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Literature & Fiction Hardcover Bestsellers, 51-100

Our top 51-100 hardcover Literature & Fiction bestsellers--updated each Wednesday. Missed the first 50? It's never too late.


1.
The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver


Harperflamingo
Hardcover - 546 pages
(February 2, 1999)

$20.80
$5.20

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Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars

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Oprah Book Club® Selection, June 2000: 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... Read more

2.
Louisa
by Simone Zelitch


Putnam Pub Group
Hardcover - 384 pages
(August 31, 2000)

$19.96


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Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars

Boston Globe, October 1, 2000
A grand, brave open-hearted novel that is not afraid of its own ambitions, "Louisa" is honest, intelligent and highly entertaining. Read more

3.
The World of Normal Boys
by K. M. Soehnlein


Kensington Pub Corp (Trd)
Hardcover - 256 pages
(September 2000)

$17.60
$4.40

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Avg. Customer Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars

b-lever, October 5, 2000 2 out of 5 stars
The World of Normal Fiction
This book was a major disappointment to me. Mainly because I found it hard to suspend disbelief at several key points in the narrative. In fiction, an author has license to present the events he or she wants to describe. But this should be done in a way which agrees with other previously presented... Read more

 


4.   A Common Life : The Wedding Story (Karon, Jan, Mitford Years.)
by Jan Karon

-- On Order
Viking Pr
Hardcover
(April 16, 2001)

$19.96


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5.
The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip
by George Saunders, Lane Smith(Illustrator)


Villard Books
Hardcover - 96 pages
1st edition (August 15, 2000)

$19.16
$4.79

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Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars

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The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is that rarity, a fable that appeals equally to literate adults and id-crazed kids. Its author, George Saunders, is a Thomas Pynchon-approved, three-time O. Henry Award-winning surrealist writer; its artist, Lane Smith, is the Caldecott-honored illustrator of... Read more

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Killing Time : A Novel
by Caleb Carr

-- On Order
Random House
Hardcover - 336 pages
(November 7, 2000)

$20.76
$5.19

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Meet Dr. Gideon Wolfe, expert criminologist of the new millenium. A professor at New York's John Jay University in the year 2023, he lives in an era that has seen plague, a global economic crash, and the 2018 assassination of President Emily Forrester. In this turbulent new world order, Wolfe's life... Read more

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Flashman and the Tiger : And Other Extracts from the Flashman Papers
by George MacDonald Fraser


Knopf
Hardcover - 336 pages
(August 1, 2000)




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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Flashman and the Tiger is George MacDonald Fraser's 11th chronicle of Sir Harry Flashman, a "celebrated Victorian soldier, scoundrel, amorist, and self-confessed poltroon." Written with great wit and ingenuity, the series is presented as a succession of long-lost memoirs, which Fraser is simply... Read more

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The Man Who Ate the 747
by Ben Sherwood


Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd)
Hardcover - 272 pages
(August 29, 2000)


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3.5 out of 5 stars

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This funny and romantic novel launches from a most unlikely premise. Wally Chubb, an otherwise normal farmer living in Superior, Nebraska, is eating a 747 that crash-landed in his cornfield. Using a special high-powered grinder he's concocted, Wally reduces metal, wiring, plastic, and rubber to a... Read more

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Tides of War : A Novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War
by Steven Pressfield


Doubleday
Hardcover - 426 pages
1 Ed edition (April 4, 2000)

$19.96


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3.5 out of 5 stars

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After chronicling the Spartan stand at Thermopylae in his audacious Gates of Fire, Steven Pressfield once again proves that it's all Greek to him. In Tides of War, he tells the tale of Athenian soldier extraordinaire Alcibiades. Despite the vaunted claims for Periclean democracy, he is undoubtedly... Read more

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Getting over It
by Anna Maxted


Regan Books
Hardcover - 403 pages
1 Ed edition (May 16, 2000)




