Best of
Fiction

1979

Kane and Abel


Jeffrey Archer - 1979
    These two men -- ambitious, powerful, ruthless -- are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fuelled by their all-consuming hatred. Over 60 years and three generations, through war, marriage, fortune, and disaster, Kane and Abel battle for the success and triumph that only one man can have.

I Love Myself When I Am Laughing... And Then Again: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader


Zora Neale Hurston - 1979
    This unique anthology, with fourteen superb examples of her fiction, journalism, folklore, and autobiography, rightfully establishes her as the intellectual and spiritual leader of the next generation of black writers. The original commentary by Alice Walker and Mary Helen Washington, two African-American writers in the forefront of the Hurston revival, provide illuminating insights into Hurston—the writer, and the person—as well as into American social and cultural history.

The Last Leaf


O. Henry - 1979
    When Johnsy becomes sick one winter, she makes up her mind to die when the last leaf falls from the ivy plant growing outside her window. Sue would do anything to help her friend get well, but she is a poor artist. As the winter wind blows and the rain falls, there seems no way to stop the last leaf from falling.

A Man


Oriana Fallaci - 1979
    A man who does not struggle does not live, he survives." (quote from the book)The book is a pseudo-biography about Alexandros Panagoulis written in the form of a novel. Fallaci had an intense romantic relationship with Panagoulis. She uses the novel to put forth her view that Panagoulis was assassinated by a vast conspiracy, a view widely shared by many Greeks.

Kindred


Octavia E. Butler - 1979
    This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother.

Tales of Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe - 1979
    found in a bottle --Silence-a fable --Berenice --William Wilson --Ligeia --The assignation --The facts in the case of M. Valdemar --The pit and the pendulum --The fall of the house of usher --The cask of amontillado --A descent into the maelström --The tell-tale heart --The black cat --The masque of the red death --The gold-bug --The murders in the rue morgue --The purloined letter.

Shibumi


Trevanian - 1979
    Born in Shanghai during the chaos of World War I, he is the son of an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father and is the protégé of a Japanese Go master. Hel survived the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world’s most artful lover and its most accomplished—and well-paid—assassin. Hel is a genius, a mystic, and a master of language and culture, and his secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection known only as shibumi.Now living in an isolated mountain fortress with his exquisite mistress, Hel is unwillingly drawn back into the life he’d tried to leave behind when a beautiful young stranger arrives at his door, seeking help and refuge. It soon becomes clear that Hel is being tracked by his most sinister enemy—a supermonolith of international espionage known only as the Mother Company. The battle lines are drawn: ruthless power and corruption on one side, and on the other . . . shibumi.

Revenge of the Lawn / The Abortion / So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away


Richard Brautigan - 1979
    REVENGE OF THE LAWN: Originally published in 1971, these bizarre flashes of insight and humor cover everything from "A High Building in Singapore" to the "Perfect California Day." This is Brautigan's only collection of stories and includes "The Lost Chapters of TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA."THE ABORTION: AN HISTORICAL ROMANCE 1966: A public library in California where none of the books have ever been published is full of romantic possibilities. But when the librarian and his girlfriend must travel to Tijuana, they have a series of strange encounters in Brautigan's 1971 novel.SO THE WIND WON'T BLOW IT ALL AWAY: It is 1979, and a man is recalling the events of his twelfth summer, when he bought bullets for his gun instead of a hamburger. Written just before his death, and published in 1982, this novel foreshadowed Brautigan's suicide.

A Woman of Substance


Barbara Taylor Bradford - 1979
    In the brooding moors above a humble Yorkshire village stood Fairley Hall. There, Emma Harte, its oppressed but resourceful servant girl, acquired a shrewd determination. There, she honed her skills, discovered the meaning of treachery, learned to survive, to become a woman, and vowed to make her mark on the world.In the wake of tragedy she rose from poverty to magnificent wealth as the iron-willed force behind a thriving international enterprise. As one of the richest women in the world Emma Harte has almost everything she fought so hard to achieve--save for the dream of love, and for the passion of the one man she could never have. Through two marriages, two devastating wars, and generations of secrets, Emma's unparalleled success has come with a price. As greed, envy, and revenge consume those closest to her, the brilliant matriarch now finds herself poised to outwit her enemies, and to face the betrayals of the past with the same ingenious resolve that forged her empire.

The Hair Book


Graham Tether - 1979
    An easy-to-read, rhyming introduction to hair.

The Short-Timers


Gustav Hasford - 1979
    It follows the career of the sardonic narrator from the organized sadism of Marine basic training to an assignment as a combat reporter in Vietnam to his experiences as a platoon commander after the Tet offensive, portraying the descent into barbarism that marked America's intervention in Vietnam.

The Long Walk


Richard Bachman - 1979
    If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying.

If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow


Cooper Edens - 1979
    The original edition, published in 1979, won numerous awards, including honors from the Museum of Modern Art and the American Booksellers Association, and sold over a million copies. Edenss magical words and pictures illustrate the universal emotions of fear, doubt, joy, and loss, and reveal the unexpected silver linings to be found in any cloud. This whimsical little book proves that its possible to face obstacles with a positive attitude; all you need is the willingness to throw aside logic and open yourself up to the power of playful imagination.

