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To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Staff Pick
We didn't read this in high school. The assigned book was The Scarlet Letter, which was already a favorite of mine. Recently, however, I decided that I'd ignored To Kill a Mockingbird for too long. If you haven't read it, or if it's been awhile since you... (read more)

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The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
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Donna Tartt delivers a beautifully rendered story about a young boy whose life takes a striking turn when an art museum explosion presents him the opportunity to "rescue" a priceless painting that will always hauntingly remind him of his mother.... (read more)

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz
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The most talked about — and praised — first novel of 2007, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who, from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister,... (read more)

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A Visit from the Goon Squad
A Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan
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Jennifer Egan's new novel is a fantastically inventive, intelligent, and fully realized exploration of music, art, and life. It even includes a chapter written in PowerPoint, which is actually a pleasure to read. A Visit from the Goon Squad is Egan's... (read more)

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The Orphan Master's Son
The Orphan Master's Son
by Adam Johnson
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An epic novel that elevates its acclaimed author to a whole new level, The Orphan Master’s Son is a stunning work of fiction that follows a young man’s undercover journey in the world’s most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea. Pak Jun... (read more)

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
by Michael Chabon
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The story of two young comic book artists in 1940s New York City, Jewish boys, one of whom fled the German steamroller heading toward his home in Czechoslovakia in a coffin, Chabon's third and best novel is utterly original, a generous fictional addition... (read more)

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The Known World
The Known World
by Edward P. Jones
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In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in... (read more)

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A Confederacy of Dunces
A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
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When a true genius appears in the world, You may know him by this sign, that the dunces Are all in confederacy against him. Jonathan Swift, "Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting" "A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy... (read more)

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Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout
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Set on the coast of Maine, this fantastic Pulitzer Prize winner (2009) is a terrific character study.  Olive is an irascible, crabby old lady who is difficult to like.  Yet, as her life, marriage, and story play out, her character changes in ways that... (read more)

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March: A Novel
March: A Novel
by Geraldine Brooks
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In her follow-up to Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks has taken historical fiction to another dimension altogether. Using America's Civil War as her frame, she plants a famous (but deeply mysterious) literary figure at its center: Mr. March, the absent... (read more)

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Interpreter of Maladies
Interpreter of Maladies
by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In "A Temporary Matter," published in the New... (read more)

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Gilead: A Novel
Gilead: A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson
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A story about faith, love, history and growing old, this book is poignant and lovely. It is a long letter from a father who thinks he is soon to die, to his seven-year-old son. Robinson's command of language, her deep understanding of humanity, and her... (read more)

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Ironweed
Ironweed
by William Kennedy
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Ironweed, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is the best-known of William Kennedy's three Albany-based novels. Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, full-time drunk, has hit bottom. Years ago he left Albany in a hurry after killing a scab... (read more)

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Tinkers
Tinkers
by Paul Harding
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Tinkers is a haunting little book that weaves together the story of George Crosby, who is dying, with the story of his father, Howard Crosby. As George lies hallucinating, he tries to untangle the threads of his youth and finally come to grips with the... (read more)

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Empire Falls: A Novel
Empire Falls: A Novel
by Richard Russo
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With Empire Falls Richard Russo cements his reputation as one of Americas most compelling and compassionate storytellers. Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his... (read more)

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The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
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Partial spoiler: the part with the cannibals comes out of nowhere and is utterly terrifying. I had planned to get out of bed and brush my teeth before going to sleep that night, but once I had read that part of the book, I was just too scared (to my... (read more)

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Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
by Larry Mcmurtry
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“A joyous epic”—Larry McMurtry’s bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece about the Old West, now with a new preface by the author. • An enduring American classic: Already a beloved American novel and award-winning... (read more)

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Middlesex (Oprah's Book Club Selection #58)
Middlesex (Oprah's Book Club Selection #58)
by Jeffrey Eugenides
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"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen... (read more)

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Independence Day
Independence Day
by Richard Ford
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The Pulitzer-Prize Winning novel for 1996. In this visionary sequel to The Sportswriter, Richard Ford deepens his portrait of one of the most unforgettable characters in American fiction, and in so doing gives us an indelible portrait of America. Frank... (read more)

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The Executioner's Song
The Executioner's Song
by Norman Mailer
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In what is arguably his greatest book, written in 1979, America's most heroically ambitious writer follows the short, blighted career of Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of America's prisons who — after robbing two men and killing them... (read more)

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