George Saunders' Bookshelf


  • 1920 Diary

    By Isaac Babel

    Our Price: $10.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300093131
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: March 2002
    Published in English for the first time, this is the most significant account of the tragedy befallen European Jewry during this period, in which Babel frequently disguised his own Jewish identity while mingling with the victimized Jews of the region's shtetls, and with his Cossack friends. B&W photos. 126p. Pap.
  • A Clockwork Orange

    By Anthony Burgess

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393312836
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: 1986
    A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess's nightmare fable of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character Alex, who talks in a brutual invented slang that brilliantly and chillingly renders his and his friends' social pathology. This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition and Burgess's introduction 'A Clockwork Orange Resucked.' 192p.
  • A Collection of Essays

    By George Orwell

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156186001
    • Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
    • Published: 1981
    In this best-selling compilation of essays, written in the clear-eyed, uncompromising language for which he is famous, George Orwell discusses with singular vigor such diverse subjects as his boy-hood schooling, the Spanish Civil War, comic postcards, Henry Miller, British imperialism, and the profession of writing.
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    By John Kennedy Toole

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802130204
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: September 1987
    This incomparable epic comic classic catapulted its author into the pantheon of contemporary American novelists. 405p. Pap.
  • A Hero of Our Time

    By Mikhail Lermontov

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143105633
    • Publisher: Penguin Classics
    • Published: May 2009
    Regarded as the first major Russian novel, A Hero of Our Time was both lauded and reviled upon publication. Its hero, twenty-five-year-old Pechorin, is a beautiful and magnetic but nihilistic young army officer, bored by life and indifferent to his many sexual conquests. Chronicling his unforgettable adventures in the Caucasus involving brigands, smugglers, soldiers, rivals, and lovers, this classic taleof alienation influenced, among others, Tolstoy, Dostoyevksy, and Chekhov, and holds up a mirror not only to its author's time but also to our own. With Notes. 174p.
  • Airships

    By Barry Hannah

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802133885
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: April 1994
    Now considered a contemporary classic, Airships was honored by Esquire magazine with the Arnold Gingrich Short Fiction Award. The twenty stories in this collection are a fresh, exuberant celebration of the new American South ? a land of high school band contests, where good old boys from Vicksurg are reunited in Vietnam and petty nostalgia and the constant pain of disappointed love prevail. Airships is a striking demonstration of Barry Hannah's mature and original talent.
  • All the King's Men (Restored Edition)

    By Robert Penn Warren

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156012959
    • Publisher: Mariner/Harcourt, Inc.
    • Published: September 2002
    Winner of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize, ALL THE KING'S MEN is one of the most famous and widely read works in 20th-century American Literature. As relevant today as it was fifty years ago, the novel traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Talos, a fictional Southern politician who resembles the real-life Huey Long of Louisiana. Talos begins his career as an idealistic man of the people, but he soon becomes corrupted by success and the lust for power. 642p.
  • Bright Lights, Big City

    By Jay McInerney

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780394726410
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: August 1984
    Living in Manhattan as if he owned it, a young man tries to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn with nothing but good will, controlled substances and wit sustain him in this anti-quest. He can run and he can snort! His relentless flight through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices and loft parties finally brings him to the reckoning point, where he is forced to acknowledge loss and, possibly, to rediscover his better instincts. The antic shamelessness of McInerney's novel turned everyone's head.
  • Cannery Row (Steinbeck Centennial Edition (1902-2002))

    By John Steinbeck

    Our Price: $18.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780142000687
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: January 2002
    Vividly depicts the colorful, sometimes disreputable, inhabitants of a run-down area in Monterey, California.
  • Cathedral: Stories

    By Raymond Carver

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679723691
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: June 1989
    First published in 1983. The 'American Chekhov' serves up twelve stories that reflect, with uncanny accuracy, the pain, confusion and longing that both afflict and comprise our differing human conditions. 228p.
  • Children of Light

    By Robert Stone

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679735939
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: March 1992
    Screenwriter Gordon Walker and actress Lee Verger, reunited on the coast of Mexico, resume a ritual struggle of desire, mutual assistance, and inevitable urges to self-destruction
  • Doctor Zhivago

    By Boris Pasternak

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307390950
    • Publisher: Vintage
    • Published: October 2011
    First published in Italy in 1957 and international controversy, Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet-physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Yuri Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the White Army and the Bolshevik Reds of the Russian civil war. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago’s love for the tender and beautiful Lara, the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times. With Notes. 675p.
  • Dubliners

    By James Joyce

    Our Price: $9.90
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812983012
    • Publisher: Modern Library
    • Published: August 2012
    Introduction by John Banville James Joyce was the singular figure of modernism, and to this day his grand vision looms large over contemporary literature and the entire Western canon. His stylistic innovations were revolutionary, yet nowhere is Joyce more accessible than in this volume of short stories, a brilliant collection that celebrates, critiques, and immortalizes the place that Joyce knew better than anyone else: Dublin. From the young boy encountering death in the opening story, “The Sisters,” to the middle-aged protagonist of its haunting finale, “The Dead,” considered one of the greatest short stories of all time, Dubliners is a vivid portrait of the city in all its glory and hardship, and a seminal work that redefined the short form. Featuring a new Introduction by acclaimed novelist John Banville, this edition is not only a breathless portal into Joyce's “dear dirty Dublin” but a vital literary treasure from one of the great masters of all time.
  • Edie: American Girl

    By Jean Stein

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802134103
    • Publisher: Grove Press, Inc.
    • Published: October 1994
    The bizarre, tragic story of a daughter of high society, Edie Sedgwick, who became part of the Andy Warhol scene in the 1960s, who was totally burned out when she died in 1971 at the age of 28. This oral history by her friendsand companions proves a fitting legacy to her 'shooting star' trajectory of a fragile life cut short: the Basquiat of her generation. With a Genealogy of Principal Characters, Biographical Notes. Illus., b&w photos. 455p. pap.
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge

    By Flannery O'Connor

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374504649
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: January 1965
    Flannery O'Connor was working on EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE at the time of her death. This collection is an exquiste legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers:race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else. Nine stories that zing with the currency of fiction-writing genius. 269p.