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Hannibal
by Thomas Harris


Delacorte Pr
Hardcover - 484 pages
(June 8, 1999)
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3 out of 5 stars
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Horror lit's head chef Harris serves up another course in his Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter trilogy, and it's a pièce de résistance for those with strong stomachs. In the first book, Red Dragon (filmed as Manhunter), Hannibal diabolically helps the FBI track a fascinating serial... Read more

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White Oleander : A Novel
by Janet Fitch


Little Brown & Company
Hardcover - 390 pages
(May 6, 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
Oprah Book Club® Selection, May 1999: Astrid Magnussen, the teenage narrator of Janet Fitch's engrossing first novel, White Oleander, has a mother who is as sharp as a new knife. An uncompromising poet, Ingrid despises weakness and self-pity, telling her daughter that they are descendants of... Read more

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Timeline
by Michael Crichton


Random House
Hardcover - 449 pages
(November 16, 1999)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
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When you step into a time machine, fax yourself through a "quantum foam wormhole," and step out in feudal France circa 1357, be very, very afraid. If you aren't strapped back in precisely 37 hours after your visit begins, you'll miss the quantum bus back to 1999 and be stranded in a civil war,... Read more

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Tara Road
by Maeve Binchy


Delacorte Pr
Hardcover - 502 pages
(September 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, September 1999: Against all odds, two newlyweds manage to buy the house of their dreams. In 1982, property speculation is beginning to be a big, big thing in Dublin--and their street is very much in an up-and-coming part of town. "They laughed and hugged each other.... Read more

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The Pilot's Wife : A Novel
by Anita Shreve


Little Brown & Co (Pap)
Paperback - 293 pages
(March 31, 1999)
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3 out of 5 stars
Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 1999: With five novels to her credit, including the acclaimed The Weight of Water, Anita Shreve now offers a skillfully crafted exploration of the long reach of tragedy in The Pilot's Wife. News of Jack Lyons's fatal crash sends his wife into shock and... Read more

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The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver


Harperperennial Library
Paperback - 543 pages
(October 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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As any reader of The Mosquito Coast knows, men who drag their families to far-off climes in pursuit of an Idea seldom come to any good, while those familiar with At Play in the Fields of the Lord or Kalimantaan understand that the minute a missionary sets foot on the fictional stage, all hell is... Read more

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Vinegar Hill
by A. Manette Ansay


Avon Books (Pap Trd)
Paperback - 240 pages
(November 10, 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, November 1999: Vinegar Hill is an appropriate address for the characters who populate A. Manette Ansay's novel of the same name. After all, when Ellen Grier and her family return to the rural hamlet of Holly's Field, Wisconsin, it's not exactly a happy homecoming.... Read more

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Back Roads
by Tawni O'Dell


Viking Pr
Hardcover - 338 pages
(March 28, 2000)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 2000: Not since S.E. Hinton (The Outsiders) has a female novelist penned such a tough and titillating portrait of lower-class, crime-ridden manhood. Set in "beautiful, ruined" western Pennsylvania, amid Eat n' Parks and Lick n' Putts, Tawni O'Dell's Back Roads... Read more

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Where the Heart Is
by Billie Letts


Warner Books
Paperback - 376 pages
Reissue edition (June 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, December 1998: A funny thing happens to Novalee Nation on her way to Bakersfield, California. Her ne'er-do-well boyfriend, Willie Jack Pickens, abandons her in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart and takes off on his own, leaving her with just 10 dollars and the clothes on her... Read more

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The Reader
by Bernhard Schlink, Carol Brown Janeway (Translator)


Vintage Books
Paperback - 218 pages
Reprint edition (March 1999)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, February 1999: Originally published in Switzerland, and gracefully translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway, The Reader is a brief tale about sex, love, reading, and shame in postwar Germany. Michael Berg is 15 when he begins a long, obsessive affair with... Read more

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The Lion's Game
by Nelson Demille


Warner Books
Hardcover - 677 pages
(January 6, 2000)
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4 out of 5 stars
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John Corey and Asad Khalil have both lived hard-knock lives. As revealed in Nelson DeMille's monster bestseller Plum Island, the gruff, wisecracking NYPD homicide cop Corey stopped a hail of bullets--but he couldn't stop his wife from walking out on him. Asad, raised under Muammar Qaddafi's eye... Read more

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A Walk to Remember
by Nicholas Sparks


Warner Books
Hardcover - 240 pages
(October 7, 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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In the prologue to his latest novel, Nicholas Sparks makes the rather presumptuous pledge "first you will smile, and then you will cry," but sure enough, he delivers the goods. With his calculated ability to throw your heart around like a yo-yo (try out his earlier Message in the Bottle or The... Read more

