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The Midwife's Tale

by Gretchen Moran Laskas

“I come from a long line of midwives,” narrates Elizabeth Whitely. “I was expected to follow Mama, follow Granny, follow Great-granny. In the end, I didn’t disappoint them.

Or perhaps I did. After all,...


Zoli

by Colum Mccann

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Colum McCann's TransAtlantic.

A unique love story, a tale of loss, a parable of Europe, this haunting novel is an examination of intimacy and betrayal in a community...


Silk (Movie Tie-in Edition)

by Alessandro Baricco & Ann Goldstein

The year is 1861. Hervé Joncour is a French merchant of silkworms, who combs the known world for their gemlike eggs. Then circumstances compel him to travel farther, beyond the edge of the known, to a country...


English Passengers: A Novel

Whitbread Book Award for Novel 2000

by Matthew Kneale

In 1857 when Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley and his band of rum smugglers from the Isle of Man have most of their contraband confiscated by British Customs, they are forced to put their ship up for charter....


Skylark Farm

by Antonia Arslan

A beautiful, wrenching debut chronicling the life of a family struggling for survival during the Armenian genocide in Turkey, in 1915.

After forty years in Venice, Yerwant is planning a long-awaited reunion with...


An Iliad

by Alessandro Baricco

A bold re-imagining of our civilization’s greatest tale of war, from the acclaimed and bestselling author of Silk.

In An Iliad, Alessandro Baricco re-creates the siege of Troy through the voices of twenty-one...


The Pirate's Daughter

by Robert Girardi

It began with a chance meeting and led to a date at a small French restaurant in a city by the sea.  She ordered expensive wine.  He paid the bill.  She spoke of the sea.  He was haunted by her green...


100 One-Night Reads: A Book Lover's Guide

by David C. Major & John S. Major

Readers everywhere know that nothing soothes the spirit like sinking into a really good book. If you're one of that happy band, you'll quickly recognize the authors of this inspired reading guide as kindred...


Secret Language

by Monica Wood

Connie has trouble with time. She always has to stop and think a minute: How old is she now? . . . Faith always seems to know, though her life is the same as Connie’s: back and forth to theater towns all over....


The Big Shuffle: A Novel

Hallie Palmer #3

by Laura Pedersen

“We’re approaching Cat in the Hat level chaos and no one’s even had breakfast yet.”

When the death of her father leaves her mother bereft and incapacitated, card shark Hallie Palmer returns home from...


The Crossley Baby

by Jacqueline Carey

Bridget, Jean, and Sunny Crossley grow up in modest circumstances on Long Island, and all end up in the New York City of the 1980s. Free spirit Bridget, the oldest, is a well-traveled, sometime massage therapist...


Soldiers of Salamis

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2004

by Javier Cercas

"Gripping and also a tear-jerker in the best sense of the word...Soldiers of Salamis strikes a chord in any country or individual with ghosts to face."-Los Angeles Times


JPod

by Douglas Coupland

The perfect vehicle for [Coupland's] funny and poignant evocations of near-term nostalgia...there is brilliance at work in JPod.-Los Angeles Times


All Whom I Have Loved: A Novel

by Aharon Appelfeld

The haunting story of a Jewish family in Eastern Europe in the 1930s that prefigures the fate of the Jews during World War II.

At the center is nine-year-old Paul Rosenfeld, the beloved only child of divorced...


Words Without Borders: The World Through the Eyes of Writers: An Anthology

by Alane Salierno Mason & Dedi Felman

Featuring the work of more than 28 writers from upwards of 20 countries, Words Without Borders: The World through the Eyes of Writers transports us to the frontiers of the new literature for the twenty-first...


The Guardians: A Novel

by Ana Castillo

From American Book Award-winning author Ana Castillo comes a suspenseful, moving novel about a sensuous, smart, and fiercely independent woman. Eking out a living as a teacher’s aide in a small New Mexican...


Adam Haberberg

by Yasmina Reza

From the award-winning author of Art and Desolation comes this bitingly funny new novel that follows the absurd adventures of a man struggling with a midlife crisis.

Adam Haberberg is losing his sight in his...


Wizard of the Crow

by Ngugi Wa'Thiong'O

In exile now for more than twenty years, Kenyan novelist, playwright, poet and critic Ngugi wa Thiong’o has become one of the most widely read African writers. Commencing in “our times” and set in the...


Sometimes I Dream in Italian

by Rita Ciresi

Angel Lupo grew up in a traditional Italian home — an exclusive club where Mama’s word was everything ... and where nice girls saved themselves for marriage. All Angel wanted was to be movie-star blond,...


Overture: A Novel

by Yael Goldstein

A beautifully written, strikingly accomplished debut novel about love, music, and the complex relationship between mothers and daughters —at once a captivating glimpse into lives lived passionately and a subtle...