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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize; a NY Times Bestseller. With a deep understanding of how power works, the author, a former confidante of Lyndon Johnson, couples the story of Lincoln's phenomenal rise to power with the story of Lincoln's 'team of rivals,' the remarkable men he defeated and then drafted into his cabinet. Utilizing thousands of primary documents, Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius at transforming his ever-willful adversaries into useful allies. Notes, Illustration Credits, Index. 76 b&w illus. 916p.
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The Silver Linings Playbook

By Matthew Quick

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A heartwarming debut novel, now a major movie by David O. Russell—nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture), four Golden Globes, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards! “Aawww shucks!” NPR's Nancy Pearl said. “I know that’s hardly a usual way to begin a book review, but it was my immediate response to finishing Matthew Quick’s heartwarming, humorous and soul-satisfying first novel . . . This book makes me smile.” Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being haunted by Kenny G! David O. Russell, the Oscar-nominated director of The Fighter, is helming his own adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook, featuring Bradley Cooper (People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive) in the role of Pat, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, and Jacki Weaver. As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: “Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut.”
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A dramatic account of a lesser-known aspect of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis recalls how six of the intended American hostages escaped from Iranian militants and were rescued by the co-author and his unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders during a high-risk mission in Tehran conducted in the guise of a movie scouting expedition.
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Life of Pi

By Yann Martel

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize. Alone in a lifeboat with a 450-pound Bengal tiger who makes short order of the hyena, the orangutan, and the wounded zebra. In a situation like this, fear, knowledge, and cunning are a man's best friend. 336p.
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Safe Haven

By Nicholas Sparks

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"When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her-- a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards-- and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven"--Author's web site.
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Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga: Book 4)

By Stephenie Meyer

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To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or pursue a fully human life has become the dread from which the fate of two tribes hangs. Vampire Index. 756p. Kindle Price: $8.99
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A series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the coming-of-age trials of a high-schooler named Charlie
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This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of a 20th-century classic, based on the Cambridge critical edition that is drawn on the manuscript and surviving proofs of the novel, along with Fitzgerald's later revisions and corrections. 216p.
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Based on the true story of novelist Matt Bondurant’s grandfather and two granduncles, The Wettest County in the World is a gripping tale of brotherhood, greed, and murder. The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County, Virginia, during Prohibition and in the years after. When Sherwood Anderson, the journalist and author of Winesburg, Ohio, was covering a story there he christened it “the wettest county in the world”. Anderson finds himself driving along dusty red roads, piecing together the clues linking the brothers to “The Great Franklin County Moonshine Conspiracy,” and breaking open the silence that shrouds Franklin County. 312p.
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Cosmopolis

By Don Delillo

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Cloud Atlas

By David Mitchell

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David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending philisophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Umberto Eco and Philip K. Dick. 509p.
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Les Misérables

By Victor Hugo

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Les Miserables, Hugo's monumental tale of injustice, heroism & love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of society are constantly put under threat by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. It isnot simply for himself that Valjean must stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, driven to prostitution by poverty, in the era framed by the eve of Waterloo to July 1830.
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The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien

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Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins find himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent. This remarkable adventure, first published in 1937, has thrilled generations of readers. A saga for all ages.
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The Host

By Stephenie Meyer

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Melanie Stryder is one of the few 'wild' humans left, and when she is captured, it is certain that her life is over. But that doesn't mean she'll go down without a fight. Wanderer, the invading 'soul' that takes residence in Melanie's body, was prepared for the new emotions and memories. But she was not prepared for Melanie to fight back. As she combs the human's mind, she find visions of Jared, the man Melanie loves.
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(Masters of Cinema series). Boy wonder of the new Hollywood of the 1970s, Steven Spielberg (b. 1946) appropriated Orson Welles as his model. He made the film Duel when only 25, following it up with a string of successes that brough him the adulation nof the studios. As a fan of special effects, and entirely attuned to the shift towards younger film audiences, Spielberg took film as entertainment to new heights with blockbuster movies such as Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), E.T. (1982) and Jusassic Park (1993). More recent incursions into science fiction include A.I., (2001); Minority Report (2002)m War of the Worlds (2005); Saving Private Ryan (1998); Munich (2005) have brought him international critical recognition. Filmography; Feature Filmsl Selected Bibliography, Notes, Sources. Illus., color/b&w. 103p. .
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