George Saunders

1 Tenth of December

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2013-01-08
Description :  <b>NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY</b><br /> <b><i>People • The New York Times Magazine • </i>NPR • <i>Entertainment Weekly • New York • The Telegraph • BuzzFeed • Kirkus Reviews • BookPage • Shelf Awareness</i></b><br /><br />One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and <i>Tenth of December</i> is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> In the taut opener, “Victory Lap,” a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In “Home,” a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is. A hapless, deluded owner of an antiques store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to kill—the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of <i>Tenth of December</i> are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders’s signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Unsettling, insightful, and hilarious, the stories in <i>Tenth of December</i>—through their manic energy, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spirit—not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov’s dictum that art should “prepare us for tenderness.”<br /><br /><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES&#xa0;</i>BESTSELLER<br /></b><br />“The best book you’ll read this year.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Magazine</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br /> “A feat of inventiveness . . . This eclectic collection never ceases to delight with its at times absurd, surreal, and darkly humorous look at very serious subjects. . . . Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.”<b>—Khaled Hosseini, author of <i>The Kite Runner</i></b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> “The best short-story writer in English—not ‘one of,’ not ‘arguably,’ but the Best.”<b>—Mary Karr, <i>Time </i></b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> “A visceral and moving act of storytelling . . . No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised.”<b>—Michiko Kakutani, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br /> “Saunders’s startling, dreamlike stories leave you feeling newly awakened to the world.”<b>—<i>People</i></b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> “It’s no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal<br /></i></b> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> <b>GEORGE SAUNDERS WAS NAMED ONE OF THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD BY <i>TIME</i> MAGAZINE</b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

2 Lincoln in the Bardo

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Ghost 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2017-02-14
Description :  <b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • The long-awaited first novel from the author of <i>Tenth of December</i>: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented</b><br /><br />February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body.<br /><br />From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.<br /><i><br />Lincoln in the Bardo</i>&#xa0;is an astonishing&#xa0;feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we&#xa0;know that everything we love must end?<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Lincoln in the Bardo</i><br /><br /></b>“A luminous feat of generosity and humanism.”<b>—Colson Whitehead, <i>The</i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /> “A masterpiece.”<b><i>—</i>Zadie Smith</b><br /><br /> “Ingenious . . . Saunders—well on his way toward becoming a twenty-first-century Twain—crafts an American patchwork of love and loss, giving shape to our foundational sorrows.”<b>—<i>Vogue</i></b><br /><br /> “Saunders is the most humane American writer working today.”<b><i>—Harper’s Magazine</i></b><br /><br /> “The novel beats with a present-day urgency—a nation at war with itself, the unbearable grief of a father who has lost a child, and a howling congregation of ghosts, as divided in death as in life, unwilling to move on.”<b>—<i>Vanity Fair</i></b><br /><br /> “A brilliant, Buddhist reimagining of an American story of great loss and great love.”<b><i>—Elle</i></b><br /><br /> “Wildly imaginative”<b><i>—Marie Claire</i></b><br /><br /> “Mesmerizing . . . Dantesque . . . A haunting American ballad.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i> (starred review)</b><br /><br /> “Exhilarating . . . Ruthless and relentless in its evocation not only of Lincoln and his quandary, but also of the tenuous existential state shared by all of us.” <b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i> (starred review)</b><br /><br /> “It’s unlike anything you’ve ever read, except that the grotesque humor, pathos, and, ultimately, human kindness at its core mark it as a work that could come only from Saunders.”<b><i>—The National</i></b>

