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Walking to Mercury

Written by Starhawk


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 1, 1998
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37839-9 (0-553-37839-2)

In The Fifth Sacred Thing, readers fell in love with Maya Greenwood, the 98-year-old writer who led Northern California's successful 21st century rebellion against a racist, totalitarian regime of the South. Walking to Mercury takes readers back to the 20th century and powerfully dramatizes the forces that shaped this extraordinary woman.The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Burgess Boys
A Novel
Written by Elizabeth Strout


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6768-8 (1-4000-6768-5)

Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” wrote The New Yorker on the publication of her Pulitzer Prize–winning Olive Kitteridge. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Strout’s “magnificent gift for humanizing characters.” Now the acclaimed author returns with a stunning novel as powerful and moving as any work in contemporary... Read more >

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Olive Kitteridge
Fiction
Written by Elizabeth Strout


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7183-5 (0-8129-7183-3)

A Library Journal Best Book of 2008

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in... Read more >
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Walden and Other Writings

Written by Henry David Thoreau
Edited by Brooks Atkinson
Introduction by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78334-3 (0-679-78334-2)

Naturalist, philosopher, champion of self-reliance and moral independence, Henry David Thoreau remains not only one of our most influential writers but also one of our most contemporary. This unique and comprehensive edition gathers all of Thoreau's most significant works (including his masterpiece Walden, reproduced in its entirety). Taken together, they reveal... Read more >
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The Good Thief
A Novel
Written by Hannah Tinti


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33746-5 (0-385-33746-9)

Winner, ALA Alex Award 2009
Winner, John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize 2008
New York Times Notable Book of 2008
Washington Post Best Books of 2008
San Francisco Chronicle, 50 Best Fiction & Poetry of 2008
Kirkus, Best Fiction of 2008 list


Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist... Read more >
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Johnny Got His Gun

Written by Dalton Trumbo


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 1, 1984
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27432-5 (0-553-27432-5)

Winner of the National Book Award. This powerful novel tells the story of one man’s harrowing experience, revealing, as well, the horror of war for all mankind.

“Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence.”–The New York Times

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by Frank Conroy


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75681-8 (0-375-75681-7)

This irresistible tale of the adventures of two friends growing up in frontier America is one of Mark Twain's most popular novels. The farcical, colorful, and poignant escapades of Tom and his friend Huckleberry Finn brilliantly depict the humor and pathos of growing up on the geographic and cultural rim of... Read more >

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Life on the Mississippi

Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 29, 2007
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75937-6 (0-375-75937-9)

Fashioned from the same experiences that would inspire the masterpiece Huckleberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi is Mark Twain’s most brilliant and most personal nonfiction work. It is at once an affectionate evocation of the vital river life in the steamboat era and a melancholy reminiscence of its passing after the... Read more >
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The Prince and the Pauper

Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by Christopher Paul Curtis


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76112-6 (0-375-76112-8)

Set in sixteenth-century England, Mark Twain’s classic “tale for young people of all ages” features two identical-looking boys—a prince and a pauper—who trade clothes and step into each other’s lives. While the urchin, Tom Canty, discovers luxury and power, Prince Edward, dressed in rags, roams his kingdom and experiences the cruelties... Read more >
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My Father's Tears
And Other Stories
Written by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 25, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51380-9 (0-345-51380-0)

A 2009 Booklist Editor’s Choice Selection

John Updike’s first collection of new short fiction since 2000 finds the author in a valedictory mood as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and of foreign travel.

“Personal Archaeology” considers life as a sequence of half-buried layers, and “The... Read more >
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Terrorist
A Novel
Written by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 29, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-49391-0 (0-345-49391-5)

John Updike has written a brilliant novel that ranks among the most provocative of his distinguished career. Terrorist is the story of Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy, an alienated American-born teenager who spurns the materialistic, hedonistic life he witnesses in the slumping New Jersey factory town he calls home. Turning to the words... Read more >
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Burr
A Novel
Written by Gore Vidal


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 15, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70873-2 (0-375-70873-1)

Gore Vidal's American Chronicle series spans the history of the United States from the Revolution to the post-World War II years.  With their broad canvas and large cast of fictional characters, the novels in this series present a panorama of the American political and imperial experience as interpreted by one of its... Read more >
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Lincoln
A Novel
Written by Gore Vidal


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 15, 2000
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70876-3 (0-375-70876-6)

Lincoln is the cornerstone of Gore Vidal's fictional American chronicle, which includes Burr, 1876, Washington, D.C., Empire, and Hollywood.

