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Best Short Stories of the Modern Age

Written by Douglas Angus


Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: August 12, 1987
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-449-30058-9 (0-449-30058-7)

The short-story form continues to be a rich and fertile vein of literary expression. Collected in this remarkable volume are twenty renowned writers of the modern age who brilliantly mastered the distinctive power and beauty of the form—each bringing his or her own unique vision to the page. This powerful collection... Read more >

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Great Modern European Short Stories

Written by Sylvia Angus and Douglas Angus


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 29, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91222-5 (0-449-91222-1)

Included in this brilliant collection are twenty-five stories of twentieth-century Europe by some of the greatest writers of the era. Unique in their range of insights, these pieces reflect the vast upheavals of their time, etching o fascinating and very thorough spiritual record of Europe's recent cultural evolution.

Includes stories by:

Anton Chekhov
Katherine... Read more >

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The Pearl

Written by Anonymous


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 29, 1996
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-41004-7 (0-345-41004-1)

This volume contains the full text of all issues of The Pearl, the underground magazine of Victorian England. The Pearl made its debut in London in 1879, a self-proclaimed journal of unblushing erotica for every taste. It flourished on the subterranean market until December 1880, when it vanished as mysteriously as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Collected Poems

Written by W. H. Auden
Edited by Edward Mendelson


Format: Hardcover, 976 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64350-0 (0-679-64350-8)

Selected by the Contemporary Poetry Review as one of the Best Books of 2007, winning in the category of Book of the Year

To commemorate the centennial of W. H. Auden’s birth, the Modern Library offers this elegant edition of the collected poems of one of the greatest poets of the twentieth... Read more >

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The Clan of the Cave Bear
Earth's Children, Book One
Written by Jean M. Auel


Format: Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: November 1, 1984
Price: $8.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-25042-8 (0-553-25042-6)

Here is a novel of awesome beauty and power. A moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean Auel’s magnificent storytelling, we are taken back to the dawn of mankind and swept up in the wonderful world of a very special heroine, Ayla.

“The author of this... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Land of Painted Caves
A Novel
Written by Jean M. Auel


Format: Hardcover, 768 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-517-58051-6 (0-517-58051-9)

Coming March 2011. Please do not order examination copies before 3/1/2011.

The highly anticipated sixth book of Jean Auel's Earth's Children® series, THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES continues the story of Ayla and Jondalar. Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was... Read more >
Also available as a paperback and a trade paperback.

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Double Fold
Libraries and the Assault on Paper
Written by Nicholson Baker


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72621-7 (0-375-72621-7)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

The ostensible purpose of a library is to preserve the printed word. But for fifty years our country’s libraries–including the Library of Congress–have been doing just the opposite, destroying hundreds of thousands of historic newspapers and replacing them with microfilm copies that are difficult... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Just Above My Head

Written by James Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: June 13, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33456-3 (0-385-33456-7)

Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to Harlem, to a church of his groundbreaking novel Go Tell It On the Mountain, to the homosexual passion of Giovanni’s Room, and to the political fire that enflames his nonfiction work.
“A work of passion... Glimpses of family... Read more >

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Madame Bovary's Ovaries
A Darwinian Look at Literature
Written by David P. Barash and Nanelle R. Barash


Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: May 30, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33802-8 (0-385-33802-3)

What can elephant seals tell us about Homer’s Iliad?

How do gorillas illuminate the works of Shakespeare?

What do bloodsucking bats have to do with John Steinbeck?

According to evolutionary psychologist David Barash and his daughter Nanelle, the answers lie in the most important word in biology: evolution. Just like every... Read more >
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Shipwreck

Written by Louis Begley


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-46409-5 (0-345-46409-5)

In Shipwreck, John North, a prize-winning American writer, is suddenly beset by dark suspicions about the real value of his work. Over endless hours and bottles of whiskey consumed in a mysterious café called L’Entre Deux Mondes, he recounts, in counterpoint to his doubts, the one story he has never told... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Long Ships

Written by Frans G. Bengtsson
Translated by Michael Meyer
Introduction by Michael Chabon


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-346-6 (1-59017-346-5)

Frans Gunnar Bengtsson’s The Long Ships resurrects the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings roamed and rampaged from the northern fastnesses of Scandinavia down to the Mediterranean. Bengtsson’s hero, Red Orm–canny, courageous, and above all lucky–is only a boy when he is abducted from his Danish home... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dancing on the Head of a Pen
The Practice of a Writing Life
Written by Robert Benson


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7435-8 (1-4000-7435-5)

