Short Stories & Essays

Short Stories & Essays

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GIRLS' NIGHT IN 2 : GENTLEMEN BY INVITATION, Adams, Jessica
1 Adams, Jessica GIRLS' NIGHT IN 2 : GENTLEMEN BY INVITATION
No Imprint 2001 0143000047 / 9780143000044 Paperback Very Good 

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2 Adisa, Opal Palmer BAKE-FACE AND OTHER GUAVA STORIES
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS 1989 0006543731 / 9780006543732 Paperback Very Good+ 
Set in rural Jamaica, these stories celebrate the lives of four, semi-educa ted Jamaican women struggling for survival and self-expression against a hi story of social and sexual oppression. Seemingly hard and rough from the ou tside, from within their lives offer sweetness and feeling. 
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BIG NIGHT OUT, Alderson, Maggie
3 Alderson, Maggie BIG NIGHT OUT
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2002 0007141858 / 9780007141852 Paperback Very Good 
An exciting new collection of over thirty short stories interspersed with i llustrations, cocktail recipes and lists of songs for a guaranteed BIG NIGH T OUT and set to repeat the phenomenal success of Girls' Night In and Girls ' Night Out/Boys' Night In.Following on from the bestselling anthologies Gi rls' Night In and Girls' Night Out/Boys' Night In comes the biggest collect ion yet in aid of the international charity War Child.The theme is literall y a BIG NIGHT OUT - any time, any place.The anthology will feature approxim ately 35 short stories and some special features to punctuate the stories - illustrations, lists of songs for a big night out and cocktail recipes. Th ose already lined up include Kathy Lette, Candace Bushnell, Nick Hornby, Gl en Baxter, Boy George, Julian Clary, Helen Lederer, Jenny Eclair, Gordon Ra msay, Marian Keyes.Once again, all the contributors involved will provide t heir story/recipe/illustration etc. gratis, and HarperCollins will donate a least GBP1 to War Child for every copy sold, continuing the amazing work f or children in war zones whose lives have been torn apart by conflict. 
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4 Alvarez, Julia SOMETHING TO DECLARE
Plume 1999 0452280672 / 9780452280670 Paperback Good 
"Reading Julia Alvarez's new collection of essays is like curling up with a glass of wine in one hand and the phone in the other, listening to a big-h earted, wisecracking friend share hard-earned wisdom about family, identity , and the art of writing." -People The rich and revealing essays in Something to Declare offer Julia Alvarez's dual meditations on coming to America and becoming a writer. In the first section, "Customs," Alvarez relates how she and her family fled the Dominican Republic and its oppressive dictator, Rafael Trujillo, settling in New York City in the 1960s. Here Julia begins a love affair with the English language under the tutelage of the aptly named Sister Maria Generosa. Part Two-"Declarations"-celebrates Alvarez's enduring passion for the writing life. From the valentine to mythic storyteller Scheherazade that is "First Muse," to a description of Alvarez's itinerant life as a struggling poet, teacher, and writer in "Have Typewriter, Will Travel," to the sage and witty advice of "Ten of My Writing Commandments," Alvarez generously shares her influences and inspirations with aspiring writers everywhere. 
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WINESBURG, OHIO, Anderson, Sherwood
5 Anderson, Sherwood WINESBURG, OHIO
Penguin Books 1967 0670018015 / 9780670018017 Paperback Good 
A collection of short stories dealing with a small town in Ohio. --This tex t refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 
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THE BOUDOIR: A VICTORIAN MAGAZINE OF SCANDAL, ETC., Anonymous
