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Safekeeping
Some True Stories from a Life
Written by Abigail Thomas


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72055-7 (0-385-72055-6)

A beautifully crafted and inviting account of one woman’s life, Safekeeping offers a sublimely different kind of autobiography. Setting aside a straightforward narrative in favor of brief passages of vivid prose, Abigail Thomas revisits the pivotal moments and the tiny incidents that have shaped her life: pregnancy at 18; single motherhood... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Blooming: A Small-Town Girlhood

Written by Susan Allen Toth


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 17, 1998
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42115-9 (0-345-42115-9)

Susan Allen Toth has captured the innocence and joy of her childhood and adolescence in this delightful account of growing up in Ames Iowa, in the 1950s. Charming, wise, funny and poignant, Blooming celebrates an American way of life relived with nostalgia and compassion.

"(Toth) has recreated memories with a journalist's ear... Read more >

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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
A Novel
Written by Anne Tyler


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91159-4 (0-449-91159-4)

This is the touching story of a woman left alone to raise her three children, and the different paths their lives take. With the children now grown, they gather together again - with anger, with hope and with a beautiful, harsh, and dazzling story to tell-- "Beautifully funny, heart-hammering, wise...It is... Read more >
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A Patchwork Planet

Written by Anne Tyler


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00398-5 (0-449-00398-1)

In this, her fourteenth novel--and one of her most endearing--Anne Tyler tells the story of a lovable loser who's trying to get his life in order.

Barnaby Gaitlin has been in trouble ever since adolescence. He had this habit of breaking into other people's houses. It wasn't the big loot he... Read more >
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The Cold Song

Written by Linn Ullmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-667-6 (1-59051-667-2)

Siri Brodal, a chef and restaurant owner, is married to Jon Dreyer, a famous novelist plagued by writer’s block. Siri and Jon have two daughters, and together they spend their summers on the coast of Norway, in a mansion belonging to Jenny Brodal, Siri’s stylish and unforgiving mother.
 
Siri and Jon’s marriage... Read more >
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The Axe
The Master of Hestviken, Vol. 1
Written by Sigrid Undset


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75273-8 (0-679-75273-0)

Set in 13th-century Norway, The Axe is the first volume in Undset's epic tetralogy, The Master of Hestviken. In it, we meet Olav Audunsson and Ingunn Steinfinnsdatter, who were betrothed as children and raised as brother and sister. In the heedlessness of youth, they become lovers, unaware that their ardor will... Read more >
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In the Wilderness
The Master of Hestviken, Vol. 3
Written by Sigrid Undset


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 24, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75553-1 (0-679-75553-5)

It is Norway in the thirteenth-century. Olav Audunsson was once an outlaw; now he is a man of wealth and stature. He is haunted by the memory of crimes for which there are no easy atonement. In the third volume of her medieval epic, Sigrid Undset plunges readers into a world... Read more >
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The Snake Pit
The Master of Hestviken, Vol. 2
Written by Sigrid Undset


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75554-8 (0-679-75554-3)

In the second novel of her powerful saga The Master of Hestviken, Sigrid Undset turns the magnificent landscape of thirteenth-century Norway into the backdrop for a brilliant and unsparing portrait of marriage. Olav Audunsson and Ingunn Steinfinnsdatter, lovers when they were barely in childhood, are beginning a new life, but in... Read more >
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The Son Avenger
Volume IV of The Master of Hestviken
Written by Sigrid Undset


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 24, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75552-4 (0-679-75552-7)

In the concluding volume of The Master of Hestviken epic, Sigrid Undset combines an astonishing fidelity to the landscape, culture, and mores of thirteenth-century Norway with a timeless insight into the labyrinths of passion and bitterness, guilt and faith. As a young man, Olav Audunsson committed two murders for love. Now... Read more >
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Sweeping Up Glass

Written by Carolyn Wall


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34303-9 (0-385-34303-5)

Destined to be a classic, Sweeping Up Glass is a tough and tender novel of love, race, and justice, and a ferocious, unflinching look at the power of family.

