Book List in Order:64 titles

  • The first one-volume hardcover edition of the eleven autobiographical stories that were closest to Updike's heart. With full-cloth binding and a silk ribbon marker. In an interview, Updike once said, "If I had to give anybody one book of me, it w...


  • To the list of John Updike’s well-intentioned protagonists -- Rabbit Angstrom, Richard Maple, Henry Bech -- add James Buchanan, the harried fifteenth president of the United States (1857"1861). In what the author calls “a kind of novel, conceiv...


  • The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories refl...


  • The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories refl...


  • The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories refl...


  • Collected together for the first time in hardcover, these eighteen classic stories from across John Updike’s career form a luminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In 1956, Updike published a s...


  • John Updike's first collection of new short fiction since the year 2000, My Father's Tears finds the author in a valedictory mood as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and of foreign travel. "Pers...


  • A stunning collection of poems that John Updike wrote during the last seven years of his life and put together only weeks before he died for this, his final book.The opening sequence, “Endpoint,” is made up of a series of connected poems written ...


  • More than three decades have passed since the events described in John Updike's The Witches of Eastwick. The three divorcees--Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie--have left town, remarried, and become widows. They cope with their grief and solitude as widows ...






  • John Updike has written a brilliant novel that ranks among the most provocative of his distinguished career. Terrorist is the story of Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy, an alienated American-born teenager who spurns the materialistic, hedonistic life he witnesse...


  • Edward Goreys off-kilter depictions of Yuletide mayhem and John Updikes wryly jaundiced text examine a dozen Christmas traditions with a decidedly wheezy ho-ho-ho. 1. Santa: The Man. Loose-fitting nylon beard, fake optical twinkle, cheap red suit, fu...


  • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction   A harvest and not a winnowing, this volume collects 103 stories, almost all of the short fiction that John Updike wrote between 1953 and 1975. “How rarely it can be said of any of our great American w...


  • In this wry novel of sentimental education and sexual pursuit, we follow Owen Mackenzie, a representative man of the author’s generation, from cradle to grave, and from bed to bed. His life and relationships are shaped by three villages, warm-lit c...


  • “He is a religious writer; he is a comic realist; he knows what everything feels like, how everything works. He is putting together a body of work which in substantial intelligent creation will eventually be seen as second to none in our time.”...


  • The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories refl...


  • Gathering together almost all the short fiction that John Updike published between 1953 and 1975, this collection opens with Updike's autobiographical stories about a young boy growing up during the Depression in a small Pennsylvania town. There foll...


  • John Updike’s twentieth novel, like his first, The Poorhouse Fair, takes place in one day, a day that contains much conversation and some rain. The seventy-nine-year-old painter Hope Chafetz, who in the course of her eventful life has been Hope Oud...


  • Collected with a dozen wonderful stories, all set in classic Updike territory, the short novel "RABBIT REMEMBERED" is a major work in its own right - a riveting return to Updike's most celebrated fictional world. Janice and Nelson Angstrom, plus seve...


  • Gertrude and Claudius are the “villains” of Hamlet: he the killer of Hamlet’s father and usurper of the Danish throne; she his lusty consort, who marries Claudius before her late husband’s body is cold. But in this imaginative “prequel” t...


  • Basic Bech combines two classic titles -- Bech: A Book and Bech is Back -- from one of John Updike's most beloved characters.Henry Bech, the celebrated author of Travel Light, has been scrutinized, canonized and vilified by reviewers, academics, crit...


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    A deluxe 20th anniversary edition of one of the first major award-winning titles to feature an interracial family, A Child's Calendar combines the star power of John Updike and Trina Schart Hyman. Celebrate the little moments that make each month ...


  • In this, the final volume in John Updike’s mock-heroic trilogy about the Jewish American writer Henry Bech, our hero is older but scarcely wiser. Now in his seventies, he remains competitive, lecherous, and self-absorbed, lost in a brave new litera...


  • 4 cassettes / 6 hoursRead by Ron RifkinCatch up with Bech.This unique AudioBook collects John Updikes classic Bech novels, Bech: A Book (1970), Bech is Back (1982), and the latest installment, Bech at Bay."Mr. Updike finds full scope for his gifts he...


  • John Updike wrote about the lure of golf for five decades, from the first time he teed off at the age of twenty-five until his final rounds at the age of seventy-six. Golf Dreams collects the most memorable of his golf pieces, high-spirited evidence ...


  • Set in the near future of 2020, this disconcerting philosophical fantasy depicts an America devastated by a war with China that has left its populace decimated, its government a shambles, and its natural resources tainted. The hero is Ben Turnbull, a...


  • In the Beauty of the Lilies begins in 1910 and traces God’s relation to four generations of American seekers, beginning with Clarence Wilmot, a clergyman in Paterson, New Jersey. He loses his faith but finds solace at the movies, respite from “th...



  • These stories of John Updike's offer, among others, a portrait of an ageing Boston antiques dealer reflecting on his still-hopeful youth, when in 1959, as a young but unsuccessful artist, he moves with his wife and daughter out of New York to New Eng...


  • "QUINTESSENTIAL UPDIKE...These tales are elegies for lost youth and receding passions."--The New York Times"If one trait can account for John Updike's staying power, it is the man's exquisite grasp of ordinary miracles....With his small mirages, his ...






  • They meet by chance on Copacabana Beach: Tristao Raposo, a poor black teen from the Rio slums, surviving day to day on street smarts and the hustle, and Isabel Leme, an upper-class white girl, treated like a pampered slave by her absent though very p...



