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Stay Up With Me
Tom Barbash

Wickedly humorous, this provocative collection of original stories explores the many ways we try to connect to each other and the world around us, from a newly single mother who interferes with her son’s love life to a young man guiltily conning an elderly couple out of their home in the Adirondacks.


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Telegraph Avenue: A Novel
Michael Chabon

When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth richest black man in America, decides to open his newest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy, the owners of Brokeland Records, fear for their business until Gibson’s endeavor exposes a decades-old secret history.


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A Hologram for the King
Dave Eggers

In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds.


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The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novel
Jonathan Evison

After losing virtually everything meaningful in his life, Benjamin trains to be a caregiver, but his first client, a fiercely independent teen with muscular dystrophy, gives him more than he bargained for and soon the two embark on a road trip to visit the boy’s ailing father.


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The Unnamed
Joshua Ferris

He loves his wife, his family, his work, his home. He loves his kitchen. And then one day he stands up and walks out. And keeps walking. The Unnamed is a dazzling novel about a marriage and a family and the unseen forces of nature and desire that seem to threaten them both. It is the heartbreaking story of a life taken for granted and what happens when that life is abruptly and irrevocably taken away.


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Canada
Richard Ford

After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, 15-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger who, unbeknownst to Dell, is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell’s quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan.


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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel
Ben Fountain

Asked to be part of the Dallas Cowboys’ halftime show on Thanksgiving, Specialist Billy Lynn, one of the eight surviving men of the Bravo Squad, finds his life forever changed by this event that causes him to better understand difficult truths about himself.


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And Sons: A Novel
David Gilbert

A famous reclusive writer and his three sons find their bond tested by the weight of long-held secrets and a cumbersome legacy shaped by boarding school, Hollywood, and the elite circles of the publishing world.


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The Art of Fielding: A Novel
Chad Harbach

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.


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A Working Theory of Love
Scott Hutchins

While working on what he hopes will be the world’s first sentient computer, Neill Bassett tries to deal with unresolved feelings for his ex-wife as well as an intended one-night stand who is turning into much more.


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Truth in Advertising: A Novel
John Kenney

Finbar Dolan is lost and lonely. Except he doesn’t know it. Despite escaping his blue-collar Boston upbringing to carve out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue ad agency, he’s a bit of a mess and closing in on forty. He’s recently called off a wedding. Now, a few days before Christmas, he’s forced to cancel a long-postponed vacation in order to write, produce, and edit a Super Bowl commercial for his diaper account in record time.


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Domestic Violets: A Novel
Matthew Norman

With his life in chaos, Tom Violet, pushed to the edge of his sanity due to his possibly unfaithful wife, overly anxious dog, and unfinished novel, enacts a series of plans for revenge and self-improvement that go very wrong.


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Nine Inches: Stories
Tom Perrotta

Nine Inches features ten stories – some sharp and funny, some mordant and surprising, and a few intense and disturbing. Whether he’s dropping into the lives of two teachers and their love lost and found in “Nine Inches,” documenting the unraveling of a dad at a Little League game in “The Smile on Happy Chang’s Face,” or gently connecting an old woman and a benched high school football player in “Senior Season,” Perrotta writes with a sure sense of his characters and their secret longings.


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One Last Thing Before I Go
Jonathan Tropper

Struggling with his ex-wife’s imminent marriage to a nice guy and his Princeton-bound daughter’s unplanned pregnancy, a bewildered Drew Silver tackles difficult family dynamics and refuses to undergo a life-saving operation.


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The Love Song of Jonny Valentine: A Novel
Teddy Wayne

A bitingly satirical tale about America’s obsession with fame follows the experiences of preadolescent pop idol Jonny Valentine, who hides behind his megastar success the bitterness and innocence of a child who feels manufactured by his LA label and hard-partying manager mother.


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Man Alive!: A Novel
Mary Kay Zuravleff

After being struck by lightning, pediatric psychiatrist Dr. Owen Lerner only wants to barbecue and his patients and family, who rely on him to make sense of their world, must find a way to deal with this life-changing event.


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