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Labor Day (P.S.)
Labor Day (P.S.)
by Joyce Maynard
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With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, lonely, friendless thirteen-year-old Henry spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming with only his... (read more)

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The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
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Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, a heartwarming coming of age tale set in 1960s South Carolina, a multi-million copy New York Times bestseller, now an award-winning film starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia... (read more)

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The Sea of Tranquility
The Sea of Tranquility
by Katja Millay
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I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by... (read more)

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The Secret Life of Bees (Penguin Drop Caps)
The Secret Life of Bees (Penguin Drop Caps)
by Sue Monk Kidd
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From A to Z, the Penguin Drop Caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers — featuring cover art by Jessica Hische. It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and hardcover editions, each... (read more)

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Dora: A Headcase
Dora: A Headcase
by Lidia Yuknavitch
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This book jumps off the cliff with the first chapter but never quite crashes at the bottom. The crazy ride stayed with me weeks after reading it, and I still occasionally ask myself what the hell just happened! The author calls it a farce; it's that and... (read more)

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Dark Spring
Dark Spring
by Unica Zurn
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Dark Spring is an autobiographical coming-of-age novel that reads more like an exorcism than a memoir. In it author Unica Zurn traces the roots of her obsessions: The exotic father she idealized, the impure mother she detested, the masochistic fantasies... (read more)

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The Death of Bees (P.S.)
The Death of Bees (P.S.)
by Lisa O'Donnell
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Today I buried my parents in the backyard.Neither of them were beloved. Marnie and her little sister, Nelly, are on their own now. Only they know what happened to their parents, Izzy and Gene, and they aren't telling. While life in Glasgow's... (read more)

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The Edge of Never
The Edge of Never
by J. A. Redmerski
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"Redmerski's self-published new adult romance garnered numerous fans, leading to this trade paper reissue. Camryn Bennett is miserably depressed after the death of her boyfriend and a handful of other crises. She buys a random bus ticket and hits the... (read more)

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To the Bright and Shining Sun
To the Bright and Shining Sun
by James Lee Burke
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This early novel from bestselling author James Lee Burke is a gritty coming-of-age story about a young Kentucky miner growing up in the Appalachian mountains who’s torn between his family life and the lure of the city. James Lee Burke, a writer who... (read more)

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The Torn Skirt (P.S.)
The Torn Skirt (P.S.)
by Rebecca Godfrey
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At Mt. Douglas (a.k.a. Mt. Drug) High, all the girls have feathered hair, and the sweet scent of Love's Baby Soft can't hide the musk of raw teenage anger, apathy, and desire. Sara Shaw is a girl full of fever and longing, a girl looking for something... (read more)

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Before Green Gables
Before Green Gables
by L M Montgomery
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This prequel to Anne of Green Gables "takes on a rich, real life of its own...I was rapt." (Washington Post) For the millions of readers who devoured the Green Gables series, Before Green Gables is an irresistible treat; the account of how one of... (read more)

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Lessons in French
Lessons in French
by Hilary Reyl
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It's 1989, the Berlin Wall is coming down, and Kate has just graduated from Yale, eager to pursue her dreams as a fledgling painter. When she receives a job offer to work as the assistant to Lydia Schell, a famous American photographer in Paris, she... (read more)

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The Panopticon
The Panopticon
by Jenni Fagan
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JENNI FAGAN was born in Livingston, Scotland. She graduated from Greenwich University and won a scholarship to the Royal Holloway MFA. A published poet, she has won awards from Arts Council England, Dewar Arts and Scottish Screen among others. She has... (read more)

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The Silver Star
The Silver Star
by Jeannette Walls
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In The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world — a triumph of imagination and storytelling. IT IS 1970 in a small town in California... (read more)

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
by Jeanette Winterson
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Winner of the prestigious Whitbread Prize for best first novel and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for best writer under 35, this modern classic has sold 100,000 copies in the United States. The novel chronicles the life of a bright and rebellious orphan... (read more)

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Secret Whispers
Secret Whispers
by V C Andrews
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Samantha is in her last year of high school at a very exclusive all-girls school in upstate New York. It has been four years since she gave birth to her daughter and since the death of her sister, Cassie. One day, Samantha’s roommate, Ellie... (read more)

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The Haunted Life: And Other Writings
The Haunted Life: And Other Writings
by Jack Kerouac
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In late 1944, under rather mysterious circumstances, aspiring writer Jack Kerouac lost a novella-length manuscript titled The Haunted Life. Set in Galloway, a fictionalized version of Kerouacs hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, the coming-of-age story of... (read more)

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The Adrian Mole Diaries: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 / The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (P.S.)
The Adrian Mole Diaries: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 / The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (P.S.)
by Sue Townsend
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“The trouble with trying to read passages from the Adrian Mole Diaries aloud is that you find yourself laughing so hard you cant go on. Its that kind of book.” —Kansas City Star “As sad and devastating as it is laugh-out-loud... (read more)

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The River Swimmer
The River Swimmer
by Jim Harrison
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A New York Times best-seller, enthusiastically received by critics and embraced by readers, The River Swimmer is Jim Harrison at his most memorable: two men, one young and one older, confronting inconvenient loves and the encroachment of urbanity on... (read more)

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The Soloist
The Soloist
by Mark Salzman
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As a child, Renne showed promise of becoming one of the world's greatest cellists. Now, years later, his life suddenly is altered by two events: he becomes a juror in a murder trial for the brutal killing of a Buddhist monk, and he takes on as a pupil a... (read more)

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