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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.)
by Betty Smith
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A book dealer came into Powell's rare book room one day while I was working and bought a beautiful first edition of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. She said it was her favorite book and a birthday present to herself. From the look in her eye and the way she... (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 Poisonwood Bible (P.S.)
The Poisonwood Bible (P.S.)
by Barbara Kingsolver
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In The Poisonwood Bible, a Baptist missionary takes his family to the Belgian Congo in the late '50s, endangering the lives of his wife and four daughters. Alternating between the voices of the mother and daughters, Kingsolver successfully paints the... (read more)

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The System of the World:  #03 Baroque Cycle
The System of the World: #03 Baroque Cycle
by Neal Stephenson
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The concluding volume of the Baroque Cycle mixes swashbuckling adventure, historical romance, mathematics, and Isaac Newton into a frothy brew that's truly irresistible.... (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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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883
by Simon Winchester
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Krakatoa is the eloquent narrative of the cataclysmic destruction in 1883 of the volcanic island of the same name. Killing nearly 40,000 people (mostly from the resultant tsunamis), this violent eruption was "the most violent explosion ever recorded and... (read more)

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Holy Skirts: A Novel of a Flamboyant Woman Who Risked All for Art (P.S.)
Holy Skirts: A Novel of a Flamboyant Woman Who Risked All for Art (P.S.)
by Rene Steinke
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My coworker Adrienne recommended this book to me, and I just gobbled it up whole. It's based on the life of the Baroness Elsa, a mess of a woman who did everything unthinkable, including unabashedly eating the heart out of the American art world. She's... (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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Lullabies for Little Criminals (P.S.)
Lullabies for Little Criminals (P.S.)
by Heather Oneill
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Baby (her given name) is thirteen with no mother and a heroin-addicted father — not a feel-good kind of storyline. Lullabies for Little Criminals is a humorous and nerve-racking story. I disliked every character in the novel at some point, but O... (read more)

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The Sheltering Sky: A Novel (P.S.)
The Sheltering Sky: A Novel (P.S.)
by Paul Bowles
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I've recently been rereading some of my favorite books; or, at least, what I thought were my favorite books — I was surprised by how few of them I actually enjoyed after all these years. One of the exceptions, however, was Sheltering Sky. If... (read more)

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The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn (P.S.)
The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn (P.S.)
by Janis Hallowell
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The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn is a simply written, enjoyable, and sometimes touching story of a modern-day madonna and the madness surrounding her.... (read more)

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The Way the Crow Flies (P.S.)
The Way the Crow Flies (P.S.)
by Ann-Marie MacDonald
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Ann-Marie MacDonald writes beautifully; her words wrap around you and envelop you. The Way the Crow Flies is engaging and evocative. She captures the pure joy and pain of childhood better than anyone since Margaret Atwood. That would be enough but then... (read more)

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Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe (P.S.)
Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe (P.S.)
by Simon Singh
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Simon Singh continues to demonstrate his mastery of bringing complex concepts to lay readers with this brilliant book on the origins of the universe. Singh clearly presents an overview of the history of science, filled with colorful characters, and how... (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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