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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Bookseller: Ev 
Title: Station Eleven 

Comments:
In a moment of eerie, unsettling coincidence, I began reading this novel just a day or two before the news broke of the first U.S. Ebola case. Post-apocalyptic fiction generally doesn't appeal to me, but I took a chance on Station Eleven, based on some great reviews and Ann Pratchett's enthusiastic blurb... and spent the next few days lost in a near-future world of terror and beauty, where ordinary life has become exceptional and the extraordinary, commonplace. A wondrous, unforgettable read.


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Tell the Wolves I'm Home Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812982855
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Published: Dial Press - June 4th, 2013

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Title: Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Comments:
You are holding in your hands an absolutely unforgettable, profound and beautifully written story that is all the more remarkable because it is Carol Rifka Brunt's first novel. Set against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic in NYC during the 1980s and told utterly convincingly from the perspective of a 15 year old girl, it poignantly illuminates her path toward adulthood through the griefs and fear and prejudices of the age. You will care for and remember these characters long after you've turned the final page and shed your last tears.


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Bellweather Rhapsody Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544129917
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 13th, 2014

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Title: Bellweather Rhapsody

Comments:
Coming Soon!!


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All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501173219
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 4th, 2017

Bookseller: Ev
Title: All the Light We Cannot See

Comments:
This is a masterpiece-one of the most original, richly imagined, beautifully written novels I've ever read. It has taken its place in my own literary constellation of "Favorite Books of All Time", blazing brilliantly up there in the company of such stars as The English Patient and Kate Atkinson's Life After Life.


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Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781608198061
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 6th, 2014

Bookseller: Ev
Title: Can We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

Comments:
Coming Soon!!


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The English Girl (Gabriel Allon #13) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062073181
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Published: Harper - February 18th, 2014

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Title: The English Girl

Comments:
I don't usually read thrillers, but this one caught my eye and I ended up being totally captivated by its smart, intricately plotted suspense, its flawed heroes, and even (at times) its oddly appealing villains.

Daniel Silva is brilliant in his mining of the contemporary world of political intrigue and international espionage- now I want to start with the first book in the Gabriel Allon series and read them all.


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Sparky! Cover Image
By Jenny Offill, Chris Appelhans (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375870231
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - March 11th, 2014

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Title: Sparky


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Aesop's Fables Cover Image
By Aesop, Ayano Imai (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9789888240524
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Published: Minedition - November 1st, 2013

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Title: Aesop's Fables


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Once Upon a Memory Cover Image
By Nina Laden, Renata Liwska (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316208161
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 3rd, 2013

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Title: Once Upon a Memory


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Mr. Wuffles! (Caldecott Medal - Honors Winning Title(s)) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618756612
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Published: Clarion Books - October 1st, 2013

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Title: Mr. Wuffles


Mouse House Tales Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609050504
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Published: Blue Apple Books - October 22nd, 2013

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Title: Mouse House Tales


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The Daughters of Mars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476734620
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 6th, 2014

Title: The Daughters of Mars

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Reading time has been hard to come by in recent weeks, but even so, I never once thought of abandoning this magnificent epic novel of WWI. Told from the unflinching perspectives of two Australian sisters who volunteer for the nursing corps, it offers everything we look for in the best historical fiction- brilliant prose, a richly detailed and utterly convincing sense of time and place, achingly human, unforgettable character and relentless suspense.


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ISBN: 9780142424179
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Published: Penguin Books - April 8th, 2014

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Title: The Fault in our Stars

Comments:
Wow- now I know why John Green is one of today's most beloved, widely-read, and important writers of fiction for young adults. Fault is brilliant and beautiful and real. It will make you think about life's mystery and meaning, it will lift your heart, it will break your heart. And you'll want to read it again (along with everything else John Green has written).


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ISBN: 9780062195197
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 27th, 2013

Title: The Peculiar

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I seriously think that there are many long-published adult writers who would bargain with the devil in exchange for Stefan Bachmann's writin talent. Incredibly, he began writing this wildly suspenseful, wickedly smart novel when he was only 16 and published it at 18!

