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The Here and Now

The Here and Now

by Ann Brashares

Hardcover, 242 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $18.99, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Ann Brashares

Transported through time from a disease-ravaged future to present-day New York, 17-year-old Prenna James is forbidden to change history or become close to anyone outside her community of fellow escapees, edicts that are challenged when she falls in love and discovers an opportunity to save the world.

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Ancient Light

Ancient Light

by John Banville

Paperback, 287 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • John Banville

An actor in the twilight of his career reflects on a poignant first love affair at the age of fifteen with his best friend's mother. Along the way, the young man inexplicably lands a role opposite a famous but fragile actress who helps him come to an astonishing realization.

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Closely Watched Trains

Closely Watched Trains

by Bohumil Hrabal and Edith Pargeter

Paperback, 85 pages, Northwestern Univ Pr, $17, published March 9 1995 | purchase
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  • Bohumil Hrabal and Edith Pargeter

Translated from Bohumil Hrabal's native Czech, the novel follows a young man during the period in which Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia. Milos Hrma recovers from attempted suicide as a clerk trainee for the railroad, dealing with the dark comedy of bureaucracy as he comes of age against the backdrop of World War II.

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So Long, See You Tomorrow

So Long, See You Tomorrow

by William Maxwell

Paperback, 135 pages, Random House Inc, $13, published April 1 1996 | purchase
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  • William Maxwell

Haunted by a memory of human failure, an aging man recalls his friendship, as a boy, with a tenant farmer's son and forces himself and others to recall the causes of a bloody murder and its consequences. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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Worst. Person. Ever.

Worst. Person. Ever.

by Douglas Coupland

Hardcover, 301 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published April 3 2014 | purchase
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  • Douglas Coupland

A cameraman with no redeeming social virtues endures a comedic downward spiral that takes him to an obscure Pacific island, where, while filming a reality show, he suffers comas, humiliation and wrongful imprisonment.

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The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

Hardcover, 771 pages, Little Brown & Co, $30, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Donna Tartt

Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, 13-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue.NPR Bestseller

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The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

by Sue Monk Kidd

Hardcover, 373 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self. NPR Bestseller

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

Hardcover, 320 pages, Workman Pub Co, $24.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Gabrielle Zevin

When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.NPR Bestseller

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In Paradise

In Paradise

by Peter Matthiessen

Hardcover, 246 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Peter Matthiessen

Joining a diverse group of visitors at the site of a former Nazi concentration camp, Polish-American academic Clements Olin performs research while witnessing personal and political tensions erupting among his fellow participants. NPR Bestseller

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Can't and Won't

Can't and Won't

Stories

by Lydia Davis

Hardcover, 192 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $26, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Stories
  • Lydia Davis

The fifth collection by Lydia Davis,Can't and Won't includes pithy one-liners, exploratory observations and letters of complaint, including "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates," in which a professor is stymied by her choices.NPR Bestseller

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Frog Music

Frog Music

by Emma Donoghue

Hardcover, 405 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Emma Donoghue

Burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon tries to discover who murdered her friend Jenny, who was shot through a window in a railroad saloon in 1876 San Francisco, amid a record-breaking heat wave and smallpox epidemic.NPR Bestseller

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Bark

Bark

Stories

by Lorrie Moore

Hardcover, 192 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Stories
  • Lorrie Moore

Eight short stories by the author of A Gate at the Stairs includes "Debarking," in which a recently divorced man struggles to hold himself together as the United States prepares to invade Iraq, and "Foes," in which a political argument at a Georgetown fundraiser goes awry against a backdrop of the Sept. 11 attacks.NPR Bestseller

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One More Thing

One More Thing

Stories and Other Stories

by B. J. Novak

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Stories and Other Stories
  • B. J. Novak

A debut collection by a writer for the television series The Office includes the title story, in which a boy's lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family.NPR Bestseller

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Still Life With Bread Crumbs

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

by Anna Quindlen

Hardcover, 252 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • Anna Quindlen

Abandoning her expensive world to move to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career and self-understanding.NPR Bestseller

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Astonish Me

Astonish Me

by Maggie Shipstead

Hardcover, 253 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Maggie Shipstead

Helping a world-famous dancer to defect from the Soviet Union to the United States, ballerina Joan watches her friend's career soar while her own declines in the wake of her pregnancy and marriage, a situation that eventually exposes difficult secrets. 75,000 first printing.NPR Bestseller

