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The Geography of Genius

by Eric Weiner
ISBN:9781451691658

An acclaimed travel writer examines the connection between surroundings and innovative ideas, profiling examples in such regions as early-twentieth-century Vienna, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, and Silicon Valley.

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The Sound of Gravel

by Ruth Wariner
ISBN:9781250077691

An account of the author's coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon cult describes her childhood on a farm in rural Mexico as one of her father's more than forty welfare-dependent children and her escape in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy.

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The Railwayman's Wife

by Ashley Hay
ISBN:9781501112171

Amidst the strange, silent aftermath of World War II, a widow, a poet, and a doctor search for lasting peace and fresh beginnings in this internationally acclaimed, award-winning novel.

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The Red Parts

by Maggie Nelson
ISBN:9781555977368

Late in 2004, Maggie Nelson was looking forward to the publication of her book Jane: A Murder , a narrative in verse about the life and death of her aunt, who had been murdered thirty-five years before. The case remained unsolved, but Jane was assumed to have been the victim of an infamous serial killer in Michigan in 1969.

Then, one November afternoon, Nelson received a call from her mother, who announced that the case had been reopened; a new suspect would be arrested and tried on the basis of a DNA match. Over the months that followed, Nelson found herself attending the trial with her mother and reflecting anew on the aura of dread and fear that hung over her family and childhood--an aura that derived not only from the terrible facts of her aunt's murder but also from her own complicated journey through sisterhood, daughterhood, and girlhood.

The Red Parts is a memoir, an account of a trial, and a provocative essay that interrogates the American obsession with violence and missing white women, and that scrupulously explores the nature of grief, justice, and empathy.

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The Mirror Thief

by Martin Seay
ISBN:9781612195148

Three schemers hatch plans to outwit others and steal secrets in interconnected stories that are set in three Venices--in Italy, California, and the casino in Las Vegas-- during different eras.

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Imagine Me Gone

by Adam Haslett
ISBN: 9780316261357

When Margaret's fiance, John, is hospitalized for depression, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic, and the story of how, over the span of decades, his younger siblings--the responsible Celia and the tightly controlled Alec--struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled existence.

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