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A Tale for the Time Being
A Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozeki
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A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki — shortlisted for the Booker Prize. “A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.” In Tokyo,... (read more)

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The Invention of Wings
The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd
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From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a New York Times bestselling novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the... (read more)

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Orphan Train: Novel
Orphan Train: Novel
by Christina Baker Kline
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Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and... (read more)

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The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
by Donna Tartt
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue... (read more)

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Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
by Mitch Albom
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The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
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Donna Tartt delivers a beautifully rendered story about a young boy whose life takes a striking turn when an art museum explosion presents him the opportunity to "rescue" a priceless painting that will always hauntingly remind him of his mother.... (read more)

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
by Haruki Murakami
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Known for his beautiful, haunting, lyrical, and — at times — funny surrealistic stylings, Haruki Murakami is one of the most beloved Japanese authors in the Western world. Although infused with the pop culture of the West, his writing remains... (read more)

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Mink River
Mink River
by Brian Doyle
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I haven't enjoyed a book this much in so long! Set in a tiny coastal Oregon town, this story is populated with characters who seem to leap off the page and speak their lines into your ear. They are that real. Brian Doyle breaks all the so-called "rules... (read more)

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The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood
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Atwood's classic dystopian novel of a terrifying (and terrifyingly plausible) future America has rewarded rereading like no other book; I've probably read it 30 times by now. The world of the narrator, Offred (from "Of Fred" — women no longer have... (read more)

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Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)
by Jeff VanderMeer
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Annihilation is haunting and dreamlike, eerily menacing and appealingly open to interpretation. Immersion in VanderMeer's intriguing and beautifully drawn dystopian world will keep you up at night.... (read more)

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
by Jonathan Safran Foer
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I absolutely loved Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close a most precious and delightful novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Oskar Schell made me laugh, smile, and just feel good. He is a charmer who's won my heart through the tears and the joy.... (read more)

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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
by Allie Brosh
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Local author Allie Brosh uses MS Paint and her inspired prose to create hilarious and poignant stories and essays. Whether she's discussing her dogs, depression, hot sauce, or her childhood, Brosh is insightful and darkly comic. Half original material... (read more)

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Stoner (06 Edition)
Stoner (06 Edition)
by John Williams
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The NYRB Classics series is designedly and determinedly exploratory and eclectic, a mix of fiction and non-fiction from different eras and times and of various sorts. The series includes nineteenth century novels and experimental novels, reportage and... (read more)

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Then We Came to the End: A Novel
Then We Came to the End: A Novel
by Joshua Ferris
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Then We Came to the End tells the story of an ad agency in decline, circa 2001. "We had a toy client, a car client, a long-distance carrier and a pet store," readers are told. We. Ferris uses the first person plural to present the agency's collective... (read more)

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Housekeeping
Housekeeping
by Marilynne Robinson
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Winner of the Pen/Hemingway... (read more)

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1Q84 (Vintage International)
1Q84 (Vintage International)
by Haruki Murakami
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The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she... (read more)

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Plainsong (Vintage Contemporaries)
Plainsong (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Kent Haruf
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Just before Plainsong really hit big, I interviewed Kent Haruf for a now-defunct magazine called Boswell; and after speaking to Mr. Haruf for an hour, caught a glimpse of the modest spirit behind this wise novel. The story is written with deep humility... (read more)

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The Invention of Wings
The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd
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Inspired by the true story of early-19th-century abolitionist Sarah Grimké, The Invention of Wings follows the lives and evolving friendship of two women, one the rebellious daughter of a Southern plantation owner, the other an indomitable slave... (read more)

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
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Perfect for book groups, a charming series of letters make up this short novel set in post-WWII Europe. The correspondents, drawn together by their love of books and affection for each other, collectively tell a moving tale of endurance and friendship in... (read more)

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I Know This Much Is True (08 Edition)
I Know This Much Is True (08 Edition)
by Wally Lamb
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Wally Lamb is the author of four previous novels, including the New York Times and national bestseller The Hour I First Believed and Wishin' and Hopin', a bestselling novella. His first two works of fiction, She's Come Undone and I Know This... (read more)

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