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Under the Wave at Waimea Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780358446286
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 13th, 2021

“Theroux’s work is like no one else’s.” –Francine Prose, New York Times Book Review

From legendary writer Paul Theroux comes an atmospheric novel following a big-wave surfer as he confronts aging, privilege, mortality, and whose lives we choose to remember.

Now in his sixties, big-wave surfer Joe Sharkey has passed his prime a


The Flamethrowers: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439142011
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Published: Scribner - January 14th, 2014

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW * New York magazine’s #1 Book of the Year * Best Book of 2013 by: The Wall Street Journal; Vogue; O, The Oprah Magazine; Los Angeles Times; The San Francisco Chronicle; The New Yorker; Time; Flavorwire; Salon; Slate;


A Sport and a Pastime: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics) Cover Image
By James Salter, Reynolds Price (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374530501
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 22nd, 2006

"As nearly perfect as any American fiction I know," is how Reynolds Price (The New York Times) described this classic that has been a favorite of readers, both here and in Europe, for almost forty years.


The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307950475
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2013

Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Now his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley.
 


Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 1992

An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west."


Angels: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060988821
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 30th, 2002

The most critically acclaimed, and first, of Denis Johnson's novels, Angels puts Jamie Mays -- a runaway wife toting along two kids -- and Bill Houston -- ex-Navy man, ex-husband, ex-con -- on a Greyhound Bus for a dark, wild ride cross country.


Jesus' Son: Stories (Picador Modern Classics #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312428747
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Published: Picador - February 17th, 2009

American master Denis Johnson's nationally bestselling collection of blistering and indelible tales about America's outcasts and wanderers


Gilead (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250784018
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Published: Picador - August 4th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER• OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER• A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • MORE THAN 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD

“Quietly powerful [and] moving.” O, The Oprah Magazine (recommended reading)


The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812988659
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 8th, 2019

Twenty-five years after Jesus’ Son, a haunting new collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence, from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson


The River: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525563532
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2020

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

EDGAR AWARD NOMINEE

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
THE OBSERVER (LONDON) • KIRKUS REVIEWS


Train Dreams: A Novella Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250007650
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Published: Picador - May 22nd, 2012

A New York Times Notable Book
An Esquire Best Book of 2011
A New Yorker Favorite Book of 2011
A Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of 2011


August: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812993752
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Published: Random House - March 31st, 2020

A boy coming of age in a part of the country that’s being left behind is at the heart of this dazzling novel—the first by an award-winning author of short stories that evoke the American West.


The Arrest: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062938787
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Published: Ecco - November 10th, 2020

From the award-winning author of The Feral Detective and Motherless Brooklyn comes an utterly original post-collapse yarn about two siblings, the man that came between them, and a nuclear-powered super car.


The New York Trilogy: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Paul Auster, Luc Sante (Introduction by), Art Spiegelman (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143039839
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

The remarkable, acclaimed series of interconnected detective novels – from the author of 4 3 2 1:  A Novel


Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143109396
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

**Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography**

Included in President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List

“Without a doubt, the finest surf book I’ve ever read . . . ” —The New York Times Magazine


Dog Soldiers Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780395860250
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Published: Mariner Books - April 2nd, 1997

In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action - and profit - by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong for him.


Solo Faces: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780865473218
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Published: North Point Press - June 1st, 1988

Solo Faces exposes the obsession that draws climbers away from civilization to test themselves against the most intimidating and inaccessible mountains in the world.


Motel Chronicles Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780872861435
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Published: City Lights Books - January 1st, 2001

Motel Chronicles reveals the fast-moving and sometimes surprising world of the man behind the plays that have made Sam Shepard a living legend in the theater.


Wolf in White Van: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250074713
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2015

A New York Times Bestseller. Nominated for the National Book Award, Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, and Winner of the Alex Award, "One of the Most Compelling Books of the Year" (Blake Butler, Vice)


Beautiful Animals: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553447392
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Published: Hogarth - April 17th, 2018

"Let’s not mince words. This is a great book. Truly difficult to put down... sophisticated, smart and uncomfortable, and the story is cracking."  Lionel Shriver, Washington Post 


Brideshead Revisited Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316216456
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Published: Back Bay Books - December 11th, 2012

Selected by Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of the century and called "Evelyn Waugh's finest achievement" by the New York Times, Brideshead Revisited is a stunning exploration of desire, duty, and memory.


The Places in Between Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780156031561
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Published: Mariner Books - May 8th, 2006

In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations.


