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book image The Outward Room
Outward Room
Millen Brand
Brand
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The Outward Room was a sensation when first published in 1937. It is the story of a young woman’s path from suffering to deep fulfillment, set in Depression-era New York City. “One of those firmly painted, exquisite miniatures of life...that contrive to be unsparing and honest, and at the same time refreshing and lovely.” —Theodore Dreiser
Contributors: Peter Cameron

book image The World As I Found It
World as I Found It
Bruce Duffy
Duffy
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An enthralling experiment that goes beyond biography to reveal the imagined lives of some of the greatest thinkers of the last century: Ludwig Wittgenstein, G.E. Moore, and Bertrand Russell. “One of the more astonishing literary debuts in recent memory.... Mr. Duffy gave...more than 500 pages of dazzling language and dizzying speculation on the life of Ludwig Wittgenstein.” —A.O. Scott
Contributors: David Leavitt

book image The Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion
Jean Stafford
Stafford
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The Mountain Lion remains a brilliant achievement, an exploration of adolescence to set beside Carson McCullers’s masterwork The Member of the Wedding.” —Joyce Carol Oates
Contributors: Kathryn Davis

book image The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
Brian Moore
Moore
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A deeply sympathetic portrait of a Belfast woman, come down in the world and denied the comforts once granted to her sort (from the Catholic Church, from her genteel friends), who has a shameful secret. This is the book that launched Brian Moore’s career.
Contributors: Mary Gordon

book image The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick
New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick
Elizabeth Hardwick
Hardwick
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Celebrated stories of living, loving, and surviving in New York's bohemian and literary circles. This collection is the first to gather the short fiction of Elizabeth Hardwick, one of the leading figures of twentieth-century American letters.
Contributors: Darryl Pinckney

book image Nightmare Alley
Nightmare Alley
William Lindsay Gresham
Gresham
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Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek— the object of the voyeuristic crowd's gleeful disgust—going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low. There's no way that anything like that will ever happen to him.
Contributors: Nick Tosches

book image Wish Her Safe At Home
Wish Her Safe At Home
Stephen Benatar
Benatar
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An unexpected inheritance frees Rachel Waring from her dreary life. But will her newfound joie de vivre free her from her grasp on reality as well? Benatar's brilliantly subjective storytelling keeps the reader guessing till the very end.
Contributors: John Carey

book image Fortunes of War: The Balkan Trilogy
Fortunes of War: The Balkan Trilogy
Olivia Manning
Manning
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A multi-stranded and engrossing novel of civilian life during World War II. "One of those combinations of soap opera and literature that are so rare you'd think it would meet the conditions of two kinds of audiences: those after what the trade calls 'a good read,' and those who want something more." —Howard Moss, The New York Review of Books
Contributors: Rachel Cusk

book image Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage
Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage
Tim Robinson
Robinson
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Mapmaker Tim Robinson moved to the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland in the 1970s and fell in love with their geography and history. In Pilgrimage, he walks the perimeter of Árainn, its largest island, and the result is "a loving anatomy...in which the point where nature and culture meet in the island is observed with great beauty and precision." (Colm Tóibín)
Contributors: Robert Macfarlane

book image Inverted World
Inverted World
Christopher Priest
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