VIDEO: Gravity's Rainbow

Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director of the National Book Award, and B&N Review editor Jim Mustich discuss Gravity's Rainbow, one of the six shortlisted titles for the Best of the National Book Award. Cast your vote at www.nationalbook.org.



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The Collected Stories of William Faulkner
Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor
Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
The Stories of John Cheever
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