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  11/22/63 11/22/63: a novel by Stephen King  available today 
King's heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high-school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. Jake's friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958.
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   The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
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Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
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  And the Mountains echoed  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini  newly added title  
The author of "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," has written a new novel about how people love, how they take care of one another, and how choices resonate through generations. From Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos--the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.
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Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner 
Susan and her engineer husband live rough lives in mining camps during the late 19th century, and their marriage cannot survive... The book covers four generations of Americans living in the West and tells the story of America's own rise from unexplored wilderness to modern nation. 
A Pulitzer Prize winner.
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  Angry Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik   available today 
The women of Freesia Court are convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong shoulder can't fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together--the foundation of a book group they call AHEB (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons), an unofficial "club" that becomes much more. It becomes a lifeline.
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  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver - NON-FICTION    available today 
Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life--vowing that, for one year, they'd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it.
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  Art Forger  The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting—one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum—in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting—the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner—is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.
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  The Astronaut Wives   The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel - NON-FICTION   newly added title   available today 
As America's Mercury Seven astronauts are launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focus on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these military spouses are transformed into American royalty, and will rally together as tragedies begin to touch their lives.
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  At Home  At Home: a Short Story of Private Life by Bill Bryson - NON-FICTION  available today 
With his signature wit, charm, and seemingly limitless knowledge, Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room tour through his own house, using each room as a jumping off point into the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home.
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Bel Canto: a novel by Ann Patchett 
When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxanne Coss, and Mr. Hosokawa, a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan.
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  Birds in Fall: a novel by Brad Kessler   available today 
When a plane crashes off the coast of Nova Scotia, Kevin Gearns witnesses the bonding among the survivors who stay in his inn, while Ana Gathreaux, who has lost her husband in the crash, remembers how they worked together to save birds. 
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winner.

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Bless me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya    available today 
Young Antonio Márez lives with his family at the edge of a small New Mexico town and finds his life changed when an old woman named Ultima comes to live with the family....
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (also of interest to Teens) 
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
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  Brain on Fire  Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan - NON-FICTION  newly added title  available today 
When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she'd gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened? In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family's inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn't happen.

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  Brooklyn Brooklyn: a novel by Colm Toibin    available today 
Leaving her home in post-World War II Ireland to work as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn, Eilis Lacey discovers a new romance in America with a charming blond Italian man before devastating news threatens her happiness.
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  Caleb's Crossing  Caleb's Crossing: a novel by Geraldine Brooks 
In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, the author has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.
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Camel Bookmobile: a novel by Masha Hamilton   available today 
Establishing a bookmobile in a destitute Kenyan village, well-intentioned Fiona Sweeney inadvertently renews a decades-old tribal feud involving a camel-powered bookmobile and prior efforts to promote local education.
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  Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway   available today 
While a cellist plays at the site of a mortar attack to commemorate the deaths of twenty-two friends and neighbors, a woman sniper secretly protects the life of the cellist as her army becomes increasingly threatening.
Evergreen Award winner
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  Chaperone  The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she's in for.
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  Circle  The Circle by Dave Eggers   newly added title   available today 
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. Mae can't believe her luck. What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

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  Clara and Mr. Tiffany  Clara and Mr. Tiffany: a novel by Susan Vreeland    available today 
A dynamic portrait of Clara Driscoll: lead designer for Louis Comfort Tiffany (famous for Tiffany lamps) and a woman conflicted between her desires for artistic recognition and romantic love.
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  Cleopatra  Cleopatra: a Life by Stacy Schiff - NON-FICTION 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.
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  Cloud Atlas  Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell  newly added title  
In this audacious and dazzling novel, Mitchell weaves history, science, humor, and suspense through six separate but related narratives, each set in a different time and place, each written in a different prose style, and each broken mid-action only to be concluded in the second half of the book. The book erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.
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  Cold  Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns   available today 
This novel of warm humor and honesty is told by Willy Tweedy, a 14-year-old boy living in a small, turn-of-the-century Georgia town. The lessons of life and death, of piousness and irreverence, form the basis of these memorable characters and their stories.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: a novel by Mark Haddon (also of interest to Teens)   available today 
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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Cutting for Stone: a novel by Abraham Verghese  
Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.
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  Dancing at the Rascal Fair  Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig  available today 
Ivan Doig's supple tale of land seekers unfolds into a fateful contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill, walled apart by their obligations as they and their stormy kith and kin vie to tame the brutal, beautiful Two Medicine country. This is the central volume in Doig's acclaimed Montana series.
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   Daphne  Daphne by Justine Picardie     available today 
Folding biographical details of its real-life heroine, Daphne de Maurier, into a page-turning plot, this book is a deftly crafted literary mystery: a tale of obsession and possession, of stolen manuscripts and forged signatures, of love lost and love found.

