Kurt Vonnegut

1 2 B R 0 2 B

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Books 
Price :  Free
Release Date :  2007-01-01
Description :  It is a science fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut, originally published in the digest magazine Worlds of If Science Fiction, January 1962, and collected in Vonnegut's Bagombo Snuff Box (1999). The title is pronounced "2 B R naught 2 B", referencing the famous phrase "to be, or not to be" from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. In this story, the title refers to the telephone number one dials to schedule an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination. Vonnegut's 1965 novel God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater describes a story by this name, attributing it to his recurring character Kilgore Trout, [1] although the plot summary given is closer in nature to the eponymous tale from the short-story collection Welcome to the Monkey House.

2 Slaughterhouse-Five

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1970-02-15
Description :  <b><b>Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time</b><br /><br /></b><i>Slaughterhouse-Five,</i> an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most. <br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Slaughterhouse-Five</i></b><br /><br />“Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.”<b>—<i>The&#xa0;Boston Globe</i></b><i><br /><br /> </i>“Very tough and very funny . . . sad and delightful . . . very Vonnegut.”<b>—<i>The&#xa0;New York Times</i></b><i><br /><br /> </i>“Splendid art . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears.”<b>—<i>Life</i></b>

3 Cat's Cradle

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  1963-12-15
Description :  <b>Cat’s Cradle</b> is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, <b>Cat’s Cradle</b> is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best.<br />&#xa0;<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

4 Breakfast of Champions

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  1991-10-05
Description :  <b>“Marvelous . . . [Vonnegut] wheels out all the complaints about America and makes them seem fresh, funny, outrageous, hateful and lovable.”—<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />In <i>Breakfast of Champions,</i> one of Kurt Vonnegut’s most beloved characters, the aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. What follows is murderously funny satire, as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth.<br /><br /><b>“Free-wheeling, wild and great . . . uniquely Vonnegut.”—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b>

5 Nubo PD: 2BR02B

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Science Fiction & Literature 
Price :  Free
Release Date :  2012-10-19
Description :  In a dystopian future, aging has been cured, but population control measures ensure that the number of people remains constant: for every newborn, someone needs to volunteer to to die. Enter Mr. Wehling, whose wife is giving birth to triplets every minute...<br /><br /> This book comes with a fully synchronized audio recording.

6 Science Fiction Stories

Author : Philip K. Dick, H.G. Wells, Kurt Vonnegut, Randall Garrett, Jack London, Isaac Asimov, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ayn Rand & Rudyard Kipling
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Science Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  Short Stories  Fiction & Literature  Classics  Romance  Short Stories 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2012-09-09
Description :  <i>Science Fiction Stories</i> is a collection of brilliant tales from the masters of science fiction storytelling including Philip K. Dick, H. G. Wells, Randall Garrett, Isaac Asimov, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. In addition, <i>Science Fiction Stories</i> has must read sci-fi stories from writers who build their reputation in other genres including Kurt Vonnegut, Ayn Rand, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, and Rudyard Kipling.

7 The Sirens of Titan

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Science Fiction 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1998-09-08
Description :  <b>“[Kurt Vonnegut’s]&#xa0;best book . . . He dares not only ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it.”—</b><i><b>Esquire</b><br /></i><br /><b>Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s</b><i><b>&#xa0;<i>The Great American Read</i></b><br /><br />The Sirens of Titan</i> is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course there’ s a catch to the invitation–and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell.<br /><br /><b>“Reading Vonnegut is addictive!”—<i>Commonweal</i></b>

8 Short Stories

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Science Fiction & Literature  High Tech  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2012-10-14
Description :  <i>Short Stories</i> by Kurt Vonnegut consists of two science fiction stories including <i>2 B R 0 2 B</i> and <i>The Big Trip Up Yonder.</i><br /> <i>2 B R 0 2 B</i> that focuses on a society where individuals have an indefinite lifespan and the population of the United States is limited to forty million. In order for a new birth to take place, someone else must die. The suspense builds as two parents wait for someone to dial 2 B R 0 2 B, which is the telephone number to dial for an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination.&#xa0;<br /> <i>The Big Trip Up Yonder </i>is set in 2158 A.D., after the invention of a medicine called Anti-Gerasone, which is made from sawdust and dandelions. Anti-Gerasone halts the aging process and prevents people from dying of old age as long at they keep taking it; as a result, America now suffers from severe overpopulation and shortages of food and resources.

9 Mother Night

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1972-03-15
Description :  <b>“Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer . . . a zany but moral mad scientist.”—<i>Time</i></b><br /><i><br />Mother Night</i> is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.<br /><br /><b>“A great artist.”—<i>Cincinnati Enquirer<br /><br /> </i>“A shaking up in the kaleidoscope of laughter . . . Reading Vonnegut is addictive!”—<i>Commonweal</i></b>

