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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 >
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Siddhartha

Written by Hermann Hesse
Translated by Susan Bernofsky
Introduction by Tom Robbins


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 18, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-64336-4 (0-679-64336-2)

Hermann Hesse’s classic novel Siddhartha has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. Though set in a place and time far removed from the Germany of 1922, the year of the book’s debut, the novel is infused with the sensibilities of Hesse’s time, synthesizing disparate philosophies–Eastern religions, Jungian... Read more >

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Clay's Quilt

Written by Silas House


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 26, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45069-2 (0-345-45069-8)

“A YOUNG WRITER OF IMMENSE GIFTS . . . One of the best books I have ever read about contemporary life in the mountains of southern Appalachia. . . . I could see and feel Free Creek, and the mountain above it.”
–LEE SMITH

House gives us the narrative of four-year-old Clay Sizemore... Read more >

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Short Shorts

Written by Irving Howe and Ilana W. Howe


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1997
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27440-0 (0-553-27440-6)

Introduction by Irving Howe. Thirty-eight brief pieces of fiction, averaging between three and seven pages each, by reknowned writers.

Introduction by Irving Howe • PART ONE: “The Three Hermits,” Leo Tolstoy • “Alyosha the Pot,” Leo Tolstoy • “The Beggarwoman of Locarno,” Heinrich von Kleist • “A Little Legend of the Dance,”... Read more >

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The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi
A Novel
Written by Arthur Japin


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71889-2 (0-375-71889-3)

“The first ten years of my life I was not black.” Thus begins this startlingly eloquent and beautiful tale based on the true story of Kwasi Boachi, a 19th- century African prince who was sent with his cousin, Kwame, to be raised in Holland as a guest of the royal family... Read more >
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Mister Pip

Written by Lloyd Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: May 20, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34107-3 (0-385-34107-5)

2008 ALEX Award Winner (Young Adult Library Services Association)
2008 Best Books for Young Adults (Young Adult Library Services Association)
Commonwealth Writer's Prize Winner
Booker Prize Finalist

Selected for Common Reading at Queens University of Charlotte

In a novel that is at once intense, beautiful, and fablelike, Lloyd Jones weaves a transcendent story that celebrates the... Read more >
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Dubliners

Written by James Joyce
Introduction by Brenda Maddox


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 1, 1990
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21380-5 (0-553-21380-6)

Dubliners is a landmark in modern literature, and one of the twentieth century's finest collections of short stories. In its remarkable portrait of a city and its people, it dramatizes ordinary life in the modern world. Together, the stories form one interwoven tapestry which provides a rich and subtle picture of... Read more >
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Written by James Joyce


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1992
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21404-8 (0-553-21404-7)

Perhaps Joyce's most personal work, A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man depicts the intellectual awakening of one of literature's most memorable young heroes, Stephen Dedalus. Through a series of brilliant epiphanies that parallel the development of his own aesthetic consciousness, Joyce evokes Stephen's youth, from his impressionable years... Read more >
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The Metamorphosis

Written by Franz Kafka
Translated by Stanley Corngold


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8514-6 (0-8129-8514-1)

Translated, edited, and with an Introduction by Stanley Corngold
Featuring essays by Philip Roth, W. H Auden, and Walter Benjamin

“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Franz Kafka begins... Read more >
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The Metamorphosis

Written by Franz Kafka
Translated by Stanley Corngold


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1972
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21369-0 (0-553-21369-5)

"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike... Read more >
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This Is Paradise
Stories
Written by Kristiana Kahakauwila


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3625-4 (0-7704-3625-0)

In this debut short-story collection, native Hawaiian Kristiana Kahakauwila’s startling and vivid stories remind readers of the powerful desire to belong, to put down roots, and to have a place to call home.
Kahakauwila travels the islands of Hawai'i, making the fabled place her own. Exploring the deep tensions between local... Read more >
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Blindspot
A Novel
Written by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52620-3 (0-385-52620-2)

