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Journal of Jesse Smoke (01 Edition)
Journal of Jesse Smoke (01 Edition)
by Joseph Bruchac
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The Cherokees call The Trail of Tears "Nunda'utsun'yi", or "The Place Where the People Cried". Jesse Smoke, his mother, and sisters are forced to abandon their home, their land, and their possessions when they and several thousand other Cherokees are... (read more)

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World Without End
World Without End
by Ken Follett
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In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected. Critics were overwhelmed — &... (read more)

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Gift : Poems By Hafiz, Great Sufi Master (99 Edition)
Gift : Poems By Hafiz, Great Sufi Master (99 Edition)
by Hafiz
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Chosen by author Elizabeth Gilbert as one of her ten favorite books, Daniel Ladinsky’s extraordinary renderings of 250 unforgettable lyrical poems by Hafiz, one of the greatest Sufi poets of all time More than any other Persian poet—even Rumi&... (read more)

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Underworld
Underworld
by Don DeLillo
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A finalist for the National Book Award, Don DeLillo’s most powerful and riveting novel—“a great American novel, a masterpiece, a thrilling page-turner” (San Francisco Chronicle)—Underworld is about the second half of the... (read more)

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A Summons to Memphis
A Summons to Memphis
by Peter Taylor
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One of the most celebrated novels of its time, the Pulitzer Prize winner A Summons to Memphis introduces the Carver family, natives of Nashville, residents, with the exception of Phillip, of Memphis, Tennessee. During the twilight of a Sunday afternoon... (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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The Pillars of the Earth (Oprah's Book Club Selection #60)
The Pillars of the Earth (Oprah's Book Club Selection #60)
by Ken Follett
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The spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known—and a struggle between good and evil that will turn... (read more)

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Charming Billy
Charming Billy
by Alice McDermott
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Billy Lynch's family and friends have gathered at a small Bronx bar. They have come to comfort his widow and to eulogize one of the last great romantics, trading tales of his famous humor, immense charm, and unfathomable sorrow. As they linger on into... (read more)

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Gilgamesh : Verse Narrative (03 Edition)
Gilgamesh : Verse Narrative (03 Edition)
by Herbert Mason
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Herbert Mason's best-selling Gilgamesh is the most widely read and enduring interpretation of this ancient Babylonian epic. One of the oldest and most universal stories known in literature, the epic of Gilgamesh presents the grand, timeless themes of... (read more)

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The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea
The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea
by Adam Johnson
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An epic novel that elevates its acclaimed author to a whole new level, The Orphan Master’s Son is a stunning work of fiction that follows a young man’s undercover journey in the world’s most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea. Pak Jun... (read more)

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The Time Keeper
The Time Keeper
by Mitch Albom
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From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper--a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours. The... (read more)

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Borderlands / La Frontera: the New Mestiza (4TH 12 Edition)
Borderlands / La Frontera: the New Mestiza (4TH 12 Edition)
by Gloria Anzaldua
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Rooted in Gloria Anzaldúa's experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the essays and poems in this volume profoundly challenged, and continue to challenge, how we think about identity. Borderlands / La Frontera remaps our... (read more)

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The River Why
The River Why
by David James Duncan
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Not in recent memory has there been such a unique and vibrant fictional character — a character who could make us laugh so easily, feel so deeply, who speaks with such startling truth about the way we live — as Gus Orviston, the irreverent young... (read more)

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Pedro Paramo
Pedro Paramo
by Juan Rulfo
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Beseeched by his dying mother to locate his father, Pedro Paramo, whom they fled from years ago, Juan Preciado sets out for Comala. Comala is a town alive with whispers and shadows — a place seemingly populated only by memory and hallucinations... (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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One Hundred Years of Solitude (70 Edition)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (70 Edition)
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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One of the most influential literary works of our time, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. One Hundred Years of... (read more)

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This Is How You Lose Her
This Is How You Lose Her
by Junot Diaz
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Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz’s first book, Drown, established him as a major new writer with "the dispassionate eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet" (Newsweek). His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was named... (read more)

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Monkey: Folk Novel of China by Wu Ch'eng En
Monkey: Folk Novel of China by Wu Ch'eng En
by Wu Ch'Eng-En
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Probably the most popular book in the history of the Far east, this classic combination of picaresque novel and folk epic mixes satire, allegory, and history into a rollicking tale. It is the story of the roguish monkey and his encounters with major and... (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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Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague.  Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way... (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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