10 Galapagos

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Science Fiction 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1986-09-01
Description :  <b>“A madcap genealogical adventure . . . Vonnegut is a postmodern Mark Twain.”<b>—<i>The&#xa0;New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /></b><i>Galápagos </i>takes the reader back one million years, to A.D. 1986. A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey. Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Galápagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave, new, and totally different human race. In this inimitable novel, America’ s master satirist looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry–and all that is worth saving.<br /><br /><b>Praise for&#xa0;<i>Galápagos</i></b><br /><br />“The best Vonnegut novel yet!”<b>—John Irving</b><br /><br /> “Beautiful . . . provocative, arresting reading.”<b>—<i>USA Today</i></b><i><br /><br /></i>“A satire in the classic tradition . . . a dark vision, a heartfelt warning.”<b>—<i>The Detroit Free Press</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Interesting, engaging, sad and yet very funny . . . Vonnegut is still in top form. If he has no prescription for alleviating the pain of the human condition, at least he is a first-rate diagnostician.”<b>—Susan Isaacs, <i>Newsday</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Dark . . . original and funny.”<b>—<i>People</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “A triumph of style, originality and warped yet consistent logic . . . a condensation, an evolution of Vonnegut’s entire career, including all the issues and questions he has pursued relentlessly for four decades.”<b>—<i>The Philadelphia Inquirer</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Wild details, wry humor, outrageous characters . . . <i>Galápagos</i>&#xa0;is a comic lament, a sadly ironic vison.”<b>—<i>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “A work of high comedy, sadness and imagination.”<b>—<i>The Denver Post</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Wacky wit and irreverent imagination .&#xa0; . . and the full range of technical innovations have made [Vonnegut] America’s preeminent experimental novelist.”<b>—<i>The Minneapolis Star and Tribune</i></b>

11 Welcome to the Monkey House

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1969-12-15
Description :  <b>“[Kurt Vonnegut] strips the flesh from bone and makes you laugh while he does it. . . . There are twenty-five stories here, and each hits a nerve ending.”—<i>The&#xa0;Charlotte Observer</i></b><br /><br /><i>Welcome to the Monkey House</i> is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s shorter works. Originally printed in publications as diverse as <i>The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction</i> and<i> The Atlantic Monthly</i>, these superb stories share Vonnegut’s audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision.<br />&#xa0;<br /><b>Includes the following stories:</b><br /><br /> “Where I Live”<br /> “Harrison Bergeron”<br />“Who Am I This Time?”<br /> “Welcome to the Monkey House”<br /> “Long Walk to Forever”<br /> “The Foster Portfolio”<br /> “Miss Temptation”<br /> “All the King’s Horses”<br /> “Tom Edison’s Shaggy Dog”<br /> “New Dictionary”<br /> “Next Door”<br /> “More Stately Mansions”<br /> “The Hyannis Port Story”<br /> “D.P.”<br /> “Report on the Barnhouse Effect”<br /> “The Euphio Question”<br /> “Go Back to Your Precious Wife and Son”<br /> “Deer in the Works”<br /> “The Lie”<br /> “Unready to Wear”<br /> “The Kid Nobody Could Handle”<br /> “The Manned Missiles”<br /> “Epicac”<br /> “Adam”<br /> “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow”

12 God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  1978-10-15
Description :  <b>“[Vonnegut] at his wildest best.”—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br />Eliot Rosewater—drunk, volunteer fireman, and President of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation—is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature . . . with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. <i>God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater</i> is Kurt Vonnegut’s funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to.<br /><br /><b>“A brilliantly funny satire on almost everything.”—Conrad Aiken</b><br /><br /><b>“[Vonnegut was] our finest black humorist. . . . We laugh in self-defense.”—<i>The Atlantic Monthly</i></b>

13 The Big Trip Up Yonder: Audio Edition

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Science Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2008-11-11
Description :  This edition of Kurt Vonnegut's 1953 science fiction short story "The Big Trip Up Yonder", includes the full audio, so you can easily listen while driving or follow along while reading.&#xa0;<br /><br /> <b>Bonus: This book also contains Kurt Vonnegut's 1962 science fiction tale "2BRO2B" with the full audio.&#xa0;</b><br /> <b></b><br /> <i>This book is DRM free.&#xa0;</i>

14 Player Piano

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1972-03-15
Description :  <b>“A funny, savage appraisal of a totally automated American society of the future.”—<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i></b><br /><br />Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines. Paul’s rebellion is vintage Vonnegut—wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Player Piano</i></b><br /><br />“An exuberant, crackling style . . . Vonnegut is a black humorist, fantasist and satirist, a man disposed to deep and comic reflection on the human dilemma.”<b>—<i>Life</i></b><br /><br /> “His black logic . . . gives us something to laugh about and much to fear.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b>

15 Deadeye Dick

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1985-10-01
Description :  <b>“The master at his quirky, provocative best.”—<i>Cosmopolitan</i></b><br /><br /><i>Deadeye Dick</i> is Kurt Vonnegut’s funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence. Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors—a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb—Rudy Waltz, aka Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness. Here is a tale of crime and punishment that makes us rethink what we believe . . . and who we say we are.<br /><br /><b>Praise for<i> Deadeye Dick</i></b><br /><br />“A moving fable . . . Vonnegut, sweet cynic and ugly duckling, continues to write gentle swan songs for our uncivil society.”<b>—<i>Playboy&#xa0;</i></b><br />&#xa0;<br />“A brilliantly unconventional novel . . . a must for all Vonnegut fans.”<b><i>—Worcester Sunday Telegram</i></b><br />&#xa0;<br />“Hits the bull’s-eye . . . dolefully celebrates the randomness of life, treating private and public disasters with a kind of reckless whimsy. . . . You don’t read Kurt Vonnegut for meaning exactly. You read him for the sad-funny attitude of mind, the kind of weirdness that can interpret the world’s weirdness.”<b>—<i>USA Today</i></b><br />&#xa0;<br />“Vonnegut is beguiling as ever . . . Incredible plot constructions and inventive language continue to leap from his typewriter . . . the humor is natural and inborn; the insight usually purchased by his characters at painfully high cost. Funny how life turns out. Even funnier how Mr. Vonnegut turns life’s insanities into funny, profound sense. That takes a master’s touch. Mr. Vonnegut still has it.”<b>—<i>Kansas City Star</i></b><br />&#xa0;&#xa0;<br />“Playful and imaginative . . . On finishing the novel, the kitchen of your mind is a cleaner and more well-lighted place than it was before.”<b>—<i>Houston Chronicle</i></b><br />&#xa0;<br />“Endearing and enchanting . . . a wise and charming book . . . very full of life.”<b>—<i>Glamour</i></b>

16 2 B R 0 2 B

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Science Fiction & Literature  Adventure  Fiction & Literature  Classics  Literary  Mysteries & Thrillers  Short Stories  Fantasy  Short Stories 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2012-02-12
Description :  2 B R 0 2 B or 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut is a science fiction story that focuses on a society where individuals have an indefinite lifespan and the population of the United States is limited to forty million.&#xa0;<br /><br /> In order for a new birth to take place, someone else must die. The suspense builds as two parents wait for someone to dial 2 B R 0 2 B, which is the telephone number to dial for an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination.

17 Hocus Pocus

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  1990-09-05
Description :  From the author of <b>Timequake</b>, this "irresistible" novel (<b>Cleveland Plain Dealer</b>) tells the story of Eugene Debs Hartke-Vietnam veteran, jazz pianist, college professor, and prognosticator of the apocalypse. It's "Vonnegut's best novel in years-funny and prophetic...something special." (<b>The Nation</b>)

18 Bluebeard

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  1987-09-02
Description :  <b>“Ranks with Vonnegut’s best and goes one step beyond . . . joyous, soaring fiction.”—<i>The Atlanta Journal and Constitution</i></b><br /><br />Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life story—and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man’s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Bluebeard</i></b><br /><br />“Vonnegut is at his edifying best.”<b>—<i>The Philadelphia Inquirer</i></b><br /><br />“The quicksilver mind of Vonnegut is at it again. . . . He displays all his talents—satire, irony, ridicule, slapstick, and even a shaggy dog story of epic proportions.”<b>—<i>The Cincinnati Post</i></b><br />&#xa0;<br />“[Kurt Vonnegut is] a voice you can trust to keep poking holes in the social fabric.”<b>—<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i></b><br />&#xa0;<br />“It has the qualities of classic Bosch and&#xa0;<i>Slaughterhouse</i>&#xa0;Vonnegut. . . .&#xa0;<i>Bluebeard</i>&#xa0;is uncommonly feisty.”<b>—<i>USA Today</i></b><br />&#xa0;<br />“Is Bluebeard good? Yes! . . . This is vintage Vonnegut—good wine from his best grapes.”<b>—<i>The Detroit News</i></b><br />&#xa0;<br />“A joyride . . . Vonnegut is more fascinated and puzzled than angered by the human stupidities and contradictions he discerns so keenly. So hop in his rumble seat. As you whiz along, what you observe may provide some new perspectives.”<b>—<i>Kansas City Star</i></b>

19 A Man Without a Country

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Essays  Books  Fiction & Literature  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-01-16
Description :  <b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •&#xa0;“For all those who have lived with Vonnegut in their imaginations . . . this is what he is like in person.”<b>–<i>USA Today</i></b></b><br /><br /> In a volume that is penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh-out-loud funny, one of the great men of letters of this age–or any age–holds forth on life, art, sex, politics, and the state of America’s soul. From his coming of age in America, to his formative war experiences, to his life as an artist, this is Vonnegut doing what he does best: Being himself. Whimsically illustrated by the author, <i>A Man Without a Country</i> is intimate, tender, and brimming with the scope of Kurt Vonnegut’s passions.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>A Man Without a Country</i></b><br /><br />“[This] may be as close as Vonnegut ever comes to a memoir.”<b>–</b><i><b>Los Angeles Times</b><br /></i><br />“Like [that of] his literary ancestor Mark Twain, [Kurt Vonnegut’s] crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted. . . . [Reading&#xa0;<i>A Man Without a Country</i>&#xa0;is] like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend.”<b><i>–The New York Times Book Review<br /></i></b><br /> “Filled with [Vonnegut’s] usual contradictory mix of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, humor and gravity.”<b>–<i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br /> “Fans will linger on every word . . . as once again [Vonnegut] captures the complexity of the human condition with stunning calligraphic simplicity.”<b>–<i>The Australian</i></b><br /><br /> “Thank God, Kurt Vonnegut has broken his promise that he will never write another book. In this wondrous assemblage of mini-memoirs, we discover his family’s legacy and his obstinate, unfashionable humanism.”<b>–Studs Terkel</b>

20 2 B R 0 2 B

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Science Fiction & Literature  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2010-08-14
Description :  In a future where ageing has been cured, for someone to be born, someone must first volunteer to die. Edward K. Wehling, Jr waits in the hospital as his wife gives birth to triplets, but is short of a volunteer to die. Who will dial "2 B R naught 2 B"? - The telephone number to schedule an assisted suicide.

