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Middlemarch

Written by George Eliot


Format: Paperback, 1088 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1985
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21180-1 (0-553-21180-3)

Strangled by the confining terms of her late husband's will, an idealistic young woman throws herself into the struggle for medical reforms advocated by a visionary doctor. Considered by many to be Eliot's finest work and one of the greatest Victorian novels--a magisterial and multilayered recreation of English life. Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison

Written by Ralph Ellison
Preface by Saul Bellow
Edited by John Callahan


Format: Trade Paperback, 904 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6826-2 (0-8129-6826-3)

Compiled, edited, and newly revised by Ralph Ellison’s literary executor, John F. Callahan, this Modern Library Paperback Classic includes posthumously discovered reviews, criticism, and interviews, as well as the essay collections Shadow and Act (1964), hailed by Robert Penn Warren as “a body of cogent and subtle commentary on the questions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Good Body

Written by Eve Ensler


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7473-7 (0-8129-7473-5)

Botox, bulimia, breast implants: Eve Ensler, author of the international sensation The Vagina Monologues, is back, this time to rock our view of what it means to have a “good body.” “In the 1950s,” Eve writes, girls were “pretty, perky. They had a blond Clairol wave in their hair. They wore... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Grief Lessons
Four Plays by Euripides
Written by Euripides
Translated by Anne Carson
Introduction by Anne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-253-7 (1-59017-253-1)

Euripides reached the height of his renown during the disastrous Peloponnesian War, when democratic Athens was brought down by its own outsized ambitions. His plays were shocking: he unmasked heroes, revealing them as foolish and savage, and he wrote about the powerless—women and children, slaves and barbarians—for whom tragedy was not... Read more >
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A Good and Happy Child
A Novel
Written by Justin Evans


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 22, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35128-9 (0-307-35128-9)

Thirty-year-old George Davies can’t bring himself to hold his newborn son. After months of accepting his lame excuses and strange behavior, his wife has had enough. She demands that he see a therapist, and George, desperate to save his unraveling marriage and redeem himself as a father and husband, reluctantly agrees... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Panopticon
A Novel
Written by Jenni Fagan


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: July 23, 2013
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34786-0 (0-385-34786-3)

Named one of the best books of the year by the Times Literary Supplement and the Scotsman

By Jenni Fagan, one of Granta’s Best Young British novelists, The Panopticon is a haunting, remarkable debut novel. In language energetic and pure, it introduces readers to a heartbreaking young heroine, 15-year-old Anais Hendricks. Sitting... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Home
American Writers Remember Rooms of Their Own
Edited by Sharon Sloan Fiffer and Steven Fiffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 1, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76885-2 (0-679-76885-8)

In Home, eighteen of our finest writers evoke different rooms--from their pasts, their present, or simply their imaginations--in order to investigate the ways in which homes contain our lives. The results are touching, provocative, and sometimes hilarious. And since a portion of the editors' proceeds will go to organizations that help... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Script and Scribble
The Rise and Fall of Handwriting
Written by Kitty Burns Florey


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: January 20, 2009
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-933633-67-1 (1-933633-67-0)

Steeped in the Palmer Method of Handwriting she learned in Catholic school, Kitty Burns Florey is a self-confessed “penmanship nut” who loves the act of taking pen to paper. So when she discovered that schools today forego handwriting drills in favor of teaching something called keyboarding, it gave her pause: “There... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Written by Jamie Ford


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50534-7 (0-345-50534-4)

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Capital... Read more >

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That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana

Written by Carlo Emilio Gadda
Translated by William Weaver
Introduction by Italo Calvino


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: February 27, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-222-3 (1-59017-222-1)

In a large apartment house in central Rome, two crimes are committed within a matter of days: a burglary, in which a good deal of money and precious jewels are taken, and a murder, as a young woman whose husband is out of town is found with her throat cut. Called... Read more >

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The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings

Written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: October 1, 1989
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21375-1 (0-553-21375-X)

Edited and with an Introduction by Lynne Sharon Schwartz. Known primarily for her classic and haunting story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an enormously influential American feminist and sociologist. Her early-twentieth-century writings continue to inspire writers and activists today. This collection includes selections from both her fiction and nonfiction... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Messenger

Written by Joseph F. Girzone


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: April 16, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49514-1 (0-385-49514-5)

From the author of Joshua and A Portrait of Jesus, Joseph Girzone once again weaves together a story that will transform readers' understanding of Jesus and reify his teachings in a present day context.

