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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

book image In Love
In Love
Alfred Hayes
Hayes
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If Indecent Proposal had been written by Jean Rhys and shot by Edward Hopper, the result might have been something like In Love, in which lonely, searching strangers strive to make connections that will outlive last call at the local dive. “Hayes addresses the human condition and its heartbreaks with brevity and brutal honesty.”—The Guardian
Contributors: Frederic Raphael

book image My Face for the World to See
My Face for the World to See
Alfred Hayes
Hayes
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In Hayes's hypnotically intense reckoning with self-deception and desolation, a disillusioned screenwriter falls into an affair with an actress who, like him, has missed the big time. Nelson Algren called My Face for the World to See “the most vivid picture of Hollywood since Nathanael West’s Day of the Locust.”
Contributors: David Thomson

book image The Unrest-Cure and Other Stories
Unrest-Cure and Other Stories
Saki
Saki
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“Weird, but in a good way” is how The Guardian describes Saki’s fantastical stories, set in Edwardian drawing rooms and garden parties. The same words might be used to describe the illustrations Edward Gorey drew for this selection of Saki’s work, originally commissioned by a Swiss publisher, and never before widely available in an English-language edition.
Contributors: Edward Gorey

book image Turtle Diary
Turtle Diary
Russell Hoban
Hoban
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A man and a woman, each isolated, desperate and despairing—and utter strangers to the other—are simultaneously seized with the desire to liberate turtles from the London Zoo. Hoban confronts the dangers of modern life, its disconnect from nature and solipsistic atomization, with a dark eye and a generous spirit.
Contributors: Ed Park

book image The Alteration
Alteration
Kingsley Amis
Amis
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In Kingsley Amis’s virtuoso foray into alternate history, it is 1976 but the modern world is a medieval relic, frozen in intellectual and spiritual time ever since Martin Luther was promoted to pope back in the sixteenth century. "One of the best—possibly the best—alternate-worlds novels in existence."— Philip K. Dick
Contributors: William Gibson

book image The Green Man
Green Man
Kingsley Amis
Amis
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"A thoroughly contemporary ghost story . . . in the uncomplicated, old-fashioned sense. As one might expect from the author of Lucky Jim, The Green Man is also an extremely funny book, filled with slapstick, parody and satire. Indeed, the success of this short novel depends very much on the balance that Amis maintains between fear and laughter.''—The New York Times
Contributors: Michael Dirda

book image The Abandoned
Abandoned
Paul Gallico
Gallico
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Young Peter sees a striped kitten in a park across the road from his house. As he crosses the street, he is struck by a truck. When he awakes, he discovers he has been transformed into a cat. Luckily, he is befriended by the street-smart stray, Jennie, who shows him how to survive in a world where dangers are many and humans are cruel.

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