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Exhalation: Stories
by Ted Chiang

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English

Pages

362

Publication Date

May 07, 2019

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<b>ONE OF THE聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR<br />A NATIONAL BESTSELLER</b><br /><b><br /><b>鈥?lt;i>Exhalation</i> by Ted Chiang is a collection of short stories that will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human. The best kind of science fiction.鈥?鈥擝arack Obama<br /><br />From the acclaimed author of聽<i>Stories of Your Life and Others鈥?lt;/i>the basis for the Academy Award 鈥搉ominated film聽<i>Arrival</i>:聽a groundbreaking new collection of short fiction.</b><br /><br />"THE UNIVERSE BEGAN AS AN ENORMOUS BREATH BEING HELD."<br /></b><br />In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity鈥檚 oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.<br /><br /> In 鈥淭he Merchant and the Alchemist鈥檚 Gate,鈥?a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and second chances. In 鈥淓xhalation,鈥?an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal. In 鈥淎nxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom,鈥?the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will.<br /><br /> Including stories being published for the first time as well as some of his rare and classic uncollected work,聽<i>Exhalation</i>聽is Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic鈥攔evelatory.
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: A Collection of Outlander Fiction
by Diana Gabaldon

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English

Pages

545

Publication Date

June 27, 2017

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥⒙燗 magnificent collection of Outlander short fiction鈥攊ncluding two never-before-published novellas鈥攆eaturing Jamie Fraser, Lord John Grey, Master Raymond, and many more, from Diana Gabaldon</b><br /><br />Among the seven spellbinding pieces there is 鈥淭he Custom of the Army,鈥?which begins聽with Lord John Grey being shocked by an electric eel and ends at the Battle of Quebec.聽Then comes 鈥淭he Space Between,鈥?where it is revealed that the Comte St. Germain is not dead, Master Raymond appears, and a widowed young wine dealer escorts a would-be novice to a convent in Paris. In 鈥淎 Plague of Zombies,鈥?Lord John unexpectedly becomes military governor of Jamaica when the original governor is gnawed by what probably wasn鈥檛 a giant rat. 鈥淎 Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows鈥?is the moving story of Roger MacKenzie鈥檚 parents during World War II. In 鈥淰irgins,鈥?Jamie Fraser, aged nineteen, and Ian Murray, aged twenty, become mercenaries in France, no matter that neither has yet bedded a lass or killed a man. But they鈥檙e trying. . . . 鈥淎 Fugitive Green鈥?is the story of Lord John鈥檚 elder brother, Hal, and a seventeen-year-old rare book dealer with a sideline in theft, forgery, and blackmail. And finally, in 鈥淏esieged,鈥?Lord John learns that his mother is in Havana鈥攁nd that the British Navy is on their way to lay siege to the city.<br /><br /> Filling in mesmerizing chapters in the lives of characters readers have followed over the course of thousands of pages, Gabaldon鈥檚 genius is on full display throughout this must-have collection.<br /><br /><b>鈥淕abaldon is in fine form . . . weaving together characters鈥?lives, connecting plot points, and showing tantalizing glimpses of the larger Outlander world, of which this reader can never get enough.鈥濃€?lt;i>Historical Novels Review</i></b>
Blessings: A Novel
by Anna Quindlen

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

September 17, 2002

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This powerful new novel by the bestselling author of <b>Black and Blue</b>, <b>One True Thing</b>, <b>Object Lessons</b>, and <b>A Short Guide to a Happy Life</b> begins when a teenage couple drives up, late at night, headlights out, to Blessings, the estate owned by Lydia Blessing. They leave a box and drive away, and in this instant, the world of Blessings is changed forever. Richly written, deeply moving, beautifully crafted, Blessings tells the story of Skip Cuddy, caretaker of the estate, who finds a baby asleep in that box and decides he wants to keep her, and of matriarch Lydia Blessing, who, for her own reasons, decides to help him. The secrets of the past, how they affect the decisions and lives of people in the present; what makes a person, a life, legitimate or illegitimate, and who decides; the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community鈥攖hese are at the center of this wonderful novel of love, redemption, and personal change by the writer about whom <i>The Washington Post Book World</i> said, 鈥淨uindlen knows that all the things we ever will be can be found in some forgotten fragment of family.鈥?/div>
Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories
by Karen Russell