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5 out of 5 stars

Publishers Weekly
"A laugh-out-loud debut novel..." Read more

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The Beast God Forgot to Invent
by Jim Harrison


Atlantic Monthly Pr
Hardcover - 256 pages
(October 30, 2000)

$19.20
$4.80

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Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars

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Like his other fiction, Harrison's fourth volume of novellas takes hold of you through the sweetly intoxicating influence and power of his narrative voices, from which strong characterizations flow. As usual, he blends nature with culture, more often than not folding the latter into the former in... Read more

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Not a Day Goes By
by E. Lynn Harris


Doubleday
Hardcover - 271 pages
(July 18, 2000)


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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Set in New York in the closing months of 1999, E. Lynn Harris's tightly plotted Not a Day Goes By bears all the outward markers of a romance by Danielle Steel or Jackie Collins--wealth, glamour, sex, and intrigue--except that the two main characters are more like the wily villains of a Dynasty... Read more

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The Mineral Palace
by Heidi Julavits


Putnam Pub Group
Hardcover - 400 pages
(August 24, 2000)

$19.16
$4.79

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5 out of 5 stars

The New York Times Book Review, Anita Gates
...promising but erratic. Read more

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Becoming Madame Mao
by Anchee Min


Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd)
Hardcover - 320 pages
(June 2000)




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3.5 out of 5 stars

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Many writers have engaged in the project of rescuing female figures from history, but few have tackled such an unsympathetic character as Anchee Min does in her historical novel Becoming Madame Mao. Known as the White Boned Demon during her reign of terror in China, Madame Mao was blamed for... Read more

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Winter Range
by Claire Davis


Picador USA
Hardcover - 272 pages
(September 2000)


$4.60

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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To say Winter Range is a Montana book is to understate the matter entirely. Winter Range is in fact a perfect reflection of the state itself: big and empty. Claire Davis's ultimately unsatisfying story has a nugget of plot at its center that's plenty fascinating. Good old boy Chas Stubblefield can't... Read more

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The Special Prisoner
by James Lehrer, Jim Lehrer


Random House
Hardcover - 227 pages
(May 2, 2000)

$19.16
$4.79

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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An overwhelming sense of symmetry permeates The Special Prisoner, but it doesn't come in the lovely, harmonious, balanced variety. Instead it's the terrifying symmetry of life at its most basic, of innocence, guilt, death, and rebirth. Jim Lehrer's hero, Bishop John Quincy Watson, is imprisoned... Read more

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Ghostwritten
by David Mitchell


Random House
Hardcover - 448 pages
(September 5, 2000)

$19.96


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4.5 out of 5 stars

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"What is real and what is not?" David Mitchell's Ghostwritten: A Novel in Nine Parts plays with precisely this question throughout its elaborately compartmentalized narrative. (That there are 10 chapters in this 9-part invention is just one more aspect of the author's mysterious schema.) With its... Read more

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The Last Samurai
by Helen Dewitt


Talk Miramax Books
Hardcover - 500 pages
1 Ed edition (September 2000)

$19.96


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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Helen DeWitt's extraordinary debut, The Last Samurai, centers on the relationship between Sibylla, a single mother of precocious and rigorous intelligence, and her son, who, owing to his mother's singular attitude to education, develops into a prodigy of learning. Ludo reads Homer in the original... Read more

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The Blackwater Lightship
by Colm Toibin


Scribner
Hardcover - 256 pages
(August 2000)

$19.20
$4.80

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4 out of 5 stars

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In the opening pages of The Blackwater Lightship, a stranger drives up to Helen O'Doherty's Dublin house to tell her that her brother Declan is in the hospital and needs to see her. At his request, she joins him at the creepy seaside house of their grandmother--where, as children, they awaited news... Read more

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Nowhere Else on Earth
by Josephine Humphreys


Viking Pr
Hardcover - 320 pages
(August 31, 2000)

