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The Poe Shadow
A Novel
Written by Matthew Pearl


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7012-8 (0-8129-7012-8)

2009 Common Reading selection, Collin College (Plano, TX)

“I present to you . . . the truth about this man’s death and my life.”

Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. The public, the press, and even Poe’s own family and friends accept the conclusion... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Technologists (with bonus short story The Professor's Assassin)
A Novel
Written by Matthew Pearl


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7803-2 (0-8129-7803-X)

Boston, 1868. The Civil War may be over but a new war has begun, one between past and present, tradition and technology. The daring Massachusetts Institute of Technology is on a mission to harness science for the benefit of all. But when an unnatural disaster strikes the ships in Boston Harbor... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Grant and Twain
The Story of an American Friendship
Written by Mark Perry


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6613-8 (0-8129-6613-9)

In the spring of 1884 Ulysses S. Grant heeded the advice of Mark Twain and finally agreed to write his memoirs. Little did Grant or Twain realize that this seemingly straightforward decision would profoundly alter not only both their lives but the course of American literature. Over the next fifteen months... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lila
An Inquiry Into Morals
Written by Robert Pirsig


Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: November 1, 1992
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-29961-8 (0-553-29961-1)

This is a successor to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Its narrator and protagonist, Phaedrus, "is a writer grappling with his latest treatise, the 'metaphysics of Quality.' Lila, his aging and desperate wharf-bar pickup, provides the right amount of antagonism and criticism to hone his ruminations of life and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ishmael
An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
Written by Daniel Quinn


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 1, 1995
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37540-4 (0-553-37540-7)

Winner of the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, Ishmael is a Platonic dialogue in the form of a novel of ideas. The narrator is a truth seeker who answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher looking for serious pupils, only to find himself alone in an abandoned office with a... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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My Ishmael

Written by Daniel Quinn


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 6, 1998
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37965-5 (0-553-37965-8)

With new issues, and entirely new approaches to old problems, My Ishmael continues the visionary journey begun in Ishmael. This time, Ishmael's student is feisty, strong-willed Julie, and Ishmael's first reaction is to send her home to grow up. However, her concerns about the future of the world are legitimate and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Homecoming
A Novel
Written by Natasha Radojcic


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7241-2 (0-8129-7241-4)

Halid, a young Muslim “war hero,” returns home from the Bosnian War. Although his village was spared heavy combat, it has been ravaged by years of privation and heartbreak, and by the blood politics that continue to boil.

The community is tight-knit and lively, as it has been for hundreds of... Read more >

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The Odd Sea

Written by Frederick Reiken


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: July 13, 1999
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33338-2 (0-385-33338-2)

From a bright new voice in fiction, and winner of the prestigious Hackney Literary Award for first fiction, The Odd Sea, the national bestseller by Frederick Reiken, is an extraordinary tale of survival, forgiveness and understanding in the midst of tragedy. In the wake of the sudden disappearance of his older... Read more >

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The Poet's Guide to Life
The Wisdom of Rilke
Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Ulrich Baer


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 22, 2005
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-64292-3 (0-679-64292-7)

“You have to live life to the limit, not according to each day but by plumbing its depth.”
–RAINER MARIA RILKE

In this treasury of uncommon wisdom and spiritual insight, the best writings and personal philosophies of one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, are gleaned by Ulrich Baer from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Another Roadside Attraction

Written by Tom Robbins


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 1, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-34948-1 (0-553-34948-1)

Robbins’ first novel, the story of a group of eccentric characters who set up a “roadside attraction” on the West Coast and end up uncovering a mystery that jars the foundation of Christianity and civilization as we know it. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Written by Tom Robbins


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 1, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-34949-8 (0-553-34949-X)

Sissy Hanshaw is a small-town girl with big-time dreams and a quirk to match–hitchhiking her way into readers’ hearts. Featuring Bonanza Jellybean and the smooth-riding cowgirls of Rubber Rose Ranch; Chink, lascivious guru of yams and yang; Julian, Mohawk by birth, asthmatic esthete and husband by disposition; and Dr. Robbins, preventive... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

Written by Tom Robbins


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: November 1, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37787-3 (0-553-37787-6)

When the stock market crashes on the Thursday before Easter, you — an ambitious, although ineffectual and not entirely ethical young broker — are
convinced you're facing the Weekend from Hell. Before the market reopens on Monday, you're going to have to scramble and scheme to cover your butt, but
there's no way... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Skinny Legs and All

Written by Tom Robbins


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: November 1, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37788-0 (0-553-37788-4)


In his audacious style, the bestselling author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues writes about the millennium as seen through the violently scratched lens of the Middle East, using Jerusalem as the spiritual and psychological setting, but placing the action in contemporary America.


