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Nice Big American Baby: Stories
Nice Big American Baby: Stories
by Judy Budnitz
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"While this is a difficult book to pin down or pigeonhole, it isn't a difficult book to marvel at or enjoy. Budnitz traffics in contemporary, global themes....Provocative, disturbing, wry, and just plain fascinating, Nice Big American Baby is some of the... (read more)

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The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World
The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World
by Tim Harford
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Tim Harford's follow-up to his breakout bestseller, The Undercover Economist, is a panoramic view of the role of economics in our lives, from our jobs and marriages to our cities and even the history of human civilization. The Logic of Life sheds light... (read more)

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Human Resources: Stories (Tin House New Voice)
Human Resources: Stories (Tin House New Voice)
by Josh Goldfaden
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Josh Goldfaden's debut book, Human Resources is an often hilarious, perfectly crafted, spot-on collection of inventive and moving stories which include pirates, litter removal specialists, Bruce Springsteen, and an intelligent fern. They're some of the... (read more)

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The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia
by C. S. Lewis
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Rich in symbolism, page-turning action, and lovely prose, these classic coming-of-age tales of good versus evil have lost none of their magic.... (read more)

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I Curse the River of Time
I Curse the River of Time
by Per Petterson
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Exploring politics, philosophy, the nature of love, and the question of how to live a good life, Petterson's latest is melancholy, beautiful, and at times darkly funny — another extraordinary novel from a master of the form.... (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 First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language
The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language
by Christine Kenneally
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The First Word is a fascinating search for the origins of language, which takes the reader through genetics, evolution, and the process of defining language itself. Christine Kenneally is a capable guide to answering this difficult and complex question... (read more)

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The Summer without Men
The Summer without Men
by Siri Hustvedt
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Smart, wry, engaging, and affecting, The Summer without Men is a triumph. The narrator's voice is utterly distinctive, and her mind is a joy to inhabit. A must for Hustvedt fans, and if you haven't read her before, you're missing out on one of America's... (read more)

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Specimen Days
Specimen Days
by Michael Cunningham
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Specimen Days, a novel in three parts, showcases Michael Cunningham's capacity to evoke complex characters and expansive emotional reactions. Featuring a host of shifting but related characters — including a lizard-like alien and a precocious boy with... (read more)

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Mortals
Mortals
by Norman Rush
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Mortals includes Botswanan politics, the role of philosophy and religion in government, and covert intelligence operations, but at heart, it's a wonderful and desperate love story. Norman Rush is the most skillful and complex of the writers I've... (read more)

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The Evolution of God (Back Bay Readers' Pick)
The Evolution of God (Back Bay Readers' Pick)
by Robert Wright
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Robert Wright's The Evolution of God is a fascinating history of religion in all its forms, from the beginning stirrings of theology to the conflicting faiths we live with today. This intelligent, accessible, and thorough book gives us new insight into... (read more)

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Fallen
Fallen
by David Maine
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Historical fiction can be a tough balance between fact and imagination. Biblical fiction, by extension, can be even more difficult to pull off — loaded as the stories and characters are with centuries of interpretation and emotion. Fallen succeeds... (read more)

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America America
America America
by Ethan Canin
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America America is a sweeping, epic story that more fully explores themes Canin has written about previously — class, politics, fatherhood, wealth, and power — in a seamless and beautiful multigenerational American saga. Both an important work... (read more)

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The European Dream
The European Dream
by Jeremy Rifkin
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"[Rikfin's] major achievement in The European Dream is to draw together and cohere the complex historical, philosophical, and theological forces that have created such very different worldviews for shaping the future for us and our neighbors across the... (read more)

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The Unnamed
The Unnamed
by Joshua Ferris
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The Unnamed is a very different (and much darker) book than Then We Came to the End, but Ferris's clarity of voice, urgency of purpose, fascinating characters, and even hints of humor remain. A marvelous and heartbreaking meditation on the mind and body... (read more)

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The Highest Tide
The Highest Tide
by Jim Lynch
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"Jim Lynch's fictional debut explores what's so remarkable about the squid and its unusual ocean brethren, as well as what it's like growing up by the edge of sea. The Highest Tide has much to recommend it, including the narrator himself....[A] classic... (read more)

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The Working Poor: Invisible in America
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
by David K Shipler
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The Working Poor is a deeply impressive book, a thorough and balanced study of the millions of Americans living at or around the poverty line. Shipler's varied portraits and interviews are insightful and moving, and his analysis of causes and suggestions... (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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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
by Diane Ackerman
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Ackerman's bestselling books, including A Natural History of the Senses and An Alchemy of Mind, are illuminating windows into the human condition, and are distinguished not only by Ackerman's graceful and exuberant prose but by her inclusion of her own... (read more)

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The Tragedy of Arthur
The Tragedy of Arthur
by Arthur Phillips
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Arthur Phillips is best known for Prague, but all his books are fantastic, and The Tragedy of Arthur might represent a new peak. Playful, multi-layered, moving, and hilarious, Phillips's latest novel is an incredibly original commentary on art, failure... (read more)

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