6 Anonymous THE BOUDOIR: A VICTORIAN MAGAZINE OF SCANDAL, ETC.
Star 1984 0352314915 / 9780352314918 Paperback Good 
A collection of stories, poems and salacious yarns originally published in the Victorian periodical "The Boudoir - A Magazine of Scandal, Facetiae &c" . It features three complete novellas including "The Voluptuous Confessions of a French Lady of Fashion" 
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CAT O'NINE TALES: AND OTHER STORIES, Archer, Jeffrey
7 Archer, Jeffrey CAT O'NINE TALES: AND OTHER STORIES
Gardners Books 2007 0330418831 / 9780330418836 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Cat O'Nine Tales is the fifth collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller. Ingeniously plotted, with richly drawn characters and Jeffrey Archer's trademark of deliciously unexpected conclusions, some of these thirteen stories were inspired by the two years Jeffrey Archer spe nt in prison, including the story of a company chairman who tries to poison his wife while on a trip to St Petersburg-with unexpected consequences. Th e Red King is a tale about a con man who discovers that an English Lord req uires one more chess piece to complete a set that would be worth a fortune. In another tale of deception, The Commissioner, a Bombay con artist ends u p in the morgue, after he uses the police chief as bait in his latest scam. The Perfect Murder reveals how a convict manages to remove an old enemy wh ile he's locked up in jail, and then set up two prison officers as his alib i. In Charity Begins at Home, an accountant realizes he has achieved nothin g in his life, and sets out to make a fortune before he retires. And then there is Archer's favorite, In the Eye of the Beholder, where a handsome star athlete falls in love with a three-hundred-pound woman...who happens to be the ninth richest woman in Italy. Jeffrey Archer is the only author to have topped international bestseller lists with his fiction, non-fiction, and his short stories. Cat O'Nine Tales is Archer at his best: witty, sad, surprising, and unforgettable. 
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UNDER THE EAVES: SELECTED SHORT STORIES BY CONTEMPORARY WRITERS FROM SHANGH AI, Association, Shanghai Writers
8 Association, Shanghai Writers UNDER THE EAVES: SELECTED SHORT STORIES BY CONTEMPORARY WRITERS FROM SHANGH AI
Shanghai Book Traders 2009 1602202079 / 9781602202078 Paperback Good 
Shanghai's most famous writers divulge the secrets of a city that has seize d the world's limelight. What lies beyond the glittering skyline and the be autiful facade? The 31 stories in this two-volume series reveal the true rh ythm of Shanghai as experienced by people who are most intimate with it. Pe er into the daily life, the local customs, the quick romances, and family g et-togethers to see the inner fabric of one of the most complicated and par adoxical cities in the East. 
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9 Atwood, Margaret DANCING GIRLS AND OTHER STORIES
Knopf Doubleday Publishing G. 1998 0385491093 / 9780385491099 Paperback Good 
Dancing Girls and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale This splendid volume of short fiction testifies to Margaret Atwood's startlingly original voice, full of a rare intensity and exceptional intelligence. Her men and women still miscommunicate, still remain separate in different rooms, different houses, or even different worlds. With brilliant flashes of fantasy, humor, and unexpected violence, the stories reveal the complexities of human relationships and bring to life characters who touch us deeply, evoking terror and laughter, compassion and recognition-and dramatically demonstrate why Margaret Atwood is one of the most important writers in English today. 
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10 Atwood, Margaret WILDERNESS TIPS
Virago Press Ltd 1992 1853813958 / 9781853813955 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. A leathery bog-man transforms an old love affair; a sweet, gruesome gift is sent by the wife of an ex-lover; landscape paintings are haunted by the ghost of a young girl. This dazzling collection of ten short stories takes us into familiar Atwood territory to reveal the logic of irrational behaviour and the many textures lying beneath ordinay life. 
