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The Archivist: A Novel

By Martha Cooley

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ISBN: 9780316158466
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 8th, 1999

In THE ARCHIVIST by Marta Cooley, the life and poems of T.S. Eliot reverberate in the lives of an archivist of Eliot’s letters and his poet wife. This beautifully written novel confronts many of the enduring literary themes of our twentieth century experience—the struggle to move beyond guilt and find redemption; the role of both religion and art in helping us make sense of our patterned existence in the face man’s aggression against his fellow man. THE ARCHIVIST is an unconventional, sophisticated novel that encompasses so much of what it means to be human.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316158466
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 8th, 1999

In THE ARCHIVIST by Marta Cooley, the life and poems of T.S. Eliot reverberate in the lives of an archivist of Eliot’s letters and his poet wife. This beautifully written novel confronts many of the enduring literary themes of our twentieth century experience—the struggle to move beyond guilt and find redemption; the role of both religion and art in helping us make sense of our patterned existence in the face man’s aggression against his fellow man. THE ARCHIVIST is an unconventional, sophisticated novel that encompasses so much of what it means to be human.


In THE ARCHIVIST by Marta Cooley, the life and poems of T.S. Eliot reverberate in the lives of an archivist of Eliot’s letters and his poet wife. This beautifully written novel confronts many of the enduring literary themes of our twentieth century experience—the struggle to move beyond guilt and find redemption; the role of both religion and art in helping us make sense of our patterned existence in the face man’s aggression against his fellow man. THE ARCHIVIST is an unconventional, sophisticated novel that encompasses so much of what it means to be human.
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This Other Eden: A Novel

By Paul Harding

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ISBN: 9781324036296
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 24th, 2023

A tender, exquisitely written portrait of a tiny island civilization near Maine’s coast victimized by government officials. Paul Harding’s captivating novel is based on the mixed-race fishing community of Malaga Island, settled in the late eighteenth century by a mix of freed slave and white immigrants. Harding celebrates the stamina and ingenuity of the islanders, and the struggles of a young missionary-teacher whose desire to help the islanders is frustrated by the prejudice and ignorance of the mainlanders in power. It is an important story, and Harding privileges it with writing that sings with emotional resonance and descriptive vivacity. This is especially true of the author’s depiction of Ethan, a boy with raw artistic talent whose fair skin affords him the opportunity to inhabit the mainland but whose innocence of the world denies the pursuit of his art.


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ISBN: 9781324036296
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 24th, 2023

A tender, exquisitely written portrait of a tiny island civilization near Maine’s coast victimized by government officials. Paul Harding’s captivating novel is based on the mixed-race fishing community of Malaga Island, settled in the late eighteenth century by a mix of freed slave and white immigrants. Harding celebrates the stamina and ingenuity of the islanders, and the struggles of a young missionary-teacher whose desire to help the islanders is frustrated by the prejudice and ignorance of the mainlanders in power. It is an important story, and Harding privileges it with writing that sings with emotional resonance and descriptive vivacity. This is especially true of the author’s depiction of Ethan, a boy with raw artistic talent whose fair skin affords him the opportunity to inhabit the mainland but whose innocence of the world denies the pursuit of his art.


A tender, exquisitely written portrait of a tiny island civilization near Maine’s coast victimized by government officials. Paul Harding’s captivating novel is based on the mixed-race fishing community of Malaga Island, settled in the late eighteenth century by a mix of freed slave and white immigrants. Harding celebrates the stamina and ingenuity of the islanders, and the struggles of a young missionary-teacher whose desire to help the islanders is frustrated by the prejudice and ignorance of the mainlanders in power. It is an important story, and Harding privileges it with writing that sings with emotional resonance and descriptive vivacity. This is especially true of the author’s depiction of Ethan, a boy with raw artistic talent whose fair skin affords him the opportunity to inhabit the mainland but whose innocence of the world denies the pursuit of his art.

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Chronicle of the Murdered House

By Lúcio Cardoso, Margaret Jull Costa, Robin Patterson

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By Lúcio Cardoso, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator), Robin Patterson (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781940953502
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Published: Open Letter - December 13th, 2016

Winner of the 2017 Best Translated Book Award, CHRONICLE OF THE MURDERED HOUSE is a fun, and sometime funny, family melodrama involving extramarital affairs, incest, unrequited passions and revenge. Here the murdered house is the Charcara dos Menezes, the Brazilian country home of the locally prominent Meneses family and its three grown sons. The family’s arrogance leads the household and those within it down a course of decay – both spiritual and literal. CHRONICLE OF THE MURDERED HOUSE earns pride of place as a classic of world literature because it is a complete novel: fully realized characters, expressive writing, an exciting, finely plotted story and enduring reflections on the human condition.


