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Reader's Guide
Red Poppies
by Alai
"Conjures up a faraway world . . . panoramic and intimate at the same time." — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Reader's Guide
Aquamarine
by Carol Anshaw
"Anshaw writes with biting humor and a touching reverence for the power of loss." — Boston Globe

Reader's Guide
Lucky in the Corner
by Carol Anshaw
"Irresistible and inventive . . . Anshaw is wonderfully perceptive." — Newsday

Reader's Guide
Seven Moves
by Carol Anshaw
"A tightly told tale that resists the bookmark as well as any thriller." — Chicago Sun-Times

Reader's Guide
Knitting
by Anne Bartlett
"A moving story about true love and haunting grief." — Adriana Trigiani

Reader's Guide
Almost
by Elizabeth Benedict
A paperback bestseller
"The most engrossing novel I've come across in a long time." — Jeff Giles, Newsweek

Reader's Guide
The Practice of Deceit
by Elizabeth Benedict
"Wickedly funny . . . at times heartbreaking, always smart and entertaining." — Hallie Ephron, Boston Globe

Reader's Guide
Save Your Own
by Elisabeth Brink
"Gillian Cormier-Brandenburg is a romantic heroine unlike any other...Save Your Own is a keeper." USA Today

Reader's Guide
Long for This World
by Michael Byers
"This story will move you to tears and make you laugh out loud . . . Michael Byers is a master." — Elizabeth Berg

Reader's Guide
Secret Father
by James Carroll
"A gripping tale . . . The psychological undercurrents are as charged as the Cold War drama." — People
Reader's Guide
My Ántonia
by Willa Cather
"No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as My Ántonia." — H. L. Mencken

Reader's Guide
Saints of Big Harbour
by Lynn Coady
"A likable teen and his battles are sensitively evoked in Coady's wise tale." — People

Reader's Guide Mademoiselle Benoir
by Christine Conrad
"An exuberant plunge into rural French life . . . A thoroughly satisfying and thoughtful story of love triumphant." — Booklist

Reader's Guide
River Thieves
by Michael Crummey
"A remarkable achievement — part adventure tale, part meditation on place and history, wholly engaging . . . This is powerful writing." — Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain

Reader's Guide
Faith: Stories
by C. Michael Curtis (Editor)
Short fiction on the varieties and vagaries of faith from a diverse gathering of writers.

Reader's Guide
God: Stories
by C. Michael Curtis (Editor)
"A literary catechism, a true religious education, a fiction lover's book of common prayer." — James Carroll

Reader's Guide
The Welsh Girl
by Peter Ho Davies
“An ambitious, layered meditation on what it means to be from a particular place . . . Ideas do more than gird the novel’s absorbing world; they animate it. Davies’s achievement is significant.” —Jennifer Egan, New York Times Book Review

Reader's Guide
The Walking Tour
by Kathryn Davis
"Mysteries, bees, abandonment, jealousy . . . are all bound up in this hypnotic novel." — Chicago Tribune

Reader's Guide
Girlwood
by Claire Dean
A fairytale and environmental fantasy, this novel is about faith, magic, and the resilience of girls.

Reader's Guide
A Seahorse Year
by Stacey D'Erasmo
"Psychologically complex and lyrical . . . we gain access into a strikingly contemporary family whose cohesiveness is tested by unexpected adversity." — San Francisco Chronicle

Reader's Guide
Fasting, Feasting and Diamond Dust
by Anita Desai
"Desai is a superb observer of the human race." — New York Times Book Review

Reader's Guide
The Zigzag Way
by Anita Desai
"A beautifully rendered combination of history, folklore, and modern fiction." — Entertainment Weekly, Editor’s Choice

Reader's Guide
Pravda: A Novel
by Edward Docx
Inspired by the author’s own family history, Pravda is a haunting chronicle of suspicion and loss, love and loyalty, and the destructive legacy of deceit.