$19.96


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4 out of 5 stars

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Although not a single cannon is fired in Josephine Humphreys's quietly ambitious Nowhere Else on Earth, the lives of the inhabitants of Scuffletown, a poor Indian settlement on the Lumbee River in North Carolina, are in every way affected by the Civil War. The demand for turpentine, their principal... Read more

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An Empire of Women
by Karen Shepard


Putnam Pub Group
Hardcover - 288 pages
(September 7, 2000)

$19.96


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4 out of 5 stars

Publishers Weekly, July 17, 2000
Shepard's powerfully suggestive [novel] snaps with memorably acerbic dialogue...Plainspoken and direct, rich in complexities.... Read more

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The Best American Essays of the Century
by Joyce Carol Oates(Introduction), Robert Atwan


Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd)
Hardcover - 596 pages
(September 22, 2000)




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5 out of 5 stars

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The title The Best American Essays of the Century seems transparent enough, but don't be deceived. What Joyce Carol Oates has assembled is not so much a diverse collection as a sonorous march through what keeps getting called the American century. Read this not as a collection to dip into but as a... Read more

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To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee


Harpercollins
Hardcover - 323 pages
40th anniv edition (December 1999)

$16.20
$1.80 (10%)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.... When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, who was four years my senior, said it... Read more

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Julie and Romeo
by Jeanne Ray


Harmony Books
Hardcover - 192 pages
(May 30, 2000)
$21.00
$16.80
$4.20

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Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars

The New York Times Book Review, Barbara Quick
Jeanne Ray executes an original comic turn on the story of Romeo and Juliet. Read more

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The Fighting Agents
by W. E. B. Griffin


Putnam Pub Group
Hardcover - 311 pages
(June 26, 2000)

$20.76
$5.19

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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In The Fighting Agents, W.E.B. Griffin retells the story (previously told in Behind the Lines) of Wendell Fertig, a U.S. Army officer who promoted himself to general and led a ragtag guerrilla force against the Japanese after the fall of the Philippines in 1943. This time, however, Griffin focuses... Read more

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Girl in Hyacinth Blue
by Susan Vreeland


MacMurray & Beck Communication
Hardcover - 242 pages
(September 1999)
$17.50
$15.75
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4.5 out of 5 stars

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There are only 35 known Vermeers extant in the world today. In Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland posits the existence of a 36th. The story begins at a private boys' academy in Pennsylvania where, in the wake of a faculty member's unexpected death, math teacher Cornelius Engelbrecht makes a... Read more

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Sharpe's Fortress : Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803
by Bernard Cornwell

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Harpercollins
Hardcover - 320 pages
1 Ed edition (October 5, 2000)




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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Britain's number one bestselling novelist is back! Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe's Fortress-the stunning successor to Sharpe's Tiger and Sharpe's Triumphmarks Richard Sharpe's explosive, unforgettable, final adventure in India.

Surviving the infamous battle of Assaye, Richard Sharpe has been promoted for... Read more


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Gone for Soldiers : A Novel of the Mexican War
by Jeff Shaara


Ballantine Books (Trd)
Hardcover - 424 pages
(May 2, 2000)

$21.56
$5.39

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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Having chronicled the Civil War in Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, Jeff Shaara casts his eye on the earlier proving ground of the Mexican War in his third novel, Gone for Soldiers. Although it secured the Southwest for a nation emboldened by Manifest Destiny, this two-year conflict has... Read more

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No Great Mischief
by Alistair MacLeod


W.W. Norton & Company
Hardcover - 288 pages
1st American edition (May 2000)

$19.16
$4.79

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5 out of 5 stars

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For the MacDonalds, the past is not a foreign country. This Cape Breton clan may have lived in the New World since 1779, when Calum Ruadh ("the red Calum") and his wife, 12 children, and dog landed. Scotland, however, remains their true home. So profound is their connection to their lost land that... Read more

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Acts of God : A Novel
by Mary Morris


Picador USA
Hardcover - 256 pages
(September 2000)


