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Joe Gould's Secret

Written by Joseph Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70804-6 (0-375-70804-9)

Joseph Mitchell was a legendary New Yorker writer and the author of the national bestseller Up in the Old Hotel, in which these two pieces appeared. What Joseph Mitchell wrote about, principally, was New York. In Joe Gould, Mitchell found the perfect subject. And Joe Gould's Secret has become a legendary... Read more >

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Parnassus On Wheels

Written by Christopher Morley


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-11-0 (1-935554-11-5)

Parnassus on Wheels is the story of Roger Mifflin, a sprite like figure who moves through the New England countryside with his traveling book wagon. His story shows how book selling can be one of the world’s highest callings, spreading enlightenment with a dose of delight. Read more >

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Laughter in the Dark

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72450-6 (0-679-72450-8)

Albinus, a respectable, middle-aged man and aspiring filmmaker, abandons his wife for a lover half his age: Margot, who wants to become a movie star herself. When Albinus introduces her to Rex, an American movie producer, disaster ensues. What emerges is an elegantly sardonic and irresistibly ironic novel of desire, deceit... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Jim
A Novel
Written by Nancy Rawles


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 24, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5401-5 (1-4000-5401-X)

To help her granddaughter accept the risks of loving, Sadie Watson mines her memory for the tale of the unquenchable love of her life, Jim. Sadie’s Jim was an ambitious young slave and seer who, when faced with the prospect of being sold, escaped down the Mississippi with a white boy... Read more >
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The Free Man

Written by Conrad Richter


Format: eBook, 152 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 2, 2013
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5098-9 (0-8041-5098-2)

Henry Free, they called him now, or Frey in the dialect; and they knew him well in all the Pennsylvania land his own Palatine fellow countrymen had settled. They had even sent him to represent them in the Congress at Washington. Captain Free, they said, when they thought how he had... Read more >

THE TREES

Written by Conrad Richter


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 2, 2013
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5099-6 (0-8041-5099-0)

“They moved along in the bobbing, springy gait of a family that followed the woods as some families follow the sea.” In that first sentence Conrad Richter sets the mood of this magnificent epic of the American wilderness. Toward the close of the eighteenth century the land west of the Alleghenies... Read more >

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What Makes Sammy Run?

Written by Budd Schulberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 6, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73422-2 (0-679-73422-8)

What Makes Sammy Run?

Everyone of us knows someone who runs. He is one of the symptoms of our times—from the little man who shoves you out of the way on the street to the go-getter who shoves you out of a job in the office to the Fuehrer who shoves you... Read more >
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The Jungle

Written by Upton Sinclair
Afterword by Anthony Arthur
Introduction by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7623-6 (0-8129-7623-1)

In this powerful book we enter the world of Jurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant who arrives in America fired with dreams of wealth, freedom, and opportunity. And we discover, with him, the astonishing truth about "packingtown," the busy, flourishing, filthy Chicago stockyards, where new world visions perish in a jungle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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The Jungle

Written by Upton Sinclair
Contribution by Morris Dickstein


Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 1, 1981
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21245-7 (0-553-21245-1)

In this powerful book we enter the world of Jurgis Rudkus, a young Lithuanian immigrant who arrives in America fired with dreams of wealth, freedom, and opportunity. And we discover, with him, the astonishing truth about "packingtown," the busy, flourishing, filthy Chicago stockyards, where new world visions perish in a jungle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Millennium
A Comedy of the Year 2000
Written by Upton Sinclair
Introduction by Carl Jensen


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-021-4 (1-58322-021-6)

In 1907, Upton Sinclair looked forward 93 years and imagined the year 2000, when capitalism would find its zenith with the construction of The Pleasure Palace, a glittering half-mile-high structure in the middle of Central Park. During the grand opening of the towering building, a scientific experiment with radiumite explodes killing... Read more >

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Topper

Written by Thorne Smith
Introduction by Carolyn See


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 2, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75305-3 (0-375-75305-2)

"[Thorne Smith] created the modern American ghost.   A ghost with style and wit. A ghost that haunts us still."
--The New York Times

Thorne Smith is a master of urbane wit and sophisticated repartee. Topper, his best-known work, is the hilarious, ribald comedy on which the hit television show and movie (starring... Read more >

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3 Lives

Written by Gertrude Stein


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1958
Price: $7.96
ISBN: 978-0-394-70153-0 (0-394-70153-4)

The unforgettable stories of three women, told with poignancy and compassion by one of the most important writers of our century.