Reader's Guide
The Calligrapher
by Edward Docx
"Undeniably winning . . . a racy and stylish tale of comeupance." — Los Angeles Times

Reader's Guide
The Bookshop
by Penelope Fitzgerald
"A marvelously piercing fiction." — Times Literary Supplement

Reader's Guide
The Blue Flower
by Penelope Fitzgerald
"A magical little book." — Doris Lessing

Reader's Guide
The Gate of Angels
by Penelope Fitzgerald
"Vibrant with wonderful characters, ablaze with ideas." — Washington Post

Reader's Guide
Offshore
by Penelope Fitzgerald
"A marvelous achievement: strong, supple, humane, ripe, generous, and graceful." — Sunday Times

Reader's Guide
Everything Is Illuminated
by Jonathan Safran Foer
"This book is, as its name implies, brilliant." — Adrienne Miller, Esquire

Reader's Guide
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer
"Is there a novel that, in a fit of envy, Holden Caulfield, Huck Finn, Harriet the Spy, and Krazy Kat — all of the above — might long to enter? And would feel at home in? Yes! Jonathan Safran Foer's funny, tender, tragic, ingeniously imaginative Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." — Cynthia Ozick

Reader's Guide
Stay With Me
by Garret Freymann-Weyr
"Freymann-Weyr's prose always has an incandescent intensity. Impossible...to put down." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Reader's Guide
The Jump-Off Creek
by Molly Gloss
"Spare and beautifully written, with a matter-of-fact sense of hardship which I loved." — Richard Wiley

Reader's Guide
Wild Life
by Molly Gloss
"Molly Gloss's unconventional heroine . . . reminds us that opportunity exists inside the self as well as outside it." — New York Times Book Review

Reader's Guide
Featherstone
by Kirsty Gunn
"Entrancing . . . Gunn observes closely and knits the reader in." — New York Times Book Review

Reader's Guide
LaTour Dreams of the Wolf Girl
by David Huddle
"Finely crafted . . . a story of relationships, intimacy, sex, storytelling, art, lies, and betrayal." — Cleveland Plain Dealer

Reader's Guide
The Hallelujah Side
by Rhoda Huffey
"A comic triumph . . . has the sensual, rollicking feel of a gospel song." — Newsday

Reader's Guide
Last Year's River
by Allen Morris Jones
"The unconventional love story at the heart of this first novel is touching and unpredictable." — Library Journal

Reader's Guide
An Unfinished Season
by Ward Just
"This is vintage Just: elegant writing that captures the wounded spirit of the times and the ache in [a] young heart." — Newsweek

Reader's Guide
Tolstoy Lied
by Rachel Kadish
"Cuts to the very core of what a love story should be: not about how we find happiness, but about what it means to do so." — The San Francisco Chronicle

Reader's Guide
Interpreter of Maladies
by Jhumpa Lahiri
"Filled with quiet astonishments." — Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Reader's Guide
The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri
"This poignant treatment of the immigrant experience is a rich, stimulating fusion of authentic emotion, ironic observation, and revealing details." — Library Journal

Reader's Guide
Sugar Island
by Ivonne Lamazares
"At once a deeply personal and worldly tale . . . a wonderful amalgamation of culture, politics and love." — Philadelphia Weekly

Reader's Guide
My Latest Grievance
by Elinor Lipman
"Every page offers laugh-out-loud dialogue . . . it's a novel so entertaining you're sorry to see it end." — Seattle Times

Reader's Guide
Homestead
by Rosina Lippi
"Moves us to tears and makes us grateful for it." — Dorothy Allison

Reader's Guide
Charity Girl
by Michael Lowenthal
"Even while capturing the great sweep of the period, Charity Girl celebrates most the depth of the characters’ lives."— — Matthew Pearl

Reader's Guide
The Wasp Eater
by William Lychack
"Deeply moving . . . a perfect window into a boy’s troubled heart." — USA Today

Reader's Guide
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
by Carson McCullers
"McCullers leaves her characters hauntingly engraved in the reader's memory." — The Nation

An enduring classic beloved by generations of readers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable story of moral isolation in a small Georgia mill town in the 1930s.

