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  • A Flag for Sunrise

    By Robert Stone

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679737629
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: March 1992
    In this classic novel of Americans drawn into the maelstrom of a small Central American country on the brink of revolution the time is…now. The country is Tecan, an ancient society about to explode – swarming with homegrown terrorists, revolutionaries, and counter-revolutionaries, as well as American spoilers and intriguers from abroad. From the moment readers enter this book, the dangers, the nightmare suspense of life lived on the rim of a political volcano – are made palpably resonant. 439p.
  • A Sport and a Pastime

    By James Salter

    Our Price: $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374530501
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: August 2006
    “As nearly perfect as any American fiction I know,” is how Reynolds Price characterized this classic that has been a favorite of readers, both here and in Europe, for almost forty years. Set in provincial France in the 1960s, it is the intensely carnal story – part shocking reality, part feverish dream – of a love affair between a footloose Yale dropout and a young French girl. There are the seen and the unseen – and pages that turn earnestly with Salter-fused passion. 185p.
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

    By David Foster Wallace

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316925280
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books
    • Published: February 1997
    One of the most gifted writers of his, or any generation, David Foster Wallace took his life in September, 2008. This volume of essays, published in 1997, collects seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner. These works demonstrate the extent to which the author brought the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility to his work in both fiction and nonfiction. 353p.
  • Birds of America: Stories

    By Lorrie Moore

    Our Price: $8.00 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307474964
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: January 2010
    Though the characters in these twelve stories are seen in such varied setting as Iowa, Ireland, Maryland, Louisiana and Italy, they are all afflicted with ennui, angst, and aimlessness. They can’t communicate or connect; they have no inner resources; they can’t focus; they can’t feel love. Moore empowers them with wit allowing their thoughts and conversation to sparkle with wordplay, sarcastic banter and idioms used with startling originality. No matter how chaotic their lives, their minds still operate at quip speed; the emotional impact of their inner desolation is expressed in gallows humor. A New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year. 291p.
  • Emma (Collins Classics)

    Our Price: $3.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780007350780
    • Publisher: HarperPress
    • Published: April 2010
    Beautiful, rich, self-assurred and witty, Emma Woodhouse delights in match-making those around her, with no apparent care for her own love life. Taking young Harriet Smith under her wing, Emma sets her sights on finding a suitable match for her friend. Chided for her mistakes by old friend Mr. Knightley, it is only when Harriet starts to pursue her own love interests that Emma realizes the true hidden depth of her own heart. 498p.
  • Germinal

    By Emile Zola

    Our Price: $5.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140447422
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: May 2004
    Penguin Classics. Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a dangerous temper. Compelled to take a back-breaking job at Le Voreux mine when he cannot get after work, he discovers that his fellow-miners are ill, hungry and in debt, unable to feed and clothe their families. When conditions in the mining community deteriorate even further, Lantier finds himself leading a strike that could mean starvation or salvation for all. The thirteenth novel in Zola’s great Rougon-Macquart sequence, GERMINAL expresses outrage at the exploitation of the many by the few, while also depicting humanity’s capacity for compassion and hope. With Notes and a Glossary section. 546p.
  • Good Morning, Midnight

    By Jean Rhys

    Our Price: $14.35
    • 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.
  • Gravity's Rainbow

    By Thomas Pynchon

    Our Price: $19.80
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143039945
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: October 2006
    (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition). 'Many narrative threads make up a story that may or may not be about the secret development and deployment of a rocket by the Nazis near the end of World War II. The book's main character, Slothrop, undertakes a quest for the truth about the rockets that leads him on a nightmarish journey of either historic discovery or profound paranoia, depending on his varied interpretations and the reader's.' Organized along the lines of a Poisson's ratio (a metastructure in which a bunch of unrelated fragments come together, for a cohesive arc, then scatter as they descend), this Joycean tour de force was unanimously recommended (but unawarded) the 1974 National Book Award.
  • Invisible Man

    By Ralph Ellison

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679732761
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: March 1995
    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.
  • Manchild in the Promised Land

    By Claude Brown

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684864181
    • Publisher: Touchstone / Simon & Schuster
    • Published: June 1999
    A thinly fictionalized account of the author's childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying to survive the toughest streets of Harlem. Heralded as the definitive account of everyday life for the first generation of African Americans raised in the Northern ghettos of the 1940s and 1950s. First published in 1965, the book continues to resonate generations later. 415p.
  • Middlemarch

    By George Eliot

    Our Price: $6.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781853262371
    • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
    • Published: January 1998
    Penetrating analysis of the life an English provincial town set during the time of social unrest prior to the first Reform Bill of 1832. 688p. Pap.
  • Motherless Brooklyn

    By Jonathan Lethem

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375724831
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: October 2000
    National Book Critics Circle Award Winner. A virtuoso riff on the classic detective novel. 'Philip Marlowe would blush. And tip his fedora.' - Newsweek. 352p.
  • Push

    By Sapphire

    Our Price: $5.95 - $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679766759
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: May 1997
    Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen-year-old black girl living in Harlem, has been raped and impregnated by her father, and battered by her mother. A determined, highly radical teacher helps her to begin a journey oftransformation and redemption by teaching Precious to write. A haunting, relentless, remorseless and inspiring story told by the NYC-based performance artist and poet. 192p.
  • Rabbit Redux

    By John Updike

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780449911938
    • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
    • Published: August 1999
    The assumptions and obsessions that control our daily lives are explored in tantalizing detail in this wise, witty, sexy novel. Harry Angstrom – known to all as Rabbit, one of American fiction’s most famous literary characters – finds his dreary life shattered by the infidelity of his wife. How he resolves – or further complicates – his problems, turns this novel into a singularly tragic performance. 303p.
  • Rock Springs

    By Richard Ford

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802144577
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: October 2009
    In these ten exquisite stories, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Richard Ford mines literary gold from the wind-scrubbed landscape of the American West - and from the guarded hopes and gnawing loneliness of the people who live there: a refugee from justcie driving across Wyoming in a stolen, cranberry-colored Mercedes with his daughter and an unhappy girlfriend; a boy watching his family dissolve in a night of tragicomic violence; two men and a woman swapping hard-luck stories in a frontier bar as they try to sweeten their luck. From the author of, among others, The Sportswriter, Independence Day, A Multitude of Sins. 235p.

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