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Vintage Books and Anchor Books are pleased to announce Vintage Shorts (available in the U.S. and select countries), a program that presents timely reading from enduring classics as well as exciting original works from contemporary voices—exclusively available as eBooks. The exciting offering includes a wide range of work that spans form and genre—from short stories to nonfiction pieces. Sample prose from masters such as Lorrie Moore and Margaret Atwood. Experience history in Robert Caro’s brilliant account of the Kennedy assassination, and enhance your understanding of the Great War with John Keegan’s How War Begins. Read never-before-published pieces such as Chimamanda Adichie’s explosive essay on feminism and Alexander McCall Smith’s delightful novella about an American tourist’s comical trip to Ireland. In a world where different types of media incessantly vie for our attention, Vintage Shorts provide a selection of great reading that you can enjoy anywhere—in any amount of time.

"What is probably the most famous of the legends, and the one with which we shall begin, has it that the first American ...
12/25/2018

"What is probably the most famous of the legends, and the one with which we shall begin, has it that the first American Christmas tree was set up in Massachusetts, in 1835, by Charles Follen, a German immigrant who had become an American citizen and a Harvard professor."
--from BEHIND THE CHRISTMAS TREE(1997) by Stephen Nissenbaum

"What is probably the most famous of the legends, and the one with which we shall begin, has it that the first American Christmas tree was set up in Massachusetts, in 1835, by Charles Follen, a German immigrant who had become an American citizen and a Harvard professor."
--from BEHIND THE CHRISTMAS TREE: The Surprising Story of a German Abolitionist Radical and America's Favorite Evergreen (1997) by Stephen Nissenbaum

From the Pulitzer Prize finalist THE BATTLE FOR CHRISTMAS, here is the story of America’s first reported Christmas tree: a tale of antislavery and radical German philosophy, a popular British travel writer and Boston Brahmin elites, the education of nineteenth-century children and candles blowing in the wind. Now-forgotten chronicler Harriet Martineau immortalized what became known as the first American Christmas tree, set up in the house of her friend Charles Follen. But she neglected to explain what brought the two of them together in the first place: a passion for abolition. Martineau also failed to mention Follen’s convoluted path to America, from banished German radical to Harvard professor and U.S. citizen. Stephen Nissenbaum explains all in this amusing and somewhat astonishing expose of the Christmas tree, taken from his definitive and award-winning history of Christmas in America. READ more here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/251415/behind-the-christmas-tree-by-stephen-nissenbaum/

“The idea for a garden and a larger project on children’s health came to Michelle in 2007. She was in her kitchen in...
12/01/2018

“The idea for a garden and a larger project on children’s health came to Michelle in 2007. She was in her kitchen in Hyde Park, starting to imagine ways she might make a difference if Barack actually won the presidency. A garden—simple, satisfying, illustrative. Although she arrived in Washington with little experience with seeds and soil, she intended the garden to be more than a garden. She wanted it to be a national conversation starter “about the food we eat, the lives we lead, and how all of that affects our children.”
—from BETWEEN POLITICS AND SANITY (2015) by Slevin Peter

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“The idea for a garden and a larger project on children’s health came to Michelle in 2007. She was in her kitchen in Hyde Park, starting to imagine ways she might make a difference if Barack actually won the presidency. A garden—simple, satisfying, illustrative. Although she arrived in Washington with little experience with seeds and soil, she intended the garden to be more than a garden. She wanted it to be a national conversation starter “about the food we eat, the lives we lead, and how all of that affects our children.”
—from BETWEEN POLITICS AND SANITY (2015) by Slevin Peter

From the definitive biography of the former First Lady, this is an inspiring window into the life of Michelle Obama as she navigated adversity and made her mark in the early White House years that followed her husband Barack Obama’s historic victory. Deeply researched and told with a storyteller’s eye for detail, Peter Slevin highlights how Michelle became an admired and beloved American icon as she learned to inhabit the office with purpose, grace and humor–even as she faced unprecedented public scrutiny of her policy initiatives, her fashion choices and her day-to-day family life. READ more here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/605297/between-politics-and-sanity-by-peter-slevin/

“It’s morning. For now, night is over. It’s time for the bad news. I think of the bad news as a huge bird, with th...
11/29/2018

