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Namesake
(Jhumpa Lahiri)
The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves.
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Narrow road to the deep north
(Flanagan, Richard, )
"A novel of love and war that traces the life of one man--an Australian surgeon--from a prisoner-of-war camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway during World War II, up to the present"-- Provided by publisher. In The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan displays the gifts that have made him one of the most acclaimed writers of contemporary fiction. Moving deftly from a Japanese POW camp to present-day Australia, from the experiences of Dorrigo Evans and his fellow prisoners to that of the Japanese guards, this savagely beautiful novel tells a story of the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.
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Prisoners of war Burma -- Fiction
FICTION / War & Military
FICTION / Historical
FICTION / Literary

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334 p.

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Never Let Me Go
(Kazuo Ishiguro)
A reunion with two childhood friends--Ruth and Tommy--draws Kath and her companions on a nostalgic odyssey into the supposedly idyllic years of their lives at Hailsham, an isolated private school in the serene English countryside, and a dramatic confrontation with the truth about their childhoods and about their lives in the present. [Fiction 288 pages] [Added November 2011] [39093070009014]
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Fiction

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288 p

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Neverwhere: a novel
(Gaiman, Neil)
After he helps a stranger on a London sidewalk, Richard Mayhew discovers an alternate city beneath London, and must fight to survive if he is to return to the London he knew
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Underground homeless persons -- Fiction
Underground areas -- Fiction
Businessmen -- Fiction
Subways -- Fiction

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370 p.

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Night Circus
(Erin Morgenstern)
A fierce competition is underway, a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. [Fiction 512 pages] [Added 2/2013] [39093074798745]
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512 p

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Nightingale, The
(Hannah, Kristin, )
Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Viann and Isabelle's father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it's not only the sisters' relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong. With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions"--Provided by publisher.
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Sisters -- Fiction
World War, 1939-1945 France -- Fiction
Anti-Nazi movement France -- Fiction

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564 p

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No I Don't Want to Join a Book Club
(Virginia Ironside)
Marie Sharp is heading toward sixty, and after the excitement of the freewheeling sixties, she's ready to settle into a quiet, blissfully boring routine. No book clubs, Italian classes gym memberships or bicycle trips across Europe, Thank you very much! [Fiction 231 pages] [Added 8/10] [39093063349633]
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Fiction

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Nothing Daunted
(Dorothy Wickenden)
A captivating full-length book derived from a widely read and much beloved New Yorker piece about Wickenden's grandmother and her grandmother's best friend who left their affluent East Coast lives to "rough it" as teachers in the wilds of Colorado in 1916 [Nonfiction 226 pages] [Added 3/2013] [39093075191700]
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Nonfiction

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