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Vintage Shorts Vintage Shorts: Timely reading from enduring classics and original works from today's best authors, all for less than a cup of coffee. 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.

Happy Fall! Celebrate with this nostalgic read!There’s nothing like autumn in New York, as Adam Gopnik and his family fi...
09/22/2020

Happy Fall! Celebrate with this nostalgic read!

There’s nothing like autumn in New York, as Adam Gopnik and his family find when they return to Manhattan after an extended stay in France.

From the longtime New Yorker scribe and author of the national bestseller Paris to the Moon, here is a lyrical appreciation of the city that never sleeps. From Central Park to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, covering noisy apartments, perfect taxi cab routes, and grade school pageants where the children just might fly, Adam Gopnik paints a timeless portrait of New York, a city “old as time, worn as Rome, mysterious as life.”

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Seems like an appropriate read for this month...It starts out like any other dull day in a busy airport bar. James, the ...
09/07/2020

Seems like an appropriate read for this month...

It starts out like any other dull day in a busy airport bar. James, the bartender, would much rather serve regulars at a local pub than cranky travelers. Katy and Colin have been involved in a longtime affair that comes to literal blows when he reveals that he hasn’t kept his promise to leave his wife. Between some quick thinking by James and the kindness of an American couple, Jean and Maurice, the situation is defused. And Jean’s insistence that they all stay in touch sparks friendships that are maintained across the ocean. But after nearly a decade of writing annual letters, she reveals a secret that casts the events of that day in a whole new light.

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Waiting for your copy of Mary Gordon's Payback to arrive? Read this vintage short while you wait!Click here to read more...
09/03/2020

Waiting for your copy of Mary Gordon's Payback to arrive? Read this vintage short while you wait!
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"Tactics means doing what you can with what you have. Tactics are those consciously deliberate acts by which human being...
08/25/2020

"Tactics means doing what you can with what you have. Tactics are those consciously deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them." — from Thirteen Tactics for Realistic Radicals by Saul Alinsky

From the founder of modern radical activism in America, Saul Alinsky, whose the bestselling classic Rules for Radicals has reinvigorated the political left in America. “Organizational genius” Alinsky lays out the thirteen rules that all have-nots must follow to wage a successful campaign against the haves. Wielding tremendous influence to this day, and used as a bible by leading organizers since it was first published almost fifty years ago, these vital words of wisdom are written with humor, wit and unassailable power.

Crucially impactful on both President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s political philosophies and dedicated to the American political tradition—Alinsky’s thirteen tactics will remain powerful and relevant, a must-read, for anyone interested in how to enact constructive social change for years to come.

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"This happened between father and son. The mother, sitting there washing plums in a pail, did not understand what had ha...
08/19/2020

"This happened between father and son. The mother, sitting there washing plums in a pail, did not understand what had happened. But the water from which she took the plums felt cool to her hands that were suddenly burning hot." —Father and Son by Langston Hughes

Colonel Norwood is the despotic owner of Big House Plantation, where he lives alone but for the occasional company of his black mistress, Coralee Lewis. But this summer, a new breeze is blowing in with the warm Georgia wind—his son is coming home.

From the publication of his first book in 1926, Langston Hughes was hailed as the poet laureate of black America. In “Father and Son,” Hughes reveals himself to be a writer of prose just as lasting as his poetry, and one of the true icons of modern American letters. The staggering final story in the collection The Ways of White Folks.

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If you're sweating in the heat, this short will cool you down!"Aunt Myrtle was in the driveway pouring steaming water on...
08/12/2020

If you're sweating in the heat, this short will cool you down!

"Aunt Myrtle was in the driveway pouring steaming water on her car door, trying to get the lock to unfreeze. But when she saw that the key would still not turn, she just dropped the kettle right there in the driveway and scooted back into the house. It was that cold."
—Ice by Toni Cade Bambara

The story of the storm went like this: it was so cold that the neighborhood families burned anything they could to stay warm. The mayor arranged an emergency school bus to get the kids to school. But only the children worried about how the dogs were holding up.