Bendigo Shafter


Louis L'Amour - 1979
    Led by the beautiful and resourceful widow Ruth Macken, the settlers battle harsh winters, renegade opportunists, and the destructive lure of gold. Through these brutally demanding experiences, young Bendigo is forged into a man. But when he travels to New York to reclaim the love of Ninon, his childhood sweetheart, Bendigo is faced with new challenges. Will hard-edged instincts, honed from years in the mountains, serve him in the big city? Does Ninon’s heart belong to the lights and glamour of the theater? And if his destiny deems it so, will he be willing to leave the community he toiled so long and hard to build?

The Catch Trap


Marion Zimmer Bradley - 1979
    But Tommy's dreams, and talent, fly higher, up in the rigging with the trapeze. When rising star Mario Santelli offers him flying lessons, it looks like the start of wonderful new life, and to Tommy's surprise, his relationship with Mario deepens even as his skill soars in the rigging. But life in the 1940s forces them to keep their love a secret, and the stress pushes both Tommy and Mario to a precipice. And as Mario flies higher and higher, Tommy begins to wonder if it will always be his role to catch Mario as he falls.A tremendously moving tale, a rich family saga, a wise and compassionate portrait of a special love in a cruel world.

Alien


Alan Dean Foster - 1979
    The crew of the spaceship Nostromo wake from cryogenic sleep to distress signals from an unknown planet. One is attacked when they investigate a derelict alien craft. Safely on their way back to Sol, none foresee the real horror about to begin.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes


Loren D. Estleman - 1979
    Watson, master sleuth Sherlock Holmes has already encountered the evil young hedonist Edward Hyde, and knew he was strangely conected with Henry Jekyll, the wealthy, respectable London doctor.It was not until the Queen herself requested it, however, that Holmes was officially on the case of the savage murder of Sir Danvers Carew—the blackest mystery of his career! Although Robert Louis Stevenson published his tale of Jekyll and Hyde as fiction, the hideous facts were true, insofar as Stevenson knew them.Here, then, is the entire firsthand account of that devilish crime as recorded by Dr. Watson, with an explanation of why Holmes's personal involvement had to be kept secret—until now...

The Garden of the Departed Cats


Bilge Karasu - 1979
    This archaic game, the central event of The Garden of the Departed Cats, may prove as fatal as the deadly attraction our narrator feels for the local man who is the Vizier, or Captain, of the home team. Their "romance" (which, though inconclusive, magnetizes our protagonist to accept the Vizier's challenge to play) provides the skeletal structure of this experimental novel. Each of their brief interactions works as a single chapter. And interleaved between their chapters are a dozen fable-like stories. The folk tale might concern a 13th-century herbal that identifies a kind of tulip, a "red salamander," which dooms anyone who eats it to never tell a lie ever again. Or the tale might be an ancient story of a terrible stoat-like creature that feeds for years on the body of whomever it sinks its claws into, like guilt. These strange fables work independently of the main narrative but, in curious and unpredictable ways, (and reminiscent of Primo Levi's The Periodic Table), they echo and double its chief themes: love, its recalcitrance, its cat-like finickiness, and its refusal to be rushed.With many strata to mine, The Garden of the Departed Cats is a work of peculiar beauty and strangeness, the whole layered and shiny like a piece of mica.

Masquerade


Kit Williams - 1979
    Solve the riddles, unravel the puzzles, and see if you can figure out where.

The Executioner's Song


Norman Mailer - 1979
    To do so, he had to fight a system that seemed paradoxically intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death.Norman Mailer tells Gilmore's story--and those of the men and women caught up in his procession toward the firing squad--with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscapes and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. The Executioner's Song is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest sources of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement--impossible to put down, impossible to forget.Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize

Motel of the Mysteries


David Macaulay - 1979
    Imagine, then, the excitement that Howard Carson, an amateur archeologist at best, experienced when in crossing the perimeter of an abandoned excavation site he felt the ground give way beneath him and found himself at the bottom of a shaft, which, judging from the DO NOT DISTURB sign hanging from an archaic doorknob, was clearly the entrance to a still-sealed burial chamber. Carson's incredible discoveries, including the remains of two bodies, one of then on a ceremonial bed facing an altar that appeared to be a means of communicating with the Gods and the other lying in a porcelain sarcophagus in the Inner Chamber, permitted him to piece together the whole fabric of that extraordinary civilization.

The Norton Anthology of American Literature: Volumes A & B


Judith Tanka - 1979
    From trickster tales of the Native American tradition to bestsellers of early women writers to postmodernism, this edition conveys the diversity of American literature from its origins to the present. Volume 2 covers the period of 1865 to the present.

The Devil's Alternative


Frederick Forsyth - 1979
    The Soviets are forced to pin their hopes for survival on the U.S. But as the KGB and the CIA watch in horror, the rescue of a Ukrainian freedom fighter from the Black Sea unleashes savagery that endangers peace--and plunges leaders from Washington to Moscow into a web of overwhelming intrigue, terror, and suspense. Only two lovers can save the world from nuclear  destruction. Yet every way out means certain death, and the countdown has already begun.

