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The Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012 (Pen / O. Henry Prize Stories)

Laura Furman

The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. These remarkable stories explore the boundaries of the imagination in settings as various as an army... (read more)

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Selected Stories

Alice Munro

Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published thirteen collections of stories as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women, and two volumes of Selected Stories. During her distinguished career... (read more)

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Headhunters on My Doorstep: A True Treasure Island Ghost Story

J. Maarten Troost

The bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals recounts his latest hilarious misadventures in the South Pacific, following in the footsteps of his unlikely idol, Robert Louis Stevenson. Readers and critics alike adore J. Maarten Troost for his... (read more)

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The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyages of Vasco Da Gama

Nigel Cliff

In 1498 a young captain named Vasco da Gama sailed from Portugal, circumnavigated Africa, crossed the Indian Ocean, and discovered the sea route to the Indies and, with it, access to the fabled wealth of the East. It was the longest voyage ever... (read more)

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Moon Tiger

Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively won Britain's prestigious Booker Prize for this deeply moving, elegantly structured novel. Elderly, uncompromising Claudia Hampton lies in a London hospital bed with memories of life fluttering through her fading consciousness. An author... (read more)

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Dorothea Lasky

"In lines that remind me of the way William Carlos Williams insisted that only the imagination gives us access to reality, Lasky's poems evoke a practice of living, as bloody and awful and lovely as living can ever be."—Julia Bloch, Bitch "The... (read more)

Home and Leisure
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Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons

Bryon Powell

Marathons have become too easy for some runners. What was once the pinnacle of achievement in a runners life is now a stepping stone for extraordinary adventure in ultramarathoning. The number of ultrarunners—those running distances of 50k (31miles),... (read more)

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Little Bee

Chris Cleave

Little Bee is a Nigerian native who escapes horrific violence in her own land and flees to the UK in search of the English couple who inadvertently witnessed the pinnacle of her abuse. Chris Cleave creates a memorable character study here. Little Bee is... (read more)

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