“Ice” exhibits the commitment to storytelling and the intersection between fiction and politics that made Toni Cade Bambara one of the most important voices of her generation, and an advocate of recognition for African American women writers. A selection from Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions, a posthumous collection of Bambara’s uncollected writings, included here with a loving preface by Toni Morrison—a discussion of her relationship with Bambara and the unprecedented “heart cling” of her fiction.

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Jeffrey Toobin’s True Crimes and Misdemeanors is now available! Take a look back at the previous administration's relati...
08/05/2020

Jeffrey Toobin’s True Crimes and Misdemeanors is now available! Take a look back at the previous administration's relationship with the Supreme Court with this Vintage Short from The Oath.

The bestselling and prizewinning author of The Nine and American Heiress tells the dramatic and gripping insider’s story of the momentous ideological war fought between the Obama White House and the Supreme Court.

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Aimee Bender's first novel in ten years, The Butterfly Lampshade, is out today! Celebrate with one of her short stories!...
07/28/2020

Aimee Bender's first novel in ten years, The Butterfly Lampshade, is out today! Celebrate with one of her short stories!

The old man and the old woman always dreamed the same dreams. Everyone in Celia’s town knows the couple, married sixty years, with wrinkled skin down to their wrists—but one summer, while Celia takes care of her father, refusing to join her mother on the next leg of their concentration camp museum tour, the old man and the old woman start prophesying, and the town is forever changed.

“Dreaming in Polish” invites the reader to look at the world through Aimee Bender’s unique funhouse vision, a world twisted on its axis yet as gloriously tangible as real life. A selection from her debut collection The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, hailed by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times as one of the best books of the year.

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Baseball is back! While you might not be able to go to the game and bring home a ball of your own, Zack Hample's The Art...
07/24/2020

Baseball is back! While you might not be able to go to the game and bring home a ball of your own, Zack Hample's The Art of the Snag will make you feel like you're there.

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Isabel Dalhousie is back next week in Alexander McCall Smith's The Geometry of Holding Hands. Catch up with her now in t...
07/22/2020

Isabel Dalhousie is back next week in Alexander McCall Smith's The Geometry of Holding Hands. Catch up with her now in this Vintage Short!

Isabel Dalhousie–philosopher, mother and friend–has generously agreed to host the opening dinner for her school reunion weekend. Twenty-five former classmates will descend upon her home, bringing with them new names, new looks, and old reputations. While some will see the reunion as an opportunity to forge new friendships and reaffirm old ones, others aren’t interested in changing their minds about the past. One particular classmate, Barbara Grant, was known as an especially mean girl who bullied the others relentlessly. As hostess, Isabel feels compelled to help her guests on the path toward reconciliation and forgiveness, but bitter feelings and long-held secrets threaten to derail her efforts entirely. With her trademark insight and compassion, Isabel Dalhousie may find a way to navigate these treacherous waters.

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07/14/2020

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Now available—Vintage Shorts is excited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of P.D. James, the undisputed “Q...
07/14/2020

Now available—Vintage Shorts is excited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of P.D. James, the undisputed “Queen of Crime,” with The Part-Time Job!

A dark, twisted take on how the best revenge is served ice cold. Willing to wait decades to dispatch the bully who tormented his youth, our narrator has a plan—and the unwavering patience and brutal fortitude to enact its every chilling step. With merciless, meticulous efficiency, James takes us into the mind of a seemingly ordinary man, beneath whose unassuming guise lurks a true Machiavellian genius—for murder.

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In this Vintage Shorts Original, Nathan McCall gives thought to how many white Americans remain conditioned to racial bl...
07/08/2020

In this Vintage Shorts Original, Nathan McCall gives thought to how many white Americans remain conditioned to racial blindness and can’t see their way out. Our country’s promise of equality continues to ring hollow, as young black men are murdered on our streets and constrained behind bars in astonishing numbers.

In this timely, intimate essay, Nathan McCall reflects on what it means to stand tall and fashion life on one’s own terms, and urges us to recognize that what will make America great is not growing its wealth or might overseas, but doing right by its people at home.