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By Lúcio Cardoso, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator), Robin Patterson (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781940953502
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Published: Open Letter - December 13th, 2016

Winner of the 2017 Best Translated Book Award, CHRONICLE OF THE MURDERED HOUSE is a fun, and sometime funny, family melodrama involving extramarital affairs, incest, unrequited passions and revenge. Here the murdered house is the Charcara dos Menezes, the Brazilian country home of the locally prominent Meneses family and its three grown sons. The family’s arrogance leads the household and those within it down a course of decay – both spiritual and literal. CHRONICLE OF THE MURDERED HOUSE earns pride of place as a classic of world literature because it is a complete novel: fully realized characters, expressive writing, an exciting, finely plotted story and enduring reflections on the human condition.


Winner of the 2017 Best Translated Book Award, CHRONICLE OF THE MURDERED HOUSE is a fun, and sometime funny, family melodrama involving extramarital affairs, incest, unrequited passions and revenge. Here the murdered house is the Charcara dos Menezes, the Brazilian country home of the locally prominent Meneses family and its three grown sons. The family’s arrogance leads the household and those within it down a course of decay – both spiritual and literal. CHRONICLE OF THE MURDERED HOUSE earns pride of place as a classic of world literature because it is a complete novel: fully realized characters, expressive writing, an exciting, finely plotted story and enduring reflections on the human condition.
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Reputations

By Juan Gabriel VÁSquez

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ISBN: 9781594633478
Published: Riverhead Books - September 20th, 2016

A renowned Columbian political cartoonist who prides himself in exposing his country’s corruption and political scandals in his daily newspaper cartoon is the protagonist of Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s REPUTATIONS. Years after one of his caricatures destroys the life of a prominent politician, events cause the cartoonist to question the infallibility of his prior condemnation and the consequences of his influence. In an effort to rectify the situation, he decides to go public with his doubts about the politician’s guilt, an act that will cause the media to turn on him, humiliating him in much the same way that his cartoons humiliated countless others in the past. REPUTATIONS is a fascinating study of a man whose entire sense of self-worth is his reputation—the very thing that he must sacrifice in order to redeem himself.


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ISBN: 9781594633478
Published: Riverhead Books - September 20th, 2016

A renowned Columbian political cartoonist who prides himself in exposing his country’s corruption and political scandals in his daily newspaper cartoon is the protagonist of Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s REPUTATIONS. Years after one of his caricatures destroys the life of a prominent politician, events cause the cartoonist to question the infallibility of his prior condemnation and the consequences of his influence. In an effort to rectify the situation, he decides to go public with his doubts about the politician’s guilt, an act that will cause the media to turn on him, humiliating him in much the same way that his cartoons humiliated countless others in the past. REPUTATIONS is a fascinating study of a man whose entire sense of self-worth is his reputation—the very thing that he must sacrifice in order to redeem himself.


A renowned Columbian political cartoonist who prides himself in exposing his country’s corruption and political scandals in his daily newspaper cartoon is the protagonist of Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s REPUTATIONS. Years after one of his caricatures destroys the life of a prominent politician, events cause the cartoonist to question the infallibility of his prior condemnation and the consequences of his influence. In an effort to rectify the situation, he decides to go public with his doubts about the politician’s guilt, an act that will cause the media to turn on him, humiliating him in much the same way that his cartoons humiliated countless others in the past. REPUTATIONS is a fascinating study of a man whose entire sense of self-worth is his reputation—the very thing that he must sacrifice in order to redeem himself.
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The Essex Serpent: A Novel

By Sarah Perry

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Published: Custom House - June 6th, 2017

THE ESSEX SERPENT by Sarah Perry contains multitudes -- unrequited loves, interrogations on the compatibility of faith and reason, and storylines that illuminate the seismic shifts in Victorian attitudes toward evolution, medicine, workers’ rights, religion and feminism. Perry vividly draws a rural England where myth and superstition hold sway. Yet it is the personal passions and ambitions of the characters that immerse the reader in Perry’s imagined world; people whose loves and hatreds, strivings and failings are so relatable and fully evoked that they linger long after you finish the last page.


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Published: Custom House - June 6th, 2017

THE ESSEX SERPENT by Sarah Perry contains multitudes -- unrequited loves, interrogations on the compatibility of faith and reason, and storylines that illuminate the seismic shifts in Victorian attitudes toward evolution, medicine, workers’ rights, religion and feminism. Perry vividly draws a rural England where myth and superstition hold sway. Yet it is the personal passions and ambitions of the characters that immerse the reader in Perry’s imagined world; people whose loves and hatreds, strivings and failings are so relatable and fully evoked that they linger long after you finish the last page.


