Holiday Catalog: Fiction

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By Rodrigo Hasbun, Sophie Hughes (Translator)
ISBN: 9781501154799
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 12th, 2017

A beautifully written story about civil unrest, one father’s determination to reach his dream, and the disintegration of a family. Set in South America, with each chapter told from the perspective of a different person, the reader gets a glimpse into how each of our perspectives are not the same. Based on the life of Third Reich cinematographer Hans Ertl.

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ISBN: 9780553448122
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - November 14th, 2017

Meet Jazz Bashara, the brash, foul-mouthed working-class anti-hero of Andy Weir's ARTEMIS, the follow-up to his blockbuster debut, THE MARTIAN. Jazz is a highly intelligent and resourceful underachiever with a propensity for bad life choices. She just happens to live in Artemis--the first lunar city. But when her small time smuggling operation gets her mixed up in a much larger conspiracy, Jazz must fulfill her potential in order to save herself and her home. This is smart, fast-paced action fun, with no small amount of humor and all the science nerdery you could hope for. ARTEMIS is the perfect gift for sci-fi fans or any reader looking for a good romp.

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ISBN: 9780393635027
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 29th, 2017

A coming-of-age story of two childhood best friends and how the choices that one makes in life can destroy the strongest of friendships and tear our world apart. Complex, deeply touching, and makes you question the stories that we tell ourselves.

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By Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811226622
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

A warm, learned and invigorating novel that takes place in a single night of the musicologist Franz Ritter. As Ritter, fighting an unnamed illness, tries to fall asleep he reflects on a life of travel and love, focusing especially on the cultural intersection of the East and the West. A smart and generous novel, beautifully translated, that will surely stay with you. Insomnia has never been so beautiful.

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ISBN: 9780802126894
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Published: Grove Press - November 7th, 2017

Look at this gorgeous book. Seriously. Is this going to be the first ever coffee table book that’s a readable piece of fiction? I think so. And the contents are no less fascinating. A soon-to-be-mother is dwelling in London when the waters unhesitatingly rise, leaving her and her husband to begin a long search for safety and comfort. Spare, lyrical; an eerie portrait of what we bring with us when we must leave most things behind. Perfect for fans of new and interesting fiction, or anyone who enjoyed the recent revival of THE HANDMAID’S TALE

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ISBN: 9780735216693
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2017

The first short story collection from National Book Award-winner James McBride is a testament to his ability as a consumate storyteller. And these diverse tales--from the hunt for a rare Civil War era toy, to a group of strangers awaiting judgment in the afterlife, to the exploits of a teenage soul band--are the perfect starting place for readers unfamiliar with his work. If you enjoy quirky, memorable characters, humor, and the flat-out ability to just tell a story, look no further than FIVE-CARAT SOUL.

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ISBN: 9780399592805
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Published: Random House - September 5th, 2017

Rushdie’s latest novel has a little bit of something for everyone -- history, culture, politics, art, mythology -- all wrapped up in a compelling narrative about the rise and fall of the house of Nero set against the backdrop of New York City and Mumbai. Mysterious, funny, and captivating. Recommended for fiction aficionados.

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ISBN: 9780316243964
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 19th, 2017

19th century rural Ireland was a superstitious and difficult place to inhabit, as evidenced by this propulsive story of three women trying to banish the evil from a child accused of being a changeling. This tense page-turning thriller based on a true story is both terrifying and enlightening and stuck with me long after it was over. Recommend for historical and literary fiction lovers.

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062684387
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Published: William Morrow - October 31st, 2017

In this book Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of WICKED, turns his imagination to the Nutcracker, weaving an origin story for the figure and the toy-maker who carved him. Mixing darkness and light in his signature style, Maguire captures both the sinister and joyful elements of folklore. Perfect for fans of the original Grimm fairytales, before Disney!

The King Is Always Above the People: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594631726
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 31st, 2017

An astounding collection of stories (and novellas) from the author of AT NIGHT WE WALK IN CIRCLES. These stories focus on people's place in society, often a society that is unwelcoming. From stories set in the contemporary world to parables, Alarcón's collection is satisfying and accessible.

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ISBN: 9780735225114
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Published: Viking - September 5th, 2017

Master of spy and mystery novels, John le Carre, returns! Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

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ISBN: 9781476716732
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 3rd, 2017

We're fans of Egan’s novels and Manhattan Beach is no exception. This historical novel follows three characters whose storylines weave together to tell a richly imagined narrative of World War II New York City. The characters are fully realized and very much human and I didn’t want their stories to end. Highly recommend for fans of historical and literary fiction.

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ISBN: 9780451493422
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 7th, 2017

Beginning where Henry James’ classic novel THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY ended, MRS. OSMOND follows fascinating, inscrutable Isabel as she navigates European society and seeks freedom from her deceitful husband, Gilbert Osmond. With nods to James’ elegant style on every page, this book is full of surprises while still satisfying fans of the original. Perfect for the English major in the family, or anyone who wants to dive into rich, lush historical fiction.