$4.60

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5 out of 5 stars

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Acts of God is a compelling novel of childhood and its secrets--about how the sins of the fathers transform the next generation. Part psychological thriller, part family drama, it is the story of Tess Winterstone, the daughter of an insurance agent who took his children with him when he visited... Read more

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Quarrel & Quandary : Essays
by Cynthia Ozick


Knopf
Hardcover - 288 pages
(September 5, 2000)




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"True essayists," declares Cynthia Ozick, "rarely write novels." This pronouncement would seem to overlook a horde of ambidextrous types, from John Updike to Gore Vidal to Charles Baxter to Joyce Carol Oates--and, of course, Ozick herself. The author of three novels, she is also among our finest... Read more

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Roads : Driving America's Great Highways
by Larry McMurtry


Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 208 pages
(July 2000)




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4.5 out of 5 stars

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You couldn't find a blunter or more accurate title for Larry McMurtry's third work of nonfiction. Roads is indeed an automotive odyssey, in which the author traverses America on one highway after another. As such, the book has a long and honorable pedigree, stretching back to Tocqueville by way of ... Read more

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Jim the Boy
by Tony Earley


Little Brown & Company
Hardcover - 227 pages
(June 2000)

$19.16
$4.79

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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Tony Earley made his debut with Here We Are in Paradise, a superbly understated collection of (mostly) small-town vignettes. He returns to the same terrain in his first novel, Jim the Boy, setting this coming-of-age story in a remote North Carolina hamlet. The year is 1934, and like the rest of the... Read more

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The Twelve Days of Christmas : Correspondence
by John Julius Norwich, Quentin Blake(Illustrator)


St Martins Pr (Trade)
Hardcover - 32 pages
1 Us Ed edition (January 1999)


(10%)

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Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars

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In this delightful spoof, a young woman sends daily thank-you letters to her unseen admirer. At first grateful for the charming partridge in the lovely little pear tree, she is ultimately driven to legal recourse after the arrival of the French hens, pipers piping, and maids-a-milking. Color... Read more

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The Marines of Autumn : A Novel of the Korean War
by James Brady


St Martins Pr (Trade)
Hardcover - 275 pages
1 Ed edition (June 2000)

$19.96


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3.5 out of 5 stars

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Readers nostalgic for the patriotic news reports of American wars prior to Vietnam, or those who enjoy vintage Hollywood war movies, will savor James Brady's accurate and informed treatment of the disastrous Chosin Reservoir campaign in North Korea in the fall and early winter of 1950. His hero is... Read more

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Big Stone Gap : A Novel
by Adriana Trigiani


Random House
Hardcover - 272 pages
(April 4, 2000)

$19.16
$4.79

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4 out of 5 stars

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In the town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, not much happens. The highlight of 35-year-old Ave Maria Mulligan's week comes on Friday, with the arrival of the Bookmobile, the sight of which sends her into raptures. Her favorite book concerns the ancient Chinese art of reading faces. Through her... Read more

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Properties of Light: A Novel of Love, Betrayal, and Quantum Physics
by Rebecca Goldstein


Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd)
Hardcover - 224 pages
(August 15, 2000)


$4.60

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4 out of 5 stars

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For smarty-pants only. Rebecca Goldstein, who made her debut with The Mind-Body Problem, has written a romance about three physicists. The narrator, a young hotshot named Justin Childs, falls in love, first and foremost, with a little-known formula put together by Samuel Mallach back in the 1930s.... Read more

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Pay It Forward : A Novel
by Catherine Ryan Hyde


Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 288 pages
(February 2000)


$4.60

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Catherine Ryan Hyde's Pay It Forward takes as its premise the bumper-sticker phrase "Think Globally, Act Locally" and builds a novel around it. The hero of her story is young Trevor McKinney, a 12-year-old whose imagination is sparked by an extra-credit assignment in Social Studies: "Think of an... Read more

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Stella in Heaven : Almost a Novel
by Art Buchwald


