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The Sweetest Dream: A Novel
The Sweetest Dream: A Novel
by Doris Lessing
“[Lessing] is a pro, writing at the top of her powers, realistically, passionately, accessibly…. a stirring novel”—San Francisco ChronicleFrances Lennox stands at her stove, bringing another feast to readiness before ladling it out to the youthful crew assembled around her hospitable table—her two sons and their friends, girlfriends...
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Grass Is Singing: A Novel
Grass Is Singing: A Novel
by Doris Lessing
"There is passion here, a piercing accuracy, a rare sensitivity and power. . . . One can only marvel." — New York TimesSet in Southern Rhodesia under white rule, Doris Lessing's first novel is at once a riveting chronicle of human disintegration, a beautifully understated social critique, and a brilliant depiction of the quiet horror of...
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Adore: A Novella (P.S.)
Adore: A Novella (P.S.)
by Doris Lessing
Shocking, intimate, often uncomfortably honest,  Adore  reaffirms Doris Lessing’s unrivaled ability to capture the truth of the human condition 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...
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The Golden Notebook: A Novel (Perennial Classics)
The Golden Notebook: A Novel (Perennial Classics)
by Doris Lessing
"The Golden Notebook is Doris Lessing's most important work and has left its mark upon the ideas and feelings of a whole generation of women."  — New York Times Book ReviewAnna 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...
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The Four-Gated City (Children of Violence Book 5)
The Four-Gated City (Children of Violence Book 5)
by Doris Lessing
"I read the Children of Violence novels and began to understand how a person could write about the problems of the world in a compelling and beautiful way, and it seemed to me that was the most important thing I could ever do." — Barbara KingsolverThe Children of Violence series, a quintet of novels tracing the life of Martha Quest, from...
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The Fifth Child (Vintage International)
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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Shikasta: Re, Colonised Planet 5 (Vintage International)
Shikasta: Re, Colonised Planet 5 (Vintage International)
by Doris Lessing
The first volume in the Canopus in Argos: Archives series is resented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches and journal entries, and purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta–clearly the planet Earth–to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopian archives. For...
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The Summer Before the Dark (Vintage International)
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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Martha Quest: A Novel (Children of Violence Book 1)
Martha Quest: A Novel (Children of Violence Book 1)
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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Prisons We Choose to Live Inside (Cornelia & Michael Bessie Books)
Prisons We Choose to Live Inside (Cornelia & Michael Bessie Books)
by Doris Lessing
"One of the most important writers of the past hundred years." — The Times (London)In this perceptive collection of essays, Doris Lessing addresses directly the prime questions before us all: how to think for ourselves, how to understand what we know, how to pick a path in a world deluged with opinions and information, and how to look at...
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The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels
The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels
by Doris Lessing
Shocking, intimate, often uncomfortably honest, these stories reaffirm Doris Lessing’s unequalled ability to capture the truth of the human conditionIn 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...
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Mara and Dann: Novel, A
Mara and Dann: Novel, A
by Doris Lessing
"Tenderly perceptive....A resounding affirmation of humanity and what it holds dearest, from one of our most gifted storytellers."— Publishers Weekly (starred review)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...
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Ben, In the World: The Sequel to the Fifth Child
Ben, In the World: The Sequel to the Fifth Child
by Doris Lessing
Far from resting on her laurels, Lessing goes from strength to strength. Ben's half-human ignorance, paranoia, and rage are magnificently imagined and vividly present on every page. The condition of the outsider has hardly ever before in fiction been portrayed with such raw power and righteous anger. Few, if any, living writers can have...
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The Real Thing: Stories and Sketches
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
Walking in the Shade: Growing Point, The
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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Time Bites: Views and Reviews
Time Bites: Views and Reviews
by Doris Lessing
“A generous and pleasurable collection. . . . Vibrant and illuminating, with quotable lines on every page. . . . [Lessing is] a superb essayist: lucid, wise, knowledgeable, and witty.”— BooklistIn 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...
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Going Home
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
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 ReviewA rich and penetrating portrait of Lessing's homeland, African Laughter recounts the visits she made to Zimbabwe in 1982, 1988, 1989, and 1992...
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Love Again: A Novel
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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In Pursuit of the English: A Documentary
In Pursuit of the English: A Documentary
by Doris Lessing
"One of the most authentic books ever written about the English....Funny, touching and so real that the smell and taste of London seem to rise from its pages." — San Francisco ChronicleIn Pursuit of the English is a novelist's account of a lusty, quarrelsome, unscrupulous, funny, pathetic, full-blooded life in a working-class rooming...
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Stories (Vintage International)
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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On Cats
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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The Cleft: A Novel
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 retells the history of human creation and reveals the little-known story of the Clefts, an ancient...
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A Ripple From the Storm (Children of Violence Book 3)
A Ripple From the Storm (Children of Violence Book 3)
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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A Proper Marriage (Children of Violence Book 2)
A Proper Marriage (Children of Violence Book 2)
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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The Good Terrorist (Vintage International)
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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Landlocked (Children of Violence Book 4)
Landlocked (Children of Violence Book 4)
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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Alfred and Emily
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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Briefing for a Descent into Hell (Vintage International)
Briefing for a Descent into Hell (Vintage International)
by Doris Lessing
A fascinating look inside the mind of a man who is supposedly "mad."
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Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog: A Novel
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 the...
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African Stories
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 Africa—where she...
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