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To order a set, please call the branch that owns the Book Club Set you are interested in. Staff will be pleased to reserve the set for your book club and arrange for pick-up at any of the six branches as well as Bloor/Gladstone branch.

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The last crossing

Vanderhaeghe, Guy, 1951-
2002.

Two Englishmen travel to the Canadian west to search for their lost brother, hiring the Metis guide, Jerry Potts, to assist them.

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Last man in tower

Adiga, Aravind.
2011.

Refusing to leave his home when a powerful real-estate developer offers to buy out the residents of a crumbling apartment complex near the infamous Dharavi slums, a retired schoolteacher becomes a target of violence by the developer and his own neighbors.

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Late nights on air

Hay, Elizabeth, 1951-
2007.

Accepting a position at a northern Canadian radio station in 1975, Dido Paris disarms a hard-bitten broadcaster with her beauty and vocal talents before controversy surrounding a proposed gas pipeline triggers call-in-listener debates on the air.

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The Lifeboat

Rogan, Charlotte.
2012.

An overcrowded boatload of passengers escapes an explosion aboard their ocean liner only to battle the elements and each other.

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Light between oceans

Stedman, M. L.
2012.

Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel run an isolated lighthouse. They're childless until an infant and a dead man wash ashore in a boat, and their next choices change multiple lives.

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Little bee

Cleave, Chris.
2009.

The friendship between an illegal Nigerian refugee and a recent widow from suburban London.

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The little stranger

Waters, Sarah, 1966-
2009.

A gripping haunted house tale and a chilling novel of psychological suspense, set in a crumbliing mansion in post-war England.

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The lost garden

Humphreys, Helen, 1961-
2002.

In 1941, Gwen Davis leaves war-torn London to supervise a food-growing effort in Devon and ends up falling in love with a Canadian soldier billeted nearby.

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A lost lady

Cather, Willa, 1873-1947.
1923.

Mrs. Forrester, the resident aristocrat of Sweet Water, a remote railroad town on the Western frontier, is the lone representative of culture and refinement.

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The lovely bones : a novel

Sebold, Alice.
2002.

Susie, having been raped and murdered, looks down from heaven to keep watch over her grieving family and friends. Oddly affecting.

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Loving Frank : a novel

Horan, Nancy.
2007.

This debut historical novel centering on the love affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, told fromCheney's feminist, educated perspective, has been lauded as compassionate without being sentimental, intelligent , a brilliant weave of fact and fiction. Both the period and the characters come alive in this tribute.

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Loyalty management

Downie, Glen.
2007.

Like a sculptor finding the image trapped within the stone, Glen Downie shapes the shards of history and humanity into arresting poetry in his newest collection.

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Luck

Barfoot, Joan
2005.

A man's sudden death affects the three women in his life (his wife the sculptor, her model and the housekeeper) in surprising ways that bring secrets to light.

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Mme. Proust and the kosher kitchen

Taylor, Kate, 1962-
2003.

Stretching between turn-of-the-century Paris and contemporary Canada, the stories of three women are intertwined: Marcel Proust's mother, a young bilingual Canadian, and the mother of her ex-lover, a Holocaust survivor.

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The Madonna of Excelsior

Mda, Zakes.
2004.

Twisted mores and personal relationships that cross the colour line feature in this novel of Apartheid-era South Africa. Based on a real story.

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Major Pettigrew's last stand : a novel

Simonson, Helen.
2010.

When retired Major Pettigrew strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mrs. Ali, the Pakistani village shopkeeper, he is drawn out of his regimented world and forced to confront the realities of life in the twenty-first century.

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The man from Beijing

Mankell, Henning, 1948-
2010.

In the small Swedish hamlet of Hesjövallen, a horrific scene is discovered: nineteen people have been tortured and massacred and the only clue is a red silk ribbon found at the scene.

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The man in the white sharkskin suit: my family's exodus from Old Cairo to the New World

Lagnado, Lucette
2007.

