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girl in landscape jonathan lethem

In his new novel, a coming-of-age story set on a newly inhabited planet, Jonathan Lethem mixes such diverse elements as Western auteur John Ford and Lolita. Truly one of today's most original writers, Lethem--also the author of last year's As She Climbed Across the Table--once again delivers evidence of his utterly compelling and unique vision.
 
a walk in the woods bill bryson

After 20 years in England, American-born Bill Bryson returned to his native soil and reacquainted himself by setting off on the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail. Along with his indolent travelling companion, Katz, Bryson delved into the wilderness and emerged with a travelogue that is captivating, informative, and side-splittingly funny.
 
the mermaids singing lisa carey

Lisa Carey's first novel, the lead title in Avon Books' new literary imprint Bard, is a powerful story of love, loss, and forgiveness spanning three generations of Irish and Irish-American women. Skillfully weaving age-old myth with contemporary mother-daughter conflict, Carey's debut heralds the arrival of a impressive young writer whose novel tackles the big issues of life while remaining an immensely pleasurable read.
 
mercy road dalia pagani

Dalia Pagani's mythical tale of the Summer family speaks gracefully of life in the harsh but beautiful landscape of northern Vermont. With assured dreamlike prose reminiscent of Annie Proulx, Pagani masterfully renders the family's struggle to survive amidst poverty and familial cruelty.
 
shut up and deal jesse may

Jesse May's portrait of the world of international poker brims with all of the excitement, outlandish characters, and nervous humor of a high stakes poker game. A rollercoaster ride of adrenaline-charged prose, Shut Up and Deal is an addictive story of the enigma of luck.
 
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