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  • The White Boy Shuffle

    The White Boy Shuffle

    The White Boy Shuffle

    Paul Beatty
    Fiction
    4.1 (4,957)

    White boy shuffle is man booker-winner paul beatty’s electrifying debut novel about teenage-surf-bum gunnar kaufman who is forced to wise up when his mother moves from suburban santa monica to urban west los angeles. there, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighbourhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a ‘divided, downtrodden people’. a bombastic coming-of-age novel that has the uncanny ability to make readers want to laugh and cry at the same time,beatty mingles horrific reality with wild fancy in this outlandish, laugh-out-loud funny

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  • Falling Man

    Falling Man

    Falling Man

    Don DeLillo
    Fiction
    3.29 (17,471)

    There is september 11 and then there are the days after, and finally the years.falling man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century america. it begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people.first there is keith, walking out of the rubble into a life that he'd always imagined belonged to everyone but him. then lianne, his estranged wife, memory-haunted, trying to reconcile two versions of the same shadowy

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  • Loving Day

    Loving Day

    Loving Day

    Mat Johnson
    Fiction
    3.54 (3,672)

    From the author of the critically beloved pym comes a ruthlessly comic and moving tale of a man discovering a lost daughter, confronting an elusive ghost, and stumbling onto the possibility of utopia."in the ghetto there is a mansion, and it is my father's house." warren duffy has returned to america for all the worst reasons: his marriage to a beautiful welsh woman has come apart; his comics shop in cardiff has failed; and his irish american father has died, bequeathing to warren his last possession, a roofless, half-renovated mansion

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  • Great Jones Street

    Great Jones Street

    Great Jones Street

    Don DeLillo
    Fiction
    3.48 (3,176)

    A troubling satire of the romantic myth of stardom and the empty heart of rock and roll, more relevant than ever in our celebrity-obsessed times.bucky wunderlick is a rock and roll star. dissatisfied with a life that has brought fame and fortune, he suddenly decides he no longer wants to be a commodity. he leaves his band mid-tour and holes up in a dingy, unfurnished apartment in great jones street. unfortunately, his disappearing act only succeeds in inflaming interest. as faithful fans await messages, bucky encounters every sort of roiling

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  • The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    Colson Whitehead
    4.04 (347,446)

    Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in georgia. life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for cora; an outcast even among her fellow africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. when caesar, a recent arrival from virginia, tells her about the underground railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. matters do not go as planned—cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.in

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  • Lake Success

    Lake Success

    Lake Success

    Gary Shteyngart
    Fiction
    3.61 (9,755)

    Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager barry cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. deeply stressed by an sec investigation and by his three-year-old son's diagnosis of autism, he flees new york on a greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. meanwhile, his super-smart wife, seema--a driven first-generation american who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth--has her own demons to face. how these two flawed characters navigate the shteyngartian chaos

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  • Libra

    Libra

    Libra

    Don DeLillo
    Fiction
    4 (15,353)

    In this powerful, eerily convincing fictional speculation on the assassination of , chronicles 's odyssey from troubled teenager to a man of precarious stability who imagines himself an agent of history. when "history" presents itself in the form of two disgruntled cia operatives who decide that an unsuccessful attempt on the life of the president will galvanize the nation against communism, the scales are irrevocably tipped.a gripping, masterful blend of fact and fiction, alive with meticulously portrayed characters both real and created, is a grave, haunting, and brilliant examination of

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  • Super Sad True Love Story

    Super Sad True Love Story

    Super Sad True Love Story

    Gary Shteyngart
    Fiction
    3.45 (39,010)

    The author of two critically acclaimed novels, the russian debutante’s handbook and absurdistan, gary shteyngart has risen to the top of the fiction world. now, in his hilarious and heartfelt new novel, he envisions a deliciously dark tale of america’s dysfunctional coming years—and the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.in a very near future—oh, let’s say next tuesday—a functionally illiterate america is about to collapse. but don’t that tell that to poor lenny abramov, the thirty-nine-year-old son of an angry russian immigrant janitor,

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  • The Names

    The Names

    The Names

    Don DeLillo
    Fiction
    3.64 (3,971)

    Set against the backdrop of a lush and exotic greece, is considered the book which began to drive "sharply upward the size of his readership" (los angeles times book review). among the cast of delillo's bizarre yet fully realized characters in are kathryn, the narrator's estranged wife; their son, the six-year-old novelist; owen, the scientist; and the neurotic narrator obsessed with his own neuroses. a thriller, a mystery, and still a moving examination of family, loss, and the amorphous and magical potential of language itself, stands with any of delillo's

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  • Bloodbrothers
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  • Snopes

    Snopes

    Snopes

    William Faulkner
    Fiction
    4.37 (758)

    Here, published in a single volume as faulkner always hoped they would be, are the three novels that comprise the famous snopes trilogy, a saga that stands as perhaps the greatest feat of faulkner's imagination. the hamlet, the first book of the series chronicling the advent and rise of the grasping snopes family in mythical yoknapatawpha county, is a work that cleanth brooks called "one of the richest novels in the faulkner canon." it recounts how the wily, cunning flem snopes dominates the rural community of frenchman's bend - and

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  • The Book of Night Women

    The Book of Night Women

    The Book of Night Women

    Marlon James
    Fiction
    4.38 (11,584)

    The book of night women is a sweeping, startling novel, a true tour de force of both voice and storytelling. it is the story of lilith, born into slavery on a jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they and she will come to both revere and fear. the night women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of

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  • Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom!

