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The Bean Trees

Barbara Kingsolver
Authors:
Barbara Kingsolver
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City Of God

E. L. Doctorow
Authors:
E. L. Doctorow

CITY OF GOD begins in mystery: the large brass cross behind the altar of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in lower Manhattan has disappeared ... and even more mysteriously reappeared on the roof of the Synagogue for Evolutionary Judaism on the Upper West Side. The church's maverick rector and young rabbinical couple who lead the synagogue set about attempting to learn who the vandals are who have committed this strange double act of desecration and to what purpose, but their joint clerical investigation only deepens the mystery. A writer alerted to the story by a newspaper article befriends the priest and the rabbis and find that their struggles with their respective traditions are relevant to the case. In fact, as the narrative advances and the story broadens, more and more people are implicated in what may be the elusive prophecy of a new American culture. Daringly poised at the junction of the sacred and the profane, the book opens into a multi-voiced narrative that incorporates the monumental historical events and predominating ideas of our age.

Sphere

Cockney Courage

Elizabeth Waite
Authors:
Elizabeth Waite

When Annie's father is killed after being run over by a bus, Annie decides she can't let the two children her father took in as lodgers with their mother (now vanished) be taken into care and inevitably separated. Instead, with the help of her Grandmother, Rhonda, who lives nearby, Annie uses what little money her job at the local cafe affords her and her inheritance from her father to raise Ronnie and Mary herself. Annie continues to search for the childrens' parents but she soons discovers that Ronnie and Mary have different fathers and that Ronnie's father will not take Mary, only his son. Again the children face separation unless Annie can come up with a solution.With the help of her lodger, Jack, with whom Annie falls in love, Annie begins her battle to adopt the children but various obstacles promise to make her fight a hard one...

Basic Books

Musil Diaries

Mark Mirsky, Robert Musil
Authors:
Mark Mirsky, Robert Musil

Robert Musil is ranked alongside Marcel Proust and James Joyce for his monumental, unfinished novel, The Man Without Qualities. His Diaries, a distillation of forty-three years of material, are valuable in a number of ways: as a first-hand historical document of life in twentieth-century central Europe, as a kind of unwitting autobiography of a great novelist, and as a writer's notebook that details the moods of artistic adventure.Readers will gain keen insights into Musil's passage from scientist, to soldier, to novelist, in honest passages that reveal the man in all his humour, ambition, frustration, and transcendence.

Virago

The Collected Stories of Grace Paley

Grace Paley
Authors:
Grace Paley

Here are all Grace Paley's classic stories in one volume. From her first book THE LITTLE DISTURBANCES OF MAN (1959), to ENORMOUS CHANGES AT THE LAST MINUTE (1974) and LATER THE SAME DAY (1985), Grace Paley's quirky, boisterous characters and rich use of language have won her readers' hearts and secured her place as one of America's most accomplished short story writers. Her stories are united by her signature interweaving of personal and political truths, her extraordinary capacity for empathy and her pointed depiction of the small and large events that make up daily life.

Orbit

Star Wars: A New Hope

George Lucas
Authors:
George Lucas

Written by George Lucas, the producer and writer of the STAR WARS trilogy, STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE tells the story of Luke Skywalker. Luke lives and works on his father's farm on the remote planet of Tatooine. Bored beyond belief, he yearns for adventures out among the stars, adventures that would take him beyond the farthest galaxies to distant and alien worlds. But Luke gets more than he bargains for when he intercepts a cryptic message from a beautiful princess held captive by a dark and powerful warlord. Luke doesn't know who she is, but he knows he has to save her - and soon, because time is running out. Armed only with courage and the lightsaber that was his father's, Luke is catapulted into the middle of the most savage space war ever... and heads straight for a desperate encounter on the enemy battle station known as the Death Star...

Sphere

A Stranger To The Town

Evelyn Hood
Authors:
Evelyn Hood
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The Gospel According To The Son

Norman Mailer
Authors:
Norman Mailer
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While England Sleeps

David Leavitt
Authors:
David Leavitt
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Girl With Curious Hair

David Foster Wallace
Authors:
David Foster Wallace
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Generation X

Douglas Coupland
Authors:
Douglas Coupland
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Like People In History

Felice Picano
Authors:
Felice Picano

Flamboyant, mercurial Alistair Dodge and steadfast, cautious Roger Sansarc are second cousins who are both gay and whose lifelong friendship begins when they first meet as nine-year-old boys in 1954. At crucial moments in their personal histories their lives intersect, and each discovers his own unique - and uniquely gay- identity. Through the lends of their complex, tumultuous, yet enduring relationship - and their involvement with the handsome model, poet and decorated Vietnam vet Matt Loguidice, whom they both love - Felice Picano chronicles and celebrates gay life and subculture over the last half of the twentieth century. From Malibu Beach in its palmist surfer days to the legendary parties at Fire Island Pines in the 1970s, from San Francisco during its gayest era to AIDS activism in Greenwich Village in the 1990s, Like People in History presents 'the heroic and funny saga of the last three decades by someone who saw everything and forgot nothing' (Edmund White).

