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Bull Mountain Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425282281
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 21st, 2016

Winner of the ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel

From a remarkable voice in Southern fiction comes a multigenerational saga of crime, family, and vengeance.


Drown Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781573226066
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 1st, 1997

From the beloved and award-winning author Junot Díaz, a spellbinding saga of a family’s journey through the New World.
 


An American Insurrection: James Meredith and the Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962 Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385499705
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Published: Anchor - January 7th, 2003

In 1961, a black veteran named James Meredith applied for admission to the University of Mississippi — and launched a legal revolt against white supremacy in the most segregated state in America.


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594483295
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2008

Winner of:
The Pulitzer Prize
The National Book Critics Circle Award
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize
Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year


The Razor's Edge (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400034208
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Published: Vintage - September 9th, 2003

Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brillant characters - his fiancee Isabel, whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and Elliot Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob.


Going After Cacciato: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780767904421
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Published: Crown - September 1st, 1999

A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THINGS THEY CARRIED

"To call Going After Cacciato a novel about war is like calling Moby-Dick a novel about whales."


Yonder Stands Your Orphan Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780802138934
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Published: Grove Press - April 18th, 2002

Barry Hannah has long been considered one of the country's best living writers, whose singular voice and wicked genius for storytelling have earned him legions of diehard fans. His first novel in ten years, Yonder Stands Your Orphan opens with the establishment of an orphans' camp and the discovery of an abandoned car with two skeletons in the trunk.


Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525510567
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 14th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “From The New Yorker’s beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.”—Esquire
 


The Savage Detectives: A Novel Cover Image
By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780312427481
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Published: Picador - March 4th, 2008

The Savage Detectives is an exuberant, raunchy, wildly inventive, and ambitious novel from one of the greatest Latin American authors of our age.

National Bestseller


Night Train: New and Selected Stories Cover Image
By Thom Jones, Amy Bloom (Introduction by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316449366
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 8th, 2019

A posthumous and definitive collection of new and selected stories by "virtuoso of the short story" (Esquire) and National Book Award finalist Thom Jones.


Brief Interviews With Hideous Men: Stories Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316925198
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 1st, 2000

In this thought-provoking and playful short story collection, David Foster Wallace nudges at the boundaries of fiction with inimitable wit and seductive intelligence.


Just Kids Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060936228
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Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD


This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781324003205
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 11th, 2020

A visionary work of radical empathy.

Known for immersion journalism that is more immersed than most people are willing to go, and for a prose style that is somehow both fierce and soulful, Jeff Sharlet dives deep into the darkness around us and awaiting us.


Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781416591061
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Published: Scribner - May 10th, 2011

*Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award*
*A New York Times Notable Book*
*Winner of the Texas Book Award and the Oklahoma Book Award*

This New York Times bestseller and stunning historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American We


Into the Wild Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780385486804
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Published: Anchor - January 20th, 1997

Krakauer’s page-turning bestseller explores a famed missing person mystery while unraveling the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.


1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501125379
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2015

With a new foreword by the author--Chris Rose's New York Times bestselling collection: "A gripping book about life's challenges in post-Katrina New Orleans...packed with heart, honesty, and wit" (New Republic).


The Last Taxi Driver Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142681
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Published: Tin House Books - April 6th, 2021

A Kirkus Best Book of 2020

“A wild, funny, poetic fever dream that will change the way you think about America.” —George Saunders


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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