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Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimens ion

Michio Kaku

A vivid portrait of the theory of hyperspace by a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York discusses the superstring theory and the ...

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House of Leaves

Mark Z. Danielewski

A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the inside of their new home seems to be without boundaries. A first novel. Original.

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Julian: A Novel

Gore Vidal

An insightful historical novel recreates the brief but brilliant career of Julian, the Roman emperor and philosopher who dedicated himself to the restoration of ...

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Candide (Dover Thrift Editions)

Voltaire

Tells the story of Candide, a naive youth, who is conscripted, shipwrecked, robbed, and tortured by the Inquisition without losing his will to live

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Love All the People: The Essential Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks

In 1993, network executives abruptly cut the final appearance of comedian Bill Hicks - a scathing tirade of digs on the Pope and the pro-life movement ...

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Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Agatha Christie Collection)

Agatha Christie

While en route from Syria to Paris, in the middle of a freezing winter's night, the Orient Express is stopped dead in its tracks by a snowdrift.

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Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist



In a collection of incisive essays, twenty-seven of the world's leading scientists--including Robert Sapolsky, Lee Smolin, Mary Catherine Bateson, Janna Levin, ...

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Stargirl

Jerry Spinelli



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Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome

Edith Wharton

Please visit www.ArcManor.com for more books by this and other great authors.

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Acting Edition)

Tom Stoppard



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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

When Janie Starks returns home, the small Black community buzzes with gossip about the outcome of her affair with a younger man

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Cinderella: Or, the Little Glass Slipper

Charles Perrault



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Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

Richard Hofstadter

Portrays the rise of anti-intellectualism in America during the McCarthy era

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Frankenstein (Dover Thrift Editions)

Mary Shelley

The story of Victor Frankenstein's monstrous creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and ...

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Our Lady of the Flowers

Jean Genet

'Our Lady of the Flowers', which is often considered to be Genet's masterpiece, was written entirely in the solitude of a prison cell. the exceptional value of ...

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Notes of a Native Son (Beacon Paperback)

James Baldwin

A Black writer records his response to the conditions of Black life and white racism

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The Moral Animal: Why We Are The Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary

Robert Wright

A close-up look at the new science of evolutionary psychology explains how scientists use the theories of natural selection to understand human behavior and ...

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Beloved and God: The Story of Hadrian and Antinous

Royston Lambert

This fascinating book investigates mysteries in the poignant story of how this obscure Greek boy came to dominate the powerful emperor Hadrian.

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Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

A fireman in charge of burning books meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read.

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Faith of the Fallen (Sword of Truth, Book 6)

Terry Goodkind

A sequel to Soul of the Fire finds Richard a prisoner of a Sister of the Dark andtrapped deep in the Old World, while Kahlan, in spite of her pledges, raises ...

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A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Bill Bryson

God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one,to undertake a gruelling hike along the world's longest continuous ...

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The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

Traces the unlikely friendship of Amir, a wealthy Afghanistani youth, and aservant's son, in a tale that spans the final days of the nation's monarchy through ...

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Modern American Memoirs



JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987) As a teenager, James Baldwin preached the gospel in Harlem. ... and two years later, the nonfiction volume Notes of a Native Son. ...

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1984 (Signet Classics)

George Orwell

Portrays a terrifying vision of life in the future when a totalitarian government, considered a "Negative Utopia," watches over all citizens and directs all ...

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A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet)

Madeleine L'Engle

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the ...

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True Crime; Serial Killers

T.R. Thomas

Explores the crimes of notorious serial killers, including Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and the Green River Killer.

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The Foundation Trilogy

Isaac Asimov



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Animal Farm

George Orwell

"Animal Farm" is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories.

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Gulliver's Travels, Literary Touchstone Edition

Jonathan Swift

First published anonymously in 1727, Jonathan Swift?s Gulliver?s Travels created a storm of criticism?from those who believed the stories to be true and ?knew ...

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Lynne Truss

Looks at the history of punctuation and the rules governing the use of apostrophes, commas, dashes, hyphens, colons, and semicolons.

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The 158-Pound Marriage (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

John Irving



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Johnny Got His Gun

Dalton Trumbo

Few American novels are genuine classics, with a permanent place in our literature. Thisis one of them.

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Lancelot: A Novel

Walker Percy

Confined in the Institute for Aberrant Behavior, Lancelot Andrewes Lamar, scion of a distinguished Southern family and disenchanted liberal lawyer, tells a ...

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The Prospector (Verba Mundi)

J. M. G. Le Clezio

Alexis L'Estang becomes obsessed with finding the treasure of the legendary Unknown Corsair on the island of Mauritius

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The Great Gatsby (Urban Romantics)

F.Scott Fitzgerald

Amidst prosperity of the 1920s in New York we see a portrait of the Jazz Age, with its decadence and excess. This novel is considered Fitzgerald 's best work and captures the spirit of the author's generation.

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Dubliners

Joyce



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The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 1 of 2 (Classic Reprint)

Sir George Adam Smith

HE first chapter of the Book of Isaiah owes its X position not to its date, but to its character. It was published late in the prophet's life. ...

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Nightwood (New Edition)

Djuna Barnes

Most striking of all is Barnes's unparalleled stylistic innovation, which led T. S. Eliot to proclaim the book "so good that only sensibilities trained on ...

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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

Brian Greene

Introduces the superstring theory that attempts to unite general relativity and quantum mechanics

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Ethics (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature)

Benedictus De Spinoza (Benedict Spinoza)

And yet in his lifetime he was expelled from the Jewish community in Amsterdam as a heretic, and after his death his works were first banned by the Christian authorities as atheistic, then hailed by humanists as the gospel of Pantheism.His ...

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The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945

Wladyslaw Szpilman

A long-suppressed and moving true testament to the strength of the human spirit and thepower of music recounts the World War II experiences of a professional ...

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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Jon Krakauer

The author of Into the Wild describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, an expedition that ended in disaster, claiming the lives of eight climbers, and ...

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Ralph S. Mouse

Beverly Cleary

Presents the further adventures of a motorcycle-riding mouse who goes to school and becomes the instigator of an investigation of rodents and the peacemaker for ...

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2001 a Space Odyssey

Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick

Sent to unravel the mystery of an enigmatic monolith left on the moon by an unknownalien intelligence, two astronauts aboard the spacecraft Discovery find ...

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Marguerite Yourcenar: The Other/Reader

Jeanine S. Alesch

As we will see again in the discussion of Memoires d'Hadrien, reeds, because they are related to the ambiguity of marshes, signal a character who is open to ...

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The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design

Richard Dawkins

Acclaimed as perhaps the most influential work on evolution written in this century, The Blind Watchmaker offers an engaging and accessible introduction to one ...

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To the Lighthouse (Collectors Library)

Virginia Woolf

To the Lighthouse is considered by many to be Virginia Woolf's finest novel.

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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

Michael Pollan

In telling the stories of four familiar plant species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how they evolved to satisfy ...

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Thinking and Destiny

Harold Percival Waldwin

To read the entire book is to come nearer to knowledge of one`s destiny and how to shape it than is possible through study of anything previously written in the ...

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Kon Tiki

Thor Hyerdahl



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