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An Indian-American saga, following the immigrant Ganguli family across three decades. Newlyweds Ashoke and Ashima leave India for the Boston area shortly after their traditional arranged marriage. The young husband is ready to be part of U. When their baby arrives, he is named Gogol, after the Russian writer. As Gogol matures, his unusual name proves to be a burden, though no more than the tensions and confusions of growing up as a first-generation American. In a book set in Newark, devoted playground director Bucky Cantor, sidelined from the war due to his poor eyesight, watches in horror as the city's polio epidemic begins to ravage the children on his playground.

Wiesel is one of the most eloquent writers of the Holocaust, and this book is his best known work. This compelling narrative describes his own experience in Auschwitz. His account of his entrance into Auschwitz and his first night in the camp is extraordinary. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a family of five In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it.

In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge. In the aftermath, the town's residents must not only seek justice in order to begin healing but also come to terms with the role they played in the tragedy. When Precious Ramotswe decides to use the money her beloved father left her to open the first ever Ladies' Detective Agency in Botswana, everyone is skeptical.

Mma Ramotswe herself feels unsure of her success. After all, her only assets are a tiny white van, two desks, two chairs, a telephone, an old type-writer, a teapot, and three teacups. But she does possess the intangible assets of intuition and intelligence. These she has in great supply, along with perseverance, a keen knowledge of the human mind and heart, a steadfast sense of right and wrong, and a personality that inspires trust and loquaciousness in nearly all who meet her.

What she also has is a deep love for Africa generally and for Botswana and its people especially. Just outside of Boston, in the small college town of Wellington, lives a family that is anything but typical. Over twenty years, snapshots of an unlikely relationship are revealed on the same day, July 15th, of each year. Dex Mayhew and Emma Morley face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears.

And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself. On a beautiful summer day, crowds lined up outside a theater witness a sudden act of extreme road rage: a tap on a fender triggers a nearly homicidal attack. Jackson Brodie, ex-cop, ex-private detective, new millionaire, is among the bystanders. The event thrusts Jackson into the orbit of the wife of an unscrupulous real estate tycoon, a washed-up comedian, a successful crime novelist, a mysterious Russian woman, and a female police detective.

Each of them hiding a secret, each looking for love or money or redemption or escape, they all play a role in driving Jackson out of retirement and into the middle of several mysteries that intersect in one sinister scheme. The story begins with May Dodd's journey west into the unknown. A government program, in which women are brought west as brides for the Cheyenne, is her vehicle. What follows is the story of May's adventures: her marriage to Little Wolf, chief of the Cheyenne nation, and her conflict of being caught between two worlds, loving two men, living two lives.

Between and , so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude? As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. When Richie Rossiter, once a famous pianist, dies unexpectedly, Chrissie knows that she must now tell the truth to their three daughters: their parents were never married.

Yet there is one more shock to come when Richie's will is read. It seems he never forgot the wife and son he left behind years ago, Margaret, who lives a quiet life of routine and work, and Scott, who never knew his famous father. Now two families are left to confront their losses and each other, and none of them will ever be the same. In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters.

Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk to.

Their brave adventures - their pleasures and their difficulties - are hugely involving and truly resonant, making Our Souls at NIght the perfect final installment to this belived writer's enduring contribution to American literature. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic.

Stripped of the British society of her youth and the small but effective society she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love. In Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money - and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it.

He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist. But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what's at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we'll go to make things right. Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author.

Called "a tour de force" by the San Francisco Chronicle, this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding-an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair-only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics.

Presents a vivid account of a history-making storm that hit the New England coast in October and the lives it changed, weaving together the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and personal accounts. When Glyn, a landscape historian, stumbles upon a photograph of his deceased wife, Kath, holding hands with another man, his understanding of the past is "savagely undermined. He veers from emotional vertigo to an obsessive need to know what kind of woman his wife really was. Hired by the wealthy Chen family as a piano instructor, Claire Pendleton is seduced by the social life of Hong Kong's expatriate community and begins an affair with Will Truesdale, an enigmatic Englishman with a devastating past.

