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Brandon Taylor is an author. REAL LIFE: a novel (2020) FILTHY ANIMALS: stories (June 2021) THE LATE AMERICANS: a novel (2023) newsletter: sweater weather, https://t.co/6PnsSjw3ZO

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Book Cover for: The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays, Cj Hauser

The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays

Cj Hauser
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@lynnsstrong You probably already teach these, but in the past, my undergrad students have really loved Lesley Arimah's "Who Will Greet You At Home" and CJ Hauser's "The Crane Wife," which I know is not a short story but it's the piece that rewired the most brains in my class re: narrative.

Paperback, 2023

$17.00$8.50 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: The Custom of the Country, Edith Wharton

The Custom of the Country

Edith Wharton
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If this were a Henry James novel, we would feel sorry for Undine, but Edith Wharton hates her fucking guts, so we do not, lol.

Paperback, 1997

$19.99$9.99 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Main Street: The Story of Carol Kennicott, Sinclair Lewis

Main Street: The Story of Carol Kennicott

Sinclair Lewis
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Five years later, they tried to give Sinclair Lewis the Pulitzer for Arrowsmith and he said, NO THANKS. And then when he won the Nobel Prize, the Nobel committee was like, "To be honest, this is mostly just because we love Main Street." dskhjdlaskhdas

Paperback, 1995

$20.00$10.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Tom Lake, Ann Patchett

Tom Lake

Ann Patchett
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Ann Patchett’s new novel so far is…precisely the book I hoped it would be. Shades of Commonwealth. She’s so back.

Hardcover, 2023

$30.00$15.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers Is Saving Ballet from Itself, Chloe Angyal

Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers Is Saving Ballet from Itself

Chloe Angyal
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Tomorrow (Monday!) night at 7PM CST, I will be talking to the brilliant @ChloeAngyal about ballet and bodies and capitalism and soooooo much more to celebrate her brilliant new book TURNING POINTE. Register via @Prairie_Lights! https://t.co/rdgc1a9of5 https://t.co/tQdDBcVO1I

Paperback, 2023

$18.99$9.49 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton
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I’m not gonna do too much because Edith Wharton was WRITING WRITING in The Age of Innocence. I mean, the sweep of that novel. The playfulness. The technical wizardry. The sublime attention to the viciousness and the beauty of living in a society. She was in her bag!

Paperback, 1996

$11.00$5.50 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: The Fraud, Zadie Smith

The Fraud

Zadie Smith
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I recently read Zadie Smith’s new novel The Fraud. It is a brilliant book. I loved it… I don’t want to spoil anything, but the Jamaica sections of that book should be studied and taught and memorized.

Hardcover, 2023

$29.00$14.50 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: The Thirty Years War, C. V. Wedgwood

The Thirty Years War

C. V. Wedgwood
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It’s sprawling and masterly and has the feel of a great novel with so many brilliantly drawn characters. I can’t get enough of it.

Paperback, 2005

$24.95$12.48 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: But the Girl, Jessica Zhan Mei Yu

But the Girl

Jessica Zhan Mei Yu
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A smart, playfully philosophical novel charting a young woman’s journey to self-understanding... BUT THE GIRL unfolds across Girl’s time at an artist residency in Scotland as she makes friends and enemies alike in a world far removed from any she’s ever known.

Paperback, 2024

$18.00$9.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Bonsai, Alejandro Zambra

Bonsai

Alejandro Zambra
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There’s a dreamy associative quality of the novella that made it feel true and beautiful and moving. I left “Bonsai” feeling a little melancholic ache in my ribs, as though some crucial part of me had been taken away.

Paperback, 2022

$16.00$8.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book