"There Are Rocks in My Socks!" Said the Ox to the Fox


Patricia Thomas - 1979
    An ox gets himself into ridiculous situations made worse when he listens to the advice of his friend the fox.

The Past Through Tomorrow: Vol. 2


Robert A. Heinlein - 1979
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Enemy Mine


Barry B. Longyear - 1979
    Enemy Mine--The Nebula and Hugo Award winner that inspired the 20th Century Fox motion picture starring Dennis Quaid and Lou Gossett, Jr.The story of a man, incomplete in himself, taught to be a human by his sworn enemy, an alien being who leaves with the human its most important possession: its future.

The Matarese Circle


Robert Ludlum - 1979
    The No.1 bestseller from 'the world's most read writer' [GQ]

Maggie


Lena Kennedy - 1979
    Born in the rough heart of London's East End, like a resilient city flower struggling toward the meager sun, Maggie kept on......through the death of her beloved father, her cherished marriage to a wayward husband of great tenderness and sudden brutality, the solitary fight to raise her four sons and the birth of her "coffee-colored baby," Maggie kept on......through poverty, the Depression, the Blackshirt Marches, the onslaught of World War II and its lonely aftermath, Maggie kept on......through four teeming decades touched by passion and tragedy, warmed by the sound of her own brave laughter, Maggie kept on, until -- like a golden promise bought with tears and trouble -- life gave her the happiness she earned.

The Instrumentality of Mankind


Cordwainer Smith - 1979
    81-Q (1928)3 Mark Elf (1957)4 The Queen of the Afternoon (1978)5 When the People Fell (1959)6 Think Blue, Count Two (1963)7 The Colonel Came Back from the Nothing-at-All (1979)8 From Gustible's Planet (1962)9 Drunkboat (1963)10 Western Science Is So Wonderful (1958)11 Nancy (1959)12 The Fife of Bodidharma (1959)13 Angerhelm (1959)14 The Good Friends (1963)"First Edition: May 1979" stated on the copyright page.

The Illustrated Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy


Douglas Adams - 1979
    50,000 first printing.

Painted Devils: Strange Stories


Robert Aickman - 1979
    And we too become victims of the unknown forces he conjures. Against a wide variety of settings, Aickman's chilling stories unravel with the psychological subtlety and uncanny vision of a true master of the genre.

White Indian


Donald Clayton Porter - 1979
    He was Renno, the White Indian, the mightiest of all the Seneca braves. Now the settlers came to sweep over his home and hunting grounds, with their strange ways, their fiery weapons - and with the beautiful Englishwoman Deborah. Her Land: Both English and French claimed the verdant New World. Some came to settle, some to steal and wage war. Each man, woman and child found a new life. A harsh yet thrilling fate awaited Deborah--one that few women dared dream and fewer still would ever know.

The Collected Plays, Vol. 1


Neil Simon - 1979
    His mixture of verbal wit and beautifully crafted farce, ethnic humor and insight into universal foible, and above all compassion and understanding, make even his sharpest barbs touch the heart as well as the funny bone. These seven plays, beginning with his unforgettable debut, Come Blow Your Horn, make us laugh uproariously even as we indelibly identify with the objects of our laughter.

Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy


Rumer Godden - 1979
    It is about finding sin where we least expect it.” — Joan Chittister, from the introduction This haunting tale of disgrace and redemption centers on Lise Fanshawe, a prostitute and brothel manager in postwar Paris who, while serving time in prison for killing a man, finds God. Lise is helped by an order of Catholic nuns that includes former prostitutes and prisoners like her. She joins the order and is swept up in an unexpected and fateful encounter with people from her past life. Rumer Godden, author of the masterwork In This House of Brede, tells an inspiring and entirely convincing conversion story that shows how the mercy of God extends to the darkest human places. The Loyola Classics series connects today's readers to the timeless themes of Catholic fiction in new editions of acclaimed Catholic novels

A Dry White Season


André Brink - 1979
    A simple, apolitical man, he believes in the essential fairness of the South African government and its policies—until the sudden arrest and subsequent "suicide" of a black janitor from Du Toit's school. Haunted by new questions and desperate to believe that the man's death was a tragic accident, Du Toit undertakes an investigation into the terrible affair—a quest for the truth that will have devastating consequences for the teacher and his family, as it draws him into a lethal morass of lies, corruption, and murder.

Centuria: One Hundred Ouroboric Novels


Giorgio Manganelli - 1979
    Yet, what are they? Miniature psychodramas, prose poems, tall tales, sudden illuminations, malevolent sophistries, fabliaux, paranoiac excursions, existential oxymorons, or wondrous, baleful absurdities? Always provocative, insolent, sinister, and quite often funny, these 100 comic novels are populated by decidedly ordinary lovers, martyrs, killers, thieves, maniacs, emperors, bandits, sleepers, architects, hunters, prisoners, writers, hallucinations, ghosts, spheres, dragons, Doppelgngers, knights, fairies, angels, animal incarnations, and Dreamstuff. Each "novel" construes itself into a kind of Mbius strip, in which, as one critic has noted, "time turns in a circle and bites its tail" like the Ouroborous. In any event, Centuria provides 100 uncategorizable reasons to experience and celebrate an immeasurably wonderful writer. Brilliantly translated from the Italian by Henry Martin.

