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  • Peter Ferry

    Pete Ferry teaches high school English in the wealthy suburb of Lake Forest outside of Chicago and moonlights as a travel writer. On his way home after work one evening, he witnesses a car accident that kills a beautiful woman named Lisa Kim. But was it an accident? Could Pete have prevented it? And did it actually happen, or is this just an elaborate tale he concocts to impart the power of story to his students? Why can’t he stop thinking about Lisa Kim? And what might his obsession with her mean to his relationship with his girlfriend, Lydia? With humor, tenderness, and suspense, Travel Writing takes readers on fascinating journeys, both geographical and psychological, as it delves...read more

  • John J. Clayton

    High-tech entrepreneur Michael Kuperman has discovered that a powerful American corporation has been selling chemical weapons abroad illegally. What must he do with this knowledge? Ultimately, the Kuperman family must flee Boston and hide their identity. Dealing with danger soon changes their life as a family. Kuperman struggles with his heritage as a Jew. Wishing he could hide in a sentimental version of his heritage, he becomes aware of its passion for justice and remembers moments from his ancestors’ past that have made survival possible. In a direct, literal way, the legacy of his grandfather protects him and his family in their immediate danger. Kuperman’s Fire both...read more

  • Herman Melville

    One of the great works of American literature, Moby-Dick is the epic tale of one man’s fight against a force of nature. The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost. This masterfully symbolic drama of the conflict between man and his fate has a...read more

  • Homer

    One of the great masterpieces of Western literature, Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars. Though the stormy, vengeful god of the ocean is determined to keep him off course, Odysseus is clever and has the brilliant goddess Athena on his side. With wit, integrity, and bravery, Odysseus must escape the grip of the fearsome Cyclops, resist the deadly seductions of sirens and witches, and traverse the land of the dead to commune with his fallen comrades before returning to his beloved wife, who has waited for him for twenty years. A storehouse of Greek folklore and myth, Homer’s epic tale remains as...read more

