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Shadows on the Rock

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 26, 1995
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76404-5 (0-679-76404-6)

Cather wrote Shadows on the Rock immediately after her other historical masterpiece, Death Comes to the Archbishop. Like its predecessor, this novel of seventeenth-century Quebec is a luminous evocation of North American origins, and of the men and women who struggled to adapt to that new world even as they clung... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Song of the Lark

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 1999
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70645-5 (0-375-70645-3)

"The time will come when she will be ranked above Hemingway."
--Leon Edel

In this portrait of the self-making of an artist, Willa Cather created one of her most extraordinary heroines. Thea Kronborg, a minister's daughter in a provincial Colorado town, whose path to the world stage leads her ever farther from a... Read more >

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Vintage Cather

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7746-5 (1-4000-7746-X)

Representing a wide spectrum of some of our most significant modern and contemporary authors, the Vintage Readers offer an attractive, accessible sampling of writing that matters.

“The time will come when she will be ranked above Hemingway.” —Leon Edel

A classic American writer in every sense, Willa Cather enjoyed both critical and commercial... Read more >
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Ohio Angels
A Novel
Written by Harriet Scott Chessman


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 1, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-519-6 (1-58322-519-6)

Harriet Scott Chessman’s Ohio Angels is an intimate and a lyrical story about friendship and family struggles. Hallie, a painter who now lives in Brooklyn, returns to her family home in Ohio, where she unearths a secret about her parents. Her discovery sheds light on her mother’s depression, which shadowed her... Read more >

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The Awakening and Selected Stories

Written by Kate Chopin
Edited by Nina Baym
Introduction by Kaye Gibbons


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $9.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78333-6 (0-679-78333-4)

The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and... Read more >

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The Awakening

Written by Kate Chopin


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-12-7 (1-935554-12-3)

Condemned as “sordid” and “immoral” on its publication in 1899, this story of a woman trapped in her marriage effectively ended Chopin’s career but was revived as a proto-feminist classic in the 1970s. What Newsweek calls Chopin's “prophetic psychology” insures its timeliness today. Read more >
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In the Drink
A Novel
Written by Kate Christensen


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 1, 2000
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72021-2 (0-385-72021-1)

In this compassionate, wise, and comical debut, Kate Christensen gives an engaging and authentic voice to a new generation of single urban women.

Claudia Steiner never intended for her life to become such a disaster. At the age of twenty-nine she finds herself serving as secretary to an insane, aging socialite who... Read more >
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Jeremy Thrane
A Novel
Written by Kate Christensen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72034-2 (0-385-72034-3)

Jeremy Thrane seems to have everything. As the long-time boyfriend of the handsome (but deeply closeted) movie star Ted Masterson, he lives rent-free in a beautiful apartment on the top floor of Ted’s Manhattan brownstone and has an easy job that gives him plenty of time to read books and write... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Tattoo Artist
A Novel
Written by Jill Ciment


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7844-8 (1-4000-7844-X)

Winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for 2005


In 1970, Sara Ehrenreich boards a small plane and returns to New York City with much fanfare; she will be featured in Life magazine. She has not left Ta'un'uu—the South Seas island upon which she and her husband, Philip, were marooned during a... Read more >
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Woman Hollering Creek
And Other Stories
Written by Sandra Cisneros


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 3, 1992
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73856-5 (0-679-73856-8)

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction

From the acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street comes a story collection of breathtaking range and authority, whose characters give voice to the vibrant and varied life on both sides of the Mexican border. From a young girl revealing secrets only an... Read more >
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Prayers for the Stolen

Written by Jennifer Clement


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3878-9 (0-8041-3878-8)

In this acclaimed, debut novel by Jennifer Clement, Prayers for the Stolen explores the fate of women caught up in Mexico’s drug wars. Clement was awarded the NEA Fellowship for Literature for the book in 2012.

Born in a rural Mexico region where girls are disguised as boys to avoid the attentions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Cherries in Winter
My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times
Written by Suzan Colon


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47593-0 (0-307-47593-X)

When Suzan Colón was laid off from her dream job at a national magazine, she needed to cut her budget, and fast. That meant dusting off her grandmother Matilda’s old recipe folder and learning how to cook cheaply and simply. But Suzan found more than just amazing recipes–she found a new... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Mary and O'Neil
A Novel in Stories
Written by Justin Cronin


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: January 29, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33359-7 (0-385-33359-5)

**2002 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for First Fiction**

Justin Cronin’s poignant debut traces the lives of Mary Olson and O’Neil Burke, two vulnerable young teachers who rediscover in each other a world alive with promise and hope. From the formative experiences of their early adulthood to marriage, parenthood, and beyond, this novel in... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Collected Stories of Amanda Cross

