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Shortly after the third edition of Leaves of Grass was published, in 1860, Walt Whitman seemed to drop off the literary map, not to emerge again until his brother George was wounded at Fredericksburg two and a half years later. Past critics have t...

Walt Whitman and the Civil War: America's Poet during the Lost Years of 1860-1862

From Anna Quindlen, acclaimed author of Blessings, Black and Blue, and One True Thing, a superb novel about two sisters, the true meaning of success, and the qualities in life that matter most. It's an otherwise ordinary Monday when Meghan Fitzmau...

Rise and Shine: A Novel

When Mario Puzo's blockbuster saga, The Godfather, was first published in 1969, critics hailed it as one of the greatest novels of our time, and "big, turbulent, highly entertaining. " Since then, The Godfather has gone on to become a part of Amer...

The Godfather

Married to the feminist Naganuma Chieko, Takamura Kotaro modeled their relationship on sexual equality. In 1931 Chieko began to show signs of schizophrenia, which led to attempted suicide. In 1935 Takamura was forced to commit his wife, who died o...

The Chieko Poems (Green Integer)

Martel's novel tells the story of Pi -- short for Piscine -- an unusual boy raised in a zoo in India. Pi's father decides to move the family to live in Canada and sell the animals to the great zoos of America. The ship taking them across the Pacif...

Life of Pi

The answering machine picked up after the fourth ring. "Are you my father?" On the day Allison Morehouse walks off her job, her sister Mina calls from Korea, frantic and in tears. Determined to discover the truth about her adopted sister, Allison ...

Into This World

"Genet has strong claims to be considered the greatest living playwright. His plays constitute a body of work unmatched for poetic and theatrical power which reaches, in at least two of the plays-The Balcony and The Blacks-a pitch of inspiration a...

The Blacks: A Clown Show

More than one hundred glorious images, many of objects dating from the time of the story, enhance Seamus Heaney's masterful best-selling translation. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the Scandina...

Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition

This collection spanning a half century of writing gives a front row seat to a world in turmoil-from the forbidding valleys and mountains of Waziristan in the tribal areas of Pakistan to the think tanks and halls of power in Washington, DC. And th...

Suspended Somewhere Between: A Book of Verse (Busboys and Poets)

The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a seventeen-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of Engla...

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Hornblower Saga)

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