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Timbuktu Timbuktu
By Auster, Paul
2009-04 - Picador USA
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Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Paul Auster's astonishing book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high-school English teacher and a new home for his companion. …More

The Illumination The Illumination
By Brockmeier, Kevin
2012-02 - Vintage Books
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What if our pain was the most beautiful thing about us? From a bestselling and award-winning author comes a new novel of stunning artistry and imagination about the wounds we all bear and the light that radiates from us all. …More

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
By Calvino, Italo
1982-10 - Mariner Books
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Calvino shows that the novel, far from being a dead form, is capable of endless mutations. If on a winter's night a traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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Finn Finn
By Clinch, Jon
2007-02 - Random House
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In this masterful debut novel, Clinch takes readers on a journey into the history and heart of one of American literature's most brutal and mysterious figures, Huckleberry Finn's father. The result is a deeply original tour de force that springs from Twain's classic novel but takes on a fully realized life of its own. …More

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
By Diaz, Junot
2008-09 - Riverhead Books
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Winner of both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the most talked about--and praised--smash hit of 2007 follows the adventures of a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd plagued by a family curse. …More

A Visit from the Goon Squad A Visit from the Goon Squad
By Egan, Jennifer
2011-03 - Anchor Books
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2010 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner: Fiction

With music pulsing on every page, "A Visit from the Goon Squad" is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption. …More

Gone Girl Gone Girl
By Flynn, Gillian
2012-06 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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Flynn's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds readers at every turn. When his wife disappears on their anniversary, Nick starts having cringe-worthy daydreams and becomes oddly evasive, eschewing his golden boy past.…More

A Discovery of Witches A Discovery of Witches
By Harkness, Deborah E.
2011-02 - Viking Books
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Debut novelist Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense--a richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. …More

Mr. Chartwell Mr. Chartwell
By Hunt, Rebecca
2011-02 - Dial Press
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From a bold, brilliant young writer comes a novel as bighearted as it is intelligent, the story of an unlikely alliance between Winston Churchill and a young widow, both engaged in a fight against the most terrible of foes: depression. …More

Remainder Remainder
By McCarthy, Tom
2007-02 - Vintage Books USA
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McCarthy's prose in his novel debut is being hailed as Rprecise and unpretentiousS ("The Independent" [London]). "Remainder" explores the secret world individuals harbor within and what might happen if granted the power to make it real. …More

The Night Circus The Night Circus
By Morgenstern, Erin
2011-09 - Doubleday Books
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2012 Alex Award Winner

To enter the black-and-white-striped tents of Le Cirque des Reves is to enter a world where objects really do turn into birds and people really do disappear. Even though visitors believe the performances are all illusion, they are obsessively drawn to this extraordinary night circus. …More

Beloved Beloved
By Morrison, Toni
2004-06 - Vintage Books
9781400033416 Check our catalog

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. . …More

The Dream of Perpetual Motion The Dream of Perpetual Motion
By Palmer, Dexter
2011-02 - Picador USA
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In this wonderfully imagined debut novel, a greeting card writer must come to terms with the madness of a genius inventor and his quest to create the perpetual motion machine. …More

Inherent Vice Inherent Vice
By Pynchon, Thomas
2010-07 - Penguin Books
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Part noir, part psychedelic romp, and all Pynchon, "Inherent Vice" spotlights private eye Doc Sportello who occasionally comes out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era, as the free love of the 1960s slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A. fog. …More

A Confederacy of Dunces A Confederacy of Dunces
By Toole, John Kennedy
1994-01 - Grove Press
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This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has sold over three-quarters of a million copies and continues to earn critical acclaim. The story of one Ignatius J. Reilly, a "Don Quixote of the French Quarter", it is a masterpiece of human folly and tragedy. …More

Moondogs Moondogs
By Yates, Alexander
2012-06 - Anchor Books
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A singularly effervescent novel pivoting around the disappearance of an American businessman in the Philippines and the long-suffering son, jilted lover, slick police commissioner, misguided villain, and supernatural saviors who all want a piece of him. …More