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  1. Book ImagePacking for Mars

    Mary Roach

    “America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) returns to explore the irresistibly strange universe of life without gravity in this New York Times bestseller.More

  2. Book ImageThe Winter Thief

    Jenny White

    "A deftly plotted and clever tale of intrigue, duplicity, and violence."—Booklist, starred reviewMore

  3. Book ImageThe Secret Life of Emily Dickinson

    Jerome Charyn

    "In this brilliant and hilarious jailbreak of a novel, Charyn channels the genius poet and her great leaps of the imagination."—Donna Seaman, Booklist, starred reviewMore

  4. Book ImageBeneath the Lion's Gaze

    Maaza Mengiste

    "An important novel, rich in compassion for its anguished characters." —The New York Times Book ReviewMore

  5. Book ImageThe Fortunes of Grace Hammer

    Sara Stockbridge

    "Stockbridge captures the mood of Dickensian London perfectly in this gripping debut."—BooklistMore

  6. Book ImageEmily's Ghost

    Denise Giardina

    "Denise Giardina’s extraordinary gift for conjuring voices of the past has never been more bewitchingly deployed than here in Emily’s Ghost—a romance so tormentedly devoted to its struggle toward truth that Brontë herself would be proud of it." —Madison Smartt BellMore

  7. Book ImagePerfect Life

    Jessica Shattuck

    “Jessica Shattuck’s engrossing, deceptively ambitious novel explores a wide range of subjects . . . with a shrewd and sympathetic eye.”—Tom PerrottaMore

  8. Book ImageAll Other Nights

    Dara Horn

    “Slam-bang... superb... masterful... gripping... marvelous.”—Washington PostMore

  9. Book ImageCoventry

    Helen Humphreys

    “Elegant . . . illuminates the impact of war on ordinary people . . . an elegy and a celebration.”—Ann Hood, author of The Knitting CircleMore

  10. Book ImageAmerican Salvage

    Bonnie Jo Campbell

    Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction
    Finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction
    “These short stories approach their subjects from an array of perspectives, but what they share is freshness, surprise, and a compulsion to plumb some absolute extremes of American existence.”—National Book Award citationMore

  11. Book ImageIn Other Rooms, Other Wonders

    Daniyal Mueenuddin

    Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction and the 2009 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. “The rural rootedness and gentle humour of R.K. Narayan with the literary sophistication and stylishness of Jhumpa Lahiri.”—Financial TimesMore

  12. Book ImageA Quiet Adjustment

    Benjamin Markovits

    “A first-rate example of a literary historical novel.”—Regan Upshaw, San Francisco ChronicleMore

  13. Book ImageThe Glass of Time

    Michael Cox

    “Entirely wonderful . . . chock-full of revenge, romance, duplicity, concealed identities and murder most frequent.”—Washington PostMore

  14. Book ImageRevenge of the Mooncake Vixen

    Marilyn Chin

    An uproarious debut that lays bare the complicated generational relationships of Chinese American women.More

  15. Book ImageHunger

    Lan Samantha Chang

    “Spare and haunting tales that ask ordinary questions about that extraordinary emotion: love.”—Chicago TribuneMore

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