The Tenants of Moonbloom

The Tenants of Moonbloom
Author: Edward Lewis Wallant
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781681373041
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Release: 2018-02-06
Editor: New York Review of Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Norman Moonbloom is a loser, a drop-out who can't even make it as a deadbeat. His brother, a slumlord, hires him to collect rent in the buildings he owns in Manhattan. Making his rounds from apartment to apartment, Moonbloom confronts a wildly varied assortment of brilliantly described urban characters, among them a gay jazz musician with a sideline as a gigolo, a Holocaust survivor, and a brilliant young black writer modeled on James Baldwin. Moonbloom hears their cries of outrage and abuse; he learns about their secret sorrows and desires. And as he grows familiar with their stories, he finds that he is drawn, in spite of his best judgment, into a desperate attempt to improve their lives. Edward Lewis Wallant's astonishing comic tour de force is a neglected masterpiece of 1960s America.

The Pawnbroker

The Pawnbroker
Author: Edward Lewis Wallant
Pages: 279
ISBN: 0156714221
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Release: 1978
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Left as an emotional zombie after witnessing the murder of his family during the Nazi Holocaust, a Harlem pawnbroker runs his shop as a front for organized crime

The Human Season

The Human Season
Author: Edward Lewis Wallant
Pages: 192
ISBN: 0815605609
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Release: 1998-12-01
Editor: Syracuse University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Joe Berman is a 59-year-old immigrant plumber facing the loss of his wife. The months that follow, as he fights his way to a new idea of life, death, and God, are part of his human season. But he also reflects on the years behind him.

Moses Ascending

Moses Ascending
Author: Sam Selvon
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780141918396
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Release: 2008-03-27
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Sam Selvon’s Moses Ascending depicts West Indian Immigration in England. Moses, a Trinidadian who has been in England for some years now represents immigrants who come from all corners of the world to seek a better life. Like many immigrants he is hard-working. After years of living in a dingy basement he saves up enough money to buy a house. Moses calls this his dream house in the beginning of the book but later on he realizes that the house is a piece of garbage.

The Road of Dreams

The Road of Dreams
Author: Bruce B. Junek
Pages: 288
ISBN: IND:30000039147859
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Release: 1991
Editor: Images of World
Language: en

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A History of Newfoundland from the English Colonial and Foreign Records

A History of Newfoundland from the English  Colonial  and Foreign Records
Author: Daniel Woodley Prowse
Pages: 742
ISBN: HARVARD:HNAWEZ
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Release: 1895
Editor: London : Macmillan
Language: en

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Last Night at the Lobster

Last Night at the Lobster
Author: Stewart O'Nan
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781440619878
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Release: 2007-11-01
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A frank and funny yet emotionally resonant tale set within a vivid work day world, from the author of Emily, Alone and Henry, Himself--named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly A Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, the Red Lobster hasn't been making its numbers and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift--just four days before Christmas and in the midst of a fierce blizzard--with a near-mutinous staff and the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and holiday office parties. All the while, he's wondering how to handle the waitress he's still in love with, his pregnant girlfriend, and where to find the present that will make everything better. Stewart O'Nan has been called "the bard of the working class," and Last Night at the Lobster is a poignant yet redemptive look at what a man does when he discovers that his best might not be good enough.

The Tenants of Time

The Tenants of Time
Author: Thomas Flanagan
Pages: 824
ISBN: 9781590179291
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Release: 2016-04-05
Editor: New York Review of Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Volume 2 of Thomas Flanagan’s Irish History Trilogy The second volume of Thomas Flanagan’s best-selling Irish-history trilogy (which begins with The Year of the French and closes with The End of the Hunt) is set at the turn of the twentieth century, though its action revisits the thrilling revolutionary period of nearly half a century earlier. It is 1904 and the young historian Patrick Prentiss is visiting rural Kilpeder to research the townspeople’s rebellion during the 1867 Fenian Rising. Drawn into the events of that turbulent year by the intimate narration of the survivors, Prentiss discovers the struggles of the Irish nationalist movement refracted in the lives of those who participated in the failed revolt and its aftermath.