3 CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

Author : George Saunders & Joshua Ferris
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  1996-01-16
Description :  Since its publication in 1996, George Saunders’s debut collection has grown in esteem from a cherished cult classic to a masterpiece of the form, inspiring an entire generation of writers along the way. In six stories and a novella, Saunders hatches an unforgettable cast of characters, each struggling to survive in an increasingly haywire world. With a new introduction by Joshua Ferris and a new author’s note by Saunders himself, this edition is essential reading for those seeking to discover or revisit a virtuosic, disturbingly prescient voice.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for George Saunders and <i>CivilWarLand in Bad Decline</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “It’s no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “Saunders’s satiric vision of America is dark and demented; it’s also ferocious and very funny.”<b>—Michiko Kakutani, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “George Saunders is a writer of arresting brilliance and originality, with a sure sense of his material and apparently inexhaustible resources of voice. [<i>CivilWarLand in Bad Decline</i>] is scary, hilarious, and unforgettable.”<b>—Tobias Wolff</b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “Saunders makes the all-but-impossible look effortless.”<b>—Jonathan Franzen</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny.”<b>—Zadie Smith</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “An astoundingly tuned voice—graceful, dark, authentic, and funny—telling just the kinds of stories we need to get us through these times.”<b>—Thomas Pynchon</b><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

4 Fox 8: A Story

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2013-04-09
Description :  <b>From the author of the instant <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Tenth of December</i> comes a darkly comic short story, a fable about the all too real impact that we humans have on the environment—now available for the first time as an eBook.</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> Fox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regarded with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes. That is, until Fox 8 develops a unique skill: He teaches himself to speak “Yuman” by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listening to children’s bedtime stories. The power of language fuels his abundant curiosity about people—even after “danjer” arrives in the form of a new shopping mall that cuts off his food supply, sending Fox 8 on a harrowing quest to help save his pack. Told with his distinctive blend of humor and pathos, <i>Fox 8</i> showcases the extraordinary imaginative talents of George Saunders, whom the <i>New York Times</i> called “the writer for our time.”<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for George Saunders and <i>Tenth of December</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “The best book you’ll read this year . . . more moving and emotionally accessible than anything that has come before.”—<i>The New York Times Magazine</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Saunders is a complete original, unlike anyone else.”—Dave Eggers<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Affecting [and] wincingly funny . . . It’s no exaggeration to say that the short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction.”—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Subversive, hilarious, and emotionally piercing.”—Jennifer Egan<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny.”—Zadie Smith<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “George Saunders makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We’re lucky to have him.”—Jonathan Franzen<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “<i>Tenth of December</i> isn’t just [Saunders’s] most unexpected work yet; it’s also his best . . . as weird, scary, and devastating as America itself.”—NPR<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “An astoundingly tuned voice—graceful, dark, authentic, and funny—telling just the kinds of stories we need to get us through these times.”—Thomas Pynchon<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “The best short-story writer in English alive.” —Mary Karr

5 Pastoralia

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2000-05-08
Description :  <b>From the #1&#xa0;<i>New York Times</i>&#xa0;bestselling&#xa0;author of the novel&#xa0;<b><i>Lincoln in the Bardo</i>&#xa0;and the story collection&#xa0;</b><i>Tenth of December</i>, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.</b><br /><br /> Hailed by Thomas Pynchon as "graceful, dark, authentic, and funny," George Saunders now surpasses his <i>New York Times </i>Notable Book, <i>CivilWarLand in Bad Decline</i>, with this bestselling collection of stories set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape.<br />One of <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>’s Ten Best Books of the Year<br /><br /> "Artful and sophisicated... truly unusual. Imagine Lewis's Babbitt thrown into the backseat of a car going cross-country, driven by R. Crumb, Matt Groening, Lynda Barry, Harvey Pekar, or Spike Jonze." -- <i>The New York Times</i><br /><br /> "Saunders is a provocateur, a moralist, a zealot, a lefty, and a funny, funny writer, and the stories in <i>Pastoralia </i>delight. We're very luck to have them." -- <i>Esquire</i>

6 Congratulations, by the way

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Self-Improvement  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Nonfiction  Philosophy  Professional & Technical  Education 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2014-04-22
Description :  <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • An inspiring meditation on kindness from the bestselling author of <i>Tenth of December,</i> based on his popular commencement address</b><br /><br />Three months after George Saunders gave a graduation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the website of <i>The New York Times,</i> where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Why? Because Saunders’s words tap into a desire in all of us to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. Powerful, funny, and wise, <i>Congratulations, by the way</i> is an inspiring message from one of today’s most influential and original writers.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Congratulations, by the way</i></b><br /><br />“As slender as a psalm, and as heavy.”<b>—<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> “The graduating college senior in your life probably just wants money. But if you want to impart some heartfelt, plainspoken wisdom in addition to a check, you can't do much better than [<i>Congratulations, by the way</i>].”<b>—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /><br />“The loving selflessness that [George Saunders] advises and the interconnectedness that he recognizes couldn’t be purer or simpler—or more challenging.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><br /> “Warm and tender.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