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Orphan Train

Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline

Paperback, 304 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Christina Baker Kline

Close to aging out of the foster care system, Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer takes a community service position helping an elderly woman named Vivian clean out her home. Molly discovers that she and Vivian are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past. NPR Bestseller

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The Interestings

The Interestings

by Meg Wolitzer

Paperback, 538 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings follows six artistic friends who meet as teenagers one pivotal summer at a camp called Spirit-in-the-Woods. Over the next 40 years, they grow up to find some of their talents developing into grand success, while others don't.NPR Bestseller

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Americanah

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Paperback, 588 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love as students in Nigeria, when the country is under military rule and those with the means to leave the country do. Ifemelu goes to America to study, and she prospers there. But Obinze can't get into to America and winds up living in London under assumed names. When they're reunited in their homeland 15 years later, they face the toughest decisions of their lives.NPR Bestseller

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

by Maria Semple

Paperback, 330 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Maria Semple

Bee Fox is a nice kid, a good musician and a great student. But her mother, Bernadette, is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect. Then Bernadette goes missing, and Bee begins a search that will take her to the ends of the earth.NPR Bestseller

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The Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys

by Elizabeth Strout

Paperback, 332 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Strout

Catalyzed by a nephew's thoughtless prank, two brothers confront painful issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their lives. NPR Bestseller

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Life After Life

Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson

Paperback, 544 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Kate Atkinson

The award-winning author of Behind the Scenes at the Museum follows the experiences of a woman who, after being born on a snowy night in 1910, repeatedly dies and reincarnates into the same life to correct missteps and, ultimately, save the world.NPR Bestseller

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A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

by Ruth Ozeki

Paperback, 422 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • Ruth Ozeki

On the shores of British Columbia, a novelist discovers the diary of a 16-year-old girl named Nao. Nao spent her formative years in California, but her family has returned to Japan, and when the book begins, she's living in Tokyo. Nao tells readers right up front that her diary will be a log of her last few days on Earth: She plans to take her own life, and as the story goes on, readers learn why.NPR Bestseller

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Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

by Jess Walter

Paperback, 16 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Jess Walter

On a rocky patch of Italian coastline circa 1962, a daydreaming young innkeeper has an almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet. She draws him into her glittering world, from the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, and both begin to cling to an improbable dream.NPR Bestseller

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Dear Life

Dear Life

Stories

by Alice Munro

Paperback, 319 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Alice Munro

Set in the Canadian towns around Lake Huron, this collection of stories illuminates moments that shape a life — from a dream or a sexual act to simple twists of fate.NPR Bestseller

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

by Robin Sloan

Paperback, 288 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • Robin Sloan

Out-of-work Web designer Clay Jannon copes with a layoff by taking a job at a used-book store in San Francisco. It's not long, though, before Clay discovers that his new workplace has more in store for him than books alone. Codes and secrets lead to one very weird book club in this debut novel by Robin Sloan.NPR Bestseller

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The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

by Rachel Kushner

Paperback, 383 p., Simon & Schuster, $17, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • Rachel Kushner

It's the 1970s in New York, and the art world is a rollicking, raucous place full of odd characters and exciting ideas. A young woman, unnamed, though nicknamed Reno for her place of origin, arrives into this scene hoping for a creative career in SoHo. But she falls in love with the estranged son of an Italian motorcycle scion and follows him back to Italy, where she gets embroiled in a radical social movement.NPR Bestseller

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena

by Anthony Marra

Paperback, 396 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Anthony Marra

In war-torn Chechnya, a doctor watches as Russian soldiers abduct his neighbor, who has been accused of aiding Chechen rebels. He later rescues the neighbor's 8-year-old daughter, then colludes with another doctor to form an unlikely family amid the daily violence.NPR Bestseller

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During the Reign of the Queen of Persia

During the Reign of the Queen of Persia

by Joan Chase

Paperback, 232 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published April 15 2014 | purchase
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Memories of My Melancholy Whores

Memories of My Melancholy Whores

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Paperback, 115 pages, Random House Inc, $12.95, published November 14 2006 | purchase
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  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Having decided to celebrate his 90th birthday by spending the night with a young virgin, an old man falls deeply in love for the first time in his life when he spots the girl at a local brothel. Translated by Edith Grossman.

