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Two Years Before the Mast
A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
Written by Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Introduction by Gary Kinder


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75794-5 (0-375-75794-5)

Tracing an awe-inspiring oceanic route from Boston, around Cape Horn, to the California coast, Two Years Before the Mast is both a riveting story of adventure and the most eloquent, insightful account we have of life at sea in the early nineteenth century. Richard Henry Dana is only nineteen when he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Pocket Emily Dickinson

Written by Emily Dickinson
Edited by Brenda Hillman


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 30, 2009
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-700-7 (1-59030-700-3)

A selection of authentic versions of the best poems of America’s most popular poet–in a beautiful miniature edition.

Emily Dickinson is widely considered to be one of the greatest of American poets. The aphoristic style and wit of much of her verse, its irregular rhymes, directness of expression, and startling imagery, have... Read more >

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Sweet Land Stories

Written by E.L. Doctorow


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7177-4 (0-8129-7177-9)

Shortlisted for the 2005 Ambassador Book Award in Fiction

One of America’s premier writers, the bestselling author of Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The Book of Daniel, and World’s Fair turns his astonishing narrative powers to the short story in five dazzling explorations of who we are as a people and how we live.

Ranging... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Sister Carrie

Written by Theodore Dreiser


Format: Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1982
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21374-4 (0-553-21374-1)

Theodore Dreiser had a hardscrabble youth and the years of newspaper work behind him when he began his first novel, Sister Carrie, the story of a beautiful Midwestern girl who makes it big in New York City. Published by Doubleday in 1900, it gained a reputation as a shocker, for Dreiser... Read more >
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The Quest of the Silver Fleece
A Novel
Written by W.E.B. Dubois


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1845-9 (0-7679-1845-2)

INTRODUCTION BY ARNOLD RAMPERSAD, cognizant dean for humanities at Stanford University.

The Quest of the Silver Fleece was the first novel to come from world-famous sociologist and civil-rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois. A controversial title of its time, the novel chronicles the complex interactions between Northern financing and Southern politics as it... Read more >
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River Teeth
Stories and Writings
Written by David James Duncan


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: The Dial Press
On Sale: June 1, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37827-6 (0-553-37827-9)

Compared to Harper Lee, Tom Robbins, and J. D. Salinger, David James Duncan distills his remarkable talent for observation in River Teeth, a fresh collection of short stories and essays. With the art and grace of a master storyteller, this uniquely gifted American writer blends two forms, taking us into rivers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Dud Avocado

Written by Elaine Dundy
Introduction by Terry Teachout


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-232-2 (1-59017-232-9)

Elaine Dundy’s semi-autobiographical comic novel follows the misadventures of an American girl who impulsively quits college and heads off to conquer Paris in the 1950s.

Sally Jay Gorce sets out to become an actress, but what she really wants to do is experience the wide world, and to “make her wits... Read more >
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The Old Man and Me

Written by Elaine Dundy
Introduction by Elaine Dundy


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 16, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-317-6 (1-59017-317-1)

In The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy revealed the life of the young expatriate in Paris in all its hilarious and heartbreaking drama. With The Old Man and Me, written when Dundy was living in England in the early 1960s, she tackles the American girl in London, a bit older but certainly... Read more >
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The 19th Wife
A Novel
Written by David Ebershoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7415-7 (0-8129-7415-8)

It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of her family’s polygamous history is revealed, including... Read more >
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The Wild Things

Written by Dave Eggers


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47546-6 (0-307-47546-8)

Max is a rambunctious eight-year-old whose world is changing around him: His father is absent, his mother is increasingly distracted, and his teenage sister has outgrown him. Sad and angry, Max dons his wolf suit and makes terrible, ruinous mischief, flooding his sister’s room and driving his mother half-crazy. Convinced his... Read more >
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Middlemarch

Written by George Eliot


Format: Paperback, 1088 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1985
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21180-1 (0-553-21180-3)

Strangled by the confining terms of her late husband's will, an idealistic young woman throws herself into the struggle for medical reforms advocated by a visionary doctor. Considered by many to be Eliot's finest work and one of the greatest Victorian novels--a magisterial and multilayered recreation of English life. Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Lincoln and Whitman
Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington
Written by Daniel Mark Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 11, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45800-1 (0-345-45800-1)

Kindred spirits despite their profound differences in position, Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman shared a vision of the democratic character. They had read or listened to each other’s words at crucial turning points in their lives, and both were utterly transformed by the tragedy of the Civil War. In this radiant... Read more >
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Legends and Tales of the American West

Written by Richard Erdoes


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70266-2 (0-375-70266-0)

From Davy Crockett, Wild Bill Hickok, and Calamity Jane to Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, and Frank and Jesse James, here are more than 130 colorful stories of the pioneers, cowboys, outlaws, gamblers, prospectors, and lawmen who settled the wild west, creating a uniquely American hero and a fascinating folk mythology.

