April 26, 2020
Week 6: $1.99 Ebook Sale
by Melville House
We’re mixing things up with this week’s sale and going with a theme: quick reads. Browse through some of our best selling novellas—from cult favorites like Lore Segal’s Lucinella, to classics like Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych. We hope you enjoy!
Shoplifting from American Apparel
by Tao Lin
This autobiographical novella, spanning two years in the life of a young writer with a cultish following trying to both “not be a bad person” and “find some kind of happiness or something.”
The Death of Ivan Ilych
by Leo Tolstoy
Written eight years after the publication of Anna Karenina, THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYCH represents perhaps the most keenly realized melding of Tolstoy’s spirituality with his artistic skills.
Parnassus on Wheels
“When you sell a man a book,” says Roger Mifflin, the sprite-like book peddler at the center of this classic novella, “you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue–you sell him a whole new life.”
by Jane Austen
This high-spirited tale, told through and exchange of letters, is the story of Lady Susan, a brilliant, beautiful and morally reprehensible coquette who delights in making men fall in love with her, deceiving their wives into friendship and even tormenting her own daughter, cruelly bending her to her will.
by Herman Melville
Based on a real life incident, Benito Cereno tells what happens when an American merchant ship comes upon a mysterious Spanish ship where the nearly all-black crew and their white captain are starving and yet hostile to offers of help. Hailed as Melville’s most sophisticated work—and one of the most piercing looks at slavery in all of American literature.
The Dialogue of the Dogs
by Miguel de Cervantes
The first talking-dog story in Western literature, rich in bawdy humor, social satire, and fantasy. A masterful work that flies in the face of the forms and ethics of its time…and perhaps ours as well.
by Mary Shelley
With its shocking theme of father-daughter incest, Mary Shelley’s publisher—her father—not only refused to publish Mathilda, he refused to return her only copy of the manuscript. It took more than a century before the manuscript was rediscovered. It is published here as a stand-alone volume for the first time.
by Lore Segal
A witty and whimsical novella about New York poet Lucinella and her adventures among the literati.This brilliant, sometimes scathing, look at the New York literary scene was a hit when it was first released, and has been a cult classic ever since.
by Willa Cather
Bartley Alexander, renowned engineer of bridges, has returned to America and the commission that made his name. Now, married to his wife of ten years, a chance encounter with actress Hilda Burgoyne, an almost forgotten love from his past, prompts a doomed attempt to recapture the boundlessness of his youth.