    William Faulkner
    Fiction
    3.97 (40,757)

    Published in 1936, absalom, absalom! is considered by many to be william faulkner's masterpiece. although the novel's complex and fragmented structure poses considerable difficulty to readers, the book's literary merits place it squarely in the ranks of america's finest novels. the story concerns thomas sutpen, a poor man who finds wealth and then marries into a respectable family. his ambition and extreme need for control bring about his ruin and the ruin of his family. sutpen's story is told by several narrators, allowing the reader to observe variations in the

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  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

    A Brief History of Seven Killings

    A Brief History of Seven Killings

    Marlon James
    Fiction
    3.89 (30,641)

    On december 3, 1976, just before the jamaican general election and two days before bob marley was to play the smile jamaica concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. the attack nearly killed the reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. marley would go on to perform at the free concert on december 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years.deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters—assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even

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  • The Unvanquished

    The Unvanquished

    The Unvanquished

    William Faulkner
    Fiction
    3.77 (5,634)

    Set in mississippi during the civil war and reconstruction, the unvanquished focuses on the sartoris family, who, with their code of personal responsibility and courage, stand for the best of the old south's traditions.

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  • The Sellout

    The Sellout

    The Sellout

    Paul Beatty
    3.75 (65,354)

    A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the supreme court, paul beatty's the sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. it challenges the sacred tenets of the united states constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black chinese restaurant.born in the "agrarian ghetto" of dickens―on the southern outskirts of los angeles―the narrator of the sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class californians: "i'd die in

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  • Sag Harbor

    Sag Harbor

    Sag Harbor

    Colson Whitehead
    Fiction
    3.5 (7,979)

    The year is 1985. benji cooper is one of the only black students at an elite prep school in manhattan. he spends his falls and winters going to roller-disco bar mitzvahs, playing too much dungeons and dragons, and trying to catch glimpses of nudity on late-night cable tv. after a tragic mishap on his first day of high school—when benji reveals his deep enthusiasm for the horror movie magazine fangoria—his social doom is sealed for the next four years. but every summer, benji escapes to the hamptons, to sag harbor,

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  • Absurdistan

    Absurdistan

    Absurdistan

    Gary Shteyngart
    Fiction
    3.31 (13,181)

    Open absurdistan and meet outsize misha vainberg, son of the 1,238th-richest man in russia, lover of large portions of food and drink, lover and inept performer of rap music, and lover of a south bronx latina whom he longs to rejoin in new york city, if only the american ins will grant him a visa. but it won't, because misha's late beloved papa whacked an oklahoma businessman of some prominence. misha is paying the price of exile from his adopted american homeland. he's stuck in russia, dreaming of his beloved

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  • Light in August

    Light in August

    Light in August

    Noel Polk,William Faulkner
    Fiction
    3.92 (59,952)

    Light in august, a novel that contrasts stark tragedy with hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, which features some of faulkner’s most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless lena grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; reverend gail hightower, a lonely outcast haunted by visions of confederate glory; and joe christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.

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  • Lush Life

    Lush Life

    Lush Life

    Richard Price
    Fiction
    3.73 (15,022)

    "price is the greatest writer of dialogue, living or dead, this country has ever produced. wry, profane, hilarious, and tragic, sometimes in a single line, lush life is his masterwork. i doubt anyone will write a novel this good for a long, long time." — dennis lehane"so, what do you do?" whenever people asked him, eric cash used to have a dozen answers. artist, actor, screenwriter… but now he's thirty-five years old and he's still living on the lower east side, still in the restaurant business, still serving the people

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  • Clockers

    Clockers

    Clockers

    Richard Price
    Fiction
    4.07 (8,874)

    Award-winning author richard price here offers a viscerally affecting and accomplished portrait of inner-city america.veteran homicide detective rocco klein's passion for the job gave way long ago. his beat is a rough new jersey neighborhood where the drug murders blur together, until the day victor dunham — a twenty-year-old with a steady job and a clean record — confesses to a shooting outside a fast-food joint. it doesn't take long for rocco's attention to turn to victor's brother, a street-corner crack dealer named strike who seems a more likely suspect

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