The Headmasters Papers

The Headmasters Papers
Author: Richard A. Hawley
Pages: 229
ISBN: 9781891053979
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Release: 2012-07-25
Editor: Garrett County Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

John Greeve is the headmaster. The 30 years of his life at The Wells School have been rich, challenging, and full of meaning. But now John Greeve's precisely ordered world is crumbling. The values he so passionately believes in are being threatened by forces he cannot accept. John Greeve is a man at the crossroads fighting for the decency of his school, for the survival of his family-and, finally, stripped of everything, for his very life.

My Life Among the Deathworks

My Life Among the Deathworks
Author: Philip Rieff,Kenneth S. Piver
Pages: 234
ISBN: 0813925169
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Release: 2006
Editor: University of Virginia Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Rieff articulates a comprehensive, typological theory of Western culture. Using visual illustrations, he contrasts the changing modes of spiritual and social thought that have struggled for dominance throughout Western history.

Quest for Sita

Quest for Sita
Author: Vālmīki,Maurice Collis
Pages: 162
ISBN: MINN:319510011593132
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Release: 1947
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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The Return of the Soldier

The Return of the Soldier
Author: Rebecca West
Pages: 83
ISBN: 9781681952185
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Release: 2016-03-17
Editor: Xist Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What If the Last 15 Years of Your Life Were Erased from Your Memory?“Embraces do not matter; they merely indicate the will to love and may as well be followed by defeat as victory. But disregard means that now there needs to be no straining of the eyes, no stretching forth of the hands, no pressing of the lips, because theirs is such a union that they are no longer aware of the division of their flesh.” - Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier Having fought in World War One, 35-year-old Chris Baldry finally returns home. Believing he’s 20 years old, he is shocked when he finds out the he actually has a wife and that his childhood sweetheart is already married with another man. He slowly realizes the passing of time but he can’t remember anything from his last 15 years. Is there a solution? This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes.

How I Became One of the Invisible

How I Became One of the Invisible
Author: David Rattray
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9781635900729
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Release: 2019-09-17
Editor: Semiotext(e)
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The only collection of Rattray's prose: essays that offer a kind of secret history and guidebook to a poetic and mystical tradition. In order to become one of the invisible, it is necessary to throw oneself into the arms of God... Some of us stayed for weeks, some for months, some forever. —from How I Became One of the Invisible Since its first publication in 1992, David Rattray's How I Became One of the Invisible has functioned as a kind of secret history and guidebook to a poetic and mystical tradition running through Western civilization from Pythagoras to In Nomine music to Hölderlin and Antonin Artaud. Rattray not only excavated this tradition, he embodied and lived it. He studied at Harvard and the Sorbonne but remained a poet, outside the academy. His stories “Van” and “The Angel” chronicle his travels in southern Mexico with his friend, the poet Van Buskirk, and his adventures after graduating from Dartmouth in the mid-1950s. Eclipsed by the more mediagenic Beat writers during his lifetime, Rattray has become a powerful influence on contemporary artists and writers. Living in Paris, Rattray became the first English translator of Antonin Artaud, and he understood Artaud's incisive scholarship and technological prophecies as few others would. As he writes of his translations in How I Became One of the Invisible, “You have to identify with the man or the woman. If you don't, then you shouldn't be translating it. Why would you translate something that you didn't think had an important message for other people? I translated Artaud because I wanted to turn my friends on and pass a message that had relevance to our lives. Not to get a grant, or be hired by an English department.” Compiled in the months before his untimely death at age 57, How I Became One of the Invisible is the only volume of Rattray's prose. This new edition, edited by Robert Dewhurst, includes five additional pieces, two of them previously unpublished.

Death Claims

Death Claims
Author: Joseph Hansen
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781444784480
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Release: 2014-01-30
Editor: Mulholland
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

After forty years, Hammett has a worthy successor' The Times Dave Brandstetter stands alongside Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade and Lew Archer as one of the best fictional PIs in the business. Like them, he was tough, determined, and ruthless when the case demanded it. Unlike them, he was gay. Joseph Hansen's groundbreaking novels follow Brandstetter as he investigates cases in which motives are murky, passions run high, and nothing is ever as simple as it looks. Set in 1970s and 80s California, the series is a fascinating portrait of a time and a place, with mysteries to match Chandler and Macdonald. John Oats is dead; drowned in the treacherous waves of the Pacific. But was it accident, suicide, or murder? Between the mysteriously absent son, the bitter ex-wife and the current lover, there are plenty of people with reason to lie to Dave about what really happened that night - and why.

