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Nemesis

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47500-8 (0-307-47500-X)

Set in a Newark neighborhood during a terrifying polio outbreak, Nemesis is a wrenching examination of the forces of circumstance on our lives.

Bucky Cantor is a vigorous, dutiful twenty-three-year-old playground director during the summer of 1944. A javelin thrower and weightlifter, he is disappointed with himself because his weak eyes... Read more >

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Operation Shylock
A Confession
Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 15, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75029-1 (0-679-75029-0)

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

In Operation Shylock, Philip Roth meets a man who may or may not be Philip Roth. Because someone with that name has been touring Israel, promoting a bizarre reverse exodus of the Jews. Roth is intent on stopping him, even if that means impersonating his own impersonator... Read more >

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Our Gang

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 29, 2001
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72684-2 (0-375-72684-5)

A ferocious political satire in the great tradition, Our Gang is Philip Roth’s brilliantly indignant response to the phenomenon of Richard M. Nixon.

In the character of Trick E. Dixon, Roth shows us a man who outdoes the severest cynic, a peace-loving Quaker and believer in the sanctity of human life who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Patrimony
A True Story
Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 3, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75293-6 (0-679-75293-5)

Patrimony, a true story, touches the emotions as strongly as anything Philip Roth has ever written. Roth watches as his 86-year-old father--famous for his vigor, charm, and his repertoire of Newark recollections--battles with the brain tumor that will kill him. The son, full of love, anxiety, and dread, accompanies his father... Read more >

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The Plot Against America

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 27, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7949-0 (1-4000-7949-7)

Philip Roth asserts his enduring stature as our most ambitious and inventive writer with this stunning new novel, which re-imagines American history and traces its ominous impact on one Jewish family.

In 1940 Charles A. Lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid isolationist, is elected President. Shortly thereafter, he negotiates a cordial "understanding"... Read more >

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Portnoy's Complaint

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 20, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75645-3 (0-679-75645-0)

With a new Afterword by the author for the 25th Anniversary edition.

"Touching as well as hilariously lewd... Roth is vibrantly talented...as marvelous a mimic and fantasist as has been produced by the most verbal group in human history."
--Alfred Kazin, New York Review of Books

"Deliciously funny...absurd and exuberant, wild and uproarious... a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Prague Orgy

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74903-5 (0-679-74903-9)

The Prague Orgy, consisting of entries from protagonist Nathan Zuckerman's notebooks recording his sojourn among outcast artists, completes Roth's masterful trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman bound. It provides a startling ending to Roth's intricately designed magnum opus on the unforeseen consequences of art. This Vintage edition is the first paperback publication of... Read more >

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The Professor of Desire

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 15, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74900-4 (0-679-74900-4)

Professor of Desire follows David Kepesh from the domesticity of childhood into the vast wilderness of erotic possibility, from a menage a trois in London to the throes of loneliness in New York. Roth creates a supremely intelligent, affecting, and often hilarious novel about the dilemma of pleasure: where we seek... Read more >

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Sabbath's Theater

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 6, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77259-0 (0-679-77259-6)

Winner of the National Book Award

Sabbath's Theater is a comic creation of epic proportions, and Mickey Sabbath is its gargantuan hero. Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Sabbath at sixty-four is still defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. After the death of his long-time mistress, Sabbath embarks on a turbulent journey into his... Read more >

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When She Was Good

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 31, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75925-6 (0-679-75925-5)

In this funny and chilling novel, the setting is a small town in the 1940s Midwest, and the subject is the heart of a wounded and ferociously moralistic young woman, Lucy Nelson, one of those implacable American moralists whose "goodness" is a terrible disease. Since seeing her alcoholic father thrown in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Zuckerman Unbound

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74899-1 (0-679-74899-7)

In Zuckerman Unbound--the second volume of the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound--the notorious novelist Nathan Zuckerman retreats from his oldest friends, breaks his marriage to a virtuous woman, and damages, perhaps irreparably, his affectionate connection to his younger brother, all of this amidst the tumult of the late 1960s and his... Read more >

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Who We Are
On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer
Edited by Derek Rubin


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4239-3 (0-8052-4239-2)

This unprecedented collection brings together the major Jewish American writers of the past fifty years as they examine issues of identity and how they've made their work respond.

