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 Read reviewBehind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Katherine Boo

With intelligence, humour, and deep insight into what connects human beings in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the 21st century's hidden worlds,...

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Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir

Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir

Domingo Martinez

Lyrical and gritty, this authentic coming-of-age story about a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas insightfully illuminates a little-understood corner of America.

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House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East

Anthony Shadid

Community is everything, home is everything, if you have lost your own

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Meme

Susan Wheeler

Acclaimed poet Susan Wheeler, whose last individual collection predicted the spiritual losses of the economic collapse, turns her attention to the most intimate of subjects: the absence or loss of love.

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Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations

Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations

Ferry, David

The author has fully realized both the potential for vocal expressiveness in his phrasing and the way his phrasing plays against - and with - his genius for metrical variation, thus becoming an amazingly flexible instrument of...

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Goblin Secrets

Goblin Secrets

William Alexander

Hoping to find his lost brother, Rownie escapes the home of the witch Graba and joins a troupe of goblins who perform in Zombay, a city where humans are forbidden to wear masks and act in plays. A National Book Award finalist.

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Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies

Cynthia Huntington

National Book Award Finalist 2012 In this blistering collection of lyric poems, Cynthia Huntington gives an intimate view of the sexual revolution and rebellion in a time before the rise of feminism. Heavenly Bodies is a...

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Night of the Republic

Night of the Republic

Professor Alan Shapiro (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

The tenth collection of poems from Alan Shapiro, author of SONG AND DANCE and OLD WAR

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Fast Animal

Fast Animal

Tim Seibles

In this nimble, turbulent collection, one of America's foremost African American poets probes the skin between childhood and adulthood.

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Bomb: The Race to Build--And Steal--The World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Bomb: The Race to Build–And Steal–The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

Steve Sheinkin

Discusses the international competition to create the first atomic bomb.

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Endangered

Endangered

Eliot Schrefer

Schrefer ( The Deadly Sister ) presents the compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobosNand herselfNfrom a violent coup in The Congo.

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Out of Reach

Out of Reach

Carrie Arcos

Accompanied by her brother's friend, Tyler, sixteen-year-old Rachel ventures through San Diego and nearby areas seeking her brother, eighteen-year-old Micah, a methamphetamine addict who ran away from home.

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