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book image Hav
Hav
Jan Morris
Morris
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In Hav, famed travel-writer Jan Morris takes us on a guided tour through one of the most fascinating places on earth, the fabled city-state of Hav. But don’t be fooled: Hav is like no place on earth. In fact, it is wholly the product of Jan Morris’s prodigious imagination. “Last Letters from Hav,” the first part of this novel, was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 1985. Here Morris adds a second part, bringing the story up to date for the post–9/11 world.
Contributors: Ursula K. Le Guin

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 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 The Judges of the Secret Court
Judges of the Secret Court
David Stacton
Stacton
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Stacton’s historical recreation of John Wilkes Booth’s plot to assassinate Lincoln, its execution, and its aftermath (including the trials of the conspirators, Mary Surratt among them) is among the finest books ever written about the Civil War. “David Stacton is an original, finely pitched voice in American fiction.” —Larry McMurtry
Contributors: John Crowley

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. "Reads like living history … I could recommend this book simply for Ehle’s vivid portrayal of the purely practical struggle of pioneering life … but it’s also a riveting story, with scenes that will remain alive for me for a long time."—Lori Benton
Contributors: Linda Spalding

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 Lucky Jim
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

book image The Mangan Inheritance
Mangan Inheritance
Brian Moore
Moore
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After his movie-star wife dispenses with him, Jamey Mangan decamps to Ireland in search of his roots. After all, he bears an uncanny resemblance to the only known photograph of the famous Irish poète maudit James Clarence Mangan. Filled with pathos and humor, The Mangan Inheritance is a cautionary tale for those seeking their presents in their pasts.
Contributors: Christopher Ricks

book image Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain
Masscult and Midcult
Dwight Macdonald
Macdonald
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Essayist and provocateur Dwight Macdonald was not afraid to slay sacred cows, and he did so with glee. In this newly gathered collection, Macdonald takes on Ernest Hemingway, James Agee, Tom Wolfe, Webster’s Dictionary, the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, and, most famously, the possibly pernicious ascendancy of popular culture.
Contributors: John Summers , Louis Menand

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