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The Postmistress

The Postmistress
By Blake, Sarah
2011-02 - Berkley Publishing Group
9780425238691 Check our catalog

Filled with stunning parallels to today's world, "The Postmistress" is a sweeping novel about the loss of innocence of two extraordinary women--and of two countries torn apart by war. …More


Away Away
By Bloom, Amy
2007-08 - Random House
9781400063567 Check our catalog

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At once heartbreaking, romantic, and completely unforgettable, "Away" is the epic and intimate story of young Lillian Leyb, who emigrates to America after her family is destroyed in a Russian pogrom. …More

Little Bee Little Bee
By Cleave, Chris
2010-02 - Simon & Schuster
9781416589648 Check our catalog

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The publishers of Cleave's new novel don't want to spoil the story by revealing too much about it. They will say that the beach scene is brutal, and that it braids the fates of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British couple. …More

Room Room
By Donoghue, Emma
2011-05 - Back Bay Books
9780316098328 Check our catalog


Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, "Room" is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another. …More


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
By Ford, Jamie
2009-10 - Ballantine Books
9780345505347 Check our catalog

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Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, the times and places are brought [stirringly] to life (Jim Tomlinson, author of "Things Kept, Things Left Behind"). …More

Water for Elephants Water for Elephants
By Gruen, Sara
2007-05 - Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
9781565125605 Check our catalog


An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of "Riding Lessons. Gritty, sensual and charged with dark secrets involving love, murder and a majestic, mute heroine. …More

The Kite Runner The Kite Runner
By Hosseini, Khaled
2004-04 - Riverhead Books
9781594480003 Check our catalog


Alex Award Winner - 2004
Winner - 2004 ALA Notable Fiction Selection
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An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, takes readers from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut. …More

Loving Frank Loving Frank
By Horan, Nancy
2008-04 - Ballantine Books
9780345495006 Check our catalog


"This graceful, assured first novel tells the remarkable story of the long-lived affair between Frank Lloyd Wright, a passionate and impossible figure, and Mamah Cheney, a married woman whom Wright beguiled and led beyond the restraint of convention"--Scott Turow. …More

Russian Winter Russian Winter
By Kalotay, Daphne
2011-04 - Harper Perennial
9780061962172 Check our catalog


When Nina Revskaya puts her remarkable jewelry collection up for auction, the former Bolshoi Ballet star finds herself overwhelmed by memories of her homeland, and of the events, both glorious and heartbreaking, that changed her life half a century earlier. It was in Russia that she discovered the magic of dance and fell in love, and where, faced with Stalinist aggression, a terrible discovery incited a deadly act of betrayal--and an ingenious escape to the West. …More

The Forgotten Garden The Forgotten Garden
By Morton, Kate
2010-02 - Washington Square Press
9781416550556 Check our catalog


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.--"Booklist." …More


A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True
By Pasulka, Brigid
2010-05 - Mariner Books
9780547336282 Check our catalog

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From an original new voice in fiction comes this warm-hearted debut. Pasulka reimagines half a century of Polish history through the legacy of one couple's profound love affair. …More

Sarah's Key Sarah's Key
By De Rosnay, Tatiana
2008-09 - St. Martin's Griffin
9780312370848 Check our catalog

An Indie Next Selection

Haunting and suspenseful, life-affirming and beautiful, "Sarah's Key" offers a compelling portrait of occupied Paris and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this little-known episode in French history. …More

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
By See, Lisa
2006-02 - Random House Trade
9780812968064 Check our catalog


Lily is haunted by memories-of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu ("women's writing"). …More

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
By Shaffer, Mary Ann
Author Barrows, Annie
2009-05 - Dial Press
9780385341004 Check our catalog

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In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name. …More

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
By Simonson, Helen
2010-11 - Random House Trade
9780812981223 Check our catalog

Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside, is filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and contains a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of readers' own families. Their interactions are both hilarious and heartbreaking. …More


The Help The Help
By Stockett, Kathryn
2011-04 - Berkley Publishing Group
9780425232200 Check our catalog


In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another. …More

Olive Kitteridge Olive Kitteridge
By Strout, Elizabeth
2008-03 - Random House (NY)
9781400062089 Check our catalog

2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner

New York Times bestselling author Strout binds together 13 rich, luminous narratives through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge, who offers profound insights into the human condition. …More

Cutting for Stone Cutting for Stone
By Verghese, Abraham
2010-01 - Vintage Books
9780375714368 Check our catalog

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A stunning debut novel from the author of "My Own Country, Cutting for Stone" offers an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, fathers and sons, doctors and patients, exile and home. …More

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
By Walls, Jeannette
2009-10 - Scribner Book Company
9781416586289 Check our catalog


Walls's "The Glass Castle" was nothing short of spectacular ("Entertainment Weekly"). Now Walls presents this magnificent, true-life novel based on her no-nonsense, resourceful, hardworking, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. …More

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
By Wroblewski, David
2008-09 - Ecco Press
9780061768064 Check our catalog


This riveting saga of an American family captures the deep and ancient alliance between humans and dogs, and the power of fate through one boy's epic journey into the wild. …More

The Book Thief The Book Thief
By Zusak, Markus
2007-09 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
9780375842207 Check our catalog


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Set during World War II in Germany, Zusak's groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing, encounters something she cant resist: books. …More