Picture the late 19th century london of Charles Dickens and then imagine the existence there of a boundary of sorts, separating that grim world from the sometimes fearsome world of faeries. Imagine what might happen is that boundary were broken, if faeries both good and evil were living among humans. I know, I know... you see the faery/human thing in a lot of young adult fiction these days. But I tell you, no one has done it as originally, as brilliantly as Stefan Bachmann. I can't wait for the sequel, The Whatnot, due out in October 2013.


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The 5th Wave: The First Book of the 5th Wave Series Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142425831
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Published: Speak - February 10th, 2015

Bookseller: Ev
Title: The 5th Wave

Comments:
Because I avoid post-apocalyptic fiction like, well, like the plague, I had no intention of reading The 5th Wave. It wasn't even on my reading radar. That is, until I started noticing rave reviews and a publisher sales rep gave it an nethusiastic thumbs-up. Well, I thought, as a respectable bookseller, I should at least flip through it to see what all the hoopla's about...

...and OHMIGOSH!! I was hooked at the prologue! The 5th Wave may not be a literary masterpiece, but it's one terrifically engaging, heart-pounding page-turner! Unsettling, thought-provoking, unexpectedly touching at times... I finished it in one 5 hour reading frenzy (and cannot wait for the sequel)!


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The View from Penthouse B Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547576213
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - April 16th, 2013

Title: The View from Penthouse B

Comments:
It's been almost 15 years since the publication of my favorite Elinor Lipman novel, The Ladies' Man. Now, several books later, comes one to rival it! Interestingly, the setup is similar:

  • Take three variously wry and witty middle-age sisters
  • Add one roguish (i.e. almost-but-not-entirely-despicable) ex
  • Season with a pinch of wonderfully drawn secondary characters (at least one of whom you'll want to appropriate as your own best friend)
  • Add a little wine (Ok, a lot of wine) and stir like only Elinor Lipman can stir
  • Simmer for as long as it takes for you to read 252 wildly entertaining pages
  • And Voila! The delightful, the delicious... The View from Penthouse B!


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Life After Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316176491
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2014

Title: Life After Life

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What are the chances? Two major novels with the same title published at the same time? How perfect, you'll think when you finish Kate Atkinson's masterpiece, how poetically inevitable! I cannot adequately describe the deeply mysterious beauty and brilliance of this novel, the profound resonance of its central conceit: that a fleeting moment of deja vu, or the nebulous sense sometimes that memory is surfacing from a past that is both dimly familiar yet somehow not our own, is nothing less than an intimation of immortality.


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The Life of Objects Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307388827
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Published: Vintage - June 4th, 2013

Title: The Life of Objects

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Thank you, Maureen Corrigan, for the NPR interview that sent me to The Bookloft's shelves the very next day in search of this novel, an elegantly understated, quietly compelling story of WWII Germany. It's been a while since a book moved me to tears as this one did.

 


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The Illustrated Guide to Ducks and Geese and Other Domestic Fowl: How to Choose Them - How to Keep Them Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608199754
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - November 13th, 2012

Title: The Illustrated Guide to Ducks and Geese and Other Domestic Fowl

Comments:
Is this not the most charming, whimsical, beautifully illustrated field guide you've ever seen? Open to any page and you'll be smitten, as I was.

A perfect gift for someone who keeps chickens, etc. (or is thinking about it).


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The Age of Miracles Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812982947
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Published: Random House Trade - January 15th, 2013

Title: The Age of Miracles

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Even the quiet, signifying beauty of this novel's dust jacket, the awed (envious?) blurbs that grace its first pages, and the poignancy of its exquisite epigraph did not prepare me for the profound wonder of The Age of Miracles. That a debut novelist has managed to reflect the enormity of an apocalyptic world in the raindrop of an ordinary twelve-year-old girl's life is a miracle in and of itself. Another, perhaps, is the likelihood that you'll never again gaze upon a sunrise or sunset without thinking "What if...?"


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The Expats Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780770435721
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Published: Broadway Books - January 22nd, 2013

Title: The Expats

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I don't generally read espionage thrillers, but the reviews for this book were so consistently compelling that I just had to give it a try. And... WOW!! Now I understand the hype - really smart writing, a cast of very convincing characters, and a heart-racing plot that left me in suspense till the very end. I hear there's a sequel in the works - can't wait!


