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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 />
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>“Every once in a while, I read a book that opens my eyes in a way I never expected.” </b><b>—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)</b></p><br /><p><b><i>People Magazine</i></b><b>’s Top 10 Books of 2017</b><br /><b>Amazon’s Best Books of 2017: Top 20</b><br /><b>Amazon’s Best Literature and Fiction of 2017</b><br /><b>Bustle’s 17 Books Every Woman Should Read From 2017</b><br /><b>PopSugar’s Our Favorite Books of the Year (So Far)</b><br /><b>Refinery29's Best Books of the Year So Far</b><br /><b>BookBrowse’s 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>“It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think.” —Liane 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…and how that secret ends up keeping them.</p><p><i>This is</i> <i>how</i> a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.</p><p><i>This is</i> <i>how</i> children change…and then change the world.</p><p>This is Claude. He’s 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’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s 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’s 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’t 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’s 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’re 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’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — 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’re Briefly Gorgeous</em> is as much about the power of telling one’s 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 <br /><br /><b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> Selection for BEST 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b><br />A <i>WASHINGTON POST </i>NOTABLE BOOK <br />A PICK FOR THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY'S 2018 BEST BOOKS<br />THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT FOR READERS<br /><br />“A page turner...An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis. "<i>—The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <b><i> </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.
Wicked Lies Boys Tell
by K Webster

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English

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Publication Date

August 27, 2019

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From <i>USA Today Bestselling author</i> <b>K Webster</b> comes an angst-filled, friends-to-enemies-to-lovers <b>MM romance</b>! <br /><br />I’m in love with my best friend.<br />Lie.<br />I’m in love with my enemy.<br />Truth.<br /><br />But they’re the same.<br />They. Are. The. Same.<br />Lines in my world are blurry between fantasy and reality.<br />Truth and lies. Love and hate.<br /><br />Copeland Justice is my enemy. My once best friend. The sadist in my heart plucking and pulling at every thread of who I am until I’m unraveled at his feet.<br />His mouth says he hates me. His eyes burn with animosity for me. His heart beats for someone else.<br /><br />But Copeland Justice is the best liar of us all.
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 />
Science & Jockstraps (Ace's Wild Book 1)
by , Riley Hart

Language

English

Pages

141

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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Blurb:<br /><br />Shy science guy Liam and fun-loving jock Isaiah have been roommates since their freshman year in college. On the surface, they couldn’t be more different. What the rest of the world doesn’t know is that tucked between basketball, classes, and hanging with friends are some of Isaiah’s favorite moments—just Liam and Isaiah in their room, watching documentaries or goofing off. Liam certainly never imagined Isaiah would become one of his favorite people, but their friendship was pretty much solidified the first time Isaiah saved Liam from a killer spider. <br /><br />When Isaiah discovers Liam is looking for a hookup to help him explore a secret kink, the idea of anyone touching Liam that way sparks a protective instinct Isaiah has never felt before. Then, Isaiah confesses that he’d like to be the one Liam experiments with, and Liam is completely bowled over—equal parts thrilled and wary of ruining their friendship. <br /><br />From the first sting of Isaiah’s palm, Liam’s fantasy finally comes to life. The more they explore together, the closer they become, uncovering feelings neither were willing to admit before. But outside the haven of their room, reality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Isaiah isn’t out, and worries about his college basketball career. And Liam won’t be someone’s secret, not after he promised himself he’d stop hiding and being afraid. <br /><br />Deciding how to navigate the world together will be the final exam they’ll need to ace. <br /><br />***<br /><br />PLEASE NOTE: For the first 90 days of this title’s publication, all sales and page reads will be donated to The LGBT Community Center of Cleveland and The LGBT Center of Raleigh.<br /><br />**Science and Jockstraps is part of a multi-author series of books that take place in the same fictional town. Each story can be read in any order. The connecting element in the Ace's Wild series is an adult store owned by Ace and Wilder. The main characters from each book will make at least one visit to Ace's Wild, where they'll buy a toy to use in their story! The only characters who crossover to each book are Ace and Wilder. And with various heat levels, there's sure to be something for everyone!<br />
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—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences. </b><br /><br />Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s 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’t 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’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s 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–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.<br /> <br />From Stephen King, our “most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work” (<i>The Guardian</i>), <i>Elevation</i> is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
The Song of Achilles: A Novel
by Madeline Miller

Language

English

Pages

389

Publication Date

March 06, 2012

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<p>“At once a scholar’s homage to <em>The Iliad</em> and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist….A book I could not put down.”<br />—Ann Patchett</p><p>“Mary Renault lives again!” declares Emma Donoghue, author of <em>Room</em>, referring to <em>The Song of Achilles</em>, Madeline Miller’s 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’s enduring masterwork, <em>The Iliad</em>. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s 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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