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Oryx and Crake

Added on October 25, 2016

Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2003 Oryx and Crake is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. It was shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize. The novel is set in the future. Atwood has argued in the media against the label of science fiction, preferring speculative fiction, because the novel [...]

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The Year of the Flood

Added on October 25, 2016

The Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2009 Canadian literary superstar Margaret Atwood wrote The Year of the Flood as a sort of sequel to Oryx and Crake, but it is actually more of a companion novel. Her tour to promote the book included a choral group singing some of the [...]

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The Bone Clocks

Added on October 19, 2016

The Bone Clocks David Mitchell Sceptre Books, London, 2014 The Bone Clocks, the epic new six part novel by David Mitchell, came out to mixed reviews. In James Woods’ so-so review, he says, “David Mitchell is a superb storyteller. He has an extraordinary facility with narrative: he can get a narrative rolling along faster than [...]

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The Museum of Innocence

Added on October 15, 2016

The Museum of Innocence Orhan Pamuk Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2009 This beautiful novel by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk uses the story of a rich Turkish man’s selfish love of a shop girl as a metaphor for the struggles of a Westernizing society that clings to its traditional view of women as chattel. In [...]

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In the Wake

Added on September 6, 2016

In the Wake Per Petterson The Harvill Press, U.K. 2002 In the Wake, Per Petterson’s second novel, is a fictional account of a young man who loses most of his family in the real-life Scandinavian Star ferry disaster of 1990. Petterson knows of what he writes. He lost his own mother, father, brother and cousin in this [...]

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Brokeback Mountain

Added on August 9, 2016

Brokeback Mountain Annie Proulx Fourth Estate, U.K. 1998 This Fourth Estate edition came out in 1998, less than a year after the story first appeared in the New Yorker magazine. In 1999 it was included in Proulx’s short story collection Close Range – Wyoming Stories. Brokeback Mountainwon an O. Henry Award and a National Magazine [...]

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McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern # 7

Added on June 30, 2016

McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern # 7 Michael Chabon, Various Contributors McSweeney’s, U.S.A. 2001 This edition of McSweeney’s Quarterly contains nine booklets with original stories by Kevin Brockmeier, Michael Chabon (Further Adventures of Kavalier and Clay), Ann Cummins, Courtney Eldridge, A.M. Homes, Heidi Julavits, J.T. Leroy, Allan Seager, William T. Vollmann and Chris Ware. Kevin Brockmeier’s story [...]

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The Gathering

Added on June 25, 2016

The Gathering Anne Enright Jonathan Cape, U.K. 2007 This melancholy Irish novel came from the outside to win the 2007 Booker Prize. Sales apparently doubled after the shortlist was announced. As indicated by the lowest number 6 on the number line in the copyright page photo below, this is a sixth printing. The top of [...]

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His Illegal Self

Added on March 7, 2016

His Illegal Self Peter Carey Alfred A. Knopf, U.S.A. 2008 His Illegal Self was published simultaneously in Britain, Australia and America. Of note, even though he now lives and teaches in New York, because Carey is Australian, the first edition put out by Random House Australia sells for a little more than the others. The [...]

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Added on February 20, 2016

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee J.B. Lippincott, U.S.A. 1960 This book is one of the gems of my collection. Although this is a first book club edition, it came out at the same time as the true first edition. The value of this book has risen since the controversial release of Lee’s Go Set [...]

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