Putnam Pub Group
Hardcover - 192 pages
(August 24, 2000)

$19.16
$4.79

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4.5 out of 5 stars

New York Times Book Review, September 3, 2000
...a book of strong personalities...good entertainment, along with a powerful impression...written in its honor after all. Read more

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Liar's Game
by Eric Jerome Dickey


E P Dutton
Hardcover - 384 pages
(June 26, 2000)

$19.16
$4.79

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4 out of 5 stars

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The women Vince Browne meets in Los Angeles all seem to want rich men, gorgeous brothers, men without pasts. After watching yet another romantic prospect walk away, he decides to be less than honest with the next beautiful woman he meets: "I played the role and hid from my memories, told Dana I was... Read more

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The Count of Monte Cristo (Modern Library)
by Alexandre Dumas, Alexander Dumas


Modern Library
Hardcover - 1488 pages
Unabridged edition (July 1996)

$20.76
$5.19

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5 out of 5 stars

The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature , April 1, 1995
Romantic novel by Alexandre Dumas pere, published in French as Le Comte de Monte-Cristo in 1844-45. The hero of the novel, Edmond Dantes, is a young sailor who is unjustly accused of aiding the exiled Napoleon. As punishment he is sentenced to life imprisonment in a French island fortress. After 14... Read more

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Gap Creek : A Novel
by Robert Morgan


Algonquin Books
Hardcover - 324 pages
(January 18, 2000)

$18.36
$4.59

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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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Siddhartha
by Hermann Hesse, Sherab Chodzin Kohn(Translator)


Shambhala Pubns
Hardcover
(September 12, 2000)

$5.35
$0.60 (10%)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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In the shade of a banyan tree, a grizzled ferryman sits listening to the river. Some say he's a sage. He was once a wandering shramana and, briefly, like thousands of others, he followed Gotama the Buddha, enraptured by his sermons. But this man, Siddhartha, was not a follower of any but his own... Read more

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A Still Small Voice
by John Reed


Delacorte Pr
Hardcover - 288 pages
(August 8, 2000)

$19.16
$4.79

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5 out of 5 stars

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Written with a storyteller's grace and a poet's touch, A Still Small Voice is the magnificent work of a gifted young novelist. Taking its place beside the great novels of the Civil War, John Reed's sweeping saga is at once a passionate love story and a powerful human drama set against a vivid... Read more

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Martin Bauman; Or, a Sure Thing
by David Leavitt


Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd)
Hardcover - 387 pages
(September 6, 2000)

$20.80
$5.20

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Avg. Customer Review:
2.5 out of 5 stars

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Martin Bauman, the gay writer protagonist of Leavitt's self-referential novel, has not even come out to himself let alone his parents or friends when he enters college in 1980. Happiest in the company of lesbians and seemingly immune to lust or love, he assiduously cultivates his literary ambitions... Read more

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Gemini
by Dorothy Dunnett


Knopf
Hardcover - 688 pages
1 Amer Ed edition (July 11, 2000)


$5.50

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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A marvel of storytelling and historical imagination, Gemini just may be Dorothy Dunnett's pièce de résistance. This culminating installment of the House of Niccolò series is set in Scotland in 1477--and more specifically, in the world of international trade and commerce, which... Read more

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Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends
by Jan Harold Brunvand


W.W. Norton & Company
Hardcover - 480 pages
illustrate edition (May 2000)

$23.96


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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Have you heard the one about the new computer owner who mistook the CD-ROM player for a cup holder? Or the woman who thought her brains were oozing out of a gunshot wound, when the "truth" was that when her Pillsbury Poppin' Fresh® can exploded, striking her on the head with the lid, the goo she... Read more

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The Lost Legends of New Jersey
by Frederick Reiken, Jane Isay(Editor)


Harcourt Brace
Hardcover - 320 pages
1st edition (July 24, 2000)

$19.20
$4.80

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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In Frederick Reiken's first novel, The Odd Sea, a family grappled with an almