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A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 27, 1990
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73137-5 (0-679-73137-7)

It's a hilariously revisionist account of Noah's ark, narrated by a passenger who doesn't appear in Genesis. It's a sneak preview of heaven. It encompasses the stories of a cruise ship hijacked by terrorists and of woodworms tried for blasphemy in sixteenth century France. In short, A History of the World... Read more >
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The Lemon Table

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 5, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7650-5 (1-4000-7650-1)

In his widely acclaimed new collection of stories, Julian Barnes addresses what is perhaps the most poignant aspect of the human condition: growing old.

The characters in The Lemon Table are facing the ends of their lives—some with bitter regret, others with resignation, and others still with defiant rage. Their circumstances... Read more >
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Levels of Life

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80658-1 (0-345-80658-1)

An NPR Best Book of the Year

In this elegant triptych of history, fiction, and memoir, Julian Barnes has written about ballooning and photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and tearing them apart; and enduring after the incomprehensible loss of a loved one. Powerfully rendered, exquisitely... Read more >
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Levels of Life

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35077-8 (0-385-35077-5)

“You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed . . .”

Julian Barnes’s new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him... Read more >
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Love, etc.

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72588-3 (0-375-72588-1)

Twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Julian Barnes continues to reinvigorate the novel with his pyrotechnic verbal skill and playful manipulation of plot and character. In Love, etc. he uses all the surprising, sophisticated ingredients of a delightful farce to create a tragicomedy of human frailties and needs.

After spending a... Read more >
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Nothing to Be Frightened Of

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38998-5 (0-307-38998-7)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about... Read more >
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Pulse
Stories
Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74240-7 (0-307-74240-7)

In these fourteen brilliant stories, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Sense of an Ending examines longing and loss, friendship and love, the historical past and contemporary life—all with his trademark wit and sharply observant eye. A newly divorced man invades his reticent girlfriend's privacy, only to discover that the... Read more >
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Pulse
Stories
Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59526-3 (0-307-59526-9)

After the best-selling Arthur & George and Nothing to Be Frightened Of, Julian Barnes returns with fourteen stories about longing and loss, friendship and love, whose mysterious natures he examines with his trademark wit and observant eye.

From an imperial capital in the eighteenth century to Garibaldi’s adventures in the nineteenth... Read more >
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The Sense of an Ending

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 29, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94772-7 (0-307-94772-6)

Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize

A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.

This intense... Read more >
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The Sense of an Ending

Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 5, 2011
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95712-2 (0-307-95712-8)

By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be Frightened Of and, most recently, Pulse.

This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends... Read more >
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Through the Window
Seventeen Essays and a Short Story
Written by Julian Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 20, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80550-8 (0-345-80550-X)

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending and one of Britain’s greatest writers: a brilliant collection of essays on the books and authors that have meant the most to him throughout his illustrious career.

In these seventeen essays (plus a short story and a special preface, “A... Read more >
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G.
A Novel
Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 1992
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73654-7 (0-679-73654-9)

Winner of the Booker Prize

In this luminous novel--winner of Britain's prestigious Book Prize--Berger relates the story of "G.," a young man forging an energetic sexual career in Europe during the early years of this century. With profound compassion, Berger explores the hearts and minds of both men and women, and what... Read more >
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Here Is Where We Meet
A Story of Crossing Paths
Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7933-9 (1-4000-7933-0)

One of the most widely admired writers of our time returns us to the captivating play and narrative allure of his previous novels—G. and To the Wedding among them—with a shimmering fiction drawn from chapters of his own life.

One hot afternoon in Lisbon, our narrator, John, finds his mother, who had... Read more >
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King
A Street Story
Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70534-2 (0-375-70534-1)

With the poetic acuity that renders his work timeless, Booker Prize-winning author John Berger brings us a 24-hour chronicle of homelessness. Beside a highway, in a wasteland furnished with smashed trucks and broken washing machines, lives a vagrant community of once-hopeful individuals, now abandoned by the twentieth century.

