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A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (P.S.)
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (P.S.)
by Howard Zinn
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While some of the revelations contained within this classic by Howard Zinn have become familiar since the nearly 35 years after it was published (thanks in part to this book), it is to this day an astonishing and eye-opening read. Several revisions later,... (read more)

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One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.)
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women... (read more)

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Brave New World (P.S.)
Brave New World (P.S.)
by Aldous Huxley
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Aldous Huxley's tour de force, Brave New World is a darkly satiric vision of a "utopian" future—where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that... (read more)

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The Yiddish Policemen's Union (P.S.)
The Yiddish Policemen's Union (P.S.)
by Michael Chabon
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After winning the Pulitzer Prize for his groundbreaking The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon returns for another literary tour de force. In a "what-if" story for adults, Chabon imagines that Alaska was turned into a Jewish state... (read more)

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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Updated Edition)
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Updated Edition)
by Anthony Bourdain
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When Chef Anthony Bourdain wrote "Don't Eat Before You Read This" in The New Yorker, he spared no one's appetite, revealing what goes on behind the kitchen door. In Kitchen Confidential, he expanded that appetizer into a deliciously funny, delectable... (read more)

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Bad Monkeys (P.S.)
Bad Monkeys (P.S.)
by Matt Ruff
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Bad Monkeys twists, turns, shifts, and shakes its way through the story of Jane Charlotte, a woman who claims to be a member of a clandestine organization dedicated to fighting evil known as the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons. A gripping... (read more)

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Sacred Games: A Novel (P.S.)
Sacred Games: A Novel (P.S.)
by Vikram Chandra
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"Sacred Games is a brilliant crime epic, which impressively balances a literary detective and gangster story with a cinematically violent tale of contemporary Bombay. One of Chandra's most remarkable achievements amidst this novel of marvels is his... (read more)

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.)
by Barbara Kingsolver and Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver
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After 25 years in the Arizona desert, in 2004, Kentucky-bred Barbara Kingsolver moved back to the Appalachians, to a Virginia farm just hours from her childhood home. Family called. "Returning," she explains in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, "would allow my... (read more)

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Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders (P.S.)
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders (P.S.)
by Neil Gaiman
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Fantasy author Gaiman is at his best in this short story collection, which contains an embarrassing riches of storytelling that is at times dark, funny, terrifying, beautiful, and always brilliant.... (read more)

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The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World (P.S.)
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World (P.S.)
by Lucette Lagnado
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In vivid and graceful prose, Lucette Lagnado re-creates the majesty and cosmopolitan glamour of Cairo in the years between World War II and Gamal Abdel Nasser's rise to power. Her father, Leon, was a boulevardier who conducted business on the elegant... (read more)

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The Space between Us (P.S.)
The Space between Us (P.S.)
by Thrity Umrigar
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“This is a story intimately and compassionately toldagainst the sensuous background of everyday life in Bombay.” —Washington Post Book World  “Bracingly honest.” —New York Times Book Review  The... (read more)

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I'll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison (P.S.)
I'll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison (P.S.)
by Wally Lamb
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For several years, Wally Lamb, the author of two of the most beloved novels of our time, has run a writing workshop at the York Correctional Institution, Connecticut's only maximum-security prison for women. Writing, Lamb discovered, was a way for these... (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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When Adam Freedman — a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California — goes to stay with his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does. It is the summer... (read more)

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Just Say NU: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do) (P.S.)
Just Say NU: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do) (P.S.)
by Michael Wex
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In his New York Times bestseller, Born to Kvetch, author Michael Wex led readers on a hilariously edifying excursion through Yiddish culture and history. With Just Say Nu, he shows us how to use this remarkable language to spice up conversations, stories,... (read more)

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The Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind -- and Almost Found Myself -- on the Pacific Crest Trail (P.S.)
The Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind -- and Almost Found Myself -- on the Pacific Crest Trail (P.S.)
by Dan White
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The Pacific Crest Trail stretches from Mexico to Canada, a distance of 2,650 grueling, sun-scorched, bear-infested miles. When Dan White and his girlfriend announced their intention to hike it, Dan's parents — among others — thought they were... (read more)

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Why I'm Like This: True Stories (P.S.)
Why I'm Like This: True Stories (P.S.)
by Cynthia Kaplan
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Cynthia Kaplan takes us on a hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking journey through her unique, uncensored world—her bungled romantic encounters and unsung theatrical experiences; her gadget-obsessed father, her pill-popping therapist, and her... (read more)

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The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
by Douglas Brinkley
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In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. But it was only the first stage of a shocking triple tragedy. On the heels of one of the three strongest... (read more)

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De Niro's Game (08 Edition)
De Niro's Game (08 Edition)
by Rawi Hage
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Childhood best friends Bassam and George have grown to be men in war-ravaged Beirut. Now they must choose between the only two futures available to them: to stay in the devastated city and consolidate power through crime or to go into exile abroad... (read more)

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Being Written (P.S.)
Being Written (P.S.)
by William Conescu
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Daniel Fischer has a secret. He knows he's a character in a book that's being written. He's the only one who knows, the only one who's aware of the author's presence—but what good does it do Daniel? He's just a minor character. The author seems... (read more)

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Shadow of the Silk Road (P.S.)
Shadow of the Silk Road (P.S.)
by Colin Thubron
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To travel the Silk Road, the greatest land route on earth, is to trace the passage not only of trade and armies but also of ideas, religions, and inventions. Making his way by local bus, truck, car, donkey cart, and camel, Colin Thubron covered some... (read more)

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