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  • A Fine Balance

    With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers–a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village–will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.,As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

  • A Lesson Before Dying

    ???This majestic, moving novel is an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives.??????Chicago Tribune,Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, A Lesson Before Dying is a deep and compassionate novel about a young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to visit a black youth on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.,From the critically acclaimed author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

  • A Map of the World

    Pen /Hemingway Award-winning novelist Jane Hamilton follows up her first success, The Book Of Ruth, with this spectacularly haunting drama about a rural American family and a disastrous event that forever changes their lives.

  • A Million Little Pieces

    At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached age 24. This is Frey???s acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab.

  • A New Earth

    ???A wake-up call for the entire planet . . . [A New Earth] helps us to stop creating our own suffering and obsessing over the past and what the future might be, and to put ourselves in the now.??? ???Oprah Winfrey,With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived ???in the now.??? In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.,Illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting, A New Earth is a profoundly spiritual manifesto for a better way of life???and for building a better world.

  • A Tale of Two Cities

    It was the time of the French Revolution ??? a time of great change and great danger. It was a time when injustice was met by a lust for vengeance, and rarely was a distinction made between the innocent and the guilty. Against this tumultuous historical backdrop, Dickens’ great story of unsurpassed adventure and courage unfolds.,Unjustly imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille, Dr. Alexandre Manette is reunited with his daughter, Lucie, and safely transported from France to England. It would seem that they could take up the threads of their lives in peace. As fate would have it though, the pair are summoned to the Old Bailey to testify against a young Frenchman ??? Charles Darnay ??? falsely accused of treason.,Strangely enough, Darnay bears an uncanny resemblance to another man in the courtroom, the dissolute lawyer’s clerk Sydney Carton. It is a coincidence that saves Darnay from certain doom more than once. Brilliantly plotted, the novel is rich in drama, romance, and heroics that culminate in a daring prison escape in the shadow of the guillotine.

  • A Virtuous Woman

    A ???vivid, unsentimental, powerful??? portrait of a Southern marriage by the New York Times???bestselling author of Ellen Foster (Publishers Weekly).,She hasn???t been dead four months and I???ve already eaten to the bottom of the deep freeze. I even ate the green peas. Used to I wouldn???t turn my hand over for green peas . . .,Ruby Stokes has died too young and left her husband, Blinking Jack, behind. With alternating entries from each of them, A Virtuous Woman recounts the tale of their years together in an ???exquisitely realised piece of writing??? (Elizabeth Buchan, The Mail on Sunday).,From their very different backgrounds???Ruby a daughter of wealth, Jack a penniless tenant farmer???to their relationships with their landlord and his family, and the strength they drew from each other in the face of hardship, this story of a marriage is ???full of fantastically gritty metaphors . . . A book that will change your dreams??? (The Observer).,???Gibbons again flawlessly reproduces the humor and idiom of rural eastern North Carolina.??? ???Library Journal

  • After Visiting with Friends

    This haunting story of a son???s quest to understand the mystery of his father???s death is ???searing and unforgettable???memoir writing at its best??? (,)???a ???powerfully affecting??? (,) portrait of a family and its legacy of secrets.,???Family? Secrets? Sometimes I think they are the same thing.??? So writes Michael Hainey in this unforgettable story of a son???s search to discover the decades-old truth about his father???s mysterious death. Hainey was a boy of six when his father, a bright and shining star in the glamorous, hard-living world of 1960s Chicago newspapers, died under mysterious circumstances. His tragic absence left behind not only a young widow and two small sons but questions about family and truth that would obsess Michael for decades.,Years later, Michael undertakes a risky journey to uncover the true story about what happened to his father. Prodding reluctant relatives and working through a network of his father???s old colleagues, Michael begins to reconcile the father he lost with the one he comes to know. At the heart of his quest is his mother, a woman of courage and tenacity???and a steely determination to press on with her life. A universal story of love and loss and the resilience of family in the face of hardship, , is the account of a son who goes searching for his father, and in the journey discovers new love and admiration for his mother.

