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The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
by Donna Tartt

Language

English

Pages

760

Publication Date

October 22, 2013

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<b>A young New Yorker grieving his mother's death is pulled into a gritty underworld of art and wealth in this "extraordinary" and beloved Pulitzer Prize winner that "connects with the heart as well as the mind" (Stephen King, <i>New York Times Book Review</i>).</b><br />Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into a wealthy and insular art community.<br />As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love -- and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.<br /><i>The Goldfinch</i> is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention. From the streets of New York to the dark corners of the art underworld, this "soaring masterpiece" examines the devastating impact of grief and the ruthless machinations of fate (Ron Charles, <i>Washington Post</i>).<br />
Bishop: A True Lover's Story
by AE Via

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

September 27, 2019

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At only thirty-two, Bishop Stockley has lived a hard-knock life. His gang was his family, the streets his home. Until the crew he鈥檇 always called his brothers betrayed him. After doing five years in a federal prison, Bishop is back at his dad鈥檚 trailer and working for his landscaping company, thrust into a legit world where he鈥檚 no longer the alpha鈥攁 world where a criminal record is the least of his disadvantages, because Bishop can鈥檛 read or write. Illiteracy had never been an obstacle for him on the streets, he didn鈥檛 need to know how to read <i>Moby Dick</i> to survive, he needed to know how to read people鈥?and that was a hustle he鈥檇 learned hard and fast. Now, he had to change his life.<br /><br />Bishop鈥檚 only support system was a young, inexperienced dad who鈥檇 insisted he call him Mike all their life鈥攕ince they looked more like brothers than father and son. And his hot-tempered, childhood, best friend from 鈥檍uvie, Trent. Bishop already had the deck stacked against him, but he wasn鈥檛 afraid of hard work to change his situation, and he did want to change. Especially after he encountered Edison Scala, a kind-spirited office manager who didn鈥檛 hesitate to come to his defense鈥?a man that saw past Bishop鈥檚 grass-stained coveralls. A man who wasn鈥檛 intimidated by his stern features and his silence.<br /><br />Edison hadn鈥檛 grown up the way most of his peers had. He鈥檇 been raised by a single father who鈥檇 owned an old-fashioned barber shop where Edison was taught how to not only shave with a straight razor, and shine shoes, but also how to treat others, to not judge, to be a gentleman, to be respectful and speak without profanity. But, the biggest lesson he鈥檇 learned, was to always be himself. His lack of friends and a social life wasn鈥檛 his fault. No matter how much weight he gained, no matter how many times his staff called him a square, Edison did not need to change.<br /><br />Bishop knew Edison was off-limits. He鈥檇 made personal vows to himself when he was released from prison, ones that he never intended to break. But, when Edison asked him about providing landscaping services at his home, there was no way he could refuse. He hadn鈥檛 expected Edison to feed him, praise him, encourage him, and look at him the way he did鈥攁s if Bishop was somebody. Mike and Trent warned him not to mix business with pleasure and he didn鈥檛 intend to.<br /><br /><i>No multiple pairings.</i> <i>No cliffhangers.</i> <i>Ends with a very, very HFN.</i><br /><i>Warning:</i> <br /><i>This book is a M/M contemporary romance, a hardened man鈥檚 struggle to find real love.</i> <i>There are no police chases or doors being kicked in, in this one.</i> <i>But, don鈥檛 worry.</i> <i>Bishop is still intense enough to keep you on the edge.</i><br /><br />
Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)
by Min Jin Lee

Language

English

Pages

496

Publication Date

February 07, 2017

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<b>A <i>New York Times</i> Top Ten Book of the Year and National Book Award finalist, <i>Pachinko</i> is an "extraordinary epic" of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan (<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>).<br /> <br /><i> NEW YORK TIMES</i> NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 * A <i>USA TODAY</i> TOP TEN OF 2017 * JULY PICK FOR THE <i>PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES </i>BOOK CLUB <i>NOW READ THIS </i>* FINALIST FOR THE 2018<u> </u>DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE* WINNER OF THE MEDICI BOOK CLUB PRIZE<br /> <br /> Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, <i>Washington Post</i><br /> <br /><i> NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER * #1 <i>BOSTON GLOBE</i> BESTSELLER * <i>USA TODAY</i> BESTSELLER * <i>WALL STREET JOURNAL </i>BESTSELLER * <i>WASHINGTON POST </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><i> "There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers. And yet we played on, because we had hope that we might be the lucky ones."</i><br /> <br /> In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.<br /> <br /> Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.<br /><br /><i>*Includes reading group guide*</i><br />
This Is How It Always Is: A Novel
by Laurie Frankel

Language

English

Pages

338

Publication Date

January 24, 2017

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<p><b><i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /><b>The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>鈥淓very once in a while, I read a book that opens my eyes in a way I never expected.鈥?</b><b>鈥擱eese Witherspoon (Reese鈥檚 Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)</b></p><br /><p><b><i>People Magazine</i></b><b>鈥檚 Top 10 Books of 2017</b><br /><b>Amazon鈥檚 Best Books of 2017: Top 20</b><br /><b>Amazon鈥檚 Best Literature and Fiction of 2017</b><br /><b>Bustle鈥檚 17 Books Every Woman Should Read From 2017</b><br /><b>PopSugar鈥檚 Our Favorite Books of the Year (So Far)</b><br /><b>Refinery29's Best Books of the Year So Far</b><br /><b>BookBrowse鈥檚 The 20 Best Books of 2017</b><br /><b>Pacific Northwest Book Awards Finalist</b><br /><b><i>The Globe and Mail</i>'s Top 100 Books of 2017</b><br /><b>Longlisted for 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>鈥淚t made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think.鈥?鈥擫iane Moriarty, #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Big Little Lies</i></b><br /><i></i><br /><i>This is how</i> a family keeps a secret鈥nd how that secret ends up keeping them.</p><p><i>This is</i> <i>how</i> a family lives happily ever after鈥ntil happily ever after becomes complicated.</p><p><i>This is</i> <i>how</i> children change鈥nd then change the world.</p><p>This is Claude. He鈥檚 five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.</p><p>When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.</p><p>Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They鈥檙e just not sure they鈥檙e ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude鈥檚 secret. Until one day it explodes. </p><p>Laurie Frankel's<i> This Is How It Always Is </i>is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it鈥檚 about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don鈥檛 get to keep them forever.</p>
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
by Ocean Vuong