7 In Persuasion Nation

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Short Stories 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2006-04-20
Description :  <b>From the #1&#xa0;<i>New York Times</i>&#xa0;bestselling&#xa0;author of the novel&#xa0;<b><i>Lincoln in the Bardo</i>&#xa0;and the story collection&#xa0;</b><i>Tenth of December</i>, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.</b><br /><br /> Talking candy bars, baby geniuses, disappointed mothers, castrated dogs, interned teenagers, and moral fables—all in this hilarious and heartbreaking collection from an author hailed as the heir to Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> "The first thing you ought to know is that Saunders is the funniest writer in America... [But] Saunders's laughs are a cover, a diversion, beneath which reside some profoundly serious intentions regarding the morality of how we live and hte power of love and immanent death to transform us into vastly better creatures... I can't think of another writer who would try to do what Saunders is doing, or anything close to it. This is an important book."—<i>The Nation</i><br /><br /> "Saunders is a hilarious, wicked, and pitch-perfect satirist of our times, of course, but for a satirist he has a whole lot of heart."—<i>Esquire</i>

8 The Braindead Megaphone

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Essays  Books  Fiction & Literature  Travel & Adventure  Essays & Memoirs  Humor 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2007-09-04
Description :  <b>From the #1&#xa0;<i>New York Times</i>&#xa0;bestselling&#xa0;author of the novel&#xa0;<b><i>Lincoln in the Bardo</i>&#xa0;and the story collection&#xa0;</b><i>Tenth of December</i>, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.</b><br /><br /> The breakout book from "the funniest writer in America"--not to mention an official "Genius"--his first nonfiction collection ever.<br /><br /> George Saunders's first foray into nonfiction is comprised of essays on literature, travel, and politics. At the core of this unique collection are Saunders's travel essays based on his trips to seek out the mysteries of the "Buddha Boy" of Nepal; to attempt to indulge in the extravagant pleasures of Dubai; and to join the exploits of the minutemen at the Mexican border. Saunders expertly navigates the works of Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Esther Forbes, and leads the reader across the rocky political landscape of modern America. Emblazoned with his trademark wit and singular vision, Saunders's endeavor into the art of the essay is testament to his exceptional range and ability as a writer and thinker.

9 The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2005-09-06
Description :  <b>From the #1&#xa0;<i>New York Times</i>&#xa0;bestselling&#xa0;author of the novel&#xa0;<b><i>Lincoln in the Bardo</i>&#xa0;and the story collection&#xa0;</b><i>Tenth of December</i>, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.</b><br /><br /> In a profoundly strange country called Inner Horner, large enough for only one resident at a time, citizens waiting to enter the country fall under the rule of the power-hungry and tyrannical Phil, setting off a chain of injustice and mass hysteria.<br />An <i>Animal Farm</i> for the 21st century, this is an incendiary political satire of unprecedented imagination, spiky humor, and cautionary appreciation for the hysteric in everyone. Over six years in the writing, and brilliantly and beautifully packaged, this novella is Saunders' first stand-alone, book-length work—and his first book for adults in five years.<br /><br /> &#xa0;