You Shall Know Our Velocity

You Shall Know Our Velocity
Author: Dave Eggers
Pages: 368
ISBN: 0307426084
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Release: 2009-11-04
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In his first novel, Dave Eggers has written a moving and hilarious tale of two friends who fly around the world trying to give away a lot of money and free themselves from a profound loss. It reminds us once again what an important, necessary talent Dave Eggers is.

Martin Dressler

Martin Dressler
Author: Steven Millhauser
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780307763860
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Release: 2010-09-01
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist Young Martin Dressler begins his career as an industrious helper in his father's cigar store. In the course of his restless young manhood, he makes a swift and eventful rise to the top, accompanied by two sisters--one a dreamlike shadow, the other a worldly business partner. As the eponymous Martin's vision becomes bolder and bolder he walks a haunted line between fantasy and reality, madness and ambition, art and industry, a sense of doom builds piece-by-hypnotic piece until this mesmerizing journey into the heart of an American dreamer reaches its bitter-sweet conclusion.

Hard Rain Falling

Hard Rain Falling
Author: Don Carpenter
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781590173909
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Release: 2010-06-23
Editor: New York Review of Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Don Carpenter’s Hard Rain Falling is a tough-as-nails account of being down and out, but never down for good—a Dostoyevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption. The novel follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the fleabag hotels and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon. Jack befriends Billy Lancing, a young black runaway and pool hustler extraordinaire. A heist gone wrong gets Jack sent to reform school, from which he emerges embittered by abuse and solitary confinement. In the meantime Billy has joined the middle class—married, fathered a son, acquired a business and a mistress. But neither Jack nor Billy can escape their troubled pasts, and they will meet again in San Quentin before their strange double drama comes to a violent and revelatory end.

Some Chinese Ghosts

Some Chinese Ghosts
Author: Lafcadio Hearn
Pages: 185
ISBN: PSU:000011533740
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Release: 1914
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

I think that my best apology for the insignificant size of this volume is the very character of the material composing it. In preparing the legends I sought especially for "weird beauty"; and I could not forget this striking observation in Sir Walter Scott's "Essay on Imitations of the Ancient Ballad" "The supernatural, though appealing to certain powerful emotions very widely and deeply sown amongst the human race, is, nevertheless, a "spring which is peculiarly apt to lose its elasticity by being too much pressed upon."" -- Lafcadio Hearn

Villa Incognito

Villa Incognito
Author: Tom Robbins
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780553901924
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Release: 2005-08-30
Editor: Bantam
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Imagine that there are American MIAs who chose to remain missing after the Vietnam War. Imagine that there is a family in which four generations of strong, alluring women have shared a mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore. Imagine just those things (don’t even try to imagine the love story) and you’ll have a foretaste of Tom Robbins’s eighth and perhaps most beautifully crafted novel--a work as timeless as myth yet as topical as the latest international threat. On one level, this is a book about identity, masquerade and disguise--about “the false mustache of the world”--but neither the mists of Laos nor the smog of Bangkok, neither the overcast of Seattle nor the fog of San Francisco, neither the murk of the intelligence community nor the mummery of the circus can obscure the linguistic phosphor that illuminates the pages of Villa Incognito. A female fan once wrote to Tom Robbins: “Your books make me think, they make me laugh, they make me horny and they make me aware of the wonder of everything in life.” Villa Incognito will surely arouse a similar response in many readers, for in its lusty, amusing way it both celebrates existence and challenges our ideas about it. To say much more about a novel as fresh and surprising as Villa Incognito would run the risk of diluting the sheer fun of reading it. As his dedicated readers worldwide know full well, it’s best to climb aboard the Tom Robbins tilt-a-whirl, kiss preconceptions and sacred cows goodbye and simply enjoy the ride.

Classics Revisited

Classics Revisited
Author: Kenneth Rexroth
Pages: 214
ISBN: 0811209881
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Release: 1986
Editor: New Directions Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Rexoth, Classics Revisited. Humourous and insightful essays on Classic literature.