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Coming of Age


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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
by Anton DiSclafani
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Named a most anticipated book for Summer 2013 by The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly A lush, sexy, evocative debut novel of family secrets and girls-school rituals, set in the 1930s South. It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression... (read more)

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The Lullaby of Polish Girls
The Lullaby of Polish Girls
by Dagmara Dominczyk
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A vibrant, engaging debut novel that follows the friendship of three women from their youthful days in Poland to their complicated, not-quite-successful adult lives   Because of her father’s role in the Solidarity movement, Anna and her... (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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Breath (08 Edition)
Breath (08 Edition)
by Tim Winton
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Breath is a story of risk, of learning one's limits by challenging death. On the wild, lonely coast of Western Australia, two thrill-seeking teenage boys fall under the spell of a veteran big-wave surfer named Sando. Their mentor urges them into a... (read more)

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The Panopticon
The Panopticon
by Jenni Fagan
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Pa`nop´ti`con (noun). A circular prison with cells so constructed that the prisoners can be observed at all times. [Greek panoptos 'seen by all'] Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car. She is headed for the Panopticon, a home for... (read more)

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The Last of the Savages
The Last of the Savages
by Jay Mcinerney
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From the bestselling author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls comes a chronicle of a generation, as enacted by two men who represent all the passions and extremes of the class of 1969. Patrick Keane and Will Savage meet at prep school at... (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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Dear Lucy
Dear Lucy
by Julie Sarkissian
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I go down the stairs quiet like I am something without any weight. I open the door in the dark and the cold sucks my skin towards it. It is the morning but there is no sun yet, just white light around the edges. It is the time to get the eggs. Time for... (read more)

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Durable Goods
Durable Goods
by Elizabeth Berg
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Elizabeth Berg’s beloved first novel, a 1993 American Library Association Best Book of the Year, is now for the first time available in a Random House Trade Paperback edition. On the hot Texas army base she calls home, Katie spends the lazy days of... (read more)

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Irma Voth
Irma Voth
by Miriam Toews
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That rare coming-of-age story able to blend the dark with the uplifting, Irma Voth follows a young Mennonite woman, vulnerable yet wise beyond her years, who carries a terrible family secret with her on a remarkable journey to survival and redemption... (read more)

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Emory's Gift
Emory's Gift
by W Bruce Cameron
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After 13-year-old Charlie Halls mother dies and his father retreats into the silence of grief, Charlie finds himself drifting lost and alone through the brutal halls of junior high school. But Charlie Hall is not entirely friendless.  In the woods... (read more)

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The Virgin Suicides
The Virgin Suicides
by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Long before Jeffrey Eugenides gave us the Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex, he delivered this dark jewel of a novel. Set in small town America, this study of a broken family of suicidal sisters will shock you. It is so compelling, you will be absolutely... (read more)

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The White Boy Shuffle
The White Boy Shuffle
by Paul Beatty
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Paul Beatty's hilarious and scathing debut novel is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood... (read more)

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Down the Shore
Down the Shore
by Stan Parish
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An exhilarating novel of reinvention, friendship, and ambition—from the Jersey Shore to St. Andrews in Scotland   Tom Alison has it all within his reach. Hes smart, handsome, and about to graduate from a prestigious East Coast boarding school.... (read more)

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Rooftops of Tehran
Rooftops of Tehran
by Mahbod Seraji
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From "a striking new talent"(Sandra Dallas, author of Tallgrass) comes an unforgettable debut novel of young love and coming of age in an Iran headed toward revolution. In this poignant, eye-opening and emotionally vivid novel, Mahbod Seraji lays bare... (read more)

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Brutal Youth
Brutal Youth
by Anthony Breznican
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Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies and zealots, and a faculty that's even worse in Anthony Breznican's Brutal Youth With a plunging reputation and enrollment... (read more)

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The Age of Orphans
The Age of Orphans
by Laleh Khadivi
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Told with an evocative richness of language that recalls Michael Ondaatje or Anita Desai, the story of Reza Khourdi is that of the 20th century everyman, cast out from the clan in the name of nation, progress and modernity who cannot help but leave... (read more)

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Andy Catlett: Early Travels (07 Edition)
Andy Catlett: Early Travels (07 Edition)
by Wendell Berry
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Andy Catlett is the latest installment in Wendell Berrys Port William series, a distinct set of stories that Berry has been telling now for 50 years. Set during the Christmas of 1943, nine-year-old Andy Catlett sets off to visit his grandparents in... (read more)

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Love and Lament
Love and Lament
by John Milliken Thompson
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A dauntless heroine coming of age at the turn of the twentieth century confronts the hazards of patriarchy and prejudice, and discovers the unexpected opportunities of World War I Set in rural North Carolina between the Civil War and the Great War, Love... (read more)

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