21 Jailbird

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1982-07-15
Description :  <b>“[Kurt Vonnegut] has never been more satirically on-target. . . . Nothing is spared.”—</b><i><b><i>People</i></b><br /><br />Jailbird</i> takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government—and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate’s least known co-conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Jailbird</i></b><br /><br />“[Vonnegut] is our strongest writer . . . the most stubbornly imaginative.”<b>—John Irving</b><br />&#xa0;<br />“A gem . . . a mature, imaginative novel—possibly the best he has written . . .&#xa0;<i>Jailbird</i>&#xa0;is a guided tour de force of America. Take it!”<b>—<i>Playboy</i></b><br /><br />“A profoundly humane comedy . . .&#xa0;<i>Jailbird</i>&#xa0;definitely mounts up on angelic wings—in its speed, in its sparkle, and in its high-flying intent.”<b>—<i>Chicago Tribune Book World</i></b><br />&#xa0;<br />“Joyously inventive . . . gleams with the loony magic Vonnegut alone can achieve.”<b>—<i>Cosmopolitan</i></b><br />&#xa0;<br />“Vonnegut is our great apocalyptic writer, the closest thing we’ve had to a prophet since . . . Lenny Bruce.”<b>—<i>Chicago Sun-Times</i></b><br />&#xa0;<br />“Vonnegut at his impressive best. . . . His imaginative leaps alone . . . are worth the price of admission. . . . His far-reaching metaphysical and cultural concerns . . . are ultimately serious and worth our contemplation.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b>

22 Look at the Birdie

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-10-20
Description :  <b>“Relentlessly fun to read.”—Dave Eggers • A&#xa0;collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction</b><br /><br />In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and funny portrait of life in post–World War II America—a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. <br /><br /> Here are tales both cautionary and hopeful, each brimming with Vonnegut’s trademark humor and profound humanism. A family learns the downside of confiding their deepest secrets into a magical invention. A man finds himself in a Kafkaesque world of trouble after he runs afoul of the shady underworld boss who calls the shots in an upstate New York town. A quack psychiatrist turned “murder counselor” concocts a novel new outlet for his paranoid patients. While these stories reflect the anxieties of the postwar era that Vonnegut was so adept at capturing—and provide insight into the development of his early style—collectively, they have a timeless quality that makes them just as relevant today as when they were written. It’s impossible to imagine any of these pieces flowing from the pen of another writer; each in its own way is unmistakably, quintessentially Vonnegut. <br /><br /> Featuring a foreword by author and longtime Vonnegut confidant Sidney Offit and illustrated with Vonnegut’s characteristically insouciant line drawings, <i>Look at the Birdie</i> is an unexpected gift for readers who thought his unique voice had been stilled forever—and serves as a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.<br /><br /><b>Includes these never-before-published stories:</b><br /><br />“Confido”<br /> “FUBAR”<br /> “Shout About It from the Housetops”<br /> “Ed Luby’s Key Club”<br /> “A Song for Selma”<br /> “Hall of Mirrors”<br /> “The Nice Little People”<br /> “Hello, Red”<br /> “Little Drops of Water”<br /> “The Petrified Ants”<br /> “The Honor of a Newsboy”<br /> “Look at the Birdie”<br /> “King and Queen of the Universe”<br /> “The Good Explainer”<br /><br /><b>“[<i>Look at the Birdie]</i> brings us the late writer’s young voice as he skewers—sometimes gently, always lethally—post World War II America.”—<i>The Boston Globe</i></b>

23 2 B R 0 2 B

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Books 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2010-01-01
Description :  This is an electronic edition of the complete book complemented by author biography. This book features a table of contents linked to every chapter. The book was designed for optimal navigation on the iPad, PDA, Smartphone, and other electronic readers. It is formatted to display on all electronic devices including the iPad, Smartphones and other Mobile Devices with a small display.

24 Timequake

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  1997-09-22
Description :  There's been a timequake. And everyone—even you—must live the decade between February 17, 1991 and February 17, 2001 over again. The trick is that we all have to do exactly the same things as we did the first time—minute by minute, hour by hour, year by year, betting on the wrong horse again, marrying the wrong person again. Why? You'll have to ask the old science fiction writer, Kilgore Trout. This was all his idea.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

25 Armageddon in Retrospect

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Essays  Literary Criticism 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2008-04-01
Description :  <b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestseller-a "gripping" posthumous collection of previously unpublished work by Kurt Vonnegut on the subject of war.</b><br /><br /> A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, <i>Armageddon in Retrospect</i> is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humor and outraged moral sense, the pieces range from a letter written by Vonnegut to his family in 1945, informing them that he'd been taken prisoner by the Germans, to his last speech, delivered after his death by his son Mark, who provides a warmly personal introduction to the collection. Taken together, these pieces provide fresh insight into Vonnegut's enduring literary genius and reinforce his ongoing moral relevance in today's world.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