“It’s morning. For now, night is over. It’s time for the bad news. I think of the bad news as a huge bird, with the wings of a crow and the face of my Grade Four schoolteacher, sparse bun, rancid teeth, wrinkly frown, pursed mouth and all, sailing around the world under cover of darkness, pleased to be the bearer of ill tidings, carrying a basket of rotten eggs, and knowing – as the sun comes up – exactly where to drop them. On me, for one. At our place, the bad news arrives in the form of the bad-news paper.”
--from THE BAD NEWS (2007) by Margaret Atwood

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“It’s morning. For now, night is over. It’s time for the bad news. I think of the bad news as a huge bird, with the wings of a crow and the face of my Grade Four schoolteacher, sparse bun, rancid teeth, wrinkly frown, pursed mouth and all, sailing around the world under cover of darkness, pleased to be the bearer of ill tidings, carrying a basket of rotten eggs, and knowing – as the sun comes up – exactly where to drop them. On me, for one. At our place, the bad news arrives in the form of the bad-news paper.”
--from THE BAD NEWS (2007) by Margaret Atwood

This delicious, contemptuous and poignant micro-story is the first in the acclaimed collection, Moral Disorder, from towering author and #1 New York Times Bestseller, Margaret Atwood. The bad news arrives in the form of a paper, which Tig carries up the stairs to Nell who is wallowing in bed. A year from now, they won’t remember the details, but for now, the bad news sits between the aging couple as they prepare their breakfast together and Nell imagines them in Southern France as the barbarians invade Rome on what is beautiful day, safe and quiet, for now, from the bad news coming their way. READ more here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/604962/the-bad-news-by-margaret-atwood/

“As [economist] Holtz-Eakin explained: ‘A benchmark immigration reform would raise the pace of eco- nomic growth by ...
11/28/2018

“As [economist] Holtz-Eakin explained: ‘A benchmark immigration reform would raise the pace of eco- nomic growth by nearly a percentage point over the near term, raise GDP per capita by over $1,500, and reduce the cumulative federal de cit by over $2.5 trillion'."
--from ON THE BORDER OF TRUTH by Ari Rabin-Havt and Media Matters for America

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“As [economist] Holtz-Eakin explained: ‘A benchmark immigration reform would raise the pace of eco- nomic growth by nearly a percentage point over the near term, raise GDP per capita by over $1,500, and reduce the cumulative federal de cit by over $2.5 trillion'."
--from ON THE BORDER OF TRUTH by Ari Rabin-Havt and Media Matters for America

In a post-truth political landscape, there is a carefully concealed but ever-growing industry of organized misinformation that exists to create and disseminate lies in the service of political agendas. This is especially true today for immigration reform, which has become severely limited under President Trump’s first term in office and affecting millions of people’s lives. livelihoods and families. Scrutinizing the dangerous misinformation purveyed by organizations like John Tanton’s The Center of Immigration Studies and others, On the Border of Truth is a powerful look at the organizations and people that have been pushing a coordinated assault on truth for years before the 2016 election. READ more here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/605013/on-the-border-of-truth-by-ari-rabin-havt-and-media-matters/

"The word revolution originally meant restoration. Supporting quote: "The actual meaning of revolution, prior to the eve...
11/28/2018

"The word revolution originally meant restoration. Supporting quote: "The actual meaning of revolution, prior to the events of the late eighteenth century, is perhaps most clearly indicated in the inscription on the Great Seal of England of 1651, according to which the first transformation of monarchy into a republic meant: 'Freedom by God’s blessing restored'."
--from FREEDOM TO BE FREE (2018) by Hannah Arendt

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"The word revolution originally meant restoration. Supporting quote: "The actual meaning of revolution, prior to the events of the late eighteenth century, is perhaps most clearly indicated in the inscription on the Great Seal of England of 1651, according to which the first transformation of monarchy into a republic meant: 'Freedom by God’s blessing restored'."
--from FREEDOM TO BE FREE (2018) by Hannah Arendt

This lecture is a brilliant encapsulation of Arendt’s widely influential arguments on revolution, and why the American Revolution—unlike all those preceding it—was uniquely able to install political freedom. “The Freedom to be Free” was first published in Thinking Without a Banister, a varied collection of Arendt’s essays, lectures, reviews, interviews, speeches, and editorials—which, taken together, manifest the relentless activity of her mind and character and contain within them the articulations of wide and sophisticated range of her political thought. READ more here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/605982/the-freedom-to-be-free-by-hannah-arendt/

