem


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-494-4 (1-59017-494-1)

Robert Sheckley was science fiction’s in-house reply to the black humorists of the 1950s and 60s: Bruce Jay Friedman, Terry Southern, and the young Thomas Pynchon were his none too-distant relatives; Mort Sahl’s comedy, Charles Schultz’s cartoons, and Tom Lehrer’s songs all mined similar veins. Sheckley targeted the conformity and consumerism... Read more >
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Like You'd Understand, Anyway

Written by Jim Shepard


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27760-2 (0-307-27760-7)

Following his widely acclaimed Project X and Love and Hydrogen—“Here is the effect of these two books,” wrote the Chicago Tribune: “A reader finishes them buzzing with awe”—Jim Shepard now gives us his first entirely new collection in more than a decade.

Like You’d Understand, Anyway reaches from Chernobyl to Bridgeport, with... Read more >
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