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1 - Hell of a Book

Jason Mott


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2 - Interior Chinatown: A Novel

Charles Yu - Pantheon

A deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, and escaping the roles we are forced to play - by the author of the infinitely inventive How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: He's merely Generic...
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3 - Trust Exercise: A Novel

Susan Choi - Henry Holt and Co.

"Brilliant and challenging . . . An uncanny evocation of the not-so-distant past." -- Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. FletcherPulitzer finalist Susan Choi's multipart, narrative-upending novel in which what happens in high school does not stay...
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4 - The Friend: A Novel

Sigrid Nunez - Riverhead Books

FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD "Nunez's prose itself comforts us. Her confident and direct style uplifts - the music in her sentences, her deep and varied intelligence." -The New York Times Book Review"A penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory...Nunez...
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5 - Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel

JESMYN WARD - Scribner

*WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD for FICTION *A TIME MAGAZINE BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 OF 2017 *Finalist for the Kirkus Prize *Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal *Finalist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize *Publishers Weekly Top 10 of 2017...
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6 - The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead - Doubleday

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation...
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7 - Fortune Smiles: Stories

Adam Johnson - Random House

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER * Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed novel about North Korea, The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson is one of America's most provocative and powerful authors. Critics have compared him to Kurt Vonnegut, David Mitchell, and George Saunders,...
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8 - Redeployment

Phil Klay - Penguin Books

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction"Redeployment is hilarious, biting, whipsawing and sad. Its the best thing written so far on what the war did to peoples souls." - Dexter Filkins, The New York Times Book ReviewSelected as one of the best books of the year by The New York...
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9 - The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

James McBride - Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for FictionSoon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden SmithA Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the YearWinner of the Morning News Tournament of Champions"A magnificent new novel by the best-selling...
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10 - The Round House

Louise Erdrich - Harper

The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction. One of the most revered novelists of our time--a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life--Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting...
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11 - Salvage the Bones: A Novel

Jesmyn Ward - Bloomsbury USA

Winner of the 2011 National Book AwardA hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn't show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking...
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12 - Lord of Misrule (National Book Award)

Jaimy Gordon - McPherson

WON 2010 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTIONAt the rock-bottom end of the sport of kings sits the ruthless and often violent world of cheap horse racing, where trainers and jockeys, grooms and hotwalkers, loan sharks and touts all struggle to take an edge, or prove their luck, or just survive....
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13 - Let the Great World Spin: A Novel

Colum McCann - Random House

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets...
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14 - Shadow Country

Peter Matthiessen - Modern Library

2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNERPeter Matthiessen's great American epic-Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man's River, and Bone by Bone-was conceived as one vast mysterious novel, but because of its length it was originally broken up into three books. In this bold new rendering, Matthiessen...
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15 - Tree of Smoke: A Novel

Denis Johnson - Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition

Once upon a time there was a war . . . and a young American who thought of himself as the Quiet American and the Ugly American, and who wished to be neither, who wanted instead to be the Wise American, or the Good American, but who eventually came to witness himself as the Real American...
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16 - The Echo Maker: A Novel

Richard Powers - Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, 27-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma,...
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17 - Europe Central

William T. Vollmann - Viking Adult; First Edition edition

Audacious. Wildly ambitious. Prolific. All describe William T. Vollmann, author of the seven- volume nonfiction work Rising Up and Rising Down and the Seven Dreams sequence of novels, which the Chicago Tribune hailed as likely to become one of the masterpieces of the century. In Europe...
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18 - The News from Paraguay: A Novel

Lily Tuck - HarperCollins

For him it began with a bright blue parrot feather that fell from Ella Lynch's hat when she was horseback riding in the Bois de Boulogne. The year was 1854, and Francisco Solano Lopez -- "Franco," the future dictator of Paraguay -- began his courtship of the young, beautiful...
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19 - The Great Fire: A Novel

Shirley Hazzard - Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A great writer's sweeping story of men and women struggling to reclaim their lives in the aftermath of world conflict
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20 - Three Junes: A novel

Julia Glass - Anchor

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER * NATIONAL BESTSELLER * An astonishing novel that traces the lives of a Scottish family over a decade as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises. In June of 1989 Paul McLeod, a newspaper publisher and recent...
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21 - The Corrections

Jonathan Franzen - Alexandria Library

Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for FictionNominated for the National Book Critics Circle AwardAn American Library Association Notable BookJonathan Franzen's third novel, The Corrections, is a great work of art and a grandly entertaining overture to our new century: a bold, comic,...
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22 - In America: A Novel

Susan Sontag - Picador; 1st edition

In America is a kaleidoscopic portrait of America on the cusp of modernity. As she did in her enormously popular novel The Volcano Lover, Susan Sontag casts a story located in the past in a fresh, provocative light to create a fictional world full of contemporary resonance. In a group...
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