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Speedboat
Renata Adler
Aldler
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Speedboat—a novel, a memoir, a lyric essay?—all questions of category fall away in its reading. What remains is Renata Adler's voice, perceptive, wry, brilliant, making what sense she can of the late 20th-century condition. Speedboat was a revelation to writers as different as Elizabeth Hardwick and David Foster Wallace, and its true influence is only beginning to be felt.
Contributors: Guy Trebay

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Pitch Dark
Renata Adler
Adler
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“What’s new. What else. What next. What’s happened here.” Pitch Dark, Renata Adler’s follow-up to her prize-winning novel Speedboat, is a book of questions, questions that bedevil Kate Ennis as she considers her relationship with her married lover. “A moving, infuriating, tantalizing book.”—The Boston Globe
Contributors: Muriel Spark

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Lucky Jim
Kingsley Amis
Amis
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This campus comedy launched Kingsley Amis's career and made him the reluctant voice of a generation. Neither its vitriol nor its wit has dulled with the years. "Remarkable for its relentless skewering of artifice and pretension, Lucky Jim also contains some of the finest comic set pieces in the language." —Olivia Laing, The Observer
Contributors: Keith Gessen

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Old Devils
Kingsley Amis
Amis
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Winner of the 1986 Booker Prize, and considered by his son Martin to be Kingsley Amis’s greatest achievement, The Old Devils is delightful proof that neither Amis nor his characters mellowed in old age. In fact, a placid life is just the thing that Amis denies his old devils, whose routines of nattering, complaining, and drinking, are thrown into chaos when an old friend and rival (now a successful writer) returns to town with a new and entrancing wife.
Contributors: John Banville

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Young Man with a Horn
Dorothy Baker
Baker
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This book, loosely inspired by the life of Bix Beiderbecke, is widely regarded as the first jazz novel, and it courses with the verve and swing of the sound that defined an era. It is the story of Rick Martin, a prodigy whose dedication to music cannot save him from self destruction. "Got a kid who's into music? This is the book. Interested in the Jazz Age? Ditto. Or just looking for a short novel that you can't put down? Here you go."—Jesse Kornbluth
Contributors: Gary Giddins

book image The Water Theatre
Water Theatre
Lindsay Clarke
Clarke
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A novel that follows war reporter Martin Crowther as he travels to Italy hoping to convince the estranged children of his ailing mentor to visit their father one last time.

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Expendable Man
Dorothy B. Hughes
Hughes
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Young doctor Hugh Denismore would seem to have everything going for him. Why then is he the first suspect when a hitchhiking teen goes missing? Dorothy B. Hughes was one of the great novelists of the golden age of noir. Here she not only takes up the subject of American social injustice, she delivers a supremely suspenseful story.
Contributors: Walter Mosley

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Ride a Cockhorse
Raymond Kennedy
Kennedy
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Who knows why meek, middle-aged Frances suddenly gets a libido, a new hairstyle, the desire to take over the bank that employs her—and a serious case of grandiosity. But it’s a hell of a ride. Raymond Kennedy has created in Ride a Cockhorse a rollicking cautionary tale of small-town demagoguery that prefigures both America’s current financial woes and the rise of the likes of Sarah Palin.
Contributors: Katherine A. Powers

book image Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley
Store of the Worlds
Robert Sheckley
Sheckley
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An original collection of stories from an overlooked master. “One of the few acknowledged humorists in SF, and by far the funniest, Sheckley plays with myths the way Mel Brooks plays with classic movies.” —The New York Times Book Review
Contributors: Jonathan Lethem, Alex Abramovich

book image A Game of Hide and Seek
Game of Hide and Seek
Elizabeth Taylor
Taylor
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Harriet comes of age between the wars. She’s not especially charming or attractive, but she has one passion in her life: Vesey. Nothing, not marriage to another man, or motherhood, will change that. “Taylor is finally being recognised as an important British author: an author of great subtlety, great compassion and great depth.”—Sarah Waters
Contributors: Caleb Crain