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One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Paperback, 16 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published June 1 2006 | purchase
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  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells the story of the Buendia family and the rise and fall of their mythical hometown, Macondo. Translated by Gregory Rabassa.

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The Autumn of the Patriarch

The Autumn of the Patriarch

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Paperback, 16 pages, Harpercollins, $13.99, published March 1 2006 | purchase
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  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The discovery of a South American dictator's rotting corpse in the deserted tangle of his crumbling palace prompts a search through his past and colorful chronicle of his progression from popular, beloved, unafraid ruler to isolated, frightened despot. Translated by Gregory Rabassa.

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Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Paperback, 348 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published October 5 2007 | purchase
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  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband and a man who has secretly loved her for more than 50 years. Translated by Edith Grossman.

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Kinder Than Solitude

Kinder Than Solitude

by Yiyun Li

Hardcover, 312 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Yiyun Li

A tale set in America and China follows the experiences of three people who in their youths were involved in a mysterious accident that resulted in a friend's fatal poisoning and years later are haunted by the possibility that one of them actually committed a murder.

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A Private Venus

A Private Venus

by Giorgio Scerbanenco

Paperback, 241 pages, Random House Inc, $16.95, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Giorgio Scerbanenco

A Private Venus centers on a disillusioned loner with good reason to be disillusioned. Once a doctor, he was imprisoned for murder after compassionately helping a dying woman kill herself. Now free, but forbidden to practice medicine, Duca gets hired by a Milanese plastics mogul who, like most rich men in noir, is a respectable creep. The assignment is to straighten out the mogul's 22-year-old son, who has gone from being a normal, spoiled heir to a guilty, taciturn young alcoholic. Translated by Howard Curtis.

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All the Birds, Singing

All the Birds, Singing

by Evie Wyld

Hardcover, 231 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published April 15 2014 | purchase
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  • Evie Wyld

Living in voluntary isolation with only a disobedient collie and a flock of sheep for companions, a woman on a storm-battered British island struggles with memories about her haunted past and endures fear of an unknown assailant that has been targeting her sheep. By the award-winning author of After the Fire, a Still Small Voice. 30,000 first printing.

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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

Paperback, 464 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published March 28 2006 | purchase
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  • John Steinbeck

A migrant family seeks a better life in California during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

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Family Life

Family Life

by Akhil Sharma

Hardcover, 218 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $23.95, published April 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Akhil Sharma

Finally joining their father in America, Ajay and Birju enjoy their new, extraordinary life until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother incapacitated and the other practically orphaned in this strange land in the second novel from the author of An Obedient Father. 30,000 first printing.

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The Intern's Handbook

The Intern's Handbook

A Thriller

by Shane Kuhn

Hardcover, 276 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Shane Kuhn

John Lago, New York City's most successful hit man, doubles as an intern at a prestigious Manhattan law firm where he gathers intelligence to pull of a clean, untraceable hit. But before he can, he finds his plans complicated by a sexy FBI agent who's assigned to take down the same law partner he's been assigned to kill.

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The Time Traveler's Almanac

The Time Traveler's Almanac

by Ann Vandermeer and Jeff Vandermeer

Hardcover, 800 pages, Tor, $37.99, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Ann Vandermeer and Jeff Vandermeer

A definitive collection of time-travel stories from more than a century of literature features pieces by such leading authors as Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury and is complemented by a selection of informative nonfiction articles, including Charles Yu's "Top Ten Tips For Time Travelers."

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Shadow Country

Shadow Country

by Peter Matthiessen

Hardcover, 892 pages, Random House Inc, $40, published April 8 2008 | purchase
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  • Peter Matthiessen

A richly textured reworking of the author's classic trilogy--Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man's River, and Bone by Bone--chronicles the legacy of E. J. Watson, a notorious desperado gunned down by his neighbors along the lawless nineteenth-century frontier of the Florida Everglades. 15,000 first printing.Literary Award Winner

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The President's Daughter

The President's Daughter

by Ellen Emerson White

Paperback, 297 pages, Feiwel & Friends, $9.99, published July 22 2008 | purchase
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  • Ellen Emerson White

Sixteen-year-old Meghan Powers' happy life in Massachusetts changes drastically when her mother, one of the most prestigious senators in the country, becomes the front-runner in the race for United States President.

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