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"Yet, in the copper sunlight Johnnie felt suddenly, not the presence of the Lord, but the presence of David; which seeme...
06/24/2020

"Yet, in the copper sunlight Johnnie felt suddenly, not the presence of the Lord, but the presence of David; which seemed to reach out to him, hand reaching out to hand in the fury of flood-time, to drag him to the bottom of the water or to carry him safe to shore. From the corner of his eye he watched his friend, who held him with such power; and felt, for that moment, such a depth of love, such nameless and terrible joy and pain, that he might have fallen, in the face of that company, weeping at David's feet."
― The Outing by James Baldwin

In James Baldwin’s classic short story, “The Outing,” from Going to Meet the Man, a Harlem church group escapes the city for a summer day-trip of prayer and, more importantly, romance.

Every summer, the Harlem Mount of Olives Pentecostal Assembly gives an outing, around the Fourth of July. There is boating, testifying, and illicit steps towards young love. Delving deeply into the church community he would depict in Go Tell It On The Mountain, this is Baldwin at his most compassionate, investigating the sexual ambivalence and towering religion of a group of young children on their way up the Hudson. “The Outing” is the perfect introduction to an American master.

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What was your favorite short story that you read for #NationalShortStoryMonth? Looking for your next one? We have plenty...
06/01/2020
A Vintage Short

What was your favorite short story that you read for #NationalShortStoryMonth? Looking for your next one? We have plenty more!

The Vintage Shorts series presents timely reading from enduring classics as well as exciting original works from contemporary voices—exclusively available as eBooks. In a world where different...

Closing out #NationalShortStory month with one of our favorite authors: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!Nkem is living a life o...
05/31/2020

Closing out #NationalShortStory month with one of our favorite authors: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!

Nkem is living a life of wealth and security in America, until she discovers that her husband is keeping a girlfriend back home in Nigeria. In this high-intensity story of passion and the masks we all wear, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of the acclaimed novels Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah and winner of the Orange Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, explores the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.

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Your favorite bar may be closed, but that shouldn't stop you from having a good time. Have you considered home brewing?T...
05/30/2020

Your favorite bar may be closed, but that shouldn't stop you from having a good time. Have you considered home brewing?

The history of moonshining is a long one, and no one tells it better than the men who once made a living from it deep in the heart of Appalachia. Originally published in 1972, “Moonshining as a Fine Art” takes you through the their time-honored methods of making (and occasionally hiding) safe, successful stills. It also includes a glossary of moonshining terms and recipes for home-brewed mountain drinks like apple beer and blackberry wine.

The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center has brought the philosophy of simple living to hundreds of thousands of readers, teaching creative self-sufficiency and preserving the stories, crafts, and customs of Appalachia. Inspiring and practical, this classic series has become an American institution.

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Get ready for the weekend with this classic short story from F. Scott Fitzgerald!The fantastical story by beloved Jazz A...
05/29/2020

Get ready for the weekend with this classic short story from F. Scott Fitzgerald!

The fantastical story by beloved Jazz Age writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald—a dark and gleaming fairy tale about the excesses of wealth and the promise of the American West—selected from Fitzgerald’s exuberant collection, Tales of the Jazz Age.

On a summer break from his New England education, John T. Unger of Hades, accompanies a new friend to his father’s private estate—a hidden palace carved out of one solid diamond mountain where extravagance knows no bounds, and everything feels a spectacular dream to modest Unger until he discovers the frightful lengths to which the family will go to protect their secret and their treasure.

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Celebrate National Short Story Month with Salsa by Mary Gordon!Brave, intelligent, fierce—eighteen-year-old Silvia knows...
05/28/2020

Celebrate National Short Story Month with 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.

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"Maybe she would grow cunning, up here on the farm. Maybeshe would absorb some of the darkness, which might not be darkn...
05/27/2020

"Maybe she would grow cunning, up here on the farm. Maybe
she would absorb some of the darkness, which might not be darkness at all but only knowledge. She would turn into a woman others came to for advice. She would be called in emergencies. She would roll up her sleeves and dispense with sentimentality, and do whatever blood-soaked, bad-smelling thing had to be done. She would become adept with axes." —from Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood

The author of such towering novels as The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood creates worlds just as vividly in her short fiction. In the title story from her acclaimed collection of linked stories Moral Disorder, Margaret Atwood takes us to the farm.

