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  Cover Art: Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury, Ray
Fahrenheit 451
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his dystopian society, where television rules and literature's on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out--to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book.
190 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Stranger Camus, Albert
The Stranger
An ordinary man having carved out a simple life for himself in Algiers commits a murder and goes on trial for a pointless crime.
117 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Breakfast at Tiffany's : a Short Novel and Three Stories Capote, Truman
Breakfast at Tiffany's : a Short Novel and Three Stories
In Breakfast at Tiffany's, Holly Golightly tries to survive in New York city any way she can, meeting a variety of colorful characters along the way. Also included included in this book are the short stories "House of Flowers," "A Diamond Guitar," and "A Christmas Memory."
161 p. 1994
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: O Pioneers! Cather, Willa
O Pioneers!
The heroine of O Pioneers!, Alexandra Bergson, is a young Swedish immigrant at the turn of the twentieth century who inherits her father's windblasted land and, through years of hard work, turns it into a prosperous farm. Fiercely independent, Alexandra sacrifices love and companionship in her passionate devotion to the land, until tragedy strikes and brings with it the chance for a new life. One of our most beloved classics, one of the great heroines of American literature.
188 p. 2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Awakening and Selected Stories Chopin, Kate
The Awakening and Selected Stories
The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers and reviewers with its treatment of sex and suicide. In a departure from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle- and upper-class convention are themes of this now-classic novel. The book was influenced by French writers ranging from Flaubert to Maupassant, and can be seen as a precursor of the impressionistic, mood-driven novels of Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes. Variously called "vulgar," "unhealthily introspective," and "morbid," the book was neglected for several decades, not least because it was written by a "regional" woman writer.
286 p. 2003
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Heart of Darkness Conrad, Joseph
Heart of Darkness
Marlowe sails down the Congo in search of Kurtz, a company agent who has, according to rumors, become insane in the isolating jungle.
110 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Christmas Carol and Other Stories Dickens, Charles
A Christmas Carol and Other Stories
Charles Dickens's beloved tale about the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who comes to know the meaning of kindness, charity, and goodwill through a haunting Christmas Eve encounter with four ghosts, is a heartwarming celebration of the spirit of Christmas. This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition also includes two other popular Christmas stories by Dickens: The Chimes ,in which a man, persuaded by hypocritical cant that the poor deserve their misery, is shown what his pessimistic resignation might lead to in a vision conjured by the pealing of bells, and The Haunted Man , Dickens's last Christmas tale, which features one of his great comic families, the Tetterbys.
339 p. 2001
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Hound of the Baskervilles : Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Arthur Conan
The Hound of the Baskervilles : Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes
The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body, this classic horror story pits detective against dog. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles' heir comes to an equally gruesome end.
195 p. 2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald, F. Scott
The Great Gatsby
Amidst the decadence of wealthy Jazz Age society in the 1920s, an enigmatic millionaire, Jay Gatsby, is obsessed with an elusive, spoiled young woman - Daisy Buchanan.
172 p. 1996
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Lord of the Flies Golding, William
Lord of the Flies
The classic tale of a group of English schoolboys left stranded on an unpopulated island, who must confront not only the defects of their society but the defects of their own natures.
182 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway, Ernest
The Old Man and the Sea
This is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal--a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.
127 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Novels James, Henry
The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Novels
This indispensible anthology collects the short novels of Henry James, offering readers the full range of his skill and vision-the singular art and imagination of an author who profoundly influenced American literature. It includes Daisy Miller: a Study as well as The Turn of the Screw.
449 p. 2007
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Metamorphosis Kafka, Franz
The Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka's 1915 novella of unexplained horror and nightmarish transformation became a worldwide classic and remains a century later one of the most widely read works of fiction in the world. It is the story of traveling salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect. This hugely influential work inspired George Orwell, Albert Camus, Jorge Louis Borges, and Ray Bradbury, while continuing to unsettle millions of readers.
126 p. 2014
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Passing Larsen, Nella
Passing
"Clare Kendry leads a dangerous life. Fair, elegant, and ambitious, she is married to a white man unaware of her African American heritage, and has severed all ties to her past. Clare's childhood friend, Irene Redfield, just as light-skinned, has chosen to remain within the African American community, but refuses to acknowledge the racism that continues to constrict her family's happiness. A chance encounter forces both women to confront the lies they have told others -- and the secret fears they have buried within themselves. First published in 1929, Passing is a remarkably candid exploration of shifting racial and sexual boundaries"--Back cover.
122 p. 2003
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Call of the Wild; and White Fang London, Jack
The Call of the Wild; and White Fang
Two novellas are included in this book; both are short classics. The Call of the Wild follows Buck, a dog stolen from his home and thrust into the merciless life of the Arctic to endure hardship, cold, and the lawlessness of man and beast. White Fang is the adventure of an animal--part dog, part wolf--turned vicious by abuse, then transformed by the patience and affection of one man.
296 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Death in Venice Mann, Thomas
Death in Venice
An aging German writer, on holiday in Venice, becomes intrigued by a youth whose remote beauty embodies the classic ideal.
142 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories Melville, Herman
Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories
"Billy Budd, Sailor," a classic confrontation between good and evil, is the story of an innocent young man unable to defend himself from wrongful accusations. Other selections include "Bartleby," "The Piazza," "The Encantadas," "The Bell-Tower," "Benito Cereno," "The Paradise of Bachelors," and "The Tartarus of Maids."
385 p. 1986
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Animal Farm Orwell, George
Animal Farm
A satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government.
97 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Of Mice and Men Steinbeck, John
Of Mice and Men
The tragic story of the friendship between two migrant workers, George and Lenny--who has a severe mental disability--and their dream of owning a farm.
103 p. Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Pearl Steinbeck, John
The Pearl
A poor fisherman dreams of wealth and happiness for his family when he finds a priceless pearl.
97 p. Adult Fiction Book
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