26 While Mortals Sleep

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics  Literary 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2011-01-25
Description :  <b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER •&#xa0;Foreword by Dave Eggers</b><br /><br />These previously unpublished, beautifully rendered works of fiction are a testament to Kurt Vonnegut’s unique blend of observation and imagination. Here are stories of men and machines, art and artifice, and how ideals of fortune, fame, and love take curious twists in ordinary lives. <br /><br />An ambitious builder of roads fritters away his free time with miniature trains—until the women in his life crash his fantasy land. Trapped in a stenography pool, a young dreamer receives a call from a robber on the run, who presents her with a strange proposition. A crusty newspaperman is forced onto a committee to judge Christmas displays—a job that leads him to a suspiciously ostentatious ex-con and then a miracle. Featuring a Foreword by Dave Eggers, <i>While Mortals Sleep</i> is a poignant reflection of our world as it is and as it could be.<br /><br /><b>Includes the following stories:</b><br /><br /> “Jenny”<br /> “The Epizootic”<br /> “Hundred-Dollar Kisses”<br /> “Guardian of the Person”<br /> “With His Hand on the Throttle”<br /> “Girl Pool”<br /> “Ruth”<br /> “While Mortals Sleep”<br /> “Out, Brief Candle”<br /> “Tango”<br /> “Bomar”<br /> “The Man Without No Kiddleys”<br /> “Mr. Z”<br /> “$10,000 a Year, Easy”<br /> “Money Talks”<br /> “The Humbugs”&#xa0;<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>While Mortals Sleep</i></b><br /><br />“Immensely readable and thoroughly entertaining.”<b><i>—The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> “Taut, concise . . . The stories set themselves up with neat swiftness, proceed at a clip, and shut down with equal speed, [showing Vonnegut] honing his skills in structure and satire.”<b><i>—Los Angeles Times</i></b>&#xa0;<br /><br />“A lovely reminder of the mischievous moral voice we lost when we lost Kurt Vonnegut.”<b><i>—San Francisco Chronicle&#xa0;</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “These stories were all good when they were written decades ago, but many strike me as great now. Never has the voice of Kurt Vonnegut, humanist and humorist, been more relevant.”<b>—<i>The Seattle Times</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “There’s something distinctly timeless about Vonnegut’s vision.”<b><i>—</i>Minneapolis<i>&#xa0;Star-Tribune</i></b>

27 FUBAR

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2009-10-20
Description :  <b><br /></b> &#xa0;The waters of renewal sometimes course through the unlikeliest of settings. In the short story, “<i>FUBAR</i>,” we’re taken to a desolate building in a drab industrial complex, where a lonely office worker gains a fresh perspective on life thanks to the intervention of his free-spirited new female assistant. <br /><br /> “<i>FUBAR</i>” and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise <b>Look at the Birdie </b>serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut’s unique voice had been stilled forever–and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

28 God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

Author : Kurt Vonnegut & Neil Gaiman
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1999-12-07
Description :  From Slapstick's "Turkey Farm" to Slaughterhouse-Five's eternity in a Tralfamadorean zoo cage with Montana Wildhack, the question of the afterlife never left Kurt Vonnegut's mind. In God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, Vonnegut skips back and forth between life and the Afterlife as if the difference between them were rather slight. In thirty odd "interviews," Vonnegut trips down "the blue tunnel to the pearly gates" in the guise of a roving reporter for public radio, conducting interviews: with Salvatore Biagini, a retired construction worker who died of a heart attack while rescuing his schnauzer from a pit bull, with John Brown, still smoldering 140 years after his death by hanging, with William Shakespeare, who rubs Vonnegut the wrong way, and with socialist and labor leader Eugene Victor Debs, one of Vonnegut's personal heroes.<br />What began as a series of ninety-second radio interludes for WNYC, New York City's public radio station, evolved into this provocative collection of musings about who and what we live for, and how much it all matters in the end. From the original portrait by his friend Jules Feiffer that graces the cover, to a final entry from Kilgore Trout, God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian remains a joy.

29 Kurt Vonnegut

Author : Kurt Vonnegut & Dan Wakefield
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  History  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2012-10-30
Description :  <b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY</b><br /><b><b><i>Newsweek</i>/The Daily Beast • The Huffington Post<i> • Kansas City Star • Time Out New York • Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /></b><br />This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction. Written over a sixty-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his work to readers worldwide. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> Included in this comprehensive volume: the letter a twenty-two-year-old Vonnegut wrote home immediately upon being freed from a German POW camp, recounting the ghastly firebombing of Dresden that would be the subject of his masterpiece <i>Slaughterhouse-Five;</i> wry dispatches from Vonnegut’s years as a struggling writer slowly finding an audience and then dealing with sudden international fame in middle age; righteously angry letters of protest to local school boards that tried to ban his work; intimate remembrances penned to high school classmates, fellow veterans, friends, and family; and letters of commiseration and encouragement to such contemporaries as Gail Godwin, Günter Grass, and Bernard Malamud. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> Vonnegut’s unmediated observations on science, art, and commerce prove to be just as inventive as any found in his novels—from a crackpot scheme for manufacturing “atomic” bow ties to a tongue-in-cheek proposal that publishers be allowed to trade authors like baseball players. (“Knopf, for example, might give John Updike’s contract to Simon and Schuster, and receive Joan Didion’s contract in return.”) Taken together, these letters add considerable depth to our understanding of this one-of-a-kind literary icon, in both his public and private lives. Each letter brims with the mordant humor and openhearted humanism upon which he built his legend. And virtually every page contains a quotable nugget that will make its way into the permanent Vonnegut lexicon.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>• On a job he had as a young man:</b> “Hell is running an elevator throughout eternity in a building with only six floors.”<br /> <b>• To a relative who calls him a “great literary figure”:</b> “I am an American fad—of a slightly higher order than the hula hoop.”<br /> <b>• To his daughter Nanny:</b> “Most letters from a parent contain a parent’s own lost dreams disguised as good advice.”<br /> <b>• To Norman Mailer:</b> “I am cuter than you are.”<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Sometimes biting and ironical, sometimes achingly sweet, and always alive with the unique point of view that made him the true cultural heir to Mark Twain, these letters comprise the autobiography Kurt Vonnegut never wrote.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Kurt Vonnegut: Letters</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Splendidly assembled . . . familiar, funny, cranky . . . chronicling [Vonnegut’s] life in real time.”<b>—Kurt Andersen, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “[This collection is] by turns hilarious, heartbreaking and mundane. . . . Vonnegut himself is a near-perfect example of the same flawed, wonderful humanity that he loved and despaired over his entire life.”<b>—<i>NPR</i></b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> “Congenial, whimsical and often insightful missives . . . one of [Vonnegut’s] very best.”<b>—<i>Newsday</i></b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br />“These letters display all the hallmarks of Vonnegut’s fiction—smart, hilarious and heartbreaking.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