  • All That You Leave Behind

    NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ,AND ,???,A celebrated journalist, bestselling author (,), and recovering addict, David Carr was in the prime of his career when he suffered a fatal collapse in the newsroom of , in 2015. Shattered by his death, his daughter Erin Lee Carr, at age twenty-seven an up-and-coming documentary filmmaker, began combing through the entirety of their shared correspondence???1,936 items in total???in search of comfort and support.,What started as an exercise in grief quickly grew into an active investigation: Did her father???s writings contain the answers to the question of how to move forward in life and work without her biggest champion by her side? How could she fill the space left behind by a man who had come to embody journalistic integrity, rigor, and hard reporting, whose mentorship meant everything not just to her but to the many who served alongside him?,is a poignant coming-of-age story that offers a raw and honest glimpse into the multilayered relationship,between a daughter and a father. Through this lens, Erin comes to understand her own workplace missteps, existential crises, and relationship fails. While daughter and father bond over their mutual addictions and challenges with sobriety, it is their powerful sense of work and family that comes to ultimately define them.,This unique combination of Erin Lee Carr???s earnest prose and her father???s meaningful words offers a compelling read that shows us what it means to be vulnerable and lost, supported and found. It is a window into love, with all of its fierceness and frustrations.,???Thank you, Erin, for this beautiful book. ??Now I am going to steal all of your father???s remarkable advice and tell my kids I thought of it.??????Judd Apatow

  • An American Marriage

    This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward???with hope and pain???into the future.

  • Anna Karenina

    Acclaimed by many as the world’s greatest novel, , provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. In it Tolstoy uses his intense imaginative insight to create some of the most memorable characters in all of literature. Anna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as the wife of Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature – with tragic consequences. Levin is a reflection of Tolstoy himself, often expressing the author’s own views and convictions.,Throughout, Tolstoy points no moral, merely inviting us not to judge but to watch. As Rosemary Edmonds comments, ‘He leaves the shifting patterns of the kaleidoscope to bring home the meaning of the brooding words following the title, ‘Vengeance is mine, and I will repay.

  • As I Lay Dying

    ???I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall.??? ???William Faulkner on As I Lay Dying,As I Lay Dying is Faulkner???s harrowing account of the Bundren family???s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Narrated in turn ??by each of the family members???including Addie herself???as well as others the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the deepest pathos. Considered one of the most influential novels in American fiction in structure, style, and drama, As I Lay Dying is a true 20th-century classic.

  • Back Roads

    Funny and heartbreaking, this New York Times bestselling debut perfectly captures the maddening confusion of adolescence and the prickly nature of family with irony and unerring honesty.,Harley Altmyer should be in college having the time of his life. He should be free from the backwards Pennsylvania coal town he calls home, with its lack of jobs and no sense of humor. Instead, he???s constantly reminded of just how messed up everything is…,Harley???s mother is in prison for killing his father, so he???s in charge of bringing up his younger sisters and working two jobs to pay the bills???and that doesn???t leave a lot of time for distractions. But lately, he???s getting more and more sidetracked by lusting after Callie Mercer, his middle-aged neighbor. As he struggles to keep it together, things begin to spin out of control. Soon Harley finds that as shattered as his family is, there are still more crushing surprises in store.,???In Harley, O???Dell has created a hero who???s heartbreakingly believable; like Holden Caulfield, he uses caustic humor to hide his pain. Readers will care very much about him and his future, if indeed he has one.??????St. Petersburg Times

  • Becoming

    An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States,In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America???the first African American to serve in that role???she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.,In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her???from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world???s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it???in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations???and whose story inspires us to do the same.

