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From Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to blockbuster bestsellers, Picador presents its biggest highlights of the last decade.

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Middlesex

A Novel

"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near...

Jeffrey Eugenides Jeffrey Eugenides

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This brilliant epic novel set in New York and Prague introduces us to two misfit young men who make it big by creating comic-book superheroes. Joe Kavalier, a...

Michael Chabon Michael Chabon

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Gilead

A Novel

Twenty-four years after her first novel, Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the...

Marilynne Robinson Marilynne Robinson

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The Corrections

A Novel

Stretching from the Midwest at midcentury to the Wall Street and Eastern Europe of today, The Corrections brings an old-fashioned world of civic virtue and...

"...Stretching from the Midwest at midcentury to the Wall Street and Eastern Europe of today, The Corrections brings an old-fashioned world of civic virtue and.... Winner of the National Book Award After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable..."

Jonathan Franzen Jonathan Franzen

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Better

A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

National Bestseller The struggle to perform well is universal: each of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But...

"...National Bestseller The struggle to perform well is universal: each of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But.... National Bestseller   The struggle to perform well is universal: each of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives may be on the line with any decision.   Atul Gawande, the New York Times bestselling

Atul Gawande Atul Gawande

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Complications

A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel’s edge....

"...profession with bravery and humanity.” —Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist “The stories..."

Atul Gawande Atul Gawande

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Twilight of the Superheroes

Stories

Deborah Eisenberg is nearly unmatched in her mastery of the short-story form. Now, in her newest collection, she demonstrates once again her virtuosic...

Deborah Eisenberg Deborah Eisenberg

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Out Stealing Horses

A Novel

We were going out stealing horses. That was what he said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It...

"...NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW A TIME MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER OF THE IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY.... NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW A TIME MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER OF THE IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD Out Stealing Horses has been embraced across the world as a classic, a novel of universal relevance and power. Panoramic and gripping, it tells the story of Trond Sander, ..."

By Per Petterson and Anne Born

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The Echo Maker

A Novel

Winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction The Echo Maker is "a remarkable novel, from one of our greatest novelists, and a book that will change...

"...Winner of the 2006 National Book Award The Echo Maker is "a remarkable novel, from one of our greatest novelists, and a book that will change all who.... Winner of the 2006 National Book Award   The Echo Maker is "a remarkable novel, from one of our greatest novelists, and a book that will change all who read it" (Booklist, starred review).   On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter has a near-fatal car accident. His older sister, Karin, ret..."

Richard Powers Richard Powers

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Tree of Smoke

A Novel

Tree of Smoke is the 2007 National Book Award Winner for Fiction. One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year Named a Best Book of the Year by...

"...Winner of the National Book Award One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year Named a Best Book of the Year by Time, The Washington Post, The.... Winner of the National Book Award One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year Named a Best Book of the Year by Time, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Amazon.com, Salon, Slate, The National Book Critics Circle, The Christian Science Monitor. . . . Tree of Smoke is the story o..."

Denis Johnson Denis Johnson

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The Brooklyn Follies

A Novel

Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, retired, estranged from his only daughter, the former life insurance salesman seeks only solitude and...

Paul Auster Paul Auster

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Lush Life

A Novel

A National Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Lush Life is a tale of two Lower East Sides: one a high-priced bohemia, the other a home to...

"...A National Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Lush Life is a tale of two Lower East Sides: one a high-priced bohemia, the other a home to.... A National Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Lush Life is a tale of two Lower East Sides: one a high-priced bohemia, the other a home to hardship, it's residents pushed to the edges of their time-honored turf. When a cocky young hipster is shot to death by a street kid from the "other" lower east side, th..."

Richard Price Richard Price

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2666

A Novel

A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2008 Time Magazine's Best Book of 2008 Los Angeles Times Best...

"...A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2008 Time Magazine's Best Book of 2008 Los Angeles Times Best.... A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2008 Time Magazine's Best Book of 2008 Los Angeles Times Best Books of 2008 San Francisco Chronicle's 50 Best Fiction Books of 2008 Seattle Times Best Books of 2008 New York Magazine Top Ten Books of 2008   Three academics on the trail of a re..."

By Roberto Bolaño and Natasha Wimmer

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Running with Scissors

A Memoir

The #1 New York Times Bestseller An Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year Now a Major Motion Picture Running with Scissors is the true...

"...The #1 New York Times Bestseller An Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year Now a Major Motion Picture Running with Scissors is the true.... The #1 New York Times Bestseller   An Entertainment..."

Augusten Burroughs Augusten Burroughs

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The Appointment

A Novel

WINNER OF THE 2009 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE From the winner of the IMPAC Award, a fierce novel about a young Romanian woman's discovery of betrayal in...

"...WINNER OF THE 2009 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE From the winner of the IMPAC Award, a fierce novel about a young Romanian woman's discovery of betrayal in.... WINNER OF THE 2009 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE   From the winner of the IMPAC Award, a fierce novel about a young Romanian woman's discovery of betrayal in the most intimate reaches of her life "I've been summoned. Thursday, ten sharp." Thus begins one day in the life of a young clothing-factory worker..."

By Herta Müller, Michael Hulse and Philip Boehm

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The Hours

A Novel

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel becomes a motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, directed by Stephen Daldry from a...

"...The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel becomes a motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, directed by Stephen Daldry from a.... The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel becomes a motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, directed by Stephen Daldry from a screenplay by David Hare The Hours tells the story of three women: Virginia Woolf, beginning to write Mrs. Dalloway as she recuperates in a London suburb with her husband in 1923; C..."

Michael Cunningham Michael Cunningham

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He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem—ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory.  She...

Yoko Ogawa Yoko Ogawa

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The Shock Doctrine

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

In this groundbreaking alternative history of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution, Naomi Klein challenges...

"...In this groundbreaking alternative history of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution, Naomi Klein challenges.... In this groundbreaking alternative history of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution, Naomi Klein challenges the popular myth of this movement's peaceful global victory. From Chile in 1973 to Iraq today, Klein shows how Friedman and his followers have repeatedly harnessed terr..."

Naomi Klein Naomi Klein

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What I Loved

A Novel

What I Loved begins in New York in 1975, when art historian Leo Hertzberg discovers an extraordinary painting by an unknown artist in a SoHo gallery. He buys...

Siri Hustvedt Siri Hustvedt

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The Savage Detectives

A Novel

National Bestseller In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolaño tells the story of two modern-day...

"...National Bestseller In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolaño tells the story of two modern-day.... National Bestseller   In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolaño tells the story of two modern-day Quixotes--the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself--on a tragicomic quest through a darkening, entropic universe: our own. The Savage Det..."

By Roberto Bolaño and Natasha Wimmer

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Time #1 Nonfiction Book of 2007 Entertainment Weekly #1 Nonfiction Book of 2007 Finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award Salon Book Awards...

"...intervention? In his revelatory, bestselling account, Alan Weisman draws on every field of science..."

Alan Weisman Alan Weisman

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Can't Stop Won't Stop

A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop has been a generation-defining global movement. In a post–civil rights era rapidly transformed...

"...of popular music ever written."--The New Yorker   "When Hip-Hop 101 becomes a requirement, Jeff Chang's..."

By Jeff Chang and D.J. Kool Herc

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