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Tepper Isn't Going Out

Tepper Isn't Going Out

by Calvin Trillin

Murray Tepper would say that he is an ordinary New Yorker who is simply trying to read the newspaper in peace. But he reads while sitting behind the wheel of his parked car, and his car always seems to be in a particularly desirable parking spot. Not surprisingly, he is regularly interrupted by drivers who want to know if he is going out.


The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

by David Wroblewski

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally.


The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

by Junot Diaz

From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukœ-the curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.


Best Friends Forever

Best Friends Forever

by Jennifer Weiner

Addie Downs and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever. That’s what Addie believes after Valerie moves across the street when they’re both nine years old. But in the wake of betrayal during their teenage years, Val is swept into the popular crowd, while mousy, sullen Addie becomes her school’s scapegoat.


A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

After being visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, Ebeneezer Scrooge is reminded of what it means to have love in his heart, and what the true spirit of Christmas is all about.


The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

Edmond Dantes has a bright future ahead of him when he is falsely accused and thrown into prison for a crime he did not commit. During his horrible sentence, he learns of a great treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo. He becomes determined to escape and find the treasure in order to exact his revenge and win back his lost love.


The Curious Incident

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

by Mark Haddon

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Then, at fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing. Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration.


Dune Road

Dune Road

by Jane Green

Dune Road is the story of life in an exclusive beach town after the tourists have left for the summer and the eccentric (and moneyed) community sticks around.


Dust

Dust

by Elizabeth Bear

Ariane, Princess of the House of Rule, was known to be fiercely cold-blooded. But severing an angel’s wings on the battlefield—even after she had surrendered—proved her completely without honor. Captive, the angel Perceval waits for Ariane not only to finish her off—but to devour her very memories and mind. Surely her gruesome death will cause war between the houses—exactly as Ariane desires. But Ariane’s plan may yet be opposed, for Perceval at once recognizes the young servant charged with her care.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson

This novel is about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance, and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it—who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism—and an unexpected connection between themselves.


Killing Floor

Killing Floor

by Lee Child

Ex-MP Jack Reacher goes into action to find his brother's killers, after a series of brutal crimes terrorizes tiny Margrave, Georgia, only to uncover the dark and deadly conspiracy concealed behind the town's peaceful facade.


Lean Mean Thirteen

Lean Mean Thirteen

by Janet Evanovich

New Jersey bounty hunter Plum is reunited with her lawyer ex-husband, Dickie Orr, while doing a favor for the mysterious, Ranger. But when Dickie disappears from his house leaving behind only bloodstains and bullet holes, Plum becomes the prime suspect in his alleged murder.


The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol

by Dan Brown

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object--artfully encoded with five symbols--is discovered in the Capitol Building.


Palace Council

Palace Council

by Stephen L. Carter

Philmont Castle is a man who has it all: wealth, respect, and connections. He's the last person you'd expect to fall prey to a murderer, but then his body is found on the grounds of a Harlem mansion by the young writer Eddie Wesley, who along with the woman he loves, Aurelia Treene, is pulled into a twenty-year search for the truth.


Small Favor

Small Favor

by Jim Butcher

The new novel in the New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series. No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But an old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness -- and she's calling in her marker.


The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.


V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

by Steve Moore

Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy: a world of the not-too-distant future, in which freedom was not lost, but surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime that rose to power by exploiting people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses. This is the setting for the parable of Evey, a young woman who is saved from death by a masked vigilante calling himself only V. Beguiling and dangerous, V ignites the fuse of revolution when he detonates two London landmarks and seizes the government-controlled airwaves, urging his fellow citizens to wake up and shed the blanket of tyranny and oppression in which they have permitted themselves to be cloaked.


Viva Lost David

Viva Lost David: A Las Vegas Adventure

by Jacob Orenge

David Vermillion doesn't own an iPod. He never sends text messages. His taste in music is suggestive of someone twice his age. He's more of an old soul than a Child of the Eighties. Nevertheless, David graduates from NYU with honors, certain a big, impactful future--law school, City Council, maybe even Mayor--is awaiting him. But when the newly graduated David seeks employment in a jobless market, he's quick to panic. He fears he has nothing to show for his hard work but a wasted youth. Enter Boy Red--an up and coming nightclub promoter. Fascinated by Boy Red's perpetual adolescence, David follows Boy Red all the way to the bright lights of Las Vegas.


The White Tiger

The White Tiger

by Aravind Adiga

Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life -- having nothing but his own wits to help him along.


Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights, first published in 1847, the year before the author's death at the age of thirty, endures today as perhaps the most powerful and intensely original novel in the English language. The epic story of Catherine and Heathcliff plays out against the dramatic backdrop of the wild English moors, and presents an astonishing metaphysical vision of fate and obsession, passion and revenge.


Innocent

Innocent

by Scott Turow

The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller "Presumed Innocent," "Innocent" continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.


One Man's Paradise

One Man's Paradise

by Douglas Corleone

Hotshot New York criminal defense lawyer Kevin Corvelli was rolling. He had all the right connections to get way ahead. Guilty? Innocent? It didn’t matter so long as he won, got in the papers, and got paid. That’s until he loses---and loses big---when a client, who was convicted and then killed in jail, is later proven innocent. The media has a field day plastering Corvelli’s face all over Manhattan, so Corvelli, disgraced and in a professional free fall, bolts for Hawaii.