Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan

October 31, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Sybil: a name that resonates with legions of obsessed fans who followed the nonfiction blockbuster from 1973. The book rocketed multiple personality disorder into public consciousness and played a major role in having the diagnosis added to the psychiatric bible, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. But what do we […]

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Before Versailles: A Novel of Louis XIV by Karleen Koen

October 29, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Louis XIV is one of the best-known monarchs ever to grace the French throne. But what was he like as a young man—the man before Versailles? After the death of his prime minister, Cardinal Mazarin, twenty-two-year-old Louis steps into governing France. He’s still a young man, but one who, as […]

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A Country Doctor by Sarah Orne Jewett

October 27, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): A hundred and thirty years after it was first published, Sarah Orne Jewett’s story of a young medical woman remains an incisive rendering of the dilemmas of gender, society, and self. Nan Prince first becomes interested in medicine as a child, as the ward of the widowed physician Dr. Leslie. […]

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A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth

October 25, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): A lively, laugh-out-loud journey from Oklahoma beauty queen to show biz sensation.”Life’s too short. I’m not.”You might know her as a Tony Award–winning Broadway star who originated the role of Galinda the Good Witch in the smash musical Wicked. Or you may recognize her from her starring roles on TV—The West […]

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We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee

October 22, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): When Benjamin Mee decided to uproot his family and move them to an unlikely new home—a dilapidated zoo where more than 200 exotic animals would be their new neighbors—his friends and colleagues thought he was crazy. Mee’s dream was to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. The […]

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The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

October 19, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): In memories that rise like wisps of ghosts, LuLing Young searches for the name of her mother, the daughter of the Famous Bonesetter from the Mouth of the Mountain. Trying to hold on to the evaporating past, she begins to write all that she can remember of her life as […]

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My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

October 15, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): My Man Jeeves, first published in 1919, introduced the world to affable, indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise, capable valet, Jeeves. Some of the finest examples of humorous writing found in English literature are woven around the relationship between these two men of very different classes and temperaments. Where Bertie is […]

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War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

October 12, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in […]

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The Hoarder in You by Robin Zasio

October 10, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): From the hit A&E show Hoarders, psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio shows readers how to take control of their stuff and de-clutter their lives. Recently, the once little-known condition of hoarding has become a household phrase—in part due to the popularity of the Emmy Award–winning television show Hoarders, which has captivated audiences […]

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Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

October 9, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Businessman George F. Babbitt loves the latest appliances, brand names, and the Republican Party. In fact, he loves being a solid citizen even more than he loves his wife. But Babbitt comes to resent the middle-class trappings he has worked so hard to acquire. Realizing that his life is devoid […]

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