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Two Marriages

Written by Philip Lopate


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: September 2, 2008
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-298-2 (1-59051-298-7)

“THE STOIC’S MARRIAGE” IS THE DIARY OF WELL-OFF, idle Gordon, a lifelong student of philosophy who declares, “I have always regarded myself as having a stunted capacity for happiness.” All that changes when the enchanting Rita enters his life as a nurse’s aid sent to care for his dying mother. The... Read more >

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A Song I Knew By Heart
A Novel
Written by Bret Lott


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 31, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-43775-4 (0-345-43775-6)

During a cold Massachusetts winter, a tragic car accident leaves a mother childless and her daughter-in-law a widow. Naomi and Ruth are now each other’s only comfort. Naomi lost her own husband eight years ago, and now she has lost her son. Carrying a deep secret in her soul, Naomi decides... Read more >

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Bayou Vol. 2

Written by Jeremy Love


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Zuda
On Sale: February 22, 2011
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2584-1 (1-4012-2584-5)

South of the Mason-Dixon Line lies a strange land of gods and monsters; a world parallel to our own, born from centuries of slavery, civil war, and hate. Lee Wagstaff is the daughter of a black sharecropper in the depression-era town of Charon, Mississippi. When Lily Westmoreland, her white playmate, is... Read more >

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The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft

Written by H.P. Lovecraft


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: July 7, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50660-7 (0-440-50660-3)

Explore the marvelous complexity of Lovecraft's writing—including his use of literary allusions, biographical details, and obscure references in this rich, in-depth exploration of great horror fiction from the acknowledged master of the weird, including the stories "Herbert West—Reanimator", "Pickman's Model", "The Call of Cthulhu", "The Thing on the Doorstep", "The Horror... Read more >

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The Fundamentals of Play
A Novel
Written by Caitlin Macy


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 17, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72112-7 (0-385-72112-9)

Narrated by George Lenhart, scion of a family who lost their fortune but not their good name, The Fundamentals of Play follows five friends from prep school as they enter adult life in New York City in the aimless, early nineties, before the internet explosion. They work entry-level jobs at investment... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Little Wolves

Written by Thomas Maltman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-343-0 (1-61695-343-8)

Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that’s pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor’s wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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True and False
Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77264-4 (0-679-77264-2)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, director, and teacher gives us a blunt, irreverent, unsparingly honest guide to acting that overturns conventional truths and tells aspiring actors what they really need to know.

David Mamet leaves no acting tenet untouched: How to judge the role, approach the part, work with the playwright. How to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
A Novel
Written by Anthony Marra


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3642-1 (0-7704-3642-0)

Winner of the National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard Prize

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
National Book Award Longlist Selection
A Washington Post Top 10 Book of the Year
An ALA Notable Book of the Year
A Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Books of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
A Novel
Written by Anthony Marra


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3640-7 (0-7704-3640-4)

Winner of the National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard Prize

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
National Book Award Longlist Selection
A Washington Post Top 10 Book of the Year
An ALA Notable Book of the Year
A Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Books of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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An Atomic Romance
A Novel
Written by Bobbie Ann Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 11, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7520-8 (0-8129-7520-0)

This provocative, rollicking story is the much-anticipated new novel–the first in over a decade–from acclaimed author Bobbie Ann Mason. In An Atomic Romance we meet Reed Futrell, a sexy, thoughtful hero who grapples with radioactive contamination, a midlife crisis, and string theory–all while falling in love.

Reed is an engineer at... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shadow Country

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 26, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8062-2 (0-8129-8062-X)

2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER

Peter Matthiessen’s great American epic–Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man’s River, and Bone by Bone–was conceived as one vast mysterious novel, but because of its length it was originally broken up into three books. In this bold new rendering, Matthiessen has cut nearly a third of the overall... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Sloppy Firsts
A Jessica Darling Novel
Written by Megan McCafferty


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 28, 2001
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-609-80790-3 (0-609-80790-0)

“My parents suck ass. Banning me from the phone and restricting my computer privileges are the most tyrannical parental gestures I can think of. Don’t they realize that Hope’s the only one who keeps me sane? . . . I don’t see how things could get any worse.”

