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The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories

Edited by Otto Penzler
Foreword by Otto Penzler
Introduction by Keith Alan Deutsch

Format: Trade Paperback, 1136 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45543-7 (0-307-45543-2)

An unstoppable anthology of crime stories culled from Black Mask magazine the legendary publication that turned a pulp phenomenon into literary mainstream.

Black Mask was the apotheosis of noir. It was the magazine where the first hardboiled detective story, which was written by Carroll John Daly appeared. It was the slum... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps
The Best Crime Stories from the Pulps During Their Golden Age--The '20s, '30s & '40s
Edited by Otto Penzler

Format: Trade Paperback, 1168 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-28048-0 (0-307-28048-9)

The biggest, the boldest, the most comprehensive collection of Pulp writing ever assembled.

Weighing in at over a thousand pages, containing over forty-seven stories and two novels, this book is big baby, bigger and more powerful than a freight train—a bullet couldn’t pass through it. Here are the best stories and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Vampire Archives
The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published
Preface by Neil Gaiman
Edited by Otto Penzler
Foreword by Kim Newman

Format: Trade Paperback, 1056 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47389-9 (0-307-47389-9)

The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.

Vampires! Whether imagined by Bram Stoker or Anne Rice, they are part of the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!

Written by Otto Penzler

Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74089-2 (0-307-74089-7)

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! is the darkest, the living-deadliest, scariest--and dare we say most tasteful--collection of zombie stories ever assembled. It’s so good, it's a no-brainer.

There is never a dull moment in the world of zombies. They are superstars of horror and they are everywhere, storming the world of print and visual... Read more >

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France in Mind

Edited by Alice Leccese Powers

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71435-1 (0-375-71435-9)

In her third literary Baedeker, Alice Leccese Powers—editor of Italy in Mind and Ireland in Mind—explores France through the senses and sensibilities of thirty-three British and American authors.

The food and the people, the culture and viniculture, the architecture and the expatriates, the pleasures (and frustrations) of France are described by intrepid... Read more >

The Human Experience

Written by Quaker U.S. Staff

Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 4, 2013
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82651-0 (0-307-82651-1)

At the time of its first publication, The Human Experience was a historic publishing event, the first of its kind: an anthology published simultaneously in the United States and the Soviet Union that brought together forty brilliant and celebrated contemporary writers—half of them Americans, half of them Russians—in deeply felt stories... Read more >

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Fierce Pajamas
An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker
Edited by David Remnick and Henry Finder

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76127-0 (0-375-76127-6)

When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, he called it a “comic weekly.” And although it has become much more than that, it has remained true in its irreverent heart to the founder’s description, publishing the most illustrious literary humorists in the modern era—among them Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Life Stories
Profiles from The New Yorker
Written by David Remnick

Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75751-8 (0-375-75751-1)

One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. The New Yorker has met this challenge more successfully and more originally than any other modern American journal. It has indelibly shaped the genre known as the Profile. Starting with light-fantastic evocations of glamorous and idiosyncratic figures of... Read more >
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Wonderful Town
New York Stories from The New Yorker
Written by David Remnick

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75752-5 (0-375-75752-X)

New York City is not only The New Yorker's place of origin and its sensibility's lifeblood; it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town collects superb short fiction by many of the magazine's and this country's most accomplished writers. Like all good fiction, these stories take particular places, particular... Read more >
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Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood
Written by Margaret Reynolds

Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 3, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90752-8 (0-449-90752-X)

Edited by Margaret Reynolds; Foreword by Jeanette Winterson. Here is the first collection of female erotic writing through the ages, and the first to reveal the form's amazing scope--as multifaceted as the sexuality of women themselves. Erotica reveals the history of woman's erotic writing and reexamines the literary expression of female... Read more >

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The Bluelight Corner
Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love
Written by Rosemarie Robotham

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 22, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80354-7 (0-609-80354-9)

A collection of the very best writing by African-American women, The Bluelight Corner explores and reveals all the rich and varied dimensions of Black women's romantic lives. A dramatic, touching, lively, erotic, tender, tragic, fierce, bawdy, heartfelt, and utterly surprising collection of voices, this is a one-of-a-kind gem of fiction and... Read more >

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The Fun of It
Stories from The Talk of the Town
Edited by Lillian Ross
Introduction by David Remnick

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75649-8 (0-375-75649-3)

William Shawn once called The Talk of the Town the soul of the magazine. The section began in the first issue, in 1925. But it wasn't until a couple of years later, when E. B. White and James Thurber arrived, that the Talk of the Town story became what it is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Who We Are
On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer
Edited by Derek Rubin

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4239-3 (0-8052-4239-2)

This unprecedented collection brings together the major Jewish American writers of the past fifty years as they examine issues of identity and how they've made their work respond.

