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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 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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Daughter of Darkness
Daughter of Darkness
by V. C. Andrews
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When I was a little girl, Daddy told me never to fear the dark. “We exist because of the darkness,” he told me. “All of you are daughters of darkness.” Beloved bestselling author V.C. Andrews’s passion for vampires comes to... (read more)

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The Healing
The Healing
by Jonathan Odell
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"Compelling, tragic, comic, tender and mystical... Combines the historical significance of Kathryn Stockett's The Help with the wisdom of Toni Morrison's Beloved." —Minneapolis Star Tribune Rich in mood and atmosphere, The Healing is a ... (read more)

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Labor Day (P.S.)
Labor Day (P.S.)
by Joyce Maynard
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As the end of summer approaches and a long, hot Labor Day weekend looms, the life of lonely thirteen-year-old Henry Wheeler is irrevocably changed when he and his emotionally fragile mother show kindness to a stranger with a terrible secret. Now a major... (read more)

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Torn
Torn
by Amber Lehman
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It was different this time; we weren't acting on a dare. I knew our motive; we were practicing the act, hoping to impress the right boy when it came time. But then something happened in the mix of the moment, in the mix of the alcohol. It wasn't planned,... (read more)

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One for Sorrow (08 Edition)
One for Sorrow (08 Edition)
by Christopher Barzak
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Barzaks delicately wrought debut novel is a poignant coming-of-age tale with the emotional resonance of "The Lovely Bones" and the rough edges of "The Catcher in the Rye."... (read more)

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Chocolates for Breakfast (P.S.)
Chocolates for Breakfast (P.S.)
by Pamela Moore
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Courtney Farrell is a disaffected, sexually precocious fifteen-year-old. She splits her time between Manhattan, where her father works in publishing, and Los Angeles, where her mother is a still-beautiful Hollywood actress. After a boarding-school crush... (read more)

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Totempole (Nyrb Classics)
Totempole (Nyrb Classics)
by Sanford Friedman
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Born in New York City, Sanford Friedman (1928–2010) was an American novelist and playwright, who taught writing at Juilliard. After graduating from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, he served in the army in Korea from 1951 to 1953, where he was... (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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Agostino (New York Review Books Classics)
Agostino (New York Review Books Classics)
by Alberto Moravia
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Alberto Moravia (1907–1990) was one of Italy’s greatest twentieth-century writers. Among his best-known books to have appeared in English are Boredom, The Woman of Rome, The Conformist (the basis for Bernardo Bertolucci’s film), Roman... (read more)

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Naked
Naked
by Betsy Franco
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"Franco, the author of more 80 children's books, re-tells the tragic history of famed sculptor August Rodin's artistic muse, Camille Claudel (1864-1943), in a bittersweet modern fable more reminiscent of the recent Woody Allen film, Midnight in Paris... (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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In the Shadow of the Banyan
In the Shadow of the Banyan
by Vaddey Ratner
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For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the... (read more)

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The Rainbow Troops
The Rainbow Troops
by Andrea Hirata
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From Indonesia, an inspiring, record-breaking bestseller—and a modern-day fairy tale Published in Indonesia in 2005, The Rainbow Troops, Andrea Hiratas closely autobiographical debut novel, sold more than five million copies, shattering... (read more)

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Oleander Girl
Oleander Girl
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Beloved bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has been hailed by Abraham Verghese as a “gifted storyteller” and by People magazine as a “skilled cartographer of the heart.” Now, Divakaruni returns with her most gripping... (read more)

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Bless the Beasts & Children
Bless the Beasts & Children
by Glendon Swarthout
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From the author of The Homesman, Glendon Swarthout’s Bless the Beasts & Children is the classic coming-of-age novel that explores the fabric of the American ideal—as seen through the eyes of rebellious youth. “Send us a boy—we... (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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Normal People Don't Live Like This
Normal People Don't Live Like This
by Dylan Landis
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The stories are about the hidden lives of a teenager and her mother, and how they struggle to negotiate old emotional damages and open themselves to love. The girl, Leah, yearns for belonging and worships the most delinquent girls at school, while her... (read more)

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