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Dubliners (USED)

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"Dubliners" was completed in 1905, but a series of British and Irish publishers and printers found it offensive and immoral, and it was suppressed. The book finally came out in London in 1914, just as Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" began to appear in the journal "Egoist" under the auspices of Ezra Pound. The first three stories in "Dubliners" might be incidents from a draft of "Portrait of the Artist," and many of the characters who figure in "Ulysses" have their first appearance here, but this is not a book of interest only because of its relationship to Joyce's life and mature work. It is one of the greatest story collections in the English language--an unflinching, brilliant, often tragic portrait of early twentieth-century Dublin. The book, which begins and ends with a death, moves from "stories of my childhood" through tales of public life. Its larger purpose, Joyce said, was as a moral history of Ireland.

Fruit for All Seasons (USED)

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Tragedy of Arthur (USED)

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"The Tragedy of Arthur" is an emotional and elaborately constructed tour de force from bestselling and critically acclaimed novelist Arthur Phillips, "one of the best writers in America" ("The Washington Post").
Its doomed hero is Arthur Phillips, a young man struggling with a larger-than-life father, a con artist who works wonders of deception but is a most unreliable parent. Arthur is raised in an enchanted world of smoke and mirrors where the only unshifting truth is his father's and his beloved twin sister's deep and abiding love for the works of William Shakespeare--a love so pervasive that Arthur becomes a writer in a misguided bid for their approval and affection.
Years later, Arthur's father, imprisoned for decades and nearing the end of his life, shares with Arthur a treasure he's kept secret for half a century: a previously unknown play by Shakespeare, titled "The Tragedy of Arthur." But Arthur and his sister also inherit their father's mission: to see the play published and acknowledged as the Bard's last great gift to humanity. . . .
Unless it's their father's last great con.
By turns hilarious and haunting, this virtuosic novel--which includes Shakespeare's (?) lost King Arthur play in its five-act entirety--captures the very essence of romantic and familial love and betrayal. "The Tragedy of Arthur" explores the tension between storytelling and truth-telling, the thirst for originality in all our lives, and the act of literary mythmaking, both now and four centuries ago, as the two Arthurs--Arthur the novelist and Arthur the ancient king--play out their individual but strangely intertwined fates.
A "New York Times" Notable Book - A "New Yorker" Reviewers' Favorite of the Year - A "Wall Street Journal" Best Novel of the Year - A "San Francisco Chronicle" Best Book of the Year - A "Chicago Tribune" Favorite Book of the Year - A "Library Journal" Top Ten Book of the Year - A "Kirkus Reviews" Best Book of the Year - One of Salon's five best novels of the year
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Winning Styles Cookbook; Recipes from the James Beard Foundation Award -Winning Chefs (USED)

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Nation's Restaurant News has recently selected Winning Styles Cookbook as one of the year's best cookbooks.For the first time, 21 top chefs who have won prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards share the secrets behind their culinary magic in an exciting new cookbook. Winning Styles Cookbook: Recipes from James Beard Award Winning Chefs includes the stories behind their success, 100 plus recipes with full color photographs and bevarage recommendations. It is an inspiring, practical guide for home cooks, a valuable resource for aspiring food professionals and an attractive coffee-table tome for culinary afficionados, all in one.Full of culinary inspiration, this book is the first of its kind. 'Foodies' hope it won't be the last. Better Homes and Garden, Holiday Appetizers, 2003