In... Read more >
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The Sweetheart Season
A Novel
Written by Karen Joy Fowler


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 10, 1998
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-41642-1 (0-345-41642-2)

As a rebellious daughter of the sixties recalls the year her mother played baseball in 1947, two luminous stories begin to unfold in America's heartland, one lived and one imagined.

"A remarkable treasure--often wistful and hilarious at once . . . Smart, wry, and just this side of insane."
--The Washington Post Book... Read more >

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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 1, 1982
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-26357-2 (0-553-26357-9)

A "fictional autobiography" of a Black woman, born in slavery, who lives for 100 more years to see the second emancipation of her race is the amazing novel, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

"Grand, robust, rich."—The New York Times Book Review

"This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Madeleine's Ghost

Written by Robert Girardi


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: June 1, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31636-1 (0-385-31636-4)

Set amid the sleepless energy and seething passion of New York and New Orleans, Madeleine's Ghost is a spellbinding novel of lost love, history, and desire—a work of startling originality that is at once exquisitely written and compulsively readable. Read more >
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Vaporetto 13

Written by Robert Girardi


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: September 8, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31947-8 (0-385-31947-9)

In this hauntingly beautiful novel, Wilson Squire, a currency trader, spends his sleepless nights wandering the streets of Venice, Italy. During one such solitary trek, he encounters Caterina, a sad and enigmatic figure that he begins to seek out on a nightly basis. He falls in love with this woman who... Read more >

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A Vaudeville of Devils

Written by Robert Girardi


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: May 11, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33398-6 (0-385-33398-6)

With this collection of seven novellas and stories, Girardi illustrates a world that is both beautifully alluring and brilliantly sinister, where souls are lost and won on the simple weight of everyday decisions. Rich with history and irony, vastly entertaining, and told in the timeless style of tales, fables, and myths... Read more >

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl
An Account in Words and Pictures
Written by Phoebe Gloeckner


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Frog Books
On Sale: November 14, 2002
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-063-1 (1-58394-063-4)

In Gloeckner's first foray into the illustrated novel, she uses narrative and drawings to capture the awkwardness of a young woman trying to make sense of a disastrous situation...and please everyone in the process. Read more >

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Evensong

Written by Gail Godwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 29, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-43477-7 (0-345-43477-3)

With Evensong, Godwin again translates our everyday existence into soul-touching truths as she brings to brilliantly realized life the people of a small Smoky Mountain town--and a woman whose world is indelibly altered by them.

"A deeply considered, even dignified novel . . . One stays engaged with the story for sheer... Read more >

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The Sorrows of Young Werther

Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Translated by Burton Pike


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6990-0 (0-8129-6990-1)

A Major New Translation

For more than two centuries the very title of this book has evoked the sensitivity of youth, the suffering of the artist, the idea of a hero too full of love to live. When it was first published in Germany, in 1774, The Sorrows of Young Werther created... Read more >
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Kaaterskill Falls

Written by Allegra Goodman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: August 10, 1999
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-32390-1 (0-385-32390-5)

Now in paperback. In this critically acclaimed National Book Award nominee and debut novel, the author has crafted a powerful tale of faith, families, and ancient tradition—a story of passionate love and conflict that confirms her as one of the singular writers of her generation. Goodman explores the private lives of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Total Immersion

Written by Allegra Goodman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: August 10, 1998
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33299-6 (0-385-33299-8)

Allegra Goodman's critically acclaimed collection of stories explores the lives of richly drawn characters caught between their own longings and the expectations of family and community-for example, the character Cecil Birnbaum in the story "Variant Text" who is an Oxford househusband, Shavian Scholar, and an adamantly observant Jew who remains agnostic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Wind in the Willows

Written by Kenneth Grahame
Illustrated by Paul Bransom
Introduction by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7365-5 (0-8129-7365-8)

“The boastful, unstable Toad, the hospitable Water Rat, the shy, wise, childlike Badger, and the Mole with his pleasant habit of brave boyish impulse,” noted Vanity Fair nearly a century ago, “are types of that deeper humanity which sways us all.” Written by Kenneth Grahame as bedtime stories for his son... Read more >

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Disobedience
A Novel
Written by Jane Hamilton


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72046-5 (0-385-72046-7)

From Jane Hamilton, author of the beloved New York Times bestsellers A Map of the World and The Book of Ruth, comes a warmly humorous, poignant novel about a young man, his mother’s e-mail, and the often surprising path of infidelity.

Henry Shaw, a high school senior, is about as comfortable with... Read more >
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