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The Sea Lions

An exciting adventure tale of sealers caught in the Antarctic ice in the early nineteenth century and forced to winter over in extreme conditions.

Frank Costello

Provides a reimagined but historically accurate account of the life of the notorious gangster Frank Costello through his own words.

The Best of the Adirondack Tales

The best of W.H.H. Murray’s 19th century Adirondack stories, selected by Murray’s biographer and great, great grandson, Randall S. Beach

Home as Found

A novel of manners set in the drawing rooms, ballrooms, and Wall Street offices in 1830s New York, dramatizing conflicts that we are still grappling with nearly two hundred years later.

The Toltec Cup

A gripping tale of conspiracy and a love triangle set against the background of 19th century New York City.

The Water-Witch

An exciting tale of nautical adventure on the waters of colonial New York Harbor.

Sweet Ride

As the '90s spiral towards the new century, a Manhattan nightlife ingenue and her gritty East Village dive-bar crowd fight long odds to win at love, friendship, and ambition.

The Chainbearer

Cooper’s The Chainbearer presents an exciting narrative that interrogates issues of what it means to own land. The novel examines the claims of ownership of wilderness land among Native Americans, New England squatters, and the old New York families with legal deeds.

The Immortals

Translation of the award-winning debut novel by Haitian writer Makenzy Orcel about the lives of prostitutes in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, amid the 2010 earthquake.

In Security

Part airport thriller, part family drama, part love story, In Security explores how those who strive to protect us are often unable to protect themselves.

Restless Spirits

A collection of plays by American Indian playwright William S. Yellow Robe Jr.

The Spy

An exciting Revolutionary War tale of double agents and counterespionage in New York State in 1780.

The Wing-and-Wing, Or Le Feu-Follet

A thrilling novel of seafaring adventure, romance, and Napoleonic history, from the author of The Leatherstocking Tales.

Let's Hear Their Voices

The first anthology of poetry, prose, and drama by second-generation Cuban American writers.

The Catcher in the Loft

A novel of political intrigue and coming of age, centered in a torture operative who is a fugitive and his unsuspecting daughter who must shelter him.

You Who Enter Here

A beautifully rendered, brutally realistic Native American gang novel.

An Apple in Her Hand

A collection of poetry and prose by a Hudson Valley–based group of women writers.

A Hard Rain

In spring 1972, Brenda Hudson, wife and mother, disappears while vacationing on Hatteras Island, North Carolina.

Enticement

Short stories that reflect the complexities of contemporary Tibetan life, written by Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden.

The Moving of the Water

Stories anchored in the Welsh American immigrant experience.

Unruly Catholic Nuns

Explores the voices of current and former Catholic nuns as they share their lived experiences with Catholicism, both in accordance and in conflict with the institutional Church.

Loving Violet

By Steven Lewis
Subjects: Literature

A love story told against the backdrop of “the writing life. ”

Red, White, and Red

A longtime member of the Communist Party travels across the USA in 1950, wondering what he will tell the House Un-American Activities Committee, and whether he will ever return home.

Seeking Alice

A haunting story of the disintegration of an American and Italian family caught in Europe during World War II.

Bricktop's Paris

Tells the fascinating story of African American women who traveled to France to seek freedom of expression.

Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island

By Colette
Translated by Zack Rogow & Renée Morel
Subjects: Literature
Series: Excelsior Editions

A collection of Colette's best writings that have never before appeared in English.

Swimming

Compelling stories of intercultural contact and emotional survival in a complex world.

Forgotten Borough

Twenty-four contemporary writers reflect on life in New York City’s biggest underdog, the “forgotten borough” of Queens.

Take This

One man’s always humbling and sometimes humorous path to forgiveness and redemption.

Dancing with Diana

By Jo Salas
Subjects: General Interest

A bright young man with cerebral palsy has his destiny intertwined with Princess Diana’s.

Spiridion

An abbot’s ghost searches for an intelligent monk to exhume his manuscript from a hellish crypt and learn the truth that monks lack two things: freedom of inquiry and benevolence.

The Glory and Other Stories

Eight intimate stories that speak to the spiritual question of what matters in life.

The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale

The Adirondack hamlet of Winslow Station is transformed by the unexpected return of its solitary prodigal child.

No Longer and Not Yet

Stories of small-town life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Nature of the Beast

While searching for a missing pit bull, private investigator Easy Taylor explores the unsavory worlds of animal laboratory testing and dog fighting, uncovering bizarre genetic testing that alters the nature of beasts.

Lost Orchard

Edited by Jo Pitkin
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

A unique literary anthology with contributions from former members of Kirkland College, the last established women’s college in the United States.

Unruly Catholic Women Writers

A literary anthology exploring contemporary Catholic women’s experiences.

