Jennifer Egan's Bookshelf

Jennifer Egan's Bookshelf


  • A Flag for Sunrise

    By Robert Stone

    Our Price: $17.95
    • 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: $16.95
    • 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: $11.00
    • 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: $8.00 - $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: $8.00 - $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.
  • 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: $16.95
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    By Ken Kesey

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143039860
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: August 2006
    Ken Kesey’s second novel (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was the first) is a wild-spirited and hugely powerful tale of an Oregon logging clan. A bitter strike rages in a small lumber town along the Oregon coast. Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers: Henry, the fiercely vital and overpowering patriarch; Hank, the son who has spent his life trying to live up to this father; and Leland, Henry’s bookish younger son, who returns to his family on a mission of vengeance – and finds himself fulfilling it in ways he never imagined. Out of the Stamper family’s rivalries and betrayals Ken Kesey has fashioned a novel with the mythic impact of Greek tragedy. 715p.
  • The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

    By Emily Dickinson

    Our Price: $19.80
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316184137
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books / Little, Brown and Company
    • Published: January 1976
    This book, a distillation of the three-volume Complete Poems compiled and published in 1955, brings together the original texts of all of her 1,775 poems. A chronological arrangement produces the effect of 'a poetic biography,'presenting the full spectrum of Dickinson's bold experiments, her tragic vision, and her intellectual and emotional explorations. Indexes. 770p.