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Pachinko
Min Jin Lee - 2017-11-14
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In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister pas...
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Dune
Deluxe Edition
Frank Herbert - 2019-10-01 (first published in 1965)
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A deluxe hardcover edition of Frank Herbert's epic masterpiece--a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. This deluxe hardcover edition of Dune includes: - An iconic new cover- Stained edges and fully illustrated endpapers- A beautifully designed poster on the interior of the jacket- A redesigned wo...
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The Underground Railroad
A Novel
Colson Whitehead - 2016-01-30
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Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeWinner of the National Book AwardWinner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in FictionLonglisted for the Man Booker PrizeWinner of the Arthur C. Clarke AwardFinalist for the Dayton Literary Peace PrizeLonglisted for the Prix Medicis One of the Best books of the Year: The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, ...
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The Martian
Andy Weir - 2014-10-28 (first published in 2012)
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars's surface, with no way to signal Earth that he's alive. And even if he could get word out, h...
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Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card - 2014-03-04 (first published in 1985)
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The worldwide bestseller, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card comes to the screen at last in a major motion picture event in November 2013. Starring Hugo's Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, and Ben Kingsley, the movie is sure to inspire a new audience of fans to read the book that started it all.Once again, Earth is under attack. An alien species is poi...
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Little Fires Everywhere
A Novel
Celeste Ng - 2019-05-07 (first published in 2017)
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From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of...
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The Lord of the Rings
50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
J. R. R. Tolkien - 2005-10-12 (first published in 1955)
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One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it t...
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Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens - 2021-03-30 (first published in 2018)
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A novel about a young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open.For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found ...
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Homegoing
Yaa Gyasi - 2017-05-02
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A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a...
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The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas - 1985-01-01 (first published in 1844)
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Abridged by Lowell Blair.Set against the turbulent years of the Napoleonic  era, Alexandre Dumas's thrilling adventure story  is one of the most widely read romantic novels of  all time. In it the dashing young hero, Edmond  Dantès, is betrayed by his enemies and thrown  into a secret dungeon in the Chateau d'If -- doomed  to spend his life in a da...
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Foundation by Isaac-Asimov
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. le Guin
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
1984 by George Orwell
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
The Poppy War by R. F Kuang
Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal el-Mohtar
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
There There by Tommy Orange
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara
Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear
The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz
Motherhood by Sheila Heti
City in the Middle of the Night by Anders
Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling
Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett