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In these ten superb new stories - now available in paperback - with clarity and ease, Alice Munro once again renders complex, difficult events and emotions into stories about the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and often transcend what happens in their lives. In the first story a young wife and mother, suffering from the unbearable pain of losing her three children, gains solace from a most surprising source. In another, a young woman, in the aftermath of an unusual and humiliating seduction, reacts in a clever if less-than-admirable fashion. Other tales uncover the 'deep holes' in a marriage, the unsuspected cruelty of children, and, in the long title story, the yearning of a 19th-century female mathematician. A New York Times Notable Book. 304p.
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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

By Alison Bechdel

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In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. In her hands, personal history becomes a work of amazing subtlety and power, written with controlled force and enlivened with humor, rich literary allusion, and heartbreaking detail. Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the 'Fun Home.' It was notuntil college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve. 232p.
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The Joy Luck Club

By Amy Tan

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A New York Times bestseller. In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. As each revealsher secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangle, more entwined. 'That rare, mesmerizing novel that one always seeks but seldom finds.' 288p.
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Bel Canto

By Ann Patchett

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When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxane Coss, and Mr. Hosokawa, a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan. Reissue. 50,000 first printing.
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Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary. He is grounded by loneliness and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts when he meets Muriel, a deliciously peculiar dog-obedience trainer who up ends Macon's insular world - and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life. A New York Times Bestseller.
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Hanging Up

By Delia Ephron

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While wrestling with her own anxieties over aging and loneliness, Eve Mozell struggles with her alcoholic father over the telephone, pursues her workaholic sister, and meets a man who rivals her husband. A first novel.
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Le Divorce

By Diane Johnson

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This delightful comedy of manners and morals, money, marriage, and murder follows smart, sexy, and impeccably dressed American Isabel Walker as she lands in Paris to visit her stepsister Roxy, a poet whose marriage to an aristocratic French painter has assured her a coveted place in Parisian society…until her husband leaves her for the wife of an American lawyer. Could “le divorce” be far behind? Can irrepressible Isabel keep her perspective (and her love life) intact as cultures and human passions clash? 309p.
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Le Mariage

By Diane Johnson

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This is Diane Johnson’s bestselling novel about American abroad and Parisians at home. With two appealing heroines at its center – one French, one American – LE MARRIAGE celebrates the paradoxes of marriage, as it is perceived on both sides of the Atlantic, from pre-marital jitters to mid-marital ennui to the guilty pleasures of extramarital adventures. Add in a dash of purloined manuscript, a hunting contretemps, a wrongful arrest, murder, and various suspicions, seductions, and cross-cultural collisions, and you have reached the apex of social comedy. 322p.
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A brilliant narrative of the interrelationship between the inner workings of the Roosevelt White House and the destiny of the United States. The sheer abundance of biographical anecdotes and the cumulative weight of telling detail sustain an atmosphere of immediacy. Notes, biblio., index. Illus., b&w photos. 759p.
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A National Book Critics' Circle award finalist. Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her small town of Crosby, Maine, & the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.Olive is the axis around which this book's thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive's own adult child, who feelstyrannized by her irrational sensitivites; & her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing & a curse - are among the nuggets of astonishing force making up this fine, compelling story collection. 286p.
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With a new Preface by the author. This exuberantly praised book begins in 1960, when most American women had to get their husbands' permission to apply for a credit card. It ends in 2008 with Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign. This dynamic story is told with the down-to-earth, amusing and agenda-free tone for which New York Times columnist Gail Collins is known. Illus., b&w photos. 496p.
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Here Ina covers the essentials, from ten ways to boost the flavors of your ingredients to ten things not to serve at a party, as well as professional tips that make successful baking, cooking and entertaining a breeze. The recipes - crowd-pleasers like Lobster Corn Chowder, Tuscan Lemon Chicken, and Easy Sticky Buns - demonstrate Ina's talent for transforming fresh, easy-to-find ingredients into elegant meals you can makewithout stress. For newcomers, there's a thorough master class on the basics of Barefoot Contessa cooking plus a Q&A section with answers to the questions people ask her all the time. With invaluable cooking tips. Illus., color photos.
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Emma

By Jane Austen

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(Wordsworth Classics). Marriage deferred by interior design produces this quest for signs of authentic love. 354p. Pap.
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This clever satire of Gothic romance tells the story of a young girl, Catherine Morland, who leavers her sheltered rural hom to enter the busy, sophisticated world of Bath in the late 1790s. Austen observes with insight and humor the interaction between Catherine and the various characters who she meets there, and tracks her growing understanding of the world around her. The author's first full-length novel. 198p.
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Persuasion

By Jane Austen

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Regency woman finds strength in her sisters. 240p. Pap.
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