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The Snow Child Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316175661
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - November 6th, 2012

Title: The Snow Child

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It seems that Eowyn Ivey can work magic even beyond the pages of her exquisite, haunting novel... I finished reading it on a blustery Sunday afternoon during this unsettling snowless winter, and when I looked up, I saw that the world outside was lost in white - a wild snow squall had blown in out of nowhere. To understand my breath-catching wonder at the sight, you'll have to read the book! I promise, you'll remember it always.


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Glaciers (Tin House New Voice) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935639206
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Published: Tin House Books - January 17th, 2012

Title: Glaciers

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I love everything about this tender reflective novel, from the clever (and whimsically relevant) collage on the cover to the feel of the book in my hands as I read, from the visual appeal of its spare pages to the simple beauty of Alexis Smith's prose. And of course, there's the story itself - I read the first sentence and felt as if I had fallen into the current of quiet yearning that flows beneath the surface of Isabel's solitary life. What a lovely, lovely book...


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The Buddha in the Attic (Pen/Faulkner Award - Fiction) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307744425
Availability: Backordered
Published: Anchor Books - March 20th, 2012

Title: The Buddha in the Attic

Comments:
I can't think of a single better word to describe Julie Otsuka's work here than the one invoked by several reviewers: incantatory. The slimness of the volume, the economy of its prose, even the quiet beauty of its dust jacket, belie the searing poetic power of its story. To say I was mesmerized by Otsuka's brilliant, collective first person narrative voice - direct and unflinching in its honesty - hardly seems an exaggeration. As I write this, there is news that The Buddha in the Attic has been nominated for the national book award for fiction. Well deserved, I say. Yes!


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State of Wonder: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062049810
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 8th, 2012

Title: State of Wonder

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Is Ann Patchett's Bel Canto one of your favorite books of all time? And have you been holding your breath (Well, figuratively, at least) ever since reading it, waiting for her to write something that equaled it? Well, she has!!

I promise that you'll be loathe to put this book down (especially for anything as trifling as eating or sleeping or work), and when you finally do resurface from the novel's exotically seductive, mysterious world and reluctantly part with its brilliantly imagined characters, you'll find yourself in... A State of Wonder.


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Started Early, Took My Dog Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316066747
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - October 6th, 2011

Title: Started Early, Took My Dog

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It's hard to say what I've been looking forward to more this Winter - the first day of Spring or the arrival of Kate Atkinson's new Jackson Brodie novel. Ever the reluctant hero, "retired" detective Brodie is doing some serious soul-searching when his life is up-ended by a motley cast of brilliantly drawn characters (among them, Jackson's irascible female counterpart, Tracy Waterhouse). Another intricately plotted Kate Atkinson page-turner, brimming with wit and heart... Something tells me this isn't the last we'll hear of dear Jackson, or of Tracy Waterhouse, either. Rejoice!!


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Mr. Chartwell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400069408
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Published: The Dial Press - February 8th, 2011

Title: Mr. Chartwell

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Perhaps not well known is the fact that Winston Churchill waged a life-long battle against depression. He referred to his dark moods as "The Black Dog," and in this brilliantly, boisterously original novel, the beast is incarnate in the sly, startling character, Mr. Chartwell. Whether or not The Black Dog has ever insinuated himself in your own life, you will be charmed and moved by this work of tender whimsy and unexpected insight. I loved it!


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ISBN: 9781416550532
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Published: Washington Square Press - March 3rd, 2009

Title: The House at Riverton

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Oh, the pleasure of discovering a writer whose every book leaves you hungry for the next... For me, one of those writers is Kate Morton, an Australian novelist who has now seen both of her novels (this one and The Forgotten Garden) rise to the NYT bestseller list. Richly, hauntingly evocative of time and place (the English countryside during the World War decades), The House at Riverton is a gem of a literary gothic - deftly plotted, suspenseful, and deliciously absorbing. And - I cannot wait! - Kate Morton's next book, The Distant Hours, is due out in November, 2010!


