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American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans
American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans
by Daniel Alarcon
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American Odysseys is an anthology of twenty-two writers drawn from the shortlist for the 2011 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature. Including work by Dinaw Mengestu, Téa Obreht, Yiyun Li, and introduced by poet Charles Simic, this collection... (read more)

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Great American Prose Poems From Poe To
Great American Prose Poems From Poe To
by David Lehman
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Lehman demonstrates that he has his finger on the pulse of the poetry world with this groundbreaking collection of American prose poems. Arranged chronologically to enable readers to trace the development of this hybrid genre, the poems anthologized here... (read more)

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Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War
Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War
by Matt Gallagher and Roy Scranton
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These stories aren't pretty and they aren't for the faint of heart. They are realistic, haunting and shocking. And they are all unforgettable. Television reports, movies, newspapers and blogs about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have offered images of... (read more)

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What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-One Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most
What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-One Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most
by Elizabeth Benedict
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Women look at the relationships between mothers and daughters through a new lens: a daughter's story of a gift from her mother that has touched her to the bone and served as a model, a metaphor, or a touchstone in her own life. The contributors of these... (read more)

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The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 2 (Best Creative Nonfiction)
The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 2 (Best Creative Nonfiction)
by Lee Gutkind
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'Anyone still asking, \'What is creative nonfiction?\' will find the answer in this collection of artfully crafted, true stories. Selected by Lee Gutkind, the \'godfather behind creative nonfiction,\' and the staff of Creative Nonfiction, these stories\'\... (read more)

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A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry /
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry /
by Czeslaw Milosz
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A fine collection of Milosz's favorite poems, A Book of Luminous Things casts a wide net over time and place. It's at once an excellent book for novice readers of poetry and long-time admirers.... (read more)

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Burn This Book: Notes on Literature and Engagement
Burn This Book: Notes on Literature and Engagement
by Toni Morrison
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Published in conjunction with the PEN American Center, Burn This Book is a powerful collection of essays that explore the meaning of censorship and the power of literature to inform the way we see the world, and ourselves. As Americans we often take our... (read more)

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French Tales
French Tales
by Helen Constantine
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Fiction is much more enlightening about a country and its people than are statistics, and if we want to find out and understand what a nation is really like, we must read its literature. In French Tales, Helen Constantine offers a panoramic view of... (read more)

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This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death
This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death
by David Malki
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"This sequel to Machine of Death presents more tales and comics about the infallible contraption that tells you how you will die, but not when or where. The predictions are often cryptic — 'old age' could mean getting gunned down by an angry senior... (read more)

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Good Poems, American Places
Good Poems, American Places
by Garrison Keillor
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P> Another wonderful poetry anthology from Garrison Keillor-rooted in the American landscape. Greatness comes in many forms, and as Garrison Keillor demonstrates daily on The Writer's Almanac, the most affecting poems in the canon are in plain English.... (read more)

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The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing
The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing
by Kevin Young
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The Art of Losing is the first anthology of its kind, delivering poetry with a purpose. Editor Kevin Young has introduced and selected 150 devastatingly beautiful poems that embrace the pain and heartbreak of mourning. Divided into five sections... (read more)

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Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House
Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House
by Rob Spillman
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Fantastic Women comprises eighteen stories by some of the most exciting contemporary women writers in the United States. The daughters of Franz Kafka and Mary Shelley, the Brothers Grimm, and Angela Carter, these inventive, insightful authors steep their... (read more)

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Library of America #218: Harlem Renaissance: Four Novels of the 1930s
Library of America #218: Harlem Renaissance: Four Novels of the 1930s
by Rafia Zafar
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HARLEM RENAISSANCE: Four Novels of the 1930s traces the flowering of the Renaissance in diverse genres and forms. It opens with Langston Hughes's Not Without Laughter (1931), an elegantly realized coming-of-age tale that follows a young man from his... (read more)

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Amplified: Fiction from Leading Alt-Country, Indie Rock, Blues and Folk Musicians
Amplified: Fiction from Leading Alt-Country, Indie Rock, Blues and Folk Musicians
by Steven Horwitz and Julie Schaper
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"Amplified" is the swinging, bluesy, twangy proof that stories by songwriters in which all the elements of a great song--the lyrical imagery, the voice, the rhythm, the poetic precision--are rendered into prose, blur the lines between the... (read more)

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The Best American Poetry (Best American Poetry)
The Best American Poetry (Best American Poetry)
by Charles Wright
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The Best American Poetry series is a beloved mainstay of American poetry. This year's edition was edited by one of the most admired and acclaimed poets of his generation, Charles Wright. Known for his meditative and beautiful observations of landscape... (read more)

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Mending the World: Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers
Mending the World: Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers
by Rosemarie Robotham
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The many facets of black family life have not always been fully visible in American literature. Black families have often been portrayed as chaotic, fractured, and emotionally devastated, and historians and sociologists are just beginning to acknowledge... (read more)

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McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #26: McSweeney's Quarterly Concern: Issue 26
McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #26: McSweeney's Quarterly Concern: Issue 26
by Dave Eggers
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McSweeney's began in 1998 as a literary journal edited by Dave Eggers that published only works rejected from other magazines. But after the first issue, the journal began to publish pieces written with McSweeney's in mind. Soon after, McSweeney's... (read more)

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The Best American Essays (Best American Essays)
The Best American Essays (Best American Essays)
by Mary Oliver
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Edited by the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Edwidge Danticat, author ofBrother, I Am Dying,this classic collection of essays showcases the year's best.... (read more)

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The Book of Other People
The Book of Other People
by Zadie Smith
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A stellar host of writers explore the cornerstone of fiction writing: character The Book of Other People is about character. Twenty-five or so outstanding writers have been asked by Zadie Smith to make up a fictional character. By any measure, creating... (read more)

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The Novelist's Lexicon: Writers on the Words That Define Their Work
The Novelist's Lexicon: Writers on the Words That Define Their Work
by Villa Gillet
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At the renowned, international literary conference hosted by Villa Gillet and Le Monde, organizers asked more than seventy prominent authors to choose a word that opens a door to their work. Their musings, collected here for the first time, offer an... (read more)

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