Cat’s Cradle: A Novel

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The Dial Press #ad - An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, it features a midget as the protagonist, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best.

Vonnegut is an unimitative and inimitable social satirist. Harper’s magazine “Our finest black-humorist. We laugh in self-defense. Atlantic Monthly. An unforgettable ride!”—the new york Times Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. A free-wheeling vehicle.

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The Sirens of Titan: A Novel

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The Dial Press #ad - Kurt vonnegut’s best book. Of course there’ s a catch to the invitation–and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell. Reading vonnegut is addictive!”—Commonweal. He dares not only ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it.

Esquirenominated as one of america’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadThe Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side.

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Of Mice and Men

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Penguin Books #ad - With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

An unlikely pair, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, George and Lennie, grasp for their American Dream. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. This edition features an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw, one of today’s leading Steinbeck scholars.

Of Mice and Men #ad - For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Of mice and men represents an experiment in form, which Steinbeck described as “a kind of playable novel, written in a novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands.

A rarity in american letters, a Broadway play, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, and three acclaimed films. A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression Over seventy-five years since its first publication, hope, loneliness, Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, and loss remains one of America’s most widely read and taught novels.

For george and lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. But even george cannot guard Lennie from the provocations, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

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The Iliad: A New Translation by Caroline Alexander

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Ecco #ad - From the explosive confrontation between achilles, through to its tragic conclusion, the greatest warrior at Troy, and Agamemnon, the inept leader of the Greeks, The Iliad explores the abiding, blighting facts of war. Soldier and civilian, hero and coward, victor and vanquished, young, old—The Iliad evokes in poignant, women, men, searing detail the fate of every life ravaged by the Trojan War.

And, as told by homer, this ancient tale of a particular Bronze Age conflict becomes a sublime and sweeping evocation of the destruction of war throughout the ages. Carved close to the original greek, acclaimed classicist Caroline Alexander’s new translation is swift and lean, with the driving cadence of its source—a translation epic in scale and yet devastating in its precision and power.

The Iliad: A New Translation by Caroline Alexander #ad - With her virtuoso translation, classicist and bestselling author Caroline Alexander brings to life Homer’s timeless epic of the Trojan WarComposed around 730 B. C. Or greeks, homer’s iliad recounts the events of a few momentous weeks in the protracted ten-year war between the invading Achaeans, and the Trojans in their besieged city of Ilion.

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East of Eden

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Penguin Classics #ad - A masterpiece of biblical scope, in a commemorative hardcover edition In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden "the first book, and the magnum opus of one of America’s most enduring authors, " and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Adapted for the 1955 film directed by elia kazan introducing James Dean, and read by thousands as the book that brought Oprah’s Book Club back, East of Eden has remained vitally present in American culture for over half a century.

Set in the rich farmland of california's salinas valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. The masterpiece of steinbeck’s later years, the inexplicability of love, East of Eden is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.

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Pale Fire Vintage International

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Vintage #ad - In pale fire nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures: a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade; an adoring foreword and commentary by Shade's self-styled Boswell, Dr. Charles kinbote; a darkly comic novel of suspense, literary idolatry and one-upmanship, and political intrigue.

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia Hainish Cycle Book 5

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Le guin comes a classic tale of two planets torn apart by conflict and mistrust — and the man who risks everything to reunite them. A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, great poverty, Urras—a civilization of warring nations, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, and immense wealth.

Now shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been divided by centuries of distrust. One of the greats…. Not just a science fiction writer; a literary icon. Stephen kingfrom the brilliant and award-winning author Ursula K. But the ambitious scientist's gift is soon seen as a threat, and in the profound conflict that ensues, he must reexamine his beliefs even as he ignites the fires of change.

The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia Hainish Cycle Book 5 #ad - He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart. To visit urras—to learn, to share—will require great sacrifice and risks, to teach, which Shevek willingly accepts.

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The Power of Myth

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Anchor #ad - An impeccable match of interviewer and subject, a timeless distillation of Campbell’s work, The Power of Myth continues to exert a profound influence on our culture. From stories of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome to traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, a broad array of themes are considered that together identify the universality of human experience across time and culture.

The national bestseller, now available in a non-illustrated, standard format paperback edition  The Power of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work.  . This extraordinary book reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, love, death, and war.

The Power of Myth #ad - A preeminent scholar, and teacher, writer, he has had a profound influence on millions of people--including Star Wars creator George Lucas. To campbell, mythology was the “song of the universe, the music of the spheres. With bill moyers, as his thoughtful and engaging interviewer, one of America’s most prominent journalists, The Power of Myth touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wit.

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The White Album: Essays

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Open Road Media #ad - Its power to electrify and inform remains undiminished nearly forty years after it was first published.  . Written in “a voice like no other in contemporary journalism, ” the White Album is a masterpiece of literary reportage and a fearless work of autobiography by the National Book Award–winning author of The Year of Magical Thinking The New York Times Book Review.

She anatomizes the culture of shopping malls—“toy garden cities in which no one lives but everyone consumes”—and exposes the contradictions and compromises of the women’s movement. In the iconic title essay, she documents her uneasy state of mind during the years leading up to and following the Manson murders—a terrifying crime that, in her memory, surprised no one.

In this landmark essay collection, joan Didion brilliantly interweaves her own “bad dreams” with those of a nation confronting the dark underside of 1960s counterculture. New york times bestseller: an “elegant” mosaic of trenchant observations on the late sixties and seventies from the author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem The New Yorker.

The White Album: Essays #ad - From a jailhouse visit to black panther party cofounder huey Newton to witnessing First Lady of California Nancy Reagan pretend to pick flowers for the benefit of news cameras, Didion captures the paranoia and absurdity of the era with her signature blend of irony and insight. She takes readers to the “giddily splendid” getty museum in los angeles, the cool mountains of Bogotá, and the Jordanian Desert, where Bishop James Pike went to walk in Jesus’s footsteps—and died not far from his rented Ford Cortina.

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God Emperor of Dune

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Ace #ad - Book four in the magnificent dune chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All TimeMillennia have passed on Arrakis, and the once-desert planet is green with life. His transformation has not only made his appearance inhuman, but his morality. To preserve humanity’s future, he sacrificed his own by merging with a sandworm, granting him near-immortality as God Emperor of Dune for the past 3, 500 years.

Leto atreides, the emperor paul muad’Dib, the son of the world’s savior, is still alive but far from human. A rebellion has risen to oppose the despot’s rule, led by Siona, a member of the Atreides family. Leto’s rule is not a benevolent one. But siona is unaware that leto’s vision of a Golden Path for humanity requires her to fulfill a destiny she never wanted—or could possibly conceive.

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Going Postal Discworld Book 33

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - A government job?by all rights, moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as Postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. But if the bold and undoable are what's called for, moist's the man for the job -- to move the mail, get the girl, human or otherwise, continue breathing, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every being, requires: hope.

. Getting the moribund postal service up and running again, however, may prove an impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, greedy Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical headman.

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