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Atonement by Ian McEwan

Thirteen-year-old Briony sees her older sister, Cecilia, strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain of their country estate. Also watching is Robbie Turner, a childhood friend and son of the housekeeper, who with Cecilia has recently graduated from Cambridge. By the end of the day the lives of all will be changed forever, Robbie and Cecilia crossing a boundary they had never dared approach and Briony committing a dreadful crime, the guilt staying with her for life.

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Art of Fielding, The by Chad Harbach

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big-league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

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Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. From Buffalo to Alaska, Washington to the Dry Tortugas, she visits locations immortalized and influenced by the spilling of politically important blood. The resulting narrative is the disturbing and fascinating story of how American death has been manipulated by popular culture.

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Annie Freeman’s Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish

For Katherine Givens and the four women about to become her best friends, the adventure begins with a UPS package. Inside is a pair of red sneakers filled with ashes and a note that will forever change their lives. Katherine’s oldest and dearest friend, the irrepressible Annie Freeman, left one final request-a traveling funeral-and she wants the most important women in her life as “pallbearers.”
From Sonoma to Manhattan, Katherine, Laura, Rebecca, Jill, and Marie will carry Annie’s ashes to the special places in her life. At every stop there’s a surprise encounter and a small miracle waiting, and as they whoop it up across the country, attracting interest wherever they go, they share their deepest secrets-tales of broken hearts and second chances, missed opportunities and new beginnings. And as they grieve over what they’ve lost, they discover how much is still possible if only they can unravel the secret Annie left them….

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Considered one of the greatest mysteries of all times, ten strangers, each with a dark secret, are gathered together on an isolated island by a mysterious host. One by one, they die, and before the weekend is out, there will be none.

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All Shook Up: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America by Glenn C. Altschuler

The birth of rock ‘n roll ignited a firestorm of controversy–one critic called it ‘musical riots put to a switchblade beat’–but if it generated much sound and fury, what, if anything, did it signify? As Glenn Altschuler reveals in All Shook Up, the rise of rock ‘n roll–and the outraged reception to it–in fact can tell us a lot about the values of the United States in the 1950s, a decade that saw a great struggle for the control of popular culture. Altschuler shows, in particular, how rock’s ‘switchblade beat’ openedup wide fissures in American society along the fault-lines of family, sexuality, and race

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Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

Now in her twilight years, Alice Liddell looks back on a remarkable life. From a pampered childhood in Oxford to difficult years as a widowed mother, Alice examines how she became who she is–and how she became immortalized as Alice in Wonderland.

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About A Boy by Nick Hornby

Thirty-something, unmarried and very cool Londoner, Will Lightman’s search for eligible young women leads him to invent a young son so as to join Single Parents Alone Together, support group for single parents. As he is very proud of his superficiality, it appears at first to be the perfect solution, a place to meet beautiful women with whom he can have brief affairs but who will eventually dump him in favor of someone more suitable. Complications set in when Will meets Marcus, an impossibly uncool, twelve year old. Once Will lets Marcus into his life, he finds that not only is he capable of getting close to another person but it can be good thing as well.

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