10 The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

Author : George Saunders & Lane Smith
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2000-08-15
Description :  <b>From the bestselling author of <i>Tenth of December</i> comes a splendid new edition of his acclaimed collaboration with the illustrator behind <i>The Stinky Cheese Man </i>and<i> James and the Giant Peach</i>! Featuring fifty-two haunting and hilarious images, <i>The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip</i> is a modern fable for people of all ages that touches on the power of kindness, generosity, compassion, and community.</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> In the seaside village of Frip live three families: the Romos, the Ronsens, and a little girl named Capable and her father. The economy of Frip is based solely on goat’s milk, and this is a problem because the village is plagued by gappers: bright orange, many-eyed creatures the size of softballs that love to attach themselves to goats. When a gapper gets near a goat, it lets out a high-pitched shriek of joy that puts the goats off giving milk, which means that every few hours the children of Frip have to go outside, brush the gappers off their goats, and toss them into the sea. The gappers have always been everyone’s problem, until one day they get a little smarter, and instead of spreading out, they gang up: on Capable’s goats. Free at last of the tyranny of the gappers, will her neighbors rally to help her? Or will they turn their backs, forcing Capable to bear the misfortune alone?<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Featuring fifty-two haunting and hilarious illustrations by Lane Smith and a brilliant story by George Saunders that explores universal themes of community and kindness, <i>The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip</i> is a rich and resonant story for those that have all and those that have not.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for George Saunders</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders.”<b>—Michiko Kakutani, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.”<b>—Khaled Hosseini</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “George Saunders is a complete original. . . . There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity.”<b>—Dave Eggers</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does.”<b>—Junot Díaz</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny.”<b>—Zadie Smith</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Praise for <i>The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “In a perfect world, every child would own a copy of this profound, funny fable. . . . Every adult would own a copy too, and would marvel at how this smart, subversive little book is even deeper and more hilarious than any child could know.”<b>—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “Saunders’s idiosyncratic voice makes an almost perfect accompaniment to children’s book illustrator Smith’s heightened characterizations and slightly surreal backdrops.”<b><i>—Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “A riveting, funny, and sly new fairy tale.”<b>—<i>Miami Herald</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

11 Tenth of December

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Study Aids  Books  Reference 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2016-08-12
Description :  <b>Britt-Marie Was Here: by Fredrik Backman | Conversation Starters</b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /><br /> <b>A Brief Look Inside:</b><br /> <b>NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i></b><br /><br /> <b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY</b><br /> <b><i>People • The New York Times Magazine • </i>NPR • <i>Entertainment Weekly • New York • The Telegraph • BuzzFeed • Kirkus Reviews • BookPage • Shelf Awareness</i></b><br /><br /> <b>Includes an extended conversation with David Sedaris</b><br /><br /> One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and <i>Tenth of December</i> is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> In the taut opener, “Victory Lap,” a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In “Home,” a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is. A hapless, deluded owner of an antiques store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to kill—the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of <i>Tenth of December</i> are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders’s signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Unsettling, insightful, and hilarious, the stories in <i>Tenth of December</i>—through their manic energy, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spirit—not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov’s dictum that art should “prepare us for tenderness.”<br /><br /> <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES&#xa0;</i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><br /> “The best book you’ll read this year.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Magazine</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br /> “A feat of inventiveness . . . This eclectic collection never ceases to delight with its at times absurd, surreal, and darkly humorous look at very serious subjects. . . . George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.”<b>—Khaled Hosseini, author of <i>The Kite Runner</i></b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> “The best short-story writer in English—not ‘one of,’ not ‘arguably,’ but the Best.”<b>—Mary Karr, <i>Time&#xa0;</i></b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> “A visceral and moving act of storytelling . . . No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised.”<b>—Michiko Kakutani, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br /> “Saunders’s startling, dreamlike stories leave you feeling newly awakened to the world.”<b>—<i>People</i></b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> <b>GEORGE SAUNDERS WAS NAMED ONE OF THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD BY <i>TIME</i> MAGAZINE</b><br />  &#xa0;<br /><br /> EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER<br /> than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive,<br /> and the characters and its world still live on.<br /> <i>Conversation Starters</i> &#xa0;is peppered with questions designed to<br /> bring us beneath the surface of the page<br /> and invite us into the world that lives on.&#xa0;<br /><br /> These questions can be used to..<br /><br /> <b>Create Hours of Conversation:</b><br /> • &#xa0; <b>Foster</b> a deeper understanding of the book<br /> • &#xa0; <b>Promote</b> an atmosphere of discussion for groups<br /> • &#xa0; <b>Assist </b>in the study of the book, either individually or corporately<br /> • &#xa0; <b>Explore</b> unseen realms of the book as never seen before<br /><br /> <b>Disclaimer:</b> This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource to supplement the original book, enhancing your experience of Tenth of December. &#xa0;If you have not yet purchased a copy of the original book, please do before purchasing this unofficial <i>Conversation Starters.</i>