The Wooing of Beppo Tate


C. Everard Palmer - 1979
    The Wooing of Beppo Tate is a lively and popular account of life in Kendal, a small village in Jamaica, similar to the author's own childhood home.

Independence!


Dana Fuller Ross - 1979
    Traveling under secret orders from President Andrew Jackson, Brentwood's task is to win a desperate race against England and Russia in order to bring the promised land of the Pacific Northwest under the American flag.

The Healers


Ayi Kwei Armah - 1979
    African Studies. THE HEALERS tells a story of the conflict and regeneration focused on replacing toxic ignorance with the healing knowledge of African unity.

Memoirs of an Anti-Semite


Gregor von Rezzori - 1979
    Our hero tells of his childhood: his passion for hunting, his love of the wild landscape of Romania, his ridiculous social snobbery. He leads us through his youth, and between fantastic and colourful stories of Bucharest in the late twenties and early thirties, he dissects his own complicated, at times agonizing, development as a moral creature. We are with him as the Nazis take over Austria; as his own anti-semitism - already such a mixture of belief, caprice and compromise - is shaken to its core. And later on we meet him as a much older man, one haunted by his own protean character, by the beautiful but tragic web of memories and events that together form his history, and by the greatest love of his life, a beautiful Jewess.

Engine Summer


John Crowley - 1979
    In love with a beautiful woman, Rush journeys far and learns much. Taken into the society of Dr. Boots's List, attached to the old mysteries, Rush grows closer to a sainthood he could never have imagined.

The Basic Kafka


Franz Kafka - 1979
    Published together for the first time are selections from all Kafka's writings: The Metamorphosis, Josephine The Singer, plus his short stories, parables, and his personal diaries and letters.

The Second Son


Charles Sailor - 1979
    Horrified onlookers are astonished and the world is stunned by what happens next. Suddenly, miraculously, Joseph Turner is granted a rematch with life. Only this time, with a beautiful, unusual power. An astonishing adventure, a romance of tenderness and passion, a spiritual thriller that spans time and the world.

Highliners (Highliners, #1)


William B. McCloskey - 1979
    'Highliners' is the commercial fishermen's term for their own elite, the skippers and crews who bring in the biggest hauls. Set in Kodiak, Highliners brings into sharp relief the lives of the men and women who make their living catching salmon, king crab, halibut, and shrimp off the coast of Alaska. Hank Crawford comes to Kodiak as a college student to work in the canneries during the summer. But he is inexorably drawn to the water and to the hard, often brutal existence of the fishermen, and ultimately, he joins their ranks. Highliners chronicles Hank's journey from greenhorn to highliner, and the triumphs and tragedies of the people he comes to know so well. (6 X 9, 408 pages, maps, illustrations)

David Copperfield (Illustrated Classic Editions)


Malvina G. Vogel - 1979
    Follow him through the unhappiness and brutality of his childhood...the friendships he makes in his teen years...the pressure of starting out on a career...the betrayal by a boyhood friend...the treachery of a jealous co-worker...the silliness and ecstasy of youthful love...and the final discovery of complete happiness.

Mayday


Nelson DeMille - 1979
    The flight crew is crippled or dead. Now, defying both nature and man, three survivors must achieve the impossible. Land the plane. From master storyteller Nelson DeMille and master pilot Thomas Block comes Mayday, the classic bestseller that packs a supersonic shock at every turn of the page....the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller ever. Like a growing tidal wave, the escaping air was gathering momentum. A teenaged girl in aisle 18, seat D, near the port-side aisle, her seat dislocated by the original impact, suddenly found herself gripping her seat track on the floor, her overturned seat still strapped to her body. The seatbelt failed and the seat shot down the aisle. She lost her grip and was dragged after it. Her eyes were filled with horror as she dug her nails into the carpet, as the racing air pulled her toward the yawning hole that led outside. Her cries were unheard by even those passengers who sat barely inches away from her struggle. The noise of the escaping air was so loud that it was no longer decipherable as sound, but seemed instead a solid thing pounding at the people in their seats......

John, Son of Thunder


Ellen Gunderson Traylor - 1979
    This is a fictional saga of adventure, romance, and discovery.

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories


Angela Carter - 1979
    K. Rowling, and Kelly Link, who introduces this edition of Carter's most celebrated book, published for the seventy-fifth anniversary of her birth.In The Bloody Chamber - which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves - Carter spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like "Little Red Riding Hood," "Bluebeard," "Puss in Boots," and "Beauty and the Beast," giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition.

The Year of the French


Thomas Flanagan - 1979
    They were supposed to be an advance guard, followed by other French ships with the leader of the rebellion, Wolfe Tone. Briefly they triumphed, raising hopes among the impoverished local peasantry and gathering a group of supporters. But before long the insurgency collapsed in the face of a brutal English counterattack.Very few books succeed in registering the sudden terrible impact of historical events; Thomas Flanagan's is one. Subtly conceived, masterfully paced, with a wide and memorable cast of characters, The Year of the French brings to life peasants and landlords, Protestants and Catholics, along with old and abiding questions of secular and religious commitments, empire, occupation, and rebellion. It is quite simply a great historical novel.Named the most distinguished work of fiction in 1979 by the National Book Critics' Circle.