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The House on Oyster Creek Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451229922
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Published: Berkley Books - June 1st, 2010

Title: The House on Oyster Creek

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"Openhearted" is a world you don't come across very often. When you encounter it in this fine novel, you'll be struck both by its lovely thematic resonance and by the beauty and perfection of Heidi Jon Schmidt's prose. The story is tender and intriguing, vibrant with with emotional honesty and suffused with longing. HJS is my favorite writer-that-you-may-never-have-heard-of. Read this and you'll know why I've been waiting with such anticipation for it.


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The Hand That First Held Mine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547423180
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Published: Mariner Books - January 26th, 2011

Title: The Hand That First Held Mine

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Did you read The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox? Did you stop every few riveting pages to say, "Why haven't I heard of this writer?!" Have you been waiting for Maggie O'Farrell's next novel with great anticipation?

Well, here it is, at last: A beautifully written, intricately plotted tale of psychological suspense that also captures perfectly the indescribable bond of love between mother and child.


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As Simple as Snow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425207802
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Published: Berkley Books - March 7th, 2006

Title: As Simple as Snow

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... and my recommendation is as simple as this: 1) read Kaye Gibbons' review on the back of the dust jacket, 2) buy this book, 3) find a comfortable chair, turn off your phone, and settle in for a terrific esmerizing reading experience.


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The God of Animals Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416533252
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 1st, 2008

Title: The God of Animals

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Don't be misled by the book's cover - believe me, you don't have to be a "horse person" in order to be drawn into this riveting, passionate, beautifully written first novel. Aryn Kyle's characters are so real,so richly drawn, that you'll half expect to encounter them yourself some hot, dust-blown summer day.

And I swear you'll work up a thirst after a few chapters in the parched Colorado setting - not only for a long cool drink, but also for more stories from this gifted writer.


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Away Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780812977790
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Published: Random House Trade - June 24th, 2008

Title: Away

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How often in your years of reading have you come upon a book that seems flawless in every way? Seldom, I suspect. Well, this is such a book-chapter after chapter of perfectly-honed sentences that bring to life brilliantly-conceived characters and a relentlessly compelling plot. What a magnificent gift to us all from Amy Bloom. I predict a National Book Award, at the very least, for Away.


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Arlington Park Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312426729
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - December 26th, 2007

Title: Arlington Park

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I keep rewriting this recommendation because it seems like nothing I say does justice to this novel. There is a brilliant and profound emotional intelligence at work in these pages - I often found myself re-reading passages, copying them into my notebook, even, because of their arrow-to-the-heart honesty and eloquence.

Long before I finished Arlington Park, I ordered a copy of everything Rachel Cusk has written. Can't wait to start one of them!


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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press - May 5th, 2009

Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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I've always been drawn to fiction & films set in WWII era Great Britain; but on the other hand, I've never been drawn to dual-authored or epistolary novels. I'm so glad, though, that I put aside my prejudices & read this curiously-titled little book! I love everything about it, from its evocative dust jacket & Guernsey setting, to its witty prose & its fine cast of book-minded characters. Their own compelling stories illuminate a little-known corner of WWII history: the five-year Nazi occupation of the Channell Islands.


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ISBN: 9780446697972
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Published: Twelve - May 1st, 2008

Title: Boomsday

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Christopher Buckley has once again dipped into the bottomless well (cesspool?) of contemporary American politics and culture and brought forth his most diabolically outrageous hilarious novel yet. Although his tale on the Washington scene is as usual over-the -top you'll be more than a little worried when you realize, how short a distance our intrepid leaders (of every political stripe) have to go before they fall over the edge. Even as you worry, though you'll laugh harder than you have in a long time.


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Dervishes Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780312426194
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - March 4th, 2008

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Title: Dervishes

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Ankara, Turkey, 1975: exotic, beguiling, calamitous, and home to an insular, culturally oblivious community of expatriate American and European diplomatic families. Among them, a driven, distracted American military intelligence officer; his restless self-absorbed wife; and their precocious, dangerously naive 12-year-old daughter. Beth Helms's tale of misguided passions and clashing cultures is brilliant, breathtaking- I could not stop reading.


