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The Mountain Lion

Written by Jean Stafford
Afterword by Kathryn Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-352-7 (1-59017-352-X)

Two kids growing up in a genteel suburb of Los Angeles, Ralph and his younger sister, Molly, are independent-minded and highly imaginative and more than a little wild. They have no patience with the evasive politeness and mincing words of their mother and older sisters, so they’re delighted when they’re sent... Read more >

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Written by Harriet Beecher Stowe


Format: Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 1, 1982
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21218-1 (0-553-21218-4)

Uncle Tom, Topsy, Sambo, Simon Legree, little Eva: their names are American bywords, and all of them are characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe's remarkable novel of the pre-Civil War South.

Uncle Tom's Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its presentation of Tom, "a man... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Olive Kitteridge
Fiction
Written by Elizabeth Strout


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7183-5 (0-8129-7183-3)

A Library Journal Best Book of 2008

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Darkness Visible
A Memoir of Madness
Written by William Styron


Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 23, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-64352-4 (0-679-64352-4)

In 1985 William Styron fell victim to a crippling and nearly suicidal depression. This book is his description of his descent into depression, an unprecedented account of the journey into madness. That he manages to convey its tortuous progression and his eventual recovery with such candor and precision makes this book... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Selected Letters of William Styron

Written by William Styron
Edited by Rose Styron and R. Blakeslee Gilpin


Format: Hardcover, 704 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6806-7 (1-4000-6806-1)

In 1950, at the age of twenty-four, William Clark Styron, Jr., wrote to his mentor, Professor William Blackburn of Duke University. The young writer was struggling with his first novel, Lie Down in Darkness, and he was nervous about whether his “strain and toil” would amount to anything. “When I mature... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Writer's Life

Written by Gay Talese


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7728-8 (0-8129-7728-9)

The inner workings of a writer’s life, the interplay between experience and writing, are brilliantly recounted by a master of the art. Gay Talese now focuses on his own life—the zeal for the truth, the narrative edge, the sometimes startling precision, that won accolades for his journalism and best-sellerdom and acclaim... Read more >

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The Bonesetter's Daughter
A Novel
Written by Amy Tan


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45737-0 (0-345-45737-4)

A Chinese-American woman discovers her tormented mother’s memoirs of life as a girl in China, and uncovers family secrets long kept hidden.

"In its rich character portrayals and sensitivity to the nuances of mother-daughter relationships, Tan's new novel is the real successor to, and equal of, The Joy Luck Club. This luminous... Read more >
Also available as a paperback.

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The Bonesetter's Daughter

Written by Amy Tan


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 29, 2002
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1498-1 (0-8041-1498-6)

A Chinese-American woman discovers her tormented mother’s memoirs of life as a girl in China, and uncovers family secrets long kept hidden.

"In its rich character portrayals and sensitivity to the nuances of mother-daughter relationships, Tan's new novel is the real successor to, and equal of, The Joy Luck Club. This... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Good Thief
A Novel
Written by Hannah Tinti


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33746-5 (0-385-33746-9)

Winner, ALA Alex Award 2009
Winner, John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize 2008
New York Times Notable Book of 2008
Washington Post Best Books of 2008
San Francisco Chronicle, 50 Best Fiction & Poetry of 2008
Kirkus, Best Fiction of 2008 list


Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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White Walls
Collected Stories
Written by Tatyana Tolstaya
Contribution by Antonina Bouis
Translated by Jamey Gambrell


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: April 17, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-197-4 (1-59017-197-7)

The wonderful verve, unflagging verbal invention, and wicked charm that Tatyana Tolstaya brings to the short story have earned her a devoted audience all over the world. Edna O’Brien has called her “an enchantress.” Anita Desai has spoken of her work’s “richness and ardent life.” Stemming from a Russian tradition of... Read more >

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Vietnamerica
A Family's Journey
Written by GB Tran


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50872-0 (0-345-50872-6)

A TIME Magazine Top Ten Graphic Memoir of All Time
A 2011 School Library Journal "Best Adult Book 4 Teens"
A 2011 Library Journal Best Graphic Novel

Selected for common reading at Davidson College


A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artist/storyteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are... Read more >

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My Father's Tears
And Other Stories
Written by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 25, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51380-9 (0-345-51380-0)

A 2009 Booklist Editor’s Choice Selection

John Updike’s first collection of new short fiction since 2000 finds the author in a valedictory mood as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and of foreign travel.

