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  Cover Art: Nashville Chrome Bass, Rick
Nashville Chrome
Bass creates a slice of music history from the ground up, from the backwoods and front porches all the way to Elvis." -- Los Angeles Times 1959: the Brown siblings are the biggest thing in country music. Their inimitable harmony will give rise to the polished sound of the multibillion-dollar country music industry we know today. But when the bonds of family begin to fray, the flame of their celebrity proves as brilliant as it is fleeting. In this arresting novel, acclaimed author Rick Bass draws poignant portraits of their lives, lived both in and out of the limelight.
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  Cover Art: In Zanesville : a Novel Beard, Jo Ann
In Zanesville : a Novel
The beguiling fourteen-year-old narrator of In Zanesville is a late bloomer. She is used to flying under the radar--a sidekick, a third wheel, a marching band dropout, a disastrous babysitter, the kind of girl whose Eureka moment is the discovery that "fudge" can't be said with an English accent. Luckily, she has a best friend, a similarly undiscovered girl with whom she shares the everyday adventures of a 1970s American girlhood, incidents through which a world is revealed, and character is forged. In time, their friendship is tested-- by their families' claims on them, by a clique of popular girls who stumble upon them as if they were found objects, and by the first, startling, subversive intimations of womanhood. With dry wit and piercing observation, Jo Ann Beard shows us that in the seemingly quiet streets of America's innumerable Zanesvilles is a world of wonders, and that within the souls of the awkward and the overlooked often burns something radiant and unforgettable.
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  Cover Art: The Last Runaway Chevalier, Tracy
The Last Runaway
Forced to leave England and struggling with illness in the wake of a family tragedy, Quaker Honor Bright is forced to rely on strangers in the harsh landscape of 1850 Ohio and is compelled to join the Underground Railroad network to help runaway slaves escape to freedom.
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  Cover Art: The House Girl : a Novel Conklin, Tara
The House Girl : a Novel
A novel of love, family, and justice follows Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, as she searches for the "perfect plaintiff" to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.
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  Cover Art: The Orchardist : a Novel Coplin, Amanda
The Orchardist : a Novel
At the turn of the 20th century in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a gentle solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots. Then two feral, pregnant girls and armed gunmen set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.
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  Cover Art: Homer & Langley : a Novel Doctorow, E. L.
Homer & Langley : a Novel
A free imaginative rendering of the lives of New York's fabled Collyer brothers depicts Homer and Langley as recluses in their once grand Fifth Avenue mansion, facing odyssean perils as they struggle to survive the wars, political movements, and technological advances of the last century.
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  Cover Art: The Bartender's Tale Doig, Ivan.
The Bartender's Tale
Running a venerable bar in 1960 Montana while raising his twelve-year-old son, single father Tom Harry finds his world upended by the arrival of a woman from his past and her beatnik daughter, who claims Tom as her father.
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  Cover Art: The Night Train : a Novel Edgerton, Clyde
The Night Train : a Novel
In 1963, Dwayne Hallston discovers James Brown and wants to perform just like him. Meanwhile, Dwayne's forbidden black friend Larry, aspiring to play piano like Thelonius Monk, apprentices to a jazz musician called the Bleeder. A mutual passion for music help Dwayne and Larry as they try to achieve their dreams.
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  Cover Art: The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead Elwork, Paul
The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead
In 1925, at her family's suburban Philadelphia estate, 13-year-old Emily Stewart discovers she can make a loud rapping noise with her ankle. With her sly twin brother, Michael, Emily entertains gullible schoolmates with "knockings" that spirits purportedly make to answer questions about the afterlife. When adults who have suffered the loss of loved ones start consulting her as a spirit medium, her efforts to give them consolation begin to seem increasingly like cruel deceptions. Based loosely on true events from the early 20th century.
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  Cover Art: Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet : a Novel Ford, Jamie
Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet : a Novel
Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.
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  Cover Art: Z : a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Fowler, Therese
Z : a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
When beautiful, reckless, seventeen-year-old Zelda Sayre meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance, he isn't rich or settled; no one knows his people; and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. After Scott sells his first novel, Zelda defies her parents to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick's Cathedral. It is the Jazz Age, and for Zelda and Scott the future will be grander and stranger than they could have ever imagined.
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  Cover Art: In Sunlight and in Shadow Helprin, Mark
In Sunlight and in Shadow
Returning home after serving in World War II to run his family business in New York, paratrooper Harry Copeland falls in love with young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale, who risks everything to break off her engagement to another man.
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  Cover Art: Loving Frank : a Novel Horan, Nancy
Loving Frank : a Novel
Mamah and her husband, Edwin, commission the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.
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  Cover Art: Train Dreams Johnson, Denis
Train Dreams
Circa 1900, Robert Grainer is a day laborer working in the Western forests and later building railroads. Grainger’s life story not only details his personal challenges but also the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime including influenza epidemics, the advent of automobiles and airplanes, and a chance meeting with Elvis Presley.
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  Cover Art: Chango´'s Beads and Two-tone Shoes Kennedy, William
Chango´'s Beads and Two-tone Shoes
His life radically changed by an encounter with Ernest Hemingway in Cuba, journalist Daniel Quinn embarks on a turbulent journey marked by such historical events as the Albany race riots, the rise of Fidel Castro, and the assassination of Robert Kennedy.
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  Cover Art: The Heretic's Daughter : a Novel Kent, Kathleen
The Heretic's Daughter : a Novel
Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.
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  Cover Art: Live By Night Lehane, Dennis
Live By Night
In 1926, during the Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime that takes him from Boston to Cuba where he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream. By 1926, Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston Police captain, defies his proper upbringing and his father's strict law-and-order orthodoxy. Graduating from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the riches, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns battle for control, no one can be trusted. For men like Joe one fate seems more likely than all others, an early death.
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  Cover Art: Watergate : a Novel Mallon, Thomas
Watergate : a Novel
A retelling of the Watergate scandal, as seen through a kaleidoscope of its colorful perpetrators and investigators.
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  Cover Art: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie Mathis, Ayana
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
The story of an African American family held together with a mother's grit and monumental courage.
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  Cover Art: The Good Lord Bird McBride, James
The Good Lord Bird
Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry's master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town--with Brown, who believes he's a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry--whom Brown nicknames Little Onion--conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859--one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.
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