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Written by TOM BROKAW

Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 10/14/2008

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97511-6

In Boom!, Tom Brokaw, one of America’s premier journalists and the acclaimed author of The Greatest Generation, gives us an epic portrait of another defining era in America: the tumultuous Sixties. The voices and stories of both famous people and ordinary citizens come together in this “virtual reunion” as Brokaw takes us on a memorable journey through a remarkable time, exploring how individuals and the national mood were affected by a controversial era and showing how the aftershocks of...

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Written by LLOYD JONES

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback

On Sale: 05/20/2008

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-34107-3

2008 ALEX Award Winner (Young Adult Library Services Association)
2008 Best Books for Young Adults (Young Adult Library Services Association)
Commonwealth Writer's Prize Winner
Booker Prize Finalist

Selected for Common Reading at Queens University of Charlotte

In a novel that is at once intense, beautiful, and fablelike, Lloyd Jones weaves a transcendent story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the power of narrative to transform our lives.

On a copper-rich tropical island...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback

On Sale: 02/26/2008

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-34043-4

Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Europe and South Asia

2007 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

2006 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

On a white-hot day in Tripoli, Libya, in the summer of 1979, nine-year-old Suleiman is shopping in the market square with his mother. His father is away on business except that he is sure that he has just seen him, standing across the street in a pair of dark glasses. But why isn't he waving? And why doesn't he come home when he knows Suleiman's mother is falling...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 07/31/2007

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97592-5

Common Reading Programs that have selected The Last Town on Earth:

Colleges and Universities:
Bowling Green State University
Montana State University - Billings
Murray State University
Regis University
Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program
University of Arizona
University of South Carolina Aiken
Western Michigan University Honors Program
Whitman College

High Schools:
Central Catholic High School (Toledo, OH)

"One City, One Book":
A Tale For Three Counties (Batavia, NY)
Together We...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 07/10/2007

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97742-4

Dalal is a young woman living in a crowded Baghdad apartment with the childless aunt and uncle who raised her. In the same building, Umm Mazin, a fortune-teller, offers her customers cures for their physical and romantic ailments, Saad the hairdresser attends to a dwindling number of female customers, and Ilham, a nurse, escapes the stark realities of her hospital job in dreams of her long-lost French mother. Despite the damaging effects of bombings and international sanctions on their...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/08/2007

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-09653-4

“I am a changeling–a word that describes within its own name what we are bound and intended to do. We kidnap a human child and replace him or her with one of our own. . . .”

The double story of Henry Day begins in 1949, when he is kidnapped at age seven by a band of wild childlike beings who live in an ancient, secret community in the forest. The changelings rename their captive Aniday and he becomes, like them, unaging and stuck in time. They leave one of their own to take his place, an...

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Written by E.L. DOCTOROW

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 05/08/2007

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97818-6

Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.

The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical...

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Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 01/02/2007

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-06428-1

Updated, with a New Chapter

Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas–business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others–struggle to make their ideas “stick.”

Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In...

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Format: Trade Paperback, pages

Publisher: Bantam

On Sale: 08/29/2006

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-38415-4

In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.

In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima—and into history. Through a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire that left...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 01/24/2006

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-05401-5

Winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award
Winner of the ALA Alex Award
A New York Public Library "Books for the Teen Age"

To help her granddaughter accept the risks of loving, Sadie Watson mines her memory for the tale of the unquenchable love of her life, Jim. Sadie’s Jim was an ambitious young slave and seer who, when faced with the prospect of being sold, escaped down the Mississippi with a white boy named Huck Finn. Sadie is suddenly left alone, worried about her children, reviled as a...

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Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 11/01/2005

Price: $21.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-42387-1


Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective.  In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor—not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea. 

The beloved first novel in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency...

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Format: Hardcover, 176 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 09/20/2005

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-04426-9

When John Cameron Butler was a child, he was captured in a raid on the Pennsylvania frontier and adopted by the great warrrior Cuyloga. Renamed True Son, he came to think of himself as fully Indian. But eleven years later his tribe, the Lenni Lenape, has signed a treaty with the white men and agreed to return their captives, including fifteen-year-old True Son. Now he must go back to the family he has forgotten, whose language is no longer his, and whose ways of dress and behavior are as...

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