The Great American Read

By Christine Palomino | April 20 2018 | AdultsAllChildren'sGeneralGiftPop Culture

The Great American Read is a 9-hour, 8-episode PBS documentary series and public service campaign that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a nationally-representative survey). It investigates how and why writers create their imaginary worlds, how we as readers are personally affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

PBS’ The Great American Read list of 100 books was revealed on Friday, April 20, at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan. Penguin Random House imprints publish 59 of the 100 titles, including AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Díaz, THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E L James, THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood, GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn, LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green, THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton and READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline.

http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

1984
978-0-451-52493-5
Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever...• Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read •“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching...A startling and haunting novel, 1984 creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions—a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
$9.99 US
Jul 01, 1950
4-3/16 x 7-1/2
Mass Market Paperback
336 Pages
Signet
Age

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
978-0-14-310733-0
The classic boyhood adventure tale, updated with a new introduction by noted Mark Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadA consummate prankster with a quick wit, Tom Sawyer dreams of a bigger fate than simply being a “rich boy.” Yet through the novel’s humorous escapades—from the famous episode of the whitewashed fence to the trial of Injun Joe—Mark Twain explores the deeper themes of the adult world, one of dishonesty and superstition, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
$9.00 US
Oct 28, 2014
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Paperback
272 Pages
Penguin Classics
Age

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
978-0-14-751587-2
A brand new completely illustrated edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with artwork from Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. in time to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this beloved classic tale.
$30.00 US
Oct 27, 2015
7-1/2 x 9-5/8
Hardcover
192 Pages
Puffin Books
Age 10 and up
Grade 5 & Up

Americanah
978-0-307-45592-5
The powerful new novel from the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun--a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria and the choices and challenges they face in the countries they come to call home.
$16.00 US
Mar 04, 2014
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
608 Pages
Anchor
Age

Anne of Green Gables
978-0-553-21313-3
Read the timeless classic about the beloved Anne Shirley, a red-haired orphan with a fiery spirit, before the new NETFLIX series premieres and don’t miss the forward by Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, celebrating the 100th anniversary of this children’s favorite!   Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley has never known a real home. Since her parents' deaths, she's bounced around to foster homes and orphanages. When she is sent by mistake to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she wants to stay forever. But Anne is not the sturdy boy Matthew and Marilla were expecting.   She's a mischievous, talkative redheaded girl with a fierce temper, who tumbles into one scrape after another. Anne is not like anybody else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special, a girl with an enormous imagination. All she's ever wanted is to belong somewhere. And the longer she stays at Green Gables, the harder it is for anyone to imagine life without her."[Anne is] the dearest and most lovable child in fiction since the immortal Alice."-Mark Twain
$5.99 US
Apr 01, 1982
4-3/16 x 6-7/8
Mass Market Paperback
336 Pages
Starfire
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Another Country
978-0-679-74471-9
Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions—sexual, racial, political, artistic—that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime."Brilliantly and fiercely told." —The New York TimesNominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
$16.95 US
Dec 01, 1992
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
448 Pages
Vintage
Age

Atlas Shrugged
978-0-451-19114-4
Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves?You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill.Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.
$9.99 US
Sep 01, 1996
4-3/16 x 6-7/8
Mass Market Paperback
1088 Pages
Signet
Age

Beloved
978-1-4000-3341-6
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding New York Times bestseller transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement."You can't go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula, everything else — they're transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them."--Barack Obama
$16.00 US
Jun 08, 2004
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
352 Pages
Vintage
Age

The Book Thief
978-0-375-84220-7
An anniversary edition of the extraordinary #1 bestseller!
$14.99 US
Sep 11, 2007
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
608 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 12 and up
Grade 7 & Up

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
978-1-59448-329-5
Winner of: The Pulitzer Prize The National Book Critics Circle Award The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize A Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year One of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, People, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon, Baltimore City Paper, The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, and many more... Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadOscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.
$16.00 US
Sep 02, 2008
5-1/8 x 8
Paperback
368 Pages
Riverhead Books
Age

