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An account of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it left in New Orleans and across the Gulf Coast documents the events and repercussions of the tragedy and its aftermath and the ongoing crisis confronting the region.
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Endless Love

By Scott Spencer

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The classic novel that has been translated into over twenty languages and has sold more than two million copies worldwide One of the most celebrated novels of its time, Endless Love remains perhaps the most powerful book ever written about young love. Riveting, compulsively readable, and ferociously sexual, Endless Love tells the story of David Axelrod and his overwhelming love for Jade Butterfield. David and Jade are consumed with each other: their rapport, their desire, their sexuality, take them further than they understand. And when Jade's father banishes David from the home, he fantasizes the forgiveness his rescue of the family will bring, and he sets a "perfectly safe" fire to their house. What unfolds is a nightmare, a dark world in which David's love is a crime and a disease, a world of anonymous phone calls, crazy letters, and new fears?and the inevitable and punishing pursuit of the one thing that remains most real to him: his endless love for Jade and her family. Published in 1979 and hailed as "one of the best books of the year" by the New York Times, Endless Love is the novel that first established Scott Spencer as "the contemporary American master of the love story" (Publishers Weekly).
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We Disappear: A Novel

By Scott Heim

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In a Kansas field, a teenage boy is found murdered, an event that sparks a dark obsession in a hard-luck woman named Donna. Recently widowed and battling cancer, she begins remembering details of a long-suppressed secret from her childhood. She persuades her son, Scott, to help her discover more about 'disappeared' people, hoping to uncover clues about her troubled past. Fighting demons of his own - including addictions to methamphetamines and sleeping pills - Scott is barely holding on, but the chance to help his mother, as desperate and disturbing as her search may be, offers a taste of salvation. 304p.
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In a controversial New York Times best-seller, a novelist unabashedly recounts her furtive, incestuous relationship with her father, which began after she was reunited with him at the age of twenty. Reprint.
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After his wife is diagnosed with cancer, Shep Knacker sees his dream of retiring to a developing country slip away, along with all the money in his once-plentiful bank account, as he tries to navigate America's labyrinthine health-care system. By the best-selling author of The Post-Birthday World. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
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Middlesex

By Jeffrey Eugenides

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Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparents' desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.
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This classic autobiography is both a comic masterpiece and a unique testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Crisp not only came out as a gay man in 1931, when the slightest sign of homosexuality shocked public sensibilities, but he had so with grand and provocative flamboyance, determined to spread the message that homosexuality did not exclude him or anyone else from the human race. His hilarious descriptions of encounters with parents, friends, employers, soldiers and sailors, and the law reveal the strength and humor of an honest man, determined to face the world with the uncensored, unapologetic truth about himself. 212p.
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Voss

By Patrick White

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In 1973, Australian writer Patrick White was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 'for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature.' Set in 19th-century Australia, VOSS is a sweeping novel about a secret passion between the explorer Voss and the young orphan Laura. As Voss is tested by hardship, mutiny, and be trayal during his crossing of the brutal Australian desert, laura awaits his return in Sydney, where she endures their months of separation as if her life were a dream and Voss the only reality. 440.
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The Sluts

By Dennis Cooper

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A tale largely told through the postings, e-mails, and board conversations on a Web site where gay male escorts are reviewed by dozens of unreliable client narrators traces the evolution of one young escort's date with a satisfied client, an evening that burgeons into a metafiction of pornography, half-truths, and myths. Reprint.
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Jernigan: A Novel

By David Gates

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Seeking comfort in alcohol and irony from his wife's death, father's immolation, and son's adolescence, Peter Jernigan meets the mother of his son's strange girlfriend and begins a plunge into the everyday death of the spirit
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Lol Stein's comfortable married life is disrupted when she returns to her hometown and recalls how she was abandoned by a former fiance
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Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To her husband and three almost grown children, she has vainished without trace or reason. But for Delia, who feels like a tiny gnat buzzing around her family's edges, 'walking away from it all' is not a premeditated act but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life. 326p.
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The mother of Nancy Spungen, the woman who was allegedly murdered by punk rock star Sid Vicious, chronicles her family's despair and the futility of professional advice in dealing with her daughter's life-long episodes of uncontrollable rebellion
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In his early forties, Michel Renault skims through his days with as little human contact as possible, but following his father's death he takes a group holiday to Thailand where he meets a travel agent - the shyly compelling Valerie - who begins to bring this half-dead man to life with sex of escalating intensity and audacity. Arcing with dreamlike swiftness from Paris to Pattaya Beach and from sex clubs to a terrorist massacre, PLATFORM is a brilliant, apocalyptic tour de fiction. 259p.
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American Pastoral

By Philip Roth

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Swede Levov grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
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