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Memoirs of a Geisha
by Arthur S. Golden


Vintage Books
Paperback - 434 pages
(January 19, 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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According to Arthur Golden's absorbing first novel, the word "geisha" does not mean "prostitute," as Westerners ignorantly assume--it means "artisan" or "artist." To capture the geisha experience in the art of fiction, Golden trained as long and hard as any... Read more

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Gap Creek : A Novel
by Robert Morgan


Algonquin Books
Hardcover - 324 pages
(January 18, 2000)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, January 2000: Robert Morgan's Gap Creek opens with one wrenching death and ends with another. In between, this novel of turn-of-the-century Appalachian life works in fire, flood, swindlers, sickness, and starvation--a truly biblical assortment of plagues, all visited... Read more

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Daughter of Fortune
by Isabel Allende, Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator)


Harpercollins
Hardcover - 399 pages
(October 6, 1999)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, February 2000: Until Isabel Allende burst onto the scene with her 1985 debut, The House of the Spirits, Latin American fiction was, for the most part, a boys' club comprising such heavy hitters as Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, and Mario... Read more

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Hearts in Atlantis
by Stephen King


Scribner
Hardcover - 523 pages
(September 14, 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Stephen King's collection of five stories about '60s kids reads like a novel. The best is "Low Men in Yellow Coats," about Bobby Garfield of Harwich, Connecticut, who craves a Schwinn for his 11th birthday. But his widowed mom is impoverished, and so bitter that she barely loves him. King is as good... Read more

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Mother of Pearl
by Melinda Haynes


Hyperion
Hardcover - 448 pages
(June 1999)
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3 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, June 1999: Twenty-eight-year-old Even Grade is a black man who was orphaned as a child; 15-year-old Valuable Korner is a white girl who might as well have been. Petal, Mississippi, circa 1956, seems an unlikely spot for these two to connect, but it soon becomes... Read more

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Waiting
by Ha Jin


Pantheon Books
Hardcover - 308 pages
(October 1999)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
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"Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu." Like a fairy tale, Ha Jin's masterful novel of love and politics begins with a formula--and like a fairy tale, Waiting uses its slight, deceptively simple framework to encompass a wide range of truths about the human... Read more

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Blue at the Mizzen (Aubrey/Maturin Series (Cloth), No 20)
by Patrick O'Brian


W W Norton & Co
Hardcover - 261 pages
(October 27, 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Almost three decades after commencing his maritime epic with Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian is still at it. The 20th episode, Blue at the Mizzen, is another swashbuckling adventure on the high seas, complete with romantic escapades from smoggy London to Sierra Leone, diplomacy, espionage, the... Read more

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The Red Tent
by Anita Diamant


Picador USA
Paperback - 321 pages
(November 1998)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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The red tent is the place where women gathered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and even illness. Like the conversations and mysteries held within this feminine tent, this sweeping piece of fiction offers an insider's look at the daily life of a biblical sorority of mothers and wives and... Read more

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Girl With a Pearl Earring
by Tracy Chevalier


E P Dutton
Hardcover - 233 pages
(December 27, 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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With precisely 35 canvases to his credit, the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer represents one of the great enigmas of 17th-century art. The meager facts of his biography have been gleaned from a handful of legal documents. Yet Vermeer's extraordinary paintings of domestic life, with their subtle play... Read more

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A Star Called Henry
by Roddy Doyle


Viking Pr
Hardcover - 343 pages
(September 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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"Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood." The quote is from Frank McCourt's memoir of growing up impoverished in Limerick, circa World War II. But the sentiment might just as easily have come from the fictional lips of Henry Smart, the hero of Roddy Doyle's... Read more

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Cold Mountain : A Novel
by Charles Frazier


Vintage Books
Paperback - 449 pages
(August 19, 1998)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Charles Frazier's debut novel, Cold Mountain, is the story of a very long walk. In the waning months of the Civil War, a wounded Confederate veteran named Inman gets up from his hospital bed and begins the long journey back to his home in the remote hills of North Carolina. Along the way he meets... Read more

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Master and Commander
by Patrick O'Brian


W W Norton & Co
Paperback - 411 pages
Reprint edition (November 1990)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
The opening salvo of the Aubrey-Maturin epic, in which the surgeon introduces himself to the captain by driving an elbow into his ribs during a chamber-music recital. Fortunately for millions of readers, the two quickly make up. Then they commence one of the great literary voyages of our century,... Read more

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Secret Honor
by W. E. B. Griffin


Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 497 pages
(January 10, 2000)
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2.5 out of 5 stars
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Don't be deceived by the blockbuster size of W.E.B. Griffin's third installment in the Honor Bound series. Secret Honor is an intricate book that reveals a remarkable attentiveness to historical detail and characterization. It is also a top-notch thriller set in Griffin's quasi-fictional version of... Read more

