Jennifer Egan's Picks: Direct Influence...


  • 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: $7.50 - $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.
  • Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

    By William Cronon

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393308730
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: May 1992
    Argues that the American frontier and city developed together by focusing on Chicago and tracing its roots from Native American habitation to its transformation by white settlement and development
  • Purple America

    By Rick Moody

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316559775
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books
    • Published: May 1998
    The author's first novel since 'The Ice Storm' tells the story of Hex Raitliffe - a New York City publicist with a stutter, a drinking problem, and a terminally ill mother - summoned home to suburban Connecticut only to find himself confronting explosive circumstances and obstacles of a comically epic proportion. 298p.
  • 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.
  • Technics and Civilization

    By Lewis Mumford

    Our Price: $29.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780226550275
    • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
    • Published: October 2010
    First published in 1934 – before television, the personal computer, or the Internet even appeared on our periphery. Drawing upon art, science, philosophy, and the history of culture, Lewis Mumford explained the origin of the machine age and traced its social results, asserting that the development of modern technology had its roots in the Middle Ages rather than the Industrial Revolution. Mumford sagely argued that it was the moral, economic, and political choices made, not the machines used, that determined humankind’s then industrially driven economy. Equal parts powerful history and polemic criticism, TECHNICS AND CIVILIZATION was the first comprehensive attempt in English to portray the development of the machine age over the last 1,000 years – and to predict the pull the technological still holds over the contemporary modern world. List of Inventions, Bibliography, Index. 495p.
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho

    Our Price: $13.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780199537419
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
    • Published: November 2008
    A best-seller in its day and a potent influence on Sade, Poe, and other purveyors of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Gothic horror, The Mysteries of Udolpho remains one of the most important works in the history of European fiction. After Emily St. Aubuert is imprisoned by her evil guardian, Count Montoni, in his gloomy medieval fortress in the Appenines, terror becomes the order of the day. With its dream-like plot and hallucinatory rendering of its characters' psychological states, The Mysteries of Udolpho is a fascinating challenge to contemporary readers.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
  • The Whole World Is Watching: Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the New Left

    By Todd Gitlin

    Our Price: $34.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780520239326
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Published: March 2003
    "The whole world is watching!" chanted the demonstrators in the Chicago streets in 1968, as the TV cameras beamed images of police cracking heads into homes everywhere. In this classic book, originally published in 1980, acclaimed media critic Todd Gitlin first scrutinizes major news coverage in the early days of the antiwar movement. Drawing on his own experiences (he was president of the Students for a Democratic Society in 1963-64) and on interviews with key activists and news reporters, he shows in detail how the media first ignore new political developments, then select and emphasize aspects of the story that treat movements as oddities. He then demonstrates how the media glare made leaders into celebrities and estranged them from their movement base; how it inflated the importance of revolutionary rhetoric, destabilizing the movement, then promoted "moderate" alternatives--all the while spreading the antiwar message. Finally, Gitlin draws together a theory of news coverage as a form of anti-democratic social management--which he sees at work also in media treatment of the anti-nuclear and other later movements.Updated for 2003 with a new preface, The Whole World Is Watching is a subtle and sensitive book, true to the passions and ironic reversals of its subject, and filled with provocative insights that apply to the media's relationship with all activist movements.
  • You Must Remember This

    By Joyce Carol Oates

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780452280199
    • Publisher: Plume
    • Published: November 1998
    An industrial, working-class town in upstate New York is the setting for Joyce Carol Oates’s epic novel of an American family in the 1950s. YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS is the story of the Stevicks: Lyle and Hannah, trapped in a frustrating marriage; their idealistic, ambitious son Warren, and fifteen-year-old Enid Maria, who becomes caught up in a secret sexual relationship with her uncle Felix, a professional boxer twice her age. A true and empathetic tale that merges love and violence, it is also a brilliant re-creation of a decade that worshiped conformity, one that tells of lives that breaks every convention in the search for meaning and fulfillment. 436p.