American

A Long Time Gone by Karen White
4.09 /5

When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she’d left, that’s ...

The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry
4.32 /5

In a rural Kentucky river town, "Old Jack" Beechum, a retired farmer, sees his life again through the sades of one burnished day in September 1952. Bringing the earthiness of America's past to mind, ...

Blue Angel by Francine Prose
3.36 /5

It has been years since Swenson, a professor in a New England creative writing program, has published a novel. It's been even longer since any of his students have shown promise. Enter Angela Argo, a ...

The Passions of Emma by Penelope Williamson
3.90 /5

Born to a life of wealth and privilege in turn-of-the-century Rhode Island, Emma Tremayne's life is all mapped out for her--including her engagement to the town's most eligible bachelor. Emma's shelte...

On the Road: the Original Scroll by Jack Kerouac
4.13 /5

Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951, in an apartment on West Twentieth Street in Manhattan, that he wrot...

The Best Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
4.23 /5

This volume contains a collection of some of the best short stories ever written by Edgar Allan Poe. A master of the macabre, Poe exhibits his literary prowess in these classic short stories. Containe...

The Sunlight Dialogues by John Gardner
3.92 /5

In , John Gardner's vision of America in the turbulent 1960s embraces an unconventional cast of conventional citizens in the small rural town of Batavia, New York. Sheriff Fred Clumly is trying desper...

Palo Alto by James Franco
3.02 /5

A fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled California teenagers and misfits--violent and harrowing, from the astonishingly talented actor and artist James Franco.

The Book of Nightmares by Galway Kinnell
4.22 /5

Galway Kinnell's poetry has always been marked by richness of language, devotion to the things and creatures of the world, and an effort to transform every understanding into the universality of art.

Petals on the River by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
3.96 /5

KATHLEEN E. WOODWISSThe fiery and outspoken adopted daughter of one of England's most formidable women, Shemaine O'Hearn has made powerful enemies. And now her adversaries have found a way to remove t...

The Captain's Verses by Pablo Neruda
4.23 /5

New Directions celebrates the Pablo Neruda Centennial. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Pablo Neruda's birth, New Directions is pleased to announce the reissue of a classic work in a timeles...

King Suckerman by George Pelecanos
3.99 /5

It's the week leading up to the Bicentennial celebration in Washington, D.C., and King Suckerman is the hot new blaxploitation film that's got everyone talking. Small-time dealer Dimitri Karras and hi...

Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter
4.15 /5

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. T...

Thugs and the Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark
4.58 /5

Essence® bestselling author is all too familiar with the terrifying truths of ghetto life. The first novel in her gritty, gripping series takes you on into a world where a wrong choice could be the l...

Freaks I've Met by Donald Jans
3.92 /5

Spokane, Washington, is nearly perfect for most people, but Jack Fitzpatrick is not one of them. Hours after graduation and armed with his final paycheck from his nemesis, Jack heads for Southern Cali...

East of Orleans by Renee' Irvin
3.62 /5

Their worlds were different, but their desires were the same . . . Isabella McCoy, from the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Georgia, was as naïve as she was beautiful. Jacqueline Rousseau, the e...

Wild at Heart by Patricia Gaffney
3.83 /5

They called him the "lost man." Raised in the wood, without speech, without civilization, he was beautifully, wonderfully wild. And when he was captured and locked away to be studied by scientists, he...

The Road Not Taken and Other Poems by Robert Frost
4.28 /5

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference."These deceptively simple lines from the title poem of this collection suggest Robert Frost a...

Blue Nights by Joan Didion
3.85 /5

From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and d...

Mr. Copacabana: An American History by Night by Jim Proser
4.67 /5

Mr. Copacabana is the outrageous life story of Monte Proser, creator and operator of the famous Copacabana nightclub in New York City in 1940. Monte's life story is a sweeping epic of the early 20th c...