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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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Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Besides she is not that sort at all. ... teaching her the integral calculus; upon my soul, I'm not joking, I'm in earnest, it'll be just the same to her. ...

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Nick Adams Stories

Ernest Hemingway

Big Two-Hearted River I The train went on up the track out of sight, around one of the hills of burnt timber. Nick sat down on the bundle of canvas and ...

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Mort

Terry Pratchett

For use in schools and libraries only. Reissue

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The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand

For use in schools and libraries only. The story of a gifted architect, his struggle against conventional standards, and his violent love affair.

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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 Age of Shiva: A Novel

Manil Suri

Following his debut novel "The Death of Vishnu," Suri returns with a mesmerizing story of modern India richly layered with themes from Hindu mythology.

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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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Fast Speaking Woman: Chants and Essays (City Lights Pocket Poets Series)

Anne Waldman

This expanded edition of Anne Waldman's poems and essays adds 20 poems and three essays to the original.

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The Essential Zohar: The Source of Kabbalistic Wisdom

Rav P.S. Berg

According to the ancient wisdom of Kabbalah, reality diminishes in direct proportion to physic; Jit v. Deluged by an endless stream of sensory stimulation , ...

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The Other Bible

Willis Barnstone



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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

Robert A. Caro

Moses is pictured as idealist reformer and political manipulator as his rise to power and eventual domination of New York State politics is documented This is the first and foremost a brilliant multidimensional portrait of a man-an ...

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The Cay

Theodore Taylor



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Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert



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Bored of the Rings: A Parody of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

Harvard Lampoon, Henry Beard, Douglas C. Kenney

Two authors from The Harvard Lampoon present a hilarious parody of J. R. R.Tolkien's epic fantasy, The Lord of the Rings. Reprint.

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Steppenwolf: A Novel

Hermann Hesse

A critique of bourgeois society is viewed through the perceptions and beliefs of alonely and sensitive man through his partly beautiful, partly diseased ...

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The Old Man and The Sea

Ernest Hemingway

Story of an old fisherman's struggle against natural obstacles that hinder the catch of a huge marlin

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Numerology

Ariel Books

This mystical Little Book explains numerals distinct significance and provides a basic guide to playing the numbers game.

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The Bonehunters: Book Six of The Malazan Book of the Fallen

Steven Erikson



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The Ecology of Commerce

Paul Hawken



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The Science of Discworld II The Globe

Terry; Stewart, Ian;Cohen, Dr. Jack S. Pratchett

InThe Globe, the same structure applies, only this time the themes are Human Science:History, Origins of Language, Archaeology, Anthropology, Evolutionary ...

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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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The Stranger

Albert Camus

An ordinary man is unwittingly caught up in a senseless murder in Algeria

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The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, No. 3)

Dan Brown

Symbologist Robert Langdon returns in this new thriller follow-up to The Da Vinci Code.

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Young Goodman Brown

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hawthorne's classic tale of a young Puritan's meeting with the Devil.

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The Foundation Trilogy

Isaac Asimov



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Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam

Mark LeVine

Offers a surprising look at the growing influence of rock, hip-hop, and heavy metal music in various areas of the Middle East, examining the influence of ...

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We the Living

Ayn Rand

This classic novel is not a story of politics, but of the men and women who have tostruggle for existence behind the banners and slogans.

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A Brief History of Time

Stephen W. Hawking

Updated throughout, a tenth anniversary edition of a now-classic survey of the originand nature of the universe features a new introduction by the author and a ...

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72 Names of God: Meditation Deck

Yehuda Berg



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The Essential Stephen King : A Ranking of the Greatest Novels, Short Stories, Movies, and Other Creations of the World's Most Popular Writer

Stephen J. Spignesi

The Stand holds a unique place in Stephen King's body of work: It is his first ... only official author photo of Stephen King holding a lit cigarette) that ...

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Kor and the Wolf Dogs

Robert James Green



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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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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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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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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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Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy





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I Can Multiply (Flip Fun)

Simone Abel

An exploration of man's quest for psychological security and spiritual certainty in religion and philosophy. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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The Secret History

Donna Tartt

These are the confessions, years afterward, of a young man who found at a small Vermont college the life of privilege and intellect he'd long coveted - and ...

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Phaedo: or, The immortality of the soul

Plato Plato, Charles S Sanford



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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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Skinny Legs and All

Tom Robbins



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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

J. R. R. Tolkien

The first volume of The Lord of the Rings, now featuring Tolkien's original unuseddust-jacket design.

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Le Nouveau Désordre Amoureux

Bruckner-Finkielkraut



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lord foul's bain

stephen r. donaldson



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Socrates: Fictions of a Philosopher

Sarah Kofman

Socrates is an elusive figure, Sarah Kofman asserts, and he is necessarily so since he did not write or directly state his beliefs.

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

T. S. Eliot

Jellicle Cats come out to-night

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All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, Book 1)

Cormac McCarthy

Cut off from the life of ranching he has come to love by his grandfather's death, John Grady Cole flees to Mexico, where he and his two companions embark on a ...

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Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)

J. K. Rowling



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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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