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2014

The Goldfinch

by Tartt, Donna

The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel.

Toms River

by Fagin, Dan

"A thrilling journey through the twists and turns of cancer epidemiology, Toms River is essential reading for our times.

2013

The Orphan Master's Son

by Johnson, Adam

"Mr. Johnson has written a daring and remarkable novel, a novel that not only opens a frightening window on the mysterious kingdom of North Korea, but one that also excavates the very meaning of love and sacrifice.

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

by King, Gilbert

Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S.

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

by Reiss, Tom

Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo - a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

by Logevall, Fredrik

The struggle for Vietnam occupies a central place in the history of the twentieth century.

Stag's Leap

by Olds, Sharon

In this wise and intimate new book, Sharon Olds tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom.

2012

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

by Greenblatt, Stephen

This engaging history of the birth of modernity and the Renaissance explores the rediscovery and popularization of Lucretious' poem On The Nature of Things, by the book collector Poggio Bracciolini in the fifteenth century, and the impact of the ideas of humanism and science it contained on future generations form Galileo to Einstein.

George F. Kennan: An American Life

by Gaddis, John Lewis

Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year. Drawing on extensive interviews with George Kennan and exclusive access to his archives, an eminent scholar of the Cold War delivers a revelatory biography of its troubled mastermind.

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

by Marable, Manning

Manning Marable's new biography of Malcolm is filled with new information and shocking revelations that go beyond the autobiography. Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil rights movement in the fifties and sixties.

Life on Mars

by Smith, Tracy K.

In these brilliant new poems, Tracy K. Smith envisions a sci-fi future sucked clean of any real dangers, contemplates the dark matter that keeps people both close and distant, and revisits the kitschy concepts like "love" and "illness" now relegated to the Museum of Obsolescence.

2011

A Visit from the Goon Squad

by Egan, Jennifer

NATIONAL BESTSELLERNational Book Critics Circle Award WinnerPEN/Faulkner Award FinalistA New York Times Book Review Best BookOne of the Best Books of the Year: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis

The Emperor of All Maladies

by Mukherjee, Siddhartha

The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane "biography" of cancer--from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new

Washington: A Life

by Chernow, Ron

In "Washington: A Life" biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation.

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

by Foner, Eric

The author of many books on U. S. history, Foner (History, Columbia University) traces the evolution of Abraham Lincoln's ideas and policies on slavery from his early career to his presidency, placing Lincoln within the broad spectrum on antislavery thought.

The Best of It: New and Selected Poems

by Ryan, Kay

The Best of It: New and Selected Poems has garnered lavish praise. The two hundred poems in The Best of It offer a stunning retrospective of her work, as well as a swath of never-before-published poems all of which are sure to appeal equally to longtime fans and general readers.

2010

Tinkers

by Harding, Paul

An old man lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth.

The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy

by Hoffman, David

This riveting narrative history of the end of the arms race sheds new light on the frightening last chapters of the Cold War and the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that remain a threat today.

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

by Stiles, T. J.

A biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism. Founder of a dynasty, builder of the original Grand Central, creator of an impossibly vast fortune, Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt is an American icon.

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

by Ahamed, Liaquat

This vital history of the world economic collapse of the late 1920s offers unforgettable portraits of the four men whose personal and professional actions as heads of their respective central banks changed the course of the twentieth century.

Versed

by Armantrout, Rae

Rae Armantrout has always organized her collections of poetry as though they were works in themselves. Versed brings two of these sequences together, offering readers an expanded view of the arc of her writing.

2009

Olive Kitteridge

by Strout, Elizabeth

A collection of 13 interwoven stories of life in a small Maine town. Olive Kitteridge is a schoolteacher, whose life is perceived and intertwined with the characters in each story. 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction.

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

by Blackmon, Douglas A.

In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history--an "Age of Neoslavery" that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

by Meacham, Jon

Biography of President Andrew Jackson. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy.

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

by Gordon-Reed, Annette

Not only a biography of Sally Hemings, who bore 7 children by Thomas Jefferson, this book details the extraordinary lives of her ancestors and descendants also. Winner of the National Book award, and the Pulitzer Prize for History.

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