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Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories
Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories
by Sherman Alexie
Staff Pick
What a powerful collection of short stories! Alexie really stretches his wings and explores fascinating new territories, while at the same time revamping his old works by placing them in new contexts. I was completely blown away by Mr. Alexie, as usual.... (read more)

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Life after Life
Life after Life
by Kate Atkinson
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Life after Life is not a traditional novel, with its stops and starts, its looping repetitions; Kate Atkinson builds a fully realized world by accruing a constellation of possibilities. It is a fantastically ambitious book, seeking to capture the... (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 Year of Magical Thinking (Vintage International)
The Year of Magical Thinking (Vintage International)
by Joan Didion
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Best book of 2005, favorite book of the year...Slice the question any number of ways, but the book published last year that I'm most grateful for having read is The Year of Magical Thinking, a devastating affirmation of love and commitment, hope and... (read more)

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Catch-22
Catch-22
by Joseph Heller
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If your only experience with Catch-22 was reading it for a class in high school — or if you haven't even read it at all — you owe it to yourself to revisit this book. It's a comic masterpiece, yes, but more than that: Catch-22 is a blast of anarchic... (read more)

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S.
by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
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Anyone familiar with J. J. Abrams's cultishly popular film and TV projects should know exactly what to expect from his first foray into the printed word: the unexpected. This über-meta, genre-blending novel (akin to House of Leaves and Cloud Atlas... (read more)

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The Plover
The Plover
by Brian Doyle
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The Plover is not exactly a sequel to Mink River — more of a companion piece — but fans of the latter will be thrilled to find out what happened to one of the most beloved characters. After sailing his little boat off the final pages of Mink... (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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The Burgess Boys
The Burgess Boys
by Elizabeth Strout
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Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” wrote The New Yorker on the publication of her Pulitzer Prize–winning Olive Kitteridge. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Strout’s “magnificent gift for... (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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Sweet Thunder
Sweet Thunder
by Ivan Doig
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A beloved character brings the power of the press to 1920s Butte, Montana, in this latest from the best storyteller of the West In the winter of 1920, a quirky bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride,... (read more)

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The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy
by J. K. Rowling
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J. K. Rowling's new book is a little like Harry Potter — if Hagrid never came to collect Harry and instead the novel focused on the dysfunctions of the Dursleys and all their neighbors. That being said, The Casual Vacancy still possesses Rowling's... (read more)

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Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries)
Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries)
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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The Stand
The Stand
by Stephen King
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This book made me so paranoid about catching the "superflu" that I was afraid to ride a bus or be any place where I couldn't escape from someone's sneeze or cough.... (read more)

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Frog Music
Frog Music
by Emma Donoghue
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"Donoghue's first literary crime novel is a departure from her bestselling Room, but it's just as dark and just as gripping as the latter. Based on the circumstances surrounding the grizzly real-life murder of Jenny Bonnet, a law-flouting, pants-wearing... (read more)

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Gilead: A Novel
Gilead: A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson
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A story about faith, love, history and growing old, this book is poignant and lovely. It is a long letter from a father who thinks he is soon to die, to his seven-year-old son. Robinson's command of language, her deep understanding of humanity, and her... (read more)

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Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon
Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon
by Chuck Palahniuk
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"Fugitives and Refugees is more than a book about the weird people and dark corners of Portland. Tucked surreptitiously between chapters are eleven 'postcards,' which, cobbled together, make up a sort of memoir of Palahniuk's years in his adopted city... (read more)

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The Burgess Boys
The Burgess Boys
by Elizabeth Strout
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Includes Elizabeth Strout’s never-before-published essay about the origins of The Burgess Boys NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • NPR • Good Housekeeping Elizabeth Strout... (read more)

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (13 Edition)
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (13 Edition)
by Jeanette Winterson
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You know you're in for an interesting ride when the memoirist calls her mother "Mrs. Winterson," but this wry, unflinching look at a wildly dysfunctional adoptive family is anything but a pity memoir. Winterson untangles the complexities of her... (read more)

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This Boy's Life: A Memoir
This Boy's Life: A Memoir
by Tobias Wolff
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This unforgettable memoir, by one of our most gifted writers, introduces us to the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are... (read more)

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