Brilliant and talented, young Joan rebels against the medieval social strictures forbidding women to learn to read and write. When her older brother is killed during a Viking attack, Joan takes up his cloak and identity, goes to the monastery of Fulda, and is initiated into the brotherhood in his place. Eventually she is drawn to Rome, where she becomes enmeshed in a dangerous web of love, passion, and politics. Triumphing over appalling odds, she finally attains the highest throne in Christendom. Pope Joan is a sweeping historical drama set against the turbulent events of the ninth century.

Pride and Prejudice is a perceptive examination of the relationship between the classes in Britain with the middle class with its upwardly mobile aspirations rubbing against upper class efforts to keep them "in their place. Azar Nafisi's luminous tale offers a fascinating portrait of the Iran-Iraq war viewed from Tehran and gives us a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women's lives in revolutionary Iran.

Anyone who has ever belonged to a book group must read this book. Nafisi takes us into the vivid lives of eight women who must meet in secret to explore the forbidden fiction of the West. It is at once a celebration of the power of the novel and a cry of outrage at the reality in which these women are trapped.

After the loss of her daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens an adoption agency to place baby girls from China with American families and discovers the painful and courageous journeys of both adoptive parents and birth mothers. Rural Wisconsin, , in the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for "a reliable wife. She is both complex and devious, haunted by a terrible past and motivated by greed.

Her plan is simple: she will win this man's devotion, and then, ever so slowly, she will poison him and leave Wisconsin a wealthy widow. What she has not counted on, though, is that Truitt, a passionate man with his own dark secrets, has plans of his own for his new wife.

Isolated on a remote estate and imprisoned by relentless snow, the story of Ralph and Catherine unfolds in unimaginable ways. Perhaps they married too young and started a family too early. Maybe Frank's job is dull. And April never saw herself as a housewife. Yet they have always lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. But now that certainty is about to crumble. With heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their spiritual birthright, betraying not only each other, but their best selves.

Petite Tony teaches the aggressively male subject of military history and has a talent for speaking backwards; actually, she's Ynot. Charis eats only vegetarian fare and consults crystals. Boisterous, stylish Roz runs her own company and drives a BMW. These three women would seem to have little in common, but they're held together by a single thread: Zenia, a lying, charismatic femme fatale who at one time or other stole the men in their lives.

But Zenia is dead, blown to bits in Beirut, and can hurt them no more.

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Or so they think until the day a still-seductive Zenia walks into the restaurant where they are having lunch. A 5-year-old narrates a riveting story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a Greenwich Village jazz bar on New Year's Eve catapults witty Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well and a single-minded widow. A collection of short fiction captures the lives of women of all ages and circumstances, as they deal with the limits and lies of passion, unfulfilled dreams, motherhood, betrayal, and the bonds of love.

Jogging outside the town of Goddard, New Hampshire, Naomi Roth finds the body of a newborn baby girl floating face down in the Sabbathday River. News of the dead child spreads quickly through Goddard, and Naomi - an aging idealist, a former VISTA volunteer, and the founder of a women's quilting cooperative - is shocked when the community swiftly, implausibly fingers Heather Pratt, a young single mother notorious for her affair with a married man, as the prime suspect.

It comes as an even greater shock when, after a long interrogation behind closed doors, Heather confesses to the crime. But when the truth at the heart of this astonishing case - and the body of a second baby - comes to light, it is Naomi who must confront how little she has understood her town, her friend, and herself. Paris, July Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past.

Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel' d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.

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Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode. Saturday is a masterful novel set within a single day in February Henry Perowne is a contented man — a successful neurosurgeon, happily married to a newspaper lawyer, and enjoying good relations with his children. Outside the hospital, the world is not so easy or predictable. There is an impending war against Iraq, and a general darkening and gathering pessimism since the New York and Washington attacks two years before.

As he makes his way to his regular squash game, trying to avoid the hundreds of thousands of war protesters filling the streets of London, he has a minor car accident. This brings him into a confrontation with a small-time thug, who believes the surgeon has humiliated him and Henry Perowne must deploy all his skills to keep his family alive. Lily Owens, 14, is an emotionally abused white girl living with her cold, uncaring father on a peach farm in rural South Carolina. The memory of her mother, who was accidentally killed in Lily's presence when she was four, haunts her constantly.

She has one of her mother's few possessions, a picture of a black Madonna with the words, Tiburon, South Carolina, written on the back. Lily's companion during her sad childhood has been Rosaleen, the black woman hired to care for her. Rosaleen, in a euphoric mood after the passing of the Civil Rights Act, goes to town to register to vote and insults one of the town's most racist residents.

After she is beaten up and hospitalized, Lily decides to rescue her and they go to Tiburon to search for memories of her mother. There they are taken in by three black sisters who are beekeepers. Coming to New York from Tasmania at the age of eighteen, Rosemary takes a job at a used and rare bookstore run by the gruff Mr. Pike and his idiosyncratic staff, including Walter Geist, a solitary albino. When Walter's eyesight begins to fail, Rosemary takes on the job of his assistant and becomes caught up in the search for a long-lost Melville manuscript.

Meri is newly married, pregnant, and standing on the cusp of her life as a wife and mother, recognizing with some terror the gap between reality and expectation. Delia, wife of the two-term liberal senator Tom Naughton, is Meri's new neighbor in the adjacent New England town house. Tom's chronic infidelity has been an open secret in Washington circles, but despite the complexity of their relationship, the bond between them remains strong.

Soon Delia and Meri find themselves leading strangely parallel lives, as they both reckon with the contours and mysteries of marriage: one refined and abraded by years of complicated intimacy, the other barely begun. It is a highly charged, superlative novel about marriage and forgiveness.

Isaac Amin, an Iranian Jew, is arrested and imprisoned shortly after the revolution in Iran, accused of being a Zionist Spy. This novel follows his descent from a venerated, wealthy jeweler to a helpless prisoner, and chronicles the disquieting effect of his arrest on his family. As Isaac navigates the tedium and terrors of prison, his wife feverishly searches for him, suspecting that their once-trusted housekeeper has turned on them and is now acting as an informer. His daughter, in a childlike attempt to stop the wave of baseless arrests, engages in illicit activities, while his son, sent to New York before the rise of the Ayatollah, struggles to find happiness even as he realizes that his family may soon be forced to embark on a journey of incalculable danger.

The Septembers of Shiraz vividly depicts not only the undoing of a family, but also that of an entire country. Mackenzie Allen Phillips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

What he finds there will change Mack's world forever. A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author's works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written. May and Pearl, two sisters living in Shanghai in the mid—s, are beautiful, sophisticated, and well— educated, but their family is on the verge of bankruptcy. Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to marry Gold Mountain men who have come from Los Angeles to find brides.

But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island the Ellis Island of the West where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she's pregnant the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know. Welcome to Little Wing. It's a place like hundreds of others, but for four boyhood friends - all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town - it is home. One of them never left, still working the family farm, but the others felt the need to move on.

One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit. One of them hit it big as a rock star. When all of them are brought together for a wedding, Little Wing seems even smaller than before. Lifelong bonds remain strong, but there are stresses - among the firends, between husbands and wives. There will be heartbreak, but there will also be hope, healing, even heroism as these memorable people learn the true meaning of friendship and love. Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage.

Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps.

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She has nothing left to lose. Hair matted, uncombed, disheveled appearance. Soil under nails. She lives in a bizarre apartment whose living room furnishings consist of a gold lame Castro convertible and two pink bath mats--her choice. She shares the habitation with a senile old woman and two bachelors, one of whom habitually cooks popcorn for breakfast wearing a pith helmet.

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All indications to the contrary notwithstanding, Lily is living a blessed life, as depicted in this enchanting memoir. It is in an England that is still shaken by war. She feels she has no choice. Her husband, Bernard, whom she married to escape her dreary upbringing on a farm in the Midlands, was posted to India with the RAF during the war, but when the conflict was over he did not return.

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What else could she do? Among her tenants are Gilbert and his new wife Hortense.

Gilbert m1f38eph was one of the several thousand Jamaican men who joined the RAF to fight against Hitler. Returning to England after the war he finds himself treated very differently now that his is no longer in a blue uniform. It is desperation that makes him remember a wartime friendship with Queenie and knock at her door. Hortense shared Gilbert's dream of leaving Jamaica and coming to England to start a better life - that's why she married him.

But when she at last joins her husband, she is shocked by London's shabbiness and horrified at the way the English live. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was. Queenie's neighbors do not approve of her choice of tenants, and neither would her husband, were he there.

