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Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is the author of nine novels, including most recently Dissident Gardens. A recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Lethem has published his stories and essays in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The New York Times, among others. He lives in California.

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The Man Who Was Thursday
Written by G.K. Chesterton, Introduction by Jonathan Lethem
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2001
$8.95/13.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-75791-4 (0-375-75791-0)

G. K. Chesterton's surreal masterpiece is a psychological thriller that centers on seven anarchists in turn-of-the-century London who call themselves by the names of the days of the week. Chesterton explores the meanings of their disguised identities in what is a fascinating mystery and, ultimately, a spellbinding allegory. As Jonathan Lethem... Read more






Dombey and Son
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by Jonathan Lethem
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2003
$12.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6743-2 (0-8129-6743-7)

Dombey and Son, Charles Dickens’s story of a powerful man whose callous neglect of his family triggers his professional and personal downfall, showcases the author’s gift for vivid characterization and unfailingly realistic description. As Jonathan Lethem contends in his Introduction, Dickens’s “genius . . . is at one with the genius... Read more






As She Climbed Across the Table
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 1998
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70012-5 (0-375-70012-9)

         Anna Karenina left her husband for a dashing officer. Lady Chatterley left hers for the gamekeeper. Now Alice Coombs has her boyfriend for nothing … nothing at all.  Just how that should have come to pass and what Philip Engstrand, Alice’s spurned boyfriend, can do about it is...

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Chronic City
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2010
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-27752-7 (0-307-27752-6)

The bestselling and beloved author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude delivers a searing love letter to the city that has inspired his finest work.
 
Chase Insteadman, former child television star, has a new role in life—permanent guest on the Upper East Side dinner party circuit, where he is consigned...

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The Disappointment Artist
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2006
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7681-9 (1-4000-7681-1)

In a volume he describes as "a series of covert and not-so-covert autobiographical pieces," Jonathan Lethem explores the nature of cultural obsession—from western films and comic books, to the music of Pink Floyd and the New York City subway. Along the way, he shows how each of these "voyages out from... Read more






Dissident Gardens
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2014
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-74449-4 (0-307-74449-3)

A New York Times Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year: Chicago Tribune, Village Voice, The Globe and Mail


Jonathan Lethem, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the MacArthur Fellowship whose writing has been called “as ambitious as [Norman] Mailer, as funny as Philip Roth... Read more






Dissident Gardens
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Doubleday | Hardcover | September 2013
$27.95/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-53493-2 (0-385-53493-0)

A dazzling novel from one of our finest writers—an epic yet intimate family saga about three generations of all-American radicals

At the center of Jonathan Lethem’s superb new novel stand two extraordinary women: Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist who savages neighbors, family, and... Read more






The Ecstasy of Influence
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2012
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-74450-0 (0-307-74450-7)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
A New York Times Notable Book
A Best Book of the Year —Austin American-Statesman

Includes a new, previously uncollected piece: "My Internet"
 
In The Ecstasy of Influence, the incomparable Jonathan Lethem has compiled a career-spanning collection of occasional pieces—essays, memoir, liner notes, fiction, and criticism—which also doubles as a novelist’s...

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The Fortress of Solitude
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2004
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72488-6 (0-375-72488-5)

The Fortress of Solitude is the story of Dylan Ebdus growing up white and motherless in downtown Brooklyn in the 1970s. It’s a neighborhood where the entertainments include muggings along with games of stoopball. In that world, Dylan has one friend, a black teenager, also motherless, named Mingus Rude. As Lethem... Read more






Girl in Landscape
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1999
$14.00/17.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-70391-1 (0-375-70391-8)

One the irrepressibly inventive Jonathan Lethem could weld science fiction and the Western into a mesmerizing novel of exploration and otherness, sexual awakening and loss. At the age of 13 Pella Marsh loses her mother and her home on the scorched husk that is planet Earth. Her sorrowing family emigrates to...

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Lucky Alan
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Doubleday | Hardcover | February 24, 2015
$24.95/28.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-53981-4 (0-385-53981-9)

The incomparable Jonathan Lethem returns with nine brilliant stories that prove he is a master of the short form as well as the novel.

     Jonathan Lethem stretches new literary muscles in this scintillating new collection of stories. Some of these tales—such as "Pending Vegan," which wonderfully captures a parental ache and... Read more






Men and Cartoons
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2005
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7680-2 (1-4000-7680-3)

A boozy ex-military captain trapped in a mysterious vessel searches for his runaway son, an aging superhero settles into academia, and a professional "dystopianist" receives a visit from a suicidal sheep. Men and Cartoons contains eleven fantastical, amusing, and moving stories written in a dizzying array of styles that shows the...

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Motherless Brooklyn
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2000
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72483-1 (0-375-72483-4)

From America's most inventive novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff on the classic detective novel.

Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways.  Together with three veterans of the... Read more






The Vintage Book of Amnesia
Edited by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2000
$17.95/20.50(Canada) | 978-0-375-70661-5 (0-375-70661-5)

Jonathan Lethem is perhaps our most active literary voice mining the genre margins of our culture.  In this unique collection he creates an anthology that no one else could.  He draws on the work of such unforgettables as Julio Cortazar, who presents a man caught between the ancient and modern worlds unable to... Read more






You Don't Love Me Yet
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2008
$13.95/15.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7682-6 (1-4000-7682-X)

Bestselling author Jonathan Lethem delivers a hilarious novel about love, art, and what it's like to be young in Los Angeles. Lucinda Hoekke's daytime gig as a telephone operator at the Complaint Line—an art gallery's high-minded installation piece—is about as exciting as listening to dead air. Her real passion is playing... Read more






Mind of an Outlaw
Written by Norman Mailer, Edited by Phillip Sipiora, Introduction by Jonathan Lethem
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | June 2014
$18.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8608-2 (0-8129-8608-3)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Norman Mailer was one of the towering figures of twentieth-century American letters and an acknowledged master of the essay. Mind of an Outlaw, the first posthumous publication from this outsize literary icon, collects Mailer’s most important and representative... Read more





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