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Contemporary American Short Stories

Written by Sylvia Angus and Douglas Angus

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 29, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91227-0 (0-449-91227-2)

Edited by Douglas Angus and Sylvia Douglas, this volume contains twenty-three stories by some of the most important writers at work in the middle of the twentieth century. As Sylvia and Douglas Angus write in their introduction: "These stories present a fascinating psychological record of what may best be termed "The... Read more >

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A Mind of Winter
Poems for a Snowy Season
Selected by Robert Atwan
Introduction by Donald Hall

Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6920-2 (0-8070-6920-5)

Winter has been a powerful muse for many of America’s best loved poets. The elegant patterns of frost on a windowpane, a child on a sled, a lone fox foraging for food on a desolate landscape, the comic smile of a snowman, the sobering sight of an unkempt man huddled against... Read more >

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Beloved Harlem
A Literary Tribute to Black America's Most Famous Neighborhood, From the Classics to The Contemporary
Written by William H. Banks, Jr.

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 2, 2005
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1478-9 (0-7679-1478-3)

A passionate ode to an American mecca, Beloved Harlem is a literary look into the vibrant African-American haven, edited by one of its celebrated native sons. William H. Banks, Jr., award-winning writer and Executive Director of the esteemed Harlem Writers Guild, combines the classics with the contemporary as he showcases some... Read more >
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In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods

Written by Matt Bell

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: May 27, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-372-0 (1-61695-372-1)

In this debut novel, a newly-wed couple escapes the busy confusion of their homeland for a distant and almost-uninhabited lakeshore. They plan to live there simply, to fish the lake, to trap the nearby woods, and build a house upon the dirt between where they can raise a family. But as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Until the Real Thing Comes Along

Written by Elizabeth Berg

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 6, 2000
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-43739-6 (0-345-43739-X)

Patty Murphy is facing that pivotal point in a woman's life when her biological clock ticks as insistently as a beating heart. Will she find Mr. Right and start a family? But Patty is in love with a man who is not only attractive and financially sound, but also sensitive and... Read more >
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Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself

Written by Robert Montgomery Bird
Introduction by Christopher Looby

Format: Trade Paperback, 472 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: January 15, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-229-2 (1-59017-229-9)

Sheppard Lee, By Himself is a work of dark satire from the early years of the American Republic. Published as an autobiography and praised by Edgar Allan Poe, this is the story of a young idler who goes in search of buried treasure and finds instead the power to transfer his... Read more >

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Listen to the Echoes
The Ray Bradbury Interviews
Written by Ray Bradbury and Sam Weller
Foreword by Black Francis

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Stop Smiling Books
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-03-5 (1-935554-03-4)

A definitive collection of interviews with one of America's most famous writers, covering his life, faith, friends, politics, and visions of the future.

Ray Bradbury, the poetic and visionary author of such classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, is one of the most influential writers of the... Read more >
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If I Never Get Back
A Novel
Written by Darryl Brock

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Frog Books
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-187-4 (1-58394-187-8)

Contemporary reporter Sam Fowler, stuck in a dull job and a failing marriage, abruptly finds himself transported back to the summer of 1869. After a wrenching period of adjustment, he comes to feel rejuvenated by his involvement with the nation's first pro baseball players. He also finds his senses quickening and... Read more >
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World War Z (Movie Tie-In Edition)
An Oral History of the Zombie War
Written by Max Brooks

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3741-1 (0-7704-3741-9)

Soon to be a major motion picture

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed... Read more >

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Six of One

Written by Rita Mae Brown

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 6, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38037-8 (0-553-38037-0)

Whether careening through town propelling cars like long-range missiles, or laying waste to a costumed July Fourth parade, Wheezie and Juts Hunsenmeir are Runnymede's most irrepressible, mule-headed sister scat. together these unrivaled Southern siblings cheerfully raise hell-and a hell of a family-among some of the most colorful townsfolk you're ever likely... Read more >

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or, The President's Daughter
Written by William W. Brown
Introduction by Hilton Als

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78323-7 (0-679-78323-7)

The first novel published by an African American, Clotel takes up the story, in circulation at the time, that Thomas Jefferson fathered an illegitimate mulatto daughter who was sold into slavery. Powerfully reimagining this story, and weaving together a variety of contemporary source materials, Brown fills the novel with daring escapes... Read more >
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The Squatter and the Don

Written by Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton
Introduction by Ana Castillo

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7289-4 (0-8129-7289-9)

The Squatter and the Don, like its author, has come out a survivor,” notes Ana Castillo in her Introduction. “The fact that it has resurfaced after more than a century from its original publication is a testimony to its worthiness.” Inviting comparison to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s... Read more >
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A Novel
Written by Max Byrd

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 29, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38018-7 (0-553-38018-4)

