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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

From the Chatham Isles in 1850 to 1931 Belgium, from the West Coast in the 1970s to present-day England, and from a Korean superstate of the near future to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii, David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas ricochets it's way through time, space, and literary genres.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Boasting an intricately netted web of characters, Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel circles seamlessly around a central mystery involving a dead man and an unclaimed fortune.

Identical by Scott Turow

Scott Turow has created a complex puzzler in which permutations expand and contract and purported facts unfold so that the clues are buried in a crush of innuendo and long-standing family feuds.

The Kraus Project by Jonathan Franzen

The Kraus Project is an inspiring introduction to the Austrian satirist Karl Kraus translated and annotated by Jonathan Franzen.

The Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini

Like something from the mind of Salvador Dali or M.C. Escher, the images contained within the Codex Seraphinianus challenge readers' notions of what is real and what is possible.

Guests on Earth by Lee Smith

Lee Smith's Guests on Earth revisits the infamous 1948 fire at Asheville's Highland Hospital which took the lives of seven female patients, including Zelda Fitzgerald.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Thirteen-year-old Theo Decker survives an explosion at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, but his mom does not. In his escape from the tragedy, Theo grabs a single painting, "The Goldfinch," a Dutch masterpiece that Theo drags through his ensuing coming-of-age along with his broken heart and longing to have his mother back.

Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon

In Thomas Pynchon's latest, it is Spring of 2001 and New York private investigator Maxine Tarnow is at the center of a story about fraud, the Internet and the bleeding edge of both technology and pop culture.

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

In The Good Lord Bird, James McBride follows abolitionist John Brown through the last half of the 1850s, culminating in Brown’s raid of Harper’s Ferry, Virginia.

Remember How I Told You I Loved You by Gillian Linden

Remember How I Told You I Loved You? touches on the lives of a central character and her friends in their 20s and 30s, during a time when they are trying to figure out who they are and where they are going.

Momo by Michael Ende

Momo is a young-adult novel about an orphaned girl who must save her town from The Grey Men, an organization of time-stealing businessmen who adamantly sap away any extra hours that could be spent enjoying a daydream, small talk or a story.

The Best American Comics 2013

The Best American Comics 2013 compiles work from graphic novels, anthologies and webcomics from the past year into a single, full-color hardcover edition.

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013

Spearheaded by Dave Eggers, the selections within The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 are as always an eclectic assortment chosen for inclusion in the book by the annual crop of San Francisco area high schoolers from Eggers' 826 Valencia writing and tutoring center.

Tune: Still Life by Derk Kirk Kim and Les McClaine

Tune: Still Life is the second installment in a series featuring Andy Go, a hapless Korean-American art student who, through a series of bad decisions, blusters his way into a job as a specimen in a pan-dimensional zoo.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. If there are only pedants left who care, then so be it. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled.

Local Souls by Allan Gurganus

In Local Souls three novellas reveal independent but interrelated stories. They are a serious and hilarious examination of lives in Allan Gurganus's small village of Falls, North Carolina, the setting of Gurganus' acclaimed debut novel, "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All."

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Naoki Hagashida was 13-years-old and suffering from autism that made verbal communication next to impossible when, with the help of others, he wrote The Reason I Jump, a slim book of questions and answers providing previously unavailable insight into the thoughts and experiences of the autistic child.

The Cuckoo's Calling by J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling's second novel since Harry Potter is a murder mystery in which a grizzled veteran private eye teams up with a fresh-faced aspiring detective to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of a supermodel.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland is the story of two brothers born into a divided India. With prose that is evocative, emotional and powerful, she builds a world that is so real we feel that we can reach out and touch it.

Roth Unbound

Claudia Roth Pierpont's exceptionally written Roth Unbound provides readers with a careful examination of each of the author's works.

Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

Mark Helprins Winter's Tale is the story of love, larceny and flying horses during New York’s Belle Epoque,a tale of criminal gangs, indigenous marsh-dwelling tribes and immortal architects delivered inimitably by one of the best storytellers of our time.

The Buddha of Suburbia

At once a coming of age story and a comic novel of race and class, Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia will lift you from wherever your spacio-temporal circumstances find you and transport you - instantly - to London during the 1970s.

W.A.R.P. Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin

A murderous illusionist from Victorian London chases his mutinous teen protege through time to the 21st century where the aforementioned malevolent magician becomes a real problem for nineteen-year-old FBI agent, Chevron Savano.

Five Star Billionaire

Set in the bustling, money-driven world of Shanghai, Aw has created not only a compelling story about five characters struggling to adapt socially and financially to China's economy, but has made a novel of unquestionable historical significance.

Enon by Paul Harding

Paul Harding's Enon, named after the New England town in which the novel is set, follows Charlie Crosby as he grapples with his daughter Kate's death and his newly obtained, unwanted independence.

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