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English

Pages

258

Publication Date

February 12, 2013

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<p><b>From the author of the novel <i>Swamplandia!鈥?lt;/i>a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize鈥攃omes a magical and uniquely daring collection of stories that showcases the author鈥檚 gifts at their inimitable best. <br /></b><br />Within these pages, a community of girls held captive in a Japanese silk factory slowly transmute into human silkworms and plot revolution; a group of boys stumble upon a mutilated scarecrow that bears an uncanny resemblance to a missing classmate that they used to torment; a family鈥檚 disastrous quest for land in the American West has grave consequences; and in the marvelous title story, two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try to slake their thirst for blood and come to terms with their immortal relationship.<br /><br /><br /><b>Named a Best Book of the Year by:<br /><i>The Boston Globe<br />O, The Oprah Magazine<br />Huffington Post<br />The A.V. Club<br /></i><br />A聽<i>Washington Post</i>聽Notable Book<br />An聽<i>NPR聽</i>Great Read of 2013</b></p>
Full Throttle: Stories
by Joe Hill

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English

Pages

466

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<p><strong><em>New York Times </em>Bestseller!</strong></p><p><strong>In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including 鈥淚n The Tall Grass,鈥?one of two stories co-written with Stephen King and the聽basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix.</strong></p><p>A little door that opens to a world of fairy tale wonders becomes the blood-drenched stomping ground for a gang of hunters in 鈥淔aun.鈥?A grief-stricken librarian climbs behind the wheel of an antique Bookmobile to deliver fresh reads to the dead in 鈥淟ate Returns.鈥?In 鈥淏y the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,鈥?soon to be an episode on Shudder TV鈥檚 <em>Creepshow</em>, two young friends stumble on the corpse of a plesiosaur at the water鈥檚 edge, a discovery that forces them to confront the inescapable truth of their own mortality . . . and other horrors that lurk in the water鈥檚 shivery depths. And tension shimmers in the sweltering heat of the Nevada desert as a faceless trucker finds himself caught in a sinister dance with a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in 鈥淭hrottle,鈥?co-written with Stephen King.</p><p>Replete with shocking chillers, including two previously unpublished stories written expressly for this volume (鈥淢ums鈥?and 鈥淟ate Returns鈥? and another appearing in print for the first time (鈥淒ark Carousel鈥?, <em>Full Throttle</em> is a darkly imagined odyssey through the complexities of the human psyche. Hypnotic and disquieting, it mines our tormented secrets, hidden vulnerabilities, and basest fears, and demonstrates this exceptional talent at his very best.</p>
Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel
by Tom Perrotta

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

August 01, 2017

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<b>Now an HBO series starring Kathryn Hahn!</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淟ight, zingy, and laugh-out-loud funny鈥?lt;/b><b> (<i>People</i>), the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling novel about sex, love, and identity as seen through the eyes of a middle-aged woman and her college freshman son.</b><br /><br />A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve Fletcher is struggling to adjust to her empty nest. One night she receives a text from an anonymous number that says, 鈥?lt;i>U R my MILF</i>!鈥?Over the months that follow, that message comes to obsess Eve. While leading her all-too-placid life鈥攕erving as Executive Director of the local senior center and taking a community college course on Gender and Society鈥擡ve can鈥檛 curtail her own interest in a porn website that features the erotic exploits of ordinary, middle-aged women like herself. Before long, Eve鈥檚 online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence.<br /> <br />Meanwhile, miles away at the state college, Eve鈥檚 son Brendan鈥攁 jock and aspiring frat boy鈥攄iscovers that his new campus isn鈥檛 nearly as welcoming to his hard-partying lifestyle as he had imagined. Only a few weeks into his freshman year, Brendan is floundering in a college environment that challenges his white-dude privilege and shames him for his outmoded, chauvinistic ideas of sex. As the New England autumn turns cold, both mother and son find themselves enmeshed in morally fraught situations that come to a head on one fateful November night.<br /> <br />鈥淭he sweetest and most charming novel about pornography addiction and the harrowing issues of sexual consent that you will probably ever read鈥?(<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>),<i> Mrs. Fletcher </i>is a timeless examination of sexuality, identity, parenthood, and the big clarifying mistakes people can make when they鈥檙e no longer sure of who they are or where they belong. 鈥淭om Perrotta鈥檚 latest might just be his best鈥?(NPR).
Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle: Fifty Shades of Grey; Fifty Shades D...
by E L James

