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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 >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick

Written by Elizabeth Hardwick
Introduction by Darryl Pinckney


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-287-2 (1-59017-287-6)

Elizabeth Hardwick was one of America’s great postwar women of letters, celebrated as a novelist and an essayist. Until now, however, her slim but remarkable achievement as a writer of short stories has remained largely hidden, tucked away in the pages of the periodicals–such as Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.


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December 30, 2014
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The Bishop's Wife

Written by Mette Ivie Harrison


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: December 30, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-61695-476-5 (1-61695-476-0)

Inspired by an actual crime and written by a practicing Mormon, The Bishop’s Wife is both a fascinating look at the lives of modern Mormons as well as a grim and cunningly twisted mystery.

Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Angel of Harlem
A Novel
Written by Kuwana Haulsey


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: May 30, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76133-1 (0-375-76133-0)

Inspired by the extraordinary events of Dr. May Chinn’s life, Angel of Harlem is a deeply affecting story of love and transcendence. Weaving seamlessly scenes from the battlefields of the Civil War, during which her father escaped from slavery, to the Harlem living rooms and kitchen tables where May is sometimes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Into the Forest
A Novel
Written by Jean Hegland


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37961-7 (0-553-37961-5)

Selected for 2010-2011 Common Reading Program at Santa Rosa Junior College (Santa Rosa, California)

Into the Forest follows two young sisters struggling to make sense of their world when their near-future society collapses. In their isolation, they find that the basic necessities of survival must be cherished, and that they must find... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Narcissus and Goldmund

Written by Hermann Hesse


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 1, 1984
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27586-5 (0-553-27586-0)

Translated by Ursule Molinaro. Set in the Middle Ages, a timeless parable of youth's initiation into the rites of maturity. Hesse's novel of two medieval men, one quietly content with his religion and monastic life, the other in fervent search of more worldly salvation. This conflict between flesh and spirit, between... Read more >

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Blackbird House
A Novel
Written by Alice Hoffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 29, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45593-2 (0-345-45593-2)

With “incantatory prose” that “sweeps over the reader like a dream,” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Hoffman follows her celebrated bestseller The Probable Future, with an evocative work that traces the lives of the various occupants of an old Massachusetts house over a span of two hundred years.

In a rare and gorgeous departure, beloved... Read more >
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The Quickening

Written by Michelle Hoover


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-346-0 (1-59051-346-0)

Enidina Current and Mary Morrow live on neighboring farms in the flat, hard country of the upper Midwest during the early 1900s. This hardscrabble life comes easily to some, like Eddie, who has never wanted more than the land she works and the animals she raises on it with her husband... Read more >
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The Hearts of Men
A Novel
Written by Travis Hunter


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: One World/Strivers Row
On Sale: May 29, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75709-9 (0-375-75709-0)

Tall, dark, and handsome, Prodigy Banks goes from being a ladies' man with a shady past to being a man any mother would be proud to call her son. But when his past life of gratuitous sex and violence threatens his newfound respectability, decisions need to be made. Will he make... Read more >
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Until I Find You
A Novel
Written by John Irving


Format: Hardcover, 848 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6383-3 (1-4000-6383-3)

“According to his mother, Jack Burns was an actor before he was an actor, but Jack’ s most vivid memories of childhood were those moments when he felt compelled to hold his mother’s hand. He wasn’t acting then.”

So begins John Irving’s eleventh novel, Until I Find You — the story of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Ramona

Written by Helen Hunt Jackson
Introduction by Denise Chávez


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7351-8 (0-8129-7351-8)

“If I could write a story that would do for the Indian a thousandth part of what Uncle Tom’s Cabin did for the Negro,” wrote Helen Hunt Jackson, “I would be thankful the rest of my life.” Jackson surpassed this ambition with the publication of Ramona, her popular 1884 romantic bestseller... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Just an Ordinary Day
The Uncollected Stories Of Shirley Jackson
Written by Shirley Jackson


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: December 1, 1997
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37833-7 (0-553-37833-3)

Edited by Laurence Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman Stewart. The first major collection since 1965 of new or previously unknown works by the late Shirley Jackson author of The Lottery. Arranged chronologically, the works provide an exciting overview of the evolution of her craft through a progression of forms and styles... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dark
A Novel
Written by Kenji Jasper


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0707-1 (0-7679-0707-8)

