The Author's Shelf: Anne Tyler


  • Being Polite to Hitler: A Novel

    By Robb Forman Dew

    Our Price: $17.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316018753
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books
    • Published: October 2011
    After teaching and raising her family for most of her life, Agnes Scofield is tired of the routine. But how, at 51, can she establish an identity apart from what has so long defined her? Often eloquent, sometimes blunt, and always full of fire, the Scofield family is not one to keep its opinions quiet. As much as Agnes would like to, she can no more sidestep their adamant advice than she can step down as their matriarch. But, despite her reluctance to become even more entangled in the family web, Agnes is amazed to feel her life grow because of it. In Being Polite to Hitler, Robb Forman Dew intricately details personal and family life in a moving, frank, and surprising portrait of post-World War II America.
  • Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories

    By Edith Pearlman

    Our Price: $9.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780982338292
    • Publisher: Lookout Books
    • Published: January 2011
    This significant collection offers a look at an artist at the height of her powers. Spanning four decades and three prize-winning volumes, these twenty-one classic selected stories and thirteen scintillating new ones, take readers around the world, from Jerusalem to Central America, from tsarist Russia to London during the blitz in WWII, from central Europe to Manhattan, and from the Maine coast to Godolphin, Massachusetts, a fictional suburb of Boston. No matter the situation in which her characters find themselves - an unforseen love affair between adolescent cousins, a lifetime of memories unearthed by an elderly couple's decisions to shoplift, the deathbed secret of a young girl's forbidden forest tryst with the tsar, the danger that befalls a wealthy couple's child in a European inn of misfits - Edith Pearlman conveys their experience with wit and aplomb, with relentless but clear-eyed optimism, and with a supple prose that reminds readers, sentence by marvelous sentence, page by page, of the wildly magnificent gifts formed of her artistry. Alice Munro and John Updike...roll over! 375p.
  • Bound: A Novel

    By Antonya Nelson

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781608192991
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
    • Published: October 2011
    Even after nearly two decades together, the Desplaines have their secrets. Oliver, an aging Wichita entrepreneur, is on his third marriage, and has recently found an even younger mistress. Catherine, his seemingly content wife, has a more colorful past than her husband knows, and it's about to come rushing back when Catherine learns she's been named guardian of a teenage girl she's never met. Meanwhile, the Wichita media is buzzing with the reemergence of a serial killer who haunted Catherine's own adolescence; a murderer has been hiding in plain sight, raising questions of how little any of us can truly know of our neighbors, our loved ones, or ourselves.Praise for Bound (A New York Times Notable Book): "Antonya Nelson wields words with breathtaking precision in Bound…Turning tiny moments into revelations, she brilliantly exposes the fears and delusions that drive people to rationalize destructive choices…[A] wise exploration of the war between our worst impulses and our better selves."-O, the Oprah Magazine "In her extraordinary fourth novel, Antonya Nelson captures the clamor and swirl of life in this new century … She pulls the tension to a flawlessly calibrated conclusion." "A short story writer of exhilarating wit and empathy, Nelson returns to the novel after a decade with heightened authority. Tightly coiled, edgy, and funny…[A] sleekly powerful turbine of a novel." -Booklist (starred review)
  • Calling Mr. King

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590514757
    • Publisher: Other Press
    • Published: August 2011
    An American hit man develops a fascination with architecture and art and reminisces, as he is about to complete another assignment, about his ability to lead a different type of life.
  • Crow Lake

    By Mary Lawson

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385337632
    • Publisher: Dial Press
    • Published: January 2003
    In the rural farm country of northern Ontario, the lives of two families--the farming Pye family, and zoologist Kate Morrison and her three brothers--are brought together and torn apart by misunderstanding, resentment, family love, and tragedy.
  • Death In the Family

    By James Agee

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143115847
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: September 2008
    First published in 1957, two years before the author's death, this autobiographical novel contains one of the most evocative depictions of loss and grief ever written. As Jay Follet hurries back to his home in Knoxville, Tennessee, he is killed in a car accident - a tragedy that destroys not only a life, but also the domestic happiness and contentment of a young family. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 320p.
  • Emily, Alone

