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  • American Pastoral

    By Philip Roth

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375701429
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: February 1998
    Swede Levov grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
  • And I Don't Want to Live This Life: A Mother's Story of Her Daughter's Murder

    By Deborah Spungen

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780449911419
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: August 1996
    The mother of Nancy Spungen, the woman who was allegedly murdered by punk rock star Sid Vicious, chronicles her family's despair and the futility of professional advice in dealing with her daughter's life-long episodes of uncontrollable rebellion
  • Collected Poems, 1924-1955

    By George Seferis

    Our Price: $40.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781299761896
    • Publisher: Princeton University Press
    • Published: 1969
    Supplemented edition.
  • Consider the Oyster

    By M.F.K. Fisher

    Our Price: $12.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780865473355
    • Publisher: North Point Press
    • Published: September 1988
    Fisher here pays tribute to that most enigmatic of ocean creatures, the oyster. As she tells of oysters found in stews, in soups, roasted, baked, fried, prepared a la Rockefeller or au naturel – and of the pearls sometimes found therein – Fisher describes her mother’s joy at encountering oyster loaf in a girls’ dorm in the 1890s, recalls her own initiation into the “strange cold succulence” of raw oysters as a young woman in Marseille and Dijon, and explores both the bivalve’s famed aphrodisiac properties and its equally notorious gut-wrenching powers. Fisher invites readers to share in the comforts and delights that this delicate edible evokes, enchanting readers her characteristically wise and witty prose. Index of Recipes. 78p.
  • Endless Love

    By Scott Spencer

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061926006
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: August 2010
    The classic novel that has been translated into over twenty languages and has sold more than two million copies worldwide One of the most celebrated novels of its time, Endless Love remains perhaps the most powerful book ever written about young love. Riveting, compulsively readable, and ferociously sexual, Endless Love tells the story of David Axelrod and his overwhelming love for Jade Butterfield. David and Jade are consumed with each other: their rapport, their desire, their sexuality, take them further than they understand. And when Jade's father banishes David from the home, he fantasizes the forgiveness his rescue of the family will bring, and he sets a "perfectly safe" fire to their house. What unfolds is a nightmare, a dark world in which David's love is a crime and a disease, a world of anonymous phone calls, crazy letters, and new fears?and the inevitable and punishing pursuit of the one thing that remains most real to him: his endless love for Jade and her family. Published in 1979 and hailed as "one of the best books of the year" by the New York Times, Endless Love is the novel that first established Scott Spencer as "the contemporary American master of the love story" (Publishers Weekly).
  • Falls: A Novel

    By Joyce Carol Oates

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061565342
    • Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS
    • Published: June 2008
    Follows the interconnected and secretive lives of parents and their children when they are challenged by circumstances outside their family, in a tale set against a backdrop of Niagara Falls in the mid-twentieth century. By the award-winning author of Blonde. Reissue. 50,000 first printing.
  • Good Morning, Midnight

    By Jean Rhys

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393303940
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: December 1999
    Sasha Jensen has return to Paris, the city of both her happiest moments and her most desperate. A friend has rescued her from the room in London where she had been trying to think herself to death. Now her her past lies in wait for herin cafes, bars, and dress shops, coming to life again as vividly for the reader as it does for her, blurring all distinctions between nightmare and reality. However, the past is not all that looms threateningly on Sasha's horizon. 190p.
  • Jernigan

    By David Gates

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679737131
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: March 1992
    Seeking comfort in alcohol and irony from his wife's death, father's immolation, and son's adolescence, Peter Jernigan meets the mother of his son's strange girlfriend and begins a plunge into the everyday death of the spirit
  • Ladder of Years

    By Anne Tyler

    Our Price: $5.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780449910573
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: April 1996
    Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To her husband and three almost grown children, she has vainished without trace or reason. But for Delia, who feels like a tiny gnat buzzing around her family's edges, 'walking away from it all' is not a premeditated act but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life. 326p.
  • Middlesex

    By Jeffrey Eugenides

    Our Price: $8.50 - $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312427733
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: June 2007
    The story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. 544p. Pap.
  • My Prizes: An Accounting

    By Thomas Bernhard

    Our Price: $11.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780307272874
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: November 2010
    A gathering of brilliant and viciously funny recollections. Written in 1980 but published here for the first time, these texts tell the story of the various farces that developed around the literary prizes Thomas Bernhard received in his lifetime. Whether it was the Bremen Prize, or the Austrian State Prize, his participation in the acceptance ceremony - always less than gracious, it must be said - resulted in scandal (only at the awarding of the prize from Austria's Federal Chamber of Commerce did Bernhard feel at home: he received that one, he said, in recognition of the great example he set for shopkeeping apprentices). And the remuneration connected with the prizes presented him with opportunities for adventure - the new-house and luxury-car variety. A revelatory work of dazzling comedy, this is the pinnacle of Bernhardian art. 130p.
  • Platform: A Novel

    By Michel Houellebecq

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400030262
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: July 2004
    In his early forties, Michel Renault skims through his days with as little human contact as possible, but following his father's death he takes a group holiday to Thailand where he meets a travel agent - the shyly compelling Valerie - who begins to bring this half-dead man to life with sex of escalating intensity and audacity. Arcing with dreamlike swiftness from Paris to Pattaya Beach and from sex clubs to a terrorist massacre, PLATFORM is a brilliant, apocalyptic tour de fiction. 259p.
  • Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

    By Philip Short

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780805080063
    • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
    • Published: January 2006
    Philip Short's masterly narrative reveals how Pol Pot engineered his country's desolation, fashioning the definitive portrait of the man who headed one of the most enigmatic and terrifying regimes of modern times. Short observed Pol Pot at close quarters during the one and only official visit Pol ever made abroad, to China, in 1975. He was struck by Pol Pot's charm and charisma, yet, soon after, the leader would emerge as the architect of one of the most radical and ruthless experiments in social engineering ever undertaken. More than a million Cambodians perished in the notorious 'killing fields' implemented by the Khmer Rouge of Pol Pot. Notes and Sources, Index. Illus., b&w photos. 537p.
  • So Much for That

    By Lionel Shriver

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061458590
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: March 2011
    After his wife is diagnosed with cancer, Shep Knacker sees his dream of retiring to a developing country slip away, along with all the money in his once-plentiful bank account, as he tries to navigate America's labyrinthine health-care system. By the best-selling author of The Post-Birthday World. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
  • Staring At the Sun

    By Julian Barnes

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679748205
    • Publisher: VINTAGE BOOKS
    • Published: September 1993
    Jean Serjeant seems ordinary, but has an extraordinary disdain for wisdom. The novel follows her from her childhood in the 1920s to her flight into the sun in the year 2021. Author Julian Barnes confronts readers with the fruits of herrelentless curiosity: pilgrimages to China and the Grand Canyon; a catalog of 1940s sexual euphemisms; and a glimpse of technology in the 21st century (when The Absolute Truth can be universally accessed). 197p.

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