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Lonesome Dove (Lonesome Dove)
Lonesome Dove (Lonesome Dove)
by Larry Mcmurtry
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I hate westerns so much, but my entire family read Lonesome Dove, and I got shamed into reading it! Nice, huh? It's a good thing I did, because this 1986 Pulitzer Prize winner is an absolute masterpiece. McMurtry's storytelling skills are at their peak... (read more)

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The Verificationist
The Verificationist
by Donald Antrim
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"Donald Antrim's novels are smart, surreal, deliciously neurotic, and hilariously funny. Based on his first two, The New Yorker crowned him one of 'The 20 Writers for the 21st Century.' In The Verificationist, his latest (and the one that will likely... (read more)

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Crescent
Crescent
by Diana Abu-Jaber
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This is a kind of pampering. One enters a woman's world steeped with sensual and lyrical concerns. Psychology is laced with luxurious metaphor. A very insightful and pleasurable read.... (read more)

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Breakfast At Tiffany's (93 Edition)
Breakfast At Tiffany's (93 Edition)
by Truman Capote
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This is my author fantasy: me, Truman Capote, a front porch on a summer afternoon that stretches lazily into evening, and of course, mint juleps. I can't think of anyone else whose stories I'd rather hear told. Word for word, measure for measure, he's... (read more)

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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
by Philip Gourevitch
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"I urge everyone to read this book. The cover shows a picture of serenity, a scene from the beach of Lake Kivu in Rwanda. The landscape is devoid of human beings and an empty chair sits on the sand. The title in red stands out starkly from this backdrop.... (read more)

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A Thousand Splendid Suns: A Novel
A Thousand Splendid Suns: A Novel
by Khaled Hosseini
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Never mind the sophomore slump — this book devours that cliché. As well as illuminating the rich history and familial culture behind war-torn Afghanistan, A Thousand Splendid Suns is filled with authentic relationships and characters that are... (read more)

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Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier
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This heartbreaking story of a Confederate soldier is absolutely riveting. Although Inman is gravely wounded, he deserts the army and heads back home on foot, keenly aware that he has the slimmest chance of making it alive. Trying to elude bounty... (read more)

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The Orchard Keeper
The Orchard Keeper
by Cormac McCarthy
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Set in rural Tennessee between the two world wars, The Orchard Keeper is an apocolyptic tale of an orphan, a bootlegger, and various other roustabouts trying to make their way in an unseemly world. To readers of the Border Trilogy: this bleak, violent... (read more)

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If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home
If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home
by Tim O'Brien
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During the Vietnam war, Tim O'Brien spent a year in the U.S. infantry. As a result, he wrote If I Die in a Combat Zone (Box Me Up and Ship Me Home), an account of his experiences there. He doesn't spare us the terrible particulars of this piece of our... (read more)

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No Country for Old Men (Vintage International)
No Country for Old Men (Vintage International)
by Cormac McCarthy
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No Country for Old Men includes both familiar and uncharted territory for Cormac McCarthy. His prose is lean and cadenced, but his formidable characters and intricate plot are as rich as ever. This is a novel of uncompromising beauty and power -- one of... (read more)

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Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player
Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player
by Robert Rodriguez
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Robert Rodriguez threw down seven thousand dollars on his debut film El Mariachi, but you only need to spend a fraction of that to get all the insights that he learned. Anybody who's seen his later films (Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) will know... (read more)

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Persepolis 2 : Story of a Return (04 Edition)
Persepolis 2 : Story of a Return (04 Edition)
by Marjane Satrapi
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I must admit I read this, the second installment of Satrapi's illustrated autobiography, before reading the first. Without the full premise of how she left her native country of Iran for Europe, it was easy to think that I had found a interesting... (read more)

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Possession: A Romance
Possession: A Romance
by A.S. Byatt
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Byatt's use of language is lyrical and poignant. It drips from the pages like honey from a lover's tongue....Possession is the sheer essence of Byatt's work. She weaves the tale of a pair of literary scholars studying the lives of two Victorian poets. As... (read more)

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The Golden Compass: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition (His Dark Materials #01)
The Golden Compass: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition (His Dark Materials #01)
by Philip Pullman
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A gorgeous new edition of a gripping book that's officially for children but adored by adult readers as well. New "document" additions to this edition include letters from Lord Asriel.... (read more)

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The Stories of John Cheever
The Stories of John Cheever
by John Cheever
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"I finished ['The Swimmer'] remarkably satisfied, but piqued, and randomly began to consume the stories one after another. This collection contains pieces spanning more than thirty years of Cheever's career. He writes old-fashioned stories with dateless... (read more)

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The History of Love: A Novel
The History of Love: A Novel
by Nicole Krauss
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In this brilliant work on love and loss, two stories, past and present, merge. With compassion and humor, Nicole Krauss writes a beautiful and incredibly imaginative novel, delivering readers through twists and turns to arrive at a wholly satisfying... (read more)

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Inkspell
Inkspell
by Cornelia Funke
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In the hopes of saving Dustfinger from Basta, Farid and Meggie have entered Inkworld by reading themselves into the book Inkheart. Fenoglio who entered Inkworld at the end of the first book, keeps trying to rewrite parts of the story, but he's discovered... (read more)

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Crime and Punishment (Penguin Classics)
Crime and Punishment (Penguin Classics)
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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One of the great classics of world literature, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is the story of Raskolnikov, a young man who — unable to complete his studies — commits what he calls "justifiable murder." What ensues is as demanding and illuminating... (read more)

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Please Don't Kill the Freshman: A Memoir
Please Don't Kill the Freshman: A Memoir
by Zoe Trope
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"This high school memoir by Zoe Trope takes on all the cliched aspects of high school, but its form dissolves the catalogued pop culture references and the near universal alienation felt by high school misanthropes and pulls off a precise critique. Zoe... (read more)

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And-Rock-N-Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And-Rock-N-Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
by Peter Biskind
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I don't know much about film, but I can keep up with the best Hollywood gossipers. In an attempt to elevate and justify my shameful interest in the lives of celebrities, I found a terrific book. Easy Riders Raging Bulls begins with Hollywood in bad... (read more)

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