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Daughter of Fortune: a novel by Isabel Allende/
Hija de la Fortuna: novela escrita por Isabel Allende
Bilingual English/Spanish
  (6 books in English and 5 books in Spanish)   available today 
The story of a young woman's quest for love and fortune during the California Gold Rush in San Francisco. Be aware of drastic scenes.
La historia de una joven mujer en busca del amor y la fortuna durante los tiempos de la Quimera del Oro en San Francisco.
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  Defending Jacob  Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay 
Andy Barber has been an ADA in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But after a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson - NON-FICTION
The story of two men's obsessions with the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, one its architect, the other a murderer.
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Digging to America: a novel by Anne Tyler  
Two families awaiting the arrival of their adopted infant daughters from Korea meet at the airport (…). A penetrating light on the American way as seen from two perspectives, those who are born here and those who are still struggling to fit in.
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  The Dinner  The Dinner by Herman Koch   newly added title   available today 
An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives--all over the course of one meal.
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  Dolci  Dolci Di Love by Sarah-Kate Lynch   available today 
After New York executive Lily Turner discovers a photo of a beautiful woman and two children, clearly taken in Italy, she realizes that her husband, Daniel, has a secret second family. The blow is doubly painful since Lily and Daniel are childless. In a drunken impulse, Lily tracks Daniel via Internet to the Tuscan village of Montevedova and books a ticket.

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  Dovekeepers  The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman  available today 
Set in 70 CE, detailing the siege of the mountain stronghold Masada, where 900 Jews held out for months against the Romans. Hoffman's novel follows four extraordinary women. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets--about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and who they love.
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  Dreamers of the Day  Dreamers of the Day: a novel by Mary Doria Russell  
Agnes Shanklin, a forty-year-old schoolteacher from Ohio, has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and the Holy Land. Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference convenes; she is freed for the first time from her mother's withering influence and finds herself being wooed by a handsome, mysterious German. At the same time, Agnes-with her plainspoken American opinions-is drawn into the company of Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, and Lady Gertrude Bell, who will, in the space of a few days, redraw the world map to create the modern Middle East. As they change history, Agnes too will find her own life transformed forever.

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  Dreams of Joy  Dreams of Joy: a novel by Lisa See  
Devastated after discovering the shocking truth about her mother and father, Joy (from See's bestselling "Shanghai Girls") flees to China to find a new life (and her real father)--and Pearl, realizing what has happened, sets out for Mao's China, resolved to find her daughter.
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  The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery  available today 
The lives of fifty-four-year-old concierge Rene Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelve-year-old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu.
Bestseller in France since 2006.
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer   available today 
Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center attacks, searches the five boroughs of New York City for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind.
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  Fault in Our Stars  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (also of interest to Teens)  newly added title   available today 
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, had accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
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Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris 
Very unusual mystery set in Saudi Arabia. When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing and is found drowned in the desert outside Jeddah, Nayir--a desert guide hired by her prominent family to search for her--feels compelled to find out what really happened.

