Chilly Scenes of Winter Vintage Contemporaries

This is the story of a love-smitten charles; his friend Sam, the Phi Beta Kappa and former coat salesman; and Charles' mother, who spends a lot of time in the bathtub feeling depressed.

In a Lonely Place New York Review Books

A classic of golden age noir, in a lonely Place also inspired Nicholas Ray’s 1950 film of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart. A classic california noir with a feminist twist, this prescient 1947 novel exposed misogyny in post-World War II American society, making it far ahead of its time. Los angeles in the late 1940s is a city of promise and prosperity, but not for former fighter pilot Dix Steele.

To his mind nothing has come close to matching “that feeling of power and exhilaration and freedom that came with loneness in the sky. He prowls the foggy city night—­bus stops and stretches of darkened beaches and movie houses just emptying out—seeking solitary young women. His funds are running out and his frustrations are growing.

Hughes’s tense novel is at once an early indictment of a truly toxic masculinity and a twisty page-turner with a surprisingly feminist resolution. Written with controlled elegance, Dorothy B. Where is the good life he was promised? why does he always get a raw deal? Then he hooks up with his old Air Corps buddy Brub, now working for the LAPD, who just happens to be on the trail of the strangler who’s been terrorizing the women of the city for months.


Mildred Pierce

But mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devasting emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable.

In mildred pierce, noir master James M. Mildred pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness.

The Age of Innocence

Later that year, it was released as a book by D. The story is set in the 1870s, in upper-class, "Gilded-Age" New York City. Appleton & Company. The age of innocence is a 1920 novel by American author Edith Wharton. It was her twelfth novel, and was initially serialized in 1920 in four parts, in the magazine Pictorial Review.

. It won the 1921 pulitzer prize for Fiction, making Wharton the first woman to win the prize. Though the committee had initially agreed to give the award to Sinclair Lewis for Main Street, the judges, in rejecting his book on political grounds, "established Wharton as the American 'First Lady of Letters'".

Wharton wrote the book in her 50s, after she had established herself as a strong author, with publishers clamoring for her work.

The New Yorker Stories

When ann beattie began publishing short stories in the new yorker in the mid-seventies, and so uncannily precise and prescient in its assessment of her characters’ drift and narcissism, she emerged with a voice so original, that she was instantly celebrated as a voice of her generation. Her name became an adjective: Beattiesque.

Her characters, have moved from lives of fickle desire to the burdens and inhibitions of adulthood and on to failed aspirations, over nearly four decades, and sometimes enlightenment, sloppy divorces, even grace. Subtle, and unnerving, wry, she is a master observer of the unraveling of the American family, and also of the myriad small occurrences and affinities that unite us.

Ann beattie: the new yorker stories is the perfect initiation for readers new to this iconic American writer and a glorious return for those who have known and loved her work for decades. Each beattie story, says margaret atwood, is "like a fresh bulletin from the front: we snatch it up, eager to know what’s happening out there on the edge of that shifting and dubious no-man’s-land known as interpersonal relations.

With an unparalleled gift for dialogue and laser wit, she delivers flash reports on the cultural landscape of her time.

Cotton Comes to Harlem Harlem Detectives Series Book 7

But the take is hijacked by white gunmen and hidden in a bale of cotton that suddenly everyone wants to get his hands on. As nypd detectives “coffin ed” johnson and “grave digger” Jones piece together the complexity of the scheme, we are treated to Himes’s brand of hard-boiled crime fiction at its very best.

. As sponsor of the back-to-africa movement, he’s counting on a big Harlem rally to produce a massive collection—for his own private charity. A classic entry in chester himes’s trailblazing Harlem Detectives series, Cotton Comes to Harlem is one of his hardest-hitting and most entertaining thrillers.

Flim-flam man deke o’hara is no sooner out of Atlanta’s state penitentiary than he’s back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime.

The Last Picture Show

Mcmurtry is an alchemist who converts the basest materials to gold. New york times book reviewthe last picture show 1966 is both a rambunctious coming-of-age story and an elegy to a forlorn Texas town trying to keep its one movie house alive. Adapted into the oscar-winning film, this masterpiece immortalizes the lives of the hardscrabble residents who are threatened by the inexorable forces of the modern world.


Goodbye, Columbus

In the famous title story, leisure, radcliffe-bound Brenda Patimkin initiates Neil Klugman of Newark into a new and unsettling society of sex, perhaps the best college love story ever written, and loss. Over the years, most of the other stories have become classics as well. National book award winnerphilip roth's brilliant career was launched when the unknown twenty-five-year-old writer won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship for a collection that was to be called Goodbye, Columbus, in turn, and which, captured the 1960 National Book Award.


Breakfast at Tiffany's Vintage International

Holly golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm. This volume also includes three of capote's best-known stories, ” “a diamond Guitar, “House of Flowers, ” and “A Christmas Memory, ” which the Saturday Review called “one of the most moving stories in our language.

It is a tale of two innocents—a small boy and the old woman who is his best friend—whose sweetness contains a hard, sharp kernel of truth. In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape.


True Grit: A Novel

It tells the story of mattie ross, his horse, arkansas, and robs him of his life, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, and $150 in cash money. This new edition, with a smart new package and an afterword by acclaimed author Donna Tartt, will bring this masterpiece to an even broader audience.

True grit is his most famous novel--first published in 1968, and the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.

S. True grit is eccentric, straight, cool, and unflinching, like Mattie herself. From a writer of true cult status, this is an American classic through and through.

The Accomplished Guest: Stories

In the accomplished guest, travel to see old friends, people pay visits or receive visitors, and experience the joys and tolls of hosting company and of being hosted. Beattie “punctures her characters’ pretensions and jadedness with an economy and effortless dialogue that writers have been trying to emulate for three decades” The New York Times Book Review.

The accomplished guest is fresh, funny, and overwhelmingly “brilliant at furnishing the precise level of niggling complexity that is tragicomically real” San Francisco Chronicle. Ann beattie slips into a short story as flawlessly as Audrey Hepburn wore a Givenchy gown” O, The Oprah Magazine, and the pieces in The Accomplished Guest—featuring recent O.

Some guests provide welcome diversions, others are uninvited interruptions, all are indelibly drawn. Henry, and best american short story selections—are marked by an undercurrent of loss and an unexpected element of violence, Pushcart, with Beattie’s signature mordant humor woven throughout. In some stories, as in life, what begins as a benign social event becomes a situation played for high stakes.

A washington post notable fiction book of the year a magnificent collection from award-winning author Ann Beattie—“profoundly intriguing and unsettling stories that abound in delectably witty and furious inner monologues, many faceted heartaches, barbed dialogue, ludicrous predicaments, and abrupt upswellings of affection, even love.