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An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong


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Cha ching, the slot machine in Connie’s garage went, like a cartoon, Peter’s features soaked in its rosy glow. He was eighteen, Connie’s older brother, and his forearms were the color of toast. His fr...
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From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Forgotten Garden comes a gorgeous novel set in England between World War I and World war II. Perfect for fans of Downton Abbey, it is the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious dea... More details on The House at Riverton

It was 1924 and I was at Riverton again. All the doors hung wide open, silk billowing in the summer breeze. An orchestra perched high on the hill beneath the ancient maple, violins lilting lazily in t...
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"On almost every page of this witty magical realist whodunit, we sense Couto's delight on those places where language slips officialdom's asphyxiating grasp."-The New York Times Book Review on The Last Flight of the Flamingo

"The most prominent of th... More details on Sleepwalking Land

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A New York Times Bestseller! An Instant Indie Bestseller! A dark, twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem and evil things really do go bump in the night. Iris Hollow and her two older sisters are u... More details on House of Hollow

Grey’s fine, hook-shaped scar was still the first thing you noticed about her, followed by how achingly beautiful she was. The Vogue magazine—her third US cover in as many years—must have arrived in t...
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Thirty-five centuries ago the sun had a daughter: Hatshepsut. Youngest daughter of the Pharaoh, she was a lithe and magical child. But when her older sister died, it became her duty to purify the dynasty's bloodline. She was to wed Thothmes, her fath... More details on Child of the Morning

Although the north wall of the schoolroom opened onto the garden, the prevailing summer wind did not blow between the dazzling white, color-splashed pillars. It was suffocatingly hot. The students sat...
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Deadly (An Empathy Novella) 18 only.

Normal is not something Ryan and Cereus have ever been, where's the fun in normal?

When Cereus's dreams follow her into the waking hours, she has to come to terms with the fact, Ryan is not the only monster in h... More details on Deadly

“Another bad dream?” His voice carries from a darker corner of the room where he would occasionally sit and watch me sleep. The shine from the window highlights his silhouette, and to anyone else it w...
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Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction

Winner of 2015 Canada Reads Prize

Winner of Grand Prix littéraire Archambault

Finalist for the 2012 Soctiabank Giller Prize... More details on Ru

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It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.

Patti Smith would evolve as a poet... More details on Just Kids

WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG, MY MOTHER TOOK ME FOR walks in Humboldt Park, along the edge of the Prairie River. I have vague memories, like impressions on glass plates, of an old boathouse, a circular band ...
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This story is told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959.They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that a... More details on The Poisonwood Bible

IMAGINE A RUIN so strange it must never have happened. First, picture the forest. I want you to be its conscience, the eyes in the trees. The trees are columns of slick, brindled bark like muscular an...
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