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Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250081544
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Published: Picador - February 9th, 2016

A Finalist for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction


What Belongs to You: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250117892
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Published: Picador - December 20th, 2016

Longlisted for the National Book Award in Fiction • A Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction • A Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the James Taite Black Prize for Fiction A Finalist the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize • A Finalist for the Green Carnation Prize A New York Time


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

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The 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.


Dubliners Cover Image
By James Joyce, Terence Brown (Introduction by), Terence Brown (Notes by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780140186475
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 1st, 1993

A definitive edition of perhaps the greatest short story collection in the English language


Giovanni's Room (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345806567
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

Set among the bohemian bars and nightclubs of 1950s Paris, this groundbreaking novel about love and the fear of love is "a book that belongs in the top rank of fiction" (The Atlantic).

In the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. 


Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction Cover Image
$15.99
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ISBN: 9780316766944
Published: Back Bay Books - January 30th, 2001

The last book-length work of fiction by J. D. Salinger published in his lifetime collects two novellas about "one of the liveliest, funniest, most fully realized families in all fiction" (New York Times).


Fashion Climbing: A Memoir Cover Image
By Bill Cunningham, Hilton Als (Preface by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525558729
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Published: Penguin Books - September 3rd, 2019

The New York Times bestseller

“[An] obscenely enjoyable romp.” —The New York Times Book Review

The untold story of a New York City legend's education in creativity and style


Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984822185
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Published: Hogarth - February 18th, 2020

NOW AN EMMY-NOMINATED HULU ORIGINAL SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships” (People) from the author of Conversations with Friends, “a master of the literary page-turner” (J. Courtney Sullivan).
 


NOW COLLECTED INTO ONE VOLUME FOR THE FIRST TIME, ALL FIVE INSTALLMENTS OF EDWARD ST. AUBYN'S CELEBRATED PATRICK MELROSE NOVELS

Soon to be a Showtime TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Blythe Danner


Lucky Jim Cover Image
By Kingsley Amis, Keith Gessen (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590175750
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 2nd, 2012

A hilarious satire about college life and high class manners, this is a classic of postwar English literature.


Interpreter of Maladies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358213260
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Published: Mariner Books - October 22nd, 2019

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD WINNER.


The Friend: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735219458
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

WINNER OF THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


"A beautiful book … a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love." —Wall Street Journal


Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (The New York Times Book Review).WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017


Grand Union: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525558996
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Published: Penguin Press - October 8th, 2019

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal! 

A dazzling collection of short fiction


Beloved (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding New York Times bestseller transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.


A Little Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

A stunning “portrait of the enduring grace of friendship” (NPR) about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves. A masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century.


84, Charing Cross Road Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140143508
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 1990

"Those who have read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a novel comprised of only letters between the characters, will see how much that best-seller owes 84, Charing Cross Road." -- Medium.com

A heartwarming love story about people who love books for readers who love books


A Room with a View (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679724766
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Published: Vintage - October 23rd, 1989

First published in 1908, A Room with a View portrays the love of a British woman for an expatriate living in Italy. Caught up in a world of social snobbery, Forster's heroine, Lucy Honeychurch, finds herself constrained by the claustrophobic influence of her British guardians, who encourage her to take up with a well-connected boor.


To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) Cover Image
By Herve Guibert, Andrew Durbin (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781635901238
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Published: Semiotext(e) - May 19th, 2020

A novel that describes, with devastating, darkly comic clarity, its narrator's experience of being diagnosed with AIDS.

First published by Gallimard in 1990, To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life describes, with devastating, darkly comic clarity, its narrator's experience of being diagnosed with AIDS.


Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618526413
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Published: Mariner Books - April 21st, 2004

The beloved classic that turned Carson McCullers into an overnight literary sensation.

At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life.


Play It As It Lays: A Novel (FSG Classics) Cover Image
By Joan Didion, David Thomson (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374529949
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 15th, 2005

A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Joan Didion's Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the reader.


The Undocumented Americans Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399592706
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Published: One World - April 6th, 2021

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.


Ecology of a Cracker Childhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571313256
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Published: Milkweed Editions - November 24th, 2015

"A gutsy, wholly original memoir of ragged grace and raw beauty."
--Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)


Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A Best Book of 2021: Entertainment Weekly, Good Morning America, Wall Street Journal, and more


The Man Who Saw Everything Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632869845
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 15th, 2019

Longlisted for the Booker Prize
A New York Times Editor's Choice

Named a Best Book of the Year By:


Acts of Desperation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316429856
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 9th, 2021

Heralding the arrival of “a huge literary talent” (Karl Ove Knausgaard), Megan Nolan’s riveting debut is “a blistering anti-romance” (Catherine Lacey) about love addiction and what it does to us.

Wouldn’t I do anything to reverse my loss, the absence of him?

In the first scene of this provocative gut-punch of a novel, our unna


Memorial: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593087275
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 27th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK


Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings Cover Image
By Thomas De Quincey, Barry Milligan (Editor), Barry Milligan (Introduction by), Barry Milligan (Notes by)
$15.00
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ISBN: 9780140439014
Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

The first literary addiction memoir, featuring the autobiographical Suspiria de Profundis, the inspiration for the 2018 horror film Suspiria, starring Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton and directed by Luca Guadagnino


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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