Fiction

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The Fifth Queen
Ford Madox Ford
Ford Madox Ford's novel about the doomed Katharine Howard, fifth queen of Henry VIII, is a neglected masterpiece. Kat Howard—intelligent, beautiful, naively outspoken, and passionately idealistic—catches the eye of Henry VIII and improbably becomes...
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Los Angeles Stories
Ry Cooder
Available Now: World-famous musician Ry Cooder publishes his first collection of stories.
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Freedom
A Novel
Jonathan Franzen
In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of...
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Ether
Ben Ehrenreich
An Earth-bound god whose powers are reduced to petty acts of destruction attempts to reclaim his lost seat in the heavens.
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Great House
A Novel
Nicole Krauss
"[An] elegiac novel . . . achieved through exquisitely chosen sensory details that reverberate with emotional intensity."-Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, The New York Times Book Review (front page)For twenty-five years, a reclusive American novelist has...
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More Notes of a Dirty Old Man
The Uncollected Columns
Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne
Sequel to his most famous book, "More Notes of a Dirty Old Man" features rare Bukowski columns unseen in decades.
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Dusk and Other Stories
James Salter
Do you remember those rock tumblers that would turn any old pebble into a shining jewel? These stories are just like those jewels: endlessly worked until no rough edges remain, buffed to an impenetrable, bright surface in which you can almost see yourself. Excellent.—Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Books
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Super Sad True Love Story
A Novel
Gary Shteyngart
Did the opposable thumb evolve to text? Happy to find that I'm not the only one contemplating such serious matters. Shteyngart's new novel is sad, but also very heartwarming to those of us skeptical of, and concerned about, the role that electronic...
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Netsuke
Rikki Ducornet
Ruled by his hunger for erotic encounters, a deeply wounded psychoanalyst seduces both patients and strangers with equal heat. Driven to compartmentalize his life, the doctor attempts to order and contain his lovers as he does his collection of rare...
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Catch-22
50th Anniversary Edition
Joseph Heller
Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—books of all time. In recent years it has been named to “best novels” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern...
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Look Down, This Is Where It Must Have Happened
Hal Niedzviecki
A millennial masterpiece, wildly imaginative and boldly executed by a master storyteller and penetrating cultural observer.
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The Ask
A Novel
Sam Lipsyte
A New York Times Bestseller A New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceMilo Burke—husband, father, development officer at a third-tier university—has just joined the burgeoning class of the newly unemployed. Grasping after odd jobs to support his...
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Like Shaking Hands with God
A Conversation about Writing
Kurt Vonnegut, Lee Stringer
In Like Shaking Hands with God, two distinguished writers—separated by age, race, upbringing, and education, but sharing common goals and aspirations—talk about the place where the lives they lead meet the art they practice. That these two writers...

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