The Call of the Wild
978-0-14-132105-9
Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survivial. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again? With an inspirational introduction by award-winning author Melvyn Burgess, The Call of the Wild is one of the twenty wonderful classic stories being reissued in Puffin Classics in March 2015.
$6.99 US
Mar 27, 2008
5 x 7
Paperback
160 Pages
Puffin Books
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Catch-22
978-0-679-43722-2
Named one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.One of the funniest books ever written, Joseph Heller's masterpiece about a bomber squadron in the Second World War's Italian theater features a gallery of magnificently strange characters seething with comic energy. The malingering hero, Yossarian, is endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war, and his story is studded with incidents and devices (including the Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade and the hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule that gives the book its title) that propel the narrative in a headlong satiric rush. But the reason Catch-22's satire never weakens and its jokes never date stems not from the comedy itself but from the savage, unerring, Swiftian indignation out of which that comedy springs. This fractured anti-epic, with all its aggrieved humanity, has given us the most enduring image we have of modern warfare. This hardcover Everyman's Library edition includes an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury, a chronology of the author's life and times, and a select bibliography. It is printed on acid-free paper, with sewn bindings, full-cloth covers, foil stamping, and a silk ribbon marker.   
$28.00 US
Oct 17, 1995
5 x 8
Hardcover
624 Pages
Everyman's Library
Age

The Clan of the Cave Bear
Earth's Children, Book One
978-0-553-25042-8
Now reissued with a gorgeous new cover to lead into the publication of the highly anticipated sixth and final book of the Earth's Children® series by bestselling author Jean Auel--The Land of Painted Caves (Crown hardcover, 3/29/11).
$8.99 US
Nov 01, 1984
4-3/16 x 6-7/8
Mass Market Paperback
544 Pages
Bantam
Age

The Count of Monte Cristo
978-0-14-044926-6
"On what slender threads do life and fortune hang." Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadThrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s.Robin Buss’s lively English translation is complete and unabridged, and remains faithful to the style of Dumas’s original. This edition includes an introduction, explanatory notes and suggestions for further reading. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
$16.00 US
May 27, 2003
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Paperback
1312 Pages
Penguin Classics
Age

Crime and Punishment
Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation
978-0-679-73450-5
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadWith the same suppleness, energy, and range of voices that won their translation of The Brothers Karamazov the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, Pevear and Volokhonsky offer a brilliant translation of Dostoevsky's classic novel that presents a clear insight into this astounding psychological thriller. "The best (translation) currently available"--Washington Post Book World.
$17.95 US
Mar 02, 1993
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
592 Pages
Vintage
Age

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
978-1-4000-3271-6
A bestselling modern classic—both poignant and funny—about a boy with autism who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor's dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world.Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadChristopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.This improbable story of Christopher's quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.
$15.00 US
May 18, 2004
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
240 Pages
Vintage
Age

The Da Vinci Code
978-0-307-47427-8
MORE THAN 80 MILLION COPIES SOLDNominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadWhile in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.
$9.99 US
Mar 31, 2009
4-3/16 x 7-1/2
Mass Market Paperback
624 Pages
Anchor
Age

Don Quixote
978-0-14-243723-0
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadDon Quixote has become so entranced reading tales of chivalry that he decides to turn knight errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, these exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote's fancy often leads him astray—he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants—Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together-and together they have haunted readers' imaginations for nearly four hundred years. With its experimental form and literary playfulness, Don Quixote has been generally recognized as the first modern novel. This Penguin Classics edition, with its beautiful new cover design, includes John Rutherford's masterly translation, which does full justice to the energy and wit of Cervantes's prose, as well as a brilliant critical introduction by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarriá.
$17.00 US
Feb 25, 2003
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Paperback
1072 Pages
Penguin Classics
Age

