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In the Country: Stories

Mia Alvar · Knopf

These nine globe-trotting, unforgettable stories from Mia Alvar, a remarkable new literary talent, vividly give voice to the women and men of the Filipino diaspora. Here are exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families from the Philippines to begin new lives in the Middle East,...
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Silence Once Begun: A Novel

Jesse Ball · Pantheon; First Edition edition

From the celebrated author of The Curfew ldquoA spare masterwork of dystopian fictionrdquo mdashThe New York Times Book Review Jesse Ballrsquos Silence Once Begun is an astonishing novel of unjust conviction lost love and a journalistrsquos obsessionOver the course of several months eight...
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Swing : a novel

Philip Beard · Van Buren Books

315 pages ; 22 cm
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The Long and Faraway Gone: A Novel

Lou Berney · William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition

With the compelling narrative tension and psychological complexity of the works of Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, Kate Atkinson, and Michael Connelly, Edgar Award-nominee Lou Berneys The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory...
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Time and Again

Jack Finney (Author)

Si Morley is bored with his job as a commercial illustrator and his social life doesn't seem to be going anywhere. So, when he is approached by an affable ex-football star and told that he is just what the government is looking for to take part in a top-secret programme,...
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The Night Villa: A Novel

Carol Goodman · Ballantine Books
Pages: 413

An evocative tale of intrigue, romance, and treachery, Carol Goodman’s spellbinding new novel, The Night Villa, follows the fascinating lives of two remarkable women centuries apart.The eruption of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 buried a city and its people, their treasures...
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Our Souls at Night: A novel

Kent Haruf · Knopf; First edition

A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future. In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Harufs inimitable fiction, Addie...
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Murder 101: A Decker/Lazarus Novel

Faye Kellerman · William Morrow; First Edition first Printing edition

New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellermans beloved Decker and Lazarus embark on a new life in upstate New York—and find themselves entangled in deception, intrigue, and murder in an elite, picturesque college town.As a detective lieutenant with the LAPD, Peter Decker witnessed...
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Go Set a Watchman: A Novel

Harper Lee · Harper; 1 edition

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prizewinning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—Scout—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop...
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Pleasantville

Attica Locke · Harper

In this sophisticated thriller, lawyer Jay Porter, hero of Attica Lockes bestseller Black Water Rising, returns to fight one last case, only to become embroiled once again in a dangerous game of shadowy politics and a witness to how far those in power are willing to go to win.Fifteen years...
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How to Start a Fire

Lisa Lutz · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

From a bestselling writer, a story of unexpected friendship—three women thrown together in college who grow to adulthood united and divided by secrets, lies, and a single night that shaped all of them When UC Santa Cruz roommates Anna and Kate find passed-out Georgiana Leoni on a lawn...
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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Anthony Marra · Hogarth; 1st edition

A National Book Awards Longlist SelectionA New York Times and Washington Post bestsellerA story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.   Two doctors risk everything...
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The Children Act

Ian McEwan · Nan A. Talese; First edition

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness,...
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What Alice Forgot

Liane Moriarty · Putnam Adult; Later Printing Used edition

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over? Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym a gym! she HATES...
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Police: A Harry Hole Novel

Jo Nesbo · Knopf; First Edition edition

Finalist -- GoodReads Choice Award -- Mystery/ThrillerHarry Hole returns--or does he?--in a terrifyingly paced, vertiginous new roller coaster of a thriller by the internationally best-selling author of The Snowman and The Redeemer, "the king of Scandinavian crime fiction" (Kirkus). The...
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The Gardens of Kyoto: A Novel

Kate Walbert

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The Gardens of Kyoto: A Novel

Kate Walbert

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Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Mary Norris · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition

The most irreverent and helpful book on language since the 1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots Leaves.Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorkers copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely...
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Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age

James Essinger · Melville House

Ada Lovelace, like Steve Jobs, stands at the intersection of arts and technology.—Walter Isaacson, author of The InnovatorsOver 150 years after her death, a widely-used scientific computer program was named Ada, after Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate daughter of the eighteenth centurys...
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My Fight / Your Fight

