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a young man sitting in grass, he's wearing all blue and a black hatJulian is one of our new booksellers here at the Learned Owl! Currently, Julian is a freshman at Cleveland State University, pursuing a degree in Studio Art. After college, he hopes to be a visual artist. In his free time, Julian likes to paint, read, draw, and listen to music.  He also enjoyings spending time with his cat and three huskies.

 

 

 

 

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The Bell Jar Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780060837020
Availability: Usually Arrives in 3-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 2nd, 2005

A realistic and emotional novel about a woman battling mental illness and societal pressures written by the iconic American writer Sylvia Plath.

“It is this perfectly wrought prose and the freshness of Plath’s voice in The Bell Jar that make this book enduring in its appeal.” — USA Today


The Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316769488
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click for Details
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 1st, 1991

The "brilliant, funny, meaningful novel" (The New Yorker) that established J. D. Salinger as a leading voice in American literature--and that has instilled in millions of readers around the world a lifelong love of books.


Assata: An Autobiography Cover Image
By Assata Shakur, Angela Davis (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781556520747
Availability: Usually Arrives in 3-5 Days
Published: Lawrence Hill Books - November 1st, 1999

On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J.


The Metamorphosis: A New Translation by Susan Bernofsky Cover Image
By Franz Kafka, Susan Bernofsky (Translated by), David Cronenberg (Introduction by)
$10.95
ISBN: 9780393347098
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 20th, 2014

“This fine version, with David Cronenberg’s inspired introduction and the new translator’s beguiling afterword, is, I suspect, the most disturbing though the most comforting of all so far; others will follow, but don’t hesitate: this is the transforming text for you.”—Richard Howard


Crime and Punishment (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679734505
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Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 1993

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


Ariel: Poems Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780060931728
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - March 6th, 2018

"Sylvia Plath's last poems have impressed themselves on many readers with the force of myth. They are among the handful of writings by which future generations will seek to know us and give us a name." — The Critical Quarterly

Sylvia Plath's celebrated collection.


1984 Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451524935
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Published: Signet -

Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever...

• Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read •


The Stranger (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679720201
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Published: Vintage - March 13th, 1989

With the intrigue of a psychological thriller, Camus's masterpiece gives us the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach. 


Widow Basquiat: A Love Story Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553419917
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Published: Crown - November 4th, 2014

The beautifully written, deeply affecting story of Jean-Michel Basquiat's partner, her past, and their life together

An NPR Best Book of the Year Selection


The Picture of Dorian Gray Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Editor), Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439570
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 4th, 2003

An astounding novel of decadence, debauchery, and secrecy from one of Ireland's greatest writers. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


In a Dark Time Cover Image
By Robert Jay Lifton (Editor), Nicholas Humphrey (Editor)
$33.00
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ISBN: 9780674445383
Published: Harvard University Press - September 7th, 1984

"In a Dark Time" is an anthology for the nuclear age, created by two professional psychologists who have ordered their material so that the successive selections reflect and comment on one another, compelling the reader to think about the insanity of war.


Circe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).