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The Secret History

The Secret History

Donna Tartt

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their...

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On Beauty

On Beauty

Zadie Smith

Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful? This is a story about a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed...

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Stoner: A Novel

Stoner: A Novel

John Williams, John McGahern

William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong...

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Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited

Evelyn Waugh

In 1925 at Oxford Charles Ryder is befriended by the louche and flamboyant Sebastian Flyte, son of Lord and Lady Marchmain. Charles is quickly seduced by his friend's opulent and glamorous world and thrilled by an invitation to...

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Disgrace

Disgrace

J. M. Coetzee

In spectacularly powerful and lucid prose, Coetzee uses all his formidable skills to engage with a post-apartheid culture in unexpected and revealing ways. This examination into the sexual and politcal lawlines of modern South...

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The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding

Chad Harbach

A wonderful, warm novel from a major new American voice.

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The Vanishers

The Vanishers

Heidi Julavits

From the acclaimed novelist and The Believer editor comes a wildly imaginative and intense novel about mothers, daughters, and the psychic damage women can inflict on one another. Is the bond between mother and daughter...

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Old School

Old School

Tobias Wolff

A novel from an American writer.

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White Noise

White Noise

Don DeLillo

Jack Gladney is the creator and chairman of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill. This is the story of his absurd life; a life that is going well enough, until a chemical spill from a rail car releases an 'Airborne Toxic...

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Possession

Possession

A. S. Byatt

Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once a literary detective novel and a triumphant love story. Following a trail of letters, journals and poems they uncover a web of passion, deceit and tragedy, and their...

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Wonder Boys

Wonder Boys

Michael Chabon

The tale of a failing writer trying to come to terms with a pregnant lover, an absent wife, and insane editor, a gifted student - and a 2600-page unfinished masterpiece. 

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Gaudy Night: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 12

Gaudy Night: Lord Peter Wimsey Book 12

Dorothy L. Sayers

The twelfth book in the classic British detective series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, with a new introduction by actress Dame Harriet Mary Walter, DBE.

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 Read reviewThe Marriage Plot

The Marriage Plot

Jeffrey Eugenides

The new novel from the bestselling author of Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides.

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Daddy Long-Legs

Daddy Long-Legs

Jean Webster, Eva Ibbotson

A trustee of the John Grier orphanage has offered to send Judy Abbott to college. The only requirements are that she must write to him every month and that she can never know who he is. Judy's life at college is a whirlwind of...

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The Rules of Attraction

The Rules of Attraction

Bret Easton Ellis

A startlingly funny, kaleidoscopic novel about three students with no plans for the future - or even the present - who become entangled in a curious romantic triangle.

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Lucky Jim

Lucky Jim

Kingsley Amis

Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain's new universities. A moderately successful future in the History department beckons - as long as Jim can survive a madrigal-singing weekend at Professor Welch's,...

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You Deserve Nothing

You Deserve Nothing

Alexander Maksik

Dark, compelling story of an illicit affair between a young teacher and his female student for fans of Donna Tartt

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Changing Places

Changing Places

David Lodge

When Philip Swallow and Professor Morris Zapp participate in their universities' Anglo-American exchange scheme, the Fates play a hand, and each academic finds himself enmeshed in the life of his counterpart on the opposite side...

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