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Fifty Shades Of Grey

by E.L. James

Paperback, 528 pages, Vintage, $15.95, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • E.L. James

Growing out of a piece of fan fiction that recast Twilight's Bella and Edward in sexier scenarios, Fifty Shades of Grey tells the steamy affair of a student journalist and an intriguing young entrepreneur.NPR Bestseller

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The Wolf Gift

The Wolf Gift

by Anne Rice

Paperback, 18 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Anne Rice

The best-selling author of The Vampire Chronicles and Lives of the Mayfair Witches imagines the origins and history of the werewolf while portraying a romantic, sensualist being who experiences tragedy and transcendence when bestowed with transformational powers.NPR Bestseller

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Possession

Possession

A Romance

by A. S. Byatt

Paperback, 555 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published October 1 1991 | purchase
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  • A Romance
  • A. S. Byatt

A young academic couple's attempt to trace the relationship between two turbulent, romantic, and superstitious Victorian poets reveals uncanny parallels with their own lives and culminates in the exhumation of a poet's corpse. Reissue. 300,000 first printing. (A Warner Bros. film, directed by Neil LaBute, releasing Fall 2001, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Ehle, & Jeremy Northam) (General Fiction)

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Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels

Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels

by Sarah Wendell

Paperback, 256 pages, Sourcebooks Inc, $14.99, published October 1 2011 | purchase
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  • Sarah Wendell

The co-founder of SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com and an influential romance blogger presents a unique gift book that provides the best wisdom about love that the romance genre has to offer. Original.

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Endless Love

Endless Love

by Scott Spencer

Paperback, 417 pages, Harpercollins, $14.95, published January 1 1999 | purchase
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  • Scott Spencer

David and Jade are wildly in love, but when Jade's father forbids the teens to continue their romance, David retaliates. What follows is a story of teenage love and obsession.

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The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

by William Goldman

Paperback, 456 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $8.95, published October 8 2007 | purchase
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  • S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
  • William Goldman

This tale of a handsome farm boy who, aided by a drunken swordsman and a gentle giant, rescues a beautiful princess named Buttercup comes with a slyly humorous, metafictional edge: Goldman claims to have merely abridged an earlier text by one "S. Morgenstern" (actually a pseudonym) and peppers his text with clever commentary.

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Stardust

Stardust

by Neil Gaiman

Paperback, 336 pages, Harpercollins, $6.99, published January 1 2000 | purchase
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  • Neil Gaiman

In the quiet English hamlet of Wall, Tristran Thorn embarks on a remarkable journey through the world of Faerie to recover a fallen star for his lover, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester.

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Outlander

Outlander

by Diana Gabaldon

Hardcover, 662 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published July 5 2011 | purchase
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  • Diana Gabaldon

Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself in the midst of a world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution, and haunted by her feelings for a young soldier. The first book in the Outlander Series.

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A Very Long Engagement

A Very Long Engagement

by Sebastien Japrisot and Linda Coverdale

Paperback, 327 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published November 1 2004 | purchase
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  • Sebastien Japrisot and Linda Coverdale

In 1919, Mathilde Donnay, a young wheelchair-bound woman in France, begins a quest to find out if her fiancé, supposedly killed in the line of duty two years earlier, might still be alive. Reprint. 50,000 first printing. (A Warner Bros. Independent Pictures film, releasing Fall 2004, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, starring Audrey Tautou & Jodie Foster) (Historical Fiction)

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Bel Canto

Bel Canto

A Novel

by Ann Patchett

Paperback, 318 pages, Harpercollins, $13.95, published April 1 2002 | purchase
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  • A Novel
  • Ann Patchett

When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxane Coss, and Mr. Hosokawa, a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan.Literary Award Winner

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The Whale Caller

The Whale Caller

by Zakes Mda

Paperback, 230 pages, St Martins Pr, $14, published October 17 2006 | purchase
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  • Zakes Mda

The author's fifth novel charts a tender, funny romance between the "Whale Caller" in the small South African coastal town of Hermanus and the town drunk, Saluni. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

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Ten Days in the Hills

Ten Days in the Hills

by Jane Smiley

Hardcover, 449 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published February 13 2007 | purchase
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  • Jane Smiley

In the wake of the 2003 Academy Awards, a group of friends and family gathers in the Hollywood hills for ten transformative days of love, memories, gossip, movies, and more, including Max, an Oscar-winning writer/director whose career is waning; his lover Elena; his ex-wife, film star Zoe Cunningham; their daughter Isabel; and others. 150,000 first printing.

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