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How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

Written by Sarah Glidden


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2234-5 (1-4012-2234-X)

When Sarah Glidden took a “Birthright Israel” tour, she thought she knew what she was getting herself into. But when she got to Israel, she found that things weren’t quite so simple. How To Understand Israel is Sarah’s memoir not only of her Israeli government sponsored trip through Tel Aviv, Jerusalem... Read more >

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Goodbye to a River
A Narrative
Written by John Graves


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72778-8 (0-375-72778-7)

In the 1950s, a series of dams was proposed along the Brazos River in north-central Texas. For John Graves, this project meant that if the stream’s regimen was thus changed, the beautiful and sometimes brutal surrounding countryside would also change, as would the lives of the people whose rugged ancestors had... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Snow Falling on Cedars
A Novel
Written by David Guterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 26, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76402-1 (0-679-76402-X)

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award

San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies.  But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named... Read more >

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Benediction

Written by Kent Haruf


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95988-1 (0-307-95988-0)

From the beloved and best-selling author of Plainsong and Eventide comes a story of life and death, and the ties that bind, once again set out on the High Plains in Holt, Colorado.

When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife, Mary, must work together to make his... Read more >

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Eventide

Written by Kent Haruf


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72576-0 (0-375-72576-8)

One of the most beloved novels in recent years, Plainsong was a best-seller from coast to coast—and now Kent Haruf returns to the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, with a story of even more masterful authority.

When the McPheron brothers see Victoria Roubideaux, the single mother they’d taken in, move from... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Plainsong

Written by Kent Haruf


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 22, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70585-4 (0-375-70585-6)

In the small town of Holt, Colorado, a high school teacher is confronted with raising his two boys alone after their mother retreats first to the bedroom, then altogether.  A teenage girl -- her father long since disappeared, her mother unwilling to have her in the house -- is pregnant, alone herself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Where You Once Belonged

Written by Kent Haruf


Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 21, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70870-1 (0-375-70870-7)

The red Cadillac pulled down Main Street and sat by the tavern for hours, unnoticed. Then Ralph Bird of the Men’s Store recognized the driver as Jack Burdette and bolted to the sheriff’s office. The prodigal son of Holt, Colorado, had returned—and he was far from welcome.

In Where You Once Belonged... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Siddhartha

Written by Hermann Hesse
Translated by Susan Bernofsky
Introduction by Tom Robbins


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 18, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-64336-4 (0-679-64336-2)

Hermann Hesse’s classic novel Siddhartha has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. Though set in a place and time far removed from the Germany of 1922, the year of the book’s debut, the novel is infused with the sensibilities of Hesse’s time, synthesizing disparate philosophies–Eastern religions, Jungian... Read more >

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A River Out of Eden

Written by John Hockenberry


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72150-9 (0-385-72150-1)

On a night of torrential rain, a warrior appears near the Colombia River, where the Chinook people thrived before the hydroelectric dams came and changed their entire way of life. He has come to reclaim the river, to return it to its original majesty.

Soon after, government employees are found murdered... Read more >

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The Nature of Generosity

Written by William Kittredge


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75687-3 (0-679-75687-6)

The Nature of Generosity is at once a natural sequel to the acclaimed memoir Hole in the Sky and an entirely unique masterwork from one of the finest writers of the American West.

Taking as his topic the “ordinary yearning to take physical and emotional care,” William Kittredge embarks upon a... Read more >
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Into the Wild

Written by Jon Krakauer


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 20, 1997
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48680-4 (0-385-48680-4)

Jon Krakauer tells the haunting true story of Chris McCandless, who after graduating from college in 1991, walked deep into the widerness of Alaska on a fatal odyssey. Krakauer explores the ideas of spiritual want, the fear of intimacy, and rejection of privilege. Students gain bold insights into the Zeitgeist of... Read more >

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Down the Long Hills
A Novel
Written by Louis L'Amour


Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 1, 1984
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-28081-4 (0-553-28081-3)

After the massacre Hardy and Betty Sue were left with only a horse and a knife with which to face the long battle against the wilderness. A seven-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, stranded on the limitless prairie. They were up against starvation, marauding Indians, savage outlaws, and wild animals. They... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ride the River: The Sacketts
A Novel
Written by Louis L'Amour


Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: June 1, 1983
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27683-1 (0-553-27683-2)

Filled with exciting tales of the frontier, the chronicle of the Sackett family is perhaps the crowning achievement of one of our greatest storytellers.

