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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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“Its a wonderful, splendid book—a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” —Howard Fast, author of Spartacus and... (read more)

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Beasts of No Nation (P.S.)
Beasts of No Nation (P.S.)
by Uzodinma Iweala
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Told from the perspective of Agu, a child soldier in an unnamed West African war zone, Iweala somehow manages to create a strikingly intriguing coming-of-age tale that simultaneously explores some of the darkest moral abysses imaginable. Agu's halting... (read more)

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The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece (P.S.)
The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece (P.S.)
by Edward Dolnick
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In the predawn hours of a gloomy February day in 1994, two thieves entered the National Gallery in Oslo and made off with one of the world's most famous paintings, Edvard Munch's Scream. It was a brazen crime committed while the whole world was watching... (read more)

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Unless (P.S.)
Unless (P.S.)
by Carol Shields
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Reta Winters, 44-year-old successful author of light summertime fiction, has always considered herself happy, even blessed. That is, until her oldest daughter Norah mysteriously drops out of college to become a panhandler on a Toronto street corner —... (read more)

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Zorro: A Novel
Zorro: A Novel
by Isabel Allende
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A child of two worlds — the son of an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner and a Shoshone warrior woman — young Diego de la Vega cannot silently bear the brutal injustices visited upon the helpless in late-eighteenth-century... (read more)

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A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 (P.S.)
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 (P.S.)
by Simon Winchester
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"If you liked Krakatoa, The Professor and the Madman, or any of Winchester's other works, you'll like this one. He explains geological ideas well, and is well on his way to being the new ambassador of geology's influence on human history. He places... (read more)

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We Need to Talk about Kevin (P.S.)
We Need to Talk about Kevin (P.S.)
by Lionel Shriver
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Now a major motion picture by Lynne Ramsay, starring Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly,Lionel Shrivers resonant story of a mothers unsettling quest to understandher teenage sons deadly violence, her own ambivalence toward motherhood, andthe explosive link... (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 Mysteries of Pittsburgh (P.S.)
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (P.S.)
by Michael Chabon
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Pulitzer Prize-winner Chabon's first novel (written for his master's thesis at UC Irvine) was published when he was twenty-five, and quickly became a bestseller. Set in the steel ciy, this hilarious coming-of-age story tells the tale of Art Bechstein's... (read more)

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The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, JR., and the Reign of American Taste (P.S.)
The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, JR., and the Reign of American Taste (P.S.)
by Elin Mccoy
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This is the story of how an American lawyer raised on Coca-Cola caused a revolution in the way wines around the globe are made, sold, and talked about. The world's most influential wine critic, Robert M. Parker, Jr., has dominated the international wine... (read more)

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The Sad Truth about Happiness (P.S.)
The Sad Truth about Happiness (P.S.)
by Anne Giardini
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A beautiful and affecting novel -- bittersweet and comic -- on the elusive nature of happiness Maggie is in her early thirties, gainfully employed, between relationships, and ready for a change. But when she takes a quiz in a magazine that promises to... (read more)

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Suspension (P.S.)
Suspension (P.S.)
by Robert Westfield
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In this dark comedy, a young New Yorker attempts to isolate himself and escape from a city filled with impostors, axe-murderers, a show-tunes quoting ex-boyfriend who's missing, and an overprotective mother.... (read more)

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I Didn't Do It for You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation (P.S.)
I Didn't Do It for You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation (P.S.)
by Michela Wrong
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Scarred by decades of conflict and occupation, the craggy African nation of Eritrea has weathered the world's longest-running guerrilla war. The dogged determination that secured victory against Ethiopia, its giant neighbor, is woven into the national... (read more)

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Haweswater (P.S.)
Haweswater (P.S.)
by Sarah Hall
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The village of Marsdale is a quiet corner of the world, cradled in a remote dale in England's lovely Lake District. The rhythm of life in the deeply religious, sheltered community has not changed for centuries. But in 1936, when Waterworks representative... (read more)

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The Children's Blizzard (P.S.)
The Children's Blizzard (P.S.)
by David Laskin
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Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered "land, freedom, and hope." The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by... (read more)

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Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land (P.S.)
Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land (P.S.)
by John Crowley
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Crowley delivers a stunning act of literary impersonation: imagining the novel the haunted, enigmatic Romantic poet Lord Byron never penned but very well might have--a story of two women from different centuries bound together by love, loss, and a need... (read more)

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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser
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"What we eat has changed more in the last forty years than in the last forty thousand," Schlosser observes, yet most Americans know very little about how that food is made, where, by whom, and at what cost. Fast Food Nation traces the industry's... (read more)

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Missing Mom (P.S.)
Missing Mom (P.S.)
by Joyce Carol Oates
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"Missing Mom" is the story of Nikki Eaton, a liberated 31-year-old woman who never thought of herself as a daughter until the sudden loss of her mother. After a tumultuous year of sorrow, illumination, and wisdom, Nikki finds a nurturing love from an... (read more)

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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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The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession (P.S.)
The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession (P.S.)
by Paulo Coelho
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The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war correspondent who has disappeared along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be... (read more)

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