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Summer Sisters : A Novel
by Judy Blume


Dell Pub Co
Mass Market Paperback - 399 pages
(May 4, 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Judy Blume first won legions of fans with such young adult classics as Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and Forever, in which she tackles the cultural hot button of teenage sexuality. In Summer Sisters, her third novel for adults, the author again explores the ramifications of love--and lust--on... Read more

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River, Cross My Heart
by Breena Clarke


Little Brown & Co (Pap)
Paperback - 245 pages
1st Back b edition (October 14, 1999)
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3 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, October 1999: Breena Clarke's first novel takes place in Georgetown in 1925, where a large and close-knit African American community took shape beneath the shadow of segregation. At the center of the story is baby Clara, who is swallowed by the Potomac as her sister,... Read more

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The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison


Random House
Hardcover - 224 pages
1 Ed edition (April 27, 2000)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, April 2000: Originally published in 1970, The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel. In an afterword written more than two decades later, the author expressed her dissatisfaction with the book's language and structure: "It required a sophistication unavailable to... Read more

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
by Rebecca Wells


HarperCollins (paper)
Paperback - 356 pages
(May 1997)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Wells is a Louisiana-born Seattle actress, playwright, and network TV writer; her loopy saga of a 40-year-old player in Seattle's hot theater scene who must come to terms with her mama's past in steamy Thornton City, Louisiana, reads like a lengthy episode of Designing Women written under the... Read more

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The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
by Melissa Bank


Viking Pr
Hardcover - 274 pages
(June 1999)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Jane Rosenal, the narrator of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, is wise beyond her years. Not that that's saying much--since none of her elders, with the exception of her father, is particularly wise. At the age of 14, Jane watches her brother and his new girlfriend, searching for clues for... Read more

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Bridget Jones's Diary : A Novel
by Helen Fielding


Penguin USA (paper)
Paperback - 267 pages
Reprint edition (May 24, 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
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In the course of the year recorded in Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget confides her hopes, her dreams, and her monstrously fluctuating poundage, not to mention her consumption of 5277 cigarettes and "Fat units 3457 (approx.) (hideous in every way)." In 365 days, she gains 74 pounds. On the... Read more

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A New Song (The Mitford Years)
by Jan Karon


Viking Pr
Hardcover - 400 pages
(April 11, 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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As if being a priest in this day and age isn't difficult enough, try shepherding two parishes, located hundreds of miles apart, at the same time. A predicament of biblical proportions indeed, but one the indomitable Father Tim Kavanaugh and his cheerful wife, Cynthia, can handle, with a little help... Read more

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The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger


Lb Books
Mass Market Paperback - 214 pages
Reissue edition (May 1991)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
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Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps... Read more

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I Know This Much Is True (Oprah's Book Club)
by Wally Lamb


Regan Books
Paperback - 901 pages
Reprint edition (April 6, 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, June 1998: What if you were a 40-year-old housepainter, horrifically abused, emotionally unavailable, and your identical twin was a paranoid schizophrenic who believed in public self-mutilation? You'd either be a guest on the Jerry Springer Show or Dominick Birdsey,... Read more

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Bridget Jones : The Edge of Reason
by Helen Fielding


Viking Pr
Hardcover - 352 pages
1st edition (February 28, 2000)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
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Fans of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary will recall that at the end of that sly and funny version of Pride and Prejudice, singleton heroine Bridget landed her Mr. Darcy at last--Mark Darcy, that is. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason picks up four weeks later, and already the honeymoon is... Read more

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Plainsong
by Kent Haruf


Knopf
Hardcover - 301 pages
(October 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
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Plainsong, according to Kent Haruf's epigraph, is "any simple and unadorned melody or air." It's a perfect description of this lovely, rough-edged book, set on the very edge of the Colorado plains. Tom Guthrie is a high school teacher whose wife can't--or won't--get out of bed; the McPherons are two... Read more

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The General's Daughter
by Nelson Demille


Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback - 464 pages
Reprint edition (November 1993)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
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Long before the John Travolta film of The General's Daughter (which the author extols in the foreword), Nelson DeMille's seventh mystery was the breakout hit of his career. The rapid-fire dialogue and scenes are cinematic, and the storytelling puts most movies to shame.

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Midwives: A Novel
by Chris A. Bohjalian


Vintage Books
Paperback - 372 pages
(October 28, 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, October 1998: On a violent, stormy winter night, a home birth goes disastrously wrong. The phone lines are down, the roads slick with ice. The midwife, unable to get her patient to a hospital, works frantically to save both mother and child while her inexperienced... Read more

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