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To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
Paperback      ISBN: 0446310786

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic. Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

The Dog Says How
The Dog Says How
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0873515994

In this wonderfully original collection of autobiographical stories, popular storyteller and NPR commentator Kevin Kling deftly weaves pitch-perfect scenes of childhood antics and adulthood absurdities with themes of overcoming tragedy, forging lifelong friendships, and living with disabilities in a complex world. In "Circus," Kling recollects how his love of boats, animals and adventure inspired him to join a traveling circus troupe--but it was the all-you-can-eat buffet that cinched the deal. In "Dogs," Fafnir, Kling's new wiener puppy, leads him into the world of show dogs, those resembling "cleaning implements--perfumed, powdered, and pampered." In the poignant title story, Kling straddles the realm of the ordinary and one rivaling Dante's underworld as he learns how to use voice-recognition software after his near fatal motorcycle accident. These and many more classic and never-before-told tales are collected in The Dog Says How. In Kling's universe, "the mundane becomes magical, the fantastic becomes accessible and through it all his profound sense of curiosity about the world transforms the everyday to the timeless" (Queen Anne News).

Kevin Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on NPR's All Things Considered. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. He lives in Minneapolis.