It opens early on a frozen winter morning in 1861 with President-elect Abraham Lincoln slips into Washington, flanked by two bodyguards. The future president is in disguise, for there is talk of... Read more >
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Bluebeard
A Novel
Written by Kurt Vonnegut


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: September 8, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33351-1 (0-385-33351-X)

Broad humor and bitter irony collide in Vonnegut's fictional biography of aging artist Rabo Karabekian—first introduced in Breakfast of Champions—who wants only to be left alone at his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked in his potato barn.

"A joyous, soaring fiction."—Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Read more >
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Breakfast of Champions
A Novel
Written by Kurt Vonnegut


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: May 11, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33420-4 (0-385-33420-6)

Breakfast Of Champions is vintage Vonnegut. One of his favorite characters, aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. The result is murderously funny satire as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds... Read more >
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Cat's Cradle
A Novel
Written by Kurt Vonnegut


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: September 8, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33348-1 (0-385-33348-X)

One of Vonnegut's most highly praised novels. Filled with humor and unforgettable characters, this apocalyptic story tells of Earth's ultimate end, and presents a vision of the future that is both darkly fantastic and funny, as Vonnegut weaves a satirical commentary on modern man and his madness.
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God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
A Novel
Written by Kurt Vonnegut


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: September 8, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33347-4 (0-385-33347-1)

In this comic masterpiece, Eliot Rosewater, drunk, volunteer fireman, and President of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation, is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature...with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. The result is Vonnegut's funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the... Read more >
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The Sirens of Titan
A Novel
Written by Kurt Vonnegut


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: September 8, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33349-8 (0-385-33349-8)

The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraived man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course, there's a catch to the invitation...and a prophetic... Read more >
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Slaughterhouse-Five
A Novel
Written by Kurt Vonnegut


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: January 12, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33384-9 (0-385-33384-6)

Slaughterhouse-Five is one of  the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the  infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey  of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning  in what we are afraid to know. Read more >
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Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons
(Opinions)
Written by Kurt Vonnegut


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: January 12, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33381-8 (0-385-33381-1)

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Welcome to the Monkey House
Stories
Written by Kurt Vonnegut


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: September 8, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33350-4 (0-385-33350-1)

This collection of Vonnegut's short masterpieces share his audacious sense of humor and extraordinary creative vision. Originally printed in publications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science fiction and The Atlantic Monthly, Vonnegut demonstrates his audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision. Read more >
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The Beat Book
Writings from the Beat Generation
Edited by Anne Waldman
Foreword by Allen Ginsberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-455-6 (1-59030-455-1)

REVISED AND UPDATED

The Beat movement exploded into American culture in the early 1950s with the force of prophecy. Not just another literary school, it was an artistic and social revolution. William S. Burroughs proclaimed that the Beat writers were “real architects of change. There is no doubt that we’re living in... Read more >

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Lines in Long Array
A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present
Edited by David C. Ward and Frank H. Goodyear III


Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-397-0 (1-58834-397-9)

Lines in Long Array demonstrates the enduring impact of the Civil War on American culture by presenting poems and photographs from both the past and present, including 12 wholly new poems by contemporary poets created especially for this volume.

Includes previously unpublished poetry by Eavan Boland, Geoffrey Brock, Nikki Giovanni, Jorie Graham... Read more >
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Summer Will Show

Written by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Introduction by Claire Harman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 16, 2009
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-316-9 (1-59017-316-3)

Sophia Willoughby, a young Englishwoman from an aristocratic family and a person of strong opinions and even stronger will, has packed her cheating husband off to Paris. He can have his tawdry mistress. She intends to devote herself to the serious business of raising her two children in proper Tory fashion... Read more >
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Short Story Masterpieces

Written by Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine


Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: March 15, 1954
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-37864-8 (0-440-37864-8)

With works by Henry James, Stephen Crane, John Cheever, James Joyce--and many others. An outstanding collection of 35 American and British pieces of fiction from the first half of the 20th century.

PARTIAL TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Editor’s Note • “Impulse,” Conrad Aiken • “A Bottle of Milk for Mother,” Nelson Algren •... Read more >
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