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The Welsh Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618918522
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Published: Mariner Books - January 14th, 2008

Bookseller: Ev
Title: The Welsh Girl

Comments:
Trust me - Peter Ho Davies is one of the finest contemporary fiction writers you've probably never heard of. I discovered his acclaim short stores years ago and have long hoped tha he'd write a novel someday. Well, he's done it, and it's magnificent, rich with conflicted characters whose fates we care about deeply. Their stories are set in motion when the British army builds a POW camp for captured Germans in a rural Welsh village in the waning years of WW II. One of those books you hate to see end...


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The Center of Winter: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060929688
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 31st, 2006

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Title: The Center of Winter

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"All the seasons here in the north move toward their own end, except winter, which moves toward its center and sits there to see how long you can take it."

Exquisite prose...you'll find it on every page of this fine novel, in the pitch-perfect voices of its three narrators (A precocious six-year-old girl, her autistic twelve-year-old brother, and their dazed, grieving mother) as they navigate their various ways through the aftermath of their father/husband's suicide.


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The Master Butchers Singing Club: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060837051
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 23rd, 2016

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Title:  The Master Butchers Singing Club

Comments:
Rather than exploring her Native American heritage as she has done with such lyrical intensity in her earlier work, Louise Erdrich draws primarily on the rich history of her German ancestors in this memorable new novel set in tiny Argus, North Dakora in the years between World Wars I and II. It's a town you'll be loathe to leave, peopled with characters you'll love & long remember. And there's a totally unexpected plot twist at the end...

A rich, magnificent read.


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Emotionally Weird Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312279998
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Published: Picador USA - July 6th, 2001

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Title: Emotionally Weird

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Giddy, imaginative, exuberant, mysterious, satisfying...
With every book of hers that I read, Kate Atkinson's star shines brighter and brighter in my own little firmament of favorite authors. This clever comic novel in particular, because its subject is the creative writing process and the power and pleasures of languare is especially brilliant. I loved it!


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Good Grief Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780446694841
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 4th, 2005

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Title: Good Grief

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From reviewers and booksellers alike, advance reaction to this first novel has been terrific. I loved it from the very first paragraph. Lolly Winston's profound and intimate understanding of grief, in all its incarnations, has become gracefully transformed into a novel that you'll long remember and recommend to others. It is brave and beautiful, honest and heartbreaking and hopeful, and yes, even funny.


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By Davis
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316014243
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 1st, 2007

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Title: The Thin Place

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This is one for the most dazzlingly original exhilarating novels I've ever read. Lest you think I exaggerate, check out the five pages of exultant review excerpts at the beginning of the book. I felt so bereft upon reading The Thin Place that I wanted nothing more than to return to start reading all over again. Instead, I've decided to read everything this gloriously gifted writer has written.


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Lucky Girls: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061124273
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Published: Ecco - September 5th, 2006

Bookseller: Ev
Title: Lucky Girls: Stories

Comments:
No doubt about it - you'll be hearing Nell Freudenberger's name in stellar reviews and in conversations about exciting and gloriously talented writers of new American fiction. If you loved Jhumpa Lahiri's award-winning The Interpreter of Maladies, you'll be just as impressed by this colletion of stories. Read Richard Ford's accolade on the back cover - every word of it is true.


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Headlong (Bestselling Backlist) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312267469
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - September 5th, 2000

Bookseller: Ev
Title: Headlong

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Every word of high praise you've heard about Headlong is true - it's brilliant, funny, suspenseful, wickedly clever tale of intellectual intrigue and obsession, with the added feature of some fascinating history of northern Europe during the Spanish Inquisition. Art History 101 was never this much fun!


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The Uncommon Reader: A Novella Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312427641
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Published: Picador USA - September 30th, 2008

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Title: The Uncommon Reader

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Even queens lead lives of quiet desperation. But in Alan Bennet's brilliantly imagined story, at least, Britain's beleaguered Queen Elizabeth is rescued from the trials and tedium of royal life, not by a knight or a prince in disguise or even a kindly Prime Minister, but by BOOKS. This enchanting gem (crown jewel?) of a book is nothing less than a paean to literature and its power to transform our lives. I loved it.