30 The Eden Express

Author : Mark Vonnegut & Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Psychology 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2002-11-05
Description :  The Eden Express describes from the inside Mark Vonnegut’s experience in the late ’60s and early ’70s—a recent college grad; in love; living communally on a farm, with a famous and doting father, cherished dog, and prized jalopy—and then the nervous breakdowns in all their slow-motion intimacy, the taste of mortality and opportunity for humor they provided, and the grim despair they afforded as well. That he emerged to write this funny and true book and then moved on to find the meaningful life that for a while had seemed beyond reach is what ultimately happens in The Eden Express. But the real story here is that throughout his harrowing experience his sense of humor let him see the humanity of what he was going through, and his gift of language let him describe it in such a moving way that others could begin to imagine both its utter ordinariness as well as the madness we all share.

31 Vonnegut by the Dozen

Author : Kurt Vonnegut & Richard Lingeman
Genre :  Politics & Current Events  Books  Humor  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-08-05
Description :  America owes Kurt Vonnegut a debt of gratitude for infusing its culture with the brilliant insight found in books like <i>Mother Night</i>, <i>Player Piano</i> and <i>Slaughterhouse-5</i>—and for the mordantly funny writings assembled in this collection.<br /><br /> The Nation was one of Vonnegut’s outlets for his political writings. He contributed to the magazine once or twice a year from 1978 to 1998, like a regular donation to the United Way. His politics were consistently on the left, and after fighting in World War II—which, for all its horrors, he considered just—he angrily condemned all of the United States’ subsequent wars of choice.<br /><br /> He wrote in a kind of faux-simpleminded style. He avoided the high seriousness demanded by some critics, who dismissed his body of work as a product of the 1960s counterculture, popular only among shaggy-haired youths with callow taste.&#xa0;<br /><br /> But his best work, as you’ll see, deals with ultimate questions.

32 Bartlett's Words to Live By

Author : John Bartlett & Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Quotations  Books  Reference  Health, Mind & Body  Self-Improvement 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2009-10-31
Description :  For 150 years people have looked to <i>Bartlett's Familiar Quotations</i> for wisdom, inspiration, and pure fun. Here now is an elegant new collection of the best advice ever given, inspiring words from the world's wisest men and women. <br /><br /> "There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval." -George Santayana<br /><br /> Readers will be delighted by insights that span almost five thousand years of human history, from ancient Egypt to the modern day, capturing the differences-and the similarities-of human thought over time. <br /><br /> "Truth is great and its effectiveness endures." -Ptahhotpe<br /><br /> From such varied sources as the Bible, Jane Austen, and John F. Kennedy, everyone is sure to find a gem. <br /><br /> "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." -Muhammad Ali<br /><br /> With its thoughtful and entertaining selection of quotes, <i>Bartlett's Words to Live By</i> is an enlightening gift for the graduate or the student of life and a splendid addition to the reference shelf. <br /><br /> "In my end is my beginning." -Mary, Queen of Scots<br /><br /> "'s <i>Familiar Quotations</i> is an admirable work, and I studied it intently."<br /><br /> -Sir Winston Churchill <br /><br /> In 1855, bookseller John Bartlett self-published a small collection of prose and verse quotations. Since then, his volume has been continuously expanded and published to reflect the ever-changing cultural climate. <i>Bartlett's Familiar Quotations</i> remains the most authoritative, thought-provoking, and entertaining book of quotations available.

33 Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Interview

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary Criticism 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2011-12-16
Description :  <b>One of the great American iconoclasts holds forth on politics, war, books and writers, and his personal life in a series of conversations</b>—<b>including his last published interview. <br /></b><br />During his long career Kurt Vonnegut won international praise for his novels, plays, and essays. In this new anthology of conversations with Vonnegut—which collects interviews from throughout his career—we learn much about what drove Vonnegut to write and how he viewed his work at the end.<br /><br /><b>From Kurt Vonnegut's Last Interview</b><br /><br /><b>Is there another book in you, by chance?</b><br /><br />No. Look, I’m 84 years old. Writers of fiction have usually done their best work by the time they’re 45. Chess masters are through when they’re 35, and so are baseball players. There are plenty of other people writing. Let them do it.<br /><br /><b>So what’s the old man’s game, then?</b><br /><br />My country is in ruins. So I’m a fish in a poisoned fishbowl. I’m mostly just heartsick about this. There should have been hope. This should have been a great country. But we are despised all over the world now. I was hoping to build a country and add to its literature. That’s why I served in World War II, and that’s why I wrote books.<br /><br /><b>When someone reads one of your books, what would you like them to take from the experience?</b><br /><br />Well, I’d like the guy—or the girl, of course—to put the book down and think, “This is the greatest man who ever lived.”

