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    Bettyville: A Memoir

    George Hodgman 9780525427209
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    Fourth of July Creek

    Smith Henderson 9780062286468
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    The Given World

    Marian Palaia 9781476777931
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    Young Skins: Stories

    Colin Barrett 9780802123329
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    When We Were Animals

    Joshua Gaylord 9780316297936
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    I Refuse

    Per Petterson 9781555976996

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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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Hausfrau
Hausfrau
by Jill Alexander Essbaum
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A scorching character study, along with an examination of infidelity and modern-day ennui, Hausfrau exposes the ease of deceit, the disregard for compassion, and the stifling boredom that can so easily consume. Anna, an American living in Switzerland with her husband and three children, is utterly disengaged from her colorless life. Capricious and erratic, Anna moves from one sticky situation to another and cannot seem to manage her moods or her life. Like a contemporary Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina, Hausfrau follows the internal angst and unease of a woman on the brink of disaster. Impeccably written, Jill Alexander Essbaum's novel is a brilliant victory of literary skill.
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Our Souls at Night
Our Souls at Night
by Kent Haruf
Staff Pick
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 point in their lives when gossip and rumor pale in comparison to the almost desperate need of filling in this aching hole of loneliness. However, as their love cautiously blooms, they begin to feel pressure from outside sources, particularly Addie's son. Just at the point when they realize their relationship is vital to their happiness, it becomes clear that there may be consequences and casualties — things they are not at all ready to face.

Told in quiet, calm prose, Haruf's posthumous novel is a small but powerful study on human connection, companionship, and love. Just lovely.
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Tampa
Tampa
by Alissa Nutting
Staff Pick
This blistering excavation of the mind of a pedophile is absolutely riveting. Celeste Price becomes a teacher and carefully arranges her life in order to continuously have a fresh supply of young boys on hand. Her entire life revolves around her anticipatory, and then eventual, conquests, and her introspection never once goes beyond her insatiable libido.

Her stunning physical beauty seems to deflect the accusations that are eventually directed her way, and Tampa morphs into a damning commentary on the worth of females based solely on their appearance. She can't possibly be that beautiful and be "bad," can she? Nutting somehow manages to make sure that her readers are both attracted to, and repulsed by, Celeste, and provides one hell of a wild ride. Excellent!
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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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    Bad Marie (P.S.)

    Marcy Dermansky 9780061914713
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    Black Elk in Paris

    Kate Horsley 9781590304204
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    Book of Laughter & Forgetting

    Milan Kundera 9780060997014
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    Armageddon in Retrospect

    Kurt Vonnegut 9780399155086
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    The Alchemist (Insight)

    Paulo Coelho 9780061122415
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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 Color Purple
The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
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Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage... (read more)

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Used Books
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How to Be Alone: Essays
How to Be Alone: Essays
by Jonathan Franzen
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From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a collection of essays that reveal him to be one of our sharpest, toughest, and most entertaining social critics. While the essays in this collection range in subject matter from the sex... (read more)

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Featured Titles
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
by Lisa See
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In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by... (read more)

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Bestsellers

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April 28, 2015
All the Light We Cannot See
  1. All the Light We Cannot See
    by Anthony Doerr
  2. I Refuse
    by Per Petterson
  3. Station Eleven
    by Emily St. John Mandel
  4. Lord of the Flies
    by William Golding
  5. The Harder They Come
    by T. C. Boyle
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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
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 8, 2015

Long Man



Amy Greene writes a suspenseful eco-terrorism tale here. When the local electric company installs a dam on the Long Man River, they plan to flood... Continue »
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    Long Man

    Amy Greene 9780307593436
Shelf Talkers, Staff Pick | April 8, 2015

Martin Marten



Martin Marten does for Mt. Hood what Mink River did for the Oregon coast; that is, it somehow shows just how whimsical and quaint a small town can... Continue »
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    Martin Marten

    Brian Doyle 9781250045201
Shelf Talkers, Staff Pick | April 8, 2015

The Distant Marvels



The Distant Marvels is good old-fashioned storytelling at its finest. Acevedo doesn't rely on any gimmicks or unlikely plot twists, and instead... Continue »
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    The Distant Marvels

    Chantel Acevedo 9781609452520
Lists | April 3, 2015

David Shields and Elizabeth Cooperman: IMG 50 Books of Literary Collage



We cowrote and coedited Life Is Short — Art Is Shorter: In Praise of Brevity. We're interested in brief prose (short-shorts and mini-essays),... Continue »
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