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The World To Come: a Novel

by Dara Horn
ISBN: 0393329062
Having stolen a million-dollar Marc Chagall masterpiece, thirty-year-old quiz-show writer Benjamin Ziskind and his twin sister work to evade the police and evaluate the eighty-year-old link between their family and the famous painting.

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Girls of a Tender Age

by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
ISBN: 0743279778
Traces the author's experiences of growing up in a small-town community under the shadows of a severely autistic brother and a violent serial pedophile who eventually murdered one of the writer's young classmates

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Smonk

by Tom Franklin
ISBN: 0060571179

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The Kings English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller

By Betsy Burton
ISBN: 1423601246
Burton opened her bookstore in Salt Lake City in 1977, dedicated to her passion for books and to making them available in a welcoming, comfortable space. Little did she know what would follow in the next few decades: vicious competition from national chains and the net, censorship under the Patriot Act, strange twists in reading tastes, and even stranger tastes in visiting authors whose lists of demands read like those of rabid rock stars. With each chapter she includes innovative book lists, such as a list of "psychology and self-help books paired with fiction dealing with like concerns." Although written with an eye to those in the book selling business, Burton also keeps in mind the reason why any books are sold at all: readers with money in hand who are as passionate as she about books. Syndetics

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