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England may be recovering from a war but at 21 Nevern Street it has only just begun. Born into a farmer's family in 19th century China, Lily suffers her fate like many other daughters of that age - she is seen more as a liability then an asset. But the local matchmaker announces that Lily's feet will be flawless if they are bound. Suddenly, a good marriage for Lily and an improvement in fortune for the family are within reach. Lily also meets Snow Flower, a girl with whom she would share the joys and heartaches of the rest of her life.

Foot-binding, matchmaking, nushu, sworn sisterhood, all traditional practices of old China, figure strongly in this memorable novel about Chinese women, loyalty, and love. An unlikely friendship between an eleven-year old Irish-Catholic boy and a lonely rabbi from Prague in Brooklyn has the two opening new windows of understanding with each other but still fighting the prejudices of the day.

Enslaved on a South Carolina plantation, Aminata Diallo works in the indigo fields and as a midwife. When she is bought by an entrepreneur from Charleston, she is torn from friends and family. The chaos of the Revolutionary War allows her to escape. In British-held Manhattan, she helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for wartime service to the King with safe passage to Nova Scotia. During her travels in Canada, Sierra Leone, and England, Aminata strives for her freedom and that of her people, even when it comes at a price. Fragile, exquisite Dina Reich was raised to be an obedient daughter, a dutiful wife.

In modern Jerusalem, within the vigilant confines of the ultra-orthodox world of the Haredim, she is bound by the strictest letter of ancient law. At seventeen, Dina enters an arranged marriage to a loving, generous man. But restless yearnings - for knowledge, for romance, for excitement - drive her into a dangerous flirtation. When the insular community learns of her transgression, Dina is subjected to an ordeal. Like the Biblically ordained ritual for the wife suspected of adultery, the Sotah, this will either destroy her or vindicate her completely.

Forced into exile in New York, Dina is appalled by the shallowness of American life. Yet it is here that she must fashion her own traditions and find the courage to return to Jerusalem to reclaim her husband, her family and her life. Bhima is a domestic servant in contemporary Bombay who leaves her own small shanty in the slums to scrub the floors of a house in which she remains an outsider. Sera, her employer, is an upper-middle-class Parsi housewife whose opulent surroundings hide the shame and disappointment of her abusive marriage.

Despite being separated from each other by blood and class, Bhima and Sera find themselves bound by gender and shared life experiences. Bhima's dreams of a better life for Maya, as well as for herself, may be shattered forever and loyalties are put to the test. Poignant and compelling, evocative and unforgettable, The Space Between Us is an intimate portrait of a distant yet familiar world.

The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate an indefinable kind of specialness, but like all families, their stories reveal only part of the picture: Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets.

From Red's parents, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 's, to the grandchildren carrying the Whitshank legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generatins of lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn house that has always been their anchor. Describes the love story between a developmentally disabled young white woman and a deaf African American after being institutionalized in Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally.

With the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar's paternal uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once peaceful home. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm - and into Edgar's mother's affections. Sage Singer is a baker. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths to which we will go in order to keep the past from dictating the future.

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A story of life in France under the Nazi occupation includes two parts--"Storm in June," set amid the chaotic exodus from Paris, and "Dolce," set in a German-occupied village rife with resentment, resistance, and collaboration. Willie Sutton was born in the Irish slums of Brooklyn in , and he came of age at a time when banks were out of control. Sutton saw only one way out and only one way to win the girl of his dreams.

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They went to good colleges and began high-powered careers. But after marriage and babies, for a variety of reasons, they decided to stay home, temporarily, to raise their children. Now, ten years later, they are still at home, unsure how they came to inhabit lives so different from the ones they expected—until a new series of events begins to change the landscape of their lives yet again, in ways they couldn't have predicted.

In a memoir of growing up with a single mother, the author describes how he received valuable life lessons and friendship from an assortment of characters at the neighborhood bar, who provided him with a kind of fatherhood by committee. Of all the characters in modern Jewish fiction, the most beloved is Tevye, the compassionate, irrepressible, Bible-quoting dairyman from Anatevka, who has been immortalized in the writings of Sholem Aleichem and in acclaimed and award-winning theatrical and film adaptations. At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, this is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

The River of Doubt is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.