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2009 Morning News Tournament


It's that time of year again for the 2009 Tournament of Books, the annual NCAA-style battle between literary titans from online magazine The Morning News. Print a bracket, keep track of the standings, and read the reviews at TMN.

Plus, find all the contenders below, and save 30% off the cover price when you purchase them from Powells.com.

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Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend
Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend
by Peter Matthiessen
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2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER Peter Matthiessens great American epic-Killing Mister Watson, Lost Mans River, and Bone by Bone-was conceived as one vast mysterious novel, but because of its length it was originally broken up into three books. In this... (read more)

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Unaccustomed Earth
Unaccustomed Earth
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Staff Pick
Unaccustomed Earth is in many ways a deeply and authentically sad book. I would not advise reading the stories too quickly; they will each haunt you for days afterward (and, unusually in a collection like this, they are all equally strong). But Lahiri's... (read more)

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Home: A Novel
Home: A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson
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Set in the same time and place as Gilead, Marilynne Robinson's new masterpiece is at once profoundly sad and hopeful.... (read more)

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The White Tiger
The White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga
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A remarkable first novel, ingeniously written in the form of a letter to the Chinese premier soon to visit India, Adiga's dark yet witty debut brings to Western readers the tense drama of a developing country and a character caught up in corruption and... (read more)

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E. Lockhart
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Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: Debate Club. Her father's "bunny rabbit." A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school. Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15: A knockout figure. A sharp tongue. A chip on her shoulder. And a gorgeous... (read more)

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A Mercy: A Novel
A Mercy: A Novel
by Toni Morrison
Staff Pick
I disappeared into A Mercy like no novel in ages. Morrison's 17th-century panorama builds upon vivid scenes and characters until what emerges is nothing less than the forecast of America — both its ills and dreams.... (read more)

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My Revolutions
My Revolutions
by Hari Kunzru
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"Powerful" (New Yorker), "extraordinary" (New York Times Book Review), and "brilliant" (Entertainment Weekly) — you won't be able to put down this new novel by the award-winning bestselling author of The Impressionist. Critics have compared him to... (read more)

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Netherland
Netherland
by Joseph O'Neill
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In a New York City made phantasmagorical by the events of 9/11, Hans — a banker originally from the Netherlands — finds himself marooned among the strange occupants of the Chelsea Hotel after his English wife and son return to London. Alone and... (read more)

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A Partisan's Daughter
A Partisan's Daughter
by Louis de Bernieres
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From the acclaimed author of Corellis Mandolin and Birds Without Wings (“de Bernières has reached heights that few modern novelists ever attempt” —The Washington Post Book World) comes an intimate new novel, a love story... (read more)

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City of Refuge: A Novel
City of Refuge: A Novel
by Tom Piazza
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In City of Refuge, a heart-wrenching novel from Tom Piazza, the author of the award-winning Why New Orleans Matters, two New Orleans families—one black and one white—confront Hurricane Katrina, a storm that will change the course of... (read more)

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The Dart League King
The Dart League King
by Keith Lee Morris
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An intriguing tale of darts, drugs, and death. Russell Harmon is the self-proclaimed king of his small-town Idaho dart league, but all is not well in his kingdom. In the midst of the league championship match, the intertwining stories of those gathered... (read more)

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Steer toward Rock
Steer toward Rock
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The woman I loved wasn't in love with me; the woman I married wasn't a wife to me. Ilin Cheung was my wife on paper. In deed, she belonged to Yi-Tung Szeto. In debt, I also belonged to him. He was my father, paper too. Steer Toward Rock, Fae Myenne... (read more)

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The Northern Clemency
The Northern Clemency
by Philip Hensher
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The award-winning author of The Mulberry Empire brings us a sweeping chronicle of ordinary lives profoundly shaped by both the subtleties of everyday experience and the larger forces of history. In 1974, the Sellers family is transplanted from London to... (read more)

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The Lazarus Project
The Lazarus Project
by Aleksandar Hemon
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Great literary style. Expressive, deeply moving, and insightful. Perceptively intertwines past and present.... (read more)

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