E. L. Doctorow questions the very notion of the Jewish American writer, insisting that all great writing is secular and universal. Allegra Goodman embraces... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Emma Lazarus

Written by Esther Schor


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 5, 2006
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4216-4 (0-8052-4216-3)

Emma Lazarus’s most famous poem gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty, but her remarkable life has remained a mystery until now. She was a woman so far ahead of her time that we are still scrambling to catch up with her–a feminist, a Zionist, and an internationally famous Jewish... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Little Failure
A Memoir
Written by Gary Shteyngart


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64375-3 (0-679-64375-3)

Selected for common reading at Brooklyn College

After three novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with humor and insight. The result is a resonant story of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Free Thinkers
Two Novellas
Written by Layle Silbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-075-7 (1-58322-075-5)

Layle Silbert’s stories trace struggles and joys of lives overlooked. In The Free Thinkers: Two Novellas, she gives these lost lives a new voice, recovering in exacting detail the world of newly arrived Eastern European Jews in turn-of-the-century-America. Silbert’s stories chronicle their arrival in Chicago and New York, and follow them... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Yudl
And Other Stories
Written by Layle Silbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-440-4 (1-60980-440-6)

Set in 1920s Chicago, the short novel Yudl follows its eponymous protagonist, a middle-aged editor at a left-leaning newspaper called The Yiddish Courier. Yudl and his wife have decided to become landlords, purchasing a vacant lot and hiring an acquaintance–aptly named Mason–to oversee the construction of their future apartment building. However... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Schocken Book of Contemporary Jewish Fiction

Written by Ted Solotaroff and Nessa Rapoport


Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 23, 1996
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1065-1 (0-8052-1065-2)

This anthology brings together some of the best stories written in the last thirty years by and about American Jews. Edited by Ted Solotaroff and Nessa Rapoport. Read more >

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Hands of My Father
A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love
Written by Myron Uhlberg


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 3, 2009
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80688-5 (0-553-80688-2)

By turns heart-tugging and hilarious, Myron Uhlberg’s memoir tells the story of growing up as the hearing son of deaf parents—and his life in a world that he found unaccountably beautiful, even as he longed to escape it.

“Does sound have rhythm?” my father asked. “Does it rise and fall like the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Farewell Shanghai

Written by Angel Wagenstein
Translated by Elizabeth Frank and Deliana Simeonova


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-308-8 (1-59051-308-8)

Elisabeth and Theodore Weissberg, famous musicians, Hilde, a young film extra, and Vladek, an Eastern European adventurer wanted by the police on political charges, flee Nazi Germany for Shanghai at the onset of World War II. A magnet for every human ambition and vice, Shanghai is a city of extremes–of dazzling... Read more >

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Isaac's Torah

Written by Angel Wagenstein
Translated by Elizabeth Frank and Deliana Simeonova


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-245-6 (1-59051-245-6)

THIS NOVEL IS THE SAGA IN FIVE PARTS OF ISAAC JACOB Blumenfeld, who grows up in Kolodetz, a small town near Lvov, which, when he is a boy, is part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but which subsequently belongs to Poland, the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and then the Soviets again. Isaac... Read more >

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An Ambulance Is on the Way
Stories of Men in Trouble
Written by Jonathan Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3123-8 (1-4000-3123-0)

National Jewish Book Award finalist Jonathan Wilson’s uproariously funny stories showcase the neuroses of suburban men as they ruminate, self-medicate, and acclimate to the rhythms of middle age.

From the slacker husband who spends his day running household errands, chatting up the local soccer moms, and drinking most of the wine he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Palestine Affair

Written by Jonathan Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3122-1 (1-4000-3122-2)

In British-occupied Palestine after World War I, Mark Bloomberg, a beleaguered London painter, and Joyce, his American wife, witness the murder of a prominent Orthodox Jew. Joyce, a non-Jew and ardent Zionist, is drawn into an affair with the British investigating officer, while Mark seeks solace in the exotic colors and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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