   
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  Flight Behavior  Flight Behavior: a novel by Barbara Kingsolver
Drawing on both her Appalachian roots and her background in biology, Kingsolver delivers a passionate novel on the effects of global warming. Dellarobia Turnbow is in a perpetual state of fight or flight. When a fluke of nature upends the monotony of her life, Dellarobia morphs into the church's poster child for a miracle, an Internet phenomenon, and a woman on the verge of unexpected opportunity as scientists, reporters, and ecotourists converge on the Turnbow property.
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  Forgotten Garden  The Forgotten Garden: a novel by Kate Morton  available today 
Shifting back and forth over a span of nearly 100 years, this is a sprawling, old-fashioned novel, as well-cushioned as a Victorian country house, replete with family secrets, stories-within-stories, even a maze and a Dickensian rag-and-bone shop. A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book--a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth...
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  French Lieutenant's Woman  The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles   newly added title 
In a feat of seductive storytelling, John Fowles immerses us in the emotionally charged world of a Victorian love triangle and, through a startling act of literary invention, reveals the image of modern man reflected in the past. A modern classic.
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The Glass Castle: a memoir by Jeannette Walls - NON-FICTION   available today 
A freelance writer and MSNBC.com contributor, Jeannette Walls has written a stunning and life-affirming memoir chronicling her upbringing in a poor, eccentric, and nomadic family led by her frustrated-artist mother, and her brilliant, alcoholic father. Although she earned the right to complain, she does not play the victim. In spite of all the hardship she and her siblings experienced, Walls shows love and respect to her abusive parents.
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    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck/Las uvas de la ira por John Steinbeck 
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 (5 books in English and 5 books in Spanish)  
In the 1930s, severe drought in parts of the southern Great Plains caused loss of crops and livelihood for thousands of farmers. The Joad family, Okie farmers forced from their dustbowl home try to find work as migrant fruit pickers in California.
A Pulitzer Prize winner, Waterstones Books of the Century Award.
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  Great House  Great House: a novel by Nicole Krauss  
For twenty-five years, a reclusive American novelist has been writing at the desk she inherited from a young Chilean poet who disappeared at the hands of Pinochet s secret police; one day a girl claiming to be the poet's daughter arrives to take it away, sending the writer's life reeling. Across the ocean, in the leafy suburbs of London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers, among her papers, a lock of hair that unravels a terrible secret. In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer slowly reassembles his father's study, plundered by the Nazis in Budapest in 1944.
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows    available today 
In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation. (Epistolary novel)
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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls    available today 
Presents a novel based on the life of the author's grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, who learned to break horses in childhood, journeyed five hundred miles as a teen to become a teacher, and ran a vast ranch in Arizona with her husband while raising two children.
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  Handmaid's Tale  Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood     available today 
First published in 1985, this is a novel of such power that the reader is unable to forget its images and its forecast. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.
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  Heft  Heft by Liz Moore   newly added title    available today 
Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career--if he can untangle himself from his difficult family life. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel's mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur's. It is a memorable, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive novel about finding sustenance and friendship in the most surprising places.
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Honolulu by Alan Brennert   available today 
Journeying to 1914 Hawaii as a mail-order bride, Korean-born Jin finds her hopes devastated by the realities of a rushed marriage to a bitter laborer; a situation throughout which she works to overcome limited opportunities.

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  Hotel in the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford   available today 
When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered during renovations at a Seattle hotel, Henry Lee embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment.
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  House in the Sky A House in the Sky: a memoir by Sara Corbett - NON-FICTION  newly added title   available today 
As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of "National Geographic" and imagining herself visiting its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia--"the most dangerous place on earth." On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.
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    The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (also of interest to Teens)
A relationship blossoms between a brilliant math professor suffering from short-term memory problems following a traumatic head injury and the young housekeeper, the mother of a ten-year-old son, hired to care for him.
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  I am the Messenger  I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak (also of interest to Teens)   available today 
Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. When Ed inadvertently stops a bank robbery, that's when he becomes the messenger. Winner of the 2003 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia.
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  Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman    available today 
After a small town librarian survives a lightning strike, she seeks out a fellow survivor in a quest for meaning, only to begin an obsessive love affair between two opposites joined by a single common thread.

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  If on a Winter's Night a Traveler  If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino   newly added title   available today 
Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers. This book turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense. Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which two readers, a male and a female, pursue both the story lines that intrigue them and one another.
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  Immortal 
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - NON-FICTION    available today 
The first immortal human cells, code-named HeLa, have flourished by the trillions in labs all around the world for more than five decades, making possible the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, and many more crucial discoveries. But where did the HeLa cells come from? Science journalist Skloot spent 10 years arduously researching the complex, tragic, and profoundly revealing story of Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year-old African American mother of five who came to Johns Hopkins with cervical cancer in 1951, and from whom tumor samples were taken without her knowledge or that of her family.