“Few contemporary novelists mix tomfoolery and philosophy so... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Exit Ghost

Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38729-5 (0-307-38729-1)

Nathan Zuckerman returns to New York in the long-awaited final installment of Philip Roth's renowned Zuckerman series.

Alone for eleven years on his New England mountain, Zuckerman has been nothing but a writer: no media, no terrorist threats, no women, no tasks other than his work and the enduring of old age... Read more >

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The Human Stain
American Trilogy (3)
Written by Philip Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72634-7 (0-375-72634-9)

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist... Read more >

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Shalimar the Clown
A Novel
Written by Salman Rushdie


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78348-0 (0-679-78348-2)

Whitbread Novel Award, 2005 shortlist

Max Ophuls’ memorable life ends violently in Los Angeles in 1993 when he is murdered by his Muslim driver Noman Sher Noman, also known as Shalimar the Clown. At first the crime seems to be politically motivated–Ophuls was previously ambassador to India, and later US counterterrorism chief–but... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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New York: The Novel

Written by Edward Rutherfurd


Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: November 10, 2009
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52138-3 (0-385-52138-3)

The bestselling master of historical fiction weaves a grand, sweeping drama of New York from the city's founding to the present day.
Rutherfurd celebrates America's greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga that showcases his extraordinary ability to combine impeccable historical research and storytelling flair. As in his earlier, bestselling novels, he... Read more >

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Northwest Corner
A Novel
Written by John Burnham Schwartz


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8051-6 (0-8129-8051-4)

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Shanghai Girls
A Novel
Written by Lisa See


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: May 26, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6711-4 (1-4000-6711-1)

In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger... Read more >

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Gone for Soldiers
A Novel of the Mexican War
Written by Jeff Shaara


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 3, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-42751-9 (0-345-42751-3)

In vivid prose that illuminates the dark psychology of soldiers trapped behind enemy lines, Jeff Shaara brings to life the legendary characters, the stunning triumphs and soul-crushing defeats of this fascinating, long-forgotten war.

Shaara relies "on the history behind the men and their campaigns to tell the tale. . . . Most... Read more >

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To the Last Man
A Novel of the First World War
Written by Jeff Shaara


Format: Hardcover, 672 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-46134-6 (0-345-46134-7)

Spring 1916: the horror of a stalemate on Europe’s western front. France and Great Britain are on one side of the barbed wire, a fierce German army is on the other. Acclaimed author Jeff Shaara opens the window onto the otherworldly tableau of trench warfare as seen through the eyes of... Read more >

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The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
A Novel
Written by Elizabeth L. Silver


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34745-7 (0-385-34745-6)

At just twenty-five, Noa P. Singleton was confined to death row, awaiting execution for the murder of her father's pregnant girlfriend. As the months pass and her execution date gets closer, Noa is visited by the mother of her victim, a high-powered attorney, who has other plans for her. Exploring dark...

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The Company They Kept
Writers on Unforgettable Friendships
Edited by Robert B. Silvers and Barbara Epstein


Format: Hardcover, 316 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: September 5, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-203-2 (1-59017-203-5)

Our most remarkable writers share what has influenced them the most: each other.

Many of the illustrious contributors to The New York Review of Books have had deep and abiding relationships–both personal and intellectual–with other poets, writers, artists, composers, and scientists of equal stature. The Company They Kept is a... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Prep
A Novel
Written by Curtis Sittenfeld


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 22, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7235-1 (0-8129-7235-X)

NOW IN PAPERBACK

Curtis Sittenfeld's debut novel, Prep, is an insightful, achingly funny coming-of-age story as well as a brilliant dissection of class, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition.

Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off in front of her dorm at... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Short Story: Volume 1

Written by Calvin Skaggs


Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: April 15, 1979
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-30294-0 (0-440-30294-3)

The stories collected here were chosen for adaptation and inclusion in a series of films sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. These two superb collections of short fiction bring together the works of America's master writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Complete with insightful commentary on the author... Read more >
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