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Non-Fiction

ALL THERE IS: LOVE STORIES FROM STORYCORPS Isay, David

Sharing stories of romance, this book looks beyond the individual life to the narrative that emerges when two peoples' stories become intertwined. The stories prove the heart's ability to heal and grow, endure, and more as a result of one of the most magical emotions--love.


GOING SOLO: THE EXTRAORDINARY RISE AND SURPRISING APPEAL OF LIVING ALONE Klinenberg, Eric

According to statistics, 28 percent of American adults are single and live alone. Klinenberg examines the rise of solo living and the effects it will have on our culture, business, politics, and soloists themselves. He documents this phenomenon, shares statistics, and in- depth interviews with soloists and others.


WOULD IT KILL YOU TO STOP DOING THAT?: A MODERN GUIDE TO MANNERS Alford, Henry

After Alford found himself apologizing for other people, on their behalf, when they failed to do it themselves, he decided to take a closer look at manners--his own, and others'. Interviewing experts like Miss Manners and Tim Gunn, as well as a former prisoner and an army sergeant, he provides a touch of humor to answers about how we can treat each other better.


Fiction

1Q84 Murakami, Haruki

In the Spring of 1984 in Japan, Aomama, an assassin, and Tengo, a writer, find themselves unraveling a knot of strange events after Tengo is put in charge of rewriting a high school girl's manuscript. This is a surreal, thought-provoking homage to Orwell's classic novel.


ART OF FIELDING: A NOVEL Harbach, Chad

When college baseball pitcher Henry Skrimshander's dreams of a career in the big leagues are dashed, the lives of five others are upended, as well. Each will be forced to confront their deepest anxieties and secrets as they help each other find their true life's paths.


BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP: A NOVEL Watson, S. J.

Christine is told that she suffered a brain injury in an accident long ago that has robbed her of her memories. Each morning when she awakes, the stranger in the bed next to her must remind her that he is her husband. All that she has to confirm this is a handful of pictures and a daily journal. Soon inconsistencies begin to emerge.


DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE Taylor, Laini

Can there ever be a happy ending when an angel and a devil fall in love? In the case of Karou, an art student, and Akiva, who's haunted by a violent past, the answer is no. Taylor tells their story and explains why.


EVOLUTION OF BRUNO LITTLEMORE Hale, Benjamin

Bruno is a chimpanzee unlike any in the world. He's precocious, self- conscious, and gifted. When primatologist Lydia Littlemore learns that Bruno is able to speak, she takes him into her home to oversee his education and nurture his passion for painting. But, when Bruno causes Lydia to lose her job, the two embark on an unforgettable road trip resulting in Bruno's eventual imprisonment for murder.


MARRIAGE PLOT: A NOVEL Eugenides, Jeffrey

Madeleine, an English major, was reading Jane Austen and George Eliot, while others were reading Derrida. But now, in the spring of her senior year, she enrolled in a semiotics course for reasons that had nothing to do with school. As a result, life and literature would never be the same. Especially after she fell in love with Leonard Morten, or Mitchell Grammaticus reentered her life.


PALE KING Wallace, David Foster

David Foster Wallace was a newly arrived trainee at the IRS Regional Examination Center. There he would immerse himself in a tedious and repetitive routine and learns about the different kinds of people drawn to such a job. Additionally, he has arrived at a point in time when forces within the agency are plotting to eliminate the speck of humanity and dignity the work still had.


TIGER'S WIFE: A NOVEL Obreht, Tea

Natalia, a young doctor in a Balkan country ravaged by civil war, struggles to understand why her grandfather left their family to die alone in a field hospital far from home. Was he in search of an odd character from his past who called himself 'the deathless man,' who never appeared to age? She was determined to find the man and solve the mystery of her grandfather's final days.


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