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    Literary

    Oct-2010

    In the "stifling heat of equatorial Newark," a terrifying epidemic is raging, threatening the children of the New Jersey city with maiming, paralysis, life-long disability, and even death. This is the startling and surprising theme of Roth's wrenchin...

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    Literary

    Nov-2009

    Everything is over for Simon Axler, the protagonist of Philip Roth s startling new book. One of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his sixties, he has lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance. His Falstaff and Peer Gynt ...

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    Historical

    Sep-2008

    It is 1951, the second year of the Korean War. Marcus Messner, of Newark, New Jersey, is beginning his sophomore year at pastoral, conservative Winesburg College in Ohio. Why is he here? Because his father, a hard-working neighborhood butcher, seems ...

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    General Fiction

    Oct-2007

    Nathan Zuckerman - 7

    The last ordeal of Nathan Zuckerman, the indomitable literary adventurer of Roth's nine Zuckerman books, like Rip Van Winkle returning to his hometown to find that all has changed, Nathan Zuckerman comes back to New York, the city he left eleven year...

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    General Fiction

    Oct-2006

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    General Fiction

    Apr-2006

    Philip Roth's new novel is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss, regret, and stoicism. The bestselling author of The Plot Against America now turns his attention from "one family's harrowing encounter with history" (New York Times) to one ...

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    General Fiction

    Oct-2004

    In an astonishing feat of empathy and narrative invention, our most ambitious novelist imagines an alternate version of American history. In 1940 Charles A. Lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid isolationist, is elected President. Shortly thereafter, h...

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    General Fiction

    May-2001

    David Kepesh - 3

    No matter how much you know, no matter how much you think, no matter how much you plot and you connive and you plan, you re not superior to sex. With these words our most unflaggingly energetic and morally serious novelist launches perhaps his fierce...

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    General Fiction

    Apr-2000

    American Trilogy - 3

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a rac...

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    General Fiction

    Nov-1998

    American Trilogy - 2

    I Married a Communist is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch-digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big-time 1940s radio star, and is destroyed, as both a performer and a man, in the M...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-1997

    American Trilogy - 1

    Soon to be a major motion picture As the American century draws to an uneasy close, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all our century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth's protagon...

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    General Fiction

    Apr-1997

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    General Fiction

    Oct-1995

    Sabbath's Theater is a comic creation of epic proportions, and Mickey Sabbath is its gargantuan hero. Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Sabbath at sixty-four is still defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. But after the death of hi...

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    General Fiction

    Jan-1993

    "Time" Magazine Best American Novel (1993) In this fiendishly imaginative book (which may or may not be fiction), Philip Roth meets a man who may or may not be Philip Roth. Because "someone" with that name has been touring Israel, promoting a bizarre...

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    General Fiction

    May-1991

    Gil Gamesh, the only pitcher who ever literally tried to kill the umpire. The ex-con first baseman John Baal, The Babe Ruth of the Big House, who never hit a homerun sober. If you ve never heard of them or of the Ruppert Mundy s, the only homeless bi...

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    General Fiction

    Feb-1991

    With the lover everyday life recedes, Roth writes and exhibiting all his skill as a brilliant observer of human passion, he presents in Deception the tightly enclosed world of adulterous intimacy with a directness that has no equal in American fictio...

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    General Fiction

    Jan-1987

    Nathan Zuckerman - 6

    The Counterlife is about people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter seemingly irreversible destinies. Wherever they may find themselves, the characters of The Counterlife are tempted ...

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    General Fiction

    1985

    Nathan Zuckerman - 5

    In quest of the unpublished manuscript of a martyred Yiddish writer, the American novelist Nathan Zuckerman travels to Soviet-occupied Prague in the mid-1970s. There, in a nation straightjacketed by totalitarian Communism, he discovers a literary pre...

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    General Fiction

    Nov-1983

    Nathan Zuckerman - 4

    At forty, the writer Nathan Zuckerman comes down with a mysterious affliction pure pain, beginning in his neck and shoulders, invading his torso, and taking possession of his spirit. Zuckerman, whose work was his life, is unable to write a line. Now ...

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    General Fiction

    Apr-1981

    Nathan Zuckerman - 3

    Now in his mid-thirties, Nathan Zuckerman, a would-be recluse despite his newfound fame as a bestselling author, ventures onto the streets of Manhattan in the final year of the turbulent sixties. Not only is he assumed by his fans to be his own ficti...

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    General Fiction

    Oct-1980

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    General Fiction

    Aug-1979

    Nathan Zuckerman - 2

    The Ghost Writer introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the 1950s, a budding writer infatuated with the Great Books, discovering the contradictory claims of literature and experience while an overnight guest in the secluded New England farmhouse of his idol,...

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    Literary

    Sep-1977

    David Kepesh - 2

    As a student in college, David Kepesh styles himself a rake among scholars, a scholar among rakes. Little does he realize how prophetic this motto will be or how damning. For as Philip Roth follows Kepesh from the domesticity of childhood into the va...

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    General Fiction

    Apr-1975

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    General Fiction

    1974

    Nathan Zuckerman - 1

    At its heart lies the marriage of Peter and Maureen Tarnopol, a gifted young writer and the woman who wants to be his muse but who instead is his nemesis. Their union is based on fraud and shored up by moral blackmail, but it is so perversely durable...

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    Literary

    1973

    David Kepesh - 1

    Like a latter-day Gregor Samsa, Professor David Kepesh wakes up one morning to find that he has been transformed. But where Kafka s protagonist turned into a giant beetle, the narrator of Philip Roth s richly conceived fantasy has become a 155-pound ...

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    General Fiction

    1971

    A ferocious political satire in the great tradition, Our Gang""is Philip Roth's brilliantly indignant response to the phenomenon of Richard M. Nixon. In the character of Trick E. Dixon, Roth shows us a man who outdoes the severest cynic, a peace-lovi...

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    Literary

    Jan-1969

    Portnoy's Complaint "n." after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, v...

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    Literary

    May-1967

    In this funny and chilling novel, the setting is a small town in the 1940s Midwest, and the subject is the heart of a wounded and ferociously moralistic young woman, one of those implacable American moralists whose "goodness" is a terrible disease. ...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-1962

    Letting Go is Philip Roth s first full-length novel, published just after Goodbye, Columbus, when he was twenty-nine. Set in 1950s Chicago, New York, and Iowa City, Letting Go presents as brilliant a fictional portrait as we have of a mid-century Ame...

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    General Fiction

    1960

    Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin - he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills - meet one summer and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love....

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