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The Angry Buddhist

by Seth Greenland

It is the week before a local election in Palm Springs. Incumbent, Randall Duke, is dodging scandal while courting the Christian vote. His opponent, Mary Swain, a sexy, well-financed newcomer, does not have...


The Bad Guys Won

by Jeff Pearlman

Once upon a time, twenty-four grown men would play baseball together, eat together, carouse together, and brawl together. Alas, those hard-partying warriors have been replaced by GameBoy-obsessed, laptop-carrying,...


The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2013, Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction 2013

by Adam Johnson

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

In this epic, critically acclaimed tour de force, Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen...


Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure

by Tim Jeal

Nothing obsessed explorers of the mid-nineteenth century more than the quest to discover the source of the White Nile. It was the planet's most elusive secret, the prize coveted above all others. Between 1856...


2312

Nebula Award for Best Novel 2013

by Kim Stanley Robinson

Winner of the Nebula Award for Best SF Novel of the Year

The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new...


Tell the Wolves I'm Home: A Novel

by Carol Rifka Brunt

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY

The Wall Street Journal • O: The Oprah Magazine • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews • Booklist • School Library Journal

 

In this striking literary debut, Carol...


The Age of Miracles

by Karen Thompson Walker

With a voice as distinctive and original as that of The Lovely Bones, and for the fans of the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood, Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles is a luminous, haunting, and...


The Ambassadors

by Henry James

Concerned that her son Chad may have become involved with a woman of dubious reputation, the formidable Mrs. Newsome sends her 'ambassador' Strether from Massachusetts to Paris to extricate him. Strether's mission,...

Journey to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1880-1918

by Harry Kessler & Laird Easton

These fascinating, never-before-published early diaries of Count Harry Kessler—patron, museum director, publisher, cultural critic, soldier, secret agent, and diplomat—present a sweeping panorama of the...


Digressions on Some Poems by Frank O'Hara

by Joe LeSueur

An unprecedented eyewitness account of the New York School, as seen between the lines of O’Hara’s poetry

Joe LeSueur lived with Frank O’Hara from 1955 until 1965, the years when O’Hara wrote his greatest...


Tasteful Nudes

by Dave Hill

“I run into Dave Hill all the time at the coffee shop in our neighborhood. He's always unshaven and badly hungover, with some 16-year-old groupie from Cleveland in tow—and he's just as funny then as he is...


The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home

by George Howe Colt

In this intimate and poignant history of a sprawling century-old summer house on Cape Cod, George Howe Colt reveals not just one family's fascinating story but a vanishing way of life. Faced with the sale of...


Suddenly, a Knock on the Door

by Etgar Keret, Miriam Shlesinger, Nathan Englander & Sondra Silverston

Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret’s new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most...


Levitate the Primate: Handjobs, Internet Dating, and Other Issues for Men

by Michael Thomsen

A lovestory in fragments, told in the margins of a new philosophy of 21st Century sexuality.


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