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Independent People
Independent People
by Halldor Laxness
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"Independent People is epic and thorough, covering the sweep of generations as well as detailed hours ticking by during sleepless nights, ambling walks around the plains. It is a novel of contrasts, especially in its nuanced exploration of character... (read more)

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Hard Rain Falling (New York Review Books Classics)
Hard Rain Falling (New York Review Books Classics)
by Don Carpenter
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One of the greatest novels published in the '60s, it's a shame this gritty, heartbreaking story about a teenaged orphan set loose on the streets of Portland is so little known. Time does have a way of sorting the wheat from the chaff, though. Here's... (read more)

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The Burgess Boys
The Burgess Boys
by Elizabeth Strout
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The Burgess Boys is a story about family — what it is, what it isn't, and what it can become. For their entire lives, a childhood tragedy hangs over Bob, Jim, and Susan Burgess. It takes another tragedy (of sorts) to shake apart the tedium that... (read more)

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America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, Teacher's Edition
America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, Teacher's Edition
by Jon Stewart
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For everyone who was too cheap to buy the hardcover, the blockbuster, award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller is now in trade paperback-with a new introduction, fully updated, and with equally unsettling nude photos of the newest Supreme Court... (read more)

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Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
by Clarissa Pinkola Estes Ph.D
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"The work of Clarissa Pinkola Estés, rooted in old and deep family rites and in archetypal psychology, recognizes that the soul is not lost, but has been put to sleep....This volume reminds us that we are nature for all our sophistication... (read more)

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Drop City
Drop City
by T. C. Boyle
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In Drop City, Boyle gives us an insider's view of two very different, self-constructed realities, each with their own set of mores. From the rugged individuals eking out a living in wild Alaska to the communal hippies struggling to be "one," Boyle lays... (read more)

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Wide Sargasso Sea (Norton Critical Edition)
Wide Sargasso Sea (Norton Critical Edition)
by Jean Rhys
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Textual notes illuminate the novel's historical background, regional references, and the non-translated Creole and French phrases necessary to fully understand this powerful story. Backgrounds includes a wealth of material on the novel's long evolution... (read more)

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The Norton Anthology of World Literature
The Norton Anthology of World Literature
by Martin Puchner
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Read by millions of students since its first publication, remains the most-trusted anthology of world literature available. Guided by the advice of more than 500 teachers of world literature and a panel of regional specialists, the editors of the Third... (read more)

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Dancing at the Rascal Fair
Dancing at the Rascal Fair
by Ivan Doig
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Pamela Guillard San Francisco Chronicle Dazzling...I find myself filled With such high praise for this book that instead of relating paltry bits of it, I want to quote the whole glorious thing....Doig plunges right in and, while giving us a gorgeous... (read more)

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One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
by Jim Fergus
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One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial... (read more)

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Norton Anthology of Literature By Women : the Traditions in English - Volume 2 (3RD 07 Edition)
Norton Anthology of Literature By Women : the Traditions in English - Volume 2 (3RD 07 Edition)
by Sandra Gilbert
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Now, the much-anticipated Third Edition responds to the wealth of writing by women across the globe with the inclusion of 61 new authors (219 in all) whose diverse works span six centuries.  A more flexible two-volume format and a versatile new... (read more)

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The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht and Dozens of Experts
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Lost Wisdom is a celebration of the time-honored lore on which people once relied. It draws on folklore, tradition, and superstition and is packed with amusing anecdotes and historical extracts that illuminate the beliefs and knowledge of our ancestors.... (read more)

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One Hundred Years of Solitude (70 Edition)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (70 Edition)
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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“The first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race.” William Kennedy, New York Times Book... (read more)

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The Flamethrowers
The Flamethrowers
by Rachel Kushner
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Land art, motorcycles, and '70s revolutionaries meld together brilliantly in The Flamethrowers. In prose both provocative and menacing, Kushner explores this unusual territory through the eyes of her intrepid female protagonist, Reno, and constructs an... (read more)

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Butcher's Crossing (New York Review Books Classics)
Butcher's Crossing (New York Review Books Classics)
by John Williams
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"John Williams's unsparing novels express a highly qualified though resilient optimism about our ability to salvage something of value from life's impossible conditions. Along with the necessary isolation of the artist, he conveys the sobering if... (read more)

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Wide Sargasso Sea (Norton Paperback Fiction)
Wide Sargasso Sea (Norton Paperback Fiction)
by Jean Rhys
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Jean Rhys's reputation was made upon the publication of this passionate and heartbreaking novel, in which she brings into the light one of fiction's most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. A sensual and... (read more)

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Every Living Thing
Every Living Thing
by Cynthia Rylant
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Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake... (read more)

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Animal Dreams
Animal Dreams
by Barbara Kingsolver
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Barbara Kingsolver's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She received... (read more)

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Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood
by Haruki Murakami
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“A masterly novel....Norwegian Wood bears the unmistakable marks of Murakami's hand.” The New York Times Book... (read more)

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New York: The Novel
New York: The Novel
by Edward Rutherfurd
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A bestselling master of historical sagas ("London: The Novel") returns with the epic fictional journey of six New York families from the city's founding to the present day.... (read more)

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