12 Pen America 6: Metamorphoses

Author : PEN American Center, Luis Buñuel, Mahmoud Darwish, Gabriel García Márquez, Yoko Tawada, George Saunders, Paul Auster & Salman Rushdie
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2005-06-01
Description :  The transformations in this issue of PEN America are linguistic, temporal, spatial, physical, cultural, political: In stories by William Kennedy, Mary Morris, and Marie Darrieussecq, bodies mutate into different bodies - the sort of metamorphoses Apuleius and Ovid favored. Mavis Gallant, George Saunders, and Ben Okri describe transpositions between lives and afterlives. Yusef Komunyakaa, Angela Carter, Michael Joyce, and Harlan Ellison transport classic tales through time and space. Steven Millhauser and Matthea Harvey playfully modify genres. Essays adapted from a PEN tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez call attention to his elegant transitions from journalist to novelist, realist to romantic to maker of inexplicable magic. Yoko Tawada, Monique Truong, Edmund Keeley, and A.B. Yehoshua recount border crossings, many of them rough, from one language to another.<br /><br /> PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers is published by PEN American Center. Featuring fiction, poetry, conversation, criticism, and memoir, PEN America champions international authors and provides first-hand insight into the minds of contemporary writers through provocative symposia.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> In 2000, PEN America was named one of the Ten Best New Magazines by Library Journal. PEN America has been a finalist for the Utne Independent Press Award for international coverage, and work from recent issues has been selected for Best American Essays, Best American Stories, and the Pushcart Prize.<br /><br /> -----<br /><br /> PEN American Center is the largest of the 141 centers of International PEN, the world's oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 to dispel national, ethnic, and racial hatreds and to promote understanding among all countries. PEN American Center, founded a year later, works to advance literature, to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship. Its 3,400 distinguished members carry on the achievements in literature and the advancement of human rights of such past members as James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, Arthur Miller, Marianne Moore, Eugene O'Neill, Susan Sontag, and John Steinbeck. To learn more about PEN American Center, please visit: www.pen.org. PEN American Center welcomes readers and writers from all walks of life to join us in our mission to protect free expression and celebrate literature. To learn how to become a Professional or Associate Member of PEN, please visit: pen.org/join.

13 PEN America 8: Making Histories

Author : PEN American Center, George Saunders, Francine Prose, Salman Rushdie, Amitava Kumar, Paul Lafarge, Jonathan Lethem, Haryette Mullen, Julio Cortazar, Michael Cunningham, Etgar Keret & Maggie Nelson
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2008-06-01
Description :  Making Histories showcases writers from all over the world re-imagining the past and representing the overlooked, with work from Chris Abani, Eve Ensler, Etgar Keret, Marilynne Robinson, Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson, and many more.<br /><br /> PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers is published by PEN American Center. Featuring fiction, poetry, conversation, criticism, and memoir, PEN America champions international authors and provides first-hand insight into the minds of contemporary writers through provocative symposia.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> In 2000, PEN America was named one of the Ten Best New Magazines by Library Journal. PEN America has been a finalist for the Utne Independent Press Award for international coverage, and work from recent issues has been selected for Best American Essays, Best American Stories, and the Pushcart Prize.<br /><br /> PEN American Center is the largest of the 141 centers of International PEN, the world's oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 to dispel national, ethnic, and racial hatreds and to promote understanding among all countries. PEN American Center, founded a year later, works to advance literature, to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship. Its 3,400 distinguished members carry on the achievements in literature and the advancement of human rights of such past members as James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, Arthur Miller, Marianne Moore, Eugene O'Neill, Susan Sontag, and John Steinbeck. To learn more about PEN American Center, please visit: www.pen.org. PEN American Center welcomes readers and writers from all walks of life to join us in our mission to protect free expression and celebrate literature. To learn how to become a Professional or Associate Member of PEN, please visit: pen.org/join.

