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The Residue Years
The Residue Years
by Mitchell S. Jackson
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Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction Finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Honor Book for Fiction for the Black Caucus of the ALA Mitchell S. Jackson grew up black in a neglected... (read more)

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Mama's Boy
Mama's Boy
by Reshonda Tate Billingsley
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When her son is in trouble, a heartbroken mother finds the courage and faith to save him, in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s powerful family drama—a novel as timely as today’s headlines. The breaking TV news rocks Jasper, Texas, to the core:... (read more)

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Porch Lights
Porch Lights
by Dorothea Benton Frank
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When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the NYFD, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing, curious boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the... (read more)

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An Italian Wife
An Italian Wife
by Ann Hood
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is the extraordinary story of Josephine Rimaldi--her joys, sorrows, and passions, spanning more than seven decades. The novel begins in turn-of-the-century Italy, when fourteen-year-old Josephine, sheltered and naive, is forced into an arranged marriage... (read more)

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Inside the O'Briens
Inside the O'Briens
by Lisa Genova
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From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a powerful new novel that does for Huntington’s Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s. Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old... (read more)

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A Home at the End of the World
A Home at the End of the World
by Michael Cunningham
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From Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours, comes this widely praised novel of two boyhood friends: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and unsure of himself; and Bobby, hip, dark, and inarticulate. In New York after college... (read more)

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The Mathematician's Shiva
The Mathematician's Shiva
by Stuart Rojstaczer
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A comic, bittersweet tale of family evocative of The Yiddish Policemen's Union and Everything Is Illuminated Alexander “Sasha” Karnokovitch and his family would like to mourn the passing of his mother, Rachela, with modesty and dignity. But... (read more)

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The Hour I First Believed (P.S.)
The Hour I First Believed (P.S.)
by Wally Lamb
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"Lamb at his best, wholly sympathetic, deeply moving." Washington... (read more)

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Swamplandia!
Swamplandia!
by Karen Russell
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Russell's debut novel is in a literary class of its own. Swamplandia! is a mystical, fascinating coming-of-age story told from the perspective of the charming 13-year-old Ava. A shabby tourist attraction in Florida and unpredictable family members flavor... (read more)

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You Should Have Known
You Should Have Known
by Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself, devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son, Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice. Grace is also the author of... (read more)

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The Lonely Polygamist
The Lonely Polygamist
by Brady Udall
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The Lonely Polygamist spotlights the fragile humanity of the title character, Golden Richards, and his extended family. Through masterful prose filled with palpable heartache — not to mention all manner of hi-jinks — Udall shows that love really can... (read more)

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Heft
Heft
by Liz Moore
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Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising... (read more)

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You Should Have Known
You Should Have Known
by Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself, devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son, Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice. Grace is also the author of... (read more)

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Lost & Found
Lost & Found
by Brooke Davis
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An irresistible debut novel about the wisdom of the very young, the mischief of the very old, and the magic that happens when no one else is looking Millie Bird, seven years old and ever hopeful, always wears red gumboots to match her curly hair. Her... (read more)

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The Summer Wind (Lowcountry Summer Trilogy)
The Summer Wind (Lowcountry Summer Trilogy)
by Mary Alice Monroe
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The Summer Wind is the second book in Monroe’s Lowcountry Summer trilogy, following the New York Times bestselling The Summer Girls. This series is a poignant and heartwarming story of three half-sisters and their grandmother, who is determined to... (read more)

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Spoiled Brats: Stories
Spoiled Brats: Stories
by Simon Rich
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Twenty years ago, Barney the Dinosaur told the nation's children they were special. We're still paying the price. From "one of the funniest writers in America"* comes a collection of stories culled from the front lines of the millennial culture wars... (read more)

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The Place I Belong (Whisper Horse Novel)
The Place I Belong (Whisper Horse Novel)
by Nancy Herkness
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Nancy Herkness invites listeners back to Sanctuary, West Virginia, in Book Three of the award-winning Whisper Horse series. Fleeing professional scandal and a broken engagement, veterinarian Hannah Linden abandons Chicago for the mountain town of... (read more)

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Family Album
Family Album
by Penelope Lively
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“The Evening Chorus serenades people brutally marked by war, yet enduring to live — and relish — the tiny pleasures of another day. With her trademark prose — exquisitely limpid — Humphreys convinces us of the birdlike... (read more)

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The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
by Chris Scotton
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The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is a deep, lush novel with edge-of-seat excitement, emotional personal drama, and riveting scenes. Set in the beautiful mountains of Kentucky, Kevin befriends Buzzy Fink when he and his mom move in with his grandfather... (read more)

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Backspring
Backspring
by Judith Mccormack
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"A joy to read."—Nino Ricci "A wonderfully and uniquely gifted storyteller."—Midwest Book Review Eduardo, an architect from Lisbon, has come to Montreal to be with his wife Geneviève. Geneviève researches fungi... (read more)

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