Abacus

The Smell Of Apples

Mark Behr
Authors:
Mark Behr
Virago

Bones And Murder

Margaret Atwood
Authors:
Margaret Atwood
Sphere

Ties Of Love And Hate

Mary Larkin
Authors:
Mary Larkin

Belfast, 1907. Ignoring her family's outrage, Maggie Pierce has left her comfortable home and married her Catholic sweetheart, Paul Mason. Together they set up home in the Falls Road, but Maggie finds it difficult to settle until she finds an ally in the form of Paul's landlady, Mollie Grahame.The birth of baby Sarah cements the young couple's happiness, but a second pregnancy brings a double tragedy and soon Maggie finds herself penniless and alone, struggling to survive in a harsh and uncaring world.A moving saga of extraordinary things that happen to ordinary people, TIES OF LOVE AND HATE presents a gritty and vivid portrayal of a time and place, populated by characters as endearing as they are realistic.

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Tough Guys Don't Dance

Norman Mailer
Authors:
Norman Mailer
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Summer After The Funeral

Jane Gardam
Authors:
Jane Gardam

A rather mysterious old clergyman is dead, and his most adoring child, sixteen-year-old Athene is desolate. A statuesque beauty, greatly admired, she is also lonely, untouchable and living a secret life of fairly dangerous fantasy.Athene's mother, at once highly organised and monumentally vague, dispatches her children to spend the holidays with assorted friends and relatives. For Athene, victim of plans gone awry, that golden summer after the funeral becomes deliciously puzzling fodder for her fantasy. Stuck in a seaside hotel with an inarticulate and beautiful boy, marooned in a seaside cottage with a painter, and finally alone in an empty school with a young master, she finds that men are not all as saintly as her father- and that she is far from saintly herself...

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Closely Observed Trains

Bohumil Hrabal
Authors:
Bohumil Hrabal

For gauche young apprentice Milos Hrma, life at the small but strategic railway station in Bohemia in 1945 is full of complex preoccupations. There is the exacting business of dispatching German troop trains to and from the toppling Eastern front; the problem of ridding himself of his burdensome innocence; and the awesome scandal of Dispatcher Hubicka's gross misuse of the station's official stamps upon the telegraphist's anatomy. Beside these, Milos's part in the plan for the ammunition train seems a simple affair.CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS, which became the award-winning Jiri Menzel film of the 'Prague Spring', is a classic of postwar literature, a small masterpiece of humour, humanity and heroism which fully justifies Hrabal's reputation as one of the best Czech writers of today.

Virago

Cousin Rosamund

Rebecca West
Authors:
Rebecca West

Cousin Rosamund unfolds the final chapters of the saga that began with The Fountain Overflows, Rebecca West's acknowleged masterpiece, and continued with This Real Night.As the glitter of the 1920s gives way to the Depression, Rose and Mary find themselves feted and successful pianists. But their happiness is diminished by their cousin's unfathomable marriage to a man they perceive as grotesque. Lacking her cousin Rosamund's intuitive understanding, Rose looks to the surrogate wisdom of Mr Morpurgo, while quiet days with Aunt Lily and the Darcys at their pub on the Thames offer respite from the tensions of foreign concert tours. With approaching middle age Rose gains in perspective. Yet the most exciting development still awaits her: the discovery of and delight in her own sexuality...

Virago

The Rector's Daughter

F.M. Mayor
Authors:
F.M. Mayor

Dedmayne Rectory is quietly decaying, its striped chintz and darkened rooms are a bastion of outmoded Victorian values. Here Mary has spent thirty-five years, devoting herself to her sister, now dead, and to her father, Canon Jocelyn. Although she is pitied by her neighbours for this muted existence, Mary is content. But when she meets Robert Herbert, Mary's ease is destroyed and years of suppressed emotion surface through her desire for him. First published in 1924 this novel is an impressive exploration of Mary's relationship with her father, of her need for Robert and the way in which, through each, she comes to a clearer understanding of love.