Dune
978-0-441-17271-9
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, and Charlotte Rampling.Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune 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....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. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
$10.99 US
Sep 01, 1990
4-3/16 x 7-1/2
Mass Market Paperback
896 Pages
Ace
Age

Fifty Shades of Grey
Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
978-0-345-80348-1
Volume 1 in the #1 New York Times bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy of romantic thrillers by first-time author E L James is now available from Vintage Books. The small press phenomenon (dubbed "The Book" by readers across the U. S.) will now be able to reach the widest possible audience. FOR THE FIRST TIME WIDELY AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK, AS WELL AS EBOOK.
$15.95 US
Apr 03, 2012
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
528 Pages
Vintage
Age

Foundation
978-0-553-29335-7
Bantam Spectra releases new editions of Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation series to anticipate new interest in his work thanks to the Will Smith "I, Robot" movie.
$7.99 US
Oct 01, 1991
4-3/16 x 6-7/8
Mass Market Paperback
320 Pages
Spectra
Age

Frankenstein
978-0-451-53224-4
200 years after it was first published, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has stood the test of time as a gothic masterpiece—a classic work of humanity and horror that blurs the line between man and monster...The story of Victor Frankenstein and the monstrous creature he created has held readers spellbound ever since it was published two centuries ago. On the surface, it is a novel of tense and steadily mounting horror; but on a more profound level, it offers searching illumination of the human condition in its portrayal of a scientist who oversteps the bounds of conscience, and of a monster brought to life in an alien world, ever more desperately attempting to escape the torture of his solitude. A novel of hallucinatory intensity, Frankenstein represents one of the most striking flowerings of the Romantic imagination.   With an Introduction by Douglas Clegg And an Afterword by Harold Bloom
$5.95 US
Oct 01, 2013
4-3/16 x 6-3/4
Mass Market Paperback
272 Pages
Signet
Age

A Game of Thrones
A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One
978-0-553-57340-4
NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES—THE MASTERPIECE THAT BECAME A CULTURAL PHENOMENON Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
$9.99 US
Aug 04, 1997
4-3/16 x 6-7/8
Mass Market Paperback
864 Pages
Bantam
Age

The Godfather
50th Anniversary Edition
978-0-451-20576-6
The 50th anniversary edition of the classic #1 bestselling crime saga--with a new introduction by Francis Ford Coppola.
$17.00 US
Mar 01, 2002
5-5/16 x 8
Paperback
448 Pages
Berkley
Age

Gone Girl
A Novel
978-0-307-58837-1
The #1 New York Times bestseller from Gillian Flynn now available in trade paperback
$17.00 US
Apr 22, 2014
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
432 Pages
Broadway Books
Age

The Grapes of Wrath
978-0-14-303943-3
The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadA Penguin Classic First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics. This Penguin Classics edition contains an introduction and notes by Steinbeck scholar Robert Demott.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
$18.00 US
Mar 28, 2006
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Paperback
528 Pages
Penguin Classics
Age

Great Expectations
978-0-14-143956-3
'Great Expectations is up there for me with the world's greatest novels' Howard Jacobson. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadCharles Dickens's Great Expectations charts the course of orphan Pip Pirrip's life as it is transformed by a vast, mysterious inheritance. A terrifying encounter with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decrepit Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella at Satis House; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor - these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble station as an apprentice to blacksmith Joe Gargery, beginning a new life as a gentleman. Charles Dickens's haunting late novel depicts Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his identity, and his 'great expectations'. This definitive version uses the text from the first published edition of 1861. It includes a map of Kent in the early nineteenth century, and appendices on Dickens's original ending and his working notes, giving readers an illuminating glimpse into the mind of a great novelist at work.  For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
$11.00 US
Dec 31, 2002
Paperback
544 Pages
Penguin Classics
Age

