Fiction

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Alive in Necropolis
Doug Dorst
A “dark and funny debut”(Seattle-Times) about a young police officer struggling to maintain a sense of reality in a town where the dead outnumber the living. Colma, California, the “cemetery city” serving San Francisco, is the resting place of the...
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Breath
A Novel
Tim Winton
Breath is a story of risk, of learning one's limits by challenging death. On the wild, lonely coast of Western Australia, two thrill-seeking teenage boys fall under the spell of a veteran big-wave surfer named Sando. Their mentor urges them into a...
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Man in the Dark
A Novel
Paul Auster
A Washington Post Best Book of the Year "Man in the Dark is an undoubted pleasure to read. Auster really does possess the wand of the enchanter."--Michael Dirda, The New York Review of BooksFrom a "literary original" (The Wall Street Journal) comes a...
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Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
Perhaps the most haunting and tormented love story ever written, Wuthering Heights is the tale of the troubled orphan Heathcliff and his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw. Published in 1847, the year before Emily Bronte's death at the age of thirty...
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The Story of a Marriage
A Novel
Andrew Sean Greer
A Today Show Summer Reads PickA Washington Post Book of the Year "We think we know the ones we love." So Pearlie Cook begins her indirect, and devastating exploration of the mystery at the heart of every relationship--how we can ever truly know...
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The Sorrows of an American
A Novel
Siri Hustvedt
When Erik Davidsen and his sister, Inga, find a disturbing note among their late father's papers, they believe he may be implicated in a mysterious death. The Sorrows of an American tells the story of the Davidsen family as brother and sister...
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Jesus' Son
Stories
Denis Johnson
An absolutely flawless little gem, this book cuts like a diamond. Almost nobody is as good as Denis Johnson, and almost nothing he's written is as good as this: in its few short pages you get booze, drugs, love, heaven, hell, death, resurrection...
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Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds
The Teachers of WritersCorps in Poetry and Prose
Chad Sweeney
Raw, inspired testimony and work from the teachers of the National WritersCorps
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The Torturer's Wife
Thomas Glave
Profound portraits of the traumas of war, the ravages of homophobia, and the triumph of desire.
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Tree of Smoke
A Novel
Denis Johnson
Winner of the National Book Award One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the YearNamed a Best Book of the Year by Time, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Amazon.com, Salon, Slate, The National Book...
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Holding Pattern
Stories
Jeffery Renard Allen
The world of Jeffery Renard Allen’s stunning short-story collection is a place like no other. A recognizable city, certainly, but one in which a man might sprout wings or copper pennies might fall from the skies onto your head. Yet these are no fairy...
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Junot Díaz
Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books The most talked about—and praised—first novel of 2007, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother...
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Cup of Gold
A Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, with Occasional Reference to History
John Steinbeck
A STANDOUT in the Steinbeck canon, Cup of Gold is edgy and adventurous, brash and distrustful of society, and sure to add a new dimension to the common perception of this all-American writer. Steinbeck's first novel and sole work of historical fiction...
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So Many Ways to Sleep Badly
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
"Sycamore kicks mainstream literature in the teeth." —San Francisco Bay Guardian

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