Newly arrived city slickers, like Nell and Tig, shouldn’t have animals; a notion corroborated by the true farmers down the road: for them, livestock would mean dead stock. But Tig’s two boys will be at the farm on weekends, and it would be good for them to know where their food comes from. First come the chickens, then the ducks; before Nell knows it the cows have arrived, too. And soon Nell finds herself becoming a different woman than she ever thought she might be.

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"Steps" by Mona Simpson is a Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” SelectionThe acclaimed author gives us a mesmerizing sto...
05/26/2020

"Steps" by Mona Simpson is a Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection

The acclaimed author gives us a mesmerizing story of a family built, not by blood, but by second and third marriages and the relationships children have to “step” fathers, mothers and siblings long after their own parents have left them behind.

When Julie, an actress in her forties, receives a phone call from her one-time stepfather’s newest family asking her to come to see him once more before he dies, she agrees to make the trip.

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Who else is sad that this is the last week of #NationalShortStoryMonth? 😢Don't worry, we still have plenty of Vintage Sh...
05/25/2020

Who else is sad that this is the last week of #NationalShortStoryMonth? 😢
Don't worry, we still have plenty of Vintage Shorts to share. Like this one from James Baldwin:

In “Come Out the Wilderness,” an essential and tremendous classic of American literature, Baldwin unmasks the heartbreak of one African American woman’s spiritual, sexual, moral, and ultimately futile struggle for control of her future and her happiness in mid-century New York.

James Baldwin’s commanding prose remains as pressing in its compassionate portrayal of marginalized figures today as it was during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement.

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“Every crisis has a message for you, if you look for it. Every crisis carries with it some kind of a gift that will make...
05/24/2020

“Every crisis has a message for you, if you look for it. Every crisis carries with it some kind of a gift that will make you feel more whole.” —from Ask Polly's Guide to Your Next Crisis by Heather Havrilesky

From beloved advice-columnist Heather Havrilesky comes a new collection of treasured questions and answers for those of us who have a crisis looming, who are still looking to find our joy, and who are hiding from injustice and doubt.

Why doesn’t anything feel fun? Am I too anxious to ever find love? Why won’t my former friends forgive me? And, why should I keep going? To all of these questions and more, Havrilesky offers her customary wit, grace, candor, and wisdom. These are the pep talks we all need to hear to lay our egos aside and draw on the strengths we didn’t know we had.

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"Killing O'Reilly" - Courtney Bowman and Nicholas Bowman
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"How War Begins" - John Keegan
"Jack Firebrace's War" - Sebastian Faulks
"We Should All Be Feminists" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"Moral Disorder" - Margaret Atwood
"Vissi d'Arte" - Lorrie Moore
"The Battle of Ap Bac" - Neil Sheehan
"The Outing" - James Baldwin
"Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party" - Alexander McCall Smith
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"American Hunger" - Eli Saslow
"The Spelling Bee" - Alex Kotlowitz
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Procurando algo para mantê-lo ocupado em casa? Podemos recomendar o Household Crafts and Tips from The Foxfire Americana Library by The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center? Uma coleção de como fazer para celebrar as artes domésticas dos Appalachia, "Household Crafts and Tips" inclui conselhos tradicionais sobre saboaria e acolchoamento, bem como instruções detalhadas para fazer cestas, cestas, vassouras de cornhusk e cabaças para martins púrpura. A Foxfire trouxe a filosofia da vida simples para centenas de milhares de leitores, ensinando a auto-suficiência criativa e preservando as histórias, o artesanato e os costumes dos Appalachia. Inspiradora e prática, esta série clássica se tornou uma instituição americana. Confira este e os outros curtas na Biblioteca Foxfire Americana aqui: https://bit.ly/2LA4tro Traduzido com a versão gratuita do tradutor - www.DeepL.com/Translator😯😯😯