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Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.

Now a Hulu limited series starring Christopher Abbott, George Clooney, Kyle Chandler, and Hugh Laurie.

Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a co... View details

Yossarian was in the hospital with a pain in his liver that fell just short of being jaundice. The doctors were puzzled by the fact that it wasn’t quite jaundice. If it became jaundice they could trea...
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Bob Slocum was living the American dream. He had a beautiful wife, three lovely children, a nice house…and all the mistresses he desired. He had it all - all, that is, but happiness. Slocum was discontent. Inevitably, inexorably, his discontent deter... View details

I get the willies when I see closed doors. Even at work, where I am doing so well now, the sight of a closed door is sometimes enough to make me dread that something horrible is happening behind it, s...
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Joseph Heller's powerful, wonderfully funny, deeply moving novel is the story of David - yes, King David - but as you've never seen him before. You already know David as the legendary warrior king of Israel, husband of Bathsheba, and father of Solomo... View details

Abishag the Shunammite washes her hands, powders her arms, removes her robe, and approaches my bed to lie down on top of me. I know even as she takes gentle possession of me with her small arms and le...
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A darkly comic and ambitious sequel to the American classic Catch-22.

In Closing Time, Joseph Heller returns to the characters of Catch-22, now coming to the end of their lives and the century, as is the entire generation that fought in World War I... View details

In Joseph Heller's two best novels, Catch 22 and Something Happened, the narrative circles obsessively around a repressed memory that it is the stories' business finally to confront. We feel the tremo...
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Imagine that the novelist - his name here is Eugene Pota - realizes that the days are dwindling and he needs to come up with one more novel. But what should he write? That first novel, the one that launched him, the one that made him into the cultura... View details

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Bruce Gold, a middle-aged, Jewish professor of English literature, finds himself on the brink of a golden career in politics - and not a moment too soon, as Gold yearns for an opportunity to transform a less-than-picture-perfect life: His children th... View details

GOLD HAD BEEN asked many times to write about the Jewish experience in America. This was not strictly true. He’d been asked only twice, most recently by a woman in Wilmington, Delaware, where he had g...
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Conjured back to life by Rembrandt's famous "Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer," Aristotle surveys history and profiles historical personalities, ultimately concluding that not much has changed in 2,500 years... View details

REMBRANDT PAINTING Aristotle contemplating the bust of Homer was himself contemplating the bust of Homer where it stood on the red cloth covering the square table in the left foreground and wondering ...
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As in all hospitals, the medical hierarchy of The House of God was a pyramid - a lot at the bottom and one at the top.Put another way it was like an ice-cream cone...you had to lick your way up!

Roy Basch, the 'red-hot' Rhodes Scholar, thought differ... View details

Except for her sunglasses, Berry is naked. Even now, on vacation in France with my internship year barely warm in its grave, I can't see her bodily imperfections. I love her breasts, the way they chan...
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Aldous Huxley's profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to pas... View details

A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRALLONDONHATCHERY ANDCONDITIONINGCENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABIL...
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They are the men of C-for-Charlie company-"Mad" 1st Sgt. Eddie Welsh, Pvt. 1st Class Don Doll, Pvt. John Bell, Capt. James Stein, Cpl. Fife, and dozens more just like them-infantrymen who are about to land, grim and white-faced, on an atoll in the Pa... View details

THE TWO TRANSPORTS had sneaked up from the south in the first graying flush of dawn, their cumbersome mass cutting smoothly through the water whose still greater mass bore them silently, themselves as...
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