An account of the exile of the author's Jewish-Egyptian family from Cairo in 1963 and her father's heroic and tragic struggle to survive his "riches to rags" situation.

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A map of glass

Urquhart, Jane.
2005.

After the frozen body of Alzheimer patient Andrew Woodman is found, his lover Sylvia and the young man who discovered the body seek to find out what happened.

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The marriage bureau for rich people

Zama, Farahad.
2010.

Driving his wife crazy after his retirement, Mr. Ali is persuaded to open a marriage bureau, and when his business becomes a success he decides to hire an assistant, Aruna, who is hiding a tragic past.

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March : a novel

Brooks, Geraldine.
2005.

The father in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. The experience changes his marriage and shakes his ardently-held beliefs to the core.

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The Master and Margarita

Bulgakov, Michael
1997.

One afternoon the devil,trailing fire and chaos in his wake,weaves himself out of the shadows and into Moscow. A literary phenomenon, this fantastical, very funny satire of Soviet life is set partly in Moscow, partly in Jerusalem.

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The memory keeper's daughter

Edwards, Kim, 1958-
2005.

A doctor delivers his newborn twins and rashly deciding to protect his wife from their baby daughter's affliction with Down Syndrome, turns her over to a nurse, who secretly raises the child.

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Midnight at the Dragon Café

Bates, Judy Fong, 1949-
2004.

A girl growing up in the 1950s finds herself shouldering her mother's hopes and dreams as her immigrant family tries to forge a new life for themselves in a small Ontario town.

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The midwife of Venice

Rich, Roberta.
2011.

At midnight, the dogs, cats, and rats rule Venice. The Ponte di Ghetto Nuovo, the bridge that leads to the ghetto, trembles under the weight of sacks of rotting vegetables, rancid fat, and vermin. Shapeless matter, perhaps animal, floats to the surface of Rio di San Girolamo and hovers on its greasy waters. Through the mist rising from the canal the cries and grunts of foraging pigs echo. Seeping refuse on the streets renders the pavement slick and the walking treacherous. It was on such a night that the men came for Hannah.

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Mister Pip

Jones, Lloyd, 1955-
2007.

This is a book about the power of reading, set against the rebellion and subsequent blockade of the tiny south Pacific island of Bougainville. Matilda is able to escape the hardships of her life by immersing herself in Victorian England along with Pip of Great Expectations.

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The mistress of nothing

Pullinger, Kate.
2009.

Based on the true story of Victorian Lady Duff Gordon, but with her maid Sally Naldrett at its center, this is a novel of romance, and biting social commentary, set against the backdrop of Egypt.

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More

Clarke, Austin, 1934-
2008.

Idora Morrison, originally from Barbados, is worried sick about her teenaged son who is missing. Winner of the City of Toronto Book Award, this is a haunting tale of hope and redemption.

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Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour bookshop

Sloan, Robin
2012.

A modern-day fantasy adventure set in a strange book shop where mysterious customers come and go, but no one ever seems to buy anything.

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Mrs Woolf and the servants

Light, Alison, 1955-
2008.

A mix of social history, biography and literary criticism, this is a provocative look at the relationships between Virginia Woolf and her domestic servants.

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My sister's keeper : a novel

Picoult, Jodi, 1966-
2004.

Created to donate body parts to keep her mortally-ill sister alive, 13-year-old Anna sues her parents for the right to make decisions about her own body. Perspectives from multiple characters reveal the complex, moral consequences of such biological tampering.

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Nanjing requiem

jin, Ha, 1956-
2011.

During the 1937 attack on Nanjing, American missionary and women's college dean Minnie Vautrin decides to remain at her school during a violent Japanese attack that renders the school a refugee center for ten thousand women and children.

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The Night Circus

Morgenstern, Erin.
2011.

The Night Circus, presents a wandering circus open only from sunset to sunrise.At its core, it centers on a rivalry played out between two circus performers who eventually fall in love.

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No great mischief

MacLeod, Alistair.
1999.

Alexander MacDonald narrates the story of his ancestors back two centuries, from their life in Scotland to that in Cape Breton.