The Tightrope Walker


Dorothy Gilman - 1979
    She’s just become the new owner of the Ebbtide Shop, a musty antique store filled with merry-go-round horses and hurdy-gurdies, and it is while fixing one of these barrel organs that the scrawled and threatening note falls out. Armed only with the strange woman’s first name and the note written years before, Amelia begins a journey into the past, a search that takes her from the protective cocoon she’s wrapped herself in to a precarious world where passions boil underneath the surface, where nothing is the way it seems, where fear is second nature, and dark secrets just might uncover murder—her own…

Annie


Thomas Meehan - 1979
    Annie has enchanted millions of readers from her original comic strip appearance to the hit Broadway musical. Now, with a Tony-nominated revival playing on Broadway, Puffin is reissuing this novelization of the classic story, with a new introduction by Tony and Emmy Award-winning author Thomas Meehan. This is an adaptation that delves even deeper into Annie's story, as she lives on the streets during the Great Depression, finds Sandy the dog, and encounters characters both familiar and new.

Collected Stories and Later Writings


Paul Bowles - 1979
    From his base in Tangier he produced globally ranging novels, stories, and travel writings that set exquisite surfaces over violent undercurrents. His elegantly spare novels chart the unpredictable collisions between "civilized" exiles and a Morocco they never grasp, achieving effects of extreme horror and dislocation.This Library of America Bowles set, the first annotated edition, offers the full range of his achievement: the portrait of an outsider who was one of the essential American writers of the last century. In addition to his novels -- The Sheltering Sky (1949), Let It Come Down (1952), The Spider's House (1955), Up Above the World (1966) -- and his collected stories -- including such classics as "A Distant Episode" and "Pages from Cold Point" -- they contain his masterpiece of travel writing, Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands Are Blue (1963). Throughout, Bowles shows himself a master of gothic terror and a diabolically funny observer of manners as well as a prescient guide to everything from the roots of Islamist politics to the world of Moghrebi music. With a hallucinatory clarity as dry and unforgiving as the desert air, Bowles sends his characters toward encounters with unknown and terrifying forces both outside them and within them.

Detective's Handbook


Colin King - 1979
    Test your observational skills, learn how to crack codes, discover how to identify people by their fingerprints or handwriting, find out how to examine witnesses and look for clues.

The Iron Marshal


Louis L'Amour - 1979
    But when young Tom Shanaghy made one too many enemies, he skipped town on a fast-moving freight. He landed in a small Kansas town that had big dreams, no name, and the need for an honest lawman. Tom figured that a knuckle-and-skull man from Five Points would be perfect for the job. He didn't know that a high-stakes cattle drive was headed his way and that leading it was a vindictive rancher bent on settling an old score, even if he had to destroy the town to do it. Tom had himself stuck in the middle of the feud before sunset on his first day in town. All he could do was hope that his years on the Bowery had left him with the smarts he needed to keep himself alive.

Great Tales of Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe - 1979
    The inventor of the modern detective story, a master of the tale of horror, a poet of haunting melody, Poe has gripped the intellect, the emotions, and the esthetic impulses of the world's readers for over a century.Great Tales and PoemsHere, in one volume, are the masterpieces of mystery, terror, humor, and adventure, and the finest lyric and narrative poetry of the ill-fated genius who was one of America's supreme writers.

Warm Worlds and Otherwise


James Tiptree Jr. - 1979
    Ain [nominated, 1969 Nebula Award]AmberjackThrough a Lass DarklyThe Girl Who Was Plugged In [winner, 1974 Hugo Award. Nominated, 1973 Nebula Award. 1974 Locus Poll Award, Best Short Fiction (Place: 4)]The Night-Blooming SaurianThe Women Men Don't See [1974 Locus Poll Award, Best Short Fiction (Place: 18)]FaultLove Is the Plan the Plan Is Death [1973 Nebula Award. Nominated, 1974 Hugo Award. 1974 Locus Poll Award, Best Short Fiction (Place: 3)]On the Last Afternoon

The Uncollected Stories of William Faulkner


William Faulkner - 1979
    These forty-five stories include not only some of Faulkner's best, but also what proved to be the testing ground for what latter became such major novels as THE UNVANQUISHED, THE HAMLET and GO DOWN MOSES.

Almonds and Raisins


Maisie Mosco - 1979
    A born survivor stranded in a land of strangers by the vicious tides of persecution.David, the eldest son. Growing to manhood in a new world and torn between the clear-cut lines of duty and his own driving ambition.Through the Great War and the Depression, through the first fears of darker years to come, the Sandbergs reach out for the bitter and the sweet of life, the almonds and the raisins.

The Vicar of Christ


Walter F. Murphy - 1979
    His overly exciting life is described by three men who 'knew him well.' The first narrator is a Marine, telling of their time together in Korea. A constitutional scholar and Supreme Court Justice appalled at the new Chief Justice, narrates the second phase. The third is a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church; fat, kind but distracted. The Marine cares for him the most, the Supreme Court Justice condescends and despises him, and the Cardinal is much more interested in food than his subject. But Declan Walsh was a man who earned the Medal of Honor while ordering the death of his best friend, ruled pragmatically and energetically on the Court but lost his wife to death and neglect, and became a miraculous healer, assasinated for challenging the powers that rule the secular world.

