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The Metamorphosis

Written by Franz Kafka
Translated by Stanley Corngold


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8514-6 (0-8129-8514-1)

Translated, edited, and with an Introduction by Stanley Corngold
Featuring essays by Philip Roth, W. H Auden, and Walter Benjamin

“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Franz Kafka begins... Read more >
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By Fire, By Water

Written by Mitchell James Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 18, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-352-1 (1-59051-352-5)

Luis de Santángel, chancellor to the court and longtime friend of the lusty King Ferdinand, has had enough of the Spanish Inquisition. As the power of Inquisitor General Tomás de Torquemada grows, so does the brutality of the Spanish church and the suspicion and paranoia it inspires. When a dear friend’s... Read more >
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If It Is Your Life

Written by James Kelman


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-622-5 (1-59051-622-2)

Giving voice to the dispossessed and crafting stories of lives held in the balance, James Kelman reaches us all. Penetrating deeply into the hearts, minds, and desperation of characters who find themselves in everyday situations—in the hospital, at a bus stop, in a living room with the endless roar of the... Read more >
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They Burn the Thistles

Written by Yashar Kemal
Translated by Margaret E. Platon
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 21, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-185-1 (1-59017-185-3)

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Absent
A Novel
Written by Betool Khedairi
Translated by Muhayman Jamil


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7742-4 (0-8129-7742-4)

Dalal is a young woman living in a crowded Baghdad apartment with the childless aunt and uncle who raised her. In the same building, Umm Mazin, a fortune-teller, offers her customers cures for their physical and romantic ailments, Saad the hairdresser attends to a dwindling number of female customers, and Ilham... Read more >
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Among Flowers
A Walk in the Himalaya
Written by Jamaica Kincaid


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: July 17, 2007
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0096-0 (1-4262-0096-X)

In this delightful hybrid of a book—part memoir and part travel journal—the bestselling author takes us deep into the mountains of Nepal with a trio of botanist friends in search of native Himalayan plants that will grow in her Vermont garden. Alighting from a plane in the dramatic Annapurna Valley, the... Read more >
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Sunflower

Written by Gyula Krudy
Translated by John Batki
Introduction by John Lukacs


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-186-8 (1-59017-186-1)

In Sunflower, young Eveline leaves the city and returns to her country estate to escape the memory of her desperate love for the unscrupulous charmer Kálmán. There she encounters the melancholy Álmos-Dreamer, who is languishing for love of her, and is visited by the bizarre and beautiful Miss Maszkerádi, a woman... Read more >
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Diary of the Fall

Written by Michel Laub
Translated by Margaret Jull Costa


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-59051-651-5 (1-59051-651-6)

A cruel schoolboy prank leaves the only Catholic boy in an elite Jewish school in Porto Alegre terribly injured. Years later, one of his classmates revisits that episode, trying to come to terms with the choices he made then and his present demons. 

Diary of the Fall is the story of three generations... Read more >
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Stella

Written by Siegfried Lenz


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-335-4 (1-59051-335-5)

In a small town on the Baltic coast, in a community steeped in maritime industries and local mores, a teenager falls in love with his English professor. Christian looks older than his years, Stella younger than hers. The summer they spend together is filled with boat rides to Bird Island, secret... Read more >
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How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

Written by Ken Ludwig


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95149-6 (0-307-95149-9)

Williams Shakespeare’s plays are among the great bedrocks of Western civilization and contain the finest writing of the past 450 years. Many of the best novels, plays, poetry, and films in the English language produced since Shakespeare’s death in 1616—from Jane Austen to The Godfather—are heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s stories, characters... Read more >
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The Prince

Written by Niccolo Machiavelli
Translated by Peter Constantine
Introduction by Albert Russell Ascoli


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7805-6 (0-8129-7805-6)

The first modern treatise of political philosophy, The Prince remains one of the world’s most influential and widely read books. Machiavelli, whose name has become synonymous with expedient exercises of will, reveals nothing less than the secrets of power: how to gain it, how to wield it, and how to keep... Read more >
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I Am Forbidden
A Novel
Written by Anouk Markovits


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98474-6 (0-307-98474-5)

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Beatrice and Virgil
A Novel
Written by Yann Martel


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 22, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8154-4 (0-8129-8154-5)

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Life of Pi comes another ingenious, provocative, and mesmerizing novel that explores big questions about humanity—about who we are and what we are capable of doing in order to survive.

