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Literature & Fiction Summer Reading in Paperback

This summer, grab a paperback and lose yourself in literature, from the best short stories of the century to tales longer and more luxurious than a midsummer day. Here's a list of paperbacks to make your summer shine.


1.
The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
by Melissa Bank


Penguin USA (Paper)
Paperback - 274 pages
Reissue edition (May 1, 2000)

$11.65
$1.30 (10%)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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Jane Rosenal, the narrator of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, is wise beyond her years. Not that that's saying much--since none of her elders, with the exception of her father, is particularly wise. At the age of 14, Jane watches her brother and his new girlfriend, searching for clues for... Read more

2.
The Ladies' Man
by Elinor Lipman


Vintage Books
Paperback - 260 pages
1 Ed edition (April 1, 2000)

$10.80
$1.20 (10%)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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Soon after Nash Harvey, incurable womanizer and failing jingle composer, arrives at the Boston home of the Dobbin sisters, he is struck with a casserole dish. This isn't all that surprising, considering that Nash, onetime fiancé of Adele Dobbin, disappeared on the night of their engagement... Read more

3.
Little Green Men
by Christopher Buckley


Harperperennial Library
Paperback - 300 pages
(February 2000)

$11.70
$1.30 (10%)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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In Christopher Buckley's hilarious fourth novel, Washington, D.C., is naturally enough a place of sex, lies, and videotape. Unfortunately for Little Green Men's pundit protagonist, John Oliver Banion, it is also the HQ of Majestic Twelve, a very, very covert government project. Since "that golden... Read more

4.
Amy and Isabelle
by Elizabeth Strout


Vintage Books
Paperback - 304 pages
(February 2000)

$11.70
$1.30 (10%)

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4 out of 5 stars

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"It was terribly hot the summer Mr. Robertson left town." For Amy Goodrow and her mother, Isabelle, the heat of that summer is the least of their problems. Other citizens in the New England mill town of Shirley Falls are bothered by the heat and by "other things too: Further up the river crops... Read more

5.
True at First Light
by Ernest Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway


Scribner
Paperback - 320 pages
1 scribner edition (July 2000)

$11.70
$1.30 (10%)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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Ernest Hemingway's final posthumous work bears the rather awkward designation "a fictional memoir" and arrives under a cloud of controversial editing and patching--but all of that ends up being beside the point. Though this account of a 1953 safari in Kenya lacks the resolution and clarity of the... Read more

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Close Range : Wyoming Stories
by Annie Proulx


Scribner
Paperback - 285 pages
1 scribner edition (May 2000)

$11.70
$1.30 (10%)

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4 out of 5 stars

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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 Obituary Writer
by Porter Shreve


Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd)
Paperback - 224 pages
(June 7, 2000)

$10.80
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4.5 out of 5 stars

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In his delicate and hilarious first novel, Porter Shreve paints a fast-moving tale about the grungy, romantic allure of newspaper work and the muddled conspiracy of nature and nurture in a young man's maturation. The Obituary Writer's narrator, Gordie Hatch, has papers in his blood: his late father... Read more

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The Saving Graces
by Patricia Gaffney


Harper Mass Market Paperbacks
Mass Market Paperback - 506 pages
(May 2, 2000)

$6.29
$0.70 (10%)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Unlike the Graces of Greek mythology, the ones in Patricia Gaffney's feel-good novel, The Saving Graces, are not in the business of dispensing charm and beauty. Though they possess some measure of good looks, Gaffney's Graces are more focused on the less ethereal problems of life: men, careers,... Read more

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Master and Commander
by Patrick O'Brian


W.W. Norton & Company
Paperback - 411 pages
Reprint edition (November 1990)

$12.55
$1.40 (10%)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

The opening salvo of the Aubrey-Maturin epic, in which the surgeon introduces himself to the captain by driving an elbow into his ribs during a chamber-music recital. Fortunately for millions of readers, the two quickly make up. Then they commence one of the great literary voyages of our century,... Read more

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The Best American Short Stories of the Century
by John Updike(Editor), Katrina Kenison(Co-editor)


Houghton Mifflin Co (Pap)
Paperback - 864 pages
Expanded edition (April 20, 2000)

$17.05
$1.90 (10%)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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At age 67, the perennially youthful John Updike may at last qualify as something of an elder statesman. But the Best American Short Stories annual--whose greatest hits package Updike has now assembled--is almost a generation older, having commenced publication in 1915. This staying power allows the... Read more

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Interpreter of Maladies : Stories
by Jhumpa Lahiri


Houghton Mifflin Co (Pap)
Paperback - 198 pages
(June 1, 1999)

$10.80
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4 out of 5 stars

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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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Tara Road
by Maeve Binchy


Dell Pub Co
Mass Market Paperback - 656 pages
(July 18, 2000)

$7.19
$0.80 (10%)

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4 out of 5 stars

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Oprah Book Club® Selection, September 1999: Against all odds, two newlyweds manage to buy the house of their dreams. In 1982, property speculation is beginning to be a big, big thing in Dublin--and their street is very much in an up-and-coming part of town. "They laughed and hugged each other.... Read more

 



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