  • Behold the Dreamers

    Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty???and Jende is eager to please. Clark???s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses??? summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.,However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers??? fa??ades.,When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende???s job???even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

  • Black and Blue

    With this stunning novel about a woman and a marriage that begins in passion and becomes violent, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author of One True Thing and Object Lessons moves to a new dimension as a writer of superb fiction. “If literature were judged solely by its ability to elicit strong emotions,” Kirkus Reviews said about One True Thing, “columnist-cum-novelist Quindlen would win another Pulitzer.” And the same will be said about Black and Blue, a brilliant novel of suspense, substance, and importance.,In Black and Blue, Fran Benedetto tells a spellbinding story: how at nineteen she fell in love with Bobby Benedetto, how their passionate marriage became a nightmare, why she stayed, and what happened on the night she finally decided to run away with her ten-year-old son and start a new life under a new name. Living in fear in Florida–yet with increasing confidence, freedom, and hope–Fran unravels the complex threads of family, identity, and desire that shape a woman’s life, even as she begins to create a new one. As Fran starts to heal from the pain of the past, she almost believes she has escaped it–that Bobby Benedetto will not find her and again provoke the complex combustion between them of attraction and destruction, lust and love.,Black and Blue is a beautifully written, heart-stopping story in which Anna Quindlen writes with power, wisdom, and humor about the real lives of men and women, the varieties of people and love, the bonds between mother and child, the solace of family and friendship, the inexplicable feelings between people who are passionately connected in ways they don’t understand. It is a remarkable work of fiction by the writer whom Alice Hoffman has called “a national treasure.”

  • Breath, Eyes, Memory

    At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets to New York, to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers. There she discovers secrets that no child should ever know, and a legacy of shame that can be healed only when she returns to Haiti–to the women who first reared her. What ensues is a passionate journey through a landscape charged with the supernatural and scarred by political violence, in a novel that bears witness to the traditions, suffering, and wisdom of an entire people.

  • Cane River

    The unique and deeply moving saga of four generations of African-American women whose journey from slavery to freedom begins on a Creole plantation in Louisiana.,Beginning with her great-great-great-great grandmother, a slave owned by a Creole family, Lalita Tademy chronicles four generations of strong, determined black women as they battle injustice to unite their family and forge success on their own terms. They are women whose lives begin in slavery, who weather the Civil War, and who grapple with contradictions of emancipation, Jim Crow, and the pre-Civil Rights South. As she peels back layers of racial and cultural attitudes, Tademy paints a remarkable picture of rural Louisiana and the resilient spirit of one unforgettable family.,There is Elisabeth, who bears both a proud legacy and the yoke of bondage… her youngest daughter, Suzette, who is the first to discover the promise-and heartbreak-of freedom… Suzette’s strong-willed daughter Philomene, who uses a determination born of tragedy to reunite her family and gain unheard-of economic independence… and Emily, Philomene’s spirited daughter, who fights to secure her children’s just due and preserve their dignity and future.,Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Cane River presents a slice of American history never before seen in such piercing and personal detail.

  • Cry, the Beloved Country

    ???The greatest novel to emerge out of the tragedy of South Africa, and one of the best novels of our time.??? ???The New Republic,???A beautiful novel???its writing is so fresh, its projection of character so immediate and full, its events so compelling, and its understanding so compassionate that to read the book is to share intimately, even to the point of catharsis, in the grave human experience.??? ???The New York Times,An Oprah Book Club selection, Cry, the Beloved Country, was an immediate worldwide bestseller when it was published in 1948. Alan Paton???s impassioned novel about a black man???s country under white man???s law is a work of searing beauty.,Cry, the Beloved Country, is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.

  • Daughter of Fortune

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabelle Allende, comes a passionate tale of one young woman’s quest to save her lover set against the chaos of the 1849 California Gold Rush.,Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valpara??so, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Rose and her more rigid brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the wildly inappropriate Joaqu??n Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California. By 1849, Chileans of every stripe have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth. Joaqu??n takes off for San Francisco to seek his fortune, and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to follow him.,As Eliza embarks on her perilous journey north in the hold of a ship and arrives in the rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco, she must navigate a society dominated by greedy men. But Eliza soon catches on with the help of her natural spirit and a good friend, the Chinese doctor Tao Chi???en. What began as a search for love ends up as the conquest of personal freedom.,A marvel of storytelling, Daughter of Fortune confirms once again Isabel Allende’s extraordinary gift for fiction and her place as one of the world’s leading writers.