Reader's Guide
The Member of the Wedding
by Carson McCullers
"McCullers's best. An unusual story of a very sensitive child . . . [that] holds you by the very brilliance of its writing." — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reader's Guide
The Far Field
by Edie Meidav
"[Meidav's] sprawling debut novel . . . has been justly compared to the fiction of Ondaatje and Kingsolver." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Reader's Guide
Becoming Madame Mao
by Anchee Min
"Brilliant. We will never imagine Madame Mao the same way again." — Russell Banks

Reader's Guide
Wild Ginger
by Anchee Min
"Potent . . . the image she creates of a world marching in lock-step is chilling." — Los Angeles Times

Reader's Guide
Empress Orchid
by Anchee Min
"A heart-grabbing novel of an ingenious woman who would be queen . . . Compelling to the end." — O, the Oprah Magazine

Reader's Guide
Taps
by Willie Morris
"[A] vivid and moving picture of what it was like to be sixteen in the Delta in the 1950s." — Memphis Commercial Appeal

Reader's Guide
Kit's Law
by Donna Morrissey
"Donna Morrissey has created . . . an extraordinary trinity of women." — Thomas Keneally

Reader's Guide
Mary
by Janis Cooke Newman
"One of those rare books that turns the reader into an admiring fan of both the author and her subject. You feel a compulsion to urge others to read it."—USA Today

Reader's Guide
In the Forest
by Edna O'Brien
"This literary thriller reads like a dark enchantment, an unholy myth, a terrifyingly true fairy tale." — Elle

Reader's Guide
The Light of Evening
by Edna O'Brien
"Each page is so seductive, so dazzling, you won’t want to leave it." — Frank McCourt

Reader's Guide
Wild Decembers
by Edna O'Brien
"Irish to the quick, violent and sad and, in a strange way, beautiful." — Washington Post

Reader's Guide
Heir to the Glimmering World
by Cynthia Ozick
"A cause for celebration in the world of literature. Here we have a heroine to love, a story we can't let go of." — Ann Patchett

Reader's Guide
All-Bright Court and Imani All Mine
by Connie Porter
"Porter sifts hope from ashes." — Boston Globe

Reader's Guide Gatsby's Girl
by Caroline Preston
"Preston has transported us back to Fitzgerald's era . . . an entirely pleasurable tour-de-force." — Anita Shreve
Reader's Guide
Crackpots
by Sara Pritchard
"The writing is dazzling . . . In the middle of tragedy, [Pritchard] makes you laugh out loud." — New York Times Book Review

Reader's Guide Lately
by Sara Pritchard
"“Dense with flavor and beautifully wrought . . . Lately demands to be savored." — Entertainment Weekly

Reader's Guide
The Wind Done Gone
by Alice Randall
The New York Times and #1 Essence bestseller that "turned Tara upside down." (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Reader's Guide
Pushkin and the Queen of Spades
by Alice Randall
"Sexy, sharp, funny, moving . . . a love song to black America." — E. Lynn Harris

Reader's Guide
Testament
by Nino Ricci
"Wonderfully vibrant . . . Ricci reimagines the life of Jesus . . . making the familiar account blossom anew." — Los Angeles Times

Reader's Guide
Mr. Wroe's Virgins
by Jane Rogers
"An engaging, serious and gleefully ironic novel." — New York Times Book Review

Reader's Guide
This is Not Civilization
by Robert Rosenberg
"A remarkable novel that illuminates the most important struggle of our times: to find a self and to find kindredness in a world" — Robert Olen Butler

Reader's Guide
Everyman
by Philip Roth
"A swift, brutal novel about a heartbreakingly ordinary subject . . . The book leaves you a little breathless." — Boston Globe

Reader's Guide
The Plot Against America
by Philip Roth
"Provocative . . . Deeply affecting . . . An intimate glimpse of one family's harrowing encounter with history." — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Reader's Guide
Story-Wallah
by Shyam Selvadurai
This is the most up-to-date, highest-profile collection of bestselling and new writers from a South Asian background, including Michael Ondaatje, Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Bharati Mukherjee, Hanif Kureishi, and Monica Ali.