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English

Pages

1712

Publication Date

April 17, 2012

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Now available in a single volume, E L James鈥檚 <i>New York Times </i>#1 bestselling trilogy has been hailed by <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> as being 鈥渋n a class by itself.鈥?Beginning with the GoodReads Choice Award Romance Finalist <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>, the Fifty Shades Trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever. <br />聽<br />This bundle includes the following novels:<br />聽<br />FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: When college student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating.聽 The unworldly Ana realizes she wants this man, and Grey admits he wants her, too鈥攂ut on his own terms. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian鈥檚 secrets and explores her own desires.<br />聽<br />FIFTY SHADES DARKER: Daunted by Christian鈥檚 dark secrets and singular tastes, Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career.聽But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought.聽They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and while Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana is forced to make the most important decision of her life.<br />聽<br />FIFTY SHADES FREED: Now, Ana and Christian have it all鈥攍ove, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to turn Ana鈥檚 deepest fears into reality. <br /><br />This book is intended for mature audiences.
Grand Union: Stories
by Zadie Smith

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal!聽<br /><br />A dazzling collection of short fiction</b><br /><br />Zadie Smith has established herself as one of the most iconic, critically respected, and popular writers of her generation. In her first short story collection, she combines her power of observation and her inimitable voice to mine the fraught and complex experience of life in the modern world. Interleaving eleven completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from <i>The</i> <i>New Yorker</i> and elsewhere, Smith presents a dizzyingly rich and varied collection of fiction. Moving exhilaratingly across genres and perspectives, from the historic to the vividly current to the slyly dystopian, <i>Grand Union</i> is a sharply alert and prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth, the persistent legacies that haunt our present selves and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us.<br /><br /> Nothing is off limits, and everything鈥攚hen captured by Smith鈥檚 brilliant gaze鈥攆eels fresh and relevant. Perfectly paced and utterly original, <i>Grand Union</i> highlights the wonders Zadie Smith can do.
Angle of Repose (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
by Wallace Stegner

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English

Pages

674

Publication Date

December 01, 2000

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<b>Stegner鈥檚 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of personal, historical, and geographic discovery</b><br />聽<br />Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.<br />聽<br />"Cause for celebration . . . A superb novel with an amplitude of scale and richness of detail altogether uncommon in contemporary fiction." 鈥?lt;i>The Atlantic Monthly</i><br /><br />"Brilliant . . . Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: a sense of the enchantment of life." 鈥?lt;i>Los Angeles Times</i><br />聽<br />This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Jackson J. Benson.<br /><br />For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500聽titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the聽series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date聽translations by award-winning translators.
Different Seasons: Four Novellas
by Stephen King

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English

Pages

689

Publication Date

January 01, 2016

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<b>Includes the stories 鈥淭he Body鈥?and 鈥淩ita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption鈥濃€攕et in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine</b><br /> <br />A 鈥渉ypnotic鈥?(<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>) collection of four novellas鈥攊ncluding the inspirations behind the films <i>Stand By Me </i>and <i>The Shawshank Redemption</i>鈥攆rom Stephen King, bound together by the changing of seasons, each taking on the theme of a journey with strikingly different tones and characters.<br /><br />This gripping collection begins with 鈥淩ita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,鈥?in which an unjustly imprisoned convict seeks a strange and startling revenge鈥攖he basis for the Best Picture Academy Award-nominee <i>The Shawshank Redemption</i>.<br /> <br /> Next is 鈥淎pt Pupil,鈥?the inspiration for the film of the same name about top high school student Todd Bowden and his obsession with the dark and deadly past of an older man in town.<br /> <br /> In 鈥淭he Body,鈥?four rambunctious young boys plunge through the fa莽ade of a small town and come face-to-face with life, death, and intimations of their own mortality. This novella became the movie <i>Stand By Me</i>.<br /> <br /> Finally, a disgraced woman is determined to triumph over death in 鈥淭he Breathing Method.鈥?lt;br /> <br /> 鈥淭he wondrous readability of his work, as well as the instant sense of communication with his characters, are what make Stephen King the consummate storyteller that he is,鈥?hailed the <i>Houston Chronicle</i> about <i>Different Seasons.</i>

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