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A Prayer for Owen Meany (Modern Library)

John Irving · Modern Library
Pages: 672
Format: Hardcover

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy’s mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe in accidents; Owen...
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The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho · HarperOne
Pages: 197
Format: Paperback

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever. With more than two million copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic, universally admired.Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian...
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Bless Me, Ultima

Rudolfo Anaya

With exquisite prose and wondrous storytelling, this coming of age classic follows a young boy as he questions his faith and beliefs in family, religion, and other aspects of his Chicano culture.Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera,...
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz · Riverhead Books
Pages: 339
Format: Hardcover

Winner of:The Pulitzer PrizeThe National Book Critics Circle AwardThe Anisfield-Wolf Book AwardThe Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel PrizeA Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the YearOne of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Entertainment...
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The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger · Back Bay Books
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback

Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories--particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme With Love and Squalor--will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full of children. The hero-narrator of The Catcher...
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The Coldest Winter Ever

Sister Souljah · Pocket Star
Pages: 544
Format: Mass Market Paperback

The stunning national bestseller now features an illuminating discussion with Sister Souljah -- her secret thoughts on creating the story that has sold more than one million copies worldwide and introduced readers everywhere to the real ghetto experience. Here are answers to the questions...
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