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Ms. Hempel Chronicles Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547247755
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2009

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Title: Ms. Hempel Chronicles

Comments:
Remember the wonder you felt in 2nd grade when you ran into one of your teachers "in real life"? Grocery shopping or mowing the lawn or - yikes! - at the beach? Beatrice Hempel, the achingly self-aware, doubt-filled heroine of these quirky connected short stories, is one of those teaches (7th grade English), and her story will surprise and delight you - a grown-up version of your childhood wonder.


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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679429227
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Published: Random House - January 13th, 1994

Bookseller: Ev
Title: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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Now I know why this book has been on the NY Times bestseller list for so long. I was captivated from page one - Berendt's Savannah and the parade of eccentric characters we meet there are, by turns, fascinating, compelling, bizarre, intriguing, outrageous. Disturbing and wickedly funny. One of those impossible-to-put-down-but-life-interferes-and-you-have-to books.


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ISBN: 9781594483547
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2009

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Title: The Ten-Year Nap

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This book was the constant companion of my heart for a whole week - I carried it with me everywhere, longing to steal a few minutes of reading time here and there. Meg Wolitzer turns her nuanced prose, keenly observant eye, and sly wit to the complex, fluid dimensions of American motherhood in the post-womens' lib generation. The result is this rich and satisfying novel, brimming with the kind of familiar details and dilemmas that will leave you sighing with wistful recognition.


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Hidden Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780743257800
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Published: Free Press - June 6th, 2005

Bookseller: Ev
Title: Hidden

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In this unsettling and original first novel, Paul Jaskunas has not only captured perfectly the first person voice of a female narrator, he has also rendered her fractured state of mind utterly convincingly. Maggie Wilson's story is by turns horrific and heartbreaking, haunting and hopeful - it will stay with me for a long time.


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Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416573166
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 10th, 2008

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Title: Four Seasons in Rome

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Of all the things I love about this book, what resonates most deeply with me in Anthony Doerr's wonder at and reverence for the storied history of Rome, much of which still lies buried beneath the streets and ancient ruins we see today. His evocation of the lives and labors of generations past brings them vividly to life and makes for a rich and profound, even spiritual reading experience. Now I want to A) learn Italian, B) go to Italy, C) read everything Anthony Doerr has written, and D) nominate his wife for sainthood!


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Eat Pray Love 10th-Anniversary Edition: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143038412
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 1st, 2007

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Title: Eat, Pray, Love

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A friend told me recently that she loves this book so much that she's already read it twice. Need I say more? Just in case, I will: I too, loved this story of Elizabeth Gilbert's year-long pilgrimage in search of a path to spiritual balance and contentment. Her uncertain leap of faith, courage, and imagination propelled her out of a dark passage in midlife and into a profound new understanding of herself and her place in the world. As readers we are left with the exhilarating sense that we can do the same.


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ISBN: 9780316154857
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 1st, 2008

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Title: When Will There be Good News?


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Well, here's some! Kate Atkinson's brooding, beleagured hero, Jackson Brodie, is back, having been drawn quite by accident (literally) into a dark tangle of violence-plagued lives. Not so much a who-done-it as a why-done-it, this exploration of the shadowed reaches of the human heart will grab you by the collar in its startling and disturbing first chapter and not let you go until the final pages' utterly unexpected twists of plot. Oh, Jackson...


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ISBN: 9780312426323
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Published: Picador USA - January 22nd, 2008

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Title: Christine Falls


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Writer Benjamin Black is none other than John Banville, the critically acclaimed author of a host of fine literary novels - most recently, THE SEA, for which he won the Booker Prize.

He brings to bear all of his envialbe writerly skills in this darkly athmospheric perfectly paced crime novel. If you end up as intrigued as I am with Quirke, the story's haunted, hardrinking hero, you'll be delightened to know that Black/Banville is writing a sequel.


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After the Workshop: A Memoir by Jack Hercules Sheahan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582435602
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 16th, 2010

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Title: After the Workshop

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Authors, agents, publicists, writing teachers, book sellers, even readers... John McNally takes satiric aim at all of them in this caustic, clever, calamitous novel about the book biz. It's kind of the literary equivalent of sausage-making, a glimpse behind the scenes that will make you cringe even as it whets your appetite. this is the book that rescued me (finally!) from the reading doldrums this winter - Thank you, John McNally!


