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First published in 1855, 'Leaves of Grass' altered the course of literary history, establishing itself as a foundation text of American culture, redefining the rules of poetry while inscribing the soul of the American character. Never out of print, the poem has influenced generations of readers 'round the world. Whitman would continue to revise and republish the book over his lifetime. The publication marks the 150th anniversary. 160p.
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At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.
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The Jungle

By Upton Sinclair

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(Penguin Classics). Documenting the brutal conditions in the Chicago stockyards at the turn of the century, this centennial edition of 'The Jungle' brings into sharp moral focus the appalling odds against which immigrants and other working people struggled for their share of the American dream. 448p.
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This novel is an erudite study of the evil and good entwined within the heart, in which two men proceed through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations in the aftermath of their fall from an exploded hijacked jetliner above the English Channel. An epic journey of tears and laughter, of bewitching stories and astonishing flights of imagination within the hearts of men and women. On the basis of this novel, the Ayatollah Kohemini of Iran issued a fatwa on the life of the author for his alleged slandering of Islam.
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Kesey's boisterous, ribald, & ultimately shattering 1962 novel is the unforgettable story of a mental ward & its inhabitants, primarily the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched & Randall Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. The rest is cinematic history (Jack Nicholson undergoing electro-shock treatment is right up there with the knight playing chess against the devil in The Seventh Seal). Meanwhile, readers get to see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses & understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to battle the powers that imprison them all.
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Tropic of Cancer

By Henry Miller

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Banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934. This first volume of Miller's famed, notorious collage of memoir and fiction chronicles with unapologetic gusto the adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they encounter in Paris in the 1930s. 318p.
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(City Lights Pocket Poets series). Allen Ginsberg's poem, 'Howl,' landed on the shores of America's shipwrecked consciousness as a manifesto and testimony. The book, HOWL AND OTHER POEMS, was subsequently seized by U.S. customs and the San Francisco police. It was the subject of a long court trial at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene. Ginsberg knew what was obscene, and he wrote it down in a delirious, impassioned fit of poetic reverie. It is both THE legendary and notorious poem of 20th-century American literature. Bibliography. 60p.
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Animal Farm

By George Orwell

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As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, ANIMAL FARM is a parable about would-be liberators everywhere. In witnessing the rise and bloody fall of these revolutionary animals through the lens of human history, the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organizations are visible; and in the most charismatic leaders, the souls of the cruelest oppressors appear. 101p.
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Lolita

By Vladimir Nabokov

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50th Anniversary Edition. The infinitely absorbing story of aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring and doomed passion for the 'nymphet' Dolores Haze. Set against a post-WWII American modernism that etches the 'highway & travel lodge' mode into an emblem of illicit desire achieved, Humbert's obsessional love drive for Lolita takes whatever was left of its Russian-born author's formative prose to a level unrivalled in 20th-century fiction. 317p.
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(Wordsworth Classics). Written and privately published in Florence 1928, Lawrence's novel was denied unexpurgated publication in England until a celebrated high-court judgement in 1960. The novel deals in poetic and sexually explicit language with the passionate relationship between Lady Constance Chatterley and her husband's forthright and powerfully masculine gamekeeper, Oliver Mellos. Trapped in a marriage which has become sterile and joyless since her husband's return from the trenches of WWI partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, Connie seizes the chance of sexual fulfillment she had thought lost to her forever. 268p.
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Invisible Man

By Ralph Ellison

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First published in 1952. The nameless protagonist of this nightmare journey across the racial divide discovers unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators. One of the most important novels of the twentieth century. 581p. Pap.
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(Penguin Classics). This political polemic is the incisive account of the authors' conception of Communism, a world envisaged in which society exists without classes, private property, or even a state. This revolutionary summons to the working classes provided the theoretical basis of the political systems in Russia, China, Cuba and Eastern Europe, affecting the lives of millions throughout most of the 20th century. A fundamental historical document, 'The Communist Manifesto' stands as an unrivalled depiction of the limitless power of global Capitalism. Notes, index. 288p.
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When James drops magic crystals by the peach tree, the top peach starts growing, and before long, it's as big as a house, with a secret entranceway. Color illus. 160p. (Ages: 7+).
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