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The Soul Thief (Vintage Contemporaries)
The Soul Thief (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Charles Baxter
About the Author
Charles Baxter is the author of nine previous works of fiction, including Believers, The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), Saul and Patsy, and Through the Safety Net. He lives in Minneapolis.... (read more)

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How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life
How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life
by Sheila Heti
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Fresh from a failed marriage and unable to complete a feminist play she's been commissioned to write, Sheila, a twentysomething artist, is floundering. How can she write a play about women when everything she's learned about herself is from the men in... (read more)

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan
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A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life — mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great... (read more)

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Grammar of Motives (69 Edition)
Grammar of Motives (69 Edition)
by Kenneth Burke
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"A Grammar of Motives," published in 1945, is the first volume of a gigantic trilogy, planned to include A Rhetoric of Motives and A Symbolic of Motives, which will be called something like On Human Relations. The aim of the whole series is no less than... (read more)

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Back When We Were Grownups (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Back When We Were Grownups (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
by Anne Tyler
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Since her first publication in 1992, celebrated novelist Ann Patchett has crafted a number of elegant novels, garnering accolades and awards along the way. Now comes a reissue of the best-selling debut novel that launched her remarkable career. St... (read more)

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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
by Heidi W. Durrow
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Heartbreaking in its honesty, this perfect jewel of a novel mirrors the real life of the author, who grew up biracial in Portland, Oregon, in the 1980s. After an accident claims her family, Rachel is sent to live with her grandmother in a predominantly... (read more)

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Flight: A Novel
Flight: A Novel
by Sherman Alexie
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Darkly funny, sharply observant, Flight lays bare the experience of a teenaged outsider circa 2007. Alternately heartbreaking and wondrous, Sherman Alexie's first novel in ten years tells the story of an orphan careening through foster homes until... (read more)

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Confessions of a Mask (New Directions Paperbook)
Confessions of a Mask (New Directions Paperbook)
by Yukio Mishima
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tells the story of Kochan, an adolescent boy tormented by his burgeoning attraction to men: he wants to be "normal."  Kochan is meek-bodied, and unable to participate in the more athletic activities of his classmates. He begins to notice his growing... (read more)

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The Greek Myths: Combined Edition
The Greek Myths: Combined Edition
by Robert Graves
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The gold standard in Greek mythology, in a dazzling Graphic Deluxe Edition with a new introduction by the bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series From the creation of the world out of Chaos and the birth of the Olympians to the... (read more)

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The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
by Louise Erdrich
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“[Erdrichs] best so far…told with such cleverness and compassion that the effect is nothing less than dazzling.” USA... (read more)

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The Brothers K
The Brothers K
by David James Duncan
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As a Northwesterner (or recovering Southerner) and a baseball fanatic, I highly recommend The Brothers K. From laugh out loud funny to tear in your eye sad, this book does everything you hope a novel will. It's a love letter to everything that's great... (read more)

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
by Michael Chabon
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The story of two young comic book artists in 1940s New York City, Jewish boys, one of whom fled the German steamroller heading toward his home in Czechoslovakia in a coffin, Chabon's third and best novel is utterly original, a generous fictional addition... (read more)

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Ella Minnow Pea
Ella Minnow Pea
by Mark Dunn
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Originally subtitled "A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable," Mark Dunn's brilliantly conceived and cleverly written Ella Minnow Pea is a logophile's dream novel. Composed entirely of letters, this is the playful story of Nollop, a fictional... (read more)

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After the Quake: Stories
After the Quake: Stories
by Haruki Murakami
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The six stories in Haruki Murakamis mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakamis characters are... (read more)

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The Monkey Wrench Gang
The Monkey Wrench Gang
by Edward Abbey
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He's often compared to Thoreau, and one of his mottos was taken from Emerson: "resist much, obey little." While Abbey has much in common with the forefathers of environmental conservation, he certainly took it a few giant steps further. Abbey and his... (read more)

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
by Jan-Philipp Sendker
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A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has... (read more)

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My Year of Meats
My Year of Meats
by Ruth L. Ozeki
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A cross-cultural tale of two women brought together by the intersections of television and industrial agriculture, fertility and motherhood, life and love—the breakout hit by the celebrated author of A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozekis... (read more)

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The Time of Our Singing
The Time of Our Singing
by Richard Powers
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On Easter day, 1939, at Marian Andersons epochal concert on the Washington Mall, David Strom, a German Jewish émigré scientist, meets Delia Daley, a young Philadelphia Negro studying to be a singer. Their mutual love of music draws them... (read more)

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Gathering (93 Edition)
Gathering (93 Edition)
by David Tod Roy
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"This is the first complete English translation of world literature and will immediately supersede all existing partial and abridged translations in that language. Even aside from the stunning achievement of the translation itself, the book represents a... (read more)

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (the Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (the Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race
by Jon Stewart
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You already know from the title whether you want this book. If you love The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, and their first book, America (the Book), then prepare yourself for a hilarious, tear-stained laugh-fest that will send neighbors running with alarm... (read more)

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