E. L. Doctorow questions the very notion of the Jewish American writer, insisting that all great writing is secular and universal. Allegra Goodman embraces... Read more >
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Las Mamis
Favorite Latino Authors Remember Their Mothers
Edited by Esmeralda Santiago and Joie Davidow

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72687-3 (0-375-72687-X)

The women lovingly portrayed in Las Mamis represent a cross section of Latino life and culture. They come from rich families in the big cities of Latin America, from rural immigrant families, and from the worlds in between-and they share an extraordinary inner strength, often maintained against incredible odds. Pressed by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Boricuas: Influential Puerto Rican Writings - An Anthology

Written by Roberto Santiago

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: September 11, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-39502-3 (0-345-39502-6)

This anthology contains poetry, fiction, plays, and essays by:
Jack Agueros
Miguel Algarin
Julia de Burgos
Pedro Jesus Colon
Victor Hernandez Cruz
Jose de Diego
Martin Espada
Sandra Maria Esteves
Ronald Fernandez
Graniela de Pruetzel
Pablo Guzman
Felipe Luciano
Rene Marques
Luis Munoz Marin
Nicholasa Mohr
Willie Perdomo
Pedro Pietri
Miguel Pinero
Reinaldo Povod
Reddie Prinze
Geraldo Rivera
Abraham Rodriguez, Jr.
Clara E. Rodriguez
Esmeralda Santiago
Roberto Santiago
Pedro Juan Soto
Piri Thomas
Edwin Torres
Jose Torres
Joseph B. Vasquez
Ana... Read more >
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Out of Her Mind
Women Writing on Madness
Written by Rebecca Shannonhouse

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75502-6 (0-375-75502-0)

This anthology contains the most affecting, finely wrought essays, memoirs, and fiction by women writing on madness. Some of the selections are literary classics, such as the excerpt from Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar while some are taken from contemporary works such as Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted. Several of the essays... Read more >

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Under the Influence
The Literature of Addiction
Written by Rebecca Shannonhouse
Foreword by Pete Hamill

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75716-7 (0-375-75716-3)

Drawing on two centuries of important literary and historical writings, Rebecca Shannonhouse has shaped a remarkable collection of works that are, in turn, tragic, compelling, hilarious, and enlightening. Together, these selections comprise a profound and truthful portrait of the life experience known as addiction.

Under the Influence offers classic selections from fiction... Read more >

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Final Edition

Written by Wallace Shawn
Contribution by Jonathan Schell, Mark Strand and Deborah Eisenberg

Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-684-1 (1-58322-684-2)

Final Edition is a one-issue-only political magazine written by people who are aesthetes and literary writers and edited by Wallace Shawn, who seriously believes that part of our national problem is that the people who run the country have a crude and minimal imaginative life and are too little acquainted with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Vintage Book of American Women Writers

Written by Elaine Showalter

Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3445-1 (1-4000-3445-0)

This monumental anthology of 350 years of American women writers is an important corrective to the literary canon and a showcase of great poetry and fiction in one readable and provocative volume.

For centuries, Elaine Showalter argues, women writers have been trivialized, marginalized, overlooked, and even forgotten in American literary history... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book Lover

Written by Ali Smith

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 2, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38608-3 (0-307-38608-2)

From the award-winning author of The Accidental and Hotel World comes a sparkling, surprising collection of the writing she loves best — and without which she would not have become a writer.

The Book Lover is a treasure trove of what Ali Smith has loved over the course of her reading life... Read more >

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The Schocken Book of Contemporary Jewish Fiction

Written by Ted Solotaroff and Nessa Rapoport

Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 23, 1996
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1065-1 (0-8052-1065-2)

This anthology brings together some of the best stories written in the last thirty years by and about American Jews. Edited by Ted Solotaroff and Nessa Rapoport. Read more >

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The Anchor Book of New Irish Writing

Edited by John Somer and John Daly

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 15, 2000
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49889-0 (0-385-49889-6)

The contemporary Irish short story, perhaps even more than the novel, provides vital critical clues and guideposts for anyone interested in twentieth-century Irish writing—the Irish, after all, have always been a nation of storytellers, and the current practioners of this ancient tradition are in the process of exploding and rediefining the... Read more >

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The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature

Edited by Ilan Stavans

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 11, 2005
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4228-7 (0-8052-4228-7)

“If in approaching so vast and amorphous a bookshelf one should dare to venture any generalization, it is that the Sephardic cultural sensibility is in a perennial state of fluidity, continually redefining itself. Its purview spans the world. Nothing is foreign to it: as one door closes, another one opens. The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Great American Short Stories

Edited by Wallace Stegner and Mary Stegner

Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: October 1, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-33060-8 (0-440-33060-2)

This superb collection of 26 classic stories by American masters of the art provides a comprehensive survey of the origin and growth of this literary form.

Introduction * “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving * “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne * “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar... Read more >

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Plays by and about Women

Edited by Victoria Sullivan

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1974
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71896-5 (0-394-71896-8)

The theater has always been considered a mirror of its time, and many twentieth-century plays have reflected changing views of women. A large number of these, however, have been by men. Here is a volume of eight plays, all written in this century, in which leading women dramatists present their own... Read more >
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