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The Story of My Life
The Restored Edition
Written by Helen Keller
Edited by James Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6886-6 (0-8129-6886-7)

The Story of My Life, a remarkable account of overcoming the debilitating challenges of being both deaf and blind, has become an international classic, making Helen Keller one of the most well-known, inspirational figures in history. Originally published in 1903, Keller’s fascinating memoir narrates the events of her life up to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a paperback.

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Poetry After 9/11
An Anthology of New York Poets
Edited by Dennis Loy Johnson and Valerie Merians


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-000-6 (1-61219-000-6)

This 10th anniversary edition is an important and inspiring document from a defining moment in our nation’s history. There will be great interest as the events of 9/11 are commemorated and analyzed on the 10-year anniversary.

A sweeping collection of poems, written in the year after the 9/11 attacks, by all New... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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And Their Children After Them
The Legacy of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: James Agee, Walker Evans, and the Rise and Fall of Cotton in the South
Written by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson
Foreword by Carl Mydans


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-657-5 (1-58322-657-5)

Winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction

In And Their Children After Them, the writer/photographer team Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson return to the land and families captured in James Agee and Walker Evans’s inimitable Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, extending the project of conscience and chronicling the traumatic decline... Read more >

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Oswald's Tale
An American Mystery
Written by Norman Mailer


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 25, 1996
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40437-4 (0-345-40437-8)

"Explaining Kennedy's assassination through the flaws in Oswald's character has been attempted before, notably by Gerald Posner in Case Closed and Don DeLillo in Libra. Neither handled Oswald with the kind of dexterity and literary imagination that Mailer here supplies in great force... Oswald's Tale weaves a story not only about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories

Edited by Ben Marcus


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3482-6 (1-4000-3482-5)

“In twenty-nine separate but ingenious ways, these stories seek permanent residence within a reader. They strive to become an emotional or intellectual cargo that might accompany us wherever, or however, we go. . . . If we are made by what we read, if language truly builds people into what they... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Notable American Women
A Novel
Written by Ben Marcus


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71378-1 (0-375-71378-6)

Ben Marcus achieved cult status and gained the admiration of his peers with his first book, The Age of Wire and String. With Notable American Women he goes well beyond that first achievement to create something radically wonderful, a novel set in a world so fully imagined that it creates its... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shiloh and Other Stories

Written by Bobbie Ann Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 7, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75843-0 (0-375-75843-7)

"These stories will last," said Raymond Carver of Shiloh And Other Stories when it was first published, and almost two decades later this stunning fiction debut and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award has become a modern American classic. In “Shiloh,” Bobbie Ann Mason introduces us to her western Kentucky people and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Thousand Pieces of Gold

Written by Ruthanne Lum McCunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 25, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8381-9 (0-8070-8381-X)

Lalu Nathoy’s father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his “thousand pieces of gold,” yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a... Read more >

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7948-0 (0-8129-7948-6)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Entertainment Weekly • The Seattle Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man... Read more >

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The Changing Light at Sandover

Written by James Merrill
Edited by J.D. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 2, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71174-9 (0-375-71174-0)

A welcome return to paperback: James Merrill’s most famous and celebrated work.

“An astonishing performance . . . As near to [a masterpiece] as anything that American poetry has produced in the last two or three decades.” —The New York Review of Books

“James Merrill has created a poem as central to our... Read more >

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Poems of the American West

Edited by Robert Mezey


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $12.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-41459-6 (0-375-41459-2)

In this provocative and insightful anthology, many voices join in celebrating the remarkably vast and varied American West. The verse collected here ranges from Indian tribal lyrics to nineteenth-century folksongs like "The Streets of Laredo," from country-western lyrics to the poems of such non-American observers as Apollinaire and Borges. Here is... Read more >

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The Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Written by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Edited by Nancy Milford


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76123-2 (0-375-76123-3)

One of America’s most celebrated poets—and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1923—Edna St. Vincent Millay defined a generation with her passionate lyrics and intoxicating voice of liberation. Edited by Millay biographer Nancy Milford, this Modern Library Paperback Classics collection captures the poet’s unique spirit in works like Renascence and Other... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The American Way of Death Revisited

Written by Jessica Mitford


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77186-9 (0-679-77186-7)

Thirty-five years ago, Jessica Mitford's savage and hilarious The American Way of Death was a number one bestseller and occasioned new legislation intended to reform the funeral industry. By the time of her death in 1996, Mitford had nearly finished a complete revision of that long out-of-print book--demonstrating, with her genius... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Love
A Novel
Written by Toni Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7847-9 (1-4000-7847-4)

From the internationally acclaimed Nobel laureate comes a richly conceived novel that illuminates the full spectrum of desire.