Reader's Guide
The Real Minerva
by Mary Sharratt
"An intriguing tale of three strong women [that brings] a small, seemingly placid town to unpredictable life." — BookPage

Reader's Guide
The Vanishing Point
by Mary Sharratt
"A passionate, spell-casting story. The world Mary Sharratt creates is vivid, intimate, evocative. I was unable to put this book down." — Sandra Gulland, author of the Josephine Bonaparte trilogy

Reader's Guide
When the White House Was Ours
by Porter Shreve
Loosely based on Porter Shreve’s own childhood, When the White House Was Ours is the atmospheric and captivating story of a family’s struggle to stay together against great odds.

Reader's Guide
Drives Like a Dream
by Porter Shreve
"Shreve once again demonstrates his talent for creating richly complicated characters and then giving them the kind of second chances we all wish we could have in our own lives." — Margot Livesey

Reader's Guide
The Obituary Writer
by Porter Shreve
"Taut, compelling, and moving . . . engrossing from start to finish." — Tim O'Brien

Reader's Guide
The Visible World: A Novel
by Mark Slouka
An immensely moving, powerfully romantic novel about the vagaries of love and the legacy of war, The Visible World is narrated by the American-born son of Czech immigrants.
Reader's Guide
Third Girl from the Left
by Martha Southgate
An enthralling novel of three generations of African American women struggling against all odds to express what lies deepest in their hearts, Third Girl from the Left is a deeply moving and ambitious story of one quintessentially American family.

Reader's Guide
Now Is the Hour
by Tom Spanbauer
"Sophisticated, funny, poignant, sexy coming-of-age novel" Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

Reader's Guide
London Bridges
by Jane Stevenson
"An exhilarating read . . . refreshingly lighthearted, urbanely witty, and evocative of place." — Sunday Telegraph

Reader's Guide
The Winter Queen
by Jane Stevenson
"A complex, touching, and beautifully described passion between wordly-wise royals." — Newsday

Reader's Guide
Torch
by Cheryl Strayed
"A deeply compelling, wonderfully crafted story about a journey into, through, and past grief." — Elizabeth Berg

Reader's Guide
The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." — Sunday Telegraph

Reader's Guide
The Book of Salt
by Monique Truong
"A grand and magical narrative that explores a side of Paris ignored by the legends of the Lost Generation." — Baltimore Sun

Reader's Guide
The Guru of Love
by Samrat Upadhyay
"Upadhyay writes about . . . contemporary South Asia with tenderness, compassion, and rare insight." — Amitav Ghosh

Reader's Guide
The Distance from the Heart of Things
by Ashley Warlick
"Written straight from the heart but wise as well, a celebration of a place in a blue million." — Washington Post

Reader's Guide
Seek the Living
by Ashley Warlick
"[A] lush tale of a woman trying to hang on to what she has while struggling to get what she wants . . . Beautifully rendered." — People

Reader's Guide
The World Before Her
by Deborah Weisgall
"The World Before Her tells an ingenious story in double focus: the sensibility of spirited yet mismatched wives and the transformative influence of Place. Weisgall is a master of sky, water, air, of landscapes and languishments; of the clashing coinages of art and money. This is a novel to relish both for its audacious history-wide lens and for its enchanting jeweler's loupe." — Cynthia Ozick, author of Heir to the Glimmering World

Reader's Guide
A Certain Slant of Light
by Laura Whitcomb
"The author's poetic prose, capturing the spirit and sorrow of the two unearthly protagonists, will likely have a mesmerizing effect on readers." — Publishers Weekly



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