Cross-Country Cat


Mary Calhoun - 1979
    What kind of cat would go sliding off on skis, and who'd believe it anyway? When the family accidentally leaves Henry, their sassy Siamese, behind at the ski lodge, he takes matters into his own paws in this beguiling adventure.

Knight Crusader


Ronald Welch - 1979
    His chance comes when he rides into battle to defend his home from attack by Saracen leader, Saladin and his army. But after a disastrous campaign, Philip is taken prisoner by the Turks and must work as a servant-and all the while he is plotting his escape.At last his opportunity arrives and Philip flees, joining Richard the Lionheart in his victorious Third Crusade before finally travelling to Britain to claim his family's estate. Only when he arrives, he finds he must once again go into battle . . .This exciting tale has captured the hearts and imaginations of young readers for many years and was the winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal. This edition features the original black and white illustrations throughout which perfectly evoke the atmosphere of the story.

Jellybeans for Breakfast


Miriam Young - 1979
    Two little girls imagine the fun they will have playing make-believe games.

Maya Angelou (Boxed Set)


Maya Angelou - 1979
    This set includes Singing And Swinging And Getting Merry, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou: Poems and Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now.

There's a Rainbow in My Closet


Patti Stren - 1979
    During a long visit, Emma's grandmother helps her understand why it's good to be different.

A Friend of Kafka


Isaac Bashevis Singer - 1979
    This book of twenty stories is Isaac Bashevis Singer's fifth collection and contains such classics as "The Cafeteria" and "On the Way to the Poorhouse."

Oliver Twist


Marian Leighton - 1979
    Pennyless and hungry, he runs away to London, only to fall into the clutches of a gang of thieves and pickpockets led by the master criminal, Fagin. Befriended by a man robbed by the gang, Oliver ultimately learns his true identity and gains a home, a fortune, and a family.

The Eternal Mercenary


Barry Sadler - 1979
    That he didn’t was only the first surprise. The second, bigger one, was that Casey had been fighting for two thousand years, ever since that day on Golgotha when he put his lance into the side of the Man on the Cross. “Soldier, you are content with what you are. Then that you shall remain until we meet again.” So does Casca’s journey begin, a man who cannot die, does not age, and knows no skill but those of battle. He becomes The Eternal Mercenary.

The Proving Trail


Louis L'Amour - 1979
    No matter what life had dealt him, his father would go down fighting. And as he delved deeper into the mystery, he learned that just before his father died, the elder McRaven had experienced a remarkable run of luck: he’d won nearly ten thousand dollars and the deed to a cattle ranch.Not yet eighteen, Kearney was determined enough to track down his father’s murderer and claim what was rightfully his. Now, followed every step of the way by a shadowy figure, Kearney must solve the mystery of his father’s hidden past—a past that concealed a cold-blooded killer who would stop at nothing to keep a chilling secret.

Portraits


Cynthia Freeman - 1979
    This is the powerful drama of their struggle to achieve the American dream without losing their spiritual hreitage as success drives them westward to Oakland, California. A complelling novel about human needs, passions and conflicts which reach tempestuous heights.

The Wonderful World of Robert Sheckley


Robert Sheckley - 1979
    A TV thrill show where the corpses are real. And a shuddering descent into laughter.Tales by the grand master of science fiction.

O Cobrador


Rubem Fonseca - 1979
    Rubem Fonseca's Rio is a city at war, a city whose vast disparities- in wealth, social standing, and prestige- are untenable. In the stories of The Taker, rich and poor live in an uneasy equilibrium, where only overwhelming force can maintain order, and violence and deception are essential tools of survival.

Five Children and It / The Phoenix and the Carpet / The Story of the Amulet


E. Nesbit - 1979
    Nesbit's delightful fantasies about the "Five Children" gathered together in one convenient ebook. In each, five children (Robert, Anthea, Jane, Cyril, and "the baby") stumble on something magical. "Resulting inevitably in a totally delightful chaos," according to the Reader's Guide to Fantasy. "The children are wonderfully real - given a magic carpet their inventive mischief with such an object is awe-inspiring," the Reader's Guide continues. "Nesbit's magic is most original, hinting at great wonder and strangeness!" The guide also calls the Five Children Trilogy, Nesbit's "best work." You will see why when you read about what happens when the Five Children discover an amulet in the form of a horseshoe that grows until it becomes a gateway through which the children can enter the past and future, and the unintended affect their new-found magic ring has the maid! Here is a long-recognized classic that mixes fantasy and humor. Nesbit's world will enthrall and enchant and delight you all at once.

The Essential Dracula


Bram Stoker - 1979
    Includes: background on Stoker's classic, and the literary history of the vampire novel; commentary by leading contemporary writers; a selected filmography of major vampire films; and dozens of illustrations.

