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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)


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Includes previously unpublished poetry by Eavan Boland, Geoffrey Brock, Nikki Giovanni, Jorie Graham...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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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.

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

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The Age of Innocence

Written by Edith Wharton

Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1996
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21450-5 (0-553-21450-0)

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The Custom of the Country

Written by Edith Wharton

Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 1, 1991
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21393-5 (0-553-21393-8)

With the publication of this controversial novel, Wharton leveled her most biting critique at the limitations that her society placed upon the ambitious woman. Undine Spragg, the book's central character, is a magnificent antiheroine, viciously and precisely rendered. She is boundlessly ambitious and ready to ruthlessly sell herself to whatever man... Read more >
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Leaves of Grass
The "Death-Bed" Edition
Written by Walt Whitman
Introduction by William Carlos Williams

Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78342-8 (0-679-78342-3)

Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." Ralph Waldo Emerson found it "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet produced." Published at the author's expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass inaugurated a new voice... Read more >
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Butcher's Crossing

Written by John Williams
Introduction by Michelle Latiolais

Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-198-1 (1-59017-198-5)

It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek "an original relation to nature," drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher's Crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to... Read more >
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The Quick and the Dead

Written by Joy Williams

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72764-1 (0-375-72764-7)

In her long-awaited new novel, the peerless Joy Williams has produced a masterpiece of contemporary American life, in all its bizarrely comic, surreally tragic truths.

Three motherless girls–Alice, intent on saving the earth from humanity’s abuse; Corvus, who finds solace in caring for the dying; and Annabel, for whom fashion and... Read more >
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Mrs. Somebody Somebody
Written by Tracy Winn

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 8, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8145-2 (0-8129-8145-6)

In this astonishing debut, Tracy Winn poignantly chronicles the souls who inhabit the troubled mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, playing out their struggles and hopes over the course of the twentieth century. Through a stunning variety of voices, Winn paints a deep and permeating portrait of the town and its people... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Man in Full

Written by Tom Wolfe

Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: October 30, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38133-7 (0-553-38133-4)

Tom Wolfe's explosive, multihued novel about the tension in late 20th-century Atlanta stars a college football star turned millionaire businessman who, in late middle age, finds himself with a troublesome young wife and a mountain of debt. A New York Times Notable Book for 1998. Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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Ernie's Ark

Written by Monica Wood

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-47716-3 (0-345-47716-2)

The paper mill looms up from the riverbank in Abbott Falls, Maine, a town once drenched with ordinary hopes and dreams, now praying for a small drop of good fortune. Ernie Whitten, a pipe fitter, was three weeks away from a pension-secured retirement when the union went on strike eight months... Read more >
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