Fiction

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Travels in the Scriptorium
A Novel
Paul Auster
An old man awakens, disoriented, in an unfamiliar chamber with no memory of who he is or what has happened. Identified only as Mr. Blank, he appears to be a prisoner under surveillance. A mysterious manuscript, fluid identities, and, somewhere, an...
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Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen
In its marvelously perceptive portrayal of two young women in love, Sense and Sensibility is the answer to those critics and readers who believe that Jane Austen's novels, despite their perfection of form and tone, lack strong feeling.
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Persuasion
Jane Austen
Of all Jane Austen's great and delightful novels, Persuasion is widely regarded as the most moving. It is the story of a second chance. Anne Elliot, daughter of the snobbish Sir Walter Elliot, is woman of quiet charm and deep feelings. When she was...
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The Haunted House
Rebecca Brown
Rebecca Brown's novel explores how a woman’s life is affected by growing up in an alcoholic family.
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Tales of the City
A Novel
Armistead Maupin
Since 1976, Maupin's Tales of the City has etched itself upon the hearts and minds of its readers, both straight and gay. From a groundbreaking newspaper serial in the San Francisco Chronicle to a bestselling novel to a critically acclaimed PBS...
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The Tent
Margaret Atwood
A delightfully pointed m?lange of fictional pieces from one of the world’s most acclaimed and incisive authors, The Tent is a sparkling addition to Margaret Atwood’s always masterful work. Here Atwood pushes form once again, with...
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The Collected Stories
Grace Paley
These stories are brilliant. Grace Paley is incredible. --Recommended by Candra, City Lights Books
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The Road
Cormac McCarthy
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark...
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Flight
A Novel
Sherman Alexie
A harrowing time-travel adventure starring an unforgettable young Native American who finds himself center stage at seminal historic moments. A darkly observant, funny, and moving tale. —Recommended by Nancy, City Lights Publishers
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Wise Blood
A Novel
Flannery O'Connor
Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor’s astonishing and haunting first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature. Focused on the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate fate, this tale...
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Post Office
A Novel
Charles Bukowski
"It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than twelve years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover...
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Ham on Rye
A Novel
Charles Bukowski
In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through...
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No Name in the Street
James Baldwin
Both a stunningly personal document and a turbulent portrait of the late-Sixties and early-Seventies, this is Baldwin's literary equivalent of Sly Stone’s furious and despairing There’s a Riot Goin’ On. —Recommended by Michael, City Lights Books
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Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
In a sprawling, wild, super-hyped magnum opus, David Foster Wallace fulfills the promise of his precocious novelThe Broom of the System.Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction, features a huge...

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