Hammer's Slammers


David Drake - 1979
    When a planetary government faces threats from guerillas, insurgents or terrorists, the men they hire are Hammer's Slammers - known throughout the galaxy for their cold, ruthless ferocity, their ability to defeat overwhelming forces, and their willingness to go up against impossible odds.Contents:Introduction by Jerry PournelleSTORY: But Loyal to His OwnINTERLUDE: SupertanksSTORY: The Butcher’s BillINTERLUDE: The Church of the Lord’s UniverseSTORY: Under the HammerINTERLUDE: PowergunsSTORY: Cultural ConflictINTERLUDE: Backdrop to ChaosSTORY: Caught in the CrossfireINTERLUDE: The Bonding AuthoritySTORY: HangmanINTERLUDE: Table of Organization and Equipment, Hammer’s RegimentSTORY: Standing Down

Petersburg


Andrei Bely - 1979
    History, culture, and politics are blended and juxtaposed; weather reports, current news, fashions and psychology jostle together with people from Petersburg society in an exhilarating search for the identity of a city and, ultimately, Russia itself. 'The one novel that sums up the whole of Russia.'—Anthony Burgess

A Brighter Sun


Sam Selvon - 1979
    The Longman Caribbean Writers Series comprises of many classic novels, short stories and plays by the best known Caribbean authors, together with works of the highest quality from new writers.

The Exiles


William Stuart Long - 1979
    Packed into the teemed holds of His Majesty's ships. they sailed treacherous seas to the icy desolation of Antarctica, to the South Cape of Tasmania, to Captain Cook's anchorage in Botany Bay. It was a cruel, violent fate for fifteen-year-old Jenny Taggart. Falsely accused of theft, she was torn from her loved ones, a beautiful child among hardened convicts, an innocent in the craft of survival.Betrayed by her beauty, sustained by courage, she would endure to become Queen of the Convicts, target of passion and vengeance in a raw, merciless land...

The Eighth Dwarf


Ross Thomas - 1979
    The award-winning author of Out on the Rim and The Cold War Swap pens a first-rate novel of intrigue and espionage in which an ex-OSS operative and a dwarf team up after the Second World War to locate an assassin whose targets are ex-Nazi leaders.

Schrödinger's Cat 1: The Universe Next Door


Robert Anton Wilson - 1979
    Strangelove) threatens to detonate nuclear devices in major cities all over Unistat. Also mirroring Dr. Strangelove, Unistat has an automated device that will send nuclear missiles to Russia in the event of such an attack. Russia has a similar device to bomb China, and so on.

The Fountains of Paradise


Arthur C. Clarke - 1979
    Vannemar Morgan's dream of linking Earth with the stars requires a 24,000-mile-high space elevator. But first he must solve a million technical, political, and economic problems while allaying the wrath of God. Includes a new introduction by the author.

The Scarlatti Inheritance / The Osterman Weekend / The Matlock Paper / The Gemini Contenders


Robert Ludlum - 1979
    He has information that would drastically alter the course of the War. The file has secrets that could destroy the reputations of some of the most powerful Western leaders. And violence, blackmail and intrigue break out in the worlds of big business and international politics with a terrifying, nerve-wracking rapidity.John and Alice Tanner are one of three families in Saddle Valley on a summer Sunday - relaxed, happy, successful families - who are planning a reunion with a fourth - the Osterman's weekend. All three are buzzed by a patrol car, spoiling well-earned peace. It spells the beginning of a terrifying, murderous conspiracy which envelopes them all, making friend indistinguishable from foe as CIA agents battle to the death with Communist saboteurs.James Matlock, M.A. Ph.D. is Professor at Connecticut's Carlyle University. He has been singled out by the U.S. Government as the key to breaking a national conspiracy which will have appalling consequences. Carlyle - the quiet traditional 'prestige' campus - is 'a time bomb which, when detonated, would claim some extraordinary victims in its fall-out.' Matlock's entrance ticket to the conspiracy spells violence, terror - and death.December 1939. A specially-commandeered freight train is loaded at night by priests with a cargo of ancient papers so explosive, so dangerous in content, that those who travel with them die, on orders, by their own hand. The secret of such terrible, disruptive material is passed down to twin grandsons born under the sign of Gemini to become a catalyst for a mutual hatred that could plunge the world into a war even more divisive than that already breaking over lately

The Pop-up Book of Gnomes


Rien Poortvliet - 1979
    Pop-up pictures with movable parts and text describe the daily life of a gnome as he works, plays, and interacts with animals.

The Original Illustrated Mark Twain


Mark Twain - 1979
    With over 450 original illustrations, the wonderful collection of Twain's classics includes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Prince and the Pauper, plus 29 short stories.

Molly Moves Out


Susan Pearson - 1979
    Molly is so upset by the things her brothers and sisters do, she finally moves into a house of her own.

Sun and Candlelight


Betty Neels - 1979
    Sarre van Diederijk did a lot to restore Alethea's damaged pride when Nick Penrose badly hurt and humiliated her. So a short time later, when he asked her to marry him and go to Holland to live, she accepted. After all, Sarre was a very nice, kind man, and Alethea might actually be happier with him than she would have been with Nick, even though love wasn't part of the deal. But once in Holland, Alethea discovered that happiness and love could blossom when you least expected it.

The Further Education of Oversoul Seven


Jane Roberts - 1979
    The ageless, timeless entity Oversoul Seven must deal with the problems of an unusual assortment of mortals that includes a young man reluctant to be a father, a student contemplating suicide, and a woman unhappy with her reincarnation.