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
1998.

Botswanian sleuth Precious Ramotswe investigates local mysteries, including a missing boy and a clinic doctor with different personalities for different days of the week.

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Olive Kitteridge

Strout, Elizabeth.
2008.

Told in a series of linked stories, this is a deeply penetrating portrait of ordinary people in small town Maine, with a redoubtable school teacher at its center.

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Open city

Cole, Teju.
2011.

A Nigerian psychiatric intern roams New York City alone, ruminating on the sights he sees and the stories he's told by other immigrants.

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Oryx and Crake

Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
2003.

Atwood's fears of environmental disaster, runaway social inequality, and genetic technology are the catalysts for this dystopia, which features only male protagonists.

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The other side of the bridge

Lawson, Mary, 1946-
2006.

In this follow-up to Crow Lake, the author again explores the moral quandaries of life in the Canadian north during the Depression, WWII and the coming of television.

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The outlander

Adamson, Gil, 1961-
2007.

In 1903 nineteen-year-old Mary Boulton, widowed by her own hand, flees alone across the west, one quick step ahead of the law and her husband's two brothers.

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Over the edge of the world : Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe

Bergreen, Laurence.
2003.

This tenacious adventurer and his crew endure a harrowing three-year journey trying to find a water route to the Spice Islands.

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The paris wife

McLain, Paula.
2011.

Follows the life of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, as she navigates 1920's Paris.

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The particular sadness of lemon cake : a novel

Bender, Aimee.
2010.

Being able to taste people's emotions in food may at first be horrifying. But young, unassuming Rose Edelstein grows up learning to harness her gift as she becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.

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Peony in love : a novel

See, Lisa.
2007.

Based on a true story, this novel uses the richness and magic of the Chinese afterlife to transcend and explore the many manifestations of love.

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People of the book

Brooks, Geraldine.
2008.

In 1996, Australian rare-book expert Hanna Heath is asked to restore the legendary Sarajevo Haggadah. Thus begins a fictional history of this Hebrew codex, an extremely precious illuminated manuscript originally from medieval Spain.

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Persepolis

Satrapi, Marjane, 1969-
2003.

An autobiographical graphic novel of a young Iranian girl's life during the Islamic revolution.

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The piano tuner

Mason, Daniel (Daniel Philippe)
2002.

A piano tuner leaves London for the jungles of Burma to repair a piano for a British army officer who uses music to help establish peace.

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The places in between

Stewart, Rory.
2004.

In 2002, the author, accompanied by a large toothless mastiff, walked across Afghanistan, staying in small villages and recording his adventures along the way.

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Plain truth

Picoult, Jodi, 1966-
2000.

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But then a greater shock: evidence suggest an 18 year old unmarried Amish woman, believed to be the child�s mother, took the child�s life. When a big-city attorney comes to Pennsylvania to defend the teen, cultures collide.

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Pompeii

Harris, Robert, 1957-
2003.

In 79 A.D., a Roman engineer heads to the slopes of Mount Vesuvius to investigate the failure of an aquaduct, and comes face to face with an impending disaster.

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Pope Joan : a novel

Cross, Donna Woolfolk.
1996.

Berated for being intelligent and scholarly, a 12th century German girl dons her dead brother's clothes, assumes a man's identity, and gains respect and authority as well as the title of Pope.

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The postmistress

Blake, Sarah, 1960-
2010.

It is 1940. France has fallen. Bombs are dropping on London and President Roosevelt is promising he won't send our boys to fight in "foreign wars." American radio gal Frankie Bard, the first woman to report from the Blitz in London, wants nothing more than to bring the war home, imploring listeners to pay attention - as the Nazis bomb London nightly, and Jewish refugees stream across Europe. Frankie is convinced that if she can just get the right story, it will wake Americans to action and they will join the fight.

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The pull of the moon

Berg, Elizabeth.
1996.

Nan, unhappy with her life and marriage, turns 50 and embarks on a back-road odyssey to discover how her life can be reshaped.

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Purple hibiscus

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977-
2003.