Going the Distance

His major league baseball dreams dashed, a former pitcher returns home to make a life or death family decision.

Pardee Holler

Follows hapless private eye Easy Taylor as he investigates an eco-terrorist plot to stop development in the Catskill Mountains.

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas

The deep-sea exploits of secretive Captain Nemo, embarking on the world's first global vendetta.

Around the World in 80 Days

Literature's classic race against the clock.

Here, Everything Is Dreaming

Poems and stories that stream directly from dreams and shamanic adventures in the world-behind-the-world.

Scout's Honor

By Charley Rosen
Foreword by Phil Jackson
Subjects: General Interest

A scout’s iconoclastic views of basketball, love, and American culture.

The Middle of Everywhere

A young man’s quest to keep his hometown’s paper mill from closing turns into an odyssey across a rural upstate New York county.

The Sphinx of the Ice Realm

The first complete English translation of Jules Verne's epic fantasy novel.

Dead Woman Hollow

Three generations of Northern Appalachian women confront poverty, violence, and isolation.

Grand Isle

A tragedy in early June sets off a cascade of deception for the summer people from Manhattan and the local teens on Grand Isle.

The Interpreter

A visionary journey into the crucible in which America was born, a tale of love and war and of a master shaman who folds time to seek the key to the survival of his people.

Ordinary Jews

By Yehoshue Perle
Translated by Shirley Kumove
Introduction by Shirley Kumove
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

A new translation of a modern Yiddish masterpiece.

The Sadness of Antonioni

An American adventure in the Antonioni vein—visually rich and emotionally mysterious.

Shrouds of White Earth

--Pointed, absorbing novel about an indigenous artist’s long journey of creativity and coming-of-awareness from White Earth Reservation to Paris

Keeping House

Food and its preparation play an integral role in this novel of a young Italian woman struggling to find her own identity in a family of strong personalities and colorful figures.

When Huai Flowers Bloom

Depicts the Cultural Revolution through stories in a variety of voices.

Shame the Devil

The remarkable and true story of the nineteenth-century novelist, journalist, and feminist Fanny Fern.

Pancake Hollow Primer

By Laurence Carr
Subjects: Literature

An insightful and often humorous tale of rural life and how an old house and its land can bring a broken person back to wellness.

Razor Wire Women

Collection of essays and art by scholars, artists and activists both in and out of prison that reveal the many dimensions of women’s incarcerated experiences.

Guilty

A searing personal record of spiritual and communal crisis, wherein the death of god announces the beginning of friendship.

Fire Along the Sky

A wildly entertaining historical adventure, deep inside the crucible in which America was forged.

Amazing Journeys

New, superbly translated omnibus of five of Jules Verne's most renown stories.

The Italian Actress

A has-been American filmmaker encounters love, cruelty, and death in Italy.

Knife Song Korea

A tumultuous year in the life of a young surgeon during the Korean War.

The Firekeeper

An epic adventure based on the extraordinary historical story of Sir William Johnson and the author's dreams of a Mohawk "woman of power" who lived three centuries ago.

Fiction's Present

Edited by R. M. Berry & Jeffrey R. Di Leo
Subjects: Literature

Fiction writers and critics engage the aesthetic, political, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of contemporary fiction.

Arab Women Writers

Edited and translated by Dalya Cohen-Mor
Introduction by Dalya Cohen-Mor
Subjects: General Interest
Series: SUNY series, Women Writers in Translation

A collection of sixty short stories by women writers from across the Arab world.

Moral Tales and Meditations

By Michael Joyce
Afterword by Helene Cixous
Subjects: General Interest

Provocative essays and short tales that explore the effect of technology and new media on our everyday lives.

Home

A history professor experiences disturbing parallels between the furor over hiring decisions and an alleged case of sexual harassment on his own campus, and the harassment of an anarchist commune on south Puget Sound in 1902.

The Recalcitrant Art

Combines the techniques of fiction and nonfiction in order to tell the story of the love between Susette Gontard ("Diotima") and the poet Friedrich Holderlin.

Narralogues

These "narralogues" combine story and argument, moving from Socratic dialogue to outright narrative, and ultimately making the case that fiction is a medium for telling the truth.

The Ticking Tenure Clock

Lydia Martin begins her tenure year one book shy, and when a sensational project presents itself she finds herself romantically entangled and ethically challenged.

Rousseau's Ghost

Set primarily in Paris and Oxford, this fast-paced mystery novel links a long-missing manuscript from a famous eighteenth-century philosopher with a dark secret to a late twentieth-century murder of a prominent Princeton professor.

A Mystical Journey of Prince Adam

By Adel S.
Subjects: General Interest

Philosophical Reflections

Heidegger asserts that
Being is Time and Time is Being.

