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No Time Like The Present

by Nadine Gordimer

Paperback, 421 pages, Picador, $16, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Nadine Gordimer

Interracial couple Steve and Jabulile are able to live happily together with their two children in a newly free South Africa, but their lives are defined by the constant struggle to marry their nation's past with its present.

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House of Earth

House Of Earth

by Woody Guthrie

Hardcover, 240 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Woody Guthrie

The only finished novel from the legendary American folk singer portrays life in Dust Bowl America with the story of Tike and Ella May Hamil, who struggle to plant roots in the arid land of the Texas Panhandle.NPR Bestseller

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Lying Awake

Lying Awake

by Mark Salzman

Paperback, 181 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published October 1 2001 | purchase
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  • Mark Salzman

Sister John of the Cross, an elderly nun, experiences a series of dazzling visions, but she is confronted with a difficult choice between her spiritual gifts and curing the powerful headaches that accompany her visions.

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The Guardians

The Guardians

by Ana Castillo

Paperback, 222 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published September 9 2008 | purchase
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  • Ana Castillo

Discovering that her brother has vanished while crossing the border from Mexico into the United States, Regina, a middle-aged widow, and her nephew, Gabo, embark on a perilous search for him, joining forces with an amorous, divorced schoolteacher and his grandfather, as well as a priest losing his faith. By the author of Peel My Love Like an Onion. Reprint.

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The Dinner

The Dinner

by Herman Koch

Paperback, 309 pages, Random House Inc, $14, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Herman Koch

Over dinner at an Amsterdam restaurant, two couples — brothers and their wives — discuss a terrible crime most likely committed by their sons. The crime is not yet public, but grainy video footage exists — and both sets of parents know it depicts their offspring. As the conversation deepens, one wrenching question gets clearer and more pressing by the moment: How far will each family go to protect those it loves?NPR Bestseller

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In One Person

In One Person

by John Irving

Paperback, 425 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15.99, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • John Irving

A tale inspired by the U.S. AIDS epidemic in the 1980s follows the experiences of individuals — including the bisexual narrator — who are torn by devastating losses, and whose perspectives on tolerance and love are shaped by awareness of what might have been.NPR Bestseller

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Artful

Artful

by Ali Smith

Hardcover, 237 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published January 24 2013 | purchase
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  • Ali Smith

The Whitbread Award-winning author of The Accidental presents a meditative collection of stories on the nature of art and storytelling. The pieces in this book are based on her2012 Weidenfeld lectures on European comparative literature at St. Anne's College, Oxford, and incorporated with tributes to iconic writers and artists throughout history.

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Tenth of December

Tenth of December

by George Saunders

Paperback, 271 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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Syracuse University professor and one-time geological engineer George Saunders delivers a collection of fantastical stories, including "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.NPR Bestseller

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Sylvia

Sylvia

by Leonard Michaels

Paperback, 129 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $14, published May 29 2007 | purchase
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  • Leonard Michaels

A young Manhattan couple struggles to survive in the early 1960s when they get caught up in drugs, sexual fantasias, paranoia, and self-destructive violence.

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The Original of Laura (Dying Is Fun)

The Original of Laura

by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Paperback, 275 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

A landmark publication of the literary master's unfinished final work is a fragmented draft as hand-written on 138 index cards that were originally requested for destruction and have been released by his son. Edited by Dmitri Nabokov.

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The Past

The Past

by Neil Jordan

Paperback, 275 pages, Pgw, $15.95, published December 25 2012 | purchase
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  • Neil Jordan

Chronicles the story of a man searching for the truth about his parents' romantic and mysterious history, a tale he pieces together from the reminiscences of his mother's friend.

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Umbrella

Umbrella

by Will Self

Paperback, 448 pages, Grove Press, $17, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Will Self

Zachary Busner, a psychiatrist at a mental hospital in 1970s North London, investigates a group of unconscious patients called "enkies" who exhibit a peculiar type of physical tic.

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Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See

Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See

by Juliann Garey

Paperback, 289 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Juliann Garey

Juliann Garey's debut novel centers on Greyson Todd, a successful studio executive who leaves his career and family. Wandering the world for a decade, he gives free rein to the bipolar disorder he had kept hidden for nearly 20 years. Todd's life is told in three interwoven timelines — the stories of his travels, his childhood and his marriage — all unraveling in the time it takes him to complete his electroshock treatments.

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