Stratford High School Summer Reading List

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Ninth Grade:

 

Pre Ap:

Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larsen 9780375708275

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah 9780374531263

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card 9780812550702

Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen 9780141439518

 

Grade Level:

Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 9780062498533

Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo 9780062662804

Red Glass by Laura Resau 9780440240259

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario 9780385743280


 

10th Grade:

 

Pre AP:

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank 9780060741877

Peace Like A River by Leif Enger 9780802139252

Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 9781594483851

 

Grade Level:

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang 9780312384487

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 9780316322423

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 9780312674397

All The Bright Place by Jennifer Niven 9780385755917


 

11th Grade:

 

AP:

Frank Little and The IWW by Julia Botkin 9780806155005

Nickel And Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich 9780312626686

Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun by Geoffrey Canada 9780807044490

Blood Of Emmett Till by Timothy Tyson 9781476714851

Braving The Wilderness by Brene Brown 9780812995848

Half The Sky by Nicholas Kristoff 9780307387097

Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance 9780062300553

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario 9780385743280

Soul Of America by Jon Meacham 9780399589829

Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann 9780307742483

Between The World and Me by Ta-nehesi Coates 9780812993547

Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo 9780812979329

Tribe: On Homecoming by Sebastien Junger 9781455566389

Another Day In The Death of America by Gary Younge 9781568589930

Grit: The Power of Passion by Angela Duckworth 9781501111112

 

Grade Level:

Trinity: A Graphic History of The Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorn 9780809093557

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick 9780061730955

Nation by Terry Pratchett 9780061433030

Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets by Benjamin Saenz 9781442408937

Seal Team Six by Howard Wasdin 9781250055088

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher 9780062687753

Conversion by Katherine Howe 9780147511553

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown 9780805086843

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut 9780440180296

March by Geraldine Brooks 9780143036661

Or any title by Sebastian Junger or David McCullough

** Kiss My Book is OSI at pub

 

DE (OnRamps)

Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain 9780553210798

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 9781501126079

Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 9780143107668

Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 9780385490818



 

12th Grade:

 

AP:

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 9781501173219

Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 9780316055444

 

Grade Level:

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep by Phillip Dick 9780345404473

Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night by Mark Haddon 9781400032716

Color Purple by Alice Walker 9780156031820

 

Dual Credit:

 

Memoirs:

Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance 9780062300553

Educated by Tara Westover 9780399590504

I Am , I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell 9780525436058

Liar’s Club by Mary Karr 9780143035749

Elena Vanishing by Elena Dunkle 9781452121512

Opposite Of Fate by Amy Tan 9780142004890

Year Of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion 9781400078431

Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius 9780375725784

It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell 9780770433253

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 9780316322423

On Writing by Stephen King 9781439156810

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 9780812988406

 

Other Non Fiction:

Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell 9780062066404

Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann 9780307742483

Higher Call by Adam Makos 9780425255735

Radium Girls by Kate Moore 9781492650959

Code Girls by Liza Mundy 9780316352543

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and The Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin 9781250294470

In The Heart Of The Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick 9780141001821

Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly 9780062363602

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky 9780142001615

Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman 9780393333060

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand 9780812987119

Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson 9780679785897

 

Favorite Fiction From Class of 2019, Mrs. Sharp, and Mrs. Slay

Art of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein 9780061537967

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee 9780062409867

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 9780385755917

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 9780345544971

Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 9780316055444

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 9781501173219

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah 9780312577230

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate 9780425284704

Teagirl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See 9781501154836

Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan 9781503943377

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 9780735219090

All In Pieces by Suzanne Young 9781481418843

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon 9780553496680

Woman In The Window by A..J. Finn  9780062678423

Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock 9780062678423

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 9781501126079

Beartown by Fredrik Backman 9781501160776

Us Against You by Fredirk Backman 9781501160806

Outrun The Moon by Stacey Lee 9780147516916

Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe 9781627796187

Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris  9780062797155

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 9781616202415

Color Purple by Alice Walker 9780156031820

Bend In The Road by Nicholas Sparks 9781455574063

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger 9781476778457

Dune by Frank Herbert 9780441172719

There, There by Tommy Orange 9780525436140

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375708275
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Published: Vintage - July 11th, 2000

From the bestselling author of The Devil in the White City, here is the true story of the deadliest hurricane in history.

National Bestseller


A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374531263
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - August 5th, 2008

My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.
"Why did you leave Sierra Leone?"
"Because there is a war."
"You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?"
"Yes, all the time."
"Cool."
I smile a little.
"You should tell us about it sometime."


Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780812550702
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Published: Tor Science Fiction - July 15th, 1994

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards


Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Editor), Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Tony Tanner (Introduction by), Vivien Jones (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439518
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

Austen's most popular novel, the unforgettable story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


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The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

8 starred reviews ∙ Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ∙  William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds


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The Poet X Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662804
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Published: HarperTeen - March 6th, 2018

Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Pura Belpré Award!


Red Glass Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780440240259
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - May 12th, 2009

With a dazzling and thoughtful voice, this critically acclaimed novel deals directly with the challenges and dangers of immigration, exploring the ties that bind us together in an age when issues threaten to divide us.


Enrique's Journey (The Young Adult Adaptation): The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385743280
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Published: Ember - August 5th, 2014

Adapted for young people, this edition of Enrique’s Journey is written by Sonia Nazario and based on the adult book of the same name. It is the true story of Enrique, a teenager from Honduras, who sets out on a journey, braving hardship and peril, to find his mother, who had no choice but to leave him when he was a child and go to the United States in search of work.


Alas, Babylon (Perennial Classics) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060741877
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

"Alas, Babylon." Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.


Peace Like a River Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802139252
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 7th, 2002

Young Reuben Land has little doubt that miracles happen all around us, suspecting that his own father is touched by God. When his older brother flees a controversial murder charge, Reuben, along with his older sister and father, set off on a journey that will take them to the Badlands and through a landscape more extraordinary than they could have anticipated.


A Thousand Splendid Suns Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594483851
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 25th, 2008

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. 


American Born Chinese Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312384487
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Published: Square Fish - December 23rd, 2008

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316322423
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 2nd, 2015

A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

As seen on Netflix with David Letterman


"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."


Speak Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312674397
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Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2011

The first ten lies they tell you in high school.


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All the Bright Places Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780385755917
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Published: Ember - September 13th, 2016

The beloved New York Times bestseller that Entertainment Weekly described as “sparkling” and says “get[s] under your skin.” You won’t soon forget this heart-wrenching, unflinching story of love shared, life lived, and two teens who find each other while standing on the edge.
 
 


Frank Little and the Iww: The Blood That Stained an American Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780806155005
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - May 25th, 2017


Franklin Henry Little (1878-1917), an organizer for the Western Federation of Miners and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), fought in some of the early twentieth century's most contentious labor and free-speech struggles. Following his lynching in Butte, Montana, his life and legacy became shrouded in tragedy and family secrets.


Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312626686
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2011

Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.


Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence Cover Image
By Geoffrey Canada, Jamar Nicholas (Illustrator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807044490
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Published: Beacon Press - September 14th, 2010

Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children,” and First Lady Michelle Obama called him “one of my heroes,” Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in the South Bronx.


The Blood of Emmett Till Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476714851
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 5th, 2017

* Longlisted for the National Book Award * Winner of the Robert F.


Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812995848
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Published: Random House - September 12th, 2017

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A timely and important book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection


Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387097
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Published: Vintage - June 2010

#1 National Bestseller

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062300553
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF "6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP'S WIN" AND SOON TO BE A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD

"You will not read a more important book about America this year."—The Economist


Enrique's Journey (The Young Adult Adaptation): The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385743280
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ember - August 5th, 2014

Adapted for young people, this edition of Enrique’s Journey is written by Sonia Nazario and based on the adult book of the same name. It is the true story of Enrique, a teenager from Honduras, who sets out on a journey, braving hardship and peril, to find his mother, who had no choice but to leave him when he was a child and go to the United States in search of work.


The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399589829
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 30th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The Christian Science Monitor Southern Living


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   -  NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 

A New York Times Notable Book


Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer)


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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812979329
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 8th, 2014

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope.


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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781455566389
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Published: Twelve - May 24th, 2016

Now a New York Times bestseller

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.


Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781568589930
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Published: Bold Type Books - February 6th, 2018

A timely chronicle of what is now an ordinary day in America, where gun violence regularly takes the lives of children and teens, and leaves shattered families in its wake.


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501111112
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Published: Scribner - August 21st, 2018

In her instant, multi-month New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People).

The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “


Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780809093557
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Published: Hill and Wang - May 28th, 2013

"Succeeds as both a graphic primer and a philosophical meditation." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Never Fall Down: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780061730955
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 23rd, 2013

This National Book Award nominee from two-time finalist Patricia McCormick is the unforgettable story of Arn Chorn-Pond, who defied the odds to survive the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979 and the labor camps of the Khmer Rouge.


Nation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061433030
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Published: HarperCollins - September 22nd, 2009

When a giant wave destroys his village, Mau is the only one left. Daphne—a traveler from the other side of the globe—is the sole survivor of a shipwreck. Separated by language and customs, the two are united by catastrophe. Slowly, they are joined by other refugees.


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781442408937
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 2014

This Printz Honor Book is a “tender, honest exploration of identity” (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common.


SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250055088
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - June 3rd, 2014

The New York Times best selling book that takes you inside SEAL Team Six – the covert squad that killed Osama Bin Laden


Whale Talk Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062687753
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 30th, 2018

“A truly exceptional book.”—Washington Post


Conversion Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147511553
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Published: Speak - June 16th, 2015

A chilling mystery based on true events, from New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe.
 


Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780805086843
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 15th, 2007

Immediately recognized as a revelatory and enormously controversial book since its first publication in 1971, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is universally recognized as one of those rare books that forever changes the way its subject is perceived.


Slaughterhouse-Five (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440180296
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Published: Dell - November 3rd, 1991

“A desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century.”—Time
 
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
 


March Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143036661
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Published: Penguin Books - January 31st, 2006

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize--a powerful love story set against the backdrop of the Civil War, from the author of The Secret Chord.


The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393337013
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 2009

It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high--a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm." In a book that has become a classic, Sebastian Junger explores the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched.


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Cover Image
$5.95
ISBN: 9780553210798
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Published: Bantam Classics - February 1981

Hilariously picaresque, epic in scope, alive with  the poetry and vigor of the American people, Mark  Twain's story about a young boy and his journey  down the Mississippi was the first great novel to  speak in a truly American voice.


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Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501126079
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, the story of a family on a journey through rural Mississippi, is


The Scarlet Letter Cover Image
By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert Milder (Introduction by), Tom Perrotta (Foreword by), Thomas E. Connolly (Notes by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780143107668
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 2015

The canonical American masterpiece of sin, guilt, and revenge, in an authoritative new edition from Penguin Classics with a foreword by Tom Perrotta
 


The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

From the bestselling author of Alias Grace and the MaddAddam trilogy, here is the #1 New York Times bestseller and seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning author.

Now a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Joseph Fiennes. Includes a new introduction by Margaret Atwood.


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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501173219
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Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2017

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occ


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The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, New York Times Book Review


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345404473
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Published: Del Rey - May 28th, 1996

A masterpiece ahead of its time, a prescient rendering of a dark future, and the inspiration for the blockbuster film Blade Runner


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400032716
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2004

A bestselling modern classic—both poignant and funny—about a boy with autism who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor's dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


The Color Purple Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780156031820
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Published: Mariner Books - November 2006

Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her.


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062300553
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF "6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP'S WIN" AND SOON TO BE A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD

"You will not read a more important book about America this year."—The Economist


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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • BILL GATES’S HOLIDAY READING LIST • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOO


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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525436058
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2019

On seventeen occasions, Maggie O’Farrell has stared death in the face—and lived to tell the tale. In this astonishing memoir, she shares the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life: The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster.


The Liars' Club: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143035749
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Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2005

“Wickedly funny and always movingly illuminating, thanks to kick-ass storytelling and a poet's ear.” –Oprah.com
 
The New York Times bestselling, hilarious tale of Mary Karr’s hardscrabble Texas childhood that Oprah.com calls the best memoir of a generation.


Elena Vanishing: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452121512
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 19th, 2015

As heard on NPR's Diane Rehm Show!


The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$18.00
ISBN: 9780142004890
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Published: Penguin Books - September 28th, 2004

Delve into the stories from Amy Tan's life that inspired bestselling novels like The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement and the new memoir, Where the Past Begins


The Year of Magical Thinking (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400078431
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2007

From one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage--and a life, in good times and bad--that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.


A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375725784
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2001

"This is a beautifully ragged, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable book." —San Francisco Chronicle

National Bestseller 

Pulitzer Prize Finalist


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It Was Me All Along: A Memoir Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780770433253
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Published: Clarkson Potter - December 29th, 2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A heartbreakingly honest, endearing memoir of incredible weight loss by a young food blogger who battles body image issues and overcomes food addiction to find self-acceptance.

 


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316322423
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 2nd, 2015

A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

As seen on Netflix with David Letterman


"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."


On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439156810
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Published: Scribner - July 6th, 2010

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing.


When Breath Becomes Air Cover Image
By Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812988406
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?


Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062066404
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 26th, 2013

A riveting story of American fighting men, Outlaw Platoon is Lieutenant Sean Parnell’s stunning personal account of the legendary U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division’s heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan.


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   -  NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 

A New York Times Notable Book


A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425255735
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Published: Dutton Caliber - May 6th, 2014

A “beautiful story of a brotherhood between enemies”* emerges from the horrors of World War II in this New York Times and international bestseller by the author of Spearhead


The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492650959
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Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller

"the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."--NPR Books

The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger


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Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316352543
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Published: Hachette Books - October 2nd, 2018

The award-winning New York Times bestseller about the American women who secretly served as codebreakers during World War II--a "prodigiously researched and engrossing" (New York Times) book that "shines a light on a hidden chapter of American history" (Denver Post).


Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250294470
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Published: Square Fish - January 15th, 2019

A great American sport and Native American history come together in this true story for middle grade readers about how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team, from acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling author Steve Sheinkin.


In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780141001821
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Published: Penguin Books - May 2001

From the author of Mayflower, Valiant Ambition, and In the Hurricane's Eye--the riveting bestseller tells the story of the true events that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick


Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062363602
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 6th, 2016

The #1 New York Times bestseller

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.


Salt: A World History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142001615
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Published: Penguin Books - January 28th, 2003

An unlikely world history from the bestselling author of Cod and The Basque History of the World


The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393333060
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2008

After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages.


Unbroken (Movie Tie-in Edition): A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812987119
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 4th, 2014

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The incredible true story of survival and salvation that is the basis for two major motion pictures: 2014’s Unbroken and the upcoming Unbroken: Path to Redemption.


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679785897
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Published: Vintage - May 12th, 1998

This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page.  It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.


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The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061537967
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 22nd, 2018

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM FOX 2000 STARRING MILO VENTIMIGLIA, AMANDA SEYFRIED, AND KEVIN COSTNER

MEET THE DOG

WHO WILL SHOW THE WORLD

HOW TO BE HUMAN


Go Set a Watchman: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062409867
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - May 3rd, 2016

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Go Set a Watchman is such an important book, perhaps the most important novel on race to come out of the white South in decades."  — New York Times


Small Great Things: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345544971
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 20th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE


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The Great Alone: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312577230
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2018

In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.


Before We Were Yours: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425284704
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 21st, 2019

THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—A New York TimesUSA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller

For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”*


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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501154836
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Published: Scribner - April 3rd, 2018

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, “one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot” (The New York Times Book Review), a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters.

In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea.


Beneath a Scarlet Sky Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781503943377
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Published: Lake Union Publishing - May 2017

Soon to be a major television event from Pascal Pictures, starring Tom Holland.

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man's incredible courage and resilience during one of history's darkest hours.


Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735219090
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

"I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!"--Reese Witherspoon

"Painfully beautiful."--The New York Times Book Review

"Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver."--Bustle


All in Pieces Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481418843
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Published: Simon Pulse - November 7th, 2017

From New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young comes a “tremendously moving” (Booklist) novel about a girl struggling to deal with anger issues while taking care of her younger brother with special needs.

“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she drove a pencil into her ex-boyfriend’s hand


The Sun Is Also a Star Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553496680
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 2016

Now a major motion picture starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton! The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist from the bestselling author of Everything, Everything will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other.


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The Woman in the Window: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062678423
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 5th, 2019

The #1 Instant New York Times Bestseller – Soon to be a Major Motion Picture

"Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing." —Gillian Flynn

"Unputdownable." —Stephen King

"A dark, twisty confection." —Ruth Ware

"Absolutely gripping." —Louise Penny


Beartown: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501160776
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Published: Washington Square Press - February 6th, 2018

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: LibraryReads BookBrowse Goodreads

“You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People

The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price req


Us Against You: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160806
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Published: Washington Square Press - March 5th, 2019

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown returns with an unforgettable novel “about people—about strength and tribal loyalty and what we unwittingly do when trying to show our boys how to be men” (Jojo Moyes).

Have you ever seen a town fall? Ours did.
Have you ever seen a town rise?


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Outrun the Moon Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147516916
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Published: Speak - May 2nd, 2017

From the author of the critically acclaimed Under a Painted Sky, an unforgettable story of determination set against a backdrop of devastating tragedy. Perfect for fans of Code Name Verity.

Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Young Adult

Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature 
 


The Librarian of Auschwitz Cover Image
By Antonio Iturbe, Lilit Thwaites (Translated by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781627796187
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 10th, 2017

Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.


The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062797155
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 4th, 2018

 

#1 New York Times Bestseller and #1 International Bestseller

This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.


Purple Hibiscus: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616202415
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 17th, 2012

“One of the most vital and original novelists of her generation.” —Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker

From the bestselling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists


Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria.


A Bend in the Road Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455574063
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 17th, 2013

Fall in love with this small-town love story about a widower sheriff and a divorced schoolteacher who are searching for second chances -- only to be threatened by long-held secrets of the past.

Miles Ryan's life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago.


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When Life Gives You Lululemons Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476778457
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2019

The Devil Wears Prada’s Emily Charlton gets the spin-off she deserves” (Cosmopolitan) in the months-long New York Times bestseller from Lauren Weisberger in which three women team up to bring a bad man down in the tony suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut.

Welcome to Greenwich, Connecticut, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the


Dune Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780441172719
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Published: Ace - September 1990

Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.


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There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

National Bestseller

One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe
 
Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award