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  Invisible The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer   available today 
The brothers Andras and Tibor Levi, Hungarian Jews, are models of aspiration. As the narrative opens, Andras is bound for Paris to study architecture, Tibor for Italy to study medicine. The year is 1937, far enough along in the proceedings that neither should be surprised to learn that bad things are about to happen; yet both are so resolutely set on their paths that, it seems, the outside world does not always figure.
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  Kitchen House  The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
"Gone with the Wind" is turned inside out in this tragic, page-turning novel in which a white indentured servant girl lives and works with black slaves.
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  Language of Flowers  Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.
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  Last Lecture  Last Lecture by Randy Pausch - NON-FICTION   
Based on the extraordinary final lecture by Carnegie Mellon University professor Pausch, given after he discovered he had pancreatic cancer, this moving book goes beyond the now-famous lecture to inspire readers to live each day with purpose and joy.
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  Last Runaway  The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier  available today 
Ohio 1850. For a modest English Quaker Honor Bright stranded far from home, life is a trial. She is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in an alien, untamed landscape. Drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two exceptional people who embody the startling power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal cost.
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  The Last Town on Earth: a novel by Thomas Mullen    available today 
Set in 1918 against the backdrop of World War I and the influenza epidemic, this ambitious debut novel draws several vivid parallels with current times.
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    Lazarillo de Tormes by Anonymous    available today 
Bilingual English/Spanish
(10 bilingual books)
First picaresque novel, from mid-16th-century Spain, tells of a rogue's adventures and misadventures.

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  Life After Life  Life After Life: a novel by Kate Atkinson  newly added title
In 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, and embarks upon a life that will be unusual. Does Ursula's infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny?
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Life of Pi: a novel by Yann Martel   available today 
Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.
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  Light Between Oceans  The Light Between Oceans: a novel by M. L. Stedman  available today 
A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.
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Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez/
El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera escrita por Gabriel García Marquez 

Bilingual English/Spanish
 (7 books in English and 5 books in Spanish)
Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza consummate their passion at the beginning of the 20th century after having waited over 50 years. 
Fermina Daza y Florentino Ariza consumen su gran pasión en los comienzos del siglo 20 despues de 50 años de espera.
Waterstones Books of the Century Award
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  Loving Frank: a novel by Nancy Horan    available today 
Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.
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Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
Renoir is inspired to paint "Luncheon of the boating party" when his other work is criticized by Emile Zola, and while doing so is drawn into the lives of the thirteen people featured in it as they enjoy a Parisian summer during the late 1800s.
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  Madame by Antoni Libera  available today 
A teenage boy's doomed love for his glamorous French instructor in 1960s Poland informs the masterfully constructed debut of Warsaw critic and drama director Libera. When a beautiful 32-year-old teacher, known primarily as "Madame," takes over the narrator's high school French class, he is entranced by her combination of austere intelligence and immaculate beauty.
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  Magician of Lublin  The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer  newly added title   available today 
Yasha Mazur is a Houdini-like performer whose skill has made him famous throughout eastern Poland. Half Jewish, half Gentile, a freethinker who slips easily between worlds, Yasha has an observant Jewish wife, a Gentile assistant who travels with him, and a mistress in every town. For Yasha is an escape artist not only onstage but in life, a man who lives under the spell of his own hypnotic effect on women. Now, though, his exploits are catching up with him, and he is tempted to make one final escape--from his wife and his homeland and the last tendrils of his father's religion.
Isaac Bashevis Singer was one of the last great Yiddish authors and received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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  Maisie Dobbs  Maisie Dobbs: a novel by Jacqueline Winspear 
Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence--and the patronage of her benevolent employers--she works her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War, Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator. But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.
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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: a novel by Helen Simonson   available today 
Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?.
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  Map of Love  The Map of Love: a novel by Ahdaf Soueif   available today 
This exotic family saga/romance by the Egyptian-born Soueif is based on a conceit: the discovery of family letters and diaries by New York journalist Isabel, which leads to her discovery of the Egyptian branch of the family she never knew she had. Isabel's great-grandmother was a young English widow who traveled to Egypt to see where her young husband had fought in World War I. Abducted by Egyptian nationalists while in disguise as a male, she subsequently fell in love with an Egyptian man.
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  Marriage Plot  Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides   available today 
It's the early 1980s--the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. But real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes.
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  The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov    available today 
Set in Moscow of the 1920's, this satirical novel recounts the dealings a writer and his mistress have with Satan. "The New York Times Book Review" calls this "one of the truly great Russian novels of this century". Newly translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.
Waterstones Books of the Century Award.