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ISBN: 9780374280147
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - September 19th, 2017

Alice McDermott, known for her National Book Award-winning CHARMING BILLY, has returned with another definitive work of fiction. One of the best writers alive, she turns her attention here to tragedy and forgiveness in a novel that traces the involvement of an elderly nun in a case of suicide. Everything that makes McDermott essential is here, especially her ability to navigate the gulf between toughness and tenderness. Literary fiction rarely gets better than this.

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385350594
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 12th, 2017

Books don't get much more erudite than those of Daniel Mendelsohn. But here, the great journalist and historian turns his attention toward the personal: his relationship with his own father, a hardened mathematician who tries to connect with his literary son through his love of the classics. At once a study of THE ODYSSEY and also a story of father and son, this book will delight both academics and people looking for a heartwarming personal story.

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ISBN: 9781468314762
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Published: Overlook Press - October 3rd, 2017

PARIS IN THE PRESENT TENSE is a sweeping tale of loneliness, history, music, and finding love in the most unexpected places. The book follows Jules Lacour, a 74-year- old cellist struggling with the death of his wife. Through a series of unexpected circumstances, he ends up writing hold music for an international conglomerate, grappling with emotional wounds left buried since WWII, and falling in love with a younger woman. Through layers of complex storytelling, Mark Helprin weaves a far-reaching tale that will enthrall anyone looking for a great story.

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ISBN: 9780316022064
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

Augusta's absolute favorite book of the year! Just in time for the 100th anniversary, Marina’s coming of age tale during the Russian Revolution is enchanting and engrossing; Augusta read this 800+ page book in just 5 days! Gift this to someone who lives literary and/or historical fiction.

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ISBN: 9781501126062
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 5th, 2017

A narrative of a complicated, biracial Mississippi family from the two-time National Book Award-winning Ward. It confronts our country's history of racism in a way that is so all-encompassing as to transcend time. Past, present, and future, living and dead, humans and animals: all are necessary to tell the story of America from slavery to chain gangs to Jim Crow to Trayvon Martin.

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ISBN: 9780735224445
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Published: Viking - October 17th, 2017

A gorgeously written and deeply moving novel about how we deal with the past and how we live in the present. A chance encounter with an old friend stirs up various memories, including some awful ones from childhood that Victor Forde would prefer to stay hidden deep. Doyle’s prose challenges us, makes us laugh, and then leaves us wondering about our own pasts and the power of memory on who we were and who we become. A powerful read that will linger in your memory for a very long time.

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ISBN: 9780525521563
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - December 5th, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, actor, and musician Sam Shepard’s final work. Inspired by his own life, this short novel explores illness, memory, a life’s work, and the connections between those we love and come to depend on. The unnamed narrator of SPY OF THE FIRST PERSON journeys into his own memories as he nears his life’s end, navigating his relation to place and people across an unmistakably American landscape. At once vulnerable and celebratory, Shepard’s newest work cements his legacy as one of our finest persons of letters.

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ISBN: 9781631493751
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 19th, 2017

McMurtry is a American icon and a Texas legend, and THALIA collects his first trilogy of novels, all set in the titular town. Containing HORSEMAN, PASS BY; LEAVING CHEYENNE; and THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, THALIA collects McMurtry's fiction from a time when he was young and arriving on the literary scene fully former, with his voice fully intact. Never read McMurtry? Start here! Read everything he has ever written? Buy this gorgeous volume and fall in love all over again.

Uncommon Type: Some Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101946152
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 17th, 2017

A debut short story collection rarely gets much attention, but when the author is Tom Hanks (yes, THAT Tom Hanks), it's a different matter. But this is no vanity publication; Hanks here proves himself to be a nimble and even experimental writer, jumping from form to form while maintaining the core humanity we've come to expect from his legendary performances. Fans of whimsical and inventive fiction will rejoice!

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By Laszlo Krasznahorkai, George Szirtes (Translator), Ottilie Mulzet (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811224192
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - December 5th, 2017

Visionary writer Krasznahorkai returns with a collection of transcendent stories. These pieces, which take the reader across the world, question history, language, and what we take as facts. There is no one writing today who's comparable to Krasznahorkai.

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By Dylan Thomas, John Goodby (Editor)
ISBN: 9780811221146
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 31st, 2017

A gorgeously and thoughtfully curated collection of the work of one of the best poetic voices of the 20th century. Perfect for those new to Thomas as well as those who have read him voraciously. Do not go gentle into that good night without this one. Bravo to New Directions for making Dylan Thomas accessible in such a comprehensive anthology to 21st century audiences.

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ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

A definitive collection of Mary Oliver's poetry from the last fifty years. Known for her slim volumes, this large collection collects Oliver's greatest work and displays her love, even obsession, with the natural world.

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