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1900-1945

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Written by STEFAN HERTMANS
Translator DAVID MCKAY

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 08/09/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87402-8

An international best seller: a vivid, masterly novel about a Flemish man who reconstructs his grandfather's story—his hopes, loves, and art, all disrupted by the First World War—from the unflinching notebooks he filled with pieces of his life. 

The life of Urbain Martien—artist, soldier, survivor of World War I—lies contained in two notebooks he left behind when he died in 1981. His grandson, a writer, retells his story, the notebooks giving him the impetus to imagine his way into the locked...

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A VINTAGE MOVIE CLASSIC
Written by WALTER D. EDMONDS
Introduction by DIANA GABALDON

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87267-3

The bestselling novel behind John Ford’s acclaimed film starring Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, and Edna May Oliver.
  
When newlyweds Gilbert and Lana Martin settle in the Mohawk Valley in 1776, they work tirelessly against the elements to build a new life. But even as they clear land and till soil to establish their farm, the shots of the Revolutionary War become a rallying cry for both the loyalists and the patriots. Soon, Gil and Lana see their neighbors choose sides against each other—as...

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VINTAGE MOVIE CLASSICS
Written by GRACE ZARING STONE

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/23/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17086-4

The groundbreaking novel behind Frank Capra’s melodrama starring Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther. 
 
Traveling to Shanghai to marry her medical missionary fiancé, the beautiful Megan Davis finds herself caught in the toils of civil war between Republican and Communist forces. Determined to save the inhabitants of an orphanage in a Communist-occupied city nearby, Megan joins a nighttime rescue mission that ends up under attack by a mob. She avoids death only thanks to the intervention of...

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VINTAGE MOVIE CLASSICS
Written by FANNIE HURST
Foreword by CARI BEAUCHAMP

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/25/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17067-3

The bestselling story behind Ross Hunter’s classic melodrama starring Susan Hayward and John Gavin. 
 
When “fly girl” and gorgeous socialite Ray Schmidt first meets Walter Saxel in Cincinnati, their attraction is instant and everlasting. As their bond deepens, Ray finds herself envisioning a future with Walter, until one fateful day when the settling of her family affairs interferes with their plans to meet, and his relationship with another woman forms. Though years pass and Ray manages to...

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VINTAGE MOVIE CLASSICS
Written by BOOTH TARKINGTON
Foreword by ANNE EDWARDS

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/25/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17080-2

The basis for George Stevens’s major motion picture starring Katharine Hepburn in her Oscar-nominated leading role.

In a small Midwestern town in the wake of World War I, Alice Adams delightedly finds herself being pursued by Arthur Russell, a gentleman of a higher social class in life. Desperate to keep her family's lower-middle-class status a secret, she and her parents concoct various schemes to keep their family afloat. Though the realities of her situation eventually reveal themselves...

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VINTAGE MOVIE CLASSICS
Written by EDNA FERBER

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/11/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80573-7

The classic tale behind MGM’s blockbuster movie directed by George Sidney, starring Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, and Kathryn Grayson.

Bringing to life the adventurous world of Mississippi show boats, the grittiness of turn-of-the-century Chicago, and the majesty of 1920s Broadway, Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber’s Show Boat is a classic. Magnolia Hawks spends her childhood aboard the Cotton Blossom, growing up amid simmering racial tension and struggling to survive life on the Mississippi....

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VINTAGE MOVIE CLASSICS
Written by EDNA FERBER
Foreword by JULIE GILBERT

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/11/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80575-1

The basis for the Academy Award-winning major motion picture starring Best Actor nominee Richard Dix and Best Actress nominee Irene Dunne.

This vivid and sweeping tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush, from Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber, traces the stunning challenges of settling an untamed frontier. Staking claim to their new home in Osage, Yancey Cravat, a spellbinding criminal lawyer, and his wife, well-bred Sabra, work against seemingly overwhelming odds to create a prosperous life for...

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A PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY
Written by WILLIAM H. GASS
Introduction by MICHAEL GORRA

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 03/11/2014

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-1-590-17718-1

On Being Blue is a book about everything blue—sex and sleaze and sadness, among other things—and about everything else. A discursive essay on the powers of the color blue in literature and life, written with typical wit, style, and control by a true master of experimental fiction and the art of the essay.

Gass writes:
Of the colors, blue and green have the greatest emotional range. Sad reds and melancholy yellows are difficult to turn up. Among the ancient elements, blue occurs everywhere: in...

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Written by JACK LONDON

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $7.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-16885-4

Jack London’s two most beloved tales of survival in Alaska were inspired by his experiences in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. Both novels grippingly dramatize the harshness of the natural world and what lies beneath the thin veneer of human civilization.

The canine hero of The Call of the Wild is Buck, a pampered pet in California who is stolen and forced to be a sled dog in the Alaskan wilderness. There he suffers from the brutal extremes of nature and equally brutal treatment by a...

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THREE FAMILIES
Written by JAMES AGEE
Photographer WALKER EVANS
Edited by JOHN SUMMERS
Introduction by ADAM HASLETT

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 05/29/2013

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19212-3

In 1941, James Agee and Walker Evans published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a four-hundred-page prose symphony about three tenant farming families in Hale County, Alabama at the height of the Great Depression. The book shattered journalistic and literary conventions. Critic Lionel Trilling called it the “most realistic and most important moral effort of our American generation.”

The origins of Agee and Evan’s famous collaboration date back to an assignment for Fortune magazine, which sent...

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Written by SHEILAH GRAHAM

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 05/28/2013

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19283-3

In 1937, on the night of her engagement to the Marquess of Donegall, Sheilah Graham met F. Scott Fitzgerald at a party in Hollywood. Graham, a British-born journalist, broke off her engagement, and until Fitzgerald had a fatal heart attack in her apartment in 1940, the two writers lived the fervid, sometimes violent affair that is memorialized here with unprecedented intimacy.

When they met, Fitzgerald’s fame had waned. He battled crippling alcoholism while writing screenplays to support his...

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Written by WILLA CATHER
Foreword by ROBERT THACKER

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 03/26/2013

Price: $13.50

ISBN: 978-0-307-96146-4

Before Willa Cather went on to write the novels that would make her famous, she was known as a poet, the most popular of her poems reprinted many times in national magazines and anthologies. Her first book of poetry, April Twilights, was published in 1903, but Cather significantly revised and expanded it in a 1923 edition entitled April Twilights and Other Poems. This Everyman’s Library edition reproduces for the first time all the poems from both versions of April Twilights, along with a...

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