The Author's Shelf: Jonathan Franzen


  • An Obedient Father

    By Akhil Sharma

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156012034
    • Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
    • Published: November 2001
    Ram Karan works for the New Delhi school system but supports his widowed daughter and grandaughter by taking bribes for a small time Congress party boss, until his involvement in a political campaign could cost him his life.
  • Angels

    By Denis Johnson

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060988821
    • Publisher: Perennial
    • Published: May 2002
    Chronicles the odyssey of two losers--Jamie, mother of two young children, fleeing her unfaithful husband and the world by downing bottles of barbituates, and Bill Houston, a professional thief looking for a job--who find each other as they lose everything. Reprint.
  • Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family

    By Thomas Mann

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679752608
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: June 1994
    First published in 1900. A minutely imagined chronicle of four generations of a North German mercantile family - a work so true to life that it scandalized the author's former neighbors inhis native Lubeck. As he charts the Buddenbrokks' decline from prsoperity to bankruptcy, from moral and psychic soundness to sickly piety, artistic decadence, and madness, Mann ushers the reader into a world of rich vitality, pieced together from birthsand funerals, weddings and divorces, recipes, gossip, and earthy humor. 731p.
  • Continental Drift

    By Russell Banks

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060854942
    • Publisher: HarperCollins
    • Published: August 2006
    A novel of hope lost and gained, and a gripping, indelible story of fragile lives uprooted and transformed by injustice, disappointment, and the seductioins and realities of the American dream. 410p.
  • Cranford

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780141439884
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: April 2006
    A portrait of life in a quiet English country town in the mid-nineteenth century follows the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters living in reduced circumstances.
  • East of Eden

    By John Steinbeck

    Our Price: $18.90
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780142004234
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: June 2003
    In his journal, John Steinbeck called EAST OF EDEN 'the first book,' and indeed it has the primordial power andf simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. First published in 1952, the novel is the work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes : the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence. 601p.
  • Endless Love

    By Scott Spencer

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061926006
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: August 2010
    The classic novel that has been translated into over twenty languages and has sold more than two million copies worldwide One of the most celebrated novels of its time, Endless Love remains perhaps the most powerful book ever written about young love. Riveting, compulsively readable, and ferociously sexual, Endless Love tells the story of David Axelrod and his overwhelming love for Jade Butterfield. David and Jade are consumed with each other: their rapport, their desire, their sexuality, take them further than they understand. And when Jade's father banishes David from the home, he fantasizes the forgiveness his rescue of the family will bring, and he sets a "perfectly safe" fire to their house. What unfolds is a nightmare, a dark world in which David's love is a crime and a disease, a world of anonymous phone calls, crazy letters, and new fears?and the inevitable and punishing pursuit of the one thing that remains most real to him: his endless love for Jade and her family. Published in 1979 and hailed as "one of the best books of the year" by the New York Times, Endless Love is the novel that first established Scott Spencer as "the contemporary American master of the love story" (Publishers Weekly).
  • Enemies: A Love Story

    By Isaac Bashevis Singer

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374515225
    • Publisher: The Noonday Press
    • Published: 1972
    Almost before he knows it, Herman Broder, refugee and survivor of WWII, has three wives. Astonished by each new complication, and yet resigned to a life of evasion, Herman navigates a crowded Yiddish New York witrh a sense of perpetually impending doom. The first of Singer's novels to be set in America. 280p.
  • In Persuasion Nation

    By George Saunders

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781594482427
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: March 2007
    Following up on his novella 'Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil,' the author returns to his true stock-in-trade: profoundly weird short stories set in a darkly funny dystopian world. combining the pop art sensibilities of Andy Warhol and the futuristic stylings of William Gibson, Saunders is a startling voice in contemporary fiction. The proof is in the twelve stories in this searing, outrageously prescient collection. 228p.
  • Leaving Las Vegas

    By John O'Brien

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802134455
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: November 1995
    The author's first novel (made into a major motion picture starring Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth Shue) is a disturbing, crushing, and emotionally wrenching story of unconditional love between two disenfranchised and lost souls - Ben, analcoholic, and Sara, a prostitute, who stumble together and discover in each other a respite from their unforgiving lives. 189p. Pap.
  • Love in the Time of Cholera

    By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307389732
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: October 2007
    In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devasted, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty-one years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again. 348p.
  • Loving; Living; Party Going

    By Henry Green

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140186918
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: February 1993
    Class distinction is the common theme: between masters and servants in an Irish castle, owners and workers in a foundry, and the wealthy and working class in a railway station
  • Main Street (Bantam Classic)

    By Sinclair Lewis

    Our Price: $5.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780553214512
    • Publisher: Bantam Classics
    • Published: March 1996
    A novel of life in a quiet Midwestern town which exposes the complacency and hypocrisy there
  • Ms. Hempel Chronicles

    By Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780547247755
    • Publisher: Mariner Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    • Published: September 2009
    Seventh grade teacher Beatrice Hempel is new to eaching, new to the school, newly engaged, and newly bereft of her devoted father. Overwhelmed by her newness, she struggles to figure out what is expected of her in life and at work. Is it acceptable to introduce swear words into the English curriculum, enlist students to write their own report cards, or bring up personal experiences while teaching a sex-education class? Here are characters at their most vulenrable and precarious. But Bynum, a National Book Award finalist, has that journey down the rabbit hole to wonderland capacity. No suffering beyond the pale here!
  • Pale Fire

    By Vladimir Nabokov

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679723424
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: April 1989
    Nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures in this half-poem, half-prose work: a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade; an adoring foreword and commentary by Shade's self-styled Bosewell, Dr. Charles Kinbote; a darkly comic novel of suspense, literary idolatry and one-upmanship, and poltiical intrigue. With an Index. 315p.