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King, Queen, Knave

by Vladimir Nabokov

The novel is the story of Dreyer, a wealthy and boisterous proprietor of a men's clothing emporium store.  Ruddy, self-satisfied, and thoroughly masculine, he is perfectly repugnant to his exquisite but cold...


The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

by Vladimir Nabokov

"Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." -- John Updike

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is a perversely magical literary detective story -- subtle, intricate, leading...


Glory

by Vladimir Nabokov

Glory is the wryly ironic story of Martin Edelweiss, a twenty-two-year-old Russian émigré of no account, who is in love with a girl who refuses to marry him.  Convinced that his life is about to be wasted...


The Eye

by Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokov's fourth novel, The Eye is as much a farcical detective story as it is a profoundly refractive tale about the vicissitudes of identities and appearances. Nabokov's protagonist, Smurov, is a lovelorn,...


The Luzhin Defense

by Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokov's third novel, The Luzhin Defense, is a chilling story of obsession and madness. As a young boy, Luzhin was unattractive,  distracted, withdrawn, sullen--an enigma to his parents and an object of ridicule...


Pnin

by Vladimir Nabokov

Pnin is a professor of Russian at an American college who takes the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he cannot master. Pnin is a tireless lover who writes to his treacherous Liza: "A genius needs...


Invitation to a Beheading

by Vladimir Nabokov

Like Kafka's The Castle, Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical...


The Last Thing He Wanted

by Joan Didion

This intricate, fast-paced story, whose many scenes and details fit together like so many pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, is Didion's incisive and chilling look at a modern world where things are not working as they...


Transparent Things

by Vladimir Nabokov

"Transparent Things revolves around the four visits of the hero--sullen, gawky Hugh Person--to Switzerland . . .  As a young publisher, Hugh is sent to interview R., falls in love with Armande on the way,...


The Enchanter

by Vladimir Nabokov

The Enchanter is the Ur-Lolita, the precursor to Nabokov's classic novel. At once hilarious and chilling, it tells the story of an outwardly respectable man and his fatal obsession with certain pubescent girls,...


Vintage Nabokov

by Vladimir Nabokov

Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the greatest modern writers presented in attractive, accessible paperback editions.

“It was Nabokov’s gift to bring paradise wherever he alighted.”...


An Ice-Cream War: A Novel

by William Boyd

"Rich in character and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the historical novel at its best."

--The New York Times Book Review

Booker Prize Finalist

"Boyd has more than fulfilled the bright promise...


Literary Pasadena: The Fiction Edition

by Patricia O'Sullivan, Jervey Tervalon & Michelle Huneven

Short stories, essays and poems from the talented writers who live in the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains.


Good Kings Bad Kings: A Novel

Bellwether Prize 2012

by Susan Nussbaum

Bellwether Award winner Susan Nussbaum's powerful novel invites us into the lives of a group of typical teenagers-alienated, funny, yearning for autonomy-except that they live in an institution for juveniles...


Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

A new selection for the NEA’s Big Read program

A compact selection of Poe’s greatest stories and poems, chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts for their Big Read program.

This selection of eleven...


A Piece of My Heart

by Richard Ford

Ford's mesmerizing first novel is the story of two godless pilgrims. Robard Hewes has driven across the country in the service of a destructive passion. Sam Newell is seeking the missing piece of himself. When...


Where There's Love, There's Hate

by Adolfo Bioy Casares, Silvina Ocampo & Suzanne Jill Levine

A witty yet gripping pastiche of murder mysteries set in an Argentine seaside resort, peppered with literary allusions

In seaside Bosque de Mar, guests at the Hotel Central are struck by double misfortune: the...


Pride: A Novel

by Lorene Cary

Four women, lifelong friends, are turning 40--and what a year it is.

Roz, the perfectly controlled (and controlling) politician's wife, is trying to keep her family together as she recovers from breast cancer...


No Variations

by Luis Chitarroni & Darren Koolman

A dizzying look at the backrooms of literature, with petty squabbles, long-nurtured grudges, envied or undeserved prizes, failing publishers, and self-important critics, The No Variations is a serious game,...


The Salt Eaters

by Toni Cade Bambara

Set in Claybourne, a small town somewhere in the South, THE SALT EATERS is the story of a community of black faith healers who, searching for the healing properties of salt, witness an event that will change...