Gulliver's Travels
978-0-451-53113-1
Set sail on an incredible journey with Jonathan Swift's satiric masterpiece.A fantastical tale, Gulliver's Travels tells the story of the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, an English ship's surgeon. First, he is shipwrecked in the land of Lilliput, where the alarmed residents are only six inches tall. His second voyage takes him to the land of Brobdingnag, where the people are sixty feet tall. Further adventures bring Gulliver to an island that floats in the sky, and to a land where horses are endowed with reason and beasts are shaped like men.   Read by children as an adventure story and by adults as a devastating satire of society, Gulliver's Travels remains a fascinating blend of travelogue, realism, symbolism, and fantastic voyage—all with a serious philosophical intent.   With an Introduction by Leo Damroschand an Afterword by Nathanial RichIncludes thirty illustrations by Charles Brock and five maps of Gulliver's journeys. 
$5.95 US
Dec 02, 2008
4-3/16 x 6-3/4
Mass Market Paperback
352 Pages
Signet
Age

The Handmaid's Tale
A Novel
978-0-385-49081-8
#1 New York Times bestseller An instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times). Now an award-winning Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss.Look for The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, available now.  In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense, The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern classic.Includes an introduction by Margaret Atwood
$15.95 US
Mar 16, 1998
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
336 Pages
Anchor
Age

Heart of Darkness
and Selections from The Congo Diary
978-0-375-75377-0
Now in a beautifully repackaged Modern Library edition.
$11.00 US
Aug 10, 1999
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
176 Pages
Modern Library
Age

The Help
978-0-425-23220-0
The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film—a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure.Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...
$17.00 US
Apr 05, 2011
5-1/16 x 8-1/4
Paperback
544 Pages
Berkley
Age

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
978-0-345-39180-3
The long-awaited movie version of a beloved novel joins the highly successful lineup of Del Rey movie tie-ins (Spider-Man 2, Star Wars Ep. III, etc.)
$7.99 US
Sep 27, 1995
4-3/16 x 6-7/8
Mass Market Paperback
224 Pages
Del Rey
Age

The Hunt for Red October
978-0-425-24033-5
Don't Miss the Original Series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Starring John Krasinski!The #1 New York Times bestseller that launched the phenomenal career of Tom Clancy—a gripping military thriller that introduced the world to his unforgettable hero, Jack Ryan—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.   Somewhere under the freezing Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. The chase for the highly advanced nuclear submarine is on—and there’s only one man who can find her...   Brilliant CIA analyst Jack Ryan has little interest in fieldwork, but when covert photographs of Red October land on his desk, Ryan soon finds himself in the middle of a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek played by two world powers—a game that could end in all-out war.
$9.99 US
Sep 07, 2010
4-3/16 x 7-1/2
Mass Market Paperback
656 Pages
Berkley
Age

The Intuitionist
A Novel
978-0-385-49300-0
This debut novel by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadIt is a time of calamity in a major metropolitan city's Department of Elevator Inspectors, and Lila Mae Watson, the first black female elevator inspector in the history of the department, is at the center of it.  There are two warring factions within the department:  the Empiricists, who work by the book and dutifully check for striations on the winch cable and such; and the Intuitionists, who are simply able to enter the elevator cab in question, meditate, and intuit any defects.  Lila Mae is an Intuitionist and, it just so happens, has the highest accuracy rate in the entire department.  But when an elevator in a new city building goes into total freefall on Lila Mae's watch, chaos ensues.  It's an election year in the Elevator Guild, and the good-old-boy Empiricists would love nothing more than to assign the blame to an Intuitionist.  But Lila Mae is never wrong.The sudden appearance of excerpts from the lost notebooks of Intuitionism's founder, James Fulton, has also caused quite a stir.  The notebooks describe Fulton's work on the "black box," a perfect elevator that could reinvent the city as radically as the first passenger elevator did when patented by Elisha Otis in the nineteenth century.  When Lila Mae goes underground to investigate the crash, she becomes involved in the search for the portions of the notebooks that are still missing and uncovers a secret that will change her life forever.
$16.00 US
Jan 04, 2000
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
272 Pages
Anchor
Age

