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THE REFUGEES

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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    THE FORTUNATE ONES

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DEAR FRIEND, FROM MY LIFE I WRITE TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE

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PERFECT LITTLE WORLD

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We do the best we can in an imperfect world, Krasikov reminds us in a dark tale brightened by tender compassion for human... Full review >

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CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

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A SEPARATION

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A minutely observed novel of infidelity unsettles its characters and readers. Full review >

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    A REALLY GOOD DAY

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

A REALLY GOOD DAY

by Ayelet Waldman

Thirty days on LSD therapy makes for a fascinating trip, indeed, and a learning opportunity for readers interested in the... Full review >

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4 3 2 1

by Paul Auster

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    REST IN POWER

    JAN. 31, 2017

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

REST IN POWER

by Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin

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