Written by Amanda Cross


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 20, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42113-5 (0-345-42113-2)

Amanda Cross is a master of the American literary whodunit. In her delicately menacing short fiction, assembled here in one volume, dangerous impulses seize the most unlikely individuals, and everyday existence is fast eclipsed by the bizarre. Among the compelling intrigues: The cold-blooded murder of Mrs. Byron Lloyd, shot dead during... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Puzzled Heart

Written by Amanda Cross


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: December 26, 1998
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-41884-5 (0-345-41884-0)

Kate Fansler's husband, Reed, has been kidnapped--and will be killed unless Kate obeys the carefully delineated directives of a ransom note. Tormented by her own puzzled heart, Kate seeks solace and wise counsel from both old friends and new. But who precisely is the enemy? Is he or she a vengeful... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Altared
Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings
Edited by Colleen Curran


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27763-3 (0-307-27763-1)

Original essays by Top Women Writers
Julianna Baggott _ Curtis Sittenfeld _ Catherine Ingrassia _ Elizabeth Crane 
Lara Vapnyar _ Lisa Carver _ Carina Chocano _ Rory Evans _ Jennifer Armstrong _ Elise Mac Adam _ Janelle Brown _ Daisy de Villeneuve _ Meghan Daum _ Amy Sohn _ Samina Ali _... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Whores on the Hill
A Novel
Written by Colleen Curran


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7995-7 (1-4000-7995-0)

Everybody calls Astrid, Juli and Thisbe the Whores on the Hill. But they don't care. It is the mid-’80s and they are fifteen years old. They go to the last all-girls’ Catholic school in Milwuakee where they waste afternoons at the mall, check out parties on the lake, burn through candid... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Tale of Murasaki
A Novel
Written by Liza Dalby


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 21, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49795-4 (0-385-49795-4)

The sensitive and modest daughter of a mid-ranking court poet, Murasaki Shikibu staves off loneliness with her active imagination, telling stories about the dashing Prince Genji to her close friends. At first, they are their private entertainment, but soon Genji's amorous adventures are leaked to the public and Murasaki is thrust... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Breath, Eyes, Memory
A Novel
Written by Edwidge Danticat


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 18, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70504-5 (0-375-70504-X)

Set in the villages of Haiti and in New York's community of Haitian exiles, Breath, Eyes, Memory is the story of Sophie Caco, who was conceived in an act of violence, abandoned by her mother and then, at the age of 12, is summoned to join in her in the United... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Krik? Krak!

Written by Edwidge Danticat


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 2, 1996
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76657-5 (0-679-76657-X)

When Haitians tell a story, they say, "Krik?" and the eager listeners answer, "Krak!" In Krik? Krak! Danticat establishes herself as the latest heir to that narrative tradition with nine stories that encompass both the cruelties and the high ideals of Haitian life. They tell of women who continue loving behind... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Pocket Emily Dickinson

Written by Emily Dickinson
Edited by Brenda Hillman


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 30, 2009
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-700-7 (1-59030-700-3)

A selection of authentic versions of the best poems of America’s most popular poet–in a beautiful miniature edition.

Emily Dickinson is widely considered to be one of the greatest of American poets. The aphoristic style and wit of much of her verse, its irregular rhymes, directness of expression, and startling imagery, have... Read more >

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Selected Poems & Letters of Emily Dickinson

Written by Emily Dickinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 3, 1959
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-09423-8 (0-385-09423-X)

This Anchor edition includes both poems and letters, as well as the only contemporary description of Emily Dickinson, and is designed for readers who want the best poems and most interesting letters in convenient form. An excellent introduction to the work of a poet whose originality of thought remains unsurpassed in... Read more >

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We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live
Collected Nonfiction
Written by Joan Didion


Format: Hardcover, 1160 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26487-9 (0-307-26487-4)

Joan Didion’s incomparable and distinctive essays and journalism are admired for their acute, incisive observations and their spare, elegant style. Now the seven books of nonfiction that appeared between 1968 and 2003 have been brought together into one thrilling collection.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem
captures the counterculture of the sixties, its mood and... Read more >

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The Palace of Illusions
A Novel
Written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-51599-3 (0-385-51599-5)

A reimagining of the world-famous Indian epic, the Mahabharat.

Relevant to today’s war-torn world, The Palace of Illusions takes us back to a time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical. Narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the legendary Pandavas brothers in the Mahabharat, the novel gives us a new... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Queen of Dreams

Written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3044-6 (1-4000-3044-7)

From the bestselling author of Sister of My Heart comes a spellbinding tale of mothers and daughters, love and cultural identity.

Rakhi, a young painter and single mother, is struggling to come to terms with her relationship with ex-husband Sonny, a hip Bay Area DJ, and with her dream-teller mother, who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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