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Book List

The Cat's Table (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780307744418
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Published: Vintage, 6/2012
July 2012 Pick: In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the "cat's table"--as far from the Captain's Table as can be--with a ragtag group of "insignificant" adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship crosses the Indian Ocean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: they are first exposed to the magical worlds of jazz, women, and literature by their eccentric fellow travelers, and together they spy on a shackled prisoner, his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. By turns poignant and electrifying, "The Cat's Table" is a spellbinding story about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood, and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage.

The Pale King (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780316074223
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Published: Back Bay Books, 4/2012
May 2012 Pick: The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has. "The Pale King" remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death, but it is a deeply compelling and satisfying novel, hilarious and fearless and as original as anything Wallace ever undertook. It grapples directly with ultimate questions--questions of life's meaning and of the value of work and society--through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallace's unique gifts. Along the way it suggests a new idea of heroism and commands infinite respect for one of the most daring writers of our time.

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ISBN-13: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco, 2/2012
March 2012 Pick: ""The Sisters Brothers" is dark, dark, and funny, both ha ha and strange, but it's a lot more, too, a lyrical meditation on work and love from a narrator who moves from thoughtful conviction to casual murder as seamlessly as this book flows over the page . . . A winner."--Tom Franklin, author of "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter."

Ten Thousand Saints (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780062021212
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Published: Ecco, 2/2012
February 2012 Pick: "Eleanor Henderson is in possession of an enormous talent which she has matched up with skill, ambition, and a fierce imagination. "Ten Thousand Saints" is the best thing I've read in a long time."--Ann Patchett, author of "State of Wonder."

Doctor Zhivago (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780307390950
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Published: Vintage, 10/2011
December 2011 Pick: First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy, "Doctor Zhivago" is the story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago's love for the tender and beautiful Lara, the very embodiment of the pain and chaos of those cataclysmic times. Pevear and Volokhonsky masterfully restore the spirit of Pasternak's original--his style, rhythms, voicings, and tone--in this beautiful translation of a classic of world literature.

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ISBN-13: 9780812980158
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 9/2011
November 2011 Pick: In these spellbinding stories, Yiyun Li, a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner, a MacArthur Fellow, and one of "The New Yorker"'s top 20 fiction writers under 40, gives us exquisite stories in which politics and folklore magnificently illuminate the human condition. A professor introduces her middle-aged son to a favorite student, unaware of the student's true affections. A lifelong bachelor finds kinship with a man wrongly accused of an indiscretion. Six women establish a private investigating agency to battle extramarital affairs in Beijing. Written in lyrical prose and with stunning honesty, "Gold Boy, Emerald Girl "introduces us to worlds strange and familiar, creating a mesmerizing and vibrant landscape of life.

Swamplandia! (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780307276681
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Published: Vintage, 7/2011
September 2011 Selection:Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family's island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava's mother, the park's indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality. Show Less

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ISBN-13: 9780812977387
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 6/2011
August 2011 Selection: Greece, 1940. In the port city of Salonika, with its wharves and brothels, dark alleys and Turkish mansions, a tense political drama is being played out. "Spies of the Balkans" is a stunning novel about a man who risks everything to fight back against the world's evil.

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ISBN-13: 9780984470778
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Published: Chelsea Station Editions, 3/2011
July 2011 Selection: From author Felice Picano, co-founder of the path breaking Violet Quill Club, comes a new collection of memoirs, many of which have never appeared in print. Picano presents sweet and sometimes controversial anecdotes of his precocious childhood, odd, funny, and often disturbing encounters from before he found his calling as a writer and later as one of the first GLBT publishers. Throughout are his delightful encounters and surprising relationships with the one-of-a-kind and the famous-including Tennessee Williams, W.H. Auden, Charles Henri Ford, Bette Midler, and Diana Vreeland.

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ISBN-13: 9780061780103
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 6/2011
June 2011 Selection: When faith and facts collide, Jo March--a young woman born into an Evangelical Christian dynasty--wrestles with questions about who she is and how she fits into the weave of her faithful family. Chasing loose threads that she hopes will lead to the truth, Jo sets off on an unlikely quest across boundaries of language and religion, through chasms of sectarian divides in the Muslim world. Against the backdrop of the War on Terror--travelling from California to Chicago, Pakistan to Iraq--she delves deeply into the past, encountering relatives, often for the first time, whose histories are intricately intertwined with her own . . . only to learn that true spiritual devotion is a broken field riddled with doubt and that nothing is ever as it seems. A story of forbidden love and familial dysfunction that interweaves multiple generational and cultural viewpoints, "The Sweetness of Tears" is a powerful reminder of the ties that bind us, the choices that divide us, and the universal joys and tragedies that shape us all.

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ISBN-13: 9780061997792
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 10/2010
December 2010 Selection: With the new millennium approaching, the eccentric town of Thebes grows even stranger. Mrs. Leontina Scales begins speaking in tongues after being clocked by a Catholic statuette. Her daughter, Tabitha, and her sons scheme to save their mother or surrender her to Jesus--whatever comes first. Meanwhile, choir director Jeremy Carr, caught between lust and ambition, fumbles his way toward Y2K. The ancient Sisters of the Sorrowful Mysteries join with a gay singing group. The Radical Radiants battle the Catholics. A Christmas pageant goes horribly awry. And a child is born.

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ISBN-13: 9780452296367
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Published: Plume, 6/2010
October 2010 Selection: This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper's most accomplished work to date, and a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.

Await Your Reply (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780345476036
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Published: Ballantine Books, 6/2010
September 2010 Selection: The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways in acclaimed author Chaon's gripping, brilliantly-written new novel.

Sag Harbor (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780307455161
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Published: Anchor, 6/2010
August 2010 Selection: In this deeply affectionate and fiercely funny coming-of-age novel, Whitehead, using the perpetual mortification of teenage existence and the desperate quest for reinvention, beautifully explores racial and class identity, illustrating the complex rhythms of the adult world.

The Little Stranger (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781594484469
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Published: Riverhead Trade, 5/2010
July 2010 Selection: One post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline. Its owners - mother, son, and daughter - are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become intimately entwined with his.

Pygmy (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780307389817
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Published: Anchor, 4/2010
May 2010 Selection: Palahniuk depicts Midwestern life through the eyes of Pygmy, a thoroughly-indoctrinated little killer who hates America with a passion, in this cunning double-edged satire.

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ISBN-13: 9780061493867
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 3/2010
April 2010 Selection: A free-spirited and rebellious Muslim-American of Indo-Pakistani descent, willful, intelligent Saira Qader rejected the constricting notions of family, duty, obligation, and fate, choosing instead to become a journalist, making the world her home. But when tragedy strikes, throwing Saira's life into turmoil, the woman who circled the globe to uncover the details of other lives must confront the truths of her own.

Little Bee (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781416589648
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 2/2010
March 2010 Selection: The publishers of Cleave's new novel don't want to spoil the story by revealing too much about it. They will say that the beach scene is brutal, and that it braids the fates of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British couple.