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The Outcast: A Novel
The Outcast: A Novel
by Sadie Jones
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A deeply felt exploration of damaged families and relationships, Sadie Jones's gorgeous debut novel is subtle, moving, and surprising.... (read more)

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Busy Monsters
Busy Monsters
by William Giraldi
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William Giraldi is one of those writers for whom every sentence matters. He commands language like Kinglsey Amis or Peter Carey. Busy Monsters is quite simply a fun book to read. I felt like Giraldi was letting me in on a joke and allowing me to come... (read more)

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Widows : a Novel (83 Edition)
Widows : a Novel (83 Edition)
by Ariel Dorfman
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Following the (U.S. backed) military coup of Chilean president Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973, Ariel Dorfman (until then a cultural advisor to Allende) was forced into exile. Widows was the first novel Dorfman authored as an émigré. As some of... (read more)

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The Great Night
The Great Night
by Chris Adrian
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Chris Adrian's inimitable flair for creating fantastic worlds just around the corner from our everyday routines is on full display in this modern adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. No one is better at mingling such searing emotion with whimsical... (read more)

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New York Review Books #10: Jakob Von Gunten
New York Review Books #10: Jakob Von Gunten
by Robert Walser
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Admittedly, as I read the first dozen or so pages, I wasn't sure how much I would be able to enjoy the "analytic fictional soliloquy" of a precocious teenager. It turns out, immensely. Robert Walser writes nearly flawlessly, crafting a prose that is... (read more)

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Gold
Gold
by Chris Cleave
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Chris Cleave's Gold is a departure from his previous two books: there are no horrific scenes of violence, but rather a tightly woven tale of friendship, family, and, surprisingly, unrelenting ambition. Sounds a bit incongruous, doesn't it? Yet, in Cleave'... (read more)

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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
by Jane Austen and Ben Winters
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In the same shocking (yet strangely embraceable) spirit of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, another classic Austen novel has been taken to a whole new level. Some say it's gratuitous, but I say, Sea monsters rock, so why not? Do tentacles really matter... (read more)

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The Enchantress of Florence
The Enchantress of Florence
by Salman Rushdie
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I'm not much of a Rushdie fan: I've always found him to be far too long-winded for my taste. So it was quite a pleasant surprise for me to find myself enjoying his latest novel so very much. Enchanting, beguiling, and written with exquisite prose, this... (read more)

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The Anthologist
The Anthologist
by Nicholson Baker
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The Anthologist is the one of the funniest books I read this year, and one of Baker's best in a long time. Baker creates an incredibly winning main character in Paul Chowder, a minor poet trying (and repeatedly failing) to write the introduction to an... (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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Run
Run
by Ann Patchett
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Run, a worthy successor to Bel Canto, shows off Patchett's trademark gorgeous prose and emotional depth. Her characters are believably flawed, but ultimately good and decent human beings who you want to spend time with.... (read more)

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The Infinities
The Infinities
by John Banville
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The Infinities, John Banville's first novel since his Booker Prize-winning The Sea, is a beautiful and moving evocation of a family gathered for the death of its patriarch — a gathering joined by a pantheon of Greek gods, hovering unseen in the... (read more)

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Senselessness
Senselessness
by Horacio Castellanos Moya
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Senselessness is the first of Castellanos Moya's novels to be translated into English, and though short, it manages to cast a wide net that demands as much from the reader as it does from its central character. In an unnamed Latin American country that... (read more)

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God Laughs and Plays: Churchless Sermons in Response to the Preachments of the Fundamentalist Right
God Laughs and Plays: Churchless Sermons in Response to the Preachments of the Fundamentalist Right
by David James Duncan
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David James Duncan, the author of God Laughs and Plays, uses his collection of "churchless sermons" to build a rebuttal platform against conservative fundamentalist politicians and to illuminate the genuine teachings of Jesus. Without overtly making a... (read more)

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Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon
by Jorge Amado
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Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (Gabriela, Cravo e Canela) is a radiant and masterful work from Brazilian novelist Jorge Amado. Set mostly within Ilhéus, a city in the coastal region of Bahia, Gabriela is a magnificently composed tale, rich with convincing... (read more)

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The Music of Chance
The Music of Chance
by Paul Auster
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The Music of Chance is a well-crafted story about taking risks — and what can happen if you lose. A driver picks up a hitchhiker and convinces him to go play some poker against two rich eccentrics in Pennsylvania. Things don't go well for the... (read more)

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The Year of the Gadfly
The Year of the Gadfly
by Jennifer Miller
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Teenage Iris, still reeling from the death of her best friend, starts up at a new school, the exclusive Mariana Academy. Far from easing carefully into her new circumstances, Iris jumps headfirst into a tangled mess of dark history, controversy, tragedy,... (read more)

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Gasoline
Gasoline
by Quim Monzo
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For the first time in his life, Heribert Juli is unable to paint. On the eve of an important gallery exhibition, for which hes created nothing, hes bored with life: he falls asleep while making love with his mistress, wanders from bar to bar, drinking... (read more)

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Poetic Edda the Mythological Poems
Poetic Edda the Mythological Poems
by Henry Adams Bellows
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The Poetic Edda is an excellent introduction to the Norse mythology that heavily influenced the works of authors such as Borges, Nietzche, and Tolkien. Henry Adams Bellows's translation is engaging. And, though it is well-annotated, it is never... (read more)

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Solar (New York Times Notable Books)
Solar (New York Times Notable Books)
by Ian Mcewan
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Ian McEwan's latest offering, Solar, is a departure from his serious side. The main character, Professor Michael Beard, is an aging, pompous, and ridiculous Nobel-winning physicist who is far past his prime. He is one messed up fellow who sits... (read more)

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