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The Sweetest Dream: A Novel
by Doris Lessing
Frances Lennox ladles out dinner every night to the motley, exuberant, youthful crew assembled around her hospitable tableher two sons and their friends, girlfriends, ex-friends, and ftesh-off-the-street friends. It's the early 1960s and certainly "everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds." Except financial...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Grass Is Singing: A Novel
by Doris Lessing
Set in South Africa under white rule, Doris Lessing's first novel is both a riveting chronicle of human disintegration and a beautifully understated social critique. Mary Turner is a self-confident, independent young woman who becomes the depressed, frustrated wife of an ineffectual, unsuccessful farmer. Little by little the ennui of...
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Adore: A Novella (P.S.)
by Doris Lessing
Two friends, two sons, two shocking and intense love affairs . . . Roz and Lil have been best friends since childhood. But their bond stretches beyond familiar bounds when these middle-aged mothers fall in love with each other's teenage sons—taboo-shattering passions that last for years, until the women end them, vowing to have a...
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Categories: All Women's Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
The Golden Notebook: A Novel (Perennial Classics)
by Doris Lessing
Anna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier years. In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine relives part of her own...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
The Four-Gated City (Children of Violence)
by Doris Lessing
Dorris Lessing's classic series of autobiographical novels is the fictional counterpart to Under My Skin. In these five novels, first published in the 1950's and 60s, Doris Lessing transformed her fascinating life into fiction, creating her most complex and compelling character, Martha Quest.
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction
The Fifth Child (Vintage International)
by Doris Lessing
Doris Lessing's contemporary gothic horror story—centered on the birth of a baby who seems less than human—probes society's unwillingness to recognize its own brutality.Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of four children, have created an idyll of domestic bliss in defiance of the social trends of late 1960s England. While around them...
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Categories: Bestsellers; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Shikasta: Re, Colonised Planet 5 (Vintage International)
by Doris Lessing
This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: Archives . Presented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta–clearly the planet Earth–to be used by history students of the higher...
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Categories: All Science Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
The Summer Before the Dark (Vintage International)
by Doris Lessing
As the summer begins, Kate Brown -- attractive, intelligent, forty five, happily enough married, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children -- has no reason to expect anything will change. But when the summer ends, the woman she was -- living behind a protective camouflage of feminine charm and caring -- no longer...
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Categories: Literary Fiction
Martha Quest: A Novel (Perennial Classics)
by Doris Lessing
Intelligent, sensitive, and fiercely passionate, Martha Quest is a young woman living on a farm in Africa, feeling her way through the torments of adolescence and early womanhood. She is a romantic idealistic in revolt against the puritan snobbery of her parents, trying to live to the full with every nerve, emotion, and instinct laid...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Prisons We Choose to Live Inside (Cornelia & Michael Bessie Books)
by Doris Lessing
The celebrated author explores new ways to view ourselves and the society we live in, and gives us fresh answers to such enduring questions as how to think for ourselves and understand what we know.
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Philosophy
The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels
by Doris Lessing
In the title novel, two friends fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and these passions last for years, until the women end them, vowing a respectable old age. In Victoria and the Staveneys , a young woman gives birth to a child of mixed race and struggles with feelings of estrangement as her daughter gets drawn into a world of...
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Categories: All Sex & Erotica; All Women's Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Mara and Dann: Novel, A
by Doris Lessing
Thousands of years in the future, all the northern hemisphere is buried under the ice and snow of a new Ice Age. At the southern end of a large landmass called Ifrik, two children of the Mahondi people, seven-year old Mara and her younger brother, Dann, are abducted from their home in the middle of the night. Raised as outsiders in a...
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Ben, In the World: The Sequel to the Fifth Child
by Doris Lessing
At eighteen, Ben is in the world, but not of it. He is too large, too awkward, too inhumanly made. Now estranged from his family, he must find his own path in life. From London and the south of France to Brazil and the mountains of the Andes. Ben is tossed about in a tumultuous search for his people, a reason for his being. How the...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Martha Quest (Universale economica) (Italian Edition)
by Doris Lessing
Nata in una misera fattoria sudafricana, a cento chilometri dalla prima città, Martha ha sedici anni ed è preda di tutte le crisi e insoddisfazioni adolescenziali. Sembra decisa ad affrontare gli esami di ammissione per l'università e a lasciare quindi un mondo che le pare sempre più angusto, ma finirà poi per trasferirsi in città...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction
The Real Thing: Stories and Sketches
by Doris Lessing
The stories and sketches in this collection penetrate to the heart of human experience with the passion and intelligence readers have come to expect of Doris Lessing. Most of the piece are set in contemporary London, a city the author loves for its variety, its diversity, its transitoriness, the way it connects the life of animals and...
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Walking in the Shade: Growing Point, The: 2
by Doris Lessing
The second volume of Doris Lessing's extraordinary autobiography covers the years 1949-62, from her arrival in war-weary London with her son, Peter, and the manuscript for her first novel, The Grass is Singing, under her arm to the publication of her most famous work of fiction, The Golden Notebook. She describes how communism...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs; Historical Bios & Memoirs
Time Bites: Views and Reviews
by Doris Lessing
In this collection of the very best of Doris Lessing's essays, we are treated to the wisdom and keen insight of a writer who has learned, over the course of a brilliant career spanning more than half a century, to read the world differently. From imagining the secret sex life of Tolstoy to the secrets of Sufism, from reviews of classic...