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  Me Before You  Me Before You: a novel by Jojo Moyes   newly added title   available today 
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for a former athlete and adventurer who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.
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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides    available today 
Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparents' desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.
A Pulitzer Prize winner.
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  Mink River  Mink River by Brian Doyle  newly added title  
In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There's a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime committed, and there's an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it's thinking. . .
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Moloka'i by Alan Brennert    available today 
Seven-year-old Rachel is forcibly removed from her family's 1890s Honolulu home when she contracts leprosy and is placed in a settlement, where she loses a series of new friends before new medical discoveries enable her to reenter the world.
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  Mr. Penumbra  Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: a novel by Robin Sloan  newly added title
A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.
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My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult   available today 
Conceived to provide a bone marrow match for her leukemia-stricken sister, teenage Anna begins to question her moral obligations in light of countless medical procedures and decides to fight for the right to make decisions about her own body. (Suspense)
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro   available today 
A reunion with two childhood friends draws Kathy and her companions on a nostalgic odyssey into their lives at Hailsham, an isolated private school in the English countryside, and a confrontation with the truth about their childhoods. (Suspense)
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Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich - NON-FICTION    available today 
Essayist and cultural critic Barbara Ehrenreich wanted to investigate welfare reform in United States. For several months in 1998 she left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Thus, she joined millions of American women who work for poverty-level wages, moving into a trailer and working as a waitress, hotel maid, and Wal-Mart sales clerk. She describes her experience in this eye-opening memoir.
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  Night Circus  Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called "Le Cirque des Reves," and it is only open at night.
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  Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout   available today 
At the edge of the continent, in the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.
A Pulitzer Prize winner.
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One Day by David Nicholls   available today 
Over twenty years, snapshots of an unlikely relationship are revealed on the same day--July 15th--of each year. Dex Mayhew and Em Morley face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.
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  Orphan Train  Orphan Train: a novel by Christina Kline   newly added title  
Between 1854 and 1929, orphaned or abandoned children from the East Coast were often placed on so-called orphan trains and sent west, possibly for adoption and possibly for a hellish life of virtual servitude. Irish immigrant Vivian Daly was one such child. Now 91, she bonds with welfare teen Molly, who's helping clean out her house.
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  Paris Wife  Paris Wife by Paula McLain  available today 
An imaginative, elegantly written look inside the marriage of Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson. After they married they made their way to Paris, living in a squalid apartment and spending time in café society with fellow expatriates Gertrude Stein, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and Sylvia Beach.
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  The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland  
A novel set against the backdrops of Rome, Florence, and Genoa recreates the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, whose search for love, forgiveness, and wholeness through her art led to her fame as a painter.
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  Pay it Forward  Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde  newly added title   available today 
Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town, accepts his teacher's challenge to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world. His idea is simple: do a good deed for three people and instead of asking them to return the favor, ask them to 'pay it forward' to three others who need help"--
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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks 
Offered a coveted job to analyze and conserve a priceless Sarajevo Haggadah, Australian rare-book expert Hanna Heath discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the volume's ancient binding that reveal its historically significant origins.
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  The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee    available today 
Hired by the wealthy Chen family as a piano instructor, Claire Pendleton is seduced by the social life of Hong Kong's expatriate community and begins an affair with Will Truesdale, an enigmatic Englishman with a devastating past.
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  Pigeon English  Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman  available today 
Though new in London, having moved from Ghana with his family, 11-year-old Harrison Opuku knows what to do when he sees a classmate lying dead. He and friend Dean start gathering evidence. They really don't know what trouble will soon come their way. Not so much a thriller, I think, but a clash-of-cultures tale.

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    Platero and I/Platero y Yo by Juan Ramon Jimenez
Bilingual English/Spanish
(10 bilingual books)    available today 
The most popular work by the great Spanish writer Juan Ramon Jimenez (1881-1958), this is a series of autobiographical prose poems about the wanderings in Andalusia of a poet and his donkey.

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The Poisonwood Bible: a novel by Barbara Kingsolver   available today 
The family of a fierce evangelical Baptist missionary--Nathan Price, his wife, and his four daughters--begins to unravel after they embark on a 1959 mission to the Belgian Congo, where they find their lives transformed over the course of three decades.
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    Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vangra Bennett    available today 
In an epic tale set against a backdrop of civil-war torn sixteenth-century Europe, portraitist Hans Holbein the Younger flees to the safety of Tudor England in order to escape artistic censorship.

