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Hearts in Atlantis
by Stephen King


Scribner
Hardcover - 523 pages
(September 14, 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
Stephen King's collection of five stories about '60s kids reads like a novel. The best is "Low Men in Yellow Coats," about Bobby Garfield of Harwich, Connecticut, who craves a Schwinn for his 11th birthday. But his widowed mom is impoverished, and so bitter that she barely loves him. King is as good... Read more

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Interpreter of Maladies : Stories
by Jhumpa Lahiri


Houghton Mifflin Co (Pap)
Paperback - 198 pages
(June 1, 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
Mr. Kapasi, the protagonist of Jhumpa Lahiri's title story, would certainly have his work cut out for him if he were forced to interpret the maladies of all the characters in this eloquent debut collection. Take, for example, Shoba and Shukumar, the young couple in "A Temporary Matter" whose... Read more

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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
by Nathan Englander


Knopf
Hardcover - 205 pages
(April 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges is an astonishment. Whether Nathan Englander is creating the last days of 27 condemned Soviet writers or the first in which a Park Avenue lawyer finds religion (in a taxi, no less), his gift is everywhere in evidence. Englander's specialty is the collision of... Read more

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Close Range : Wyoming Stories
by Annie Proulx


Scribner
Hardcover - 283 pages
Non-Illustrated edition (May 1999)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
With the very first sentence of the first story in this remarkable collection, Annie Proulx demonstrates what makes her great: images sharp as paper cuts conveyed in language so imaginative and compressed it's just this side of poetry; a sense of character so specific it takes only a sentence to... Read more

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The House on Mango Street (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Sandra Cisneros


Vintage Books
Paperback - 110 pages
Reissue edition (April 1991)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars
From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Jesse Larsen
Esperanza and her family didn't always live on Mango Street. Right off she says she can't remember all the houses they've lived in but "the house on Mango Street is ours and we don't have to pay rent to anybody, or share the yard with the people downstairs, or be careful not to make too much noise,... Read more

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Bagombo Snuff Box : Uncollected Short Fiction
by Kurt Vonnegut


Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 295 pages
(August 1999)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
From out of the blue, here's a new collection of Vonnegut fiction--his first magazine stories from the 1950s in book form at last, with some charming reminiscences (and three new endings for old stories) by the author. Vonnegut says these tales were meant to be as evanescent as lightening bugs, and... Read more

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In God We Trust : All Others Pay Cash
by Jean Shephard


Doubleday
Paperback - 272 pages
Reissue edition (May 28, 1991)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Boston Globe
Mr. Shepherd has the true satirist's grip on his pen: he is humorous, sympathetic, and ironic all at once, an enviable skill and one that makes reading In God We Trust an infinitely satisfying experience. Read more

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The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway : The Finca Vigia Edition
by Ernest Hemingway(Preface), Charles, Jr. Scribner (Preface)


Scribner
Paperback - 650 pages
Finca Vig edition (August 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
THE ONLY COMPLETE COLLECTION BY THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR

In this definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, readers will delight in the author's most beloved classics such as "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," "Hills Like White Elephants," and "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," and will... Read more


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Barrel Fever : Stories and Essays
by David Sedaris


Little Brown & Co (Pap)
Paperback - 196 pages
Reprint edition (June 1995)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
"Poor, chubby Annette Kelper, who desperately tries to pretend that nobody notices the fact that she's balding--balding just like a man. It's [her] fault I'm dead. The Bible says it's all right to cast the first stone if someone dead is telling you to do it and I'm telling you now..."

To... Read more


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Beyond the Great Snow Mountains
by Louis L'Amour, Beau L'Amour (Afterword)


Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd)
Hardcover - 282 pages
(May 4, 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist April 1, 1999
Much published and widely read, Louis L'Amour is an American literary legend. He died in 1988, leaving 90 published novels, 20 short-story collections, and a handful of nonfiction. He also left plenty of unpublished material, including the tales that make up this collection, the first of four new... Read more

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Close Range : Wyoming Stories
by Annie Proulx


Scribner
Paperback - 285 pages
1 scribner edition (May 2000)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
With the very first sentence of the first story in this remarkable collection, Annie Proulx demonstrates what makes her great: images sharp as paper cuts conveyed in language so imaginative and compressed it's just this side of poetry; a sense of character so specific it takes only a sentence to... Read more

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Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
by David Foster Wallace


Little Brown & Company
Hardcover - 273 pages
1 Ed edition (May 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Amid the screams of adulation for bandanna-clad wunderkind David Foster Wallace, you might hear a small peep. It is the cry for some restraint. On occasion the reader is left in the dust wondering where the story went, as the author, literary turbochargers on full-blast, suddenly accelerates into... Read more

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The Best American Short Stories 1999 (Best American Short Stories, 1999)
by Amy Tan(Editor), Katrina Kenison (Contributor)


