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The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

EACH ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES: • A concise introduction that gives readers important background information • A chronology of the author's life and ...

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Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster

T. J. English

A history of Irish-American organized crime from the nineteenth century to the presenttraces the influence of such gangs as the Whyos and Gophers over early ...

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Tanequil (High Druid of Shannara)

Terry Brooks

With Grianne Ohmsford, the rightful High Druid of Shannara, imprisoned in the Forbidding by Dark Magic, her enemies seize control of the Druid Council and ...

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Language in the Inner City: Studies in the Black English Vernacular (Conduct and Communication)

William Labov

In January 1997, at the height of the Ebonics debate, author and prominent sociolinguist William Labov testified before a Senate subcommittee that for most ...

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The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown)

Dan Brown

Symbologist Robert Langdon returns in this new thriller follow-up to The Da Vinci Code.

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Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel

Joe Hill



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A journey to the centre of the Earth

Jules Verne

In this classic science fiction story we descend into an extinct Icelandic volcano, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy.

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A Time to Kill

John Grisham

From the Hardcover edition.

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Lord of the Rings Trilogy Boxed Set

J. R. R. Tolkien



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Firebird (Fairy Tales, Book 1)

Mercedes Lackey

A young nobleman glimpses the legendary Firebird as it steals cherries from his father's orchards, and he journeys through a fantastical version of Old Russia ...

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I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld)

Terry Pratchett

Fifteen-year-old Tiffany Aching, the witch of the Chalk, seeks her place amid a troublesome populace and tries to control the ill-behaved, six-inch-high Wee ...

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Wiener Dog Art: A Far Side Collection

Gary Larson

All creatures, real or imagined, and all situations become fair targets in a collection of more than one hundred of the popular Far Side cartoons

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Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies

Noam Chomsky

This is an essential introduction to the "propaganda model" of media analysis. Chomsky offers a message of hope, reminding us that resistance is possible, necessary and effective.

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The Sleeper Awakes: A Revised Edition of When the Sleeper Wakes

Herbert George Wells

One afternoon, at low water, Mr. Isbister, a young artist lodging at Boscastle, walked from that place to the picturesque cove of Pentargen, desiring to examine ...

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The Giver

Lois Lowry

Once he had been heading off to school with Asher, both of them on their bikes, when Asher's father had called from their dwelling doorway, "You forgot your ...

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Party Monster: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murder in Clubland

James St. James

The author reveals the New York Club scene at its worst as he relates his involvement with Michael Alig, a Midwest nerd who became a leading club promoter and ...

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Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (Graphic Novel)

Steve Niles, Elman Brown

A lone human survivor in a world that is overrun by vampires, Robert Neville leads a desperate life in which he must barricade himself in his home every night ...

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Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.

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The Shadow out of Time: The Corrected Text

H. P. Lovecraft



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About Edgar Allan Poe's - "The Masque of Red Death"

Kristina Maul

Since all these stories take place dur-ing the carnival season, they are called “The Masquerades”. In her book “The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe.

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A Little Princess (Collector's Library)

Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess is a timeless and gripping drama about the transformative power of positive thought and the imagination.

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Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer

By examining the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deepinto the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were ...

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The Time Ships

Stephen Baxter

A secret time portal is discovered that allows passengers to travel to the farthest endsof eternity, but it is soon discovered that such visits change the ...

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel

Susanna Clarke

All is going well for rich, reclusive Mr Norell, who has regained some of the power of England's magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan ...

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The Ambler Warning

Robert Ludlum

Imprisoned and drugged in a restricted island psychiatric facility for governmentintelligence employees, former Consular Operations agent Hal Ambler manages a ...

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Joust (The Dragon Jousters, Book 1)

Mercedes Lackey

Vetch, an Altan serf, must learn the secret of the Tian jousters and their dragons in order to save his people.