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  Quiet  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain - NON-FICTION  newly added title   
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. The author argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture.
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The Reader: a novel by Bernhard Schlink    available today 
Not until he becomes a law student after World War II does Michael Berg realize that the woman who found him ill and nursed him through hepatitis was illiterate and possibly a Nazi war criminal. (Suspense)
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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant   available today 
The story of Dinah, a tragic character from the Bible whose great love, a prince, is killed by her brother, leaving her alone and pregnant. The novel traces her life from childhood to death, in the process examining sexual and religious practices of the day, and what it meant to be a woman.
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  Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier    available today 
When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, and in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.
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  Room Room by Emma Donoghue    available today 
To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years.
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  Rosie Project  The Rosie Project: a novel by Graeme Simsion   newly added title  
Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father.
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  Round House  The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Set on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota in 1988, the novel focuses on 13-year-old Joseph. After his mother is brutally raped yet refuses to speak about the experience, Joe must not only cope with her slow physical and mental recovery but also confront his own feelings of anger and helplessness. Questions of jurisdiction and treaty law complicate matters. Doubting that justice will be served, Joe enlists his friends to help investigate the crime.
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The Sacrifice of Tamar by Naomi Ragen    available today 
After being raped by a Black man, Tamar Feingold, a recently married, Orthodox Jewish woman, hides her shame and brings up the child of the attack as her husband's son, but the past returns to haunt her after her son marries and fathers his own child.
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  Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult  
Robbed of his teaching career and reputation by a student's false accusations, Jack St. Bride is struggling to rebuild his life, but fresh accusations of rape by teenage girls from his former school threaten to destroy him once again. (Suspense)

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  Salvage the Bones Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward   available today 
A 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 food, but there isn't much to save. Lately, Esch can't keep down what food she gets; she's fourteen and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pit bull's new litter, dying one by one in the dirt. Meanwhile, brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child's play and short on parenting.
Winner of the 2011 National Book Award
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Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay    available today 
On the sixtieth anniversary of the 1942 roundup of Jews by the French police in the Vel d'Hiv section of Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article on this dark episode during World War II and embarks on investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah, a young girl caught up in the raid.
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  Sense of an Ending  Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes    available today 
The novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about--until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.
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    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón/
La Sombra del Viento escrita por Carlos Ruiz Zafón 

Bilingual English/Spanish
 (5 books in English and 5 books in Spanish)   available today 
A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author's works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written. 
Un niño llamado Daniel selecciona una novela de la biblioteca de libros raros, disfrutándola tanto que va a la búsqueda de los demas trabajos del autor, pero descubre que alguien está destruyendo cada libro que el autor ha escrito.
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  Shoemaker's Wife  The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
A breathtaking multigenerational love story that spans two continents, two World Wars, and the quest of two star-crossed lovers to find each other again.
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  Shutting out the Sun: How Japan Created its own Lost Generation by Michael Zielenziger - NON-FICTION   available today 
The world's second wealthiest country, Japan once seemed poised to overtake America. But its failure to recover from the economic collapse of the early 1990s was unprecedented, and today it confronts an array of disturbing social trends.

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: a novel by Lisa See   available today 
A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language.
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    The Source by James Michener   available today 
An archaeological excavation of Tell Makor launches a journey into the history and culture of the Jews that includes the early Hebrews, the impact of Christianity, the Spanish Inquisition, and the modern Middle East conflict.
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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (also of interest to Teens)   available today 

