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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie · Knopf
Pages: 477
Format: Hardcover

One of The New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the YearLONGLISTED 2015 - International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face...
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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 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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A Confederacy of Dunces

John Kennedy Toole · Louisiana State University Press; 20th Anniversary Edition edition
Pages: 338
Format: Hardcover

A popular Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy follows the adventures of New Orlean's lower denizens of the French Quarter.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon · Doubleday
Pages: 226
Format: Print book

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
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Gilead: A Novel

Marilynne Robinson · Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition
Pages: 247
Format: Hardcover

2005 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction 2004 National Book Critics Circle Winner In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Amess life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young...
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Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn · Crown
Pages: 419
Format: Hardcover

Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American ReadMarriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece...
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The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood
Format: Hardcover

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)A gripping vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid's Tale has become one of the most powerful and most widely read novels of our time.Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household...
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The Help

Kathryn Stockett · G.P. Putnam's Sons
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film - a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't - nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson,...
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The Intuitionist

Colson Whitehead · Isaac Asimov

It is a time of calamity in a major metropolitan city's Department of Elevator Inspectors, and Lila Mae Watson, the first black female elevator inspector in the history of the department, is at the center of it. There are two warring factions within the department: the Empiricis
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The Joy Luck Club: A Novel

Amy Tan · Penguin Books
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback

Amy Tan's beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters. Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories....
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The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 328
Format: Hardcover

In this book, Susie is 14 years old and she has died and gone to Heaven. In the weeks following her death she watches life continuing without her: her friends discussing her disappearance, her family holding out that she will be found, her killing trying to cover his tracks. It is story...
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Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden
Format: Hardcover

An alluring tour de force: a brilliant debut novel told with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism as the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.  Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells...
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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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Tales of the city

Armistead Maupin · Harper-perennial
Pages: 371
Format: Paperback

For almost four decades Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture - from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic...
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White Teeth

Zadie Smith

On New Year's morning, 1975, Archie Jones sits in his car on a London road and waits for the exhaust fumes to fill his Cavalier Musketeer station wagon. Archie--working-class, ordinary, a failed marriage under his belt--is calling it quits, the deciding factor being the flip of a
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