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Humboldt's Gift

by Bellow, Saul

Humboldt's Gift is the story about Charlie Citrine who posthumously receives a gift from the poet Von Humboldt Fleischer that changes the way he views himself and the world.

Why Survive? Being Old in America

by Butler, Robert Olen

Although this book was written in 1975 and some material in the second half of the book is a bit dated, this book is foundational to understanding the complexities of aging in the United States.

Lamy of Santa Fe

by Horgan, Paul

Originally published in 1975, this Pulitzer Prize for History-winning biography chronicles the life of Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy (1814-1888), New Mexico's first resident bishop and the most influential, reform-minded Catholic official in the region during the late 1800s.

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

by Ashbery, John

A collection of poetry by John Ashbery.



by Albee, Edward

Dealing with an almost surreal Howard Hughes-like figure, a bearded recluse who is the richest man in the world, this often comic and brilliantly revealing allegory continues the playwright's preoccupation with the mythic aspects of American life.

The Killer Angels

by Shaara, Michael

In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

by Dillard, Annie

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "mystery, death, beauty, violence."

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

by Caro, Robert A.

The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our time in New York.

Turtle Island

by Snyder, Gary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1975). These Pulitzer Prize-winning poems and essays by the author of No Nature range from the lucid, lyrical, and mystical to the political.


The Denial of Death

by Becker, Ernest

Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence.

The Americans: The Democratic Experience

by Boorstin, Daniel J.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. A study of the last 100 years of American history.From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Optimist's Daughter

by Welty, Eudora

A young woman who has left the South, returns to New Orleans several years later when her father is dying. After his death, she and her young stepmother go back to the small Mississippi town where she grew up.

Children of Crisis: A Study of Courage and Fear (Volume I of Children of Crisis)

by Coles, Robert

Reveals the effects of segregation and desegregation battles on children, mainly through their drawings. The first major effort to look at segregationists as if they were normal human beings and not vile mutants.

Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam

by Fitzgerald, Frances

This landmark work, based on Frances FitzGerald's own research and travels, takes us inside Vietnam into the traditional, ancestor-worshiping villages and the corrupt crowded cities, into the conflicts between Communists and anti-Communists, Catholics and Buddhists, generals and monks and reveals the country as seen through Vietnamese eyes.

Migrants, Sharecroppers, Mountaineers (Volume 2 of Children of Crisis)

by Coles, Robert

Recounts the experiences of three groups: the migrant workers who travel the eastern coast picking crops day after day; the sharecroppers who live on isolated southern plantations; and the mountaineers of Appalachia, whose only choice lies between coal mining and starvation.

Luce and His Empire

by Swanberg, W. A.

Henry Luce started Time magazine in the 1940's and went on to create a media empire. He married Clare Booth Luce who became ambassador to Italy.

People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization

by Kammen, Michael

From the beginning, what has given our culture its distinctive texture, pattern, and thrust, according to Michael Kammen, is the dynamic interaction of the imported and the indigenous.


Angle of Repose

by Stegner, Wallace and Benson, Jackson J.

An historical novel covering the period 1860 to 1970 and examining the cultural changes of the West and the hopes, fears, and values of four generations.

Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45

by Tuchman, Barbara W.

The life of Joseph Stilwell, the military attaché to China, and commander of US forces, is used here to explore the history of China from the 1911 revolution to the chaos of World War II. It portrays the American relations with China.

Eleanor and Franklin

by Lash, Joseph P.

The #1 New York Times Bestseller--Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award In his extraordinary biography of the major political couple of the twentieth century, Joseph P. Lash reconstructs from Eleanor Roosevelt's personal papers her early life and four-decade marriage to the four-time president who brought America back from the Great Depression and helped to win World War II.


The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds: A Drama in Two Acts

by Zindel, Paul

Beatrice was a mother...and the embittered ringmaster of the circus Hunsdorfer featuring three generations of crazy ladies living under the sloppiest big top on earth. Nanny was no problem. She sat and stared and stayed silent as a venerable vegetable should. Ruth was half-mad and easily bought with an occasional cigarette. But how is the world would Beatrice control Tillie--keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds...

The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936-1945

by Toland, John

This Pulitzer Prize-winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Robert Frost: The Years of Triumph 1915-1938

by Thompson, Lawrance

Robert Frost: The Years of Triumph, 1915-1938. Volume two of Thompson's Frost biography receives a Pulitzer Prize despite the controversy raised by Thompson's less-than-sympathetic portrait of this American literary giant.

Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom (1940-1945)

by Burns, James Macgregor

The second entry in James Macgregor Burns's definitive two-volume biography of Roosevelt begins with the president's precedent-breaking third term election in 1940, just as Americans were beginning to face the likelihood of war.

The Carrier of Ladders

by Merwin, W. S.

Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1971. Merwin has since won a National Book Award for his selected poems and the 2009 Pulitzer for the Shadow of Sirius.

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