Plato notes that
Time is a Moving Image of Eternity.

Nasir Khosrow states that something is
If "now the temporal present" ...

Voicing the Void

Explores the connections between muteness and the complicated acts of survival, testimony, memory, and interpretation, through focused readings of Holocaust fiction by Kosinski, Wiesel, Tournier, Ida Fink, and others.

Son of Spirit

A historical novel, this is the beautifully told story of Louis Hegel, illegitimate son of the philosopher G.W.F. Hegel. Ultimately disowned by his father and forced to use his mother's name, Louis died in Indonesia, as Ludwig Fischer, at the age of 24--the bastard son of SPIRIT.

Nietzsche

This historical-biographical novel fleshes out the facts of Nietzsche's life with fictional treatment. Using untraditional narrative techniques and interweaving medical reports, actual letters, and original new text, the novel takes the last years of Nietzsche's life, the years of insanity, as a frame for the entire life.

Strange Orbit

Here is spiritual sci-fi for teens--a witty, fast-paced novel that explores the inner realms as well as the outer ones.

Classic Yiddish Fiction

Revisits fiction by the three major Yiddish authors who wrote between 1864 and 1916, exploring their literary and social worlds.

The Restorationist: Text One

This is an American novel of formed chaos playfully enacting the centrality of language in late twentieth-century art and life through the voices of two women steeped in Western traditions, one telling ...

Signs of the Literary Times

This book is O'Rourke's first volume of nonfiction since his 1972 The Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left, which Garry Wills hailed as "a clinical x-ray of our society's condition. " That book prompted ...

A Barfield Sampler

This is a collection of the fiction and poetry of one of the twentieth century's most influential and significant thinkers. Barfield is known widely for his explorations of human consciousness, the history ...

Borrowed Lives

Borrowed Lives is a novel. It is an enactment of issues of literary philosophy and criticism, including the question of whether there can be originality, coherence, and authenticity in life and art. It ...

Notions of the Americans

Notions of the Americans in considered Cooper's first work of non-fiction despite a thin overlay of character and plot. Written in the form of a travel narrative, it addresses the widespread ignorance ...

The Red Rover

Turning to his own extensive maritime experience, Cooper's novel, written in Paris in 1827, reflects his immersion in the romantic movement that was sweeping the Continent. European readers enjoyed his ...

Satanstoe, or the Littlepage Manuscripts

Though Satanstoe has been too much neglected by readers of Cooper's time and ours, it is one of his most interesting books, combining nostalgic autobiographical recollections, pictures of manners, action ...

The Two Admirals

Author of the first scholarly history of the United States Navy, James Fenimore Cooper had long hoped to commemorate the American Navy by representing its fleet in action. Since no such fleet existed ...

The Book of Strangers

Sometime in the future the head librarian at a great center of learning suddenly disappears, leaving behind a journal that describes his weariness with a world "where people teach but know nothing, where ...

The Deerslayer or the First Warpath

Written during a nostalgic interval during Cooper's stormy battles with the Whig Press, The Deerslayer (1841) is the last of the world-famous Leatherstocking Tales in point of composition, though first ...

The Pilot

Having drawn on local knowledge and private information for The Spy and on his own boyhood experiences for The Pioneers, it was inevitable that Cooper would seek a way to convert yet another area of his ...

Heart of a Family

"I got a damn hip musician, a poet, and . . . well, a spoiled kid, I guess."

Jesse Landow, while recovering from a heart attack, describes his three sons in this quote. This sentence from this moving novel ...

Prairie, The: A Tale

In the spring of 1826, soon after the publication of The Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper immersed himself in The Prairie. In taking Natty Bumppo from his beloved forests of New York state ...

Lionel Lincoln: or, The Leaguer of Boston

Written to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the beginnings of the American Revolution, Lionel Lincoln was a radically new experiment in historical fiction. To recreate its events with the utmost ...

The Last of the Mohicans

Celebrated for almost 150 years as the prototype of the American adventure story, The Last of the Mohicans remains a perennial favorite, an astonishingly complex work to be read on many levels. Irradiated ...

Wyandotte, or the Hutted Knoll

"One of the misfortunes of a nation, is to hear little besides its own praises," wrote James Fenimore Cooper in his Preface to Wyandotté in 1843. The novel arrived at a time when a patriotic mythology ...

The Pioneers or the Sources of the Susquehanna

Written in 1821-22 at a crucial point in Cooper's life and based on some of his most cherished youthful memories, The Pioneers today evokes the American pioneering experience with astonishing vibrance ...

The Pathfinder

With the publication of The Pathfinder in 1840, James Fenimore Cooper engaged in what he called the "hazardous experiment" of reviving one of his most popular characters who had been allowed to die in ...