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On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood (P.S.)
On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood (P.S.)
by Irmgard A Hunt
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Growing up in the beautiful mountains of Berchtesgaden -- just steps from Adolf Hitler's alpine retreat -- Irmgard Hunt had a seemingly happy, simple childhood. In her powerful, illuminating, and sometimes frightening memoir, Hunt recounts a youth lived... (read more)

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Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography (P.S.)
Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography (P.S.)
by Zora Neale Hurston
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“Warm, witty, imaginative. . . . This is a rich and winning book.”—The New YorkerDust Tracks on a Road is the bold, poignant, and funny autobiography of novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, one of American... (read more)

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Sex with Kings: Five Hundred Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry and Revenge (P.S.)
Sex with Kings: Five Hundred Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry and Revenge (P.S.)
by Eleanor Herman
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Throughout the centuries, royal mistresses have been worshiped, feared, envied, and reviled. They set the fashions, encouraged the arts, and, in some cases, ruled nations. Eleanor Herman's Sex with Kings takes us into the throne rooms and bedrooms of... (read more)

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The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
by Dinaw Mengestu
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A vibrant debut novel, set in Brooklyn and Bangladesh, follows three young women and one family struggling to make peace with secrets and their past For as long as she can remember, Ella has longed to feel at home. Orphaned as a child after her parents... (read more)

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The Motel Life: A Novel (P.S.)
The Motel Life: A Novel (P.S.)
by Willy Vlautin
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Vlautin is a natural. He's managed to craft a debut novel that is funny, sad, uplifting, and honest, in a voice that seems effortless and yet leaves room for both the imagination of the reader and the growth of the writer. Vlautin is the kind of author... (read more)

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Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind (P.S.)
Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind (P.S.)
by Loung Ung
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After enduring years of hunger, deprivation, and devastating loss at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, ten-year-old Loung Ung became the "lucky child," the sibling chosen to accompany her eldest brother to America while her one surviving sister and two... (read more)

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The Fifth Mountain
The Fifth Mountain
by Paulo Coelho
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Plot Summary When the novel begins, the year is 870 B.C., and the prophet Elijah is in his early twenties and fleeing for his life. His death has been ordered by the beautiful but implacable Jezebel, wife of Israel's King Ahab. His " crime"... (read more)

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The Yiddish Policemen's Union (P.S.)
The Yiddish Policemen's Union (P.S.)
by Michael Chabon
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After winning the Pulitzer Prize for his groundbreaking The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon returns for another literary tour de force. In a "what-if" story for adults, Chabon imagines that Alaska was turned into a Jewish state... (read more)

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Absalom, Absalom! (Vintage International)
Absalom, Absalom! (Vintage International)
by William Faulkner
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“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out.... (read more)

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Ask the Dust (P.S.)
Ask the Dust (P.S.)
by John Fante
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Ask the Dust is a virtuoso performance by an influential master of the 20th-century American novel. It is the story of Arturo Bandini, a young writer in 1930s Los Angeles who falls hard for the elusive, mocking, unstable Camilla Lopez, a Mexican waitress.... (read more)

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The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen & Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (P.S.)
The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen & Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (P.S.)
by Trevor Corson
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In this intimate portrait of an island lobstering community and aneccentric band of renegade biologists, journalist Trevor Corson escorts the reader onto the slippery decks of fishing boats, through danger-filled scuba dives, and deep into the churning... (read more)

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This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
by Daniel J. Levitin
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A revelation for music buffs and science geeks — and all the better if you happen to be both. How do memory and music work together? What makes timbre? How do writers like Lennon and McCartney, or John Coltrane and Miles Davis, manipulate our... (read more)

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Michael Tolliver Lives (P.S.)
Michael Tolliver Lives (P.S.)
by Armistead Maupin
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Nearly two decades after ending his groundbreaking Tales of the City saga of San Francisco life, Armistead Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero Michael Tolliver — the fifty-five-year-old sweet-spirited gardener and survivor of the plague that took... (read more)

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Loving Frank
Loving Frank
by Nancy Horan
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I Love You, Beth Cooper (P.S.)
I Love You, Beth Cooper (P.S.)
by Larry Doyle
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When Adam Freedman — a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California — goes to stay with his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does. It is the summer... (read more)

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Utterly Monkey (P.S.)
Utterly Monkey (P.S.)
by Nick Laird
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Danny Williams didn't mean to be a lawyer, but somehow he is -- and for up to eighteen hours a day. He's well paid, home owning, and twenty-seven but is also overworked, lonely, and frequently stoned. The plan was to leave the troubles of a small town in... (read more)

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One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War (P.S.)
One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War (P.S.)
by Charles London
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Today, in violence-torn regions across the globe, 20 million children have been uprooted, orphaned, or injured by war, famine, and poverty. This is their story . . . and ours. In this powerful and unforgettable book—by turns painful, funny... (read more)

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In Country (P.S.)
In Country (P.S.)
by Bobbie Ann Mason
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The bestselling novel and deeply affecting story of a young girl's confrontation with the legacy of Vietnam. "A brilliant and moving book . . . a moral tale that entwines public history with private anguish."--"New York Times."... (read more)

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April Fool's Day (P.S.)
April Fool's Day (P.S.)
by Josip Novakovich
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Ivan Dolinar is born in Tito's Yugoslavia on April Fool's Day, 1948 -- the auspicious beginning of a life that will be derailed by backfiring good intentions in a world of propaganda and paranoia. At age nineteen, an innocent prank cuts the young... (read more)

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The Eyre Affair  (Thursday Next #01)
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #01)
by Jasper Fforde
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The Eyre Affair took me a little time to really get into, but once Thursday Next — a literary detective from the future — enters Charlotte Bronte's novel and tries to save Jane and the story, the book is thoroughly fun, with all the digs at the... (read more)

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