Invisible Man
978-0-679-73276-1
Both a deeply compelling bestselling novel and an epic milestone of American literature. The book's nameless narrator describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", before retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.  Originally published in 1952 as the first novel by a then unknown author, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.
$16.00 US
Mar 14, 1995
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
608 Pages
Vintage
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Jane Eyre
978-0-14-144114-6
Charlotte Brontë's moving masterpiece – the novel that has been "teaching true strength of character for generations" (The Guardian). Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadA novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman's quest for freedom. Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him whatever the consequences or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving her beloved? This updated Penguin Classics edition features a new introduction by Brontë scholar and award-winning novelist Stevie Davies, as well as comprehensive notes, a chronology, further reading, and an appendix.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
$9.00 US
Aug 15, 2006
Paperback
624 Pages
Penguin Classics
Age

The Joy Luck Club
A Novel
978-0-14-303809-2
"The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational." --Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians Amy Tan's beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters
$16.00 US
Sep 21, 2006
5-5/16 x 8
Paperback
352 Pages
Penguin Books
Age

Jurassic Park
A Novel
978-0-345-53898-7
One of the most popular novels of all time now reissued and repackaged to lead into the new Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World, coming to theaters June 12, 2015.
$9.99 US
Sep 25, 2012
4-3/16 x 7-1/2
Mass Market Paperback
464 Pages
Ballantine Books
Age

Little Women
978-0-14-751401-1
Louisa May Alcott's classic tale of four sisters in a deluxe hardcover edition, with beautiful cover illustrations by Anna Bond, the artist behind world-renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn't be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they're putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there's one thing they can't help wondering: Will Father return home safely?
$16.00 US
Aug 28, 2014
5 x 7
Hardcover
816 Pages
Puffin Books
Age

Looking for Alaska Deluxe Edition
978-0-525-42802-2
A gorgeous collector's edition of the critically acclaimed debut novel by John Green, #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our StarsA perfect gift for every fan, this deluxe hardcover features a stunning special edition jacket and 50 pages of all-new exclusive content, including: - An introduction by John Green - Extensive Q&A: John Green answers readers’ most frequently asked questions - Deleted scenes from the original manuscript ★ Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award★ A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist★ A New York Times Bestseller • A USA Today Bestseller★ NPR’s Top Ten Best-Ever Teen Novels★ TIME magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time★ A PBS Great American Read SelectionNOW A HULU ORIGINAL SERIES!   Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A modern classic, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Green’s arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction.
$19.99 US
Jan 13, 2015
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
368 Pages
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Age 14 and up
Grade 9 & Up

The Martian
A Novel
978-0-553-41802-6
A mission to Mars. A freak accident. One man's struggle to survive.
$17.00 US
Oct 28, 2014
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
416 Pages
Ballantine Books
Age

Memoirs of a Geisha
A Novel
978-0-679-78158-5
A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it. In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction—at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and completely unforgettable.
$16.95 US
Jan 10, 1999
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
448 Pages
Vintage
Age

Moby-Dick
or, The Whale
978-0-14-243724-7
Herman Melville’s masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Over a century and a half after its publication, Moby-Dick still stands as an indisputable literary classic. It is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopedia of whaling lore and legend, Moby-Dick is a haunting, mesmerizing, and important social commentary populated with several of the most unforgettable and enduring characters in literature. Never losing its cultural prescence, Melville’s nautical epic has inspired many films over the years, including the film adaptation of Nathanael Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, and directed by Ron Howard. Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby-Dick is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception. This Penguin Classics edition, featuring an introduction by Andrew Delbanco and notes by Tom Quirk, prints the Northwestern-Newberry edition of Melville's text, approved by the Center for Scholarly Editions and the Center for Editions of American Authors of the MLA.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
$16.00 US
Dec 31, 2002
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Paperback
720 Pages
Penguin Classics
Age

