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2007

Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005

by Hass, Robert

The poems in Hass's new collection--his first to appear in a decade--are grounded in the beauty and energy of the physical world, and in the bafflement of the present moment in American culture.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Alexie, Sherman

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

2006

The Echo Maker

by Powers, Richard

A complex novel dealing with the nature of consciousness, the nature of the self, and other philosophical and psychological themes.

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

by Egan, Timothy

The stories of the families in the panhandle of Texas during the dust bowl.

Splay Anthem

by Mackey, Nathaniel

In a stunning new collection of poems of transport and transcendence, African-American poet Nathaniel Mackey's "asthmatic song of aspiration" scuttles across cultures and histories from America to Andalucía, from Ethiopia to Vienna in a sexy, beautiful adaptive dance.

The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation; Volume 1)

by Anderson, M. T.

Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

2005

Europe Central

by Vollmann, William

The Year of Magical Thinking

by Didion, Joan

Didion explores her husband's death and her daughter's death a few months later. This is her attempt to make sense of the months that followed, that cut loose any fixed idea she had about death.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

by Birdsall, Jeanne

The Penderwicks, a family consisting of a botanist father and four girls ranging in age from 4 to 12, are on vacation in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, where the girls meet new friends and generally have a good time.

2004

The News from Paraguay

by Tuck, Lily

The year is l854. In Paris, Francisco Solano -- the future dictator of Paraguay -- begins his courtship of the young, beautiful Irish courtesan Ella Lynch with a poncho, a Paraguayan band, and a horse named Mathilde.

Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

by Boyle, Kevin

An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle in 1920s Detroit.

Godless

by Hautman, Pete

"Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized religion?" Fed up with his parents' boring old religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god -- the town's water tower.

2003

The Great Fire

by Hazzard, Shirley

National Book Award winner, an extraordinary love story set in the immediate aftermath of WWII, set in China, England and Japan

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy

by Eire, Carlos

This is a memoir of a boy who lived in Cuba -his experiences of disturbed life and later the changes that came over after he went to the United States.

The Singing

by Williams, C. K.

New work from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Repair. Reality has put itself so solidly before me there's little need for mystery. National Book Award for Poetry 2003.

The Canning Season

by Horvath, Polly

Thirteen-year-old Ratchet spends a summer in Maine with her eccentric great-aunts Tilly and Penpen, hearing strange stories from the past and encountering a variety of unusual and colorful characters.

2002

Three Junes

by Glass, Julia

Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family.

Master of the Senate (The Years of Lyndon Johnson #3)

by Caro, Robert A.

Those who caught the first two volumes of Caro's massive work on Lyndon Johnson won't wait long before devouring the third; those who wish to begin with the third volume can do so.

In the Next Galaxy

by Stone, Ruth

Ruth Stone writes with crackling intelligence from the vantage point of an aging and impoverished woman. Wise, sardonic, crafty, and misleadingly simple, Stone loves heavy themes but loathes heavy poems.

The House of the Scorpion

by Farmer, Nancy

Matt is the clone of El Patrón, drug lord ruler of Opium. As Matt struggles to come to terms with his existence, he must deal with El Patrón's power-hungry family and his "livestock" status as a clone. A Newbery Honor Book.

2001

The Corrections

by Franzen, Jonathan

Novel about the old-fashioned world of civic virtue and sexual inhibition colliding with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, and globalized greed.

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

by Solomon, Andrew

Examines depression in personal, cultural and scientific terms.

Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry

by Dugan, Alan

In this collection chronicling a 40-year career and its shifting concerns, Alan Dugan adds to his body of work with nearly three dozen new poems. Eloquent, blunt, funny, or bitter, the poet comments on every facet of life.

True Believer

by Wolff, Virginia Euwer

Living in the inner city amidst guns and poverty, fifteen-year-old LaVaughn learns from old and new friends, and inspiring mentors, that life is what you make it - an occasion to rise to.

2000

In America: A Novel

by Sontag, Susan

National Book Award winner about a Polish actress who leaves the stage to journey to California and set up a commune with her friends in 1876.

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