When her best friend... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Elders
A Novel
Written by Ryan McIlvain


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95571-5 (0-307-95571-0)

In his debut novel, Ryan McIlvain, a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, offers an unsparing portrait of two Mormon missionaries who approach their religion and their calling from vastly different points of origin. Elder McLeod is a brusque and forthright American nearing the end of his two-year-long mission in Brazil when... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Testing the Current

Written by William McPherson
Afterword by D. T. Max


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-602-3 (1-59017-602-2)

Growing up in a small upper Midwestern town in the late 1930s, young Tommy MacAllister is scarcely aware of the Depression, much less the rumblings of war in Europe. For his parents and their set, life seems to revolve around dinners and dancing at the country club, tennis dates and rounds... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Echoing Silence
Thomas Merton on the Vocation of Writing
Written by Thomas Merton
Edited by Robert Inchausti


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: New Seeds
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-348-1 (1-59030-348-2)

When Thomas Merton entered a Trappist monastery in December 1941, he turned his back on secular life—including a very promising literary career. He sent his journals, a novel-in-progess, and copies of all his poems to his mentor, Columbia professor Mark Van Doren, for safe keeping, fully expecting to write little, if... Read more >

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American Rust
A Novel
Written by Philipp Meyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52752-1 (0-385-52752-7)

A 2009 New York Times Notable Book

Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation—as well as the acts of friendship, loyalty, and love—that arise from its loss. From local bars to trainyards to prison, it is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Monkeys

Written by Susan Minot


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70836-7 (0-375-70836-7)

In this luminous story of family life--the first novel by Susan Minot, author of the highly acclaimed Evening--the seven Vincent children follow their Catholic mother to Mass and spend Thanksgiving with their father's aging parents who come from a world of New England privilege. As they grow older, they meet with... Read more >

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The Perfect Man
A Novel
Written by Naeem Murr


Format: Trade Paperback, 468 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 17, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7701-1 (0-8129-7701-7)

Winner of the 2008 PEN/Beyond Margins Award

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Europe and South Asia

2007 School Library Journal Best Adult Books for High School Students

Identity, friendship, and a long-hidden crime lie at the heart of Naeem Murr’s captivating novel about five friends growing up in a small 1950s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sparrow
Poems
Written by Carol Muske-Dukes


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6748-7 (0-8129-6748-8)

Sparrow, a luminous new volume of poetry by acclaimed poet, novelist, and critic Carol Muske-Dukes, draws the reader into a mesmerizing world of love and loss. In the wake of personal tragedy, the death of her husband, Muske-Dukes asks herself the questions that undergird all of art, all of elegy. “What... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Good Son
A Novel
Written by Craig Nova


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 24, 2006
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-23697-5 (0-307-23697-8)

Chip Mackinnon returns from World War II a changed man. After being shot down over the desert and imprisoned by the enemy, the world of privilege to which he belongs seems shallow. But in the shadow of his older brother’s death, the full weight of his father’s expectations falls on Chip... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Northern Lights

Written by Tim O'Brien


Format: Trade Paperback, 372 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 1, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0441-4 (0-7679-0441-9)

Originally published in 1975, Tim O'Brien's debut novel demonstrates the emotional complexity and enthralling narrative tension that later earned him the National Book Award. At its core is the relationship between two brothers: one who went to Vietnam and one who stayed at home. As the two brothers struggle against an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.


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The Dog
A Novel
Written by Joseph O'Neill


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37823-1 (0-307-37823-3)

***LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOK PRIZE 2014***

The author of the best-selling and award-winning Netherland now gives us his eagerly awaited, stunningly different new novel: a tale of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai.

Distraught by a breakup with his long-term girlfriend, our unnamed hero leaves New York to take an unusual job in... Read more >

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Expensive People

Written by Joyce Carol Oates
Introduction by Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7654-0 (0-8129-7654-1)

Joyce Carol Oates’s Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. In Expensive People, Oates takes a provocative and suspenseful look at the roiling secrets of America’s affluent suburbs. Set in the late 1960s, this first-person confession is narrated by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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them

Written by Joyce Carol Oates
Introduction by Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-48440-6 (0-345-48440-1)

Joyce Carol Oates’s Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. As powerful and relevant today as it on its initial publication, them chronicles the tumultuous lives of a family living on the edge of ruin in the Detroit slums... Read more >

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Wonderland

Written by Joyce Carol Oates
Introduction by Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7655-7 (0-8129-7655-X)

Joyce Carol Oates’s Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. Spanning from the Great Depression to the turbulent Vietnam War era, Wonderland is the epic account of Jesse Vogel, a boy who emerged from a family tragedy with his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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