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American Short Story Masterpieces

Edited by Raymond Carver and Tom Jenks


Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: April 2, 1989
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-20423-7 (0-440-20423-2)

From works by Malmud, O'Connor, and Baldwin to a rich sampling of postwar-generation writers such as Beattie, Wolff, and Mason, this collection includes thirty-six stories from the past four decades. Read more >

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The Guardians
A Novel
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7571-0 (0-8129-7571-5)

From American Book Award-winning author Ana Castillo comes a suspenseful, moving new novel about a sensuous, smart, and fiercely independent woman. Eking out a living as a teacher’s aide in a small New Mexican border town, Tía Regina is also raising her teenage nephew, Gabo, a hardworking boy who has entered... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Wonder Boys
A Novel
Written by Michael Chabon


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 29, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7921-3 (0-8129-7921-4)

A modern classic, now in a welcome new edition, Wonder Boys firmly established Michael Chabon as a force to be reckoned with in American fiction. At once a deft parody of the American fame factory and a piercing portrait of young and old desire, this novel introduces two unforgettable characters: Grady... Read more >

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Await Your Reply
A Novel
Written by Dan Chaon


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-47603-6 (0-345-47603-4)

A 2009 New York Times Notable Book

The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways–and with unexpected consequences–in acclaimed author Dan Chaon’s gripping, brilliantly written new novel.

Longing to get on with his life, Miles Cheshire nevertheless can’t stop searching for his troubled twin brother, Hayden, who has been missing for ten... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Canterbury Tales

Written by Geoffrey Chaucer
Translated by Burton Raffel
Introduction by John Miles Foley


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 10, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7845-2 (0-8129-7845-5)

Beyond its importance as a literary work of unvarnished genius, Geoffrey Chaucer’ s unfinished epic poem is also one of the most beloved works in the English language–and for good reason: It is lively, absorbing, perceptive, and outrageously funny. But despite the brilliance of Chaucer’s work, the continual evolution of our... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Unconfessed

Written by Yvette Christianse


Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: September 17, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-281-4 (1-59051-281-2)

Pen/Hemingway Award Finalist

Slavery as it existed in Africa has seldom been portrayed–and never with such texture, detail, and authentic emotion. Inspired by actual 19th-century court records, Unconfessed is a breathtaking literary tour de force. They called her Sila van den Kaap, slave woman of Jacobus Stephanus Van der Wat of Plettenberg... Read more >

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Even Now
Poems by Hugo Claus
Written by Hugo Claus
Afterword by Cees Nooteboom
Translated by David Colmer


Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Archipelago
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-935744-88-7 (1-935744-88-7)

Beautifully translated from the Dutch by David Colmer, the IMPAC Award-winning translator of Gerbrand Bakker’s The Twin, Hugo Claus’s poems are remarkable for their dexterity, intensity of feeling, and acute intelligence. From the richly associative and referential “Oostakker Poems” to the emotional and erotic outpouring of the “mad dog stanzas” in “Morning... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ready Player One
A Novel
Written by Ernest Cline


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88744-3 (0-307-88744-8)

Selected for Common Reading at:
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Bethel College
Kansas State University
Sam Houston State University

Winner, ALA Alex Award

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where... Read more >

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Ready Player One

Written by Ernest Cline


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88743-6 (0-307-88743-X)

Winner of the 2012 Alex Award
A 2011 School Library Journal "Best Adult Book 4 Teens"


At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages... Read more >

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America Noir
Underground Writers and Filmmakers of the Postwar Era
Written by David Cochran


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-218-8 (1-58834-218-2)

In America Noir David Cochran details how ten writers and filmmakers challenged the social pieties prevalent during the Cold War, such as the superiority of the American democracy, the benevolence of free enterprise, and the sanctity of the suburban family. Rod Sterling’s The Twilight Zone featured victims of vast, faceless, bureaucratic... Read more >

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Ballistics
Poems
Written by Billy Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 16, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7561-1 (0-8129-7561-8)

A Billy Collins poem is instantly recognizable. “Using simple, understandable language,” notes USA TODAY, the two-term U.S. Poet Laureate “captures ordinary life—its pleasure, its discontents, its moments of sadness and of joy.” His everyman approach to writing resonates with readers everywhere and generates fans who would otherwise never give a poem... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 1, 1982
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21214-3 (0-553-21214-1)

In Conrad's haunting tale, Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the enigmatic Kurtz. Travelling to the heart of the African continent, he discovers how Kurtz has gained his position of power and influence over the local people. Marlow's struggle to fathom his experience... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lord Jim

