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book image Alive: New and Selected Poems
Alive
Elizabeth Willis
Willis
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This collection of new and selected poetry from Elizabeth Willis is a perfect primer on the work of one of America's most important and talented contemporary poets. “Willis has the finest ear for the lyric amongst her generation.... The intense beauty of the work is an unblinking testament to the poet’s sense that the stakes for language are becoming impossibly high.” —Richard Deming, Boston Review

book image Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition
Drum-Taps
Walt Whitman
Whitman
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Whitman wrote the poems that make up Drum-Taps in reaction to the suffering "soldier boys" he witnessed in Civil War field hospitals. It was immediately published as a single volume after the end of the war. Later, the poems that make it up were reordered and incorporated into Leaves of Grass. This volume is the first in 150 years to present this work in the form originally intended by its author, revealing the full force of these powerful and profoundly moving poems.
Contributors: Lawrence Kramer

book image The Door
Door
Magda Szabó
Szabo
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In a prizewinning translation by Len Rix, Magda Szabó’s unsettling and beautiful novel about friendship and tragedy marks Szabó as a major modern European author and formidable writer of female characters. “Clever, moving, frightening, [The Door] deserves to be a bestseller.” —The Telegraph
Contributors: Ali Smith , Len Rix

book image Tristana
Tristana
Benito Pérez Galdós
Perez Galdos
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Until now Pérez Galdós's tale of a beautiful and brilliant young woman's attempt to free herself from an imprisoning relationship to a womanizing older man has been recognized more as the inspiration for a Buñuel film of the same name than as a masterpiece in its own right. Margaret Jull Costa's new and fluid translation brings the Spanish realist's story to glorious life.
Contributors: Jeremy Treglown , Margaret Jull Costa

book image The Land Breakers
Land Breakers
John Ehle
Ehle
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A historical saga that chronicles Appalachian settlement during the Revolutionary War years. "The Land Breakers is a great American novel, way beyond anything most New York literary icons have produced." —Michael Ondaatje, from “My Book of the Decade,” The Globe and Mail
Contributors: Linda Spalding

book image In the Heart of the Heart of the Country: And Other Stories
Heart of the Heart of the Country
William H. Gass
Gass
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"This collection defines Gass not as a special but as a major voice … Gass engenders brand-new abrupt vulnerabilities. We read about the becalmed Midwest, about farmers mired in their dailiness, and realize too late that we’ve been exposed to a deadly poetry. It says that America is lost … No writer I’ve ever read, not even Joyce, can celebrate his world with a more piercing sadness."—Frederic Morton, The New York Times
Contributors: Joanna Scott

book image Totempole
Totempole
Sanford Friedman
Friedman
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Friedman's psychologically acute and empathetic masterpiece traces the coming-of-age—from two to twenty-four—of a boy growing up on the Lower East Side of New York. “Vivid and utterly convincing...The truth of Mr. Friedman’s book is not the truth of autobiography, but the truth-making that the best fiction is.”—James Dickey
Contributors: Peter Cameron

book image During the Reign of the Queen of Persia
During the Reign of the Queen of Persia
Joan Chase
Chase
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Joan Chase’s subtle story of three generations of women in the American Midwest in the 1950s negotiating lifetimes of “joy and ruin” deserves its place alongside such achievements as Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping and Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine. "Moving, unusual and accomplished."—Margaret Atwood
Contributors: Meghan O'Rourke

book image In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist
Courtyard of the Kabbalist
Ruchama King Feuerman
Feuerman
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This novel, set in Jerusalem, is the story of two expatriate Americans—a kabbalist's assistant and a beautiful motorcycle-riding woman—and an Arab janitor, whose lives become intertwined in a variety of ways in the courtyard of an elderly kabbalist and his wife.

book image Fighting for Life
Fighting for Life
S. Josephine Baker
Baker
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In 1918, Dr. S. Josephine Baker made the shocking assertion that front-line soldiers enjoyed better survival rates than infants born in NYC. And then she did something about it, developing hygiene programs that turned the city into one of the safest places to be born and in the process creating the discipline of preventive medicine. Here she recounts her many crusades, including her successful identification of Typhoid Mary and work as a suffragist.
Contributors: Helen Epstein

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