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The Sound and the Fury (Vintage International)

William Faulkner

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Except the Dying (Murdoch Mysteries)

Maureen Jennings

Detective William Murdoch quickly finds out that more than one person connected with the girl’s simple life has something to hide. From the Paperback edition.

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The Count of Monte Cristo (Bantam Classics)

Alexandre Dumas

Edmund Dantes, unjustly convicted of aiding the exiled Napoleon, escapes after fourteen years imprisonment and seeks his revenge in Paris

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Neuromancer (Ace Science Fiction)

William Gibson

Case, a burned-out computer whiz, is asked to steal a security code that is locked in the most heavily guarded databank in the solar system, in a new edition of ...

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Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

Roméo Dallaire, Samantha Power

A Canadian general and former United Nations peacekeeper shares his harrowing eyewitness account of the genocide in Rwanda, revealing how he and his men managed ...

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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

Cormac McCarthy

Based on incidents that took place in the southwestern United States and Mexico around 1850, this novel chronicles the crimes of a band of desperados, with a ...

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Hogfather

Terry Pratchett

The Hogswatchnight yuletide season is disrupted by the evil deeds of the Auditors, whoreplace the red-suited Hogfather with a scythe-bearing demon, prompting ...

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Mogworld

Yahtzee Croshaw

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested insaving the day.

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Face the Music: A Life Exposed

Paul Stanley

Taking readers through the series of events that led to the founding of KISS, the personal relationships that helped shape his life, and the turbulent dynamics among his bandmates over the past forty years, this book leaves no one ...

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The Elves of Cintra (Genesis of Shannara)

Terry Brooks

The "New York Times"-bestselling sequel to "Armageddon's Children" in the thrilling Genesis of Shannara trilogy reveals the origins of the Shannara world.

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The Beach

Alex Garland

Captures the struggles of those living in the era of "Generation X" as they struggle to find true experiences in a period that is known for its cynicism.

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Too Many Cooks (Nero Wolfe Mysteries)

Rex Stout

FOREWORD I USED as few French and miscellaneous fancy words as possible in writing up this stunt of Nero Wolfe's but I couldn't keep them out altogether, on account of the kind of people involved. I am not responsible for the spelling , ...

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Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Lost Souls

Dean R. Koontz

In Frankenstein: Lost Souls, Dean Koontz puts a singular twist on this classic tale of ambition and science gone wrong, to forge a new legend uniquely suited to our times.

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Hardcore Zen

Brad Warner



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The Heart Of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Every Made

David Marsh

Lists and reviews rock and soul singles from rock, pop, rhythm and blues, disco, country, rap, and reggae music

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 25th Anniversary Edition

Douglas Adams

A facsimile anniversary edition of the best-seller chronicles the off-beat and occasionally extraterrestrial journeys, notions, and acquaintances of reluctant galactic traveler Arthur Dent.

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The Mummy or Ramses the Damned

Anne Rice

Doomed forever to wander the earth, desperate to quell his insatiable hungers, Ramses the Damned turns up in Edwardian London as Dr. Ramsey and begins a romance ...

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Wolverine Gambit Victims

Jeph Loeb

It starts with a murder...which only one person could have committed--Wolverine.

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Principia Discordia

Steve Jackson



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Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

Neil Gaiman



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Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

Charles R. Cross



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Wild Magic (The Immortals)

Tamora Pierce

The mage Numair, the knight Alanna, and Queen Thayet enlist thirteen-year-oldDaine's help to battle the dreadful immortal creatures that have recently begun to ...

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Dark Haven (Chronicles of the Necromancer)

Gail Z Martin

Following the breakout success of "The Summoner" and "The Blood King" comes the third book in Martin's stunning fantasy series.

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Red China Blues (reissue): My Long March from Mao to Now

Jan Wong

Jan Wong, a Canadian of Chinese descent, went to China as a starry-eyed Maoist in 1972 at the height of the Cultural Revolution. A true believer -- and one ...

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