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Monthly Features

November

Friday, 1 November -- All Saints' Day

Saturday, 2 November -- All Souls' Day
Sunday, 3 November -- "Fall Back" One Hour in Those Areas of the USA That Change Their Clocks!

3 Nov 1939 - Birthday of Terrance McNally

5 Nov 1943 - Birthday of Sam Shepard

6 Nov 1921 - Birthday of James Jones

8 November - an auspicious date!
1847 - Bram Stoker, 1900 - Margaret Mitchell, 1902 - Martha Gelhorn, 1954 - Kazuo Ishiguro
 (among others)

10 Nov 1960 - Birthday of Neil Gaiman

Monday, 11 November -- Veteran's Day (Armistice Day)

11 Nov 1947 - Birthday of Howard Fast

13 Nov 1850 - Birthday of Robert Louis Stevenson

18 Nov 1939 - Birthday of Margaret Atwood

20 Nov 1923 - Birthday of Nadine Gordimer

21 Nov 1694 - Birthday of Francois-Marie Arouet, later writing as Voltaire

22 Nov 1819 - Birthday of Mary Anne Evans, later writing as George Eliot

24 Nov 1713 - Birthday of Laurence Sterne

26 Nov 1909 - Birthday of Eugene Ionesco

27 Nov 1909 - Birthday of James Agee

Thursday, 28 November -- Happy Thanksgiving, Americans! 

Always the 4th Thursday of November, 2019 has the latest possible date for Thanksgiving. That means the holiday shopping season is even shorter than it seems! Come in and start soon, using our new Holiday Book Giving Recommendations!

28 November - Two Notable Birthdays (among others) 
1757 - William Blake & 1881 - Stefan Zweig

29 November - another auspicious date!
1832 - Louisa May Alcott, 1898 - C.S. Lewis, 1918 - Madeleine L'Engle 
 (among others)

30 November - yet another auspicious date!
1667 - Jonathan Swift, 1835 - Samuel Clemenslater writing as Mark Twain, 1912 - Gordon Parks, 1947 - David Mamet 
 (among others)

 

 

Corpus Christi: A Play Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780802136350
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 1999

Sam Shepard: Seven Plays: Buried Child, Curse of the Starving Class, The Tooth of Crime, La Turista, Tongues, Savage Love, True West Cover Image
By Sam Shepard, Richard Gilman (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553346114
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 1st, 1984

From Here to Eternity: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385333641
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Delta - October 13th, 1998

Dracula Cover Image
By Bram Stoker, Leonard Wolf (Introduction by), Jeffrey Meyers (Afterword by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9780451530660
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Signet - September 4th, 2007

Gone with the Wind Cover Image
By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781451635621
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2011

Travels with Myself and Another: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781585420902
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Published: TarcherPerigee - May 7th, 2001

Never Let Me Go (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400078776
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - March 14th, 2006

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Neil Gaiman's Snow, Glass, Apples Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781506709796
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dark Horse Books - August 20th, 2019

Kidnapped Cover Image
By Robert Louis Stevenson, Donald McFarlan (Editor), Donald McFarlan (Introduction by), Donald McFarlan (Notes by), Alistair Gray (Foreword by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780141441795
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - December 18th, 2007

The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385543781
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

The House Gun: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250007728
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Published: Picador - July 3rd, 2012

Candide: Or Optimism Cover Image
By Francois Voltaire, John Butt (Translated by), John Butt (Introduction by)
$13.00
ISBN: 9780140440041
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics -

Middlemarch (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By George Eliot, A. S. Byatt (Introduction by)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780679783312
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Published: Modern Library - October 10th, 2000

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman: The Florida Edition Cover Image
By Laurence Sterne, Joan New (Editor), Melvyn New (Editor)
$13.00
ISBN: 9780141439778
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - May 27th, 2003

The Bald Soprano and Other Plays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802130792
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - January 12th, 1994

A Death in the Family Cover Image
By James Agee, Steve Earle (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143105718
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - September 29th, 2009

Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience Cover Image
By William Blake, Richard Holmes (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781849766333
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tate - November 26th, 2019

The World of Yesterday Cover Image
By Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell (Translated by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780803226616
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Nebraska Press - May 1st, 2013

Little Women Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Regina Barreca (Introduction by), Susan Straight (Afterword by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9780451532084
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Signet - May 1st, 2012

Mere Christianity Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060652920
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperOne - April 21st, 2015

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A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250004673
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - January 31st, 2012

Gulliver's Travels Cover Image
By Jonathan Swift, Robert DeMaria (Editor), Robert DeMaria (Introduction by), Robert DeMaria (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439495
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2003

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Cover Image
By Mark Twain, R. Kent Rasmussen (Introduction by), R. Kent Rasmussen (Notes by), Azar Nafisi (Foreword by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780143107323
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - October 28th, 2014

A Choice of Weapons Cover Image
By Gordon Parks, Wing Young Huie (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780873517690
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - January 15th, 2010

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Chicago: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062797209
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Custom House - November 13th, 2018