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American Classics

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A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners. 
"...he took his hands off the controls in a paroxysm of joy and shouted, 'Strap on your safety belt, Mrs. Gadshill! We're going to make a loop-the-loop!'"... From "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor" by John Cheever

Amy Tan's "Rules of the Game"
performed by Freda Foh Shen
A strict Chinese mother bedevils her chess prodigy daughter.
Donald Barthelme's "Game"
performed by David Strathairn
Playing cosmic chicken in a nuclear bunker.
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat"
performed by Rene Auberjonois
Terrifyingly delicious masterpiece by Poe.
John Sayles' "At the Anarchists' Convention"
performed by Jerry Stiller
A laugh-out-loud classic.
Alice Walker's "Everyday Use"
performed by Carmen de Lavallade
Siblings disagree about a precious piece of their family heritage.
John Cheever's "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor"
performed by Malachy McCourt
A high-rise elevator operator is overwhelmed by his riders' holiday generosity.
"Jerry Stiller's reading of this story had me laughing out loud"... Dawn Rennert, She is Too Fond of Books. Read the full review.


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