Olivia Harker Cross owns a strip of mountain in Pope County, Kentucky, a land where whites and blacks eke out a living in... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Invented Lives
Narratives of Black Women 1860-1960
Written by Mary Helen Washington


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 1, 1988
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-24842-6 (0-385-24842-3)

A companion volume to Black-Eyed Susans/Midnight Birds, this anthology encompasses an exploration of the works and worlds of black women writers between 1860 and 1960. Includes the work of Gwendolyn Brooks, Ann Petry, Zora Neale Hurston, and others plus Washington’s introduction and commentary.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
INTRODUCTION
“The Darkened Eye Restored": Notes Toward... Read more >

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Losing Battles

Written by Eudora Welty


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72882-5 (0-679-72882-1)

On the first Sunday of August, three generations of Granny Vaughn's descendants gather at her home in Banner, Mississippi, to celebrate her ninetieth birthday. Many members of the family are great storytellers and when they get together, the temptation is irresistible--a device that enables Welty to take the reader back into... Read more >
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The Optimist's Daughter

Written by Eudora Welty


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72883-2 (0-679-72883-X)

The Optimist's Daughter, the "best book Eudora Welty has ever written" (The New York Times Book Review), is the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a young Southern woman who returns to New Orleans years later because of her dying father. After his death, she and her stepmother go back still farther... Read more >
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The Custom of the Country

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Diane Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75807-2 (0-375-75807-0)

Highly acclaimed at its publication in 1913, The Custom of the Country is a cutting commentary on America’s nouveaux riches, their upward-yearning aspirations and their eventual downfalls. Through her heroine, the beautiful and ruthless Undine Spragg, a spoiled heiress who looks to her next materialistic triumph as her latest conquest throws... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Ethan Frome, Summer, Bunner Sisters

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Hermione Lee


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26825-9 (0-307-26825-X)

These brilliantly wrought, tragic novellas explore the repressed emotions and destructive passions of working-class people far removed from the social milieu usually inhabited by Edith Wharton’s characters. Ethan Frome is one of Wharton’s most famous works; it is a tightly constructed and almost unbearably heartbreaking story of forbidden love in a... Read more >
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Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words
Travels with Mom in the Land of Dementia
Written by Kate Whouley


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 25, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0331-2 (0-8070-0331-X)

New England Book Awards (NEIBA) finalist for non-fiction

A chronicle of the profound, life-changing, and laugh-out-loud funny moments in the journey of an Alzheimer’s caregiver.

In this unsentimental memoir of watching her mother fade away, Kate Whouley brings us right into the laugh-or-you’ll-cry experiences of meeting the challenge of Alzheimer’s. In her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words
Travels with Mom in the Land of Dementia
Written by Kate Whouley


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0319-0 (0-8070-0319-0)

A chronicle of the profound, life-changing, and laugh-out-loud funny moments in the journey of an Alzheimer’s caregiver who learns that memory is overrated, familiarity breeds compassion, and flute playing is forever.

In this unsentimental memoir of watching her mother fade away, of dealing with her bills, her housework, her increasing demands and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The World and Other Places
Stories
Written by Jeanette Winterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 20, 2000
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70236-5 (0-375-70236-9)

With language as dazzling as the wondrous visionary landscapes they evoke, these seventeen works transport the reader to worlds in which sleep is illegal, the lives of lonely department store clerks are transformed by fairies, the rich wear coal jewelry on an island of diamonds, and the living laminate their dead... Read more >
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The Voyage Out

Written by Virginia Woolf
Introduction by Michael Cunningham


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75727-3 (0-375-75727-9)

Published to acclaim in England in 1915 and in America five years later, The Voyage Out marks Woolf’s beginning as one of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and prolific writers.

Less formally experimental than her later novels, The Voyage Out nonetheless clearly lays bare the poetic style and innovative technique—with its multiple... Read more >
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