Set in Nigeria during a time of political unrest, Kambili's coming-of-age story is a microcosm of the positive and negative effects of colonial rule.

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Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking

Cain, Susan.
2012.

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. Although they are often labelled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society - from van Gogh's sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.

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The reader

Schlink, Bernhard.
1997.

A young German man becomes involved with an older woman, later leading him to consider the nature of love, guilt, and moral responsibility.

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Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books

Nafisi, Azar.
2003.

A true story of eight women in revolutionary Iran who discover the power and joy of literature when they secretly study the greats of Western literature at their teacher's home.

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The reluctant fundamentalist

Hamid, Mohsin, 1971-
2007.

A young Pakistani-American lives the American dream until the events of September 11 force him to reassess his personal allegiances.

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Remarkable creatures

Chevalier, Tracy.
2010.

A fictionalized account of the life of Mary Anning whose extraordinary gift for finding fossils led to some of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century.

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The road home

Tremain, Rose.
2007.

In the wake of factory closings and his beloved wife's death, Lev makes his way from Eastern Europe to London, seeking work to support his mother and his little daughter. Homesickness dogs Lev -- but can he really go home again?

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Room : a novel

Donoghue, Emma, 1969-
2010.

Through ingenuity and determination, Ma has created a life for herself and her son, but she knows it's not enough for either of them. Jack's curiosity is building alongside Ma's desperation -- and Room can't contain either of them for much longer.

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Ru

Thúy, Kim.
2012.

A girl and her family escape wartorn Vietnam and settle in Quebec. Now a mother, she reflects on her life as a refugee and a Canadian.

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Rush Home Road

Lansens, Lori.
2002.

Volunteering to take in five-year-old Sharla for the summer triggers memories for eighty-year-old Adelaide Shadd of her own childhood in Rusholme, a south-western Ontario town settled by fugitive slaves in the mid-1800s.

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Sarah's key

Rosnay, Tatiana de, 1961-
2007.

American journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article on the 60th anniversary of the roundup of Jews in Paris and embarks on investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah, a young girl caught up in the raid.

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Saturday

McEwan, Ian.
2005.

As Henry Perowne, a London neurosurgeon, goes through his day, which includes a squash game, various communications with his family, and an altercation with an aggressive young thug, we are treated to his reflections on the way of the world.

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Secret daughter

Gowda, Shilpi Somaya.
2010.

Interweaves the stories of a baby girl in India, the American doctor who adopted her, and the Indian mother who gave her up in favor of a son.

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The secret life of bees

Kidd, Sue Monk.
2002.

A young girl, whose mother has been killed, travels toward healing after being taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters.

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The secret mitzvah of Lucio Burke : a novel

Hayward, Steven.
2005.

A novel about youth, passion, family, and baseball: a richly imagined chapter of Toronto's history in the 1930s.

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Seduction : a novel

Gildiner, Catherine, 1948-
2004.

A psychological thriller: part murder mystery, part discussion of Freudian analysis.

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The Sense of an ending

Barnes, Julian.
2011.

Tony Webster's retirement and average life is thrown into confusion when he comes into possion of a diary of a school friend of his who committed suicide 40 years earlier.

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The Septembers of Shiraz

Sofer, Dalia, 1972-
2007.

A Jewish family in Iran suffers when the father is arrested as a Zionist spy. Family and political issues raised in the book are timely and ripe for discussion.

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Shanghai girls : a novel

See, Lisa.
2009.

In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia and thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father's prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives ... until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides.

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Sing you home : a novel

Picoult, Jodi, 1966-
2011.

Ten years of infertility issues culminate in the destruction of music therapist Zoe Baxter's marriage, after which she falls in love with another woman and wants to start a family, but her ex-husband, Max, stands in the way.

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Sister: a novel

Lupton, Rosamund
2011.

When her younger sister, Tess, is found dead apparently having killed herself, Beatrice is determined to find out the truth of what happened.

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Small island

Levy, Andrea, 1956-
2004.

