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First published in 1977, the novel is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande, emblematically set against the background of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence. From the author of the current bestseller, 'The Year of Magical Thinking.' 272p.
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At the age of twelve, Ishmael Beah fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly horrific acts. At sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitation center, he learned how to forgive himself, to regain his humanity, and finally to heal. An extraordinary, mesmerizing, heartbreaking and heartmaking account. With a Chronology. 229p.
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The current attention to the many plights and atrocities of the developing African nations does not diminish the power and intensity of stories such as Ishmael Beah. In his debut memoir, 'Long Way Gone' the Sierra Leone expatriate chronicles his induction into the government army at the age of thirteen and his brutal introduction to the rebel war for insurrection. Rescued at sixteen by UNICEF aid workers and rescued from drug abuse and violent trauma, Beah would live to regain his humanity and compose this extraordinary memoir of mesmerizing and honest first-person accounts of his homeland's fierce struggle.
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A Moveable Feast

By Ernest Hemingway

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Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy

By John Julius Norwich

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A comprehensive history of the papacy by the legendary British historian and author of the three-volume Byzantium series describes the defining relevance of papal authority to the Church, chronicling the unexpectedly violent and colorful historical events that have indelibly shaped the Pope's authority and station. Reprint. A best-selling book.
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Absurdistan: A Novel

By Gary Shteyngart

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From the bestselling author of 'The Russian Debutante's Handbook.' In his second novel, the very Russian & rotund Misha Vainberg wants to travel to the South Bronx to visit his Latin sweetheart, but the INS will not grant him a visa. It turns out the oil-rich imaginary nation of Absurdistan may be able to get him a Belgian passport. But after civl war breaks out, Misha, accidentally, becomes the Minister of Multi-Cultural Affairs, and must fight against an evil American company whose name quixotically rhymes with 'Halliburton.' A hilariously warped mockery of geopolitics, media, and war. A NY Times Book Review Book of the Year. 333p.
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Americans today believe in the power of positive thinking. But who says we're obligated to be happy? Here, scholar Eric G. Wilson contends that melancholia is necessary to any thriving culture, that it is the muse of greatliterature, painting, music, and innovation - and that it is the force underlying original insights. Enough Prozac-on-the brain! Enough Zoloft-anxiety-prevention! It's time to celebrate the depressive side of life as the wellspring of creativity. Time to tear loose from the shackles of positivity and relish the blues that universalize our humanness! This cheerfully misanthropic treatise goes a long way towards embracing one's existence. 163p.
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Alif the Unseen

By G. Willow Wilson

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Forced underground when his ex-lover's new fiancé breaches his computer, putting him and his clients in jeopardy, young Arab-Indian hacker and shielder Alif discovers the secret book of the jinn and uses its insights to enable life-threatening developments in information technology. By the creator of the acclaimed comics Air and Vixen.
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Amnesia Moon

By Jonathan Lethem

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Since the war came and the bombs fell, Hatfork, Wyoming has been a broken-down, mutant-ridden town. Young Chaos lives in the projection booth of the abandoned multiplex cinema, trying to blot out his present, but unable to remember hispast. Then, over a can of dog food, the local tyrant Kellogg reveals to Chaos that those bombs never actually fell. The truth, in fact, is a little more complicated, leading Chaos to set out on a road trip through a post-apocalyptic USA. 247p.
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Armageddon in Retrospect

By Kurt Vonnegut

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Offers a collection of twelve writings - a fitting tribute to the author, and an essential contribution to the discussion of war, peace and humanity's tendency towards violence.
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Assassination Vacation

By Sarah Vowell

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From Buffalo to Alaska, Washington to the Dry Torugas, Vowell visits locations immortalized and influenced by the spilling of politically important blood, reporting as she goes with her trademark blend of wisecracking humor, remarkablehonesty, and thought-provoking criticism. In her expose of these 'pit stops of American political murder,' Vowell investigates how 'American death' has been manipulated by popular culture, including literature, architecture, sculpture,and - the author's favorite - hysterical tourism! With all kinds of lighter diversions along the way. 258p. Kindle Price: $12.99
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Set in the Lima, Peru of the author's youth, a young student named Marito toils away in the news department of a local radio station. His young life is disrupted by two arrivals. The first is his Aunt Julia, recently divorced & thirteen years older, with whom he begins a secret affair. The second is a manic radio scriptwriter named Pedro Camacho, whose racy, vituperative soap operas are holding the city's listeners in thrall. Pedro chooses young Marito to be his confidant as he slowly goes insane. Interweaving the story of Marito's life with the ever-more-fevered tales of Pedro, Vargas Llosa's novel is simultaneously hilarious, mischievous and masterful.
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Bech: A Book

By John Updike

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In this classic novel, readers return to a character as compelling and timeless as Rabbit Asngstrom: the inimitable Henry Bech. Famous for his writer's block, Bech is a Jew adrift in a world of Gentiles. AS he roams from one adventure to the next, he views life with a blend of wonder and cynicism that gives rise to laughter and delight, while wincing in recognition. 206p.
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