The Tin Drum by Gunther Grass

March 28, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): The Tin Drum, one of the great novels of the twentieth century, was published in Ralph Manheim’s outstanding translation in 1959. It became a runaway bestseller and catapulted its young author to the forefront of world literature. This fiftieth anniversary edition, translated by Breon Mitchell, is more faithful to Grass’s […]

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The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams by Ben Bradlee, Jr.

March 24, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for […]

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Bone by Bone by Carol O’Connell

March 21, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until twenty years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry […]

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There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz

March 17, 2014

Sumary (from Wikipedia): There are No Children Here follows the lives of two young brothers, Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers, who live in the Henry Horner Homes, one of Chicago’s subsidized housing projects in the inner city. Lafeyette and Pharoah, aged 11 and 9 years at the start of the book in 1987, live with their […]

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Wheat Belly by William Davis

March 14, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, […]

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Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain

March 9, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life. Or can he? His latest case, involving […]

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The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

March 6, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by […]

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Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie

March 3, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): Sir Stafford Nye’s flight home from Malaya takes an unexpected twist when a young woman confides in him that someone is trying to kill her. In a moment of weakness, he agrees to lend her his passport. Unwittingly, the diplomat has put his own life on the line. When he […]

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