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1981
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21361-4 (0-553-21361-X)

Lord Jim is a classic story of one man's tragic failure and eventual redemption, told under the circumstances of high adventure at the margins of the known world which made Conrad's work so immediately popular. But it is also the book in which its author, through a brilliant adaptation of his... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Secret Agent
A Simple Tale
Written by Joseph Conrad
Edited by Peter Mallios
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 14, 2004
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7305-1 (0-8129-7305-4)

In reexamining The Secret Agent in a post-9/11 world, Robert D. Kaplan praises Joseph Conrad’s “surgical insight into the mechanics of terrorism,” calling the book “a fine example of how a savvy novelist may detect the future long before a social scientist does.”

This intense 1907 thriller–a precursor to works by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Adolphe

Written by Benjamin Constant
Translated by Carl Wildman


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-09-7 (1-935554-09-3)

Adolphe is a privileged and refined young man, bored by the stupidity he perceives in the world around him. After a number of meaningless conquests, he at last encounters Ellenore, a beautiful and passionate older woman. Adolphe is enraptured and gradually wears down her resistance to his declarations of love. But... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fifty Great American Short Stories

Written by Milton Crane


Format: Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1984
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27294-9 (0-553-27294-2)

The genius of American writing as shown in a wide range of stories by acclaimed authors including O.Henry, Stephen Crane, Jack London, Sarah Orne Jewett, Theodore Dreiser, Herman Melville, John Collier, James Agee, John Cleever, Irwin Shaw, Carson McCullers and others.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
“The Adventure of the German Student” by Washington... Read more >

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I Heard the Owl Call My Name

Written by Margaret Craven


Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: January 15, 1980
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-34369-1 (0-440-34369-0)

This bestselling classic of Native American literature captures the essence of the modern Native American experience with compassion, poignancy and compelling drama. It tells the story of a new generation of Native Americans in an ancient village in which the old culture of totems and potlatch is rapidly being replaced by... Read more >

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The Passage
A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
Written by Justin Cronin


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 17, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50497-5 (0-345-50497-6)

This paperback edition includes:

* A sneak preview of The Twelve, coming in 2012
* A revealing interview with author Justin Cronin

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY TIME MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • Esquire • U.S. News &...
Read more >

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Paradise

Written by Dante
Illustrated by Gustave Dore
Translated by Anthony Esolen


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7726-4 (0-8129-7726-2)

“If there is any justice in the world of books, [Esolen’s] will be the standard Dante . . . for some time to come.”–Robert Royal, Crisis

In this, the concluding volume of The Divine Comedy, Dante ascends from the devastation of the Inferno and the trials of Purgatory. Led by his beloved... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Paradise

Written by Dante
Illustrated by Gustave Dore
Translated by Anthony Esolen


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 2, 2004
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-64269-5 (0-679-64269-2)

The Divine Comedy is a complete scale of the depths and heights of human emotion," wrote T.S. Eliot. "The last canto of the Paradiso is to my thinking the highest point that poetry has ever reached or ever can reach."

The Divine Comedy stands as one of the towering creations of world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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City of God
A Novel
Written by E.L. Doctorow


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8589-4 (0-8129-8589-3)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
With brilliant and audacious strokes, E. L. Doctorow creates a breathtaking collage of memories, events, visions, and provocative thought, all centered on an idea of the modern reality of God. At the heart of this stylistically daring tour de force is a detective story about a cross that vanishes... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Sister Carrie

Written by Theodore Dreiser


Format: Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1982
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21374-4 (0-553-21374-1)

Theodore Dreiser had a hardscrabble youth and the years of newspaper work behind him when he began his first novel, Sister Carrie, the story of a beautiful Midwestern girl who makes it big in New York City. Published by Doubleday in 1900, it gained a reputation as a shocker, for Dreiser... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Birth of Venus
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 30, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6897-2 (0-8129-6897-2)

2005 BOOK SENSE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD, ADULT NON-FICTION

Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a... Read more >

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The Dud Avocado

Written by Elaine Dundy
Introduction by Terry Teachout


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-232-2 (1-59017-232-9)

Elaine Dundy’s semi-autobiographical comic novel follows the misadventures of an American girl who impulsively quits college and heads off to conquer Paris in the 1950s.

Sally Jay Gorce sets out to become an actress, but what she really wants to do is experience the wide world, and to “make her wits... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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