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Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods (P.S.)
Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods (P.S.)
by Michael Wex
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A delightful excursion through the Yiddish language, the culture it defines and serves, and the fine art of complaint Throughout history, Jews around the world have had plenty of reasons to lament. And for a thousand years, they've had the perfect... (read more)

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Daughters of the North (P.S.)
Daughters of the North (P.S.)
by Sarah Hall
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In her stunning novel, Hall imagines a new dystopia set in the not-too-distant future. England is in a state of environmental crisis and economic collapse. There has been a census, and all citizens have been herded into urban centers. Reproduction has... (read more)

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The Falls
The Falls
by Joyce Carol Oates
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It is 1950 and, after a disastrous honeymoon night, Ariah Erskine's young husband throws himself into the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. Ariah, "the Widow Bride of the Falls," begins a relentless seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be... (read more)

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Northline (Harper Perennial P.S.)
Northline (Harper Perennial P.S.)
by Willy Vlautin
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Fleeing Las Vegas and her abusive boyfriend, Allison Johnson moves to Reno, intent on making a new life for herself. Haunted by the mistakes of her past, and lacking any self-belief, her only comfort seems to come from the imaginary conversations she has... (read more)

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Good Family (P.S.)
Good Family (P.S.)
by Terry Gamble
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Drawing from her own experiences as a descendant of one of America's industrial families, Gamble wields an insider's observation with Wharton-esque charm to create a compassionate, funny, often heartbreaking portrait of a woman's search for home.... (read more)

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Little, Big (P.S.)
Little, Big (P.S.)
by John Crowley
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John Crowley's masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood — not found on any map — to marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is... (read more)

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The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation (P.S.)
The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation (P.S.)
by Paulo Coelho
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A stranger arrives at the remote village of Viscos, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to a question that torments him: Are human beings, in essence, good or evil? In welcoming the... (read more)

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If Today Be Sweet (P.S.)
If Today Be Sweet (P.S.)
by Thrity Umrigar
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The recent death of her beloved husband, Rustom, has taken its toll on Tehmina Sethna. Now, while visiting her son, Sorab, in his suburban Ohio home, she is being asked to choose between continuing her old life in India and starting a new one in this... (read more)

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John Adams
John Adams
by David Mccullough
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In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose... (read more)

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The Confusion (Baroque Cycle #02) (P.S.)
The Confusion (Baroque Cycle #02) (P.S.)
by Neal Stephenson
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In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves -- including one Jack Shaftoe, aka King of the Vagabonds, aka Half-Cocked Jack -- devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues -- a perilous race for an enormous prize of... (read more)

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April 1865: The Month That Saved America (P.S.)
April 1865: The Month That Saved America (P.S.)
by Jay Winik
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This gripping, panoramic narrative takes readers on a breathless ride through 30 tumultuous days at the end of the Civil War, showing that the nation's future rested on a few crucial decisions and twists of fate. 16-page insert.... (read more)

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A Death in Belmont (P.S.)
A Death in Belmont (P.S.)
by Sebastian Junger
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An absorbing crime story about the Boston stranglings, Junger's exceptional narrative re-examines the killings of the early '60s, with a focus on one murder not associated with Albert DeSalvo, the convicted serial killer. A disturbing story on many... (read more)

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The Art of Loving (P.S.)
The Art of Loving (P.S.)
by Erich Fromm
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Most people are unable to love on the only level that truly matters: love that is compounded of maturity, self-knowledge, and courage. As with every art, love demands practice and concentration, as well as genuine insight and understanding. In his... (read more)

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Rousseau's Dog: Two Great Thinkers at War in the Age of Enlightenment (P.S.)
Rousseau's Dog: Two Great Thinkers at War in the Age of Enlightenment (P.S.)
by David Edmonds
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In 1766 philosopher, novelist, composer, and political provocateur Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a fugitive, decried by his enemies as a dangerous madman. Meanwhile David Hume—now recognized as the foremost philosopher in the English language&... (read more)

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The Sheltering Sky: A Novel (P.S.)
The Sheltering Sky: A Novel (P.S.)
by Paul Bowles
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I've recently been rereading some of my favorite books; or, at least, what I thought were my favorite books — I was surprised by how few of them I actually enjoyed after all these years. One of the exceptions, however, was Sheltering Sky. If... (read more)

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Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology
Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology
by Eric Brende
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What happens when a graduate of MIT, the bastion of technological advancement, and his bride move to a community so primitive in its technology that even Amish groups consider it antiquated? Eric Brende conceives a real-life experiment: to see if, in... (read more)

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The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800
The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800
by Jay Winik
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It is an era that redefined history. As the 1790s began, a fragile America teetered on the brink of oblivion, Russia towered as a vast imperial power, and France plunged into revolution. But in contrast to the way conventional histories tell it, none of... (read more)

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A Changed Man (P.S.)
A Changed Man (P.S.)
by Francine Prose
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What is charismatic Holocaust survivor Meyer Maslow to think when a rough-looking young neo-Nazi named Vincent Nolan walks into the Manhattan office of Maslow's human rights foundation and declares that he wants to "save guys like me from becoming guys... (read more)

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The Center of Winter (P.S.)
The Center of Winter (P.S.)
by Marya Hornbacher
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The luminous first novel by Marya Hornbacher, the acclaimed author of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, is a moving and passionate story of a death from despair -- and a stricken family's passage through grief toward the hope, solace, and... (read more)

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I Love You, Beth Cooper (P.S.)
I Love You, Beth Cooper (P.S.)
by Larry Doyle
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In the tradition ofPersepolisandAmerican Born Chinese, a wise and funny high school heroine comes of age.Tina M., sophomore, is a wry and endearing observer of the cliques and mores of Yarborough Academy. (andldquo;The name makes it sound fancier than... (read more)

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