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Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Dissident Gardens, Chronic City, The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn, and of the essay collection The Ecstasy of Influence, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Lethem has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and the New York Times, among other publications.

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The Man Who Was Thursday
Written by G. K. Chesterton, Introduction by Jonathan Lethem
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2001
$10.00/13.00(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
$13.00/17.50(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

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Written by Shirley Jackson, Illustrated by Thomas Ott, Introduction by Jonathan Lethem
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | October 2006
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-303997-6 (0-14-303997-0)

Shirley Jackson's beloved gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family's dark secret

Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a... Read more

Written by Anna Kavan, Afterword by Kate Zambreno, Foreword by Jonathan Lethem
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 2017
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-313199-1 (0-14-313199-0)

A dazzling and haunting vision of the end of the world, Ice is a masterpiece of literary science fiction now in a new 50th anniversary edition with a foreword by Jonathan Lethem

"One might become convinced that Kavan had seen the future . . . A half century after its first appearance... 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
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-27752-7 (0-307-27752-6)

A New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year.

A searing and wildly entertaining love letter to New York City from the bestselling author of Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude
Chase Insteadman, former child television star, has a new role in life—permanent guest on the Upper East Side dinner party circuit, where...

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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

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
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72488-6 (0-375-72488-5)

A New York Times Book Review EDITORS' CHOICE. 

From the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn, comes the vividly told story of Dylan Ebdus growing up white and motherless in downtown Brooklyn in the 1970s. In a neighborhood where the entertainments include muggings along with games of stoopball, Dylan... Read more

A Gambler's Anatomy
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2017
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-1-101-87367-0 (1-101-87367-1)

The author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude returns with a devilishly entertaining novel about an international backgammon hustler who thinks he's psychic. Too bad about the tumor in his face.

Alexander Bruno travels the world playing high stakes backgammon and hunting for amateur “whales” who think they can challenge... Read more

Girl in Landscape
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1999
$15.00/20.00(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
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2016
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-87366-3 (1-101-87366-3)

A father tries to stave off a nervous breakdown when a family trip to SeaWorld shades into the sinister; a porn critic discovers that, despite his best intentions, his reputation—not to mention the stacks of smut lining his apartment—precedes him; an out-of-work avant-garde stage director begins to test his limits in... 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
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-72483-1 (0-375-72483-4)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

A compelling and complusively readable riff on the classic detective novel from America's most inventive novelist. 

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

Motherless Brooklyn (Movie Tie-In Edition)
Written by Jonathan Lethem
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2019
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-1-9848-9939-2 (1-9848-9939-2)

"Tell your story walking."

St. Vincent's Home for Boys, Brooklyn, early 1970s. For Lionel Essrog, a.k.a. The Human Freakshow, a victim of Tourette's syndrome (an uncontrollable urge to shout out nonsense, touch every surface in reach, rearrange objects), Frank Minna is a savior. A local tough guy and fixer, Minna shows... 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
$16.00/22.00(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)


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