  • Homer

    Homer's Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The Iliad can justly be called the world's greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns, the heroism and treachery of its combatants unmatched in song and story. Driven by fierce passions and loyalties, men and gods battle to a devastating conclusion. The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    When Gold's daughter is viciously attacked by a neighbor'sdog and barely escapes with her life, Gold's world is torn open. Haunted by theincident and unable to convince local authorities to take action, he agrees toa friend's offer of retaliation. When he feels compelled to return the favor,one bad turn leads to another-and this time, Gold finds the repercussions muchworse than he ever could have...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    Gilbert saw Mary Ann first, but the secondtime he sees her she is dancing with his best friend, Rafe. The three of thembegin hanging out all the time, driving around in the car Rafe got as a presentfor getting into Yale. But when Rafe goes out of town, Gilbert and Mary Ann keepthe tradition going, seeing movies and going on drives ... in Rafe's car no less.Gilbert thinks he and Mary Ann are perfect together, even the way they fit nextto one another when they dance, but falling in love with your best friend'sgirlfriend is a sure way to break someone's...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    Miller is unlucky. That's why he's in afoxhole with the rest of Bravo Company. That's why his dad is gone and hismother remarried. That's why his teeth are falling out. Then, when the firstsergeant tells Miller his mother has passed away, Miller thinks he's finallygotten lucky. Surely it's another Miller's mother, and now he can get away fromthe battalion for a couple days thanks to the Army's error. But Miller knows thefuture rarely has happiness in...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    April's father, a psychology professor, hashad a breakdown and has landed in the Alta Vista State Hospital. Her stepmother,Claire, is just waiting for him to get out so she can leave on a trip to Italy-a trip April is worried Claire won't come back from. She needs Claire, at leastuntil she finishes high school. She needs her not just as a companion but asa worldly woman who can tell April about men and their desires ... men fardifferent from her boyfriend,...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    In this short story from Our Story Begins, three friends confront their relationships toone another as they work on plans to build their very own airplane. Clark'sparents are rich, supplying the boys with all they need to follow theirpursuits, making films and building catapults. Meanwhile, Freddy's family isdealing with the loss of his older brother, and Freddy's friends are having ahard time knowing how to act around him anymore. The boys all have theirtroubles, but maybe their airplane can help them...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    Mr. Givens' obituary is nothing remarkable,hardly something to remember at all. He led a quiet life, served in the Army,was married to the same woman for forty-two years, and worked at the same jobpractically his whole life. He wasn't a baseball player or a movie star, he wasthe furthest thing from a celebrity. In fact, the only thing noteworthy abouthis obituary is what happens after it runs in the newspaper, when he shows upin the office of the Metro editor wondering who decided to pronounce him...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    Ann's friends envy her. None oftheir husbands even lift a finger to help with the household chores. Ann'shusband is different, though. Then a simple hypothetical conversation whilethey wash and dry the dishes causes Ann to see her husband in a differentlight-and causes him to rethink the way two people can know one...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    Mark's parents have never done a thing for him.When he got out of the army and married Krystal, they were against it, just asthey are against his moving to Los Angeles. But Mark has a dream, a dream ofbeing an entertainer, of having a show in Las Vegas. So he packs Krystal andtheir son, Hans, into their car and starts driving from Arizona to California, determinedto show his parents how wrong they are to doubt him. But when the car breaksdown at a small gas station in the desert, Mark and Krystal are forced to facerealities about their future and their...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    Two drugged-out couples contemplate life and morality in "Leviathan," a classic short story by the masterful Tobias Wolff. For Helen's thirtieth birthday party, her husband decides tothrow her a small party. Armed with booze and three grams of cocaine, the fourpartyers-Helen, her husband, and another couple-spend the night and the nextmorning in a drug-induced stupor. As their talk turns to past misdeeds andshameful acts, the couples begin to wonder if it's not the bad decisions inlife bring happiness and...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    A classic tale of brotherly love and rivalry from shortstory master Tobias Wolff Pete has always been successful. Happily married with two daughters, he lives acomfortable life in Santa Cruz. Pete is a practical, hardworking man and heenjoys life's monetary pleasures. His younger brother, Donald, is a gaunt, troubled man.Unmarried and without children, Donald earns what little money he has by occasionallypainting houses. He's a religious man, unlike Pete, and has spent several yearsas a member of various Christian groups. When Pete receives a call from Donald, telling him thatthat his most recent religious commune has failed, Pete decides to pick him up-a trip that will test the limits...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    A powerful tale of life after war by short-story masterTobias Wolff Hooper, a Vietnam veteran, finds himself at an army base inWashington State. His days are uneventful, filled with mundane duties, emptyconversations, and the occasional jaunt with a married woman. A phone call in the middle of the night breaks Hooper's predictableroutine. One of the guards at the communications center is threatening to killhimself-and says he'll shoot the other guard if he interferes. Hooper goes totalk to the distressed soldier, a cook nicknamed "Porkchop" who's disappointedby his life as an army man. As their talk reveals the struggle to readjust tolife after combat, the situation turns deadly, and the...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    One of Tobias Wolff's classic tales, "The Liar" is the story of a deceitful teenage boy and his religious,resolute mother. James is a liar. He enjoys inventing fantastic stories abouthis family, particularly his mother. Margaret is orderly, stubborn, andjudgmental-a woman who throws rocks at hungry bears and never misses four o'clockMass. She loves her children but has always struggled with James. Like his deceased father, he's fascinated by the darker aspects of life-car crashes, illness, andcrime. Dr. Murphy, the family physician who dabbles in psychiatry, believesthat James' lying is harmless. His mother, however, thinks otherwise. Written with candor and humor, "The Liar" is a...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    An unnerving tale of self-absorption and deception by short-story master Tobias Wolff Three friends are leaving the suburbs of Spokane on ahunting trip. Kenny is the prankster, harsh and mean. Frank is laid-back andfull of idealism. Tub is overweight, sensitive, and the brunt of everyone's jokes. Searchingfor tracks in the snow, the trio has little luck until they spot a set of deerprints heading into a nearby farm. Kenny, desperate for a token of theirdifficult journey, insists that they ask the farmer's permission to hunt on hisland. But as they set out in the fading sunlight, things go terribly wrong andwhat appears to be an accident becomes more and more questionable as strangeevents...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    An introspective story of neighbors, movies, and marriagefrom short-story master Tobias Wolff Lying stiffly in their separate beds, a husband and his wifeare woken in the middle of the night to the sound of their fighting neighbors. Thereare three of them-a man, a woman, and a young child. With their blastingstereos, violent interludes, and steamy make-up sessions, the wife has hadenough. The husband, however, is preoccupied with other thoughts-sex, movies,and humanity's capacity to adapt and change. Understated yet poignant, "Next Door" is a reflection on thespectrum of human companionship, from mundane restraint to explosive...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    Tobias Wolff's masterful short story about one woman's quietrevenge on the pomposity and arrogance of academia Meticulous, funny, eccentric-Mary has always been mindful ofthe complex role she plays as a professor of history. Her lectures arecarefully written out beforehand; her departmental loyalties ambiguous. She isso careful, in fact, that she began to see herself as flat, dull, and lifeless. The closing of Brandon College, the institution she'd spentmore than fifteen years at, changes everything. Forced to find anotherposition, Mary finds herself at an experimental college in rainy Oregon. Sicklyand unhappy, Mary feels as if she's dying-until a letter from an old colleague...read more