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The Pale Blue Eye: A Novel

Louis Bayard (Author)

'April 19th, 1831. In two or three hours I'll be dead.' So begins the chilling last testament of Gus Landor, a retired New York City police constable, whose numerous talents include code-breaking, riot control and the 'gloveless interrogation'. A young cadet has been...
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Open City: A Novel

Teju Cole · Random House; First Edition edition

“The past, if there is such a thing, is mostly empty space, great expanses of nothing, in which significant persons and events float. Nigeria was like that for me: mostly forgotten, except for those few things that I remembered with outsize intensity.”   Along the streets...
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Memory Wall: Stories

Anthony Doerr (Author)

From an award-winning and extraordinarily eloquent author whose "prose dazzles" (The New York Times Book Review) comes a second stunning collection.Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr's new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives,...
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Hausfrau: A Novel

Jill Alexander Essbaum · Random House

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Sexy and insightful, this gorgeously written novel opens a window into one woman’s desperate soul.”—People  Anna was a good wife, mostly. For readers of The Girl on the Train and The Woman Upstairs comes a striking...
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Old Filth

Jane Gardam · Europa Editions; 1st edition
Pages: 289

"Jane Gardam's beautiful, vivid and defiantly funny novel is a must." The Times "Gardam's superb new novel is surely her masterpiece . . . one of the most moving fictions I have read in years . . . This is the rare novel that drives its readers forward while persistently...
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The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards: A Novel

Kristopher Jansma · Viking Adult; First Edition edition

"F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Wes Anderson" (The Village Voice) in this inventive and witty debut about a young man’s quest to become a writer and the misadventures in life and love that take him around the globe From as early as he can remember, the hopelessly unreliable—yet...
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The Room: A Novel

Jonas Karlsson · Hogarth; Tra edition

Funny, clever, surreal, and thought-provoking, this Kafkaesque masterpiece introduces the unforgettable Bjorn, an exceptionally meticulous office worker striving to live life on his own terms.        Bjorn is a compulsive, meticulous bureaucrat who discovers...
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Station Eleven: A novel

Emily St. John Mandel · Knopf; First Edition edition

2014 National Book Award FinalistA New York Times BestsellerAn audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered...
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Landline: A Novel

Rainbow Rowell · St. Martin's Press

A New York Times Best Seller! Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Fiction of 2014! An Indie Next Pick!From New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.Georgie McCool knows...
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Nantucket Sisters: A Novel

Nancy Thayer · Ballantine Books

NATIONAL BESTSELLERFriendship takes center stage in New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer’s captivating, emotionally charged novel featuring all the tenderness and wit, drama and romance that readers have come to expect from this insightful, much-loved writer.   When...
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Rules of Civility: A Novel

Amor Towles · Viking Adult; 1 edition

A New York Times bestseller, An Amazon.com Best Book of the Year -- An elegant and captivating debut novel, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year-old named Katey Kontent, a young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose....
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A Little Life: A Novel

Hanya Yanagihara · Doubleday; 1st edition

Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into...
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It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War

Lynsey Addario · Penguin Press; 1St Edition edition

"A brutally real and unrelentingly raw memoir."--Kirkus (starred review)War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life....
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Citizen: An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine · Graywolf Press

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle AwardA provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American LyricClaudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters...
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Ideas of Order: A Close Reading of Shakespeare's Sonnets

Neil L. Rudenstine · Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Shakespeare’s sonnets are the greatest single work of lyric poetry in English, as passionate and daring as any love poems we may ever encounter, and yet, they are often misunderstood. Ideas of Order: A Close Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets reveals an underlying structure...
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John Adams

David McCullough · Simon & Schuster; 1st edition

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous...
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Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

Anthony Doerr · Scribner

Anthony Doerr has received many awards -- from the New York Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Library Association. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and with it a stipend...
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Dataclysm: Who We Are

Christian Rudder · Crown

A New York Times BestsellerAn audacious, irreverent investigation of human behavior—and a first look at a revolution in the making   Our personal data has been used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us stuff we don’t need. In Dataclysm, Christian Rudder uses it to show...
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Egg & Spoon

Gregory Maguire , · Candlewick on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. Her brothers have been conscripted into the Tsar's army and taken as servants in the house of the local wealthy landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food.But...
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All the Bright Places

Jennifer Niven · Listening Library

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning! Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks...
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The Bone Clocks

David Mitchell · Recorded Books, Inc.

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014 One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking...
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Mosquitoland

David Arnold · Viking Books for Young Readers

“Top-notch” —USA Today “Illuminating” —Washington Post “A breath of fresh air” —Entertainment Weekly “Memorable” —People I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster,...
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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Liz Prince · Zest Books

Growing up, Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing Pretty Pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn't exactly one of the guys either, as she quickly learned when her Little League baseball coach exiled her to the outfield...
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El Deafo

Cece Bell · Harry N. Abrams

A 2015 Newbery Honor Book Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles...
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The Island of Dr. Libris

Chris Grabenstein · Random House Books for Young Readers

Chris Grabenstein, author of the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and coauthor of the I Funny series with James Patterson, celebrates the power of imagination with this action-packed adventure that shows that sometimes the real story starts after you close...
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Roller Girl

Victoria Jamieson · Dial Books

For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby. For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby...
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Rain Reign

Ann M. Martin · Feiwel & Friends

Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She's thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose's obsessions, her rules,...
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories

Raymond Carver · Vintage; Reissue edition

In his second collection of stories, as in his first, Carver's characters are peripheral people--people without education, insight or prospects, people too unimaginative to even give up. Carver celebrates these men and women. ...
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How To Be Happy

Eleanor Davis · Fantagraphics; 1 edition

This is the first collection of literary short comics stories by an award-winning cartoonist.Eleanor Davis’sHow to be Happy is the artist’s first collection of graphic/literary short stories. Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing...
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Next: A Novel

James Hynes · Reagan Arthur Books; 1 edition

One Man, one day, and a novel bursting with drama, comedy, and humanity. Kevin Quinn is a standard-variety American male: middle-aged, liberal-leaning, self-centered, emotionally damaged, generally determined to avoid both pain and responsibility. As his relationship with his girlfriend...
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The Complete Essex County Hardcover Edition

Jeff Lemire (Author, Illustrator)

Where does a young boy turn when his whole world suddenly disappears? What turns two brothers from an unstoppable team into a pair of bitterly estranged loners? How does the simple-hearted care of one middle-aged nurse reveal the scars of an entire community, and can anything...
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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

E. Lockhart · Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:Debate Club.Her father's "bunny rabbit." A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:A knockout figure. A sharp tongue.A chip on her shoulder.And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend:  the...
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Althea & Oliver

Cristina Moracho · Viking Books for Young Readers

What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails—and then one day there’s no one left to help you get it back on track? Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six; she’s the fist-fighting instigator to his peacemaker,...
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