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American Youth
A Novel

Phil LaMarche

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: 01/08/2008
Price: $14.00
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7740-0

American Youth is a controlled, essential, and powerful tale of a teenager in southern New England who is confronted by a terrible moral dilemma following a firearms accident in his home. This tragedy earns him the admiration of a sinister gang of boys at his school and a girl associated with... Read more >

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Angry Black White Boy
A Novel

Adam Mansbach

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
On Sale: 03/08/2005
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5487-9

**Currently taught in courses at over thirty colleges and universities nationwide**
From the acclaimed author of Shackling Water comes the first great race novel of the twenty-first century, an incendiary and ruthlessly funny satire about violence, pop culture, and American identity.
Macon Detornay is a suburban white boy possessed and politicized by black... Read more >

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Anthony Grooms

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: 10/01/2002
Price: $15.00
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
ISBN: 978-0-345-45293-1

Selected for Common Reading at
Alabama A&M University
Claflin University
Florida A&M University
Milwaukee University
Otterbein College
SUNY Oswego

From the war-torn rice fields of Vietnam to the riot-filled streets of Birmingham, Alabama, Bombingham is the affecting story of a middle-class black family shattered by its personal chaos. As young African-American Walter Burke struggles to make sense of... Read more >

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A Novel

Da Chen

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
On Sale: 06/12/2007
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9729-6

At the height of China’s Cultural Revolution a powerful general fathered two sons. Tan was born to the general’s wife and into a life of comfort and luxury. His half brother, Shento, was born to the general’s mistress, who threw herself off a cliff in the mountains of Balan only moments... Read more >

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Butcher's Crossing

John Williams

Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
On Sale: 01/16/2007
Price: $14.95
Publisher: NYRB Classics
ISBN: 978-1-59017-198-1

It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek "an original relation to nature," drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher's Crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to... Read more >

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Claire of the Sea Light

Edwidge Danticat

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: 07/01/2014
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-47227-4

A New York Times Book Review and Washington Post Notable Book of the Year
A Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction Book
An NPR "Great Read" 
A Library Journal Top Book
Just as her father makes the wrenching decision to send her away for a chance at a better life, Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea... Read more >

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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
A Novel

Chris Bohjalian

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
On Sale: 07/08/2014
Price: $25.95
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 978-0-385-53483-3

A heartbreaking, wildly inventive, and moving novel narrated by a teenage runaway, from the bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls.
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a nuclear... Read more >

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Into the Forest
A Novel

Jean Hegland

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: 09/01/1998
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-553-37961-7

Selected for 2010-2011 Common Reading Program at Santa Rosa Junior College (Santa Rosa, California)
Into the Forest follows two young sisters struggling to make sense of their world when their near-future society collapses. In their isolation, they find that the basic necessities of survival must be cherished, and that they must find... Read more >

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Lay that Trumpet in Our Hands

Susan Carol McCarthy

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: 04/01/2003
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 978-0-553-38103-0

Awards & Honors:
*2003 Chautauqua South Fiction Award
*2003 San Diego Magazine's Book Award for Fiction
*2002 Deadly Pleasures' Best U.S. First Novel
Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands Common Reads List
•Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 2009 Freshman Year Read
•Finlandia University, Hancock, MI 2009 Freshman Year Read
•Montcalm... Read more >

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Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: 03/14/2006
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7877-6

From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving new novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love.
As a child, Kathy—now thirty-one years old—lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where... Read more >

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The Book of Unknown Americans
A novel

Cristina Henríquez

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
On Sale: 06/03/2014
Price: $24.95
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 978-0-385-35084-6

A boy and a girl who fall in love. Two families whose hopes collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.
Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a... Read more >

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
On Sale: 05/18/2004
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3271-6

Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up... Read more >

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The Palace Thief

Ethan Canin

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: 08/08/2006
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7617-5

“Extraordinary for its craft and emotional effect . . . [Ethan Canin is] a writer of enormous talent and charm.”
–The Washington Post
“Character is destiny,” wrote Heraclitus–and in this collection of four unforgettable stories, we meet people struggling to understand themselves and the unexpected turns their lives have taken.
In “Accountant,” a quintessential... Read more >

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The People in the Trees

Hanya Yanagihara

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
On Sale: 05/06/2014
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-345-80331-3

A Best Book of the Year
The Wall Street Journal * Publishers Weekly * Huffington Post * Cosmopolitan
A Chicago Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book
It is 1950 when Norton Perina, a young doctor, embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a rumored lost tribe. There... Read more >

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When the Emperor Was Divine

Julie Otsuka

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
On Sale: 10/14/2003
Price: $12.95
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-385-72181-3

Julie Otsuka’s commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination—both physical and emotional—of a generation of Japanese Americans. In five chapters, each flawlessly executed from a different point... Read more >