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Underworld
Underworld
by Don DeLillo
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DeLillo's eleventh novel is a masterwork of language, character, vision, and story. Rarely does a book of this proportion succeed completely on every level, but from the cinematic opening in Ebbets Field on the afternoon of Bobby Thomson's legendary... (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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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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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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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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The English Major
The English Major
by Jim Harrison
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You don't have to be young to start over, hip to seize life, or daring to have adventure. You don't need to be moneyed (or utterly destitute) to meet the right people. A simple life is fuel enough for insight and meaning, and change is often good. Jim... (read more)

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Falling Man: A Novel
Falling Man: A Novel
by Don DeLillo
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Falling Man is Don DeLillo's exquisite, memorable take on 9/11. Somewhat more stylistically spare than his earlier books, Falling Man nonetheless feels like the book DeLillo was meant to write; themes he has addressed throughout his body of work —... (read more)

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The Notebook
The Notebook
by Jose Saramago
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For the twelve months between September 2008 and August 2009, José Saramago, the only Portuguese writer ever to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, maintained a blog. Known primarily to English readers as a novelist, the esteemed Senhor Saramago (now in... (read more)

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So Much for That
So Much for That
by Lionel Shriver
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In So Much for That, Lionel Shriver tackles large subjects — marriage, illness, and the failure of the American healthcare system — and dissects them with her astute and critical insights. Full of memorable characters, spot-on detail, and... (read more)

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Travels With Charley : in Search of America (97 Edition)
Travels With Charley : in Search of America (97 Edition)
by John Steinbeck
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Knowing he was dying, John Steinbeck customized a camper-truck and dubbed it Rocinante after Don Quixote's horse. With his dog Charley (Steinbeck's own Sancho Panza) riding along, the melancholic writer circumnavigates the country. This travelogue... (read more)

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Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi (Vintage)
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi (Vintage)
by Geoff Dyer
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Geoff Dyer, the author of books on subjects as diverse as jazz, D. H. Lawrence, photography, and World War I, is at the top of his game with his latest offering. Jeff in Venice, Death In Varanasi (the title is a play on Thomas Mann's Death in Venice) is... (read more)

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This Book Will Save Your Life
This Book Will Save Your Life
by A. M. Homes
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This Book Will Save Your Life, is, it is true, less biting than some of A. M. Homes's earlier work. But in her deadpan, signature way, it is no less funny, moving, or surreal. A meditation on the meaninglessness of existence and an incisive examination... (read more)

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The Cardboard House
The Cardboard House
by Martin Adan
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The only prose work from Martín Adán, The Cardboard House was originally published in 1928 when the Peruvian poet was 20 years young. Set in the Barranco district of Lima, The Cardboard House came to be an influential work preceding the... (read more)

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The Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen's Champion
The Greatest Knight: The Unsung Story of the Queen's Champion
by Elizabeth Chadwick
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The story of legendary knight William the Marshal comes vividly to life in this engaging historical novel, in print for the first time in the U.S. After a dramatic brush with death, young William goes on to become one of the most famous knights in his... (read more)

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Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus: The Original Two-Volume Novel of 1816-1817 from the Bodleian Library Manuscripts (Vintage Classics)
Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus: The Original Two-Volume Novel of 1816-1817 from the Bodleian Library Manuscripts (Vintage Classics)
by Mary Shelley
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Written by an anonymous19-year-old, rejected by two publishers, and finally given a printing of only 500 copies, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein would go on to become one of the most influential novels in the science-fiction and horror genres. But Shelley's... (read more)

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Townie: A Memoir
Townie: A Memoir
by Andre Dubus III
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Townie is a riveting, intense, and compassionate memoir in which Andre Dubus III offers readers an intimate understanding of his life and the challenges he faced as a child and young adult. Despite the odds, you'll be cheering for Dubus to succeed with... (read more)

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The Mayor of Casterbridge (Bantam Classics)
The Mayor of Casterbridge (Bantam Classics)
by Thomas Hardy
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This dark novel begins with a man who, in a drunken rage, sells his wife and daughter at a fair. Full of remorse upon realizing what he has done, he vows to redeem his life — and does so. Yet his secret weighs heavily on him. Hardy is his usual... (read more)

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Sister Carrie: One of Modern Library's 100 Best Novels
Sister Carrie: One of Modern Library's 100 Best Novels
by Theodore Dreiser
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At the turn of the century, a country girl leaves home for the big city. At a time when the only option for women was to marry well, Carrie shows us a different road. While her rabid ambition and vanity indicate her true nature, the society in which she... (read more)

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In Dubious Battle (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
In Dubious Battle (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
by John Steinbeck
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Published some seventy-five years ago, In Dubious Battle must surely be ranked amongst Steinbeck's greatest and most accomplished works. Set amidst the apple orchards of the fictional Torgas Valley in California, the novel focuses on the labor dispute... (read more)

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