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  1. Book ImageI, The Divine

    Rabih Alameddine

    Named after the "divine" Sarah Bernhardt, red-haired Sarah Nour El-Din is "wonderful, irresistibly unique, funny, and amazing," raves Amy Tan. Determined to make of her life a work of art, she tries to tell her story, sometimes casting it as a memoir, sometimes a novel, always fascinatingly incomplete.More

  2. Book ImageLili

    Abigail De Witt

    "Lili's hold on a reader will be no less ferocious than her grasp on life."—Susan Dodd, author of MamawMore

  3. Book ImageYellow

    Don Lee

    "Elegant and engrossing...[an] unusually complete portrait of contemporary Asian America."—Los Angeles Times..."A gem....Lee has captured this truth beautifully, wisely, and with winning economy."—Cleveland Plain DealerMore

  4. Book ImageGrand Ambition

    Lisa Michaels

    "An absorbing, affecting and beautifully written novel."—New York Times Book ReviewMore

  5. Book ImageMoney, Love

    Brad Barkley

    "Filled to the brim with fall-down funny scenes an vividly etched, unforgettable characters." —Washington PostMore

  6. Book ImageShadow Play

    Charles Baxter

    "In his quiet cosmic wonderment, Baxter is the equal of John Updike and Anne Tyler at their largest and best."—GQMore

  7. Book ImageThe Salt Letters

    Christine Balint

    The sensuous evocation of a young woman's sea journey from refined England to the wilds of Australia.More

  8. Book ImageThe Making of a Poem

    Eavan Boland, Mark Strand

    "Concise, learned, revisionary... should enrich the passionate conversation about poetic forms for years to come."— Edward Hirsch, author of How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with PoetryMore

  9. Book ImageThe Fly-Truffler

    Gustaf Sobin

    Out of the pungent soil and wind-struck orchards of Provence, this enchanting love story will make you believe, if you ever doubted it, in the power of love and the lengths people will go to keep it alive.More

  10. Book ImageThe Strangeness of Beauty

    Lydia Yuri Minatoya

    "Minatoya offers a tenderly packaged gift. Unwrapping it is a pleasure." —Austin ChronicleMore

  11. Book ImageHarry and Catherine

    Frederick Busch

    "For years Frederick Busch has been at work on one of the most impressive bodies of American fiction."—Reynolds PriceMore

  12. Book ImageLosing Nelson

    Barry Unsworth

    "Stunningly original. . . . Pulpy and juicy, full of wisdom and horror." —Los Angeles Times Book ReviewMore

  13. Book ImageYellow Jack

    Josh Russell

    "[An] erotic, disturbing novel . . . shimmers with intensity . . . irresistible."—New Orleans Times-PicayuneMore

  14. Book ImageTruth Comes in Blows

    Ted Solotaroff

    Winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir and finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, Truth Comes in Blows is renowned editor and critic Ted Solotaroff's prize-winning account of a coming of age at once quintessentially American and especially vexed.More

  15. Book ImageSomething Blue

    Jean Christopher Spaugh

    When Judy's sister Tina Lee becomes engaged, the swirl of activity as they plan for the wedding jolts Judy out of her routine.More

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