1. The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III
Set in the days just prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, The Garden of Last Days is an inscrutable mystery that rides like a thriller, and is so incredibly well written, it's worth a second ride.
2. Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things by Laurence Gonzales
3. Serena by Ron Rash
4. The Little Book by Selden Edwards
5. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
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Donna Kane was born in the '50s in a small southern town. Seeing A Face in the Crowd, Elmer Gantry, and To Kill A Mockingbird on the "big screen" taught her not to look at things at their face value and to open her mind and heart. Having a reading grandmother and a county library helped her escape and discover. Living in the Northwest taught her to appreciate red wine and rain. Working at Powell's gave her a job to which she's never dreaded going.
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