By a first-time novelist, this is a African American, coming-of-age novel that joins the sensibility of a young James Baldwin to the contemporary subject matter of rap and hip hop. Nineteen-year-old Thai Williams' life is turned upside down when he kills a rival for his girlfriend's attention. Now he must find... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Virginia Woolf Writers' Workshop
Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing
Written by Danell Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: November 25, 2008
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38492-5 (0-553-38492-9)

Author Danell Jones mines the diaries, essays, correspondence, and fiction of a literary legend to create an unforgettable master class in the art of writing. Using Virginia Woolf’s own words, this inspiring, instructive, and entertaining guide will delight students, and teachers alike—and at last give Woolf a classroom of her own... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Blindspot
A Novel
Written by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52620-3 (0-385-52620-2)

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

Written with wit and exuberance by longtime friends and distinguished historians, Blindspot is at once history and fiction, mystery and love story, tragedy and farce. Set in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, it ingeniously weaves together the fictional stories... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Story of My Life
The Restored Edition
Written by Helen Keller
Edited by James Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6886-6 (0-8129-6886-7)

The Story of My Life, a remarkable account of overcoming the debilitating challenges of being both deaf and blind, has become an international classic, making Helen Keller one of the most well-known, inspirational figures in history. Originally published in 1903, Keller’s fascinating memoir narrates the events of her life up to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a paperback.

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Green Grass, Running Water

Written by Thomas King


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: June 1, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37368-4 (0-553-37368-4)

In this contemporary classic of Native American fiction, King unites two strong, sassy women with three hard-luck, stubborn men in search of the middle ground between Native American tradition and the modern world. King mixes realism, fantasy, and stories within stories to set up a meeting between five Blackfoot Indians and... Read more >

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The Last Day
A Novel
Written by James Landis


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: September 1, 2009
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-58642-165-6 (1-58642-165-4)

I meet Jesus on the day I get home from the war. I’m on the beach, but I don’t know how I got here. My mind is as dark as the night. . . . I spend the whole night on the beach. But when the sun’s faint light begins to... Read more >
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Ellington Boulevard
A Novel
Written by Adam Langer


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: May 26, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52206-9 (0-385-52206-1)

Clarinetist Ike Morphy, his dog Herbie Mann, and a pair of pigeons who roost on his air conditioner are about to be evicted from their apartment on West 106th Street, also known as Duke Ellington Boulevard. Ike has never had a lease, just a handshake agreement with the recently deceased landlord... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Passing

Written by Nella Larsen
Foreword by Mae Henderson
Introduction by Ntozake Shange


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 28, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75813-3 (0-375-75813-5)

First published to critical acclaim in 1929, Passing firmly established Nella Larsen's prominence among women writers of the Harlem Renaissance. The Modern Library is proud to present Passing—an electrifying story of two women who cross the color line in 1920s New York—together with a new Introduction by the Obie Award- winning... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Blue Notebook
A Novel
Written by James A. Levine


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52872-6 (0-385-52872-8)

An unforgettable, deeply affecting debut novel, The Blue Notebook tells the story of Batuk, a precocious fifteen-year-old girl from rural India who is sold into sexual slavery by her father. As she navigates the grim realities of Mumbai’s Common Street, Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Babbitt

Written by Sinclair Lewis


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21486-4 (0-553-21486-1)

Sinclair Lewis was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930, the first American writer to win such an honor. In Babbitt, he directed his satirical barbs at the American businessman and a town obsessed by capitalism and the "values" of the marketplace. Babbitt captures the flavor of America during the economic boom... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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Kingsblood Royal

Written by Sinclair Lewis
Introduction by Charles Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 10, 2001
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75686-3 (0-375-75686-8)

A neglected tour de force by the first American to win the Nobel Prize in literature, Kingsblood Royal is a stirring and wickedly funny portrait of a man who resigns from the white race. When Neil Kingsblood a typical middle-American banker with a comfortable life makes the shocking discovery that he... Read more >

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John Barleycorn

Written by Jack London
Introduction by Pete Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75792-1 (0-375-75792-9)

Jack London cut a mythic figure across the American landscape of the early twentieth century. But throughout his colorful life–from his teenage years as an oyster pirate to his various incarnations as a well-traveled seaman, Yukon gold prospector, waterfront brawler, unemployed vagrant, impassioned socialist, and celebrated writer–he retained a predilection for... Read more >
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