"Three Lives, more radically than any other work of the time in English, brought the language back to life. Not the life of the peasantry or the emotions or the proletariat... Read more >
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The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

Written by Gertrude Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 17, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72463-6 (0-679-72463-X)

"Largely to amuse herself, [Gertrude Stein] wrote The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas...using as a sounding board her companion Miss Toklas, who had been with her for twenty-five years. The book is full of the most lucid and shapely anecdotes, told in a purer and more closely fitting prose...than even Gide... Read more >
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Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein

Written by Gertrude Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 17, 1990
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72464-3 (0-679-72464-8)

This collection contains a sample of every period and every manner in Gertrude Stein's career. It includes The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas in its entirety; selected passages from The Making of Americans; "Melanetha" from Three Lives; portraits of the painters Cezanne, Matisse, and PIcasso; Tender Buttons; the opera Four Saints... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Alice Adams
Vintage Movie Classics
Written by Booth Tarkington


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7080-2 (0-8041-7080-0)

The basis for George Stevens’s major motion picture starring Katharine Hepburn in her Oscar-nominated leading role.

In a small Midwestern town in the wake of World War I, Alice Adams delightedly finds herself being pursued by Arthur Russell, a gentleman of a higher social class in life. Desperate to keep her family's... Read more >
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The Magnificent Ambersons

Written by Booth Tarkington


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 14, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75250-6 (0-375-75250-1)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when first published in 1918, The Magnificent Ambersons chronicles the changing fortunes of three generations of an American dynasty. Today The Magnificent Ambersons is best know through the 1942 Orson Welles movie, but as the critic Stanley Kauffmann noted, "It is high time that [the novel]... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Complete Short Stories

Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by Adam Gopnik


Format: Hardcover, 744 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95937-9 (0-307-95937-6)

These sixty satirical, rollicking, uproarious tales by the greatest yarn-spinner in our literary history are as fresh and vivid as ever more than a century after their author’s death.

Mark Twain’s famous novels Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn have long been hailed as major achievements, but the father of American literature also... 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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The Age of Innocence

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94951-6 (0-307-94951-6)

One of Edith Wharton’s most famous novels—the first by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize—exquisitely details a tragic struggle between love and responsibility in Gilded Age New York.

Newland Archer, an aristocratic young lawyer, is engaged to the cloistered, beautiful May Welland. But when May’s cousin Ellen arrives from Europe, fleeing... Read more >
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The Age of Innocence

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Peter Washington


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26820-4 (0-307-26820-9)

The Age of Innocence, one of Edith Wharton’s most renowned novels and the first by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, exquisitely details the struggle between love and responsibility through the experiences of men and women in Gilded Age New York.

The novel follows Newland Archer, a young, aristocratic lawyer engaged... Read more >
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The Custom of the Country

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Diane Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75807-2 (0-375-75807-0)

Highly acclaimed at its publication in 1913, The Custom of the Country is a cutting commentary on America’s nouveaux riches, their upward-yearning aspirations and their eventual downfalls. Through her heroine, the beautiful and ruthless Undine Spragg, a spoiled heiress who looks to her next materialistic triumph as her latest conquest throws... Read more >
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The Custom of the Country

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94954-7 (0-307-94954-0)

Edith Wharton’s lacerating satire on marriage and materialism in turn-of-the-century New York features her most selfish, ruthless, and irresistibly outrageous female character.

Undine Spragg is an exquisitely beautiful but ferociously acquisitive young woman from the Midwest who comes to New York to seek her fortune. She achieves her social ambitions—but only at... Read more >
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Ethan Frome

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94953-0 (0-307-94953-2)

Edith Wharton’s most widely read work is a tightly constructed and almost unbearably heartbreaking story of forbidden love in a snowbound New England village.

This brilliantly wrought, tragic novella explores the repressed emotions and destructive passions of working-class people far removed from the elevated social milieu usually inhabited by Wharton’s characters. Ethan... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ethan Frome & Summer

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Elizabeth Strout


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $9.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75728-0 (0-375-75728-7)

Though Edith Wharton is best known for her cutting contemplation of fashionable New York, Ethan Frome and Summer are set in small New England towns, far from Manhattan’s beau monde. Together in one volume, these thematically linked short novels display Wharton’s characteristic criticism of society’s hypocrisy, and her daring exploration of... Read more >
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Ethan Frome, Summer, Bunner Sisters

Written by Edith Wharton
Introduction by Hermione Lee


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26825-9 (0-307-26825-X)

These brilliantly wrought, tragic novellas explore the repressed emotions and destructive passions of working-class people far removed from the social milieu usually inhabited by Edith Wharton’s characters. Ethan Frome is one of Wharton’s most famous works; it is a tightly constructed and almost unbearably heartbreaking story of forbidden love in a... Read more >
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