14 Zehnter Dezember

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2014-02-24
Description :  George Saunders, der unumstrittene Meister der zeitgenössischen Shortstory, hat mit seinen neuen Erzählungen nicht nur die literarische Welt im Sturm genommen. Sein Band »Zehnter Dezember« war das Buchereignis des Frühjahrs 2013 und sprang sofort auf die oberen Ränge der New-York-Times-Bestsellerliste. In Frank Heiberts kongenialer Übersetzung liegen diese brillanten, einzigartigen, witzigen, zärtlichen und übermütigen Erzählungen jetzt auch auf Deutsch vor.<br /><br />Niemand versteht es, so virtuos und ungewöhnlich über ganz gewöhnliche, unvollkommene Menschen zu schreiben, die sich mit einer nicht ganz gewöhnlichen, unvollkommenen Welt herumschlagen, wie George Saunders. Da ist zum Beispiel die fünfzehnjährige Alison. Als sie, den Kopf voller grandioser Weltumarmungsgefühle, von einem Fremden entführt zu werden droht, steht der Nachbarjunge, der alles mit ansieht, vor einer schweren Entscheidung: Soll er ignorieren, dass das schönste aller Mädchen vermutlich Opfer eines Verbrechens wird, oder soll er sich über alle moralischen Gebote, nach denen ihn seine Eltern großgezogen haben, hinwegsetzen und eingreifen? Oder da ist der Mann, den medizinische Versuche über die Grenzen seines Selbst hinausführen, und zwar sowohl in puncto Lust als auch in puncto Mordlust. Und da ist in der Titelgeschichte der dicke, einsame Junge, der sich auf unsicheres Eis begibt und dabei die Selbstmordabsichten eines alten kranken Mannes durchkreuzt…<br />George Saunders seziert in seinen oft nur wenige Seiten langen Storys mit beißendem Humor und oft nur wenigen Strichendie ganze Fehlbarkeit und Schwäche der menschlichen Natur wie unserer Gesellschaft und Zeit. Diese Erzählungen vergisst man lange nicht.

15 Dedicated to the People of Darfur

Author : Luke Reynolds, Jennifer Reynolds, Phillip Lopate, Ann Hood, James McPherson, Frank McCourt, George Saunders, Jane Smiley & Kim Kdwards
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $15.99
Release Date :  2009-09-11
Description :  Life's changes. They happen every day. Some large, some small. A few are very personal. Others impact the world. Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope includes original and inspiring essays that celebrate the glories gained from taking risks, breaking down barriers, and overcoming any obstacles. Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, a gallery of O.Henry award recipients, and many best-selling authors come together to share personal and compelling challenges and experiences. From contemplations on past drug use to reflections on gun control, social justice, passion and its sacrifices, and adventures such as skydiving, mountain climbing, and golfing, the topics vary greatly. This kaleidoscopic anthology is a commentary on the lives of prominent literary artists and ordinary citizens who have made simple, yet powerful choices that provoked change in one's self and for humanityùmuch the same way that Luke and Jennifer Reynolds do by building this invaluable collection for readers and the world of human rights. Not too long ago, as struggling graduate students, Luke and Jennifer Reynolds conceived this uniquely themed volume as a way to raise funds to support ending the genocide in Darfur. Some people carry signs, others make speeches, many take action. What is most special about this book is that it extends beyond words and ideas, into a tangible effort to effect change. To this end, all royalties from the sales of Dedicated to the People of Darfur:Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope will benefit The Save Darfur Coalition, an organization that seeks to end the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

16 I CAN SPEAK!™

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $15.99
Release Date :  2012-02-20
Description :  Storys über ein Utopia der anderen Art. In George Saunders&#39; schöner neuer Welt kaufen Eltern ihren Babys computergesteuerte Sprachmasken, damit sie sich mit ihnen unterhalten können, noch bevor diese ihre ersten Worte gelernt haben. Hologramme mit individualisierten Werbebotschaften verfolgen ahnungslose Spaziergänger. Kinder werden in Trainingslagern zu Trendscouts ausgebildet, und in Realityshows verspeisen Kandidaten nichts ahnend die eigene Mutter.<br/> In I CAN SPEAK!™ zeichnet George Saunders das groteske Sittengemälde einer Gegenwart, die sich aus vorgefertigten Wahrheiten zusammensetzt und Menschen nur noch als Konsumenten wahrnimmt. Saunders&#39; große Kunst besteht darin, den alltäglichen Wahnsinn unserer Zeit auf den Punkt zu bringen, indem er ihr einen Zerrspiegel des absurden Humors vorhält. Und auch wenn seine Geschichten oft bitterböse sind, »sie sind so menschlich, dass es einem schlicht das Herz zerreißt.« (The Boston Globe).

