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Gentleman Death / Perpetual Motion

Penguin Modern Classics Edition

by Graeme Gibson, introduction by Margaret Atwood
edition: Paperback
tagged: family life, coming of age, classics

Together in a single volume, two beloved works by the inimitable Graeme Gibson.

Gentleman Death
Novelist Robert Fraser comes face-to-face with creativity, his mortality, and the deaths of his father and brother. Set mainly in Toronto, the novel also takes us to London, Scotland, Germany, and New York as we follow the escapades of two of Fraser's f …

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Penguin Modern Classics Edition

by Alice Munro
edition: Paperback
tagged: short stories (single author), contemporary women, classics

A small-town girl who dreams of greater things, trying to get away from a place that wants to hold her back. A series of stories exploring the pursuit of ambition, and the fear and shame of potential failure.

In this award-winning collection from the acclaimed Alice Munro, we follow Rose and her stepmother, Flo: residents of the poorer side of Hanra …

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Lives of Girls and Women

Penguin Modern Classics Edition

by Alice Munro
tagged: coming of age, classics, contemporary women

A mother and daughter, caged with the internal strife of stifled desires, trapped ambition, and silenced dreams, seeking more in the world beyond home.

"There is a change coming in the lives of girls and women." Del Jordan and her mother long for more outside of their small home town of Jubilee, though they cannot say so, at the risk of inviting the …

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Children of My Heart

Penguin Modern Classics Edition

by Gabrielle Roy
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
tagged: coming of age, classics, small town & rural

Set in the prairies in the 1930s, and rich with the author’s own memories of her time there as a young woman, this is a powerful story of an impressionable and passionate young teacher and the pupils, from impoverished immigrant families, whose lives she touches. Children of My Heart bears unforgettable testimony to the healing power love exerts …

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The Tomorrow-Tamer

Penguin Modern Classics Edition

by Margaret Laurence
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
tagged: short stories (single author), classics, historical

The ten stories gathered together in The Tomorrow-Tamer are Margaret Laurence’s first published fiction. Set in raucous and often terrifying Ghana, where shiny Jaguars and modern jazz jostle for eminence against fetish figures, tribal rites, and the unchanging beat of jungle drums, the stories tell of individuals, European and African, trying to …

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This Side Jordan

Penguin Modern Classics Edition

by Margaret Laurence
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback Paperback
tagged: historical, classics, political

In 1957, the British colony of the Gold Coast broke free to become the independent nation of Ghana. Margaret Laurence’s first novel, This Side Jordan, recreates that colour-drenched world: a place where men and women struggle with self-betrayal, self-discovery, and the dawning of political pride.

This Side Jordan transcends the traditional limits …

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Rockbound

Penguin Modern Classics Edition

by Frank Parker Day
edition: Paperback
tagged: coming of age, action & adventure, classics

The timeless novel of Nova Scotia's South Shore

A dreamy, optimistic, and youthful David Jung comes to claim his small share of the harsh domain of Rockbound, an island currently governed by the righteous and rapacious Uriah Jung. As David tries to find his way in a narrow and controlled world, he struggles for survival against his many conflicts a …

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Something to Remember Me By

Three Tales

by Saul Bellow, read by A. C. Fellner; Kevin Pariseau & Jennifer Van Dyck
also available: Audiobook (CD)
tagged: literary, short stories (single author), classics

A collection of three novellas

 

A Theft

 

A clever but tender novella is also Bellow's first book to feature a woman as its principal character. A 40ish executive of an international publishing group, Clara is "the czarina of fashion writing," the breadwinner of her family. Clara's powerful facade is vulnerable to the demands of her heart. Two youthfu …

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Benito Cereno

by Herman Melville, edited by Brian Yothers
edition: Paperback
tagged: classics

“Benito Cereno,” a story of atmospheric Gothic horror and striking political resonance, represents Herman Melville’s most profound and unsettling engagement with the horrors of New World slavery. Narrating the story of a slave revolt using materials drawn from Amasa Delano’s non-fictional account of the Tryal Rebellion from earlier in the n …

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London Labour and the London Poor

Selected Edition

by Henry Mayhew, edited by Barbara Leckie & Janice Schroeder
edition: Paperback
tagged: classics

Produced between 1850 and 1862, London Labour and the London Poor is one of the most significant examples of nineteenth-century oral history. The collection teems with the minute particulars of the everyday—bits and pieces of London lives assembled into a precarious whole by the author, editor, and principal investigator, Henry Mayhew. Mayhew was …