A combination of advice and inspiration, Dancing on the Head of a Pen will challenge and encourage writers, artists, musicians, painters—anyone drawn to a life of artistic expression. Digging deeply into his own writing habits, failures, and successes, author Robert Benson inspires, encourages, and instructs readers who find themselves at the intersection of creativity... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Little Big Man
A Novel
Written by Thomas Berger
Introduction by Larry McMurtry


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: September 1, 1989
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-29829-2 (0-385-29829-3)

Jack Crabb is a 111 year old man. He is also the son of two fathers, one white, the other a Cheyenne Indian chief who gave him the name Little Big Man. As a Cheyenne, Crabb feasted on dog, loved four wives, and saw his people butchered by horse-soldiers commanded by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The People of Forever Are Not Afraid
A Novel
Written by Shani Boianjiu


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: June 25, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95597-5 (0-307-95597-4)

A 2013 Sami Rohr Prize Finalist

Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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If I Never Get Back
A Novel
Written by Darryl Brock


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Frog Books
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-187-4 (1-58394-187-8)

Contemporary reporter Sam Fowler, stuck in a dull job and a failing marriage, abruptly finds himself transported back to the summer of 1869. After a wrenching period of adjustment, he comes to feel rejuvenated by his involvement with the nation's first pro baseball players. He also finds his senses quickening and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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World War Z
An Oral History of the Zombie War
Written by Max Brooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 16, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34661-2 (0-307-34661-7)

Selected for Common Reading at Florida Southern College, St. Edward's University and University of Houston-Victoria

Selected at the University of California, Irvine for Humanities Core Course (Human 1C)

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic... Read more >

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World War Z (Movie Tie-In Edition)
An Oral History of the Zombie War
Written by Max Brooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3741-1 (0-7704-3741-9)

Soon to be a major motion picture

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed... Read more >

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Rubyfruit Jungle

Written by Rita Mae Brown


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 1, 1983
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27886-6 (0-553-27886-X)

By one of this country's most distinctive writers Rita Mae Brown's milestone first novel is the story of an unusually strong and colorful woman's irrepressible march through prejudices of class, sex, and race while retaining a positive self-image. Bawdy and moving, Rubyfruit Jungle is about growing up a lesbian in America--and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Starting from Scratch

Written by Rita Mae Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 1, 1989
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-34630-5 (0-553-34630-X)

From the bestselling author of Rubyfruit Jungle and Bingo, this semi-autobiographical account takes budding writers through the pitfalls of the trade. In a sassy style that makes her outspoken advice as entertaining as it is useful, she discusses dealing with agents, publishers, critics, and the publicity circus; about pursuing journalisim, academia... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black Snow

Written by Mikhail Bulgakov
Translated by Michael Glenny


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: July 30, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-214-7 (1-61219-214-9)

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For the Love of Ireland

Edited by Susan Cahill


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43419-7 (0-345-43419-6)

For the Love of Ireland collects work of Ireland's greatest writers within a travelogue. Author Susan Cahill walks the streets of Dublin with Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Roddy Doyle, contemplates the glens of Wicklow with John Millington Synge and Seamus Heaney, wanders the Cliffs of Moher with Wallace... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Cocktail Waitress

Written by James Cain


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
On Sale: July 16, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-78116-034-3 (1-78116-034-1)

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America America
A Novel
Written by Ethan Canin


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7989-3 (0-8129-7989-3)

In the early 1970s, Corey Sifter, the son of working-class parents, becomes a yard boy on the grand estate of the powerful Metarey family. Soon, through the family’s generosity, he is a student at a private boarding school and an aide to the great New York senator Henry Bonwiller, who is... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Letters of a Nation

Written by Andrew Carroll


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 5, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0331-8 (0-7679-0331-5)

Foreword by Marian Wright Edelman. The acclaimed bestselling collection of more than 200 fascinating letters spanning 350 years of American history and culture—many offering eyewitness accounts of political and social upheaval while reminding us of the horrors of war. Written by men and women from all walks of life-including George Washington... Read more >

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Blinding

Translated by Sean Cotter


Format: Trade Paperback, 380 pages
Publisher: Archipelago
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-935744-84-9 (1-935744-84-4)

Part visceral dream-memoir, part fictive journey through a hallucinatory Bucharest, Mircea Cãrtãrescu’s Blinding was one of the most widely heralded literary sensations in contemporary Romania, and a bestseller from the day of its release. Riddled with hidden passageways, mesmerizing tapestries, and whispering butterflies, Blinding takes us on a mystical trip into the protagonist’s childhood, his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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