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Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, 75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition Cover Image
By Edith Hamilton, Jim Tierney (By (artist))
ISBN: 9780316438520
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - September 26th, 2017

In honour of its 75th Anniversary, and in time for holiday shopping, here is a new large-format edition of the best written, most useful guide to classical mythology, crammed with beautiful, new illustrations and decorations. Hamilton is perfect both for cozy reading and quick reference, and she is one of the few adapters of the great myths who sites her sources and includes family trees of the gods. Every home should have one.

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Women's Indian Captivity Narratives Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140436716
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 1st, 1998

For well over two centuries, the Indian captivity narrative was one of the most popular American literary genres, and one of the few dominated by female voices and experiences. These tales ranged from authentic autobiographies containing accurate ethnographic information to purely, and sensationally, fictitious accounts, and covered captivities that lasted a few days to those that lasted a lifetime. This comprehensive and thoughtfully introduced collection reprints ten narratives including those of Mary Jemison and Mary Rowlandson, arguably the most widely read

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The Damnation of Theron Ware: Or Illumination Cover Image
By Harold Frederic, Scott Donaldson (Introduction by), Stanton Garner (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780140390254
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 7th, 1986

One of the great lost classics of American naturalism. A naive young minister falls in with a group of artists, scientists, and Catholics who shake his faith and moral resolve, and he proceeds to make a fool of himself on a gigantic scale. Watching him spiral out of control is either hilarious or unbearably uncomfortable depending on one's mood.

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By J.F. Powers, Elizabeth Hardwick (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780940322233
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Published: NYRB Classics - May 31st, 2000

Although Powers is best known for his short stories about the daily lives of Catholic priests, monks, and nuns, a dozen of which appeared in the New Yorker over four decades and one of which won the O. Henry Award, he also wrote two novels.   Morte D'Urban, his first novel, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1963.  Admired for his elegant prose and gentle wit, his portraits were never either hagiographic on the one hand nor mean-spirited on the other, and are probably the most realistic depictions of Catholic clergy in American literature

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ISBN: 9780140436037
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 1st, 1999

Lewis was one of the four masters (along with Walpole, Radcliffe, and Maturin) who invented the Gothic novel and established horror fiction as we know it today.  Considered sacrilegious, profane, and obscene in its day, The Monk's combination of supernatural horror and human sadomasochism in an erotically charged, cloistered environment still has the power to shock and surprise, arouse and offend

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ISBN: 9781573441254
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Published: Cleis Press - May 16th, 2001

This is the last of the six novels published between 1957 and 1962 by Ann Bannon, known informally, but respectfully, as the Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction.  Though the last written, it is a prequel, which chronicles the arrival in G​reenwich Village of Beebo Brinker, the much-loved, iconic butch.  In these days of historic advancements, it is important to remember and pay tribute to our pre-Stonewall past, and it is impossible to overestimate the importance of Bannon's books to generations of queer women

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By Harold Bell Wright, Joyce Haynes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780882898841
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - February 29th, 1992

The first novel by an American author to sell a million copies on its initial release.  The huge popularity of this book started the rush of tourism to the Ozarks that made Branson what it is today.  Part mystery, part love story, part history lesson.  Ever wonder what a Baldknobber is?

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Gaudy Night: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062196538
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - October 16th, 2012

One of the greatest British detective stories of the Golden Age, an important feminist document, a witty comedy of manners, a complex and beautiful love story, and elegant prose all in one novel.

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The Bitter Tea of General Yen: Vintage Movie Classics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804170864
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Published: Vintage - September 23rd, 2014

Long out of print, this novel was the basis for the 1933 Frank Capra film starring Barbara Stanwyck, chosen in 2000 by British film critic Derek Malcolm as one of the 100 best films of all time.  A naive young woman travels to war-torn China to marry a missionary but is kidnapped en route by a Chinese warlord.  The culture clash between the General and the bride-to-be transforms what began as a whopping good adventure story into a stinging indictment of both the missionary and colonial impulses.

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Marta Oulie: A Novel of Betrayal Cover Image
By Sigrid Undset, Tiina Nunnally (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780816692521
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - March 15th, 2014

Nobel Prize winner Sigrid Undset's 1907 debut novel, never before available to English readers, has been given a graceful translation by Tiina Nunnally who recently translated Undset's Jenny.  Written as a diary of a happily married woman who falls into an affair, this is an incisive and unsparing portrait of the devastating emotional and spiritual effects of adultery.