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  State of Wonder  State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
A provocative novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest--a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.
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  Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky    available today 
A story of life in France under the Nazi occupation includes two parts--"Storm in June," set amid the chaotic 1940 exodus from Paris, and "Dolce," set in a German-occupied village rife with resentment, resistance, and collaboration.
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  Tell the Wolves I am here  Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt   newly added title 
It is 1987. There's only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that's her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June's world is turned upside down. But Finn's death brings a surprise acquaintance into June's life--someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.
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The Thirteenth Tale: a novel by Diane Setterfield 
When her health begins failing, the mysterious author Vida Winter decides to let Margaret Lea, a biographer, write the truth about her life, but Margaret needs to verify the facts since Vida has a history of telling outlandish tales. (Suspense)
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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley  available today 
Larry Cook, an Iowan farmer who has worked a thousand acre plot owned by his family for generations, abruptly decides to leave his farm to his three daughters and retire. His two eldest daughters are pleased with the decision but his youngest daughter has been cut out by her father and is angry. As the daughters' activity on the land progresses, they notice a change in their father. Events begin to unfold that will threaten and destroy the family and their farm.
A Pulitzer Prize winner.
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  Time in Between  The Time in Between by Maria Duenas
Follows the story of Sira Quiroga, a young seamstress from Madrid, who becomes entangled in the web of powerful friendships and political alliances determined to keep Francoist Spain from entering WWII on the side of the Axis.
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  Tinkers  Tinkers by Paul Harding  newly added title   available today 
As time collapses into memory, a dying man travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, "Tinkers" is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.
A Pulitzer Prize winner.
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The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle    available today 
The lives of two different couples--wealthy Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher, and Candido and America Rincon, a pair of Mexican illegals--suddenly collide, in a story that unfolds from the shifting viewpoints of the various characters.
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    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand - NON-FICTION - Large Print  
An unforgettable story of a young lieutenant's journey into extremity, "Unbroken" is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.
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  Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: a novel by Rachel Joyce  newly added title 
Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife. One morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn't heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts.
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  Visit A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan    available today 
Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs, confront their pasts in this story about how rebellion ages, influence corrupts, habits turn to addictions, lifelong friendships fluctuate and turn, and how art and music have the power to redeem.
Pulitzer Prize Winner
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  Vivaldi's Virgins: a novel by Barbara Quick    available today 
A tale set in Vivaldi's decadent Venice in the eighteenth century finds elite Ospedale della Pieta musician Anna Maria dal Violin embarking on a quest of self-discovery in Venetian society and the Jewish Ghetto.

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  Watchman's Rattle  The Watchman's Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse by Rebecca Costa - NON-FICTION   newly added title  
A sociobiologist explains why the human brain has such difficulty dealing with complex global problems and provides a method for surmounting these limitations in order to end the blights of worldwide recession, global warming, fast-spreading viruses, famine, and poverty.
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Water for Elephants: a novel by Sara Gruen   available today 
Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.
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The Weight of Heaven: a novel by Thrity Umrigar    available today 
Having lost their beloved only child to a sudden illness, Frank and Ellie Benton hope to rebuild their lives by accepting a job offer in India but find their new home compromised by Frank's efforts to heal his grief through a friendship with a young boy.
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  What Alice Forgot  What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty  newly added title    available today 
After a knock on the head, 29-year-old Alice Love discovers she's actually 39--and she isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.
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   When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner – NON-FICTION    available today 
When Harold Kushner's three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease he was faced with one of life's most difficult questions: Why, God? This book, first published in 1981, is a straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being.

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  Where'd You Go, Bernadette?  Where'd You Go, Bernadette? : a novel by Maria Semple  newly added title
To her Microsoft-guru husband, Bernadette's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to her 15-year-old, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.

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  The White Tiger: a novel by Aravind Adiga   available today 
Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life-- having nothing but his own wits to help him along.
Man Booker Prize for Fiction Award.
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  Wild  Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed - NON-FICTION   newly added title
A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.
MOVIE ADAPTATION: A major motion picture available soon.
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  Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang - NON-FICTION   available today 
The story of three generations in twentieth-century China, it is an engrossing record of Mao's impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love.
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  Woman in White  The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins   newly added title   available today 
Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, Collins's psychological thriller has never been out of print in the 140 years since its publication.
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  The World Below: a novel by Sue Miller
After being diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1919, a young woman is sent to a sanitarium, where she rediscovers the pleasures of unfettered youth and falls in love with a doomed man. Years later her granddaughter discovers the diary of her deceased grandmother and gains new insight into her family history. 
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  Year of Wonders: a novel of the plague by Geraldine Brooks   available today 
Through the eyes of a housemaid, the story of the plague is told as it ravages a small village in England in the year 1666.
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  You Know When the Men Are Gone  You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon  newly added title 
There is an army of women waiting for their men to return in Fort Hood, Texas. Through a series of loosely interconnected stories, Siobhan Fallon takes readers onto the base, inside the homes, into the marriages and families -- intimate places not seen in newspaper articles or politicians' speeches. When you leave Fort Hood, the sign above the gate warns, You've Survived the War, Now Survive the Homecoming. It is eerily prescient.
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The Zookeeper's Wife, a War Story by Diane Ackerman - NON-FICTION
When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw--and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen 'guests' hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants--otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes. 
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