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We the Animals
We the Animals
by Justin Torres
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If just hearing the phrase "lyrical coming-of-age novel" makes your shoulders sag and your attention lag, hold that thought. Justin Torres has breathed fresh life into a tired form. We the Animals is a deranged rollercoaster careening through the lives... (read more)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (08 Edition)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (08 Edition)
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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In the madness of World War II, a dutiful Russian soldier is wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to ten years in a Siberian labor camp. So begins this masterpiece of modern Russian fiction, a harrowing account of a man who has conceded to all... (read more)

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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
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Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person -- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.... (read more)

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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
by Jeannette Walls
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Lily Casey Smith is a woman who won't take no for an answer if there's any way around it. She embarks on journeys and has experiences that only someone with iron-willed character could survive: As a child, she gets her young siblings up a cottonwood tree... (read more)

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Their Eyes Were Watching God (Modern Classics) (P.S.)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Modern Classics) (P.S.)
by Zora Neale Hurston
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“A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who dont know how to live properly.” —Zadie Smith One of the most... (read more)

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The Master
The Master
by Colm Toibin
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At the start of the 1900s, Henry James produced three masterpieces in as many years: first The Wings of the Dove, then The Ambassadors, and next The Golden Bowl. The Master introduces James six years prior, in January 1895, on the eve of his great public... (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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My Year of Meats
My Year of Meats
by Ruth L. Ozeki
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A cross-cultural tale of two women brought together by the intersections of television and industrial agriculture, fertility and motherhood, life and love—the breakout hit by the celebrated author of A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozekis... (read more)

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Naked
Naked
by David Sedaris
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Whether he is best known as a playwright, a radio personality, an essayist, or satirist, David Sedaris in Naked is screamingly funny. In the autobiographical essays that comprise Naked, Sedaris reveals his childhood compulsions (nervous... (read more)

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The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion
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Best book of 2005, favorite book of the year...Slice the question any number of ways, but the book published last year that I'm most grateful for having read is The Year of Magical Thinking, a devastating affirmation of love and commitment, hope and... (read more)

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The Killer Angels
The Killer Angels
by Michael Shaara
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“My favorite historical novel . . . a superb re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant.”—James M. McPherson   In the four most bloody and... (read more)

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Dancing at the Rascal Fair
Dancing at the Rascal Fair
by Ivan Doig
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The central volume in Ivan Doig's acclaimed Montana trilogy, andlt;Iandgt;Dancing at the Rascal Fairandlt;/Iandgt; is an authentic saga of the American experience at the turn of this century and a passionate, portrayal of the immigrants who dared to try... (read more)

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A Long Way Down: A Novel
A Long Way Down: A Novel
by Nick Hornby
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Nick Hornby is the Dickens of our time. He's beloved by countless readers who don't otherwise care about novels. In the guise of effortless entertainment, his populist style delivers profound truths about the human condition. Both authors shaped novels... (read more)

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Love in the Time of Cholera
Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermino Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years... (read more)

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
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A phenomenal #1 bestseller that has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three years, this memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s. Filled with images and recollections that point to the... (read more)

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Dies the Fire
Dies the Fire
by S. M. Stirling
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A Tolkien-obsessed pre-teen, a pilot, a Wiccan priestess, the Eaters (nope, no hints), and the Protector: all come together in the aftermath of an event not unlike a massive electromagnetic pulse, which has caused a complete failure of all technology... (read more)

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Penguin Classics)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Penguin Classics)
by Mark Twain
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Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Intended at first as a simple story of a boy's adventures in the Mississippi Valley—a sequel to Tom Sawyer—the... (read more)

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Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
by Ruth Reichl
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With characteristic wit and aplomb, Ruth Reichl takes us behind the scenes of life as a restaurant critic — dining on the finest cuisine in the city, juggling the politics of the newspaper, and becoming a master of disguise. As funny as Tender at the... (read more)

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The All of It
The All of It
by Jeannette Haien
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A sleeper hit when first published in 1986, Jeannette Haien's exquisite, beloved first novel is a deceptively simple story that has the power and resonance of myth. The story begins on a rainy morning as Father Declan de Loughry stands fishing in an... (read more)

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One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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This internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel is a rich and brilliant chronicle celebrating the endless variety of life in the mythical Latin American town of Macondo. Truly a masterpiece of the art of fiction!... (read more)

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