Description : Upon its publication in 1865, the short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" propelled Twain into the national spotlight and established his reputation as an up-and-coming humorist. In this 1869 collection (and early edition of his first published book), dive into the hilarious tale of a frog-jumping contest that he wrote during a stay in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Other early sketches and essays featured include "Brief Biographical Sketch of George Washington," a humorous account of Washington's early life, and "A Page from a Californian Almanac," a parody of mid-nineteenth century weather reporting.
Description : The basis for the cult-classic film The Warriors chronicles one New York City gang's nocturnal journey through the seedy, dangerous subways and city streets of the 1960s. Every gang in the city meets on a sweltering July 4 night in a Bronx park for a peace rally. The crowd of miscreants turns violent after a prominent gang leader is killed and chaos prevails over the attempt at order. The Warriors follows the Dominators making their way back to their home territory without being killed. The police are prowling the city in search of anyone involved in the mayhem. An exhilarating novel that examines New York City teenagers, left behind by society, who form identity and personal strength through their affiliation with their "family," The Warriors weaves together social commentary with ancient legends for a classic coming-of-age tale. This edition includes a new introduction by the author.