Jennifer Egan's Picks: Recent Books that Made a Big Impression


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Poison

    By Kathryn Harrison

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780380727414
    • Publisher: AVON BOOKS
    • Published: September 1996
    Francisca de Luarca, the daughter of a poor Spanish silk grower, is a dreamer of fabulous dreams. Marie Louise de Bourbon, the niece of Louis XI, dances in slippers of fine Spanish silk in the French Court of the Sun King and imagines her own enchanted future. Born on the same day – in an age when superstition, repression, and the Inquisition reign – the lives of these two young women unfold in tandem, barely touching. Each hoards the memory of her adored lost mother like an amulet. Written in gorgeous prose, Kathryn Harrison’s POISON vividly reminds readers of the persistence of desire, the passion that exists between mothers and daughters, and the sorcery of dreams. 317p.
  • 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.
  • The Information

    By Martin Amis

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679735731
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: March 1996
    The most urbane provocateur now at work in English letters has performed yet another leap forward in his career as a novelist. Fame, envy, lust, violence, intrigues, literary and criminal - are all present in this delirious entertainment that takes on the question of how one writer can hurt another writer. In one word: viciously! 384p.
  • The Last American Man

    By Elizabeth Gilbert

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780142002834
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: May 2003
    National Book Award Finalist.; a New York Times Notable Book. This is the true story of Eustace Conway, an American original, who has made his home for more than thirty years in the Appalachian Mountains, mastering the art of self-sufficient living. Over the decades, he has evolved from an idealistic nature-lover into a seasoned and weary environmentalist/businessman. In exploring Conway’s life, acclaimed novelist and memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert weaves a fascinating adventure story about a truly epic, but thoroughly modern, American hero: inventive, charismatic, narcissistic, and intimate. 271p.
  • White Teeth

    By Zadie Smith

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375703867
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: June 2001
    This stunning debut novel drives off of the intertwining lives of two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal, hapless veterans of World War II, who with their families become agents of England's irrevocable socialtransformation. Set against London's racial & cultural tapestry, venturing across the former empire and into the past as it barrels towards the future, the novel revels in the ecstatic hodge-podge of modern life, flirting withdisaster while embracing life's comic, everyday existence.