Romance, Literary Fiction
Persuasion celebrates romantic constancy in an era of turbulent change. Written as the Napoleonic Wars were ending, the novel examines how a woman can at once remain faithful to her past and still move forward into the future. Anne Elliot seems to have given up on present happiness and has resigned herself to living off her memories. More than seven years earlier she complied with duty: persuaded to view the match as imprudent and improper, she b...
Agee's portrayal of the sweetness of day-to-day familial relations are powerful and poignant. His masterfully drawn characters take on a haunting reality in this vivid recreation of life -- and sudden death.
“There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings, and the story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but that were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World. “In that remote time Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in the vast fortress of Angband, the Hells of Iron, in the North; and the trag...
When a daisy suddenly sprouts from the top of Mayzie McGrew's head, she is faced with her classmates' taunts, her parents' dismay, and a publicity agent's greed. How poor Mayzie learns that love is more important than fame and fortune makes an endearing morality tale for our time--and for all ages. Narrated by the Cat in the Hat,Daisy-Head Mayzieis vintage Seuss!
From a "New York Times"-bestselling author comes the highly-anticipated return of diva supreme Yancey Harrington Braxton, one of Harris's most popular characters, in a story of sex, secrets, and betrayal.
Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, History
Starred Review. Celebrated in pre-WWII France for her bestselling fiction, the Jewish Russian-born Némirovsky was shipped to Auschwitz in the summer of 1942, months after this long-lost masterwork was composed. Némirovsky, a convert to Catholicism, began a planned five-novel cycle as Nazi forces overran northern France in 1940. This gripping "suite," collecting the first two unpolished but wondrously literary sections of a work cut ...
Now comes The Sigma Protocol, a new breakneck novel of intrigue, conspiracy, and terrifying deception.American investment banker Ben Hartman arrives in Zurich for a ski holiday, the first time he's been back to Switzerland since his twin brother died there in a tragic accident four years earlier. But his arrival in Zurich triggers something far more sinister than his brother's fate. When Ben chances upon Jimmy Cavanaugh, an old college friend, Ca...
African American, Biography, History
A sequel to Roots, Queen is a history of Haley's father's family. Part of this work appeared as a TV series. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Set in the elegant Edwardian world of Cambridge undergraduate life, this story by a master novelist introduces us to Maurice Hall when he is fourteen. We follow him through public school and Cambridge, and on into his father's firm, Hill and Hall, Stock Brokers. In a highly structured society, Maurice is a conventional young man in almost every way, "stepping into the niche that England had prepared for him": except that his is homosexual. Writte...
Stuart Hadley is a young radio electronics salesman in early 1950s Oakland, California. He has what many would consider the ideal life; a nice house, a pretty wife, a decent job with prospects for advancement, but he still feels unfulfilled; something is missing from his life. Hadley is an angry young man—an artist, a dreamer, a screw-up. He tries to fill his void first with drinking, and sex, and then with religious fanaticism, but nothing...
A precocious young girl is obliged by the encroaching Nazi regime to live in enforced seclusion with family and friends.
Set in a time far earlier than Tolkien's master works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this is the epic history of the elves, and the grand story of the creation of Tolkien's magical world. The Lord of the Rings narrated the great events at the end of the Third Age; but the tales of The Silmarillion are legends deriving from a much deeper past, when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-earth, and the High Elves made war upon him fo...
In a front-page obituary, "The New York Times" described Joseph Heller as "the darkly surreal novelist who spoke to a generation." Heller, whose famous bestseller "Catch-22" brought him universal acclaim as a literary icon, finished his final novel just before his death in 1999. "Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man" is a poignant and fascinating foray into the mind of an artist as he examines his life, seeking a source of inspiration for his las...
African American, Literary Fiction
Juneteenth, the Senator said, closing his eyes, his bandaged head resting beneath his hands. Words of Emancipation didn't arrive until the middle of June, so they called it Juneteenth. . . . In Washington, D.C., in the 1950s, Adam Sunraider, a race-baiting senator from a New England state, is mortally wounded by an assassin's bullet while making a speech on the Senate floor. To the shock of all who think they know him, Sunraider calls out from hi...
Emily Dickinson was a prolific writer and yet, with the exception of four poems in a limited regional volume, her poems were never published during her lifetime. It was indeed fortunate that her sister discovered the poems—all loosely bound in bundles—shortly after Dickinson died. Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson is the complete collection of the first three volumes of poetry published posthumously in 1890, 1891, and 1896 by editors...
Action/Adventure, Science Fiction, Humor
On Friday, May 11, 2001, the world mourned the untimely passing of Douglas Adams, beloved creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, dead of a heart attack at age forty-nine. Thankfully, in addition to a magnificent literary legacy—which includes seven novels and three co-authored works of nonfiction—Douglas left us something more. The book you are about to enjoy was rescued from his four computers, culled from an archive ...
More than sixty years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac sat down inNew York City to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. The two authors were then at the dawn of their careers, having yet to write anything of note. Alternating chapters and narrators, Burroughs and Kerouac pieced together a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, ful...
Military Fiction, Literary Fiction
Robert Fagles's latest achievement completes the magnificent triptych of Western epics. A sweeping story of arms and heroism, The Aeneid follows the adventures of Aeneas, who flees the ashes of Troy to embark upon a tortuous course that brings him to Italy and fulfills his destiny as founder of the Roman people. Retaining all of the gravitas and humanity of the original, this powerful blend of poetry and myth remains as relevant today as when it ...
Humor, Literary Fiction
A spectacular, Pultizer Prize-winning novel by a master of comedy, beloved by readers and critics alike. The place is the French Quarter, the characters, denizens of New Orleans's lower depths.
Action/Adventure, Travel, Literary Fiction
Both a revealing self-portrait and a dramatic, invented chronicle of Hemingway's final African safari, this fictional memoir recounts the splendor of daily life in Kenya and tells of his love affair with a young African woman. National publicity to tie in with the 100th anniversary of Hemingway's birth, July 21, 1999.
Michael Crichton as you've never seen him -- an irresistible tale of swashbuckling pirates in the New World, a classic story of treasure and betrayal.
Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Military Fiction
Before writing his memoir of madness,Darkness Visible, William Styron was best known for his ambitious works of fiction–includingThe Confessions of Nat TurnerandSophie’s Choice. Styron also created personal but no less powerful tales based on his real-life experiences as a U.S. Marine.The Suicide Runcollects five of these meticulously rendered narratives. One of them–“Elobey, Annobón, and Corisco”–is pub...
Mystery, Multicultural Fiction
"It's about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden ... and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder." "It's about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance ... and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tat...
Science Fiction, Thriller
A stunning testament to his creative genius.Forward The Foundationis a the saga's dramatic climax -- the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense,Forward The Foundationbrings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Emp...
Literary Fiction, Biography
A remarkable autobiographical novel of childhood, just published in France in 1994 (Paris: Editions Gallimard), 34 years after the handwritten manuscript was discovered in the car wreckage when Camus (1913-1960) was killed. A major and moving work by one of the great humanist intellectuals of the century. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Romance, Literary Fiction
A delightful new stage version of Austen's mock Gothic romance.
American literary icon Kurt Vonnegut enjoys immense popularity--and an equally immense amount of critical praise--for such works as his absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five. A must-have for readers everywhere, Look at the Birdie adds further insight into the author's body of work with a riveting collection of his previously unpublished short fiction.