• A High Wind in Jamaica

    By Richard Hughes

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780940322158
    • Publisher: New York Review Books
    • Published: September 1999
    The dreamlike action of this masterpiece of concentrated narrative begins among the decayed plantation houses and overwhelming natural abundance of late-19th-century Jamaica. It then moves on to the high seas, as Richard Hughes tells the story of a group of children accidentally thrown upon the mercy of a crew of down-at-the-heels pirates. A tale of seduction and betrayal, of accommodation and manupulation, of weird humor and unforseen violence, this class of 20th-century literature is an unrivaled exploration of the nature, and limits, of innocence. 279p.
  • Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse

    By Anne Carson

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375701290
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: August 1999
    A stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED is both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present. Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five. As he grows older, Geryon escapes his abusive brother and affectionate but ineffectual mother, finding solace behind the lens of his camera and in the arms of a young man named Herakles, a cavalier drifter who leaves him at the peak of infatuation. When Herakles reappears years later, Geryon confronts again the pain of his desire and embarks on a journey that will unleash his creative imagination to its fullest extent. 149p.
  • Beloved

    By Toni Morrison

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400033416
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: June 2004
    Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, Morrison's spellbinding novel transforms history into a story on a biblical scale as well as a lullaby. Sethe, the protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. There are too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things occurred. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Morrison is the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The New York Times Book Review Fiction Survey finds Beloved 'the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years.' 324p.
  • Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Bilingual Edition)

    By Seamus Heaney

    Our Price: $6.95 - $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780393320978
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: February 2001
    Bilingual (Old English/English) Edition. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the elgiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scaninavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then return to his own country and dies in old age in a vivid fight against a dragon. In this work, Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to Beowulf's poetry from deep beneath its surface. Drawn to what he has called the 'four-squareness of the utterance' and its immense emotional credulity, he gives these epic qualities a new, vital reality. 213p.
  • Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories

    By Angela Carter

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140255287
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: August 1997
    A collection of stories features music, foreign countries, folklore, and modern life
  • Close Range: Wyoming Stories

    By Annie Proulx

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684852225
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: February 2000
    Set in Wyoming, a landscape both brutal and magnificent, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's collection of short stories encompasses loneliness, quick violence, and the wrong kinds of love - enlivened by folk tales, flights offancy, and details of ranch & rural work. 285p.
  • Cosmicomics

    By Italo Calvino

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156226004
    • Publisher: Harvest / Harcourt, Inc.
    • Published: October 1976
    During the course of these twelve stories, the Cuban-born Italian maestro Italo Calvino toys with continuous creation, the transformation of matter, and the expanding and contracting reaches of space and time. His characters, made out of mathematical formulae and simple cellular structures, disport themselves among galaxies, experience the solidification of planets, move from aquatic to terrestrial existence, play games with hydrogen bombs, and have a love life. 153p.
  • Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel

    By Lynda Barry

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684838465
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: October 2000
    Part 'Easy Rider' and part bipolar 'Wizard of Oz,' this novel - the life of a post-acid-dropping sixteen-year-old in 1971 - includes a one-way trip across America fueled by revenge and greed and a vivid cast of characters. The author has 'an ear for the casual cruelties of teenage conversation.' Illustrations by the author. 306p. Pap.
  • DUNE

    By Frank Herbert

    Our Price: $9.89
    • Format: Mass Market
    • ISBN-13: 9780441172719
    • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
    • Published: February 1996
    A new edition of the award-winning science-fiction classic follows the adventures of Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke, who is given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny. Reissue.
  • Ficciones

    By Jorge Luis Borges

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802130303
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: June 1962
    The seventeen pieces in 'Ficciones' - which first appeared in English translation in 1962 - are an early indication of Borges's formidable and strange imagination, inscribing him as one of the greatest writers of this or any other century. Borges sends readers journeying into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; one enters the fearful sphere of Pascal's abyss, the surreal and literal labyrinth of books, and the iconography of eternal return. More playful and approachable than the fictions themselves are Borges's Prologues which offer passage into this extraordinary array of the Borgesian night of the world. 174p.
  • Fiskadoro

    By Denis Johnson

    Our Price: $13.49
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060976095
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: May 1995
    Hailed by the New York Times as "wildly ambitious" and "the sort of book that a young Herman Melville might have written had he lived today and studied such disparate works as the Bible, 'The Wasteland,' Fahrenheit 451, and Dog Soldiers, screened Star Wars and Apocalypse Now several times, dropped a lot of acid and listened to hours of Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones," Fiskadoro is a stunning novel of an all-too-possible tomorrow. Deeply moving and provacative, Fiskadoro brilliantly presents the sweeping and heartbreaking tale of the survivors of a devastating nuclear war and their attempts to breaking tale of the survivors of a devastating nuclear war and their attempts to salvage remnants of the old world and rebuild their culture.
  • Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang

    By Joyce Carol Oates

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780452272316
    • Publisher: Plume
    • Published: August 1994
    Five teenage girls from upstate New York in the 1950s form a blood sisterhood to protect one another against the world and its oppressors, until their leader's disastrous act of revenge puts all their lives in turmoil. Reprint.
  • Geek Love

    By Katherine Dunn

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375713347
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: June 2002
    Aloysious and Lillian Binewski, proprietors of a traveling carnival, attempt to reduce overhead by breeding their own freak show, with tragic results.
  • Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination

    By Avery F. Gordon

    Our Price: $22.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780816654468
    • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
    • Published: February 2008
    In this book, Avery F. Gordon considers the cultural experience of haunting. Drawing on a range of sources, including the fiction of Toni Morrison and Luisa Valenzuela, Ghostly Matters demonstrates that past or shadowy social forces control present life in different and more complicated ways than most social analysts presume. Ghostly Matters scrutinizes the evidence of things barely seen for what they can tell about the relationship between knowledge, power, and experience. Gordon illustrates how haunting more fully registers phenomena like torture and slavery than do other modes of social experience. Genuinely cross-disciplinary and truly innovative, written with a power to match its subject matter, Ghostly Mutters offers a way of looking at the complex intersections of race, gender, and class as they traverse our lives in sharp relief or shadowy manifestations.
  • Housekeeping

    By Marilynne Robinson

    Our Price: $6.95 - $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312424091
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: October 2004
    The story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone, which is set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. Ruth and Lucille's struggletoward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award. From the author of 'Gilead.' 219p.