In Ride the River Louis L’Amour spins the tale of a young woman who has to protect her family fortune from a murderous thief — and teaches him... Read more >

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Vanilla Ride

Written by Joe R. Lansdale


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45545-1 (0-307-45545-9)

Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, the kings of East Texas mischief and mayhem, return in this full-throttle thriller to face off with the Dixie Mafia.

When Leonard is asked to rescue a teenage girl from a lowly drug dealer, he gladly agrees and invites Hap along for the ride. Everything goes according... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Isaac's Storm
A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 11, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70827-5 (0-375-70827-8)

At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city... Read more >

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About This Life
Journeys on the Threshold of Memory
Written by Barry Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 27, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75447-3 (0-679-75447-4)

The acclaimed National Book Award winner gives us a collection of spellbinding new essays that, read together, form a jigsaw-puzzle portrait of an extraordinary man.

With the publication of his best-selling Of Wolves and Men, and with the astonishing originality of Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez established himself as that rare writer... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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All the Pretty Horses
Border Trilogy (1)
Written by Cormac McCarthy


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74439-9 (0-679-74439-8)

Winner of the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award

This first part of McCarthy's Border Trilogy tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers.  Across the border Mexico beckons--beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, Cole sets off on an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Blood Meridian
Or the Evening Redness in the West
Written by Cormac McCarthy


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 5, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72875-7 (0-679-72875-9)

Blood Meridian is the epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America’s westward expansion, brilliantly subverting the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the “wild west.” Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Border Trilogy
All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain
Written by Cormac McCarthy


Format: Hardcover, 1040 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 28, 1999
Price: $36.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-40793-2 (0-375-40793-6)

Available together in one volume for the first time, the three novels of Cormac
McCarthy's award-winning and bestselling Border Trilogy constitute a genuine
American epic.

Beginning with All the Pretty Horses and continuing through The Crossing and Cities of the Plain, McCarthy chronicles the lives of two young men coming of age in the... Read more >

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Child of God

Written by Cormac McCarthy


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72874-0 (0-679-72874-0)

Child of God is a taut, chilling novel that plumbs the depths of human degradation. Falsely accused of rape, Lester Ballard--a violent, dispossessed man who haunts the hill country of East Tennessee--is released from jail and allowed to roam at will, preying on the population with his strange lusts. A trip... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cities of the Plain
Border Trilogy (3)
Written by Cormac McCarthy


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 25, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74719-2 (0-679-74719-2)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

In this final volume of The Border Trilogy, two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing now stand together, in the still point between their vivid pasts and uncertain futures, to confront a country changing or... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Crossing
Border Trilogy (2)
Written by Cormac McCarthy


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76084-9 (0-679-76084-9)

In The Crossing, McCarthy fulfills the promise of All the Pretty Horses and at the same time gives us a work that is darker and more visionary, a novel with the unstoppable momentum of a classic western and the elegiac power of a lost American myth.

In the late 1930s, sixteen-year-old Billy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Suttree

Written by Cormac McCarthy


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 5, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73632-5 (0-679-73632-8)

Suttree is the story of Cornelius Suttree, who has forsaken a life of privilege with his prominent family to live in a dilapidated houseboat on the Tennessee River near Knoxville. Remaining on the margins of the outcast community there--a brilliantly imagined collection of eccentrics, criminals, and squatters--Suttree rises above the physical... 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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The Cadence of Grass

Written by Thomas McGuane


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76745-9 (0-679-76745-2)

Sunny Jim Whitelaw, a descendent of pioneers and owner of a large bottling plant, may have died, but he has no intention of relinquishing control: his will specifies that no one gets a cent unless his daughter Evelyn reconciles with her estranged husband, Paul. But Evelyn is a strong-willed woman, fiercely... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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