34 Palm Sunday

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Fiction & Literature  Essays 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  1982-02-15
Description :  <b>“[Kurt Vonnegut] is either the funniest serious writer around or the most serious funny writer.”—<i>Los Angeles Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br />In this self-portrait by an American genius, Kurt Vonnegut writes with beguiling wit and poignant wisdom about his favorite comedians, country music, a dead friend, a dead marriage, and various cockamamie aspects of his all-too-human journey through life. This is a work that resonates with Vonnegut’s singular voice: the magic sound of a born storyteller mesmerizing us with truth.<br /><br /> <b>“Vonnegut is at the top of his form, and it is wonderful.”—<i>Newsday</i></b>

35 The Big Trip Up Yonder

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2011-01-15
Description :  The Big Trip Up Yonder is a classic written by Kurt Vonnegut and published in 1954. "The Big Trip Up Yonder," is a genre science fiction tale originally published in the magazine "Galaxy Science Fiction" in 1959 "If it was good enough for your grandfather, forget it, it is much too good for anyone else!"

36 Little Drops of Water

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2009-10-20
Description :  <b>Look at the Birdie</b> is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in post–World War II America—a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. <br /><br />Vonnegut offers a pitch-perfect portrait of a singing instructor cum lothario whose perfectly ordered bachelor lifestyle is thrown into chaos by a jilted chanteuse who won't take "Go away" for an answer—and knows how to turn the force of habit against him.<br /><br /><i>Little Drops of Water</i> and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise <b>Look at the Birdie</b> serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled forever—and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

37 Grand Central Winter

Author : Lee Stringer & Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Fiction & Literature  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  1998-07-14
Description :  <b>A <i>New York Times </i>Notable Book</b><br /><br />Whether Lee Stringer is describing "God's corner" as he calls 42nd Street, or his friend Suzy, a hooker and "past due tourist" whose infant child he sometimes babysits, whether he is recounting his experiences at Street News, where he began hawking the newspaper for a living wage, then wrote articles, and served for a time as muckraking senior editor, whether it is his adventures in New York's infamous Tombs jail, or performing community service, or sleeping in the tunnels below Grand Central Station by night and collecting cans by day, this is a book rich with small acts of kindness, humor and even heroism alongside the expected violence and desperation of life on the street. There is always room, Stringer writes, "amid the costume" jewel glitter...for one more diamond in the rough."<br />Two events rise over Grand Central Winter like sentinels: Stringer's discovery of crack cocaine and his catching the writing bug. Between these two very different yet oddly similar activities, Lee's life unwound itself, during the 1980s, and took the shape of an odyssey, an epic struggle to find meaning and happiness in arid times. He eventually beat the first addiction with help from a treatment program. The second addiction, writing, has hold of him still.<br />Among the many accomplishments of this book is that Stringer is able to convey something of the vitality and complexity of a down—and—out life. The reader walks away from it humming its melody, one that is more wise than despairing, less about the shame we feel when confronted with a picture of those less fortunate, and more about the joy we feel when we experience our shared humanity.

38 The Big Trip Up Yonder

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Science Fiction & Literature  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2011-06-24
Description :  It’s the year 2158 and the creation of a powerful anti-ageing drug promises a future free from the fear of death. But the resulting population boom pushes America to the brink with shortages of housing, food, oil and materials.

39 The Man with the Golden Arm

Author : Nelson Algren, William J. Savage, Jr., Daniel Simon, Kurt Vonnegut & Studs Terkel
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  1996-01-09
Description :  A novel of rare genius, The Man with the Golden Arm describes the dissolution of a card-dealing WWII veteran named Frankie Machine, caught in the act of slowly cutting his own heart into wafer-thin slices. For Frankie, a murder committed may be the least of his problems.<br />The literary critic Malcolm Cowley called The Man with the Golden Arm "Algren's defense of the individual," while Carl Sandburg wrote of its "strange midnight dignity." A literary tour de force, here is a novel unlike any other, one in which drug addiction, poverty, and human failure somehow suggest a defense of human dignity and a reason for hope.

40 Look at the Birdie (Short Story)

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2009-10-20
Description :  <b>Look at the Birdie</b> is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in post–World War II America—a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. <br /><br />How do you plan the perfect murder? Belly up to the bar with Vonnegut's narrator and listen as a self-proclaimed "murder counselor" outlines his fool-proof program for getting rid of your enemies—and assuring yourself a guaranteed annuity income for life.<br /><br />&#xa0;<i>Look at the Birdie</i> and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise <b>Look at the Birdie</b> serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled forever—and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

41 Hall of Mirrors

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2009-10-20
Description :  <b>Look at the Birdie</b> is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in post–World War II America—a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. <br /><br />In this disquieting tale, the investigation into a string of mysterious disappearances turns surreal for two detectives, when they pay a visit to the home of a celebrated hypnotist. But who will turn the tables on whom when the final spell is cast?<br /><i><br />Hall of Mirrors</i> and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise <b>Look at the Birdie</b> serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled forever—and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