“Thomas Paine said, ‘We have it within our power to begin the world over again.’ We can do it, doing together what...
11/26/2018

“Thomas Paine said, ‘We have it within our power to begin the world over again.’ We can do it, doing together what no one church could do by itself.”
--from THE EVIL EMPIRE SPEECH, 1983) by Ronald Reagan

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“Thomas Paine said, ‘We have it within our power to begin the world over again.’ We can do it, doing together what no one church could do by itself.”
--from THE EVIL EMPIRE SPEECH, 1983) by Ronald Reagan

Crucially relevant over thirty years after its delivery, President Ronald Reagan’s Evil Empire speech to the National Association of Evangelicals is a classic of the American rhetorical tradition. In 1983, when he delivered this address, Reagan outlined the principles of freedom and liberty that defined the foundation of American democracy, the faith and religiosity that underpins those principles, and the importance of diligently keeping the growing threats of dictatorship in the Soviet Union, now Russia, in check and triumphing over them. READ more here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/606718/the-evil-empire-speech-1983-by-ronald-reagan/

“[Fascism] found a technique to channel their passions into the construction of an obligatory domestic unity around pr...
11/25/2018

“[Fascism] found a technique to channel their passions into the construction of an obligatory domestic unity around projects of internal cleansing and external expansion.
--from WHAT IS FASCISM (2004) by Robert Paxton

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“[Fascism] found a technique to channel their passions into the construction of an obligatory domestic unity around projects of internal cleansing and external expansion.
--from WHAT IS FASCISM (2004) by Robert Paxton

Based on a lifetime’s worth of research, esteemed historian Robert Paxton explores what fascism is and how it has come to have a lasting and continued impact on our history. In the concluding section of his authoritative book, The Anatomy of Fascism, Paxton makes the convincing and radical case that existing definitions of the popular, nationalist, and conservative political view are lacking, and offers up his own brilliant explication—drawn from concrete historical actions—thus transforming our understanding of this dangerous ideology and of why it takes hold when and where it does. READ more here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/606276/what-is-fascism-by-robert-paxton/

“Let’s not be stupid about this type of speech. Casual language, in addition to reassuring people that their represe...
11/24/2018

“Let’s not be stupid about this type of speech. Casual language, in addition to reassuring people that their representatives are not snobs, also conveys an implicit denial of the seriousness of whatever issue is being debated. Talking about folks going off to war is the equivalent of describing rape victims as girls (unless the victims, are, in fact, little girls and not grown women).”
--from THE WAY WE LIVE NOW (2018) by Susan Jacoby

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“Let’s not be stupid about this type of speech. Casual language, in addition to reassuring people that their representatives are not snobs, also conveys an implicit denial of the seriousness of whatever issue is being debated. Talking about folks going off to war is the equivalent of describing rape victims as girls (unless the victims, are, in fact, little girls and not grown women).”
--from THE WAY WE LIVE NOW (2018) by Susan Jacoby

In this selection from her searing cultural history of the last half century, Susan Jacoby chronicles the menacing surge of anti-rationalism in contemporary American life and the degradation of public speech in presidential rhetoric, radio broadcast, television, and internet media where homogenized language and thought reinforce each other in circular fashion. At today’s critical political juncture, in which boastful ignorance has infected public discourse at the highest levels of government and throughout ordinary social media, this impassioned, tough-minded work challenges Americans to face the painful truth about what the flight from intellectualism, facts, and truth have cost us as individuals and as a nation. READ more here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/605005/the-way-we-live-now-by-susan-jacoby/

“While the United States has enjoyed unprecedented affluence, low-wage employees have been testing the American doctri...
11/23/2018

“While the United States has enjoyed unprecedented affluence, low-wage employees have been testing the American doctrine that hard work cures poverty…Moving in and out of jobs that demand much and pay little…”
--from WORK DOESN’T WORK (2004) by David K. Shipler

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“While the United States has enjoyed unprecedented affluence, low-wage employees have been testing the American doctrine that hard work cures poverty…Moving in and out of jobs that demand much and pay little…”
--from WORK DOESN’T WORK (2004) by David K. Shipler

