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Reading Guides

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  1. Book ImageAn Hour in Paradise

    Joan Leegant

    "Joan Leegant writes stories that last, stories that take root in the soul."—Bret Lott, author of JewelMore

  2. Book ImageHouse Lights

    Leah Hager Cohen

    “Tantalizing ... captivating ... provocative.”—BooklistMore

  3. Book ImageHouse of Stone

    Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

    Pulsing with wit, seduction, and dark humor, House of Stone is a masterful debut that explores the creative—and often destructive—act of history-making.More

  4. Book ImageHousehold Words

    Joan Silber

    Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award: "Unqualified praise goes to this rarity: an extraordinary novel about ordinary people."--Chicago TribuneMore

  5. Book ImageThe Human Age

    Diane Ackerman

    Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and the PEN New England Henry David Thoreau Prize.

    A dazzling, inspiring tour through the ways that humans are working with nature to try to save the planet.More

  6. Book ImageHunger

    Lan Samantha Chang

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

  7. 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

  8. Book ImageIdeas of Heaven

    Joan Silber

    Shortlisted for the National Book Award: "Joan Silber writes with wisdom, humor, grace, and wry intelligence. Her characters bear welcome news of how we will survive."—Andrea BarrettMore

  9. Book ImageImposture

    Benjamin Markovits

    A love affair based on a case of mistaken identity, set in an impeccable re-creation of nineteenth-century London.More

  10. 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

  11. Book ImageIn Pursuit of a Vanishing Star

    Gustaf Sobin

    Drawing on the life of Greta Garbo, Gustaf Sobin spins a masterful tale about the enigmatic nature of idolatry.More

  12. Book ImageIn the Image

    Dara Horn

    A young woman's coming of age, a romantic love story, and a spiritual journey—each infused with the lessons of history.More

  13. Book ImageInheritance

    Lan Samantha Chang

    Spanning seven decades and set in China and America against a backdrop of political chaos and social upheaval, this arresting debut novel tells a timeless story of familial devotion undermined by deceit and passion and rebuilt by memory.More

  14. Book ImageAn Italian Wife

    Ann Hood

    From the best-selling author of The Obituary Writer, the stirring multigenerational story of an Italian-American family.More

  15. Book ImageJewish Comedy

    Jeremy Dauber

    Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award

    A rich account of Jewish humor: its nature, its development, and its vital role throughout history.More

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