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Still Life with Woodpecker

Tom Robbins

A sort of love story revealing the purpose of the moon, the difference between criminals and outlaws, and the problem with redheads.

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The Romantic Manifesto

Ayn Rand

The Romantic Manifesto takes its place beside The Fountainhead as one of the mostimportant achievements of our time.

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Reflections on Jesus and Socrates: Word and Silence

Mr. Paul W. Gooch

Throughout this book, Gooch tells and retells the stories of Socrates and Jesus as he examines perennial human issues: why would anyone willingly die? To what do these two martyrlike deaths bear witness?

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The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism: Anarchy and Conspiracy (Forgotten Books)

Hakim Bey

CHAOS: THE BROADSHEETS OF ONTOLOGI- CAL ANARCHISM HAOS NEVER DIED. Primordial uncarved block, sole worshipful monster, inert & spontaneous, more ultravio- ...

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Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival

Joe Simpson

The author relates his nearly fatal adventures mountaineering in the Andes, adventures that included a fall into a crevice, broken limbs, and return to safety.

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lord foul's bain

stephen r. donaldson



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The Ecology of Commerce

Paul Hawken



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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 Awful Truth

Patrick J. Conway

History affirms that supernatural beings ruled the earth in the ancient world. These powerful gods used immeasurable wealth and sophisticated intelligence ...

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The Foundation Trilogy

Isaac Asimov



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The Color Purple

Alice Walker

The lives of two sisters--Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a Southern woman married to a man she hates--are revealed in a series of letters exchanged ...

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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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Straight Man: A Novel

Richard Russo

The author of Nobody's Fool chronicles a singularly eventful week in the life of William Henry Devereaux, Jr., a once-promising novelist and now the middle-aged ...

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Jude the Obscure (Dover Thrift Editions)

Thomas Hardy

Between its frank portrayals of sexuality and its indictments of marriage, religion, and England's class system, the novel offended a broad swath of readers.

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Deception Point

Dan Brown



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The Giving Tree 40th Anniversary Edition Book with CD

Shel Silverstein

A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a treewhich gives to him without thought of return, in an anniversary edition ...

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Cinderella: Or, the Little Glass Slipper

Charles Perrault



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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Elizabeth Gilbert

Traces the author's decision to quit her job and travel the world for a year after suffering a midlife crisis and divorce, an endeavor that took her to three ...

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Sophie's World: The History Of Philosophy

Jostein Gaarder



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George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire Series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons

George R. R. Martin



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Journey to the End of the Night

Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Ralph Manheim

Originally published to shocked reviews in 1932 France, a scathing literary critique of what the writer believed to be the poor judgment and hypocrisy of ...

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travels with charlie

steinbeck



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Notes from Underground and the Double

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

In this work we follow the unnamed narrator of the story, who disillusioned by the oppression and corruption of the society in which he lives withdraws from ...

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The Naked Civil Servant (Penguin Classics)

Quentin Crisp

I realized that I had made a mistake," Quentin Crisp declares, giving a small hint of the witty and wry approach he takes toward the life he describes with ...

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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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American Gods: A Novel

Neil Gaiman

On the plane home to attend the funerals of his wife and best friend, Shadow, an ex-con,encounters an enigmatic stranger who seems to know a lot about him, and ...

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The Return of the King (The Lord of The Rings, Part 3)

J. R. R. Tolkien

For over fifty years, J.R.R. Tolkien's peerless fantasy has accumulatedworldwideacclaim as the greatest adventure tale ever written.No other writer has created ...

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Big Trouble

Dave Barry

Barry's irreverently funny fiction debut about love and mayhem in south Florida, a"New York Times" bestseller, is the basis for the new Touchstone motion ...

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Dead Souls (New York Review Books Classics)

Nikolai Gogol

The tale of Chichikov, an affably cunning con who establishes a thriving trade in “dead souls”-serfs who though no longer alive can still, he finds, be profitably sold-is at the same time a brilliant spoof of a corrupt society, full of ...

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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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Beyond Good and Evil

Friedrich Nietzsche

IN BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL, Nietzsche moves into the realm "beyond good and evil," in the sense of leaving behind traditional morality.

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The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul: What Gnarly Computation Taught Me About Ultimate Reality, the Meaning of Life, and How to Be Happy

Rudy Rucker

Rucker discusses the linguistic and computational advances that make this kind of "digital philosophy" possible, and explains how, like every great new ...

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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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Something Blue

Emily Giffin

Her belief in the power of beauty shattered when her fianc dumps her for a plain woman, a pregnant Darcy flees to the side of a childhood friend in London and ...

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Ulysses

Joyce



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Winesburg, Ohio (Forgotten Books)

Sherwood Leslie Anderson

INTRODUCTION by Irving Howe must have been no more than fifteen or sixteen years old when I first chanced upon Winesburg, Ohio. Gripped by these stories and ...

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The Dictionary of Imaginary Places: The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic

Alberto Manguel



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Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel

Jonathan Safran Foer

Hilarious, energetic, and profoundly touching, a debut novel follows a young writer as he travels to the farmlands of eastern Europe, where he embarks on a ...

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The Little Prince



An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of ...

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Living from the Heart: Heart Rhythm Meditation for Energy, Clarity, Peace, Joy, and Inner Power

Puran Khan Bair

Introduces an innovative method of meditation based on both Sufi mysticism and Westernmethods called Heart Rhythm Practice, helping readers find peace and ...

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The Moviegoer

Walker Percy

Kate's desperate struggle to maintain her sanity forces her cousin Binx to relinquish his dreamworld

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The Beekeeper's Apprentice

Laurie R. King

About the Author Laurie R. King,s first novel, A GRAVE TALENT, won an Edgar Award as the best first mystery of 1993. Her second, THE BEEKEEPER,S APPRENTICE, ...

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The Grapes of Wrath (Penguin Classics)

John Steinbeck

Depicts the hardships and suffering endured by the Joads as they journey from Oklahomato California during the Depression.

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Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)

J. K. Rowling



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Leaves of Grass: The First Edition (1855)

Walt Whitman

Here in this volume we reproduce the short collection of twelve poems of the very first edition, originally published in 1855.

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Anthem

Ayn Rand

It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. ...

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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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City of Night (Rechy, John)

John Rechy

John Rechy, recipient of the Publishing Triangle's William Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award, wrote City of Night in 1963.

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Visual Dictionary





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THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE

Audrey Niffenegger

Praise for THE TIME TRAVELER' S WIFE "Niffenegger's storytelling is bold confident ... Niffenegger has written a soaring love story illuminated by dozens of ...

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