Yobgorgle, Mystery Monster of Lake Ontario


Daniel Pinkwater - 1979
    While visiting Rochester, New York, young Eugene meets the strange Professor Ambrose McFwain and goes out with him in his boat to search for a mysterious sea monster that has been sighted on Lake Ontario.

The Infidel


Georgia Taylor - 1979
    Beautiful Jimena was little more than a girl when she was given in marriage to the man she loathed – Rodrigo Diaz, known as El Cid, Christian Spain’s greatest warrior hero, and the man who had slain her father.Jimena had barely learned to play the role of wife when she was abducted by her husband’s hated enemy, Hasan was the brilliant, daring, superbly handsome Arab chieftain who had made her prisoner of his power - and of her own wakening passion

A Woman Appeared to Me


Renée Vivien - 1979
    "A WOMAN APPEARED TO ME is Renée Vivien's feverish, dream-like account of her tormented relationship with her muse and mistress, Natalie Clifford Barney." - Introduction

Daniel's Duck


Clyde Robert Bulla - 1979
    ‘Good, warm feelings result from reading this gentle tale set in rural Tennessee during pioneer days.' 'CS. ‘A lovely book on all counts.' 'NYT. Notable Children's Books of 1979 (ALA)

Da Vinci's Bicycle


Guy Davenport - 1979
    Written with tremendous wit, intelligence, and verve, the stories are based on historical figures whose endeavors were too early, too late, or went against the grain of their time.

Silence over Dunkerque


John R. Tunis - 1979
    Battles have been few and far between since then, in what the Germans have been calling der Sitzkrieg—the sitting war.  In May 1940, under the leadership of their new prime minister, Winston Churchill, the British are hoping to stem the tide of Nazi invasion along their southern border. But now, flanked to the east and west by German troops and cut off from the Allies further south, Sergeant Williams and his battalion must retreat to Dunkerque in the north, and escape by sea is their only hope.

Stories of the Old Duck Hunters


Gordon MacQuarrie - 1979
    Here are 53 classic hunting and fishing stories, some from sporting magazines of the 1930s and 1940s, including unpublished works from the author's literary estate. Available in individual volumes or collected in a slip-cased three-volume set.

The Kryptonite Kid


Joseph Torchia - 1979
    He is a boy who yearns to be loved and yearns to be Super in an everyday world so filled with unfairness that he must create his own reality - until the book's shattering conclusion makes Jerry realize who Superman really is.

The Key to Midnight


Dean Koontz - 1979
    ten years ago to sing in a Japanese nightclub. Ever since, she's been plagued with nightmares of terror. There is only one man can help her -- Alex Hunter. Ten years ago he saw her picture in the papers -- as a senator's daughter who had disappeared. Now he has to bring her memories back to her, memories of a past more terrifying than they dreamed possible...

The Last Mission


Harry Mazer - 1979
    Leaving New York City, his family, and his boyhood behind, Jack uses a false I.D. and lies his way into the U.S. Air Force.From their base in England, he and his crew fly twenty-four treacherous bombing missions over occupied Europe. The war is almost over and Hitler near defeat when they fly their last mission -- a mission destined for disaster. Shot down far behind enemy lines, Jack is taken prisoner and sent to a German POW camp, where his experiences are more terrifying than anything he'd ever imagined.

Brother Cadfael: Monk's Hood, The Leper of St. Giles, The Sanctuary Sparrow, One Corpse Too Many


Ellis Peters - 1979
    Besides his role as the monastery's herbalist and healer, he solves murder mysteries. Thsi QPD edition features the 4 Brother Cadfael books adapted for TV and shown on PBS on 1995 as part of it "Mystery" series.

The Best Tales of Hoffmann


E.F. Bleiler - 1979
    T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822) was perhaps one of the two or three greatest of all writers of fantasy. His wonderful tales, translated into many languages and adapted into numerous stage works, have delighted readers for a century and a half. They open our eyes to an extraordinary world of fantasy, poetry, and the supernatural. Remarkable characters come vividly to life. With exciting speed, Hoffmann moves from the firm ground of reality to ambiguity, mystery, and romance. His imaginativeness is unsurpassed, and his handling of allegory, symbolism, and mysticism is unusually skillful. These qualities make his tales some of the most stimulating and enjoyable in the world's literature. They can be read on many levels of enjoyment; as exciting fiction brilliantly told, as a fascinating statement of many of the major concerns of the Romantic era, and as a culmination of German Romantic literature. This collection contains ten of his best tales: "The Golden Flower Pot," "Automata," "A New Year's Eve Adventure," "Nutcracker and the King of Mice," "The Sand-Man," "Rath Krespel," "Tobias Martin, Master Cooper, and His Men," "The Mines of Falun," "Signor Formica," and "The King's Betrothed."

The Arthurian Legends


Richard Barber - 1979
    Each excerpt is set in its historical and literary context, so that anyone who enjoys this anthology can make his own exploration of the many and glittering treasures of Arthurian legend.

Call My Brother Back


Michael McLaverty - 1979
    The loss of the family breadwinner forces the MacNeills to leave their island home for Belfast, where they become caught up in the conflict.