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Opened Ground, Selected Poems 1966-1996

Opened Ground, Selected Poems 1966-1996

by Seamus Heaney

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

The publication of Heaney's book Death of a Naturalist in 1966 changed Irish literature -- and poetry worldwide -- forever. Dive into the physical and emotional rhythms of Irish life in this volume, which chronicles the Nobel Laureate's best work from the last 30 years. (IRE65, $19.00)

The Moviegoer

The Moviegoer

by Walker Percy

  • LITERATURE
  • 1961
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

Walker Percy won the 1961 National Book Award for this novel, his masterpiece, which unfolds in New Orleans during a momentous Carnival week. It's a great book that we can recommend as much for its sheer readability as for its palpable sense of place. (USS249, $15.00)

Lolita

Lolita

by Vladimir Nabokov

  • LITERATURE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

Nabokov's brilliant tale includes a marvelously realized portrait of America's motels and byways. (USA335, $16.00)

A People's History of the United States, 1492 to Present

A People's History of the United States, 1492 to Present

by Howard Zinn

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 768 PAGES

Zinn's big, influential, utterly engaging lively history of the many threads of the American experience. His book teems with American personalities, from Montezuma to Joe Hill to Abbey Hoffman -- as well as those old familiars, the Founding Fathers. (USA52, $25.00)

 
Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage


by Alfred Lansing

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Lansing's gripping day-by-day story of Shackleton's legendary perseverance is essential reading for any Antarctic traveler. This 100th anniversary edition is outfitted with maps, an expanded selection of Frank Hurley's photographs and an introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick. (ANT396, $16.99)

God is Not Great, How Religion Poisons Everything

God is Not Great, How Religion Poisons Everything


by Christopher Hitchens

  • RELIGION
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Hitchens makes a case against organized religion that documents the ways in which religion reflects human agendas and distorts sexuality and the perception of the origins of the universe. A science-based analysis that considers the benefits of a secular world. (REL67, $16.00)

Stringer, A Reporter's Journey in the Congo

Stringer, A Reporter's Journey in the Congo


by Anjan Sundaram

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Journalist Anjan Sundaram's heartfelt portrait of life in the Congo interweaves personal experience with political and historical insights. The country, he writes, "heads nearly every conceivable blacklist" and yet is so rich in natural resources that industrialists have pillaged it for centuries. (WAF177, $15.95)

The Telling Room, A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese

The Telling Room, A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese


by Michael Paterniti

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Following the struggle of a Spaniard to create a cheese that embodies all the love, pain and joy he's ever known, Paterniti becomes immersed in an idyllic landscape and its dramatic cast of characters. (SPN538, $16.00)

Love and War in the Apennines

Love and War in the Apennines


by Eric Newby

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

This unassuming memoir of remarkable wartime adventures in German-occupied WWII Italy is perhaps Newby's best book. (ITL171, $14.99)

Tropic of Cancer

Tropic of Cancer


by Henry Miller

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 318 PAGES

Miller's controversial, sexually frank depiction of bohemian life in 1930s Paris. (FRN419, $17.00)

A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

Set in snowy Switzerland and the rainy Italian Lake Country during WWI, this semi-autobiographical novel chronicles the romance between a British nurse and an American ambulance driver. This edition collects all of the alternate endings, along with early drafts of other essential passages (ITL384, $17.00)

A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

This restored edition of Hemingway's exuberant, irreverent portrait of life in Paris after World War I, edited by his grandson Sean, puts the 19 chapters originally selected by Hemingway in the order he preferred. (FRN916, $16.00)

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front


by Erich Maria Remarque

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES

Written by a soldier in the Kaiser's army, this novel has been hailed as the greatest novel of World War I, and was later made into a memorable film. (GER15, $16.00)

Chicago Poems

Chicago Poems


by Carl Sandburg

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

A collection of poems on the City of Big Shoulders, including "Chicago" and "Fog." The Dover Thrift Edition. (USM94, $3.00)

Heart of Darkness, with Congo Diary

Heart of Darkness, with Congo Diary


by Joseph Conrad

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 136 PAGES

One of the century's most important works, this short story tells of the harrowing journey Marlow takes into the Belgian Congo. (AFR46, $11.00)

Nadja

Nadja


by Andre Breton

  • LITERATURE
  • 1960
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Breton combines photographs and stories in this brilliant Parisian Surrealist romance. (FRN785, $15.00)

On the Road

On the Road


by Jack Kerouac

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

The original, unedited, rougher, wilder and more provocative 50th anniversary edition of the famed Beat poet's landmark work. (USA16, $18.00)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


by Mark Twain

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)

An enormously influential American book, Twain's masterpiece of boyhood adventure is as much about America's growing pains as it is about Huck's coming of age. (USS41, $8.00)

The Good Earth

The Good Earth


by Pearl Buck

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 357 PAGES

The modern classic that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1931. Drawing heavily on Buck's personal experience as a young newlywed in rural China, it is the plainly told story of a poor farmer and his stalwart wife. (CHN15, $16.00)

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath


by John Steinbeck

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 612 PAGES

Steibeck's epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of the Joad family and their journey from Oklahoma to California in search of a new life, wonderfully detailed in it portrait of rural life in the 1930s and a classic novel of the road. John Ford made it into a movie. (USW151, $18.00)

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby


by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES

Set in 1920s New York, F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel portrays the Jazz Age in all of its decandence and excess. (USE411, $16.00)

The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea


by Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

Hemingway's brief story of a fisherman who, after 84 days with no luck, finally makes a big catch. It's an affectionate portrait of life in Cuba and winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. (CBA02, $12.99)

The Power of Myth

The Power of Myth


by Joseph Campbell

  • LITERATURE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

In these transcripts from a 6-part PBS series on his life and work, Campbell theorizes about the human tendency to create and live out the themes of mythology. (GEN445, $17.00)

The Sonnets

The Sonnets


by William Shakespeare

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER

The Pelican Shakespeare edition of the complete sonnets. (GBR760, $10.00)

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood


by Dylan Thomas

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 106 PAGES

Originally written as a radio play for the BBC, this short work (Dylan's last) concerns the events on a single spring day in a small coastal village in Wales. It's a virtuoso performance showing off Dylan's unsurpassed lyricism, richly evoking the color and fabric of the mythical town of Llareggub (bugger all backwards), populated by all manner of madmen and eccentrics. (GBR244, $16.95)

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