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<p><strong>Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by <em>Vulture</em>, <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>, Buzzfeed, <em>Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe</em>, Oprah.com,<em> Huffington Post,</em> The A.V. Club, <em>Nylon,</em> The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, <em>The Guardian, Publishers Weekly,</em> and more<br /><br />Poet Ocean Vuong鈥檚 debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling</strong><br /><br /><em>On Earth We鈥檙e Briefly Gorgeous</em> is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family鈥檚 history that began before he was born 鈥?a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam 鈥?and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, <em>On Earth We鈥檙e Briefly Gorgeous</em> is as much about the power of telling one鈥檚 own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard. <br /><br />With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.</p>
The Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai

Language

English

Pages

431

Publication Date

June 19, 2018

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<b>SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD聽<br /><br /><b>A聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽Selection for BEST 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b><br />A <i>WASHINGTON POST </i>NOTABLE BOOK聽<br />A PICK FOR THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY'S 2018 BEST BOOKS<br />THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT FOR READERS<br /><br />鈥淎 page turner...An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it鈥檚 like to live during times of crisis. "<i>鈥擳he New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> <b>A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai</b><br /><br />In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister.<br /><br />Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.
Elevation
by Stephen King

Language

English

Pages

161

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /> <b>The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together鈥攁 timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences. </b><br /><br />Although Scott Carey doesn鈥檛 look any different, he鈥檚 been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn鈥檛 want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.<br /> <br />In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King鈥檚 most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade鈥攂ut escalating鈥攂attle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott鈥檚 lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face鈥搃ncluding his own鈥攈e tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott鈥檚 affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.<br /> <br />From Stephen King, our 鈥渕ost precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work鈥?(<i>The Guardian</i>), <i>Elevation</i> is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as 鈥淚t鈥檚 a Wonderful Life.鈥?/div>
Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel
by Andrew Sean Greer

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

July 18, 2017

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<b><b>A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (<em>The </em><i>New York Times Book Review).</i></b></b><b><b><i></i></b></b><br /><br /><strong>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE<br /></strong><strong>National Bestseller<br /></strong><strong>A<i> New York Times</i> Notable Book of 2017<br /></strong><b>A <i>Washington Post </i>Top Ten Book of 2017<br /></b><b>A <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> Top Ten Book of 2017<br /></b><b><b><b><b>Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Lambda Award, and the California Book Award</b></b></b></b><br /><br /><b><i></i></b><i></i><br /><br />Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.<br /><br /><b>QUESTION</b>: How do you arrange to skip town?<br /><br /><b>ANSWER</b>: You accept them all.<br /><br /><i>What would possibly go wrong? </i>Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.<br /><br />Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, <i>Less</i> is, above all, a love story.<br /><br />A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author <i>The New York Times</i> has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," <i>Less </i>shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.<i></i><br /><br /><b>"I could not love LESS more."--Ron Charles, <em>The </em></b><i><b>Washington Post</b></i><br /><br /><b>"Andrew Sean Greer's<i> Less</i> is excellent company. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful."-<i>-</i>Christopher Buckley<i>, The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br />
Instinct (previously published as Murder Games)
by , Howard Roughan

Language

English

Pages

369

Publication Date

June 26, 2017

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<b>A criminal behavior expert teams up with an NYPD detective to track down a criminal in the novel that inspired the hit CBS TV series starring Alan Cumming.</b><b><br /></b>Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior. Literally: he's a renowned, bestselling Ivy League expert on the subject. When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene-along with a threatening message from the killer-it looks like someone has been taking notes.<br />Elizabeth Needham is the headstrong and brilliant NYPD Detective in charge of the case who recruits Dylan to help investigate another souvenir left at the scene: a playing card. Another murder, another card. . . and now Dylan suspects that the cards aren't a signature; they're a deadly hint pointing directly toward the next victim. <br />As tabloid headlines about the killer known as "The Dealer" scream from newsstands, New York City descends into panic. With the cops at a loss, it's up to Dylan to hunt down a serial killer unlike any the city has ever seen. Only someone with Dylan's expertise can hope to go inside the mind of a criminal and convince The Dealer to lay down his cards. But after thinking like a criminal, could Dylan become one?<br />A heart-pounding novel of suspense more shocking than any tabloid true crime story, <i>Instinct</i> introduces the next unforgettable character from the imagination of James Patterson, the world's #1 bestselling author.
The Song of Achilles: A Novel
by Madeline Miller

Language

English

Pages

389

Publication Date

March 06, 2012

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<p>鈥淎t once a scholar鈥檚 homage to <em>The Iliad</em> and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist鈥?A book I could not put down.鈥?lt;br />鈥擜nn Patchett</p><p>鈥淢ary Renault lives again!鈥?declares Emma Donoghue, author of <em>Room</em>, referring to <em>The Song of Achilles</em>, Madeline Miller鈥檚 thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War. A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, <em>The Song of Achilles</em> is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer鈥檚 enduring masterwork, <em>The Iliad</em>. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller鈥檚 monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction鈥檚 brightest lights鈥攁nd fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough鈥檚 Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.<br /></p>

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