May, Christine, Heed, Junior, Vida—even L: all women obsessed by Bill Cosey. More than the wealthy owner of the famous Cosey Hotel and Resort, he shapes their yearnings for father, husband, lover, guardian, friend... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Love

Written by Toni Morrison


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 28, 2003
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-40944-8 (0-375-40944-0)

May, Christine, Heed, Junior, Vida—even L: all women obsessed with Bill Cosey. The wealthy owner of the famous Cosey’s Hotel and Resort, he shapes their yearnings for father, husband, lover, guardian, and friend, yearnings that dominate the lives of these women long after his death. Yet while he is either the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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At Home in the Heart of Appalachia

Written by John O'Brien


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72139-4 (0-385-72139-0)

John O’Brien was raised in Philadelphia by an Appalachian father who fled the mountains to escape crippling poverty and family tragedy. Years later, with a wife and two kids of his own, the son moved back into those mountains in an attempt to understand both himself and the father from whom... Read more >

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When the Emperor Was Divine

Written by Julie Otsuka


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72181-3 (0-385-72181-1)

Julie Otsuka’s commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination—both physical and emotional—of a generation of Japanese Americans. In five chapters, each flawlessly executed from a different point... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Promised Land
Thirteen Books That Changed America
Written by Jay Parini


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38618-2 (0-307-38618-X)

“These thirteen books must be seen as representative, not definitive, works. They are nodal points, places where vast areas of thought and feeling gathered and dispersed, creating a nation as various and vibrant as the United States, which must be considered one of the most successful nation-states in modern history, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nothing and Everything - The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant Garde
1942 - 1962
Written by Ellen Pearlman


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-363-2 (1-58394-363-3)

In America in the late 1950s and early 60s, the world–and life itself–became a legitimate artist’s tool, aligning with Zen Buddhism’s emphasis on “enlightenment at any moment” and living in the now. Simultaneously and independently, parallel movements were occurring in Japan, as artists there, too, strove to break down artistic boundaries... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

The Human Experience

Written by Quaker U.S. Staff


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 4, 2013
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82651-0 (0-307-82651-1)

At the time of its first publication, The Human Experience was a historic publishing event, the first of its kind: an anthology published simultaneously in the United States and the Soviet Union that brought together forty brilliant and celebrated contemporary writers—half of them Americans, half of them Russians—in deeply felt stories... Read more >

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American Pastoral
American Trilogy (1)
Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 3, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70142-9 (0-375-70142-7)

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

As the American century draws to an uneasy close, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all our century's promises of prosperity, civic order,  and domestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who... Read more >

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The Great American Novel

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74906-6 (0-679-74906-3)

In this ribald, richly imagined, and wickedly satiric novel, Roth turns baseball's status as national pastime and myth into an occasion for unfettered picaresque farce, replete with heroism and perfidy, ebullient wordplay and a cast of characters that includes the House Un-American Activities Committee.

"Roth invents baseball anew, as pure slapstick... An... Read more >

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Empire Falls

Written by Richard Russo


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72640-8 (0-375-72640-3)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

With Empire Falls Richard Russo cements his reputation as one of America’s most compelling and compassionate storytellers.

Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there?... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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New York: The Novel

Written by Edward Rutherfurd


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-49742-0 (0-345-49742-2)

Winner of the David J. Langum, Sr., Prize in American Historical Fiction

Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and “Required Reading” by the New York Post

Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America’s greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga, weaving together tales of families rich and poor, native-born... Read more >
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