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ECLIPSE- A LITERARY JOURNAL VOLUME ELEVEN NUMBER ONE FALL 2000, Author, No
11 Author, No ECLIPSE- A LITERARY JOURNAL VOLUME ELEVEN NUMBER ONE FALL 2000
Glendale Community College 2000 0970193807 / 9780970193803 Paperback Very Good+ 

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12 BAKER, NICHOLSON SIZE OF THOUGHTS:, THE: ESSAYS AND OTHER LUMBER
Random House 1996 0679439323 / 9780679439325 First Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible first edition (as stated)price clipped, protected in a new brodart wrapper. Novelist and essayist Nicholson Baker has had a small but well-deserved cult following since his first book, The Mezzanine, and the publication of the literary sex-bomb Vox saw his popularity mushroom. Baker's great gift is a precision of observational detail that has a peculiarly incisive effect on a reader's consciousness. Here is over a decade's worth of his essays and articles, including the much-praised card catalogue article first published in the New Yorker. The Size of Thoughts, through its varied forays into the realms of the overlooked, the underfunded, and the wrongfully scrapped, is a funny and thought-provoking book by one of the most distinctive stylists and thinkers of our time. 
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SOMETHING TO DECLARE: ESSAYS ON FRANCE, Barnes, Julian
13 Barnes, Julian SOMETHING TO DECLARE: ESSAYS ON FRANCE
Pan Macmillan 2002 033048916X / 9780330489164 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. An irresistibly informative and witty collection of essays from a writer wh ose knowledge and love of all things French is second to none. Julian Barnes's long and passionate relationship with France began more tha n forty years ago, as a boy on car trips with his parents, both French teac hers. From those days as a skeptical young observer, then later as an assis tant in a school in Brittany, a student of language and literature, and the author of Flaubert's Parrot and Cross Channel, Barnes has developed a prof ound insight into the joys, quirks and nuances of French culture. Among his topics, Barnes looks at the 2000 Tour de France - and shows that the issue of drugs in sport has a history longer than most would imagine. I n the funny and fascinating essay "The Land Without Brussels Sprouts," the author follows the story of the legendary cookbook writer Elizabeth David, who introduced the exotic ingredients of European cuisine (garlic! basil! o live oil!) to the stodgy kitchens of England. From film and song to landsca pe and letters, Barnes leads the reader on a peripatetic tour of the mind a nd soul of France. Something to Declare is a treat for the legions of Barnes fans, a delight for every francophile, and a cure for the most reluctant Flaubert-ophobe. 
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WHERE THREE ROADS MEET, Barth, John
14 Barth, John WHERE THREE ROADS MEET
Mariner Books 2006 0618773428 / 9780618773428 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. From the acclaimed John Barth, "one of the greatest novelists of our time" (Washington Post Book World) and "a master of language" (Chicago Sun-Times) , comes a lively triad of tales that delight in the many possibilities of l anguage and its users. The first novella, "Tell Me," explores a callow undergraduate's initiation into the mysteries of sex, death, and the Heroic Cycle. The second novella, "I've Been Told," traces no less than the history of storytelling and exam ines innocence and modernity, ignorance and self-consciousness. And the thr ee elderly sisters of the third novella, "As I Was Saying . . . ," record a n oral history of their youthful muse-like services to (and servicings of) a subsequently notorious and now mysteriously vanished novelist. Sexy, humorous, and brimming with Barth's deep intelligence and playful irreverence, Where Three Roads Meet will surely delight loyal fans and draw new ones. 
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BURNING HOUSE, BEATTIE, ANN
15 BEATTIE, ANN BURNING HOUSE
Vintage 1995 067976500X / 9780679765004 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. The now-classic, utterly unique voice of Ann Beattie is so dry it throws of f sparks, her eye endowed with the emotional equivalent of X-ray vision. He r characters are young men and women discovering what it means to be a grow n-up in a country that promised them they'd stay young forever. And here, i n shapely, penetrating stories, Beattie confirms why she is one of the most widely imitated -- yet surely inimitable -- literary stylists of her gener ation. In The Burning House, Beattie's characters go from dealing drugs to taking care of a bereaved friend. They watch their marriages fail not with a bang but with a wisecrack. And afterward, they may find themselves trading confidences with their spouses' new lovers. The Burning House proves that Beattie has no peer when it comes to revealing the hidden shapes of our relationships, or the depths of tenderness, grief, and anger that lie beneath the surfaces of our daily lives. 
