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On Being Blue
A Philosophical Inquiry
Written by William H. Gass
Introduction by Michael Gorra


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-718-1 (1-59017-718-5)

On Being Blue is a book about everything blue—sex and sleaze and sadness, among other things—and about everything else. A discursive essay on the powers of the color blue in literature and life, written with typical wit, style, and control by a true master of experimental fiction and the art of... Read more >
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The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Writings

Written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Introduction by Alexander Black


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78340-4 (0-679-78340-7)

"There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver."--Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), a leading figure in the women's movement of the early twentieth century, is a pillar of the American feminist canon. This edition of her work... Read more >

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College of One

Written by Sheilah Graham
Afterword by Wendy W. Fairey


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-283-3 (1-61219-283-1)

In 1937, on the night of her engagement to the Marquess of Donegall, Sheilah Graham met F. Scott Fitzgerald at a party in Hollywood. Graham, a British-born journalist, broke off her engagement, and until Fitzgerald had a fatal heart attack in her apartment in 1940, the two writers lived the fervid... Read more >
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Riders of the Purple Sage

Written by Zane Grey
Introduction by William Handley


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 10, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6612-1 (0-8129-6612-0)

Told by a master storyteller who, according to critic Russell Nye, “combined adventure, action, violence, crisis, conflict, sentimentalism, and sex in an extremely shrewd mixture,” Riders of the Purple Sage is a classic of the Western genre. It is the story of Lassiter, a gunslinging avenger in black, who shows up... Read more >
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The Continental Op

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72258-8 (0-679-72258-0)

Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to pain, Dashiell Hammett's Continetal Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. In these stories the Op unravels a murder with too many clues, looks for a girl with eyes the color of shadows on polished silver, and tangles with a crooked-eared gunman... Read more >

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The Maltese Falcon

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72264-9 (0-679-72264-5)

A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grifter named Joel Cairo, a fat man named Gutman, and Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients... Read more >
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The Thin Man

Written by Dashiell Hammett


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72263-2 (0-679-72263-7)

Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners. Read more >
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A Bell for Adano

Written by John Hersey


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 1988
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75695-0 (0-394-75695-9)

An Italian-American major in World War II wins the love and admiration of the local townspeople when he searches for a replacement for the 700 year-old town bell that had been melted down for bullets by the fascists. Read more >

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Cotton Comes to Harlem

Written by Chester Himes


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 28, 1988
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75999-9 (0-394-75999-0)

Black flim-flam man Deke O'Hara is no sooner out of Atlanta's state penitentiary than he's back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa movement he's counting on the big Harlem rally to produce a big collection—for his own private charity. But the take ($87,000)... Read more >
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Tambourines to Glory
A Novel
Written by Langston Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 26, 2006
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2327-9 (0-7679-2327-8)

For every bustling jazz joint that opened in Korean War–era Harlem, a new church seemed to spring up. Tambourines to Glory introduces you to an unlikely team behind a church whose rock was the curb at 126th and Lenox.

Essie Belle Johnson and Laura Reed live in adjoining tenement flats, adrift on... Read more >
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Back Street
Vintage Movie Classics
Written by Fannie Hurst
Foreword by Cari Beauchamp


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7067-3 (0-8041-7067-3)

The bestselling story behind Ross Hunter’s classic melodrama starring Susan Hayward and John Gavin. 
 
When “fly girl” and gorgeous socialite Ray Schmidt first meets Walter Saxel in Cincinnati, their attraction is instant and everlasting. As their bond deepens, Ray finds herself envisioning a future with Walter, until one fateful day when the... Read more >
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The Wings of the Dove

Written by Henry James
Introduction by Amy Bloom


Format: Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 3, 2004
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7211-5 (0-8129-7211-2)

Of the three late masterpieces that crown the extraordinary literary achievement of Henry James, The Wings of the Dove (1902) is at once the most personal and the most elemental. James drew on the memory of a beloved cousin who died young to create one of the three central characters, Milly... Read more >
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The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen
Passing, Quicksand, and The Stories
Written by Nella Larsen
Edited by Charles Larson
Foreword by Marita Golden


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72100-4 (0-385-72100-5)

Nella Larsen's subject is the struggle of sensitive, spirited heroines to find a place for themselves in a hostile world. Passing is the story of a light-skinned beauty who, after spending years passing for white, finds herself dangerously drawn to an old friend's Harlem neighborhood. In Quicksand, a restless young mulatto... Read more >
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Inherit the Wind

Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee


Format: Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 4, 2003
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-46627-3 (0-345-46627-6)

The accused was a slight, frightened man who had deliberately broken the law. His trial was a Roman circus. The chief gladiators were two great legal giants of the century. Like two bull elephants locked in mortal combat, they bellowed and roared imprecations and abuse. The spectators sat uneasily in the... Read more >
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Babbitt

Written by Sinclair Lewis
Introduction by Richard Lingeman


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75925-3 (0-375-75925-5)

In the fall of 1920, Sinclair Lewis began a novel set in a fast-growing city with the heart and mind of a small town. For the center of his cutting satire of American business he created the bustling, shallow, and myopic George F. Babbitt, the epitome of middle-class mediocrity. The novel... Read more >
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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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The Call of the Wild & White Fang

Written by Jack London


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-6885-4 (0-8041-6885-7)

Jack London’s two most beloved tales of survival in Alaska were inspired by his experiences in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. Both novels grippingly dramatize the harshness of the natural world and what lies beneath the thin veneer of human civilization.

The canine hero of The Call of the Wild... Read more >

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Klondike Tales

Written by Jack London
Introduction by Gary Kinder


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75685-6 (0-375-75685-X)

As a young man in the summer of 1897, Jack London joined the Klondike gold rush. From that seminal experience emerged these gripping, inimitable wilderness tales, which have endured as some of London’s best and most defining work. With remarkable insight and unflinching realism, London describes the punishing adversity that awaited... Read more >
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South Sea Tales

Written by Jack London
Edited by Christopher Gair
Introduction by Tony Horwitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75929-1 (0-375-75929-8)

Like the celebrated Klondike Tales, the stories that comprise South Sea Tales derive their intensity from the author’s own far-flung adventures, conveying an impassioned, unsparing vision borne only of experience. The powerful tales gathered here vividly evoke the turn-of-the-century colonial Pacific and its capricious tropical landscape, while also trenchantly observing the... 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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I Await the Devil's Coming

Written by Mary MacLane
Introduction by Jessa Crispin


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-194-2 (1-61219-194-0)

Mary MacLane’s I Await the Devil’s Coming is a shocking, brave and intellectually challenging diary of a 19-year-old girl living in Butte, Montana in 1902. Written in potent, raw prose that propelled the author to celebrity upon publication, the book has become almost completely forgotten.

In the early 20th century, MacLane’s name... Read more >
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The Chateau

Written by William Maxwell


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 7, 1995
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76156-3 (0-679-76156-X)

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They Came Like Swallows

Written by William Maxwell


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 1997
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77257-6 (0-679-77257-X)

To eight-year old Bunny Morison, his mother is an angelic comforter in whose absence nothing is real or alive.  To his older brother, Robert, his mother is someone he must protect, especially since the deadly, influenza epidemic of 1918 is ravaging their small Midwestern town.  To James Morison, his wife, Elizabeth... Read more >
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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 >
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