Alice Hoffmans Bookshelf

Alice Hoffmans Bookshelf


  • Beloved

    By Toni Morrison

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400033416
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: June 2004
    Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, Morrison's spellbinding novel transforms history into a story on a biblical scale as well as a lullaby. Sethe, the protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. There are too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things occurred. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Morrison is the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The New York Times Book Review Fiction Survey finds Beloved 'the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years.' 324p.
  • Cat's Cradle

    By Kurt Vonnegut

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385333481
    • Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperbacks
    • Published: 2010
    Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness, the book is an apocalyptic tale of Earth's ultimate fate. It features a midget as the protagonist; a complete original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision ofthe future that is at once totally fatalistic and hilariously funny. Vonnegut at his best. 287p.
  • Celestial Navigation

    By Anne Tyler

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780449911808
    • Publisher: Fawcett Columbine
    • Published: August 1996
    Thirty-eight-year-old Jeremy Pauling has never left home. He lives simply on the top floor of a Baltimore rowhouse, quietly creating collages of little people snipped from wrapping paper. His elderly mother putters in the rooms below. That is, until the fall of 1960, when she dies and leaves Jeremy alone. 276p.
  • Fahrenheit 451 (60th Anniversary Edition)

    By Ray Bradbury

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.39
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781451673319
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks
    • Published: June 2013
    In this acclaimed 20th-century novel set in a bleak, dystopian future, Guy Montag is a fireman living a life frightening in its implications: in a world where television rules authoritarianly and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. Montag’s job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. He never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and spouse, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where on sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding book in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life. Winner of the National Book Award.
  • Fear of Flying

    By Erica Jong

    Our Price: $5.95 - $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780451209436
    • Publisher: New American Library
    • Published: November 2003
    Originally published in 1973. The groundbreaking, uninhibited story of Isadora Wing and her desire to fly free. Fueling fantasies, igniting debates, and even introducing a new phrase to the English language - the 'zipperless f***' - Fear of Flying went on to sell more than twelve million copies on the way to becoming a genuine cultural icon: a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood. Roll over Ms. de Beauvoir!
  • Jane Eyre

    By Charlotte Bronte

    Our Price: $8.10
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307455192
    • Publisher: Vintage Classics
    • Published: 2009
    This most beloved novel describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester. The loneliness and cruelty of Jane’s childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But after falling in love with her sardonic employer, her discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a hear-wrenching choice. Ever since its publication in 1847, JANE EYRE has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. It lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling. Now a major motion picture. 596p.
  • Jazz

    By Toni Morrison

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400076215
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: June 2004
    Set in Harlem during the 1920s, this novel chronicles a bittersweet triangle involving Joe Trace, a middle-aged door-to-door salesman, his mentally unstable wife Violet, and his eighteen-year-old girlfriend. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
  • Knight's Castle (Magic Series: Book 2)

    By Edward Eager

    Our Price: $5.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780152020736
    • Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
    • Published: March 1999
    Four cousins, Roger, Ann, Eliza, and Jack, have an extraordinary summer when, after an old toy soldier comes to life, they find themselves transported back to the days of Robin Hood and Ivanhoe.
  • Magic or Not? (Magic: Book 5)

    By Edward Eager

    Our Price: $3.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780152020804
    • Published: August 1999
    An old well that might be magic affords an exciting summer for the twins, James and Laura, and helps them to right an ancient wrong
  • Man's Search for Meaning

    By Viktor E. Frankl

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780807014271
    • Publisher: Beacon Press
    • Published: June 2006
    Between 1942 and 1945 psychiatrist Viktor Frankl labored in four different Nazi death camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experiences and the stories of his many patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory - known as logotherapy - holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful. 165p.
  • Mary Poppins

    By P.L. Travers

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780152058104
    • Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc
    • Published: June 2006
    Mary Poppins and her charges, the Banks children are introduced in this book. Poppins changes the lives of her charges and introduces them to new people and places. Originally issued in 1934. (Ages: 8+).
  • Moon Tiger

    By Penelope Lively

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802135339
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: 1988
    The elderly Claudia Hampton, a best-selling author of popular history; lies alone in a London hospital bed. Memories of her life still glow in her fading consciousness, but she imagines writing a history of the world. Instead, Moon Tiger is her own history, the life of a strong, independent woman, with its often contentious relations with family and friends. At its center ? forever frozen in time, the still point of her turning world ? is the cruelly truncated affair with Tom, a British tank commander whom Claudia knew as a reporter in Egypt during World War II.
  • Olive Kitteridge

    By Elizabeth Strout

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812971835
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: September 2008
    A National Book Critics' Circle award finalist. Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her small town of Crosby, Maine, & the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.Olive is the axis around which this book's thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive's own adult child, who feelstyrannized by her irrational sensitivites; & her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing & a curse - are among the nuggets of astonishing force making up this fine, compelling story collection. 286p.
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060883287
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: February 2006
    An Oprah's Book Club selection. (Harper Perennial Modern Classics). The brilliant, surreal story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family...and, the invention of ice. One of the most influential novels written in the past half-century. From the Nobel Prize winner. 417p.
  • Pink Fairy Book

    By Andrew Lang

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780486469669
    • Publisher: Dover Publications
    • Published: September 2008
    Forty-one fairy tales and fables collected from the folklore of many nations, including familiar children's classics as well as unknown stories of classic charm