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The Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye By J. D. Salinger Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316769174
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 30th, 2001

Salinger's iconic novel about a young man's experiences in New York City after his expulsion from a prep school. The book has struck a sympathetic chord with dissatisfied and disillusioned youth since its publication in 1951, encompassing many generations and social upheavals. It remains one of the most celebrated and influential works of the 20th century. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Noah's Compass

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Noah's Compass: A Novel By Anne Tyler Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345516596
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Published: Vintage - January 25th, 2011

A twice unsuccessfully married teacher, with three daughters who present him with varying degrees of difficulties, loses his job as he approaches retirement age. His anxieties multiply after he is unable to recall exactly what happened during an attempted robbery in his new apartment. He enlists the help of a professional "rememberer," a woman who turns out to be considerably more than he bargained for.Noah's Compass is stocked with Tyler's trademark quirky, warmly human characters and delightfully skewered circumstances. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Swan Thieves

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The Swan Thieves: A Novel By Elizabeth Kostova Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316065795
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 3rd, 2010

A psychiatrist is deeply drawn into the life of one of his patients, a renowned artist who inexplicably slashed a centuries-old painting in the National Gallery in Washington. Skillfully written novel, part mystery and part romance by the author of The Historian. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Abide with Me

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Abide with Me: A Novel By Elizabeth Strout Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812971828
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 13th, 2007

A young minister in a small town in Maine struggles with the death of his wife and the increasingly alarming behavior of his daughter. Familiar territory for Ms. Strout (Olive KitteredgeAmy & Isabelle), but there are few contemporary American authors who tread it more skillfully. The strength of the writing lies in the strengths of her people. Strout has a gift for making Olympian characters out of ordinary folk, giving her readers a glimmer of hope that a hero may lurk in all of us. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - Book Review

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Gone with the Wind By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by) Cover Image
By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
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ISBN: 9781451635621
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2011

A headstrong Southern belle adapts to the disintegration of her privileged world. Despite untold tragedies and hardships, she hold to the promise of tomorrow. Good movie potential!! ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - Book Review

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The Grapes of Wrath By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by), Robert DeMott (Notes by) Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by), Robert DeMott (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780143039433
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

A landmark book, winner of the Pulitzer prize, about an Oklahoma family that leaves their farm to find a better life in California. The Joads became symbolic of all dispossessed Americans who were thrown out on the open road during the Great Depression. Moving and powerful. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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