Outlander
A Novel
978-0-440-21256-0
A Pure Gold edition of the classic first installment of the New York Times bestselling saga that has enthralled millions of readers worldwide, and began the wildly popular Outlander series.
$9.99 US
Jun 02, 1992
4-3/16 x 6-7/8
Mass Market Paperback
896 Pages
Dell
Age

The Outsiders 50th Anniversary Edition
978-0-425-28829-0
Embracing one of the most iconic novels in literature, this special edition of THE OUTSIDERS celebrates 50 years in print. Containing the full text of S. E. Hinton's classic bestseller plus tons of extra material such as photos, personal insights from the stars of the film, and archival materials that bring the story of this beloved book that was written for teens by a teen to life. A must-have for fans and collectors of all ages!
$20.00 US
Nov 01, 2016
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
224 Pages
Penguin Books
Age 12 and up
Grade 7 & Up

The Picture of Dorian Gray
978-0-14-143957-0
An astounding novel of decadence, debauchery, and secrecy from one of Ireland's greatest writers. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadEnthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray makes a Faustian bargain to sell his soul in exchange for eternal youth and beauty. Under the influence of Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, where he is able to indulge his desires while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only Dorian's picture bears the traces of his decadence.A knowing account of a secret life and an analysis of the darker side of late Victorian society. The Picture of Dorian Gray offers a disturbing portrait of an individual coming face to face with the reality of his soul. Shocking in its suggestion of unspeakable sin, this novel was later used as evidence against Wilde when he was tried for indecency in 1895. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
$9.00 US
Feb 04, 2003
Paperback
304 Pages
Penguin Classics
Age

The Pilgrim's Progress
978-0-14-143971-6
A new edition of one of the greatest allegorical stories ever written. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadA masterpiece of the English Puritan tradition, The Pilgrim's Progress is rich in its imaginative power and its vivid and heartfelt language. It recounts the story of Christian, who appears to the author in a dream, and his journey to Heaven through the trials and tribulations of life. He meets many like-minded pilgrims on his way, such as Faithful and Hopeful, but before they attain their goal they encounter the Giant Despair and the River of Death itself. Translated into more than one hundred languages, The Pilgrim's Progress continues to have an immeasurable influence on English literature.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
$11.00 US
Jan 27, 2009
Paperback
384 Pages
Penguin Classics
Age

The Pillars of the Earth
A Novel
978-0-451-16689-0
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read#1 New York Times BestsellerOprah's Book Club SelectionThe “monumental masterpiece” (Booklist) that changed the course of Ken Follett’s already phenomenal career.Look out for the prequel, The Evening and the Morning, coming from Viking in September 2020. “Follett is a master,” extolled the Washington Post on the release of The Pillars of the Earth. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, the historical epic stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity. Today, it stands as a testament to Follett’s unassailable command of the written word and to his universal appeal.  The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect—a man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother. A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.
$10.99 US
Jul 09, 1990
4-3/16 x 6-7/8
Mass Market Paperback
1024 Pages
Penguin Books
Age

Pride and Prejudice
978-0-14-143951-8
Austen's most popular novel, the unforgettable story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadFew have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen’s beloved classic Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows us the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. This Penguin Classics edition, based on Austen's first edition, contains the original Penguin Classics introduction by Tony Tanner and an updated introduction and notes by Viven Jones.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
$9.00 US
Dec 31, 2002
Paperback
480 Pages
Penguin Classics
Age

Ready Player One
A Novel
978-0-307-88744-3
"Willy Wonka meets the Matrix" (USA Today) in this jaw-droppingly cinematic debut that's part virtual space opera, part classic coming-of-age story--and part brilliant pop-culture mashup
$17.00 US
Jun 05, 2012
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
384 Pages
Ballantine Books
Age

