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peter carey   Booker prize winning author Peter Carey lends masterful prose and precision to his more recent work True History of the Kelly Gang. Jam-packed with humor and emotion, this novel tracks the legendary Ned Kelly as he leads a life of lawlessness, but somehow manages to remain one of the good guys.
the onion   America's finest news source, The Onion, has released their latest collection, Dispatches from the Tenth Circle. At the forefront of cultural commentary and relentless entertainment, it is with much affection that we welcome this greatest hits release.
nathan englander   In Nathan Englander's short story "In This Way We Are Wise," a young American man living in Jerusalem after a terrorist bombing weighs the effectiveness of routine versus emotional departures from the ordinary as he tries to re-assemble his shattered sense of normalcy. Those of us who have had difficulty assuming the guise of stoicism and "returning to normal" after the terrorist attacks of September 11th and the United States' entry into war in Afghanistan will empathize with this character's experience of a public tragedy intersecting with his personal feelings. The story is from Englander's 1999 collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges.
f. scott fitzgerald   Dismissed by modern critics as an imperfect, if charming, bildungsroman of both a fictional "romantic egotist" and of the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise nevertheless marked a turning point in American literary and cultural history. Upon the novel's publication in 1920, reviewers and readers enthusiastically welcomed it as a vanguard work of letters and as a remarkable depiction of the disillusioned post-war generation. Paradise also stands a cultural touchstone for twentieth century, heralding a revolt against the Puritanism of earlier generations in favor of a lasting legacy of youth and fun.
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