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Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Madeleine Thien

Set in China before, during and after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations--those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution in the mid-twentieth century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

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Don't I Know You? new book icon
Jackson, Marni

What if some of the artists we feel as if we know - Meryl Streep, Neil Young, Bill Murray - turned up in the course of our daily lives? This is what happens to Rose McEwan, an ordinary woman who keeps having strange encounters with famous people.

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Dovekeepers, The
Alice Hoffman

A book of psychological historical fiction about a number of women and the relationship with their families told against the backdrop of Masada in ancient Israel.

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Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Barak Obama

Barack Obama wrote this memoir over ten years ago before he became the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois. In candid detail Obama shares his story of being raised by a white mother and grandparents in Hawaii while his father lived in Kenya. While living in Chicago, Obama began to witness corruption, poverty, and racism and was compelled to make a change. He left Chicago for three years to study law at Harvard University and returned to Chicago empowered with knowledge of law and pursued to make many changes.After his father's death and not really knowing his father or his inheritance Obama goes to Kenya to met his African family and learn of his heritage and customs. At the end of the book Barack Obama shares his Keynote Address at the Democratic Convention on July 27, 2004.

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East of Eden
John Steinbeck

This novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the rivalry of Cain and Abel.

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Westover, Tara

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

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Elegance of the Hedgehog
Muriel Barbery

The book follows events in the life of a concierge, Renee Michel, whose deliberately concealed intelligence is uncovered by an unstable but intellectually precocious girl named Paloma Josse.

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Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
Dunn, Mark

Ella lives on the Isle of Nollop, home to Nevin Nollop - originator of that fine sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" - you know, the sentence with all the letters of the alphabet in it. All is right on the Isle of Nollop until the letters begin to fall from Nevin Nollop's memorial statue. The governing council of the Isle decides that the loosening letters should not be reattached to the monument - rather, citizens of Nollop should no longer use the letters that have released their hold. Told in increasingly cryptic and phonetically written notes and letters, Ella Minnow Pea is a delightful romp through the political landscape of totalitarianism.

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Every Lost Country
Steven Heighton

Dr. Lewis Book and his daughter Sophie are on a climbing expedition when they see a group of Tibetan refugees fleeing Chinese soldiers. When the surviving Tibetans are captured, Book and the film-maker recording the ascent are taken away with them. The expedition leader continues his climb and the fugitives are caught in a deadly pursuit.

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Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng

Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; the middle child of a Chinese American family in 1970s small-town Ohio. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.

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