Ronda Rousey; Maria Burns Ortiz · Regan Arts

THE ONLY OFFICIAL RONDA ROUSEY BOOK The fight is yours to win. In this inspiring and moving book, Ronda Rousey, the Olympic medalist in judo, reigning UFC womens bantamweight champion, and Hollywood star charts her difficult path to glory.   Marked by her signature charm, barbed wit,...
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

Alexandra Fuller (Author)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S #1 NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • FINALIST, GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK PRIZE  Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.“This...
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I Was a Child: A Memoir

Bruce Eric Kaplan · Blue Rider Press

I Was a Child is an illustrated memoir by Bruce Eric Kaplan the renowned New Yorker cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan also known as BEK is one of the most celebrated and admired cartoonists in America I Was a Child is the story of his childhood in suburban New Jersey detailing the small moments...
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What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir

Abigail Thomas · Scribner

In her bestselling and beloved memoir A Three Dog Life, Abigail Thomas wrote about the tragic loss of her husband. In What Comes Next and How to Like It, she writes about aging, family, creativity, tragedy, friendship, and the richness of life. And it is exhilarating. What comes next? What...
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The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

Jussi Adler-Olsen · Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition

International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times bestselling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen...
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Mexican WhiteBoy

Matt de la Pena , · Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition

“[A] first-rate exploration of self-identity.” — School Library Journal Danny’s tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five-mile-an-hour...
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The Tale of Despereaux

Kate DiCamillo

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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

Anthony Doerr · Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World...
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Blood on Snow: A novel

Jo Nesbo , · Knopf; First American Edition edition

From the internationally acclaimed author of the Harry Hole novels—a fast, tight, darkly lyrical stand-alone novel that has at its center the perfectly sympathetic antihero an Oslo contract killer who draws us into an unexpected meditation on death and love. This is the story of Olav...
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The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition (The Great Courses, Ancient & Medieval History, Part 1 & Part 2)

Teofilo F. Ruiz

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Why Read Moby-Dick?

Nathaniel Philbrick · Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition

Unabridged, 2 CDs, 2.5 hoursRead by the authorOne of our great chroniclers of American history celebrates an American classic. ...
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The Selection

Kiera Cass · HarperTeen

For thirty-five girls the Selection is the chance of a lifetime The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince MaxonBut for America Singer...
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Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell · Listening Library

In Rainbow Rowells Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and shes really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids its what got them through...
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Lost in the Sun

Lisa Graff · Philomel Books

From the author of A Tangle of Knots and Absolutely Almost, a touching story about a boy who wont let one tragic accident define him. Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar...
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The Year of Billy Miller

Kevin Henkes · Greenwillow Books

A 2014 Newbery Honor BookA New York Times BestsellerAward-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller includes black-and-white...
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Greenglass House

Kate Milford · Clarion Books

National Book Award Nominee Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery NebulaAndre Norton Award Nominee New York Times Bestseller Its wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smugglers inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers adopted son,...
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Hurry Up and Wait

Maira Kalman · MoMA

Youre supposed to stop and smell the roses but truth be told it doesnt take that long to smell them. You hardly have to stop. You can smell the roses and still have time to run all those errands before the sun goes down and its dinner time.Hurry Up and Wait is the second volume in a new series...
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Nimona

Noelle Stevenson · HarperTeen

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it a deadpan epic.Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply...
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Nimona

Noelle Stevenson · HarperTeen

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it a deadpan epic.Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply...
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SuperMutant Magic Academy

Jillian Tamaki · Drawn and Quarterly

Unrequited love, underage drinking, and teen angst rule at a high school for mutants and witchesThe New York Times and New Yorker illustrator Jillian Tamaki is best known for co-creating the award-winning young adult graphic novels Skim and This One Summer--moody and atmospheric bestsellers....
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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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The World Before Us: A Novel

Aislinn Hunter · Hogarth

In the tradition of A. S. Byatts Possession, a hauntingly poignant novel about madness, loss, and the ties that bind our past to our present   Deep in the woods of northern England, somewhere between a dilapidated estate and an abandoned Victorian asylum, fifteen-year-old Jane Standen...
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