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A Lesson Before Dying
A Novel

Ernest J. Gaines

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
On Sale: 09/28/1997
Price: $13.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-375-70270-9

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
A Lesson Before Dying, set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, is about the bond forged between two men--Jefferson, convicted of murder and sentenced to die; and Grant Wiggins, a college graduate returning to his hometown to teach.... 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: $14.00
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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Censoring an Iranian Love Story

Shahriar Mandanipour

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: 06/01/2010
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-39042-4

If conducting a love affair in modern Iran is not a simple undertaking, then telling the story of that love may be even more difficult. In a country where mere proximity between a man and a woman may be the prologue to deadly sin, where illicit passion is punished by imprisonment,... 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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A Novel

David Malouf

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
On Sale: 01/25/2011
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-47524-4

In his first novel in more than a decade, award-winning author David Malouf reimagines the pivotal narrative of Homer’s Iliad—one of the most famous passages in all of literature.
This is the story of the relationship between two grieving men at war: fierce Achilles, who has lost his beloved Patroclus in the... Read more >

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Sag Harbor

Colson Whitehead

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
On Sale: 06/15/2010
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-307-45516-1

From the award-winning author of John Henry Days and The Intuitionist: a tender, hilarious, and supremely original novel about coming-of-age in the 80s.
Benji Cooper is one of the few black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. But every summer, Benji escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where 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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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 >

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John Pipkin

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
On Sale: 05/04/2010
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-307-45532-1

Winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
Winner of the Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction
Winner of the Massachusetts Center for the Book’s best book in fiction for 2009
Set against the backdrop of a devastating forest fire that Henry David Thoreau accidentally set in 1844, John... Read more >