“Personal Archaeology” considers life as a sequence of half-buried layers, and “The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Castle in Transylvania

Written by Jules Verne
Translated by Charlotte Mandell


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-08-0 (1-935554-08-5)

This long-forgotten work of Jules Verne, the master of science fiction, is one of his few writings about the supernatural. This eerie gothic story set in a forgotten valley in the mountains of Transylvania, where demons and vampires menace the populace, pits a young stranger against the forces of evil and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Interview
And Other Conversations
Written by Kurt Vonnegut


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 16, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-090-7 (1-61219-090-1)

One of the great American iconoclasts holds forth on politics, war, books and writers, and his personal life in a series of interviews, including his last–for US Airways Magazine.

During his long career Kurt Vonnegut won international praise for his novels, plays, and essays. In this new anthology of conversations with Vonnegut–which... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sweeping Up Glass

Written by Carolyn Wall


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34303-9 (0-385-34303-5)

Destined to be a classic, Sweeping Up Glass is a tough and tender novel of love, race, and justice, and a ferocious, unflinching look at the power of family.

Olivia Harker Cross owns a strip of mountain in Pope County, Kentucky, a land where whites and blacks eke out a living in... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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These Demented Lands

Written by Alan Warner


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 17, 1998
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49146-4 (0-385-49146-8)

Hard on the heels of his critically acclaimed first novel, Morvern Callar, comes Alan Warner's second novel, "a classic like his first one." (Independent on Sunday). An air-crash investigator haunts a remote island gathering debris from fallen planes. A desperate young woman arrives and makes her way to the Drome Hotel... Read more >

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A Werewolf Tale
Written by David Wellington


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46083-7 (0-307-46083-5)

Deep in the uninhabited forests of Canada's Northwest territories, a young woman named Chey is on a quest;
she has vowed to seek revenge on the werewolf who killed her father. But to her horror, Chey herself is bitten
and infected with the curse. As she reluctantly accepts her new existence as a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age of Innocence

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1996
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21450-5 (0-553-21450-0)

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

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The Custom of the Country

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 1, 1991
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21393-5 (0-553-21393-8)

With the publication of this controversial novel, Wharton leveled her most biting critique at the limitations that her society placed upon the ambitious woman. Undine Spragg, the book's central character, is a magnificent antiheroine, viciously and precisely rendered. She is boundlessly ambitious and ready to ruthlessly sell herself to whatever man... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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The House of Mirth

Written by Edith Wharton


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1984
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21320-1 (0-553-21320-2)

A literary sensation when it was published in 1905, The House of Mirth quickly established Edith Wharton as the most important American woman of letters in the twentieth century. The first American novel to provide a devastatingly accurate portrait of New York's aristocracy, it is the story of the beautiful and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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Self-Reliance
The Wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson as Inspiration for Daily Living
Edited by Richard Whelan


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: November 5, 1991
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-517-58512-2 (0-517-58512-X)

In this beautifully distilled version of Emerson's principal spiritual essays, Whelan makes the down-to-earth wisdom of Emerson accessible to contemporary readers. Emerson reminds us of the traditional virtues that have, to our immeasurable loss, become all too rare. If anything can restore these virtues to our lives and to the conscience... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Martyrs' Crossing

Written by Amy Wilentz


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 2, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44983-2 (0-345-44983-5)

From journalist Amy Wilentz, winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Prize for nonfiction and the Winning Writers Award, and a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, this poignant first novel is a powerful story of the complexities of life amid the crisis in the Middle East. Set against the backdrop... Read more >

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Butcher's Crossing

Written by John Williams
Introduction by Michelle Latiolais


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-198-1 (1-59017-198-5)

It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek "an original relation to nature," drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher's Crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mrs. Somebody Somebody
Fiction
Written by Tracy Winn


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 8, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8145-2 (0-8129-8145-6)

In this astonishing debut, Tracy Winn poignantly chronicles the souls who inhabit the troubled mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, playing out their struggles and hopes over the course of the twentieth century. Through a stunning variety of voices, Winn paints a deep and permeating portrait of the town and its people... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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