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The Embers

A Novel

A People Magazine "Get Set for Summer Pick" One of InStyle Magazine's Top 5 Beach Reads Blessed with beauty, talent, and a loving family, the Aschers...

"..., “The Best in Summer Reading” “The Embers is the sort of novel I’m always hoping to find—from..."

Hyatt Bass Hyatt Bass

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Blame

A Novel

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE CHICAGO TRIBUNE FAVORITE FICTION OF THE YEAR O, THE OPRAH...

"...CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE CHICAGO TRIBUNE FAVORITE FICTION OF THE YEAR O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE TEN TERRIFIC READS OF THE YEAR A WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A KANSAS CITY STAR 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR Patsy MacLemoore, a twenty-eight-year-old history..."

Michelle Huneven Michelle Huneven

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Small Island

A Novel

Small Island has sold a million copies worldwide. This new edition of the award-winning novel ties in with the BBC /Masterpiece theatre adaptation, and the...

"...Small Island has sold a million copies worldwide. This new edition of the award-winning novel ties..."

Andrea Levy Andrea Levy

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All the Living

A Novel

“A first novel so self-assured and unto itself, so unswerving in its purpose, so strummed through with a peculiar, particular, electrifying sound, that I found...

"...with a peculiar, particular, electrifying sound, that I found.... A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice One of the National Book Foundation's 5 Best Writers Under 35 Finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished book of fiction Third Place in Fiction for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award Aloma is an orphan, raised by her aunt and uncle, educated at a mission school..."

C. E. Morgan C. E. Morgan

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Mathilda Savitch

A Novel

A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR BEST BOOK OF 2009 A BOOKLIST BEST BOOK OF 2009 A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2009 Fear doesn’t come naturally to Mathilda...

"...A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR BEST BOOK OF 2009 A BOOKLIST BEST BOOK OF 2009 A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2009 Fear doesn’t come naturally to Mathilda.... A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR BEST BOOK OF 2009 A BOOKLIST BEST BOOK OF 2009 A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2009 Fear doesn’t come naturally..."

Victor Lodato Victor Lodato

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The Spare Room

A Novel

In this critically acclaimed novel, award-winning writer Helen Garner confronts the joys and limits of female friendship under the transforming pressure of...

"...In this critically acclaimed novel, award-winning writer Helen Garner confronts the joys and limits of female friendship under the transforming pressure of.... In her first novel in fifteen years, Helen Garner writes about the joys and limits of female friendship under the transforming pressure..."

Helen Garner Helen Garner

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The Calligrapher's Daughter

A Novel

A sweeping debut novel, inspired by the life of the author’s mother, about a young woman who dares to fight for a brighter future in occupied Korea In...

"....”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Eugenia Kim’s sensitive first novel, which depicts 30 years of Korea’s..."

Eugenia Kim Eugenia Kim

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The Embers

A Novel

A once-charmed family is forced to confront the devastating tragedy that struck it years ago in this fiercely tender tale of betrayal and reconciliation It’s...

"..., The Phoenix, “The Best in Summer Reading” “The Embers is the sort of novel I’m always hoping to find—from..."

Hyatt Bass Hyatt Bass

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The Boys in the Trees

A Novel

“This is a mesmerizing novel, that can truly claim to be filled with a ‘terrible beauty.’”—Alice Munro Newly arrived to the countryside, William Heath, his...

"...the volatile collisions between our best intentions—how a passing stranger can leave an indelible mark..."

Mary Swan Mary Swan

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Feeling Sorry for Celia

A Novel

A #1 Bestseller in Australia and Book Sense 76 Pick Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth Clarry. Her best friend Celia keeps disappearing, her absent...

"...warmth and humanity, it is the best 'feel-good' book I've read in a long time." —Marian Keyes, author..."

Jaclyn Moriarty

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This I Believe

The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

An inspiring collection of the personal philosophies of a group of remarkable men and women Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name,...

"...An inspiring collection of the personal philosophies of a group of remarkable men and women Based..."

By Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

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Dry

A Memoir

From the bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Dry—the hilarious, moving, and no less bizarre account of what happened next. You may not...

"...of group therapy with Robert Downey, Jr., are immediately dashed by the grim reality of fluorescent..."

Augusten Burroughs Augusten Burroughs

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Mockingbird

A Portrait of Harper Lee

"A fine, well-rounded portrait of Harper Lee. Mockingbird is good reading."—Star-Tribune (Minneapolis) To Kill a Mockingbird—the twentieth century's most...

"...Lee. Mockingbird is good reading.”—Star-Tribune (Minneapolis) To Kill a Mockingbird—the twentieth century’s most widely read American novel—has sold thirty million copies and still sells a million..."

Charles J. Shields Charles J. Shields

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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...

"...Times Book Review (cover review) "A towering achievement. . . . [Eugenides] has emerged as the great American writer that many of us suspected him of being." --Los Angeles Times Book Review (cover review) "A big, cheeky, splendid novel. . . it goes places few narrators would dare to tread..."

Jeffrey Eugenides Jeffrey Eugenides

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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..."

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..."

Richard Powers Richard Powers

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Housekeeping

A Novel

A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent...

"...doesn't want to miss any pleasure it might yield." --Le Anne Schreiber, The New York Times Book Review..."

Marilynne Robinson Marilynne Robinson

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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...

"...Review "Incandescent . . . magnificent . . . [a] literary miracle."--Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment..."

Marilynne Robinson Marilynne Robinson

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The Red Tent

A Novel

A New York Times Bestseller A decade after the publication of this hugely popular international bestseller, Picador releases the tenth anniversary...

Anita Diamant Anita Diamant

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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...

"...and his ambition make this a novel of towering achievement."—The New York Times Book Review "It's absolutely gosh-wow, super-colossal—smart, funny, and a continual pleasure to read."—Washington Post Book..."

Michael Chabon Michael Chabon

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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..."

Jonathan Franzen Jonathan Franzen

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One Thousand White Women

The Journals of May Dodd

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...

"...-told. It will be widely read for a long time, as will the rest of Jim Fergus's work." --Rick Bass..."

Jim Fergus

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I Capture the Castle

Now a major motion picture from the Academy Award-winning producer of Shakespeare in Love I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old...

"...Now a major motion picture from the Academy Award-winning producer of Shakespeare in Love I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old.... Now a major motion picture from the Academy Award-winning producer of Shakespeare in Love I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills...."

Dodie Smith

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Soul of a Citizen

Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time

Soul of a Citizen awakens within us the desire and the ability to make our voices heard and our actions count. We can lead lives worthy of our...

"...and purpose not found in a purely personal life.. "I stayed up half the night reading Soul of a Citizen..."

Paul Rogat Loeb Paul Rogat Loeb

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