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    Bettyville: A Memoir

    George Hodgman 9780525427209
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    God Help the Child

    Toni Morrison 9780307594174
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    Ongoingness: The End of a Diary

    Sarah Manguso 9781555977030
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    A Little Life

    Hanya Yanagihara 9780385539258
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    The Given World

    Marian Palaia 9781476777931
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    The Invention of Wings

    Sue Monk Kidd 9780143121701

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The Sense of an Ending
The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes
"Barnes builds a powerful atmosphere of shame and silence....As ever, Barnes excels at colouring everyday reality with his narrator's unique subjectivity, without sacrificing any of its vivid precision....Novel, fertile and memorable." The Guardian... (read more)

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The Book of Strange New Things
The Book of Strange New Things
by Michel Faber
Staff Pick
Full disclosure: I was mourning a very recent loss when I read Michel Faber's latest (and I'm told, last) novel, so the effect it had on me may have been amplified by my own grief. Still, this book carved a hole in me the way really good books do, and I don't think it's just because I happened to be sad at the time. Through a narrative I probably would have avoided, were it not for the ravings of my coworkers, Faber lands a solid emotional punch, rendering faith, despair, wonder, and longing with equal skill. It's a preternaturally beautiful story, and if it is indeed Faber's last novel, a lovely note on which to end his career.
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Available June 23, 2015
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The Small Backs of Children
The Small Backs of Children
by Lidia Yuknavitch
Staff Pick
Lidia Yuknavitch revisits the aching wound of her stillborn child in The Small Backs of Children. While fiction, this moving novel reads like nonfiction — it is so personal. Yuknavitch has the rare and almost magical ability to write beautifully about things that are horrific. Gathering together the stories of several characters, each playing a part in an elaborate plot to save their friend, Yuknavitch delivers a gorgeous, heartbreaking tale of friendship, guilt, redemption, and healing.
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The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
by Marina Keegan
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In 2012, Marina Keegan wrote a commencement essay for her college newspaper called "The Opposite of Loneliness." A few days after graduating magna cum laude from Yale, she died in a car accident. This deeply moving posthumous collection contains that hopeful essay along with a mix of other writings from a talent whose work continues to inspire.
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A to Z
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All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
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In Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See, set in France in 1944, a 16-year-old blind French girl and a 17-year-old German soldier are on different yet converging paths. This is an amazing, masterfully executed tale. Each perfect word, each perfect... (read more)

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Debut Fiction
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The Outside Boy
The Outside Boy
by Jeanine Cummins
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From the national bestselling and highly acclaimed author of The Outside Boy comes the deeply moving story of two mothers—witty, self-deprecating Majella, who is shocked by her entry into motherhood in modern-day New York, and her ancestor, tough... (read more)

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Recently Arrived Used
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    Author, Author (05 Edition)

    David Lodge 9780143036098
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    All the King's Men

    Robert Penn Warren 9780156012959
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    Bad Dirt Wyoming Stories 2

    Annie Proulx 9780007203093
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    Beginning of Spring

    Penelope Fitzgerald 9780006543701
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    The Amateurs (P.S.)

    John Niven 9780061875892
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Signed Editions
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An Untamed State
An Untamed State
by Roxane Gay
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An Untamed State is the kind of book that just slices into you — forcing you to feel all its emotions. Gay digs deep and tells a story so searing, so awful, and so beautiful, it's hard to even describe. Set in modern day Haiti and America, this... (read more)

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Read the World
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
by Haruki Murakami
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Known for his beautiful, haunting, lyrical, and — at times — funny surrealistic stylings, Haruki Murakami is one of the most beloved Japanese authors in the Western world. Although infused with the pop culture of the West, his writing remains... (read more)

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Sale Books
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The Shoe
The Shoe
by Gordon Legge
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The Shoe follows three days in Archie's life where arguments about football and the relative merits of his record collection loom large. The focus is on Archie and his group of friends: Davie, the Mental Kid, Richard, and Dostoyevsky, the intelligent... (read more)

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Used Books
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Redeployment
Redeployment
by Phil Klay
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Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear... (read more)

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Featured Titles
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Martin Marten
Martin Marten
by Brian Doyle
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Dave is fourteen years old, living with his family in a cabin on Oregon's Mount Hood (or as Dave prefers to call it, like the Native Americans once did, Wy'east). He is entering high school, adulthood on the horizon not far off in distance,... (read more)

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Bestsellers

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May 6, 2015
All the Light We Cannot See
  1. All the Light We Cannot See
    by Anthony Doerr
  2. I Refuse
    by Per Petterson
  3. Lord of the Flies
    by William Golding
  4. The Antiquarian
    by Gustavo Faveron Patriau
  5. The Harder They Come
    by T. C. Boyle
Shelf Talkers, Staff Pick | April 29, 2015

God Help the Child



In Morrison's newest novel, the past is always bubbling below the surface, whether it is the culturally ingrained value placed on specific shades of... Continue »
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    God Help the Child

    Toni Morrison 9780307594174
The Powell's Playlist | April 27, 2015

Austin Bunn: IMG I Am Listening: Austin Bunn's Playlist for The Brink



When I first started writing, I'd give stories to friends and press a mix tape into their hand: when you read this, listen to this. Let me take this... Continue »
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    The Brink: Stories

    Austin Bunn 9780062362612
Shelf Talkers, Staff Pick | April 24, 2015

Hausfrau



A scorching character study, along with an examination of infidelity and modern-day ennui, Hausfrau exposes the ease of deceit, the disregard for... Continue »
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    Hausfrau

    Jill Alexander Essbaum 9780812997538
Original Essays | April 22, 2015

Sarah Tomlinson: IMG Love 101: A College Sophomore's Attempts to Learn the World



When I was a college sophomore, I thought everything I needed to know could be learned from a book. My best friend, Claire*, and I decided to create... Continue »
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    Good Girl: A Memoir

    Sarah Tomlinson 9781476748962
Shelf Talkers, Staff Pick | April 21, 2015

Our Souls at Night



Elderly and widowed, small-town residents Louis and Addie begin a timid, slow affair in order to stave off their solitude. They've both reached the... Continue »
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    Our Souls at Night

    Kent Haruf 9781101875896
Shelf Talkers, Staff Pick | April 15, 2015

Tampa



This blistering excavation of the mind of a pedophile is absolutely riveting. Celeste Price becomes a teacher and carefully arranges her life in... Continue »
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    Tampa

    Alissa Nutting 9780062280589
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