Running in the Family (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679746690
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Published: Vintage - November 30th, 1993

In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records his journey through the drug-like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that "pendant off the ear of India, " Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family. An inspired travel narrative and family memoir by an exceptional writer.


Ninety-two in the Shade (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679752899
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 1995

Tiring of the company of junkies and burn-outs, Thomas Skelton goes home to Key West to take up a more wholesome life. But things fester in America's utter South.


Robert Stone: Dog Soldiers, A Flag for Sunrise, Outerbridge Reach (LOA #328) Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781598536546
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Published: Library of America - March 3rd, 2020

For the first time in one volume, three modern masterworks from the National Book Award-winning writer who explored the dark undercurrents of the American Century


The Night of the Gun: A reporter investigates the darkest story of his life. His own. Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781416541530
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 2nd, 2009

From David Carr (1956–2015), the “undeniably brilliant and dogged journalist” (Entertainment Weekly) and author of the instant New York Times bestseller that the Chicago Sun-Times called “a compelling tale of drug abuse, despair, and, finally, hope.”

Do we remember only the stories we can live with?


Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust Cover Image
By Nathanael West, Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811218221
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Published: New Directions - June 23rd, 2009

"A primer for Big Bad City disillusionment, unsparing in its portrayal of New York's debilitating entropy."—The Village Voice. With a new introduction by Jonathan Lethem.


Roughneck (Mulholland Classic) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316403818
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Published: Mulholland Books - August 5th, 2014

By the time Jim Thompson was sixteen years old, he had been a newspaper boy, a burlesque show hawker, a plumber's helper, a comedian in two-reel pictures, a night bellboy in a luxury hotel and over a dozen other occupations.


Weather (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345806901
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Published: Vintage - January 19th, 2021

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

From the beloved author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation--one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year--a "darkly funny and urgent" (NPR) tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis


So Long, See You Tomorrow (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679767206
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 1996

In this magically evocative novel, William Maxwell explores the enigmatic gravity of the past, which compels us to keep explaining it even as it makes liars out of us every time we try. On a winter morning in the 1920s, a shot rings out on a farm in rural Illinois. A man named Lloyd Wilson has been killed.


The Painter (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804170154
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

An Oprah.com "Must-Read" Book


On Chesil Beach Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307386175
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Published: Anchor - June 10th, 2008

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Saoirse Ronan

The bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of Atonement brilliantly illuminates the collision of sexual longing, deep-seated fears, and romantic fantasy on a young couple’s wedding night.


Fourth of July Creek: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062286468
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Published: Ecco - March 10th, 2015

In this shattering and iconic American novel, PEN prize-winning writer, Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions.


The Wanderers Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780395977743
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Published: Mariner Books - April 15th, 1999

A teenage gang comes of age in the 1960s Bronx. Written when the author was twenty-four, this story was the basis for a major feature film.


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Miss Jane: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393354386
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 11th, 2017

Longlisted for the National Book Award and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year

"Gorgeous…A writer of profound emotional depths." —New York Times Book Review


The Marauders: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780804140584
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Published: Crown - November 3rd, 2015

"A little Elmore Leonard, a little Charles Portis, and very much its own uniquely American self. . .Tom Cooper has written one hell of a novel." Stephen King 


Lila (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250784032
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Published: Picador - August 4th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

"Marilynne Robinson's LILA is an enthralling meditation on belief, suffering and grace." —O, the Oprah Magazine


Light Years (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679740735
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Published: Vintage - January 31st, 1995

This exquisite, resonant novel by PEN/Faulkner winner James Salter is a brilliant portrait of a marriage by a contemporary American master. It is the story of Nedra and Viri, whose favored life is centered around dinners, ingenious games with their children, enviable friends, and near-perfect days passed skating on a frozen river or sunning on the beach.


Deliverance Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385313872
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Published: Delta - September 10th, 1994

“You're hooked, you feel every cut, grope up every cliff, swallow water with every spill of the canoe, sweat with every draw of the bowstring. Wholly absorbing [and] dramatic.”—Harper's Magazine


Invisible Cities Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780156453806
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 1978

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from Invisible Cities

In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler.


The Mosquito Coast Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780618658961
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Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 2006

NOW AN APPLE ORIGINAL SERIES FROM APPLE TV+ STARRING JUSTIN THEROUX
AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER"A gripping adventure story."—New York Times Book Review

The paranoid and brilliant inventor Allie Fox takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the one they've left.


A Feast of Snakes: A Novel Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780684842486
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Published: Touchstone - January 7th, 1998

How to read more

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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