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Twenty-One Stories
by Graham Greene

Language

English

Pages

210

Publication Date

July 10, 2018

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<b>These wide-ranging tales of menace, tragedy, and comedy offer ample proof that </b><b>“in the short story, as well as the novel, Graham Greene is the master” (<i>The New York Times</i>).</b><br />  <br /> Written between 1929 and 1954, here are twenty-one stories by a “master storyteller” (<i>Newsweek</i>). Whatever the crime, whatever the pursuit, whatever the mood—from the tragic and horrifying to the ribald and bittersweet, Graham Greene is “the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man’s consciousness and anxiety” (William Golding).<br />  <br /> In “The End of the Party,” a game of hide-and-seek takes a terrifying turn in the dark. In “The Innocent,” a romantic gets a rude awakening when he finds a hidden keepsake from a childhood crush. A husband’s sexual indiscretion is revealed in a most public and embarrassing way in “The Blue Film.” A rebellious teen’s flight from her petit bourgeois life includes a bad boy, a gun, and a plan in “A Drive in the Country.” In “A Little Place off the Edgware Road,” a suicidal man’s encounter with a stranger in a grubby cinema seals his fate. A young boy is ushered into a dark world when he discovers the secrets adults hide in “The Basement Room.” And in “When Greek Meets Greek,” a clever con between two scoundrels carries an unexpected sting. In these and more than a dozen other stories, Greene confronts his usual themes of betrayal and vengeance, love and hate, faith and doubt, guilt and grief, and pity and pursuit.<br />  
CIRCE
by Madeline Miller

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

April 10, 2018

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<b>"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, <i>The New York Times</i>).</b><br />In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child -- not powerful like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power -- the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.<br />Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts, and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians.<br />To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world.<br /><b>#1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller -- named one of the best books of the year by NPR, the <i>Washington Post</i>, <i>People</i>, <i>Time</i>, Amazon, <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>, Bustle, <i>Newsweek</i>, the <i>A.V. Club</i>, <i>Christian Science Monitor</i>, Refinery 29, BuzzFeed, <i>Paste</i>, Audible, <i>Kirkus</i>, <i>Publishers Weekly</i>, Thrillist, NYPL, <i>Self</i>, <i>Real Simple</i>, Goodreads, <i>Boston Globe</i>, Electric Literature, BookPage, the <i>Guardian</i>, Book Riot, <i>Seattle Times</i>, and <i>Business Insider</i></b>
Dune
by Frank Herbert

Language

English

Pages

892

Publication Date

August 26, 2003

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<b>Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.<br /><br /><b>SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsg<b>å</b>rd, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, and Charlotte Rampling.</b></b><br /><br />Set on the desert planet Arrakis, <i>Dune</i> is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for....<br /><br />When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream. <br /><br />A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, <i>Dune</i> won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
At Swim-Two-Birds: A Novel
by Flann O'Brien

Language

English

Pages

239

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<b>An indolent college student creates a chaotic fictional world in this classic of Irish literature: “A marvel of imagination, language, and humor” (<i>New Republic</i>).</b><br />  <br /> In this comic masterpiece, our unnamed narrator—a student at University College, Dublin, who spends more time drinking and working on his novel than attending classes—creates a character, a pub owner named Trellis, who himself is devoted mainly to writing and sleeping. Soon Trellis is collaborating with an author of cowboy romances, and from there unspools a brilliantly unpredictable adventure that James Joyce himself called “a really funny book.”<br />  <br /> “’Tis the odd joke of modern Irish literature—of the three novelists in its holy trinity, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien, the easiest and most accessible of the lot is O’Brien. . . . Flann O’Brien was too much his own man, Ireland’s man, to speak in any but his own tongue.” —<i>The Washington Post</i><br />  <br /> “As with Scott Fitzgerald, there is a brilliant ease in [O’Brien’s] prose, a poignant grace glimmering off every page.” —John Updike<br />  <br /> “One of the best books of our century.” —Graham Greene<br />  
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harperperennial Modern Classics)
by Harper Lee