At the bottom of America’s working world, millions live in the shadow of prosperity, in the twilight of poverty and prosperity. Many are trapped for life in a perilous zone of low-wage work that keeps middle-class comforts and necessities forever beyond their reach despite the often long and hard hours they put in at their jobs, as bank tellers, food service employees, copyeditors, car washers and others. In his authoritative study of how our country has consistently and still is failing its working poor with low wages, diminished benefits and rampant instability, bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David K. Shipler draws on researched facts and scores of personal testimonies to paint a bleak of the short shrift that so many of us, even in a booming economy, are bound by. READ more here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/605296/work-doesnt-work-by-david-k-shipler/

Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore, Maryland on this day in 1849 (aged 40)."Had the routine of our life at this place bee...
10/07/2018

Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore, Maryland on this day in 1849 (aged 40).

"Had the routine of our life at this place been known to the world, we should have been regarded as madmen —; although, perhaps, as madmen of a harmless nature."
--from THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1841)

The precursor to Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot: Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin is blessed with the gift of intuition, and he puts it to the test after a horrible murder in the Rue Morgue. “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” is thought to be the first modern detective story, published by Edgar Allan Poe in 1841. In this classic tale the detective demonstrates the ineptitude of the police, the value of reason, and how it’s the seemingly least important details that often matter most. A landmark in the history of detective fiction. Selected from Vintage’s compact selection of Poe’s greatest work, Great Tales and Poems. READ more here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/532742/the-murders-in-the-rue-morgue-by-edgar-allan-poe/9781101912058

"The prosperity of St. Denis in the Perigord had rested for seven centuries upon its weekly market, the oldest and large...
06/13/2018

"The prosperity of St. Denis in the Perigord had rested for seven centuries upon its weekly market, the oldest and largest in the region. . . . Bruno always enjoyed watching as the stalls were loaded with cheeses, sausages, fruits, vegetables, ducks, geese, fish, oysters, mushrooms, chickens, and so much more. The items on display measured the changes in French and tourist tastes."
-- from THE CHOCOLATE WAR by Martin Walker

Early on summer mornings, police chief Bruno enjoys wandering the stalls of the weekly market in the village of St. Denis as they are being loaded with wares—ducks, oysters, wooden toys, used books, exotic teas and now, even miniskirts and cellphone cases. St. Denis is changing.

But when Bruno’s old friend Léopold from Senegal and his young nephew Cali start selling African coffee and chocolate more cheaply than Bruno’s old friend Fauquet at his café across the square—Fauquet starts to lose his clientele and a competition erupts between the vendors. As a local taxpayer, Fauquet seeks protection against unfair competition while Leopold and Cali seek the right to do business fairly and protection from the anti-immigrant café-owners in nearby towns. As the rivalry escalates, it’s up to Bruno to find a way for the neighbors of St. Denis to make peace. READ more: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/594999/the-chocolate-war-by-martin-walker/

"The teachers were all Anglo, and even the nice ones wouldn't understand. Because they thought school was the most impor...
06/06/2018

"The teachers were all Anglo, and even the nice ones wouldn't understand. Because they thought school was the most important thing. . . . But her parents didn't think it was important. No one she knew thought it was the slightest bit important for a girl, not for a pretty girl, and everyone had always told her she was pretty."
-- from SALSA by Mary Gordon

Brave, intelligent, fierce—eighteen-year-old Silvia knows how to handle men. When she discovered that her Salsa-dancing father’s been hiding an affair, she threw him out of the apartment she shared with her mother and changed the locks. But, Will is just so unlike the men that Silvia has known. He is privileged, irritating, and handsome. He wears disheveled clothes, never washes his tub, almost never eats sugar, and talks about faith and love. When Silvia falls ill, he takes gentle care of her until she recovers. And, when she gets an invitation to her father’s 50th birthday, Will urges her to go and offer a second chance to the one man she swore she would never forgive.

In this entrancing and masterful new story, award-winning writer Mary Gordon beautifully lays bare the passions and torments of a fearless young woman struggling with her heritage and impossibly torn between two men and the two very different worlds they inhabit. READ more: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/547885/salsa-by-mary-gordon/

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