THE ESSEX SERPENT by Sarah Perry contains multitudes -- unrequited loves, interrogations on the compatibility of faith and reason, and storylines that illuminate the seismic shifts in Victorian attitudes toward evolution, medicine, workers’ rights, religion and feminism. Perry vividly draws a rural England where myth and superstition hold sway. Yet it is the personal passions and ambitions of the characters that immerse the reader in Perry’s imagined world; people whose loves and hatreds, strivings and failings are so relatable and fully evoked that they linger long after you finish the last page.
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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

By John Elder Robison

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ISBN: 9780307396181
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Published: Crown - September 9th, 2008

If you know anyone with Asperger’s or who is anywhere on the spectrum, please read John Elder Robinson’s engaging memoir detailing his life as an undiagnosed Aspergian. Robinson is the brother of author Augustin Burroughs (RUNNING WITH SCISSORS) and anyone familiar with Burroughs knows that their childhood was not a happy one. Having Asperberger’s when it wasn’t even recognized as a condition is hard to imagine, but navigating those waters with a schizophrenic mother and alcoholic father -- well, you will wonder not only how he survived but thrived. He lends such insight into the way an Aspergian brain processes information and why his attempts to connect fail over and over. His early friendless and sometimes homeless years are heartbreaking, but thankfully he found his footing in unconventional jobs with a world renowned rock band and leading toy manufacturer.


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Published: Crown - September 9th, 2008

If you know anyone with Asperger’s or who is anywhere on the spectrum, please read John Elder Robinson’s engaging memoir detailing his life as an undiagnosed Aspergian. Robinson is the brother of author Augustin Burroughs (RUNNING WITH SCISSORS) and anyone familiar with Burroughs knows that their childhood was not a happy one. Having Asperberger’s when it wasn’t even recognized as a condition is hard to imagine, but navigating those waters with a schizophrenic mother and alcoholic father -- well, you will wonder not only how he survived but thrived. He lends such insight into the way an Aspergian brain processes information and why his attempts to connect fail over and over. His early friendless and sometimes homeless years are heartbreaking, but thankfully he found his footing in unconventional jobs with a world renowned rock band and leading toy manufacturer.


If you know anyone with Asperger’s or who is anywhere on the spectrum, please read John Elder Robinson’s engaging memoir detailing his life as an undiagnosed Aspergian. Robinson is the brother of author Augustin Burroughs (RUNNING WITH SCISSORS) and anyone familiar with Burroughs knows that their childhood was not a happy one. Having Asperberger’s when it wasn’t even recognized as a condition is hard to imagine, but navigating those waters with a schizophrenic mother and alcoholic father -- well, you will wonder not only how he survived but thrived. He lends such insight into the way an Aspergian brain processes information and why his attempts to connect fail over and over. His early friendless and sometimes homeless years are heartbreaking, but thankfully he found his footing in unconventional jobs with a world renowned rock band and leading toy manufacturer.

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Jane Eyre (Penguin Clothbound Classics)

By Charlotte Bronte, Stevie Davies, Stevie Davies, Stevie Davies, Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)

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By Charlotte Bronte, Stevie Davies (Editor), Stevie Davies (Introduction by), Stevie Davies (Notes by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780141040387
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 27th, 2009

This is a favorite of mine since 8th grade summer reading. Luckily my mom helped me through it initially, and it turned out to be one of the many books I couldn’t put down and wound up taking into the shower. Perhaps rightly so, Jane Eyre gets slammed for its corny gothic themes, but you have to give it to Jane herself – she is waaaay ahead of her time. Jane has such a strong sense of self and she constantly refuses to accept unfair treatment by her aunt, headmaster and employer. Can you imagine Bronte writing this at a time when a girl had no rights at all – not to mention one who is poor, plain and with no connections?! Jane Eyre is entirely modern despite the gothic, because at its core – it’s all about a strong personality resisting the tide. Go get ‘em Jane!


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By Charlotte Bronte, Stevie Davies (Editor), Stevie Davies (Introduction by), Stevie Davies (Notes by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780141040387
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Classics - October 27th, 2009

This is a favorite of mine since 8th grade summer reading. Luckily my mom helped me through it initially, and it turned out to be one of the many books I couldn’t put down and wound up taking into the shower. Perhaps rightly so, Jane Eyre gets slammed for its corny gothic themes, but you have to give it to Jane herself – she is waaaay ahead of her time. Jane has such a strong sense of self and she constantly refuses to accept unfair treatment by her aunt, headmaster and employer. Can you imagine Bronte writing this at a time when a girl had no rights at all – not to mention one who is poor, plain and with no connections?! Jane Eyre is entirely modern despite the gothic, because at its core – it’s all about a strong personality resisting the tide. Go get ‘em Jane!


This is a favorite of mine since 8th grade summer reading. Luckily my mom helped me through it initially, and it turned out to be one of the many books I couldn’t put down and wound up taking into the shower. Perhaps rightly so, Jane Eyre gets slammed for its corny gothic themes, but you have to give it to Jane herself – she is waaaay ahead of her time. Jane has such a strong sense of self and she constantly refuses to accept unfair treatment by her aunt, headmaster and employer. Can you imagine Bronte writing this at a time when a girl had no rights at all – not to mention one who is poor, plain and with no connections?! Jane Eyre is entirely modern despite the gothic, because at its core – it’s all about a strong personality resisting the tide. Go get ‘em Jane!
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