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The Glass Castle: A Memoir (UK Edition)
The Glass Castle: A Memoir (UK Edition)
by Jeannette Walls
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Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in... (read more)

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Wildwood (The Wildwood Chronicles #1)
Wildwood (The Wildwood Chronicles #1)
by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis
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Prue McKeel's life is ordinary. That is, until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one's ever gone in — or at least returned to tell of it. So... (read more)

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The Residue Years
The Residue Years
by Mitchell S. Jackson
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Mitchell S. Jackson grew up black in a neglected neighborhood in Americas whitest city, Portland, Oregon. In the 90s, those streets and beyond had fallen under the shadow of crack cocaine and its familiar mayhem. In his commanding debut autobiographical... (read more)

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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
by Cheryl Strayed
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Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can't pay the bills — and it can be great: you've had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar — the once... (read more)

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A Sudden Light
A Sudden Light
by Garth Stein
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Geek Love
Geek Love
by Katherine Dunn
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Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out — with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes — to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There's Arturo the Aquaboy, who has... (read more)

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
by David Shafer
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Three young adults grapple with the usual thirty-something problems — boredom, authenticity, an omnipotent online oligarchy — in David Shafer's darkly comic debut novel. The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media... (read more)

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Beautiful Ruins (P.S.)
Beautiful Ruins (P.S.)
by Jess Walter
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Jess Walter gets nearer the Pulitzer with Beautiful Ruins. Chance meetings during the 1962 filming of Cleopatra in Italy set in motion events that spiral into the present day. Walter captures perfectly how the best part of life is that it doesn't turn... (read more)

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
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A New York Times #1 best seller On the New York Times Best Seller List for more than 52 consecutive weeksIncludes an excerpt from the much-anticipated sequel and an interview with author Ransom Riggs A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange... (read more)

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Fourth of July Creek
Fourth of July Creek
by Smith Henderson
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In this shattering and iconic American novel, PEN prize-winning writer, Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions. After trying... (read more)

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Bobcat and Other Stories
Bobcat and Other Stories
by Rebecca Lee
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Rebecca Lee confessed in an interview that she's a "glacially slow" writer, and it's no wonder. Her language is so exquisitely wrought, and her affection for her characters so strong, that each story feels like a masterpiece. Bobcat is cosmopolitan... (read more)

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The Orchardist (P.S.)
The Orchardist (P.S.)
by Amanda Coplin
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A Best Book of the Year Washington Post • Seattle Times • The Oregonian National Public Radio • Amazon • Kirkus Reviews Publishers Weekly • The Daily Beast An Indie Next Pick A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick At the turn... (read more)

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The Unreal and the Real, Volume 1: Where on Earth: Selected Stories
The Unreal and the Real, Volume 1: Where on Earth: Selected Stories
by Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Unreal and the Real is a major event not to be missed. In this two-volume selection of Ursula K. Le Guin's best short stories — as selected by the National Book Award winning author herself — the reader will be delighted, provoked, amused... (read more)

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)
Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Karen Russell
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From the author of the New York Times best seller Swamplandia!—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—a magical new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell’s gifts at their inimitable best. A dejected teenager discovers that the... (read more)

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Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout
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Set on the coast of Maine, this fantastic Pulitzer Prize winner (2009) is a terrific character study.  Olive is an irascible, crabby old lady who is difficult to like.  Yet, as her life, marriage, and story play out, her character changes in ways that... (read more)

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What We Talk about When We Talk about Love: Stories
What We Talk about When We Talk about Love: Stories
by Raymond Carver
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In his second collection of stories, as in his first, Carver's characters are peripheral people — people without education, insight or prospects, people too unimaginative to even give up. Carver celebrates these men and women.... (read more)

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I Loved You More
I Loved You More
by Tom Spanbauer
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Tom Spanbauer is beloved by readers and booksellers alike, and he will be a featured author at the ABA Winter Institute 2014 to coincide with the publication of I Loved You More, April 1, 2014. Tom was one of Gordon Lish's original student writers in... (read more)

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East of Eden (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
East of Eden (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
by John Steinbeck
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I was once told a good novel will set its tenor by the end of its first page, so lately I've been skimming the first page of prospective reads to test this theory. When I did this with Steinbeck's East of Eden, I couldn't stop; the assault of great... (read more)

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The Free (P.S.)
The Free (P.S.)
by Willy Vlautin
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In The Free, the shattered dreams of a suicidal vet, a family man without a family, and a helper unable to help collide, and what is left is... hope, humanity, and a whole lot of heart! Vlautin's latest is soulful, uplifting, and, in the end, beautiful.... (read more)

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Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Men We Reaped: A Memoir
by Jesmyn Ward
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“We saw the lightning and that was the guns; and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped.”... (read more)

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