King, our narrator, is... Read more >
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A Painter of Our Time

Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73723-0 (0-679-73723-5)

The year is 1956. Soviet tanks are rolling into Budapest. In London, an expatriate Hungarian painter, Janos Lavin, has disappeared following a triumphant one-man show. Where has he gone and why? The only clues may lie in his diary. In his urgent and visionary first novel, Berger creates a multilayered intellectual... Read more >
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Photocopies
Encounters
Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 17, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75517-3 (0-679-75517-9)

Berger presents a collection of moments, each supremely vivid, that together make up a frieze of human history at the end of the millennium as well as a subtle and affecting self-portrait of their author. Using careful, intensely visual prose snapping frozen vignettes of life, these twenty-nine "photocopies" teach us about... Read more >
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To the Wedding

Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76777-0 (0-679-76777-0)

Berger tells the story of a wedding in Europe approaching the end of the century, a place where everything has changed--and not even the certainties of love are exempt. Gino and Ninon are getting married. Their stories--and those of Ninon's mother and father--are told by a blind Greek peddler, who hears... Read more >
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Minding Frankie

Written by Maeve Binchy


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47548-0 (0-307-47548-4)

When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he reluctantly agrees to take care of the baby girl. Along with the help of a caring network of friends, family and neighbors—including Lisa, his broken-hearted classmate, and Emily, his American cousin—Noel adapts to his new responsibilities... Read more >

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Jamrach's Menagerie
A Novel
Written by Carol Birch


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74317-6 (0-307-74317-9)

Nineteenth-century London comes vividly alive in this story a street urchin named Jaffy Brown. After a close call with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals. As the years pass, Mr. Jamrach recruits Jaffy and another boy named Tim to capture... Read more >
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Jamrach's Menagerie
A Novel
Written by Carol Birch


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53440-6 (0-385-53440-X)

A thrilling and powerful novel about a young boy lured to sea by the promise of adventure and reward, with echoes of Great Expectations, Moby-Dick, and The Voyage of the Narwhal.

Jamrach’s Menagerie
tells the story of a nineteenth-century street urchin named Jaffy Brown. Following an incident with an escaped tiger... Read more >
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The Leper's Companions
A Novel
Written by Julia Blackburn


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75838-9 (0-679-75838-0)

In this fascinatingly imaginative novel, Julia Blackburn has decimated all the rules, creating a magical tale that is part fable, part allegory, part present, part past, and wholly genuine and poetic.

The unnamed protagonist has recently lost someone she loved, and her solution is to abandon the present, and the overwhelming... Read more >
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Any Human Heart

Written by William Boyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3100-9 (1-4000-3100-1)

“A wonderful character—and a wonderful book. . . . Boyd persuades you that you’ve read the confidences of a real, flawed, marginal character battered by every malice and caprice of 20th-century history. ” —The Seattle Times

“A pleasure front to back, and a fond tip of the bowler hat to the upper-class... Read more >
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Armadillo
A Novel
Written by William Boyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70216-7 (0-375-70216-4)

From the award-winning author of A Good Man Africa and An Ice-Cream War comes Armadillo, a brilliant satirical noir set in contemporary London.

To his colleagues, Lorimer Black, the handsome, mild-mannered insurance adjuster rising through the ranks of his London firm, is known as the guy who has it all: the sleek... Read more >
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Fascination
Stories
Written by William Boyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7849-3 (1-4000-7849-0)

A new collection of stories by the internationally acclaimed author of Any Human Heart (“the finest storyteller of his generation” –Chicago Tribune).

In “Notebook No. 9,” a film director’s journal becomes an unintentional record of his obsessive love for his leading lady and the slow destruction of their relationship.

In “Beulah Berlin... Read more >
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A Good Man in Africa
A Novel
Written by William Boyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3002-6 (1-4000-3002-1)

In the small African republic of Kinjanja, British diplomat Morgan Leafy bumbles heavily through his job. His love of women, his fondness for drink, and his loathing for the country prove formidable obstacles on his road to any kind of success. But when he becomes an operative in Operation Kingpin and... Read more >
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