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

Written with wit and exuberance by longtime friends and distinguished historians, Blindspot is at once history and fiction, mystery and love story, tragedy and farce. Set in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, it ingeniously weaves together the fictional stories... Read more >
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The Gospel of Judas, Critical Edition
Together with the Letter of Peter to Phillip, James, and a Book of Allogenes from Codex Tchacos
Written by Rodolphe Kasser and Gregor Wurst


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0191-2 (1-4262-0191-5)

For the first time in a single volume, discover the complete text of Codex Tchacos--the remarkable ancient papyrus book that contains the Gospel of Judas. Hidden for 1,600 years in an Egyptian cave, only to be found, traded, and all but destroyed before its restoration began in 2001, Codex Tchacos contains... Read more >

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They Burn the Thistles

Written by Yashar Kemal
Translated by Margaret E. Platon
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 21, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-185-1 (1-59017-185-3)

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One Foot Wrong

Written by Sofie Laguna


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: August 18, 2009
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-316-3 (1-59051-316-9)

“The stars shine brightest out of the deepest dark . . .” A child is imprisoned in a house by her reclusive, religious parents. Hester Wakefield has never spoken to another child, nor seen the outside world. Her one possession is an illustrated children’s Bible, and its imagery forms the sole... Read more >
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Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Written by Anne Lamott


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48001-7 (0-385-48001-6)

An honest and humorous step-by-step guide on how to write and how to manage the writer's life. From "Getting Started," with "Short Assignments," through "Shitty First Drafts," "Character," "Plot," "Dialogue." All the way from "False Starts" to "How Do You Know When You're Done?" She discusses writer's Block, writing Groups, and... Read more >
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Crooked Little Heart
A Novel
Written by Anne Lamott


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 18, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49180-8 (0-385-49180-8)

With the same combination of humor and honesty that animates her nonfiction works Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, Lamott's new novel portrays a not-untypical family for whom the joys and sorrows of everyday life are magnified by the unexpected. By bringing normally subsurface issues into relief, Lamott asks big questions... Read more >
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Aloft

Written by Willia Langewiesche


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74148-6 (0-307-74148-6)

More than a decade after the publication of Inside the Sky, Aloft is a completely revised, expanded, and updated edition of this classic text, which is widely regarded as the most lyrical and incisive book on flying.

In these essays, William Langewiesche considers how flying has altered not only how we... Read more >
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The Devil in Silver
A Novel
Written by Victor LaValle


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8225-1 (0-8129-8225-8)

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The Blue Notebook
A Novel
Written by James A. Levine


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52872-6 (0-385-52872-8)

An unforgettable, deeply affecting debut novel, The Blue Notebook tells the story of Batuk, a precocious fifteen-year-old girl from rural India who is sold into sexual slavery by her father. As she navigates the grim realities of Mumbai’s Common Street, Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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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 >
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Kinder Than Solitude
A Novel
Written by Yiyun Li


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6814-2 (1-4000-6814-2)

A profound mystery is at the heart of this magnificent new novel by Yiyun Li, “one of America’s best young novelists” (Newsweek) and the celebrated author of The Vagrants, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Moving back and forth in time, between America today and China in the 1990s, Kinder Than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Richard Yates
A Novel
Written by Tao Lin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-15-8 (1-935554-15-8)

In a startling change of direction, Tao Lin presents a dark and brooding tale of illicit love that is his most sophisticated and mesmerizing writing yet.

Richard Yates is named after real-life writer Richard Yates, but it has nothing to do with him. Instead, it tracks the rise and fall of... Read more >
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Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself
A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace
Written by David Lipsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 13, 2010
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-59243-9 (0-307-59243-X)

"If you can think of times in your life that you’ve treated people with extraordinary decency and love, and pure uninterested concern, just because they were valuable as human beings. The ability to do that with ourselves. To treat ourselves the way we would treat a really good, precious friend. Or... Read more >
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Arctic Dreams

Written by Barry Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72748-1 (0-375-72748-5)

Barry Lopez’s National Book Award-winning classic study of the Far North is widely considered his masterpiece.

Lopez offers a thorough examination of this obscure world–its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on their icy shores. But what turns this marvelous work of natural history... Read more >
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