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Written by EDWIDGE DANTICAT

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 07/01/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47227-4

Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 

A New York Times Book Review and Washington Post Notable Book of the Year; a Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction Book; an NPR "Great Read"; a Library Journal Top Book


Just as her father makes the wrenching decision to send her away for a chance at a better life, Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—suddenly disappears. As the people of the Haitian seaside community of Ville Rose search for her, painful secrets,...

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Written by HANYA YANAGIHARA

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/06/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80331-3

A Best Book of the Year
The Wall Street Journal * Publishers Weekly * Huffington Post * Cosmopolitan
A Chicago Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book


It is 1950 when Norton Perina, a young doctor, embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a rumored lost tribe. There he encounters a strange group of forest dwellers who appear to have attained a form of immortality that preserves the body but not the mind. Perina uncovers their secret and returns with it to...

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Written by DAVE EGGERS

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/22/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80729-8

The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award.
 
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and...

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A NOVEL
Written by PHIL LAMARCHE

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 01/08/2008

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97740-0

American Youth is a controlled, essential, and powerful tale of a teenager in southern New England who is confronted by a terrible moral dilemma following a firearms accident in his home. This tragedy earns him the admiration of a sinister gang of boys at his school and a girl associated with them. Set in a town riven by social and ideological tensions–an old rural culture in conflict with newcomers–this is a classic portrait of a young man struggling with the idea of identity and...

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A NOVEL
Written by DA CHEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 06/12/2007

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-09729-6

At the height of China’s Cultural Revolution a powerful general fathered two sons. Tan was born to the general’s wife and into a life of comfort and luxury. His half brother, Shento, was born to the general’s mistress, who threw herself off a cliff in the mountains of Balan only moments after delivering her child. Growing up, each remained ignorant of the other’s existence. In Beijing, Tan enjoyed the best schools, the finest clothes, and the prettiest girls. Shento was raised on the...

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Written by JOHN WILLIAMS
Introduction by MICHELLE LATIOLAIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 01/16/2007

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17198-1

It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek "an original relation to nature," drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher's Crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. Before long Andrews strikes up a friendship with one of them, a man who regales Andrews with tales of immense herds of buffalo, ready for the taking, hidden away in a beautiful...

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Written by ETHAN CANIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 08/08/2006

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97617-5

“Extraordinary for its craft and emotional effect . . . [Ethan Canin is] a writer of enormous talent and charm.”
The Washington Post

“Character is destiny,” wrote Heraclitus–and in this collection of four unforgettable stories, we meet people struggling to understand themselves and the unexpected turns their lives have taken.

In “Accountant,” a quintessential company man becomes obsessed with the phenomenal success of a reckless childhood friend. “Batorsag and Szerelem” tells the story of a...

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Written by KAZUO ISHIGURO

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/14/2006

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-07877-6

Finalist for the Man Booker Prize 
Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the ALA Alex Award

From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving new novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love.

As a child, Kathy—now thirty-one years old—lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe...

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Written by ADAM MANSBACH

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 03/08/2005

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-05487-9

**Currently taught in courses at over thirty colleges and universities nationwide**

From the acclaimed author of Shackling Water comes the first great race novel of the twenty-first century, an incendiary and ruthlessly funny satire about violence, pop culture, and American identity.

Macon Detornay is a suburban white boy possessed and politicized by black culture, and filled with rage toward white America. After moving to New York City for college, Macon begins robbing white passengers in his...

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Written by MARK HADDON

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/18/2004

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-03271-6

Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award
Winner of the Whitbread Award for Best Novel
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book
Winner of the New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award
A YALSA "Best Books for Young Adults"
Booklist Editor's Choice for Young Adults
School Library Journal "Adult Books for Young Adults"
An ALA "Best Books for Young Adults"
A New York Public Library "Books for the Teen Age"


Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock...

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Written by JULIE OTSUKA

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 10/14/2003

Price: $13.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-72181-3

Julie Otsuka’s commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination—both physical and emotional—of a generation of Japanese Americans. In five chapters, each flawlessly executed from a different point of view—the mother receiving the order to evacuate; the daughter on the long train ride to the camp; the son in the desert encampment; the family’s...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Bantam

On Sale: 04/01/2003

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-38103-0

Awards & Honors:
*2003 Chautauqua South Fiction Award
*2003 San Diego Magazine's Book Award for Fiction
*2002 Deadly Pleasures' Best U.S. First Novel

Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands Common Reads List
ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY READS:

•Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 2009 Freshman Year Read
•Finlandia University, Hancock, MI 2009 Freshman Year Read
•Montcalm County, MI 2008 One Book, One County Read
•Michigan State University 2007 Freshmen Year Read
•City of East Lansing, MI 2007 One...

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Written by ANTHONY GROOMS

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: One World

On Sale: 10/01/2002

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-45293-1

Selected for Common Reading at
Alabama A&M University
Claflin University
Florida A&M University
Milwaukee University
Otterbein College
SUNY Oswego


From the war-torn rice fields of Vietnam to the riot-filled streets of Birmingham, Alabama, Bombingham is the affecting story of a middle-class black family shattered by its personal chaos. As young African-American Walter Burke struggles to make sense of his presence in Vietnam, he wonders if the victory of the civil rights movement meant nothing more...

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A NOVEL
Written by JEAN HEGLAND

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback

On Sale: 09/01/1998

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-37961-7

Selected for 2010-2011 Common Reading Program at Santa Rosa Junior College (Santa Rosa, California)

Into the Forest follows two young sisters struggling to make sense of their world when their near-future society collapses. In their isolation, they find that the basic necessities of survival must be cherished, and that they must find ways to sustain their emotional lives through individual sources of inspiration. Hegland's exploration of the sisters' relationship as they go deeper into the...

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