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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.


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 Mosquito Coast Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780618658961
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Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 2006

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.


Fiskadoro Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060976095
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 30th, 2000

Hailed by the New York Times as "wildly ambitious" and "the sort of book that a young Herman Melville might have written had he lived today and studied such disparate works as the Bible, 'The Wasteland,' Fahrenheit 451, and Dog Soldiers, screened Star Wars and Apocalypse Now several times, dropped a lot of acid and listened to hours of Jimi Hendrix and


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."


The Son Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062120403
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Published: Ecco - January 28th, 2014

Soon to be a TV Series on AMC starring Pierce Brosnan and co-written by Philipp Meyer.

Now in paperback, the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling epic, a saga of land, blood, and power that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century.


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


Gilead: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312424404
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Published: Picador - January 10th, 2006

The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning novel
A New York Times Top-Ten Book of 2004
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
A PBS Great American Read selection


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.


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.


Fourth of July Creek: A Novel Cover Image
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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 Laughing Monsters: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074911
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Published: Picador - October 13th, 2015

A post-9/11 literary spy thriller from the National Book Award-winning author of Tree of Smoke


Angels: A Novel Cover Image
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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.


The Yellow Birds: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316219341
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 2013

Finalist for the National Book Award, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive in Iraq.

"The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss.


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**

“Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard.”—Sports Illustrated


The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603583060
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - July 6th, 2012

There is no despair in a seed. There's only life, waiting for the right conditions-sun and water, warmth and soil-to be set free. Everyday, millions upon millions of seeds lift their two green wings.


Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143125334
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Published: Penguin Books - April 29th, 2014

Michael Pollan, the bestselling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, Food Rules, and How to Change Your Mind, explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen in Cooked


The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143127154
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Published: Penguin Books - April 7th, 2015

“Not since Michael Pollan has such a powerful storyteller emerged to reform American food.” —The Washington Post


Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307745309
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Published: Vintage - November 5th, 2013

The Basis for the HBO Documentary. A National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.
 


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)


Brideshead Revisited Cover Image
$16.99
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.


Flashman: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452259614
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Published: Plume - August 1st, 1984

"If ever there was a time when I felt that 'watcher-of-the-skies-when-a-new-planet' stuff, it was when I read the first Flashman."–P.G. Wodehouse

The first novel in the Flashman series


Running in the Family (Vintage International) Cover Image
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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
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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.


A Fan's Notes (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679720768
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 1988

This fictional memoir, the first of an autobiographical trilogy, traces a self professed failure's nightmarish decent into the underside of American life and his resurrection to the wisdom that emerges from despair.


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.


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


Set This House on Fire (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679736745
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Published: Vintage - January 4th, 1993

The day after Peter Leverett met his old friend Mason Flagg in Italy, Mason was found dead. The hours leading up to his death were a nightmare for Peter—both in their violence and in their maddening unreality.


Bright Lights, Big City (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780394726410
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 1984

With the publication of Bright Lights, Big City in 1984, Jay McInerney became a literary sensation, heralded as the voice of a generation. The novel follows a young man, living in Manhattan as if he owned it, through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties as he attempts to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn.


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;


Solo Faces: A Novel Cover Image
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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.


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

Jesus' Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiraling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The raw beauty and careening energy of Denis Johnson's prose has earned this book a place among the classics of twentieth-century American literature.


Wise Blood: A Novel (FSG Classics) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374530631
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 6th, 2007

Flannery O'Connor's haunting first novel of faith, false prophets, and redemptive wisdom


Train Dreams: A Novella Cover Image
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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


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

An Oprah.com "Must-Read" Book


The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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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.
 


On Chesil Beach Cover Image
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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.


The Last American Man Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142002834
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 27th, 2003

Finalist for the National Book Award

From the New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, Big Magic and City of Girls comes a riveting exploration of manhood and all its complicated meanings through the portrait of an American Mountain Man. 


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.


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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 


Portnoy's Complaint (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679756453
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Published: Vintage - September 20th, 1994

The groundbreaking novel that propelled its author to literary stardom: told in a continuous monologue from patient to psychoanalyst, Philip Roth's masterpiece draws us into the turbulent mind of one lust-ridden young Jewish bachelor named Alexander Portnoy. 


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;


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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