Language

English

Pages

331

Publication Date

July 08, 2014

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<p><strong>Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's <em>The Great American Read</em></strong></p><p><strong>Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred</strong></p><p>One of the most cherished stories of all time, <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em> has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.</p>
Mythology
by Edith Hamilton

Language

English

Pages

445

Publication Date

June 25, 2012

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<b>The world-renowned classic that has enthralled and delighted millions of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes.<br /><br /></b>Edith Hamilton's mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture-the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.<br /><br />We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations. And we recognize reference points for countless works for art, literature and culture inquiry-from Freud's Oedipus complex to Wagner's Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O'Neill's <i>Mourning Becomes Electra</i><br /><br />Both a reference text for scholars of all ages and a book to simply enjoy, <i>Mythology </i>is a classic not to be missed.<br /><br />
The Earl's Dangerous Passion: Historical Regency Romance Novel
by Ella Edon

Language

English

Pages

581

Publication Date

October 10, 2019

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<h3><strong><em>He is her only hope of escape, she is his only prospect of happiness...</em></strong></h3><br />Lady Amy Hartley is in danger. Her incredible beauty has engaged the attention of a lunatic admirer who sends her obsessive and threatening letters. After expressing their admiration for her,<strong> all her suitors are found dead.</strong> Amy is terrified for the safety of everyone around her, as well as for her own life.<br /><br />Her only hope to escape from this miserable situation is her childhood friend, Lord Daniel Nottage, the handsome Earl of Derby. Having lost his fiancée, he is <strong>determined to unravel Amy’s psychotic follower and keep her from harm</strong>. Daniel soon realizes that he is putting himself in grave danger since he’s falling desperately in love with Amy…<br /><br /><strong><em>Will he be able to discover the inconceivable truth and save both his and Amy’s life?</em></strong><br /><br /><br /><strong>*If you like seductive Earls and Dukes with a soft heart, and romantic stories depicting the romantic Regency Era, then <em>The Earl’s Dangerous Passion</em> is the perfect novel for you.</strong><br /><br /><strong><em>Dive into the epic world of the Regency Era Ladies, Governesses, and Bluestockings while Ella takes you on a suspenseful journey full of passion and true love!</em></strong><br /><br /><strong><em>"The Earl’s Dangerous Passion" is a Historical Regency romance novel of more than 80,000 words (around 440 pages). STANDALONE, no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed happily ever after.</em></strong>
The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger

Language

English

Pages

116

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<b>The "brilliant, funny, meaningful novel" (<i>The New Yorker</i>) that established J. D. Salinger as a leading voice in American literature--and that has instilled in millions of readers around the world a lifelong love of books.<br /></b><br /><br /><i>"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."</i><br /><br />The hero-narrator of <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i> is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caufield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days.<br />
His Secret Baby: A Romance Novel (Secret Daddies)
by Natasha L. Black

Language

English

Pages

220

Publication Date

January 14, 2020

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<b>It’s a simple arrangement. <br />He needs a green card. <br />I need a scandal. </b><br /><br />The wedding was strictly for show. <br />I’m used to pretending all kinds of things. <br />I’m an A-list Hollywood actress, after all. <br />And Gael?<br />He’s a lead stuntman on set. <br />Big biceps, piercing eyes, and an arrogant tone. <br />I’d be crazy to fall in love with him.<br />I only need Gael to salvage my reputation. <br />To divert people’s attention from my recent fake breakup. <br />Trading one fake lover for another seemed like a good strategy. <br />Don’t judge me. It’s a common practice in Hollywood. <br /><br /><b>Saying “I do” was the easy part. <br />Saying “goodbye” will be the real test. </b>
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
by Betty Smith

Language

English

Pages

528

Publication Date

March 17, 2009

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<p><strong></strong></p><p><strong>A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick</strong></p><p><strong>The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century. </strong></p><p>From the moment she entered the world, Francie Nolan needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior—such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce—no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans’ daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connectedness and raw with honesty. Betty Smith has, in the pages of <em>A Tree Grows in Brooklyn</em>, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life-from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children of Francie’s neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Betty Smith has artfully caught this sense of exciting life in a novel of childhood, replete with incredibly rich moments of universal experiences—a truly remarkable achievement for any writer.</p>

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