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A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
by Flannery O'Connor
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Flannery O'Connor's first short story collection, written in 1955, will knock you off your feet. Ruthless, penetrating, and loaded with subtext, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories was brave for its time and feels just as consequential today... (read more)

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Slouching towards Bethlehem: Essays
Slouching towards Bethlehem: Essays
by Joan Didion
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Joan Didion's lucid, canny prose style is painstakingly situated around the art of the sentence. Slouching towards Bethlehem, her first collection of nonfiction, serves as a prime example of exactly how well she can wield one. Each of these essays... (read more)

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As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner
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“I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall.” —William Faulkner on As I Lay Dying   As... (read more)

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A Tale for the Time Being
A Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozeki
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A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki — shortlisted for the Booker Prize. “A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.” In Tokyo,... (read more)

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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
by Francine Prose
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Scandalized and celebrated by Parisian society, Lou Villars is an extraordinary athlete who is confident that one day she will be an inspiration for her gender. She's also a lesbian and cross-dresser who finds a safe haven in the Chameleon Club, a... (read more)

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Crime & Punishment #1: Crime and Punishment
Crime & Punishment #1: Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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One of the great classics of world literature, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is the story of Raskolnikov, a young man who — unable to complete his studies — commits what he calls "justifiable murder." What ensues is as demanding and illuminating... (read more)

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The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
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It's summer in Kentucky, the low ceiling of August pressing down on Charmaine Peake and the town of East Winder. Charmaine and her mother get along better with a room between them, but they've been forced by circumstances to relocate to a tiny trailer by... (read more)

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The Rosie Project
The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion
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Now in paperback, the international bestselling romantic comedy “bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and…humor,” (Entertainment Weekly) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love.... (read more)

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The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
by Lydia Davis
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Normally I dislike "domestic stories." You know, those fictions that deal with slice-of-life musings or investigations into the American Life and Household. Lydia Davis tackles this terrain quite often, but the clarity of her voice, coupled with a will... (read more)

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The Meursault Investigation
The Meursault Investigation
by Kamel Daoud
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He was the brother of "the Arab" killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus's classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling's memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous: he... (read more)

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Station Eleven
Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
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Station Eleven has that magical quality of the best books: it transports you completely to another reality while secretly expanding your understanding of this one. I read a lot of books this year that I loved, but this was the only one that gave me a... (read more)

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Lila
Lila
by Marilynne Robinson
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With Lila, Marilynne Robinson revisits her beloved town of Gilead, just as she did with Home. This time around, her focus is on Lila Ames, who in both previous novels has been a sort of paragon of calm and dignity. In Lila we learn about her childhood... (read more)

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Invisible Man
Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
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Stoner (06 Edition)
Stoner (06 Edition)
by John Williams
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The NYRB Classics series is designedly and determinedly exploratory and eclectic, a mix of fiction and non-fiction from different eras and times and of various sorts. The series includes nineteenth century novels and experimental novels, reportage and... (read more)

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Landline
Landline
by Rainbow Rowell
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A New York Times Best Seller! Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Fiction of 2014! An Indie Next Pick! IF YOU GOT A SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE, WOULD YOU MAKE THE SAME CALL? As far as time machines go, a magic telephone is pretty useless... (read more)

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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
by Joshua Ferris
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris explores the absurdities of modern life and one man's search for meaning. Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he... (read more)

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The Enchanted
The Enchanted
by Rene Denfeld
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Rene Denfeld's The Enchanted is a book like no other. Set in a crumbling prison, the characters are the prisoners on death row, the grieving warden, the corrupt guard, the lady trying to stay the execution, the fallen priest, the white-haired boy, the... (read more)

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Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral
Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral
by Mary Doria Russell
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From the bestselling, award-winning author of Doc, The Sparrow, and A Thread of Grace comes Epitaph, a richly detailed novel of the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the making of the mythology that surrounds it to this day A deeply divided nation.... (read more)

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We Should All Be Feminists
We Should All Be Feminists
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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In this personal, eloquently-argued essay -- adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted... (read more)

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Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
by David Foster Wallace
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Since I decided to finally read the 1,104-page complication that is Infinite Jest instead of using it as a makeshift bookend, I've suffered from a debilitating fear of commitment that has gradually devolved my reading stamina from novel to novella... (read more)

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