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A Small Personal Voice
by Doris Lessing
An essential and definitive collection of the Nobel Prize for Literature winner’s finest essays, reviews, reminiscences and interviews from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. ‘The novelist talks as an individual to individuals, in a small personal voice. In an age of committee art, public art, people may begin to feel again a need for the...
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Going Home
by Doris Lessing
"Africa belongs to the Africans; the sooner they take it back the better. But--a country also belongs to those who feel at home in it. Perhaps it may be that love of Africa the country will be strong enough to link people who hate each other now. Perhaps..." Going Home is Doris Lessing's account of her first journey back to Africa...
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African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe
by Doris Lessing
A highly personal story of the eminent British writer returning to her African roots that is "brilliant . . . [and] captures the contradictions of a young country."-- New York Times Book Review
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Teen Lit; Historical Bios & Memoirs; Politics & Government
Love Again: A Novel
by Doris Lessing
Love, Again tells the story of a 65-year-old woman who falls in love and struggles to maintain her sanity. Widowed for many years, with grown children, Sarah is a writer who works in the theater in London. During the production of a play, she falls in love with a seductive young actor, the beautiful and androgynous 28-year-old Bill...
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Categories: All Sex & Erotica; Contemporary Fiction
In Pursuit of the English: A Documentary
by Doris Lessing
In Pursuit of the English is a novelist's account of a lusty, quarrelsome, unscrupulous, funny, pathetic, full-blooded life in a working-class rooming house. It is a shrewd and unsentimental picture of Londoners you've probably never met or even read about--though they are the real English. The cast of characters--if that term can be...
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Stories (Vintage International)
by Doris Lessing
This major collection contains all of Doris Lessing’s short fiction, other than the stories set in Africa, from the beginning of her career until now. Set in London, Paris, the south of France, the English countryside, these thirty-five stories reflect the themes that have always characterized Lessing’s work: the bedrock realities of...
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Categories: Literary Fiction
On Cats
by Doris Lessing
Doris Lessing's love affair with cats began at a young age, when she became intrigued with the semiferal creatures on the African farm where she grew up. Her fascination with the handsome, domesticated creatures that have shared her flats and her life in London remained undiminished, and grew into real love with the awkwardly lovable El...
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Categories: All Advice and How-To; All Nonfiction
The Cleft: A Novel
by Doris Lessing
From Doris Lessing, "one of the most important writers of the past hundred years" ( Times of London), comes a brilliant, darkly provocative alternative history of humankind’s beginnings. In the last years of his life, a Roman senator embarks on one final epic endeavor, a retelling of the history of human creation. The story he...
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Categories: All Fantasy; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
A Ripple From the Storm (Children of Violence)
by Doris Lessing
Martha Quest, the embodied heroine of the Children of Violence series, has been acclaimed as one of the greatest fictional creations in the English language. In a Ripple from the Storm, Doris Lessing charts Martha Quest's personal and political adventures in race-torn British Africa, following Martha through World War II, a grotesque...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
A Proper Marriage (Children of Violence)
by Doris Lessing
An unconventional woman trapped in a conventional marriage, Martha Quest struggles to maintain her dignity and her sanity through the misunderstandings, frustrations, infidelities, and degrading violence of a failing marriage. Finally, she must make the heartbreaking choice of whether to sacrifice her child as she turns her back on...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction
The Good Terrorist (Vintage International)
by Doris Lessing
The Good Terrorist follows Alice Mellings, a woman who transforms her home into a headquarters for a group of radicals who plan to join the IRA. As Alice struggles to bridge her ideology and her bourgeois upbringing, her companions encounter unexpected challenges in their quest to incite social change against complacency and...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Landlocked (Children of Violence)
by Doris Lessing
In the aftermath of World War II, Martha Quest finds herself completely disillusioned. She is losing faith with the communist movement in Africa, and her marriage to one of the movement's leaders is disintegrating. Determined to resist the erosion of her personality, she engages in the first satisfactory love affair and breaks free, if...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction
Alfred and Emily
by Doris Lessing
I think my father's rage at the trenches took me over, when I was very young, and has never left me. Do children feel their parents' emotions? Yes, we do, and it is a legacy I could have done without. What is the use of it? It is as if that old war is in my own memory, my own consciousness. In this extraordinary book, the 2007 Nobel...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs; Memoirs
Briefing for a Descent into Hell (Vintage International)
by Doris Lessing
A fascinating look inside the mind of a man who is supposedly "mad." From the Paperback edition.
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog: A Novel
by Doris Lessing
Dann is grown up now, hunting for knowledge and despondent over the inadequacies of his civilization. With his trusted companions—Mara's daughter, his hope for the future; the abandoned child-soldier Griot, who discovers the meaning of love and the ability to sing stories; and the snow dog, a faithful friend who brings him back from...
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Categories: All Science Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
African Stories
by Doris Lessing
Long considered Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing’s best collection of short stories, African Stories —a central book in the work of a truly beloved writer—is now back in print. This beautiful collection is an homage to her twenty-five years spent in Africa and a brilliant portrait of African life. This is Doris Lessing’s...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction
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