17 Δεκατη Δεκεμβρίου

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2015-06-10
Description :  Ο ρεαλισμός της σκληρής καθημερινότητας ανταλλάσσει χειραψίες με τη δυστοπική επιστημονική φαντασία, αλλά πάντα μες στο σκοτάδι λάμπει ένα μικρό φως, ένα κερί. Στις χαραμάδες εναποθέτει την τσαλακωμένη αισιοδοξία του ο Saunders, στα χορταριασμένα χάσματα, στα μεσοδιαστήματα όπου μπορεί να λάμψει η λεπίδα της ελπίδας.<br /><br /> Τα διηγήματα στη "Δεκάτη Δεκεμβρίου" είναι ασπρόμαυρες φωτογραφίες, τυπωμένες σε αλουμίνιο, είναι μονοφωνικά ηχογραφήματα που δεν θέλουν τόσο να προειδοποιήσουν όσο να υπαινιχθούν ότι μείζον παραμένει η αγάπη, ότι δεν είναι ντεμοντέ και αναχρονιστική η τρυφερότητα. Μέσα στο σκότος υπάρχουν χαραμάδες φωτός, ένα μικρό κεράκι δωρίζει θάλπος, μια φράση κι ένα χαμόγελο μπορούν να αντιστρέψουν τα πράγματα.

18 Με τα συγχαρητήριά μου

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Spirituality  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Nonfiction  Philosophy 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2015-06-10
Description :  Τρεις μήνες μετά την εκφώνηση αυτής της ομιλίας του George Saunders στην τελετή αποφοίτησης του Πανεπιστημίου Σύρα­κιουζ και τη δημοσίευσή της στην ιστοσελίδα των New York Times, το κείμενο κοινοποιήθηκε και αναδημοσιεύτηκε σε όλο το Διαδικτυο πάνω από ένα εκατομμύριο φορές. Κι αυτό γιατί τα λόγια του Saunders αγγίζουν την επιθυμία που όλοι έχουμε μέσα μας για καλοσύνη και πληρότητα στη ζωή μας.<br /><br /> Ένα κείμενο δυνατό, αστείο και σοφό, που εμπνέει μέσα από την απλότητά του.

19 Tionde december

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2015-12-23
Description :  ”George Saunders har skrivit den bästa boken du kommer att läsa i år”, deklarerade New York Times söndagsmagasin på sin förstasida när <i>Tionde december</i> kom ut i USA. Den djärva rubriken följdes av kritikerhyllningar, topplaceringar på bästsäljarlistorna och litterära utmärkelser som Folio Prize and Story Prize.<br /><br />De tio novellerna i <i>Tionde december</i> beskriver en urflippad men igenkännbar samtid: avtrubbande kontorsmiljöer, statusstress och livscoachplattityder dragna till sin spets. Samtidigt lyfter Saunders moralfilosofiska frågor om civilkurage och ansvar; vid sidan av hans karakteristiska satir och skruvade science fiction-influenser finns ett modigt stråk av medkänsla. Som i novellen ”Ärevarv”, där en tonårskille står vid köksfönstret och ser tjejen i grannhuset bli kidnappad, och kämpar mot instinkten att gå in på sitt rum och låtsas som ingenting.<br /><i><br />Tionde december</i> är stilistiskt innovativ, originell, smart, svart och rolig – och den förskjuter gränserna för läsarens föreställningsvärld. Efter att i åratal ha varit en hemlig favorit med fans som författarna Zadie Smith och Junot Díaz introduceras nu George Saunders på svenska med boken som blivit hans stora internationella genombrott.<br /><br />Översättare: Niclas Nilsson

