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The Pure Lover
A Memoir of Grief
Written by David Plante


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0620-7 (0-8070-0620-3)

The Pure Lover is David Plante’s elegy to his beloved Nikos Stangos, their forty-year life together, and its tragic end. Written in vivid fragments that, like the pieces of a mosaic, come together into a glimmering whole, it shows us both the wild nature of grief and the intimate conversation that... Read more >

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Does Your House Have Lions?

Written by Sonia Sanchez


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 28, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6831-1 (0-8070-6831-4)

Nominated for the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

Recommended Reading from Emerge

An epic poem on kin estranged, the death of a brother from AIDS, and the possibility of reconciliation and love in the face of loss.

“One of our more overlooked older poets, Sanchez writes concise, wounded poems that work... Read more >

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If Not, Winter
Fragments of Sappho
Written by Sappho
Translated by Anne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72451-0 (0-375-72451-6)

Of the nine books of lyrics the ancient Greek poet Sappho is said to have composed, only one poem has survived complete. The rest are fragments. In this miraculous new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson presents all of Sappho’s fragments, in Greek and in English, as if on the... Read more >

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The City and the Pillar
A Novel
Written by Gore Vidal


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 2, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3037-8 (1-4000-3037-4)

A literary cause célèbre when first published more than fifty years ago, Gore Vidal’s now-classic The City and the Pillar stands as a landmark novel of the gay experience.

Jim, a handsome, all-American athlete, has always been shy around girls. But when he and his best friend, Bob, partake in “awful kid... Read more >

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The Pilgrim Hawk
A Love Story
Written by Glenway Wescott
Introduction by Michael Cunningham


Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-457-9 (1-59017-457-7)

This powerful short novel describes the events of a single afternoon. Alwyn Towers, an American expatriate and sometime novelist, is staying with a friend outside of Paris, when a well-heeled, itinerant Irish couple drops in–with Lucy, their trained hawk, a restless, sullen, disturbingly totemic presence. Lunch is prepared, drink flows. A... Read more >
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The Beautiful Room Is Empty
A Novel
Written by Edmund White


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75540-1 (0-679-75540-3)

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award

When the narrator of White's poised yet scalding autobiographical novel first embarks on his sexual odyssey, it is the 1950s, and America is "a big gray country of families on drowsy holiday." That country has no room for a scholarly teenager with guilty, but insatiable stirrings... Read more >
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The Burning Library
Essays
Written by Edmund White


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1995
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75474-9 (0-679-75474-1)

The Burning Library is a collection of White's most enduring essays through the past 25 years.  He begins with "The Gay Philosopher," a powerful statement on the centrality of friendship in gay life, written just after the Stonewall riots. Finishing the work with "The Personal is Political," a discussion of the place... Read more >
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Caracole

Written by Edmund White


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76416-8 (0-679-76416-X)

In French caracole means "prancing"; in English, "caper." Both words perfectly describe this high-spirited erotic adventure. In Caracole, White invents an entire world where country gentry languish in decaying mansions and foppish intellectuals exchange lovers and gossip in an occupied city that resembles both Paris under the Nazis and 1980s New... Read more >
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Forgetting Elena
A Novel
Written by Edmund White


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75573-9 (0-679-75573-X)

Combining glittering wit, an atmosphere dense in social paranoia, and a breathtaking elegance and precision of language, White's first novel suggests a hilarious apotheosis of the comedy of manners. For, on the privileged island community where Forgetting Elena takes place, manners are everything. Or so it seems to White's excruciatingly self-conscious... Read more >
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Genet
A Biography
Written by Edmund White


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 1994
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75479-4 (0-679-75479-2)

A meticulously researched biography of Jean Genet, one of France’s most notorious writers. Acclaimed novelist and essayist Edmund White illuminates Genet’s experiences in the worlds of crime, homosexuality, politics, and high culture, and gives a compelling analysis of Genet’s plays, novels, and essays. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award... Read more >
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Plays of Oscar Wilde

Written by Oscar Wilde


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1988
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75788-9 (0-394-75788-2)

This Vintage edition of The Plays of Oscar Wilde contains the plays that made Wilde one of the most important dramatists of his time. Wilde's plays demonstrate why their author must be seen as both an inaugurator and a master of modernism. In his best work, the subversive insights embedded in... Read more >
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Written on the Body

Written by Jeanette Winterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 1, 1994
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74447-4 (0-679-74447-9)

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award

The narrator of Written on the Body has neither name nor gender; the beloved is a married woman. As Winterson chronicles their consuming affair, she compels us to see love stripped of clichés and categories, as a visceral phenomenon necessary for emotional completion.

PRAISE FOR Written... Read more >
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The Albino Album
A Novel
Written by Chavisa Woods


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-476-3 (1-60980-476-7)

Emerging author Chavisa Woods has been noted for capturing a “strange, troubling vision of domestic life in the rural U.S.” (Go Magazine). Here she presents a technicolored vision of rural adolescence, the story of a girl with an unpronounceable name–a fiery, unhinged, growling, big-hearted country girl in a dirty black tutu... Read more >
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