  • "Stunning...Alf's life and times are light and funny; Buchanan's are dark and serious. Alternating between the two, Mr. Updike entertains and instructs...in gorgeous prose."THE WALL STREET JOURNALWhen junior college professor Alfred Clayton is asked ...


  • Rabbit at Rest, the delightful last novel in the rabbit sequence, is both comic and moving. Rabbit, now in his middle fifties, is living in a condo in Florida. Nelson and his wife and children come to stay and disaster ensues; Rabbit has a serious he...


  • S. is Sarah Worth -- doctor's wife, North Shore matron, loving mother, and now (suddenly!) ardent follower of a Hindu religious leader known as the Arhat. As this brilliant and very funny novel opens, Sarah is fleeing the confinement of her suburban ...


  • John Updike’s memoirs consist of six chapters in which he writes of his home town, his psoriasis, his stuttering, his discomfort during the Vietnam war, his Updike ancestors, and his religion and sense of self. These essays together give the inner ...



  • Here is trust betrayed -- and fulfilled. Here are husbands and wives as only Updike knows them, leaving each other, loving each other, often at the same time. Here is passion ignited and quenched, absurd hope, ineffectual regret. Here is life as we l...


  • In this short novel, Joey Robinson, a thirty-five-year-old New Yorker, describes a visit he makes, with his second wife and eleven-year-old stepson, to the Pennsylvania farm where he grew up and where his aging mother now lives alone. For three days,...


  • A born-again computer whiz kid bent on proving the existence of God on his computer meets a middle-aged divinity professor, Roger Lambert, who'd just as soon leave faith a mystery. Soon the computer hacker begins an affair with professor Lambert's wi...




  • "A great deal of fun to read...Fresh, consantly entertaining....John Updike remains a wizard of language and observation."THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRERIn a small New England town in the late 1960s, there lived three witches. Alexandra Spofford, a sculptr...


  • Composed chiefly of Updike's book reviews of the past eight years, this collection includes pieces on Edmund Wilson, Vladimir Nabokov, and Muriel Spark, on actresses Doris Day and Louise Brooks and an appendix of imaginary interviews, humorous pieces...


  • Seven new installments in the peripatetic life of the Jewish-American writer, Henry Bech, catch him in several aesthetic embarrassments as he travels to several third-world countries, turns fifty, marries, falls in love, and writes a best-selling boo...


  • Stories that trace the decline and fall of a marriage, a history made up of the happiness of growing children and shared life, and the sadness of growing estrangement and the misunderstandings of love....


  • Winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.Ten years after RABBIT REDUX, Harry Angstrom has come to enjoy prosperity as the Chief Sales Representative of Springer Motors. The rest of the world may be falling to pieces, but Harrry's doing all right...


  • Joan and Richard Maple confess infidelities, join a Boston civil rights march, take a trip to their in-laws, to the beach, to Rome, and after 20 years attempt to explain to their four children why they have decided to separate....


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    ENTER THE WORLD OF TRANSMUTATIONS -- MENTAL AND ELEMENTAL, ALCHEMICAL AND ACADEMIC NIGHT AND THE LOVES OF JOE DICOSTANZO by Samuel R. Delany When a young man living in an abandoned castle discovers he has strange and wonderful powers, he's delig...


  • In this midcareer collection of twenty-three short stories, John Updike tackles such problems as separation, divorce, and remarriage, parents and children, guns and prostitution, leprosy, swooning, suffocation, and guilt. His self-seeking heroes tend...






  • The Coup describes violent events in the imaginary African nation of Kush, a large, landlocked, drought-ridden, sub-Saharan country led by Colonel Hakim Félix Ellelloû. (“A leader,” writes Colonel Ellelloû, “is one who, out of madness or goo...


  • At the County Home for the Aged, the inmates, having shed their cares and responsibilities, live out their remaining years. On the day of the Poorhouse Fair the order is broken and the old people take charge. It is a day neither Conner, the poorhouse...


  • Marry Me is subtitled “A Romance” because, in the author’s words, “people don’t act like that anymore.” The time is 1962, and the place is a fiefdom of Camelot called Greenwood, Connecticut. Jerry Conant and Sally Mathias are in love and ...


  • "A tour de force . . . Readable, clever." Chicago Tribune Book WorldThe adventures of the Reverend Tom Marshfield -- literate, charming, sexual -- whose outrageous behavior with the ladies of his flock scandalizes his parish . . ....



  • Museums and Women gathers twenty-nine short stories from the 1960s and early 1970s. It is John Updike’s most various collection, a book as full of departures and surprises as the historical period that produced them. Some stories, such as the title...


  • "A triumph."NEWSDAYThe assumptions and obsessions that control our daily lives are explored in tantalizing detail by master novelist John Updike in this wise, witty, and sexy story. Harry Angstrom--known to all as Rabbit, one of America's most famous...



  • They are sociable, articulate and unhappy; they enjoy sailing, basketball and skiing; they play word games in the evenings and adultery all the year round. Slipping in and out of affairs, they and their rituals are observed by the baleful eye of thei...





  • "A triumph of love and art." THE WASHINGTON POSTIn a small Pennsylvania town in the late 1940s, schoolteacher George Caldwell yearns to find some meaning in his life. Alone with his teenage son for three days in a blizzard, Caldwell sees his son grow...


  • "Some of the most beautiful writing in contemporary American literature is between the covers of this book . . ." BOSTON HERALDThe triumphant collection of short stories by America's most acclaimed novelist....


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