20 Desátého prosince

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2016-08-23
Description :  Soubor Desátého prosince přináší desítku povídek od jednoho z nejčtenějších amerických povídkářů dneška, George Sauderse. Autor s pronikavým pozorovatelským nadáním nahlíží do životů pestré směsice hrdinů a antihrdinů. Své postavy nešetří, zároveň s nimi v krajních situacích hluboce soucítí. Hravost a originalita, neuhýbavost, odvaha jít až do krajnosti, jež odhaluje ty nejnaléhavější otázky dneška, to jsou rysy, jež z Saunderse činí vnímaného komentátora naší přítomnosti, ale možná i bezprostřední budoucnosti. Tato sbírka mu v roce 2013 vynesla prestižní cenu Folio. A byla mimo jiné zařazena mezi desítku nejlepších knih roku dle časopisu The New York Times.

21 Dziesiąty grudnia

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2016-09-28
Description :  Zbiór obsypanych nagrodami fenomenalnych opowiadań, którymi się zachwycają m.in. Zadie Smith, Jonathan Franzen oraz Thomas Pynchon!<br /> <br />Powracający z wojny, przepełniony agresją, frustracją i traumą żołnierz. Więzień, który bierze udział w biochemicznych eksperymentach, testujących granice jego człowieczeństwa. Ojciec rodziny piszący pamiętnik z myślą o trójce swoich dzieci. Co mają ze sobą wspólnego bohaterowie opowiadań George’a Saundersa? To w gruncie rzeczy zupełnie zwyczajni ludzie, którzy w wyścigu po sukces i lepsze życie znajdują się zazwyczaj na ostatnich miejscach. Przytłoczeni społeczną presją i oczekiwaniami, często dokonują złych wyborów.<br /><br />Saunders w trzecim zbiorze swoich opowiadań, wydanych w 2013 roku po kilkuletniej przerwie, nie traci zmysłu krytycznego obserwatora życia współczesnych Amerykanów. Jego opowiadania, choć bezlitośnie punktują konsumpcjonizm, jałowość masowej kultury, postępującą obojętność w międzyludzkich relacjach, są mimo wszystko pełne wiary w ludzi i ich dobre intencje. Nie można też oprzeć się wrażeniu, że swoich bohaterów Saunders traktuje z&#xa0;dużą dozą wyrozumiałości i czułości.<br /><br />Ironiczne, miejscami przerażające, miejscami absurdalne, bardzo przenikliwe – zbiór Dziesiąty grudnia tylko potwierdza zasłużoną sławę George’a Saundersa jako jednego z najlepszych autorów opowiadań, nie bez powodu porównywanego do takich twórców jak Mark Vonnegut czy Mark Twain. Przeczytaj książkę, którą „New York Times” ogłosił jedną z najlepszych książek roku!<br /> <br />Saunders słyszy śpiew Ameryki. Wie, że jest niedorzeczny, ale i tak go kocha. – &#xa0;„New York Times”<br /><br />To wspaniały, wyrazisty, dowcipny zbiór opowiadań. – „The Independent”<br /> <br />George Saunders (ur. w 1958 r.) – amerykański autor opowiadań, eseista i nowelista. Z&#xa0;wykształcenia geofizyk. Na dobre zaczął pisać na przełomie lat 80. i 90., wtedy też debiutował zbiorem opowiadań CivilWarLand In Bad Decline (1996). Jego opowiadania, eseje i&#xa0;felietony regularnie pojawiały się w „The New Yorker”, „Harper’s” czy „The Guardian”. Ze względu na ironiczny wydźwięk swojej twórczości, często krytykującej konsumpcjonizm i&#xa0;kulturę masową, bywa porównywany do Kurta Vonneguta.

22 Lincoln in the Bardo

Author : George Saunders
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2017-02-17
Description :  The captivating first novel by the best-selling, National Book Award nominee George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War<br /><br /> On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son’s body.<br /><br /> Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel - in its form and voice - completely unlike anything you have read before. It is also, in the end, an exploration of the deeper meaning and possibilities of life, written as only George Saunders can: with humor, pathos, and grace.



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