Fate can take many forms. For Henry, it arrives in an envelope from a stranger containing... Read more >
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A House for Mr. Biswas
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70716-2 (0-375-70716-6)

The early masterpiece of V. S. Naipaul’s brilliant career, A House for Mr. Biswas is an unforgettable story inspired by Naipaul’s father that has been hailed as one of the twentieth century’s finest novels.

In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of... Read more >
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The Mimic Men
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70717-9 (0-375-70717-4)

A profound novel of cultural displacement, The Mimic Men masterfully evokes a colonial man’s experience in a postcolonial world.

Born of Indian heritage and raised on a British-dependent Caribbean island, Ralph Singh has retired to suburban London, writing his memoirs as a means to impose order on a chaotic existence. His memories... Read more >
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The Tiger's Wife
A Novel
Written by Téa Obreht 


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34384-8 (0-385-34384-1)

Winner, 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction
Finalist, 2011 National Book Award

A 2011 New York Times Notable Book ("10 Best")
A 2011 Library Journal Best Book (Top Ten)
A 2011 School Library Journal "Best Adult Book 4 Teens"
A 2012 American Library Association Notable Book for Adults (Fiction)

Selected for common reading at Georgetown University and New...
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The Tiger's Wife
A Novel
Written by Téa Obreht 


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34383-1 (0-385-34383-3)

Winner, 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction

Weaving a brilliant latticework of family legend, loss, and love, Téa Obreht, the youngest of The New Yorker’s twenty best American fiction writers under forty, has spun a timeless novel that will establish her as one of the most vibrant, original authors of her generation.

In a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Gertruda's Oath
A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II
Written by Ram Oren
Translated by Barbara Harshav


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-52719-4 (0-385-52719-5)

"Written with impressive talent and suspense, this true story will appeal to many." --Elie Wiesel

Michael Stolowitzky, the only son of a wealthy Jewish family in Poland, was just three years old when war broke out and the family lost everything. His father, desperate to settle his business affairs, travels to France... Read more >
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My Uncle Napoleon
A Novel
Written by Iraj Pezeshkzad
Translated by Dick Davis
Introduction by Azar Nafisi


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7443-0 (0-8129-7443-3)

The most beloved Iranian novel of the twentieth century

“God forbid, I’ve fallen in love with Layli!” So begins the farce of our narrator’s life, one spent in a large extended Iranian family lorded over by the blustering, paranoid patriarch, Dear Uncle Napoleon. When Uncle Napoleon’s least-favorite nephew falls for his daughter... Read more >

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A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear

Written by Atiq Rahimi


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-361-3 (1-59051-361-4)

Farhad is a typical student, twenty-one years old, interested in wine, women, and poetry, and negligent of the religious conservatism of his grandfather. But he lives in Kabul in 1979, and the early days of the pro-Soviet coup are about to change his life forever. One night Farhad goes out drinking... Read more >
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The Origin of Species

Written by Nino Ricci


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-349-1 (1-59051-349-5)

Winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Fiction

Montreal during the turbulent mid-1980s: Chernobyl has set Geiger counters thrumming across the globe, HIV/AIDS is cutting a deadly swath through the gay population worldwide, and locally, tempers are flaring over the recent codification of French as the official language of Quebec. Hiding... Read more >
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The Watch
A Novel
Written by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95591-3 (0-307-95591-5)

Following a desperate night-long battle, a group of beleaguered soldiers in an isolated base in Kandahar are faced with a lone woman demanding the return of her brother’s body. Is she a spy, a black widow, a lunatic, or is she what she claims to be: a grieving young sister intent... Read more >
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The Wedding of Zein

Written by Tayeb Salih
Translated by Denys Johnson-Davies
Introduction by Hisham Matar


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-342-8 (1-59017-342-2)

The Wedding of Zein unfolds in the same village on the upper Nile where Tayeb Salih’s tragic masterpiece Season of Migration to the North is set. Here, however, the story that emerges through the overlapping, sometimes contradictory voices of the villagers is comic. Zein is the village idiot, and everyone in... Read more >
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Novel Destinations
Literary Landmarks From Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West
Written by Shannon Mckenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon
Foreword by Matthew Pearl


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 16, 2009
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0454-8 (1-4262-0454-X)

For the new breed of vacationer who craves meaningful trips and unusual locales, the combination of reading and travel can be a heady mix—especially if you happen to be checking into Hemingway’s favorite hotel in Sun Valley, or strolling about Bath’s Royal Crescent while entertaining fantasies of Lizzie Bennett and her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Shanghai Girls
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8053-0 (0-8129-8053-0)

HONOR BOOK, ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION (APALA)
LITERATURE AWARD - FICTION


In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s... Read more >
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