Books by George Saunders and Complete Book Reviews

George Saunders, Author . Riverhead $14 (257p) ISBN 978-1-59448-256-4
Best known for his absurdist, sci-fi–tinged short stories, Saunders (In Persuasion Nation ) offers up an assortment of styles in his first nonfiction collection. Humor pieces from the New Yorker like “Ask the Optimist,” in which a newspaper...
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George Saunders. Random House, $14 trade paper ISBN 978-0-8129-9627-2
An expansion of a commencement speech passed around the web, this essay hits warm and tender notes without straying from safety zone of feel-good advice. In a tone by turns grandfatherly and fun-loving, renowned fiction writer Saunders (Tenth of...
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George Saunders, Author . Riverhead $13 (134p) ISBN 978-1-59448-152-9
The shift of target to Iraq War–era America proves problematic for major 1990s satirist Saunders (Pastoralia ), who here checks in with an allegorical novella centered on the tiny imaginary nations of Inner and Outer Horner. The citizens of...
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George Saunders, Author . Riverhead $23.95 (228p) ISBN 978-1-59448-922-8
Following his superb story collections Civilwarland in Bad Decline (1996) and Pastoralia (1999), as well as last year's novella The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil , Saunders reaffirms his sharp, surreal vision of contemporary, media-satura
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George Saunders. Random House Audio, , unabridged, 6 CDs, 7.5 hrs., $35 ISBN 978-0-553-39757-4
It takes a full six minutes at the end of this unforgettable audio production to read the cast list of 166 actors: comedian Nick Offerman, author David Sedaris, Hollywood A-listers Carrie Brownstein, Don Cheadle, Lena Dunham, Bill Hader, Miranda...
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George Saunders, read by the author. Random House Audio, unabridged, digital download, 0.5 hrs., $1.99 ISBN 978-0-8041-6398-9
This charming story from George Saunders follows a fox named Fox 8 as he teaches himself to speak the human language (known as “Yuman”) by listening intently outside of their windows while children are told bedtime stories. But when a development...
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George Saunders, Author Random House (NY) $22 (0p) ISBN 978-0-679-44812-9
In this debut collection of seven dystopian fantasies, some of which have appeared in the New Yorker and Harper's, America in the near future is a toxic wasteland overrun by vicious thugs and venal opportunists who prey on the weak and misshapen....
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George Saunders, Author Riverhead Books $22.95 (188p) ISBN 978-1-57322-161-0
Saunders's extraordinary talent is in top form in his second collection (after CivilWarLand in Bad Decline), in which his vision of a hellishly (and hopefully) exaggerated dystopia of late capitalist America is warmed and impassioned by his regular,
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George Saunders, Author, Lane Smith, Illustrator Villard Books $23.95 (96p) ISBN 978-0-375-50383-2
Saunders's (Pastoralia) idiosyncratic voice makes an almost perfect accompaniment to children's book illustrator Smith's (The Stinky Cheese Man) heightened characterizations and slightly surreal backdrops in this unconventional fairy tale for...
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George Saunders. Random House, $28 (368p) ISBN 978-0-8129-9534-3
Saunders’s (Tenth of December) mesmerizing historical novel is also a moving ghost story. A Dantesque tour through a Georgetown cemetery teeming with spirits, the book takes place on a February night in 1862, when Abraham Lincoln visits the grave of
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George Saunders. Random, $26 (272p) ISBN 978-0-8129-9380-6
The title of Saunders's fourth collection doesn't reference any regularly observed holiday, but for the MacArthur-certified genius's fans, a new collection, his first in six years, is a cause to celebrate. Yet the 10 stories here—six of which ran in
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Edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. Avid Reader, $27 (288p) ISBN 978-1-5011-9040-7
Husband and wife Chabon (Moonglow) and Waldman (A Really Good Day) gather dozens of prominent writers to commemorate the ACLU’s centennial with powerful, inspiring essays on the legal organization’s milestone cases. Addressing City of Chicago v....
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