YOU ARE NOT A STRANGER HERE

You Are Not A Stranger Here is a book by Adam Haslett, published in 2003. In these unforgettable stories, the acclaimed author of Imagine Me Gone explores lives that appear shuttered by loss and discovers entire worlds hidden inside them. The impact is at once harrowing and thrilling.


An elderly inventor, burning with manic creativity, tries to reconcile with his estranged gay son. A bereaved boy draws a thuggish classmate into a relationship of escalating guilt and violence. A genteel middle-aged woman, a long-time resident of a psychiatric hospital, becomes the confidante of a lovelorn teenaged volunteer. Told with Chekhovian restraint and compassion, and conveying both the sorrow of life and the courage with which people rise to meet it, You Are Not a Stranger Here is a triumph of storytelling.

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THE BOOK OF TOMORROW

The Book Of Tomorrow is a book by Cecelia Alhern, published in 2011. The story follows Tamara after the suicide of her father. She’s grown up rich and spoiled, but after her father’s death, she and her mother are left with nothing — so they must move in with her aunt and uncle in the Irish countryside. Besides rebelling constantly against her apparently well-meaning aunt and uncle, Tamara meets the cute guy who runs a traveling library and picks up a strange book. The book, she comes to realize, is a diary … and each night, it’s pages are magically filled with her own writing about the day to come.


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TALES OF THE JAZZ AGE

Tales of the Jazz Age (1922) is a collection of eleven short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Divided into three separate parts, according to subject matter, it includes one of his better-known short stories, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button“. All of the stories had been published earlier, independently, in either Metropolitan Magazine (New York), Saturday Evening Post, Smart Set, Collier’s, Chicago Sunday Tribune, or Vanity Fair.


THE STORIES

  • THE JELLY-BEAN
  • THE CAMEL’S BACK
  • MAY DAY
  • PORCELAIN AND PINK
  • THE DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ
  • THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
  • TARQUIN OF CHEAPSIDE
  • OH RUSSET WITCH!
  • THE LEES OF HAPPINESS
  • MR. ICKY
  • JEMINA   

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THE POISONWOOD BIBLE

The Poisonwood Bible (1998), by Barbara Kingsolver, is a bestselling novel about a missionary family, the Prices, who in 1959 move from the U.S. state of Georgia to the village of Kilanga in the Belgian Congo, close to the Kwilu River.

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it — from garden seeds to Scripture — is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.


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2666

2666 is the last novel by Roberto Bolaño. It was released in 2004, a year after Bolaño’s death. Its themes are manifold, and it circulates around an elusive German author and the unsolved and ongoing murders of women in Santa Teresa, a violent city inspired by Ciudad Juárez and its epidemic of female homicides. In addition to Santa Teresa, settings and themes include the Eastern Front in World War II, the academic world, mental illness, journalism, and the breakdown of relationships and careers. 2666 explores 20th-century degeneration through a wide array of characters, locations, time periods, and stories within stories.

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BEL CANTO

Bel Canto is the fourth novel by American author Ann Patchett, published in 2001 by Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. It was awarded both the Orange Prize for Fiction and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. It was placed on several top book lists, including Amazon’s Best Books of the Year (2001). It was also adapted into an opera in 2015.

 

Based on the Japanese embassy hostage crisis (also called the Lima Crisis) of 1996–1997 in Lima, Peru, the novel follows the relationships among a group of young terrorists and their hostages, who are mostly high-profile executives and politicians, over several months. Many of the characters form unbreakable bonds of friendship, while some fall in love.

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BRING UP THE BODIES

Bring Up the Bodies is a historical novel by Hilary Mantel and sequel to her award-winning Wolf Hall. It is the second part of a planned trilogy charting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful minister in the court of King Henry VIII. Bring Up the Bodies won the 2012 Man Booker Prize and the 2012 Costa Book of the Year. It is to be followed by The Mirror and the Light.


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