Siddhartha
A Novel
978-0-553-20884-9
The classic novel of a quest for knowledge that has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers—a perennial favorite for graduation gifts.Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadThough set in a place and time far removed from the Germany of 1922, the year of the book’s debut, the novel is infused with the sensibilities of Hermann Hesse’s time, synthesizing disparate philosophies–Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism–into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man’s search for meaning. It is the story of the quest of Siddhartha, a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege and comfort to seek spiritual fulfillment and wisdom. On his journey, Siddhartha encounters wandering ascetics, Buddhist monks, and successful merchants, as well as a courtesan named Kamala and a simple ferryman who has attained enlightenment. Traveling among these people and experiencing life’s vital passages–love, work, friendship, and fatherhood–Siddhartha discovers that true knowledge is guided from within.
$6.95 US
Dec 01, 1981
4-3/16 x 6-7/8
Mass Market Paperback
160 Pages
Bantam
Age

The Sirens of Titan
A Novel
978-0-385-33349-8
“[Kurt Vonnegut’s] best book . . . He dares not only ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it.”—EsquireNominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadThe Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course there’ s a catch to the invitation–and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell.“Reading Vonnegut is addictive!”—Commonweal
$17.00 US
Sep 08, 1998
5-1/4 x 8
Paperback
336 Pages
Dial Press Trade Paperback
Age

Things Fall Apart
A Novel
978-0-385-47454-2
“A true classic of world literature . . . A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.”  —Barack Obama Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadThings Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe's critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man's futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political andreligious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order. With more than 20 million copies sold and translated into fifty-seven languages, Things Fall Apart provides one of the most illuminating and permanent monuments to African experience. Achebe does not only capture life in a pre-colonial African village, he conveys the tragedy of the loss of that world while broadening our understanding of our contemporary realities.
$14.00 US
Sep 01, 1994
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
224 Pages
Penguin Books
Age

War and Peace
978-1-4000-7998-8
From the award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov comes this magnificent new translation of Tolstoy's masterwork.Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadWar and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.A s Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature.
$21.00 US
Dec 02, 2008
6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Paperback
1296 Pages
Vintage
Age

Watchers
978-0-425-18880-4
A "superior thriller" (The Oakland Press) about a man, a dog, and a terrifying threat that could only have come from the imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.
$9.99 US
Jan 28, 2003
4-3/16 x 7-1/2
Mass Market Paperback
624 Pages
Berkley
Age

Where the Red Fern Grows
978-0-440-41267-0
For fans of Old Yeller and Shiloh, Where the Red Fern Grows is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man's best friend. This new edition features an introduction by Newbery Medal winner and Printz Honor winner Clare Vanderpool.
$8.99 US
Sep 01, 1996
5-3/16 x 7-5/8
Paperback
304 Pages
Yearling
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

White Teeth
A Novel
978-0-375-70386-7
Zadie Smith’s dazzling debut caught critics grasping for comparisons and deciding on everyone from Charles Dickens to Salman Rushdie to John Irving and Martin Amis. But the truth is that Zadie Smith’s voice is remarkably, fluently, and altogether wonderfully her own.At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation. A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith. Set against London’ s racial and cultural tapestry, venturing across the former empire and into the past as it barrels toward the future, White Teeth revels in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life, flirting with disaster, confounding expectations, and embracing the comedy of daily existence.
$17.00 US
Jun 12, 2001
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
464 Pages
Vintage
Age

Wuthering Heights
978-0-14-143955-6
One of English literature's classic masterpieces—a gripping novel of love, propriety, and tragedy. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadEmily Brontë's only novel endures as a work of tremendous and far-reaching influence. The Penguin Classics edition is the definitive version of the text, edited with an introduction by Pauline Nestor. Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before. What unfolds is the tale of the intense love between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff's bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past. In this edition, a new preface by Lucasta Miller, author of The Brontë Myth, looks at the ways in which the novel has been interpreted, from Charlotte Brontë onwards. This complements Pauline Nestor's introduction, which discusses changing critical receptions of the novel, as well as Emily Brontë's influences and background.
$8.00 US
Dec 31, 2002
Paperback
416 Pages
Penguin Classics
Age