At the end of World War II the Joseph family arrives in London from Jamaica and Queenie, their white landlady, befriends them, until her racist husband, Bernard, arrives home from the front.

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Something fierce: memoirs of a revoluntionary daughter

Aguirre, Carmen, 1967-
2011.

A gripping, darkly comic first-hand account of a young underground revolutionary during the Pinochet dictatorship in 1980s Chile.

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Soucouyant

Chariandy, David John, 1969-
2007.

Called Soucouyant after a vampire-like spirit from Caribbean folklore, this book is about a Caribbean-born woman suffering from dementia who associates a soucouyant with a traumatic experience from her childhood. Her Canadian-born son, who had abandonned her, returns to try to recover his mother's half-remembered stories and experiences and bridge the gap between old and new worlds.

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The sound of language : a novel

Malladi, Amulya.
2008.

Raihana, a young Afghan widow and refugee living in rural Denmark, must try to adapt to her new life. A look at immigration from several points of view.

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The sparrow

Russell, Mary Doria, 1950-
1996.

A hand-picked group consisting of professionals travel to the planet of Rakhat, with both enlightening and disastrous results.

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State of wonder

Patchett, Ann.
2011.

Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug.

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Still Alice : a novel

Genova, Lisa.
2008.

A compelling novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease.

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The submission

Waldman, Amy.
2011.

Selected for a jury that must choose an appropriate memorial for September 11 victims, Claire Burwell struggles to navigate a media firestorm when the winning designer is revealed to be Muslim-American.

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Suite française [English ed.]

Némirovsky, Irène, 1903-1942.
2008.

Written mere months after the events they describe, this novel has a rare sense of immediacy about the German invasion of Paris in 1940 and life in occupied France. Nemirovsky's masterful story-telling combines the intimate with the grand.

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The suite life : the magic and mystery of hotel living

Heard, Christopher.
2011.

Interviews with high-profile celebrities who have chosen hotel living.

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The sweetness at the bottom of the pie

Bradley, C. Alan, 1938-
2009.

A delightfully dark English mystery, featuring precocious young sleuth Flavia de Luce and her eccentric family.

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Sweetness in the belly

Gibb, Camilla
2005.

Orphaned in Morocco at the age of eight, British-born Lilly studiously devotes her life to the teachings of the Koran. Having later moved to Ethiopia, she must flee to London when unrest develops.

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The ten-year nap

Wolitzer, Meg.
2008.

Ten years after leaving high-powered jobs to raise their children, four New York friends enter their forties struggling with the differences between their past ideals and their present realities.

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The thirteenth tale

Setterfield, Diane.
2006.

The story of her life, which a dying author spins for her biographer, reads like a classic, gothic novel, an homage to Jane Eyre and Rebecca - but how much of it is true?

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Three cups of tea : one man's mission to promote peace-- one school at a time

Mortenson, Greg.
2006.

Moved by the kindness of Pakistani villagers, the author promises to return to build a school. This is the extraordinary story of the outcome of that promise.

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The time in between

Bergen, David, 1957-
2005.

In search of reconciliation with his past, Charles Boatman returns to Vietnam where he fought 29 years earlier as a young, reluctant soldier.

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The time traveler's wife : a novel

Niffenegger, Audrey.
2003.

Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with a condition that casts Henry into uncontrollable, spontaneous, time travelling.

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Tinkers

Harding, Paul, 1967-
2009.

On his deathbed, surrounded by his family, George Washington Crosby's thoughts drift back to his childhood and the father who abandoned him when he was twelve.

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A tree grows in Brooklyn

Smith, Betty, 1896-1972.
1998.

This richly-plotted narrative of three generations in a poor, but proud American family offers a detailed and unsentimental portrait of urban life at the beginning of the century.

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True confections : a novel

Weber, Katharine, 1955-
2010.

The story, told as an affidavit given during a family feud for control of the company Zip's Candy, recounts Alice's marriage into the Ziplinsky family, herefforts to belong, and her devotion to the company.

