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  • The Picture of Dorian Grayby Oscar Wilde; Joseph Bristow

    OUP Oxford 2008; US$ 4.99 US$ 4.29

    Dorian Gray gives his soul for eternal youth. While his portrait changes hideously, reflecting his crimes and corruption, he remains outwardly flawless. This new edition uses the 1891 expanded text and shows how Wilde transformed his many sources. more...

  • The Bostoniansby Henry James

    The Floating Press 1921; US$ 4.99

    First published in 1886, The Bostonians is one of James' wittiest social satires. It begins with the arrival in Boston of Basil Ransom, in search of a career. The book turns on the relationship between Ransom, a conservative civil war veteran, his feminist cousin Olive Chancellor, and Verena Tarrant, a newcomer to their circle whose affections... more...

  • Cranfordby Elizabeth Gaskell

    The Floating Press 1907; US$ 3.99

    Cranford is the best-known novel of the 19th century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. It was first published in 1851 as a serial in the magazine Household Words, which was edited by Charles Dickens. The fictional town of Cranford is closely modelled on Knutsford in Cheshire, which Mrs Gaskell knew well. The book has little in the way of plot and is... more...

  • Slapstick or Lonesome No More!by Kurt Vonnegut

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    Slapstick presents an apocalyptic vision as seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan (and last President of the United States), a wickedly irreverent look at the all-too-possible results of today?s follies. But even the end of life-as-we-know-it is transformed by Kurt Vonnegut?s pen into hilarious farce?a final slapstick that may be... more...

  • Ishmaelby Daniel Quinn

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 18.00

    MORE THAN ONE MILLION COPIES IN PRINT The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man in search for truth. He answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher looking for serious pupils, only to find himself alone in an abandoned office with a full-grown gorilla who is nibbling delicately on a slender branch. ?You are the teacher?? he asks incredulously.... more...

  • Wielandby Charles Brockden Brown; Caleb Crain

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 23.00

    Called a ?remarkable story? by John Greenleaf Whittier and described by John Keats as ?very powerful,? Wieland , Charles Brockden Brown?s disturbing 1798 tale of terror, is a masterpiece involving spontaneous combustion, disembodied voices, religious mania, and a gruesome murder based on a real-life incident. This Modern Library Paperback Classic... more...

  • Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunnedby Walter Mosley

    Washington Square Press 2010; US$ 16.00

    New York Times bestselling author Walter Mosley introduces an "astonishing character" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) in this acclaimed collection of entwined tales. Meet Socrates Fortlow, a tough ex-con seeking truth and redemption in South Central Los Angeles -- and finding the miracle of survival. "I either committed a crime or had a crime... more...

  • Child of Godby Cormac McCarthy

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.00

    In this taut, chilling novel, Lester Ballard--a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape--haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail.  While telling his story, Cormac McCarthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humor, and characteristic lyrical brilliance. From the Trade Paperback edition.... more...

  • Rabbit, Runby John Updike

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    Rabbit, Run is the book that established John Updike as one of the major American novelists of his?or any other?generation. Its hero is Harry ?Rabbit? Angstrom, a onetime high-school basketball star who on an impulse deserts his wife and son. He is twenty-six years old, a man-child caught in a struggle between instinct and thought, self and... more...

  • Whateverby Michel Houellebecq

    Profile Books 2011; US$ 10.65

    Just thirty, with a well-paid job, no love life and a terrible attitude, the anti-hero of this grim, funny novel smokes four packs of cigarettes a day and writes weird animal stories in his spare time. A computer programmer by day, he is tolerably content, until he's packed off with a colleague - the sexually-frustrated Raphael Tisserand - to... more...