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book image Hard Rain Falling
Hard Rain Falling
Don Carpenter
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A gripping novel of being down and out, but never down for good—a Dostoyevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption.
Contributors: George Pelecanos

book image Hindoo Holiday
Hindoo Holiday
J. R. Ackerley
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Hindoo Holiday is an intimate and very funny account of an exceedingly strange place, and one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century travel literature.
Contributors: Eliot Weinberger

book image In Hazard
In Hazard
Richard Hughes
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The author of A High Wind in Jamaica is at his best on the high seas, where man's furious nature is matched—perhaps outpaced—by the intensity of the natural world. "A small masterpiece of lyric terror about a cargo ship that runs into a hurricane, but also about the rest of life." —Simon Schama
Contributors: John Crowley

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Inverted World
Christopher Priest
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The City is pulled along on tracks, forever at risk of slipping back in space and time, and threatened on all sides by hostile tribes. Christopher Priest's classic of hard science fiction is as mind-bending as it was when it was first published thirty years ago.
Contributors: John Clute

book image The Kingdom of Carbonel
Kingdom of Carbonel
Barbara Sleigh
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It's good cats versus bad in a thrilling battle for the future of the enchanted land of Cat Country. "The children are lively, the grown-ups (including the witch) colorful and the mingling of magic and reality is most effective." —The New York Times
Contributors: Richard Kennedy

book image Letters from Russia
Letters from Russia
Astolphe de Custine
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The Marquis de Custine's record of his trip to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of one of the world's most fascinating and troubled countries.
Contributors: Anka Muhlstein

book image The Liberal Imagination
Liberal Imagination
Lionel Trilling
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The great critic's masterwork makes a case for the necessity of the imaginative works in a society ever more worshipful of the liberal ideals of rationality and progress. "Trilling...shows how criticism, written with grace, style, and a self-questioning cast of mind, can itself become a form of literature, as well as a valuable contribution to how we think about society.—Morris Dickstein
Contributors: Louis Menand

book image Life and Fate
Life and Fate
Vasily Grossman
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An epic tale of World War II that interweaves a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia.
Contributors: Robert Chandler

book image The Little Bookroom: Eleanor Farjeon's Short Stories for Children Chosen by Herself
Eleanor Farjeon
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"Eleanor Farjeon is a master at presenting the world as romance. Yet there is bite in it. Her worlds of imagination are no simpering constructions, all syrup and sugar, with fairies uprooted from their antique and awesome lineage. They are shadowed with weeping now and then, but the strongest note is affirmation, an exuberance of joy." —The Horn Book
Contributors: Rumer Godden , Edward Ardizzone

book image Lolly Willowes
Lolly Willowes
Sylvia Townsend Warner
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In Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner tells of an aging spinster's struggle to break way from her controlling family—a classic story that she treats with cool feminist intelligence, while adding a dimension of the supernatural and strange.
Contributors: Alison Lurie