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Tuesdays with Morrie : an old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson

Albom, Mitch, 1958-
1997.

Sportswriter Albom has weekly conversations with his former college professor and mentor, Morrie Schwartz, who is dying from Lou Gehrig's disease.

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The twelve tribes of Hattie

Mathis, Ayana.
2013.

The story of Hattie Shepherd, born in 1923, who gives birth to eleven children, the first when she is 15. Hattie raises the children with grit, mettle, and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave, preparing them for a world that will not be kind. These twelve stories capture the lives of a mother�s monumental courage as well as the journey of a nation, and the driving force of the American dream.

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The uncommon reader

Bennett, Alan, 1934-
2007.

This hilarious satire asks: "What if the Queen was struck by the power of literature?" Queen Elizabeth II, chasing after her corgis, accidentally discovers the bookmobile by the palace kitchen. She borrows a book, becomes hooked on reading, and, as any good reader knows, she begins questioning many things.

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The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Joyce, Rachel.
2012.

A retired Englishman walks to the mailbox to post a letter to a dying friend, and then keeps walking. His encounters along the way to the friend's hospice, and the discoveries his abandoned wife makes are the substance of Harold's pilgrimage.

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Up and Down

Fallis, Terry.
2012.

A funny novel about an international PR firm's campaign to send and ordinary citizen to space�and the people who are chosen.

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The Very Thought of You.

Alison, Rosie
2009.

This novel chronicles the loves and losses that beset the intertwined lives of residents evacuated to an estate in Yorkshire, northern England, during WWII. The life of eight-year-old Anna Sands changes forever when she leaves London for Ashton Park, the home of Elizabeth and Thomas Ashton.

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The Virgin cure

McKay, Ami, 1968-
2010.

In 19th century New York, a destitute mother sends her 12-year-old daughter, Moth, to become a live-in servant of a wealthy woman. But Moth flees to the streets to escape her employer's cruelty and finds shelter in a brothel.

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A wall of light : a novel

Ravel, Edeet.
2005.

The conclusion of Ravel's Israeli Trilogy follows three generations of a family living through the stormy political climate of Israel.

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The wasted vigil

Aslam, Nadeem.
2008.

An elderly doctor mourning the death of his Afghani wife and searching for his missing daughter and grandson, opens his home in Afghanistan to different houseguests with clashing ideologies and dangerous ambitions.

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Water for elephants : a novel

Gruen, Sara.
2006.

Ninety-something Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.

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We need to talk about Kevin

Shriver, Lionel.
2003.

In a series of letters to her husband Franklin, from whom she is separated, Eva tries to come to grips with the fact that their 17-year-old son, Kevin, has killed seven students and two adults with his crossbow.

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Wench : a novel

Perkins-Valdez, Dolen.
2010.

The moral complexities of slavery are examined in this story of four slave women who accompany their masters each year to a resort in the free state of Ohio in the mid-1850s.

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Why be happy when you could be normal?

Winterson, Jeanette, 1959-
2011.

Funny, acute, fierce, and celebratory, this memoir describes the acclaimed author's experience growing up - brilliant, adopted, and gay - in a harsh evangelical home, and the lifelong search for belonging, love, identity, and a mother.

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The white tiger : a novel

Adiga, Aravind.
2008.

A lower-caste man awakens to the degradation of his servitude. Balram Halwai tells the story of how he came to be a servant, philosopher, entrepreneur and murderer in modern India.

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Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Strayed, Cheryl, 1968-
2012.

After the death of her mother, 22 year old Cheryl Strayed makes the impulsive decision to walk more than 1000 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail alone. The journey challenges, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

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The winter palace

Stachniak, Eva, 1952-
2011.

The story of two young women: Barbara, a servant who will become one of Russia's most cunning royal spies, and Sophia, a pretty, naive German duchess who will become Catherine the Great.

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Wolf Hall

Mantel, Hilary, 1952-
2009.

Thomas Cromwell must advise Henry VIII how he can marry Anne Boleyn in spite of two formidable obstacles - the Church is totally opposed and he is already married.

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