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ISBN-13: 9780316159418
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Published: Back Bay Books, 10/2004


Compelling account of one family’s life in Kabul shortly after the September 11 attacks. The Norwegian author and journalist wore a burka, and lived with the Khan family – one husband, the patriarch who is a bookseller, his two wives, and several other in-laws in a four room apartment for three months. She focuses on the conditions and daily experiences of the Afghan women under male domination. Her prose is flawless and the descriptions of her surroundings are beautiful and terrible. Several years after the publication of the book in 2003, Seierstad was charged with defamation by the bookseller who went on to write his own account. Seierstad has published two other books.

ISBN-13: 9780143111979
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books, 5/2007


In this captivating book, Philbrick challenges readers by offering a new version of the story of the Pilgrims, the voyage of the Mayflower, and the settling of New England. Read this exciting tale, and you will never view Thanksgiving in the same way.

ISBN-13: 9780316373722
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 4/2014


Our constitution has only been amended eighteen ties in more than 200 years. Steves, the retired supreme court justice, argues that it's time for six more--including gun control and the death penalty. Campaign finance change would be wonderful, but you and both know that's never going to happen. The other three amendments he purposes, while interesting, won't get much interest or attention except for political wonks.

ISBN-13: 9780316254779
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Published: Poppy, 4/2014


The Geography of You and Me is like a melodic love song that you might hear when you are in love and say! "Exactly!" Or you might hear from a different state of the heart and say, "I remember that."

Smith celebrates the joy of a first love but doesn't forget the gentle reminder that love and romance aren't generational. Even though "Geography" could be wrapped up in a red Valentine heart, it's like a comfy box of chocolate, a treat any time of the year!

ISBN-13: 9781416547860
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 11/2013


In a captivating and moving manner, this newest book by Goodwin tells the story of the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the reporters at the turn of the century known as the "muckrakers."  The sections in the book on the breakdown of the friendship between the two presidents will sadden any reader; in addition, the historic parallels between the Progressive Era and today's time period will quickly become apparent to even the most casual student of history. This is excellent historical writing.

Fup (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781597141581
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Published: Heyday Books, 10/2011


Think Tom Robbins meets Richard Brautigan meets Kurt Vonnegut. Grandad and Tiny love the solitary life they lead, and Fup is a wonderful guard duck, protecting all from the wild boar "Ol Locksaw." The end is the most beautiful description of death I've ever read.

The Troop (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781476717715
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Published: Gallery Books, 1/2014


Nick Cutter is a pseudonym for one of your favorite thriller writers. Who is it??
This book is creepy, creepy, creepy! Friends call me names in the middle of the night for giving them such a terrifying story that they cannot put down!

ISBN-13: 9780143121558
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Published: Penguin Books, 10/2013


Reason to read: Translated from French, so funny in a very French way.

Right away we are pulled into the marriage of the main character, whose husband leaves her with his manicurist to live in Kenya and raise crocodiles. She has a totally self centered sister and a horrible teenage daughter. She is a writer and 12th century scholar. Her sister devises a scheme for her to write a book giving the credit to the sister. As she needs money, she agrees. We can only cheer for her as she rises above the mayhem and finds herself in the process. Very fun read.

ISBN-13: 9781439177723
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Published: Atria Books, 5/2014


This book is a spider-web-of-a-story, and a perfect blend of espionage and forensics. It is a long, satisfying read with a surprising twist that will leave you scratching your head. The descriptions are stark and cutting and dark and fitting. It’s a must read.

ISBN-13: 9780007378012
Availability: Special Order – Price & Availability May Change
Published: Fourth Estate (GB), 1/2011


This uplifting story is a great reminder that a life without limits is possible. You will not be able to put this book down. Spell binding and life altering, a beautiful story of forgiveness, redemption and what is possible for the human spirit. I highly recommend this book!

ISBN-13: 9780691139456
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Published: Princeton University Press, 6/2013


Calvino’s letters are as deep and thoughtful as his lectures, essays, and stories.

ISBN-13: 9781400065752
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Published: Random House, 1/2014


Rebecca Winter is now an older woman and discovering many of the stable things in her life are gone. No more marriage, money, fame, or home, so now what. As she makes her way through new beginnings, Anna Quindlen nails it in her description of how that feels. This is just a nice story, and charming in both the tentativeness and resolution.

Mister Pip (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780385341073
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback, 5/2008


Book clubs claim that this novel generates more solid discussion than any other title they’ve read. Gritty, fresh and offering a fabulous South Pacific locale.

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