42 The Nice Little People

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2009-10-20
Description :  &#xa0;<br /><b>Look at the Birdie</b> is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in post–World War II America—a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. <br /><br />A linoleum salesman's plans for a quiet anniversary celebration with his wife get put on hold when he makes an unusual discovery: that knife he picked up on the way home isn't quite what it appears to be—and neither is his marriage.<br /><br /><i>The Nice Little People</i> and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise <b>Look at the Birdie</b> serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled forever—and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

43 2BR02B

Author : Kurt Vonnegut, Giuseppe Bellomo & Angela Graci
Genre :  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Books 
Price :  Free
Release Date :  2017-01-08
Description :  Per arginare&#xa0;i rischi della sovrappopolazione mondiale, in una distopica Chicago del futuro prossimo il visionario dottor Hitz ha istituito i primi “Uffici Federali di Terminazione”, al fine di promuovere il suicidio, regolare le nascite e realizzare un mondo magnifico di pace e prosperità.<br /><br /> Non tutti però concordano con il nobile fine del dottore.

44 King and Queen of the Universe

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2009-10-20
Description :  <b>Look at the Birdie</b> is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in post–World War II America—a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. <br /><br />In a poignant tale set in the depths of the Great Depression, two children of privilege get a lesson in empathy from a down-and-outer with an unusual plan to prove himself a success in the eyes of his dying mother.<br /><br />&#xa0;<i>King and Queen of the Universe </i>and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise <b>Look at the Birdie</b> serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled forever—and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

45 2BRO2B

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2014-10-10
Description :  2 B R 0 2 B is the famous science fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut, originally published in the digest magazine If: Worlds of Science Fiction, January 1962. The title is pronounced &#34;2 B R naught 2 B&#34;, referencing the famous phrase &#34;to be, or not to be&#34; from William Shakespeare&#39;s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. In this story, the title refers to the telephone number one dials to schedule an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination.

46 The Petrified Ants

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2009-09-29
Description :  <b><br />Look at the Birdie</b> is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in post—World War II America–a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. <br /><br />Vonnegut explores the relationship between science’s pursuit of truth and the state’s need to control it in “<i>The Petrified Ants</i>,” a darkly whimsical story about two Soviet researchers who stumble upon an amazing discovery, only to learn that natural history is also written by the hand that wields the power. <br /><br />“<i>The Petrified Ants</i>” and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise <b>Look at the Birdie </b>serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut’s unique voice had been stilled forever–and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.<br /><br />Other stories from <b>Look at the Birdie</b> available as single-story e-books:<br /><br />On sale August 25, 2009<br />"Hello, Red"<br /><br />On sale October 20, 2009:<br />"Confido"<br />"FUBAR"<br />"Shout About It from the Housetops"<br />"Ed Luby's Key Club"<br />"A Song for Selma"<br />"Hall of Mirrors"<br />"The Nice Little People"<br />"Little Drops of Water"<br />"The Honor of a Newsboy"<br />"Look at the Birdie" (Short Story)<br />"King and Queen of the Universe"<br />"The Good Explainer"

47 2 B R 0 2 B

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2011-04-12
Description :  2 B R 0 2 B was written by Kurt Vonnegut and first published in 1962.&#xa0; 2 B R 0 2 B is a science fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut, originally published in the pulp digest magazine Worlds of If Science Fiction, January 1962. The title is pronounced "2 B R naught 2 B" and refers to the telephone number one dials to schedule an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination. The setting is a society in which aging has been cured, individuals have indefinite lifespans, and population control is used to limit the population of the United States to forty million. This is maintained through a combination of infanticide and government-assisted suicide - in short, in order for someone to be born, someone must first volunteer to die. As a result, births are few and far between, and deaths occur primarily by accident.

48 Confido

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2009-10-20
Description :  <b><br />Look at the Birdie</b> is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in post—World War II America–a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. <br /><br />In “<i>Confido</i>,” a laboratory assistant’s magical invention promises to put his family on easy street at last. But is a machine that gives voice to our innermost thoughts and unspoken grievances really the key to happiness–or a direct line to despair?<br /><br />“<i>Confido</i>” and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise <b>Look at the Birdie</b> serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut’s unique voice had been stilled forever–and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

49 The Good Explainer

Author : Kurt Vonnegut
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2009-10-20
Description :  <b>Look at the Birdie</b> is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in post–World War II America—a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. <br /><br />Joe Cunningham thinks he's going to Chicago to see a world-renowned specialist and find out why he and his wife can't have kids. But the explanation the doctor provides is as unwelcome as it is unexpected. <br /><br /><i>The Good Explainer</i> and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise <b>Look at the Birdie</b> serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled forever—and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

50 Like Shaking Hands with God

Author : Kurt Vonnegut & Lee Stringer
Genre :  Language Arts & Disciplines  Books  Professional & Technical  Education  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  1999-10-05
Description :  Like Shaking Hands with God details a collaborative journey on the art of writing undertaken by two distinguished writers separated by age, race, upbringing, and education, but sharing common goals and aspirations. Rarely have two writers spoken so candidly about the intersection where the lives they live meet the art they practice. That these two writers happen to be Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer makes this a historic and joyous occasion.<br />The setting was a bookstore in New York City, the date Thursday, October 1, 1998. Before a crowd of several hundred, Vonnegut and Stringer took up the challenge of writing books that would make a difference and the concomitant challenge of living from day to day. As Vonnegut said afterward, ""It was a magical evening.""<br />A book for anyone interested in why the simple act of writing things down can be more important than the amount of memory in our computers.



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