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The Starless Sea: A Novel
by Erin Morgenstern

Language

English

Pages

487

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b>From the <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>The Night Circus, </i>a timeless love story set in a secret underground world鈥攁 place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.</b><br /><br />Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues鈥攁 bee, a key, and a sword鈥攖hat lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians鈥攊t is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose鈥攊n both the mysterious book and in his own life.
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 />
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 />
The Priory of the Orange Tree
by Samantha Shannon

Language

English

Pages

846

Publication Date

February 26, 2019

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<b>The <i>New York Times </i>bestselling "</b><b>epic feminist fantasy perfect for fans of <i>Game of Thrones</i></b><b>" (Bustle).</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>A world divided.<br />A queendom without an heir.<br />An ancient enemy awakens.</b><br /><b><br /></b>The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction--but assassins are getting closer to her door. <br /><br />Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.<br /><br />Across the dark sea, Tan茅 has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.<br /><br />Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
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>
Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy Book 1)
by Tamsyn Muir

Language

English

Pages

437

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<p><b>A <i>USA Today</i> Best-Selling Novel, and one of the Best Books of 2019 according to NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, <i>BookPage</i>, <i>Shelf Awareness,</i> <i>BookRiot</i>, and <i>Gizmodo Australia</i>!</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>鈥淯nlike anything I鈥檝e ever read. 鈥?鈥擵.E. Schwab</b><br /><b></b><b></b><br /><b>鈥淟esbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space!鈥?鈥擟harles Stross</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>鈥淒eft, tense and atmospheric, compellingly immersive and wildly original.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br />The Emperor needs necromancers.</p><p>The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.</p><p>Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense.</p><p>Tamsyn Muir鈥檚 <i>Gideon the Ninth</i> unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.</p><p>Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won鈥檛 set her free without a service.</p><p>Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon鈥檚 sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.</p><p>Of course, some things are better left dead.</p><p>THE LOCKED TOMB TRILOGY<br />BOOK 1: <i>Gideon the Ninth</i><br />BOOK 2: <i>Harrow the Ninth</i><br />BOOK 3: <i>Alecto the Ninth</i></p><p>At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.</p>
Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)
by Bernardine Evaristo

Language

English

Pages

464

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br />WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE</b><p></p><p><b>鈥淎 must-read about modern Britain and womanhood . . . An impressive, fierce novel about the lives of black British families, their struggles, pains, laughter, longings and loves . . . Her style is passionate, razor-sharp, brimming with energy and humor. There is never a single moment of dullness in this book and the pace does not allow you to turn away from its momentum.鈥濃€擝ooker Prize Judges</b></p><p>Bernardine Evaristo is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and the first black woman to receive this highest literary honor in the English language. <i>Girl, Woman, Other</i> is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of Black British women that paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and looks back to the legacy of Britain鈥檚 colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.</p><p>The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives: Amma is a newly acclaimed playwright whose work often explores her Black lesbian identity; her old friend Shirley is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London鈥檚 funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley鈥檚 former students, is a successful investment banker; Carole鈥檚 mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter鈥檚 lack of rootedness despite her obvious achievements. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class.</p><p>Sparklingly witty and filled with emotion, centering voices we often see othered, and written in an innovative fast-moving form that borrows technique from poetry, <i>Girl, Woman, Other</i> is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that shows a side of Britain we rarely see, one that reminds us of all that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart.</p>
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Language

English

Pages

401

Publication Date

June 13, 2017

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<b>鈥淩iveting, heart-wrenching, and full of Old Hollywood glamour, <i>The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo</i> is one of the most captivating reads of 2017.鈥?鈥?lt;i>BuzzFeed</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淭he epic adventures Evelyn creates over the course of a lifetime will leave every reader mesmerized. This wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet and her tumultuous Tinseltown journey comes with unexpected twists and the most satisfying of drama.鈥?鈥?lt;i>PopSugar</i></b><br /> <br /><b>From the author of <i>Daisy Jones & The Six</i>鈥攁n entrancing novel 鈥渢hat speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all鈥?(<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>), in which a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.</b><br /><br />Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?<br /> <br />Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.<br /> <br />Summoned to Evelyn鈥檚 luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the 鈥?0s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn鈥檚 story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique鈥檚 own in tragic and irreversible ways.<br /> <br />鈥淗eartbreaking, yet beautiful鈥?(Jamie Blynn, <i>Us Weekly</i>), <i>The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo </i>is 鈥淭inseltown drama at its finest鈥?(<i>Redbook</i>): a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means鈥攁nd what it costs鈥攖o face the truth.
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>
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 />

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