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WHAT WAS MINE: & OTHER STORIES, BEATTIE, ANN
16 BEATTIE, ANN WHAT WAS MINE: & OTHER STORIES
Vintage 1992 0679739033 / 9780679739036 Paperback Very Good 
A collection of short fiction, twelve works in all, including two never-bef ore-published novellas. Here are disconnected marriages and uneasy reunions , nostalgic reminiscences and sudden epiphanies--a remarkable and moving co llage of contemporary lives. 
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WHATS YOUR NAME, Beaumont, Roger
17 Beaumont, Roger WHATS YOUR NAME
Non Basic Stock Line 2000 9748237117 / 9789748237114 Paperback Very Good 

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THE GIRL IN THE FLAMMABLE SKIRT: STORIES, Bender, Aimee
18 Bender, Aimee THE GIRL IN THE FLAMMABLE SKIRT: STORIES
Anchor 1999 0385492162 / 9780385492164 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. "A collection of wistful, witty stories." --Esquire "Hilarious, deep and a little bit dirty." --Harper's Bazaar A grief-stricken librarian decides to have sex with every man who enters he r library. A half-mad, unbearably beautiful heiress follows a strange man h ome, seeking total sexual abandon: He only wants to watch game shows. A wom an falls in love with a hunchback; when his deformity turns out to be a pro sthesis, she leaves him. A wife whose husband has just returned from the wa r struggles with the heartrending question: Can she still love a man who ha s no lips? Aimee Bender's stories portray a world twisted on its axis, a place of unco nvention that resembles nothing so much as real life, in all its grotesque, beautiful glory. From the first line of each tale she lets us know she is telling a story, but the moral is never quite what we expect. Bender's pros e is glorious: musical and colloquial, inimitable and heartrending. Here are stories of men and women whose lives are shaped--and sometimes twi sted--by the power of extraordinary desires, erotic and otherwise. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt is the debut of a major American writer. A 1998 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Selected by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best works of fiction of 1998. 
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WILLFUL CREATURES, Bender, Aimee
19 Bender, Aimee WILLFUL CREATURES
Anchor 2006 0385720971 / 9780385720977 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. "Contemporary fairy tales, cushioned by goofy humor and a deep tenderness f or her characters, that aren't always as dark or as sinister as they initia lly appear." --The New York Times Book Review Aimee Bender's Willful Creatures conjures a fantastical world in which authentic love blooms. This is a place where a boy with keys for fingers is a hero, a woman's children are potatoes, and a little boy with an iron for a head is born to a family of pumpkin heads. With her singular mix of surrealism, musical prose, and keenly felt emotion, Bender once again proves herself to be a masterful chronicler of the human condition. 
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SMUT: TWO UNSEEMLY STORIES, Bennett, Alan
20 Bennett, Alan SMUT: TWO UNSEEMLY STORIES
Profile Books(GB) 2011 1846685257 / 9781846685255 First Hardcover As New 
A crisp clean first edition, no markings throughout: This title includes unexpected tales from the master of short fiction. "The Shielding of Mrs Forbes" - Graham Forbes is a disappointment to his mother who thinks that if he must have a wife, he should have done better. And he r own husband would be better if she were mourning him than living with him . But this is Alan Bennett, so no matter the importance of keeping up appea rances, what is happening in the bedroom (and in lots of other places too) is altogether more startling, perhaps shocking, and ultimately much more ho nest to people's predilections. "The Greening of Mrs Donaldson" - Mrs Donal dson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhoo d after a marriage that had been much like many others: happy to begin with , then satisfactory and finally dull. But when she decides to take in two l odgers (a young, broke couple) passions that she never knew existed are aro used, and her mundane life becomes much more stimulating... Editorial Reviews Review "'Beautiful and filthy' - Simon Hattenstone, Guardian" About the Author Alan Bennett is one of the UK's most celebrated figures. He is the author of Untold Stories, and numerous works of fiction including The Uncommon Reader. His play The History Boys was the National Theatre's most successful production ever. 
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