The Messenger is a fictionalized story about the Kingdom of Light created by God on Earth. Girzone presents... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl
An Account in Words and Pictures
Written by Phoebe Gloeckner


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Frog Books
On Sale: November 14, 2002
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-063-1 (1-58394-063-4)

In Gloeckner's first foray into the illustrated novel, she uses narrative and drawings to capture the awkwardness of a young woman trying to make sense of a disastrous situation...and please everyone in the process. Read more >

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Long Quiet Highway
Waking Up in America
Written by Natalie Goldberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 1, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37315-8 (0-553-37315-3)

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Wild Mind
Living the Writer's Life
Written by Natalie Goldberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 1, 1990
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-34775-3 (0-553-34775-6)

Wild Mind takes students beyond craft to the true source of creative power: the mind that is "raw, full of energy, alive and hungry." Goldberg offers students practical advice on how to find time to write, discover personal style, make sentences come alive, and how to overcome procrastination and writer's block... Read more >

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The Temple of Gold

Written by William Goldman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43974-1 (0-345-43974-0)

William Goldman’s classic debut novel, now back in print and with a new introduction by the author, acclaimed for such bestsellers as Marathon Man and The Princess Bride, The Temple of Gold is the story of a boy coming of age in the 1950s American Midwest. It is the brilliant and... Read more >

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G. R. S. Mead and the Gnostic Quest

Edited by Clare Goodrick-Clarke
Introduction by Clare Goodrick-Clarke


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: August 10, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-572-0 (1-55643-572-X)

George Robert Stowe Mead (1863-1933) was a major translator, editor, and commentator on Gnostic and hermetic literature and thus a pivotal figure linking the late 19th-century esoteric revival to 20th-century art, literature, and psychology. As a young convert to the new movement of theosophy, he served as private secretary to its... Read more >

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Life and Fate

Written by Vasily Grossman
Introduction by Robert Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-201-8 (1-59017-201-9)

A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hit Lit
Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers
Written by James W. Hall


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7095-1 (0-8129-7095-0)

What do Michael Corleone, Jack Ryan, and Scout Finch have in common? Creative writing professor and thriller writer James W. Hall knows. Now, in this entertaining, revelatory book, he reveals how bestsellers work, using twelve twentieth-century blockbusters as case studies—including The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Slaves of Solitude

Written by Patrick Hamilton
Introduction by David Lodge


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: February 20, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-220-9 (1-59017-220-5)

England in the middle of World War II, a war that seems fated to go on forever, a war that has become a way of life. Heroic resistance is old hat. Everything is in short supply, and tempers are even shorter. Overwhelmed by the rigors of the Blitz, middle-aged Miss Roach... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick

Written by Elizabeth Hardwick
Introduction by Darryl Pinckney


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-287-2 (1-59017-287-6)

Elizabeth Hardwick was one of America’s great postwar women of letters, celebrated as a novelist and an essayist. Until now, however, her slim but remarkable achievement as a writer of short stories has remained largely hidden, tucked away in the pages of the periodicals–such as Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Thank You For Arguing, Revised and Updated Edition
What Aristotle, Lincoln, And Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion
Written by Jay Heinrichs


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34775-4 (0-385-34775-8)

Sharp, erudite, and informative, Thank You for Arguing is your student’s master class in the art of persuasion. Editor, magazine writer, and executive Jay Heinrichs not only teaches students how to recognize a paralipsis and a chiasmus, but also how to use practical and convincing arguments. The expanded and revised editions includes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Writing Begins with the Breath
Embodying Your Authentic Voice
Written by Laraine Herring


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: September 11, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-473-0 (1-59030-473-X)

Laraine Herring’s distinctive new approach to the writing craft provides a welcome jump-start for new writers—and will open up a whole world of creativity for people who may not have considered themselves writers before—while also providing keen insights into the craft for seasoned writers. Her secret is to move the focus... Read more >

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A Dual Inheritance
A Novel
Written by Joanna Hershon


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-46848-2 (0-345-46848-1)

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Dangerous Ambition
Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power
Written by Susan Hertog


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45986-2 (0-345-45986-5)

Born in the 1890s on opposite sides of the Atlantic, friends for more than forty years, Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West lived strikingly parallel lives that placed them at the center of the social and historical upheavals of the twentieth century. In Dangerous Ambition, Susan Hertog chronicles the separate but intertwined... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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