By the author of Jefferson and Jackson, this is a fictional portrait of Civil War general and American president Ulysses S. Grant captures a unique, flawed man who led the North to a successful conclusion in the Civil War, was elected president, failed as both a farmer and businessman, and fought... Read more >

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Jefferson: A Novel

Written by Max Byrd

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 2, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37937-2 (0-553-37937-2)

An impeccably researched historical novel, Jefferson offers a glimpse behind the face this complex Virginian showed the world. The novel is set in 1780s Paris during Jefferson's ambassadorship to France. Through the eyes of narrator William Short (Jefferson's young secretary and prot        g        ) students can peer into the long private and public... Read more >
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Too Brief a Treat
The Letters of Truman Capote
Written by Truman Capote
Edited by Gerald Clarke

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-50133-3 (0-375-50133-9)

Truman Capote was hailed as one the most meticulous writers in American letters–a part of the Capote mystique is that his precise writing seemed to exist apart from his chaotic life. While the measure of Capote as a writer is best taken through his work, Capote the person is best understood... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Voyage
A Novel
Written by Philip Caputo

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76839-5 (0-679-76839-4)

In the tradition of great seafaring adventures, The Voyage is an intricately plotted, superbly detailed, and gripping story of adventure and courage. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Caputo has written a timeless novel about the dangerous reverberating effects of long held family secrets.

On a June morning in 1901, Cyrus Braithwaite orders his... Read more >
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content)
A Novel
Written by Michael Chabon

Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8358-6 (0-8129-8358-0)


The beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. Now with special bonus material by Michael Chabon.

A “towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book” (Newsweek), hailed as Chabon’s “magnum... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
A Novel
Written by Michael Chabon

Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 19, 2000
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-45004-7 (0-679-45004-1)

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

With this brilliant novel, the bestselling author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys gives us an exhilarating triumph of language and invention, a stunning novel in which the tragicomic adventures of a couple of boy geniuses reveal much about what happened... Read more >

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Await Your Reply
A Novel
Written by Dan Chaon

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-47603-6 (0-345-47603-4)

A 2009 New York Times Notable Book

The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways–and with unexpected consequences–in acclaimed author Dan Chaon’s gripping, brilliantly written new novel.

Longing to get on with his life, Miles Cheshire nevertheless can’t stop searching for his troubled twin brother, Hayden, who has been missing for ten... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stay Awake
Written by Dan Chaon

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-53038-7 (0-345-53038-1)

“Eerily beautiful . . . [Chaon] is the modern day John Cheever.”—Boston Sunday Globe

“Powerful and disturbing . . . The shocks in this collection are many.”—The Washington Pos

These haunting, suspenseful stories by acclaimed author Dan Chaon feature scattered families, unfulfilled dreamers, anxious souls—lost, fragile, searching characters who wander between ordinary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Father Brown
The Essential Tales
Written by G.K. Chesterton
Edited by P. D. James

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 26, 2005
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7222-1 (0-8129-7222-8)

G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown may seem a pleasantly doddering Roman Catholic priest, but appearances deceive. With keen observation and an unerring sense of man’s frailties–gained during his years listening to confessions–Father Brown succeeds in bringing even the most elusive criminals to justice.

This definitive collection of fifteen stories, selected by... Read more >

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Prayers for the Stolen

Written by Jennifer Clement

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3878-9 (0-8041-3878-8)

In this acclaimed, debut novel by Jennifer Clement, Prayers for the Stolen explores the fate of women caught up in Mexico’s drug wars. Clement was awarded the NEA Fellowship for Literature for the book in 2012.

Born in a rural Mexico region where girls are disguised as boys to avoid the attentions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Prince of Tides
A Novel
Written by Pat Conroy

Format: Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: December 1, 1987
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-26888-1 (0-553-26888-0)

Pat Conroy has created a huge, brash thunderstorm of a novel, stinging with honesty and resounding with drama. Spanning forty years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister, Savannah, and the dark and violent past of the extraordinary family to which they were born... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Fifty Great Short Stories

Written by Milton Crane

Format: Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1983
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27745-6 (0-553-27745-6)

50 Great Short Stories is a comprehensive selection from the world's finest short fiction. The authors represented range from Hawthorne, Maupassant, Poe, through Henry James, Conrad, Aldous Huxley, James Joyce, to Hemingway, Katherine Anne Porter, Faulkner, E.B. White, Saroyan and O'Connor. The variety in style and subject is enormous, but all... Read more >

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The Passage
A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
Written by Justin Cronin

Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 17, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50497-5 (0-345-50497-6)

This paperback edition includes:

* A sneak preview of The Twelve, coming in 2012
* A revealing interview with author Justin Cronin

The Washington Post • Esquire • U.S. News &...
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