Houghton Mifflin Co (Pap)
Paperback - 410 pages
(October 29, 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
A great story gets its hooks into you right from the start; you know you're in the hands of a good writer when the very first sentence transports you wholly into another world. "Mother preferred Zulu servants." "It must be, Ruth thought, that she was going to die in the spring." "Who would have... Read more

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Local Girls
by Alice Hoffman


Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 197 pages
(June 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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More than a collection of short stories, yet not quite a novel, Local Girls occupies an undefined territory between these two forms. The local girls in question are Gretel Samuelson, her best friend, Jill, her mother, Franny, and Franny's cousin Margot--four characters who weave in and out of each... Read more

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Nine Stories
by J. D. Salinger


Lb Books
Mass Market Paperback - 198 pages
Reprint edition (May 1991)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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In the J.D. Salinger benchmark "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," Seymour Glass floats his beach mate Sybil on a raft and tells her about these creatures' tragic flaw. Though they seem normal, if one swims into a hole filled with bananas, it will overeat until it's too fat to escape.... Read more

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Birds of America
by Lorrie Moore


Picador USA
Paperback - 291 pages
2 edition (September 1999)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
Lorrie Moore made her debut in 1985 with Self-Help, which proved that she could write about sadness, sex, and the single girl with as much tenderness--and with considerably more wit--than almost any of her contemporaries. She followed this story collection with another, Like Life, as well as two... Read more

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The Love of a Good Woman: Stories
by Alice Munro


Knopf
Hardcover - 340 pages
(November 1998)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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In the world of Alice Munro, the best route is not necessarily the shortest distance between two points. In her ninth superlative collection of short fiction, The Love of a Good Woman, the setting is once again western Canada, and the subject matter is classic Munro: secrets, love, betrayal, and the... Read more

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The Love of a Good Woman; Stories
by Alice Munro


Vintage Books
Paperback - 340 pages
(November 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
In the world of Alice Munro, the best route is not necessarily the shortest distance between two points. In her ninth superlative collection of short fiction, The Love of a Good Woman, the setting is once again western Canada, and the subject matter is classic Munro: secrets, love, betrayal, and the... Read more

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Holidays on Ice
by David Sedaris


Little Brown & Company
Paperback - 134 pages
(November 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
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Holidays on Ice is a collection of three previously published stories matched with three newer ones, all, of course, on a Christmas theme. David Sedaris's darkly playful humor is another common thread through the book, worming its way through "Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!" a... Read more

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The Return Journey
by Maeve Binchy


Dell Pub Co
Mass Market Paperback - 225 pages
(July 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
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The Return Journey is a collection of 14 short stories of life, love, and learning that enables the most harried reader to enjoy a well-told tale in its entirety before checking on the kids or folding the clothes. In the tradition of Binchy's classic tales Circle of Friends and Tara Road, this... Read more

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Collected Fictions
by Jorge Luis Borges(Preface), Andrew Hurley (Translator)


Penguin USA (paper)
Paperback - 565 pages
(September 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
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Although Jorge Luis Borges published his first book in 1923--doling out his own money for a limited edition of Fervor de Buenos Aires--he remained in Argentinian obscurity for almost three decades. In 1951, however, Ficciones appeared in French, followed soon after by an English translation. This... Read more

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Selected Non-Fictions
by Jorge Luis Borges, et al


Viking Pr
Hardcover - 576 pages
(September 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
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Jorge Luis Borges was our century's greatest miniaturist, perpetually cramming entire universes onto the head of a pin. Yet his splendid economy, along the wafer-thin proportions of such classic volumes as Ficciones and Labyrinths, has given readers the impression that Borges was miserly with his... Read more

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The New York Trilogy : City of Glass, Ghosts, the Locked Room (Contemporary American Fiction Series)
by Paul Auster


Penguin USA (paper)
Paperback - 371 pages
Reprint edition (December 1994)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
Combining dark humor, Hitchcock-like suspense, and film-noir prose, these three unique novels--united--form a powerful and thought-provoking puzzle. Read more

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The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh
by Evelyn Waugh


Little Brown & Company
Hardcover - 535 pages
(September 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Mordant, mirthful, and unrelenting in their lampoon of aristocratic mischief, Evelyn Waugh's novels have earned him a permanent place in the literary pantheon. But this cantankerous master--the scion, by the way, of a decidedly middle-class family of publishers and writers--was no less adept when it... Read more

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The Complete Stories
by Flannery O'Connor


Noonday Pr
Paperback - 555 pages
Reissue edition (September 1996)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
nate brown, March 9, 2000 5 out of 5 stars
The Twisted and the True
Flannery O'Connor was perhaps the first author I read that took me completely by surprise. With an amazing sense for poetic description and a knack for deriving the most unexpected endings, O'Connor gives the general reader a fresh taste of literary irony. She seems to understand the interworkings... Read more

 


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