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The Bride's Farewell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452296213
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Published: Penguin Books - July 27th, 2010

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Title: The Bride's Farewell


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I stopped many times in the course of this novel to re-read an artful line or a lyrically rendered passage... The story is a quiet but compelling one, richly evocative of time and place (1850's, rural England) and imbued, too, with an almost fairytale-like otherness.


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ISBN: 9780345477682
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 25th, 2006

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Title: Any Bitter Thing


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Reading this exquisite, grace-filled novel was the literary equivalent oflove at first sight - I read the first page, the first paragraph, really, and just fell into the story, gave myself over, heart and soul, to Monica Wood's wondrous prose and to the richly imagined, beautifully rendered lives of her characters. Now I'm in that can't-get-enough state, and have bought a copy of every books she's ever written...


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ISBN: 9781594483561
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 3rd, 2009

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Title: Nice to Come Home To


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Rebecca Flowers's gem of a first sentence sets the tone for this smart, fresh, and funny debut novel. In the hands of a less gifted writer, the tale of a thirty-something professional woman who simultaneously loses both her job and her boyfriend might quickly veer into clich


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Case Histories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316010702
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 1st, 2005

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Title: Case Histories


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Go directly to your favorite chair. Start reading. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200. Rather, turn off the phone, tune out the kids/mate/pets/neighbors, and settle in for a quiet, quirky, soil-satisfying literary thrill ride. When you close the book, you'll be back here, looking for more Kate Atkinson, including the sequel, One Good Turn.


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ISBN: 9780385337465
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Published: Dial Press - August 11th, 2009

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Title: The Good Thief


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Long before I oh-so-reluctantly turned the last page, I knew that this was one of my favorite books of all time - great-hearted, richly imagined, gloriously written. Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) says it best:
"Every once in awhile - if you are very lucky - you come upon a novel so marvelous and enchanting and rare that you wish everyone in the world would read it as well. The Good Thief is just such a book - a beautifully composed work of literary magic."


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ISBN: 9781565123342
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - October 1st, 2006

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Title: The Ghost at the Table


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Three generations of a New England family gather for Thanksgiving for the first time in many years. If you're thinking Norman Rockwell, think again. There is no rosy-cheeked grandma here, serving up the holiday feast - she is long gone since & mysteriously dead. No benevolent turkey-carving grandpa either. Incapacitated by a stroke, he is all the more ominous in his silence. Suzanne Berne paints a brilliant , compelling portrait of a disaffected family awash in secret grief's & guilts.


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I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780767903820
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Published: Broadway Books - June 6th, 2000

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Title: I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after 20


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There aren't many writers who can make me laugh so hard that I cry. Bill Bryson is one of them. And - joy of joys! - there's a new book from him, a collection of articles written in 1996-1998 for a British newspaper. See if you don't laugh out loud, right here in the store, when you read "Your Tax Form Explained" (p. 171), for example, or "Your New Computer" (p. 226.)


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Half Broken Things Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440242444
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Published: Delta - July 25th, 2006

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Title: Half Broken Things


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Even if I hadn't been looking for this book because of a review in the NYT, I know I would have discovered it by virtue of it's exquisite cover alone. This is a brilliantly plotted novel of unsettling emotional depth and spellbinding psychological suspense-I couldn't stop reading!


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ISBN: 9781594481932
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2006

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Title:  A Long Way Down


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Who but Nick Hornby could break your heart and make you laugh and stir up your thinking about the precariousness of life itself, all within the space of one page in a novel about suicide? Yet another very wise, very witty, very compassionate story from one of my very favorite writers.


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Later, at the Bar: A Novel in Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416563402
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 1st, 2008

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Title: Later, at the Bar

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In the space of ten brief and remarkable connected short stories, Rebecca Barry introduces us to the frequently hung-over, frayed-around-the-edges regulars at Lucy's Tavern. Gritty, restless, hilarious, heart-breaking... each story tells us something about "the rough and beautiful ways people carried their loneliness.