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Fortune's Rocks : A Novel
by Anita Shreve


Little Brown & Company
Hardcover - 453 pages
1 Ed edition (December 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Hester Prynne never had it so good! The year is 1899, and Olympia Biddeford, the headstrong daughter of a Boston Brahmin family, has decided to test the limits of her cloistered world. Spending the summer at her father's New Hampshire estate, the teenage heroine of Fortune's Rocks is entranced with... Read more

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A Lesson Before Dying
by Ernest J. Gaines


Vintage Books
Paperback - 256 pages
(September 1997)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, September 1997: In a small Cajun community in 1940s Louisiana, a young black man is about to go to the electric chair for murder. A white shopkeeper had died during a robbery gone bad; though the young man on trial had not been armed and had not pulled the trigger,... Read more

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Scandalmonger : A Novel
by William Safire


Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 496 pages
(February 2000)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Scandalmonger is the 25th book from William Safire, the prolific, feisty New York Times columnist and word wrangler. It's a historic novel set in 1790s New England, when the Founding Fathers were enduring various crises and humiliations as they scurried to become part of the history books. Always a... Read more

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Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon


Dell Publishing Company
Paperback - 947 pages
Reprint edition (December 1993)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
From Kirkus Reviews , June 15, 1992
An engaging time-travel romance, the second of a trilogy (after Outlander, 1991), that animates the people and politics of a pivotal period in history--while turning up the heat between an appealing modern heroine and a magnetic romantic hero. It's now 1968, and Claire Beauchamp Randall has returned... Read more

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Ahab's Wife : Or, the Star-Gazer
by Sena Jeter Naslund


William Morrow & Co
Hardcover - 668 pages
(October 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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It has been said that one can see farther only by standing on the shoulders of giants. Ahab's Wife, Sena Naslund's epic work of historical fiction, honors that aphorism, using Herman Melville's Moby-Dick as looking glass into early-19th-century America. Through the eye of an outsider, a woman, she... Read more

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Voyager
by Diana Gabaldon


Dell Publishing Company
Paperback - 1059 pages
(November 1994)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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The third of Gabaldon's novels featuring the time-traveling heroine Claire Randall covers her reunion with her twentieth-century husband, the birth of her daughter by eighteenth-century Scots clansman Jamie Fraser, and her training as a doctor. In due course, she feels driven to essay time traveling... Read more

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Granny Dan
by Danielle Steel


Delacorte Pr
Hardcover - 223 pages
(June 29, 1999)
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3 out of 5 stars
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For over a decade, young Danina Petroskova has known no life but that of the ballet and her mentor Madame Markova. When a deathly illness steals her from the stage, the young dancer is inconsolable, and, desperate to speed her recovery, Madame Markova agrees to hand Danina over to the talented Dr.... Read more

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The Killer Angels
by Michael Shaara


Ballantine Books (Mm)
Mass Market Paperback - 355 pages
Reprint edition (November 1993)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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This novel reveals more about the Battle of Gettysburg than any piece of learned nonfiction on the same subject. Michael Shaara's account of the three most important days of the Civil War features deft characterizations of all of the main actors, including Lee, Longstreet, Pickett, Buford, and... Read more

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Drums of Autumn
by Diana Gabaldon


Dell Publishing Company
Paperback - 1070 pages
(December 1, 1997)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Set in pre-Revolutionary War America, readers finally have the much awaited fourth book in what will probably become a six book series (The Outlander series). The talented Diana Gabaldon continues Claire and Jamie's romantic love affair, and introduces Brianna and Roger's story. Eight hundred pages,... Read more

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Gates of Fire : An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
by Steven Pressfield


Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback - 442 pages
(August 31, 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here obedient to their laws we lie.

Thus reads an ancient stone at Thermopylae in northern Greece, the site of one of the world's greatest battles for freedom. Here, in 480 B.C., on a narrow mountain pass above the crystalline Aegean, 300 Spartan... Read more


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The Ground Beneath Her Feet
by Salman Rushdie


Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
Hardcover - 575 pages
(April 13, 1999)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
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The ground shifts repeatedly beneath the reader's feet during the course of Salman Rushdie's sixth novel, a riff on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set in the high-octane world of rock & roll. Readers get their first clues early on that the universe Rushdie is creating here is not quite the one we... Read more

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In the Fall
by Jeffrey Lent


Atlantic Monthly Pr
Hardcover - 560 pages
1 Ed edition (April 2000)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Midway through Jeffrey Lent's turbulent and lyrical first novel, a wayward son indulges a sobering reflection. "Mostly, people are cruel, given the chance," Jamie Pelham observes, not only assuaging his own disappointments but also affirming the intransigence of deed and memory--and prejudice. In... Read more

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