A Bookseller Recommends - Erica - Overlooked Classics

In this installment of A Bookseller Recommends, Erica recommends overlooked and forgotten classics. Also, did you know that she's a published author? Check our her novel The Wet Nurse's Tale.

The Makioka Sisters (Vintage International) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679761648
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Published: Vintage - September 26th, 1995

One of the greatest Japanese novels, this is the story of the high-born Makioka sisters who, in the times just previous to WWII, must slide inevitably into modernity. 


The Giant, O'Brien: A Novel Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780312426880
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Published: Picador - June 12th, 2007

The Irish giant comes to England to display his size for coin, while a famed anatomist lusts after the corpse the giant will leave when he dies. Heartbreaking, glorious. 


The Prospector Cover Image
By J. M. G. Le Clézio, Carol Marks (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781567923803
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Published: Verba Mundi - November 1st, 2008

Nobel Prize-winner Le Clezio gives us the story of a young man who lives in luxury, loses one fortune, seeks another, all played against the backdrop of lush Mauritius. 


Texaco: A Novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679751755
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Published: Vintage - February 24th, 1998

This brilliant novel by Prix Goncourt-winning author Chamoiseau, is the story of 150 years of post-slavery Caribbean history--its shantytowns, its rape by Big Oil, its rhythms. 


The Last Samurai Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811225502
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Published: New Directions - May 31st, 2016

A novel about a mother, Sybilla, her prodigy son, Ludo, her quest to engage his amazing mind, and his for a man heroic enough to be a father. Completely wonderful. 


The Radetzky March (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) Cover Image
By Joseph Roth, Joachim Neugroschel (Translated by), Alan Bance (Introduction by)
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780679451006
Published: Everyman's Library - October 1st, 1996

The demise of the Austro-Hungarian empire as experienced through the eyes of a noble family, here's a gorgeous novel about what it means to be at the cusp of change. 


The Pesthouse Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307278951
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Published: Vintage - May 6th, 2008

A superb apocalyptic novel by the superb and underknown Crace. If Cormac McCarthy and Margaret Atwood had a baby and swaddled it in Station 11, they'd call it The Pesthouse. 


Sacred Hunger Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780525434115
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Published: Anchor - August 22nd, 2017

This marvel of a novel, by the great Unsworth, co-won the Booker Prize along with The English Patient. This is the story of the doctor on a slave-ship en route to the New World. 


The Song of the Lark (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780375706455
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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

One of this master's less widely-read novels, The Song of the Lark is about a young girl who becomes an artist against the backdrop of the western American landscape. She bursts out. Here's beauty. 


The Notebook, the Proof, the Third Lie: Three Novels Cover Image
By Agota Kristof, Alan Sheridan (Translator), David Watson (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802135063
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Published: Grove Press - June 23rd, 1997

Wonderfully strange, these three novels in one volume tell the story of a pair of twins in a war-torn country. The kids age with the novels. Brilliant, not-unviolent (just saying): this is a story about identity and what it means.


Lying Awake: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375706066
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - October 9th, 2001

Gorgeous slender volume about a nun who sees the most beautiful visions. Is it fervor? Or illness? If it's illness, is that God's will? A gift? Or not? A fascinating look at what faith is.