    By Stewart O'Nan

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143120490
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: December 2011
    A sequel to the best-selling Wish You Were Here finds newly independent widow Emily Maxwell dreaming of visits by grandchildren and mourning changes in her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood before realizing an inner strength to pursue developing opportunities. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
  • Family Album

    By Penelope Lively

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143117872
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: August 2010
    Having dedicated herself to styling her family in accordance with her ideals, mother of six Alison finds her illusions wavering in the face of her husband's distance, long-repressed secrets and her children's respective confrontations with painful truths. By the Booker-winning author of Moon Tiger. Reprint.
  • Father of the Rain

    By Lily King

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802145345
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: May 2010
    Whiting Award–winner King (The English Teacher) captures with easy strokes the bold and dangerous personalities lurking inside the mundane frame of domestic drama. Her third novel, narrated by the clear-eyed daughter of an alcoholic father, follows their evolving relationship. The opening scene-- with 11-year-old Daley and her father wreaking delirious havoc by streaking naked at a martini-fueled pool party in the sleepy Boston suburbs-- brims with Daley's love for her father and desire for connection with him, but is also tinged with the repercussions of a charismatic man divorced from the role of parenthood, unlike Daley's socially responsible mother. Daley watches her father's continued degradation, but after years of self-imposed cultural and emotional distance from him--she flourishes at Berkeley and builds a loving, stable relationship with an African-American man she knows her Waspish father will despise--she eventually returns to her father's side after he is no longer capable of living alone. While Daley's perfect romance with her strapping, intelligent suitor is simplistic though sensual, King's latest is original and deftly drawn, the work of a master psychological portraitist.
  • Golden Apples

    By Eudora Welty

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156360906
    • Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc.
    • Published: September 1956
    Seven short stories based on the fictious lives of the inhabitants of the fictious town of Morgana, Mississippi. The characters placed in San Francisco are also products of the author's imagination. 277p. Pap.
  • High Fidelity

    By Nick Hornby

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781573225519
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: August 1996
    Follows the life, love affairs, and belated growth to maturity of Rob, a "Generation X" pop music fanatic and record store owner. Reprint.
  • Household Words: A Novel

    By Joan Silber

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393328233
    • Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
    • Published: November 2005
    Comfortable with her home in a New Jersey suburb and her reliable husband, Leonard, Rhoda Taber expects that her life will continue to be secure and predictable, but her expectations are turned upside down by an untimely death, unexpected illness, her daughters' contradictory natures, and other surprises. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
  • How to Read the Air

    By Dinaw Mengestu

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781594485398
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: October 2011
    One September afternoon, Yosef and Mariam, young Ethiopian immigrants, set off on the road from their new home in Peoria, Illinois, in search of their new identity as an American couple. Thirty years later, their son, Jonas, desperate to make sense of the generational and cultural ties that have forged him, sets out to retrace his parents’ trip. In a stunning display of imagination, Jonas weaves together a family history that takes him from the war-torn Ethiopia of his parents’ youth to a brighter vision of his life in America today, a story – real or invented – that holds the possibility of redemption. The New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books. 305p.
  • Lost Memory of Skin

    By Russell Banks

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061857645
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: July 2012
    Taking up residence with other convicted sex offenders, the Kid, on probation after doing time for an affair with an underage girl, forms a tentative partnership with the Professor, a university sociologist who finds him the perfect subject for his research, until he is faced with a new kind of moral decision. Reprint.
  • Love Medicine (Newly Revised Edition)

    By Louise Erdrich

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061787423
    • Publisher: HarperPerennial
    • Published: August 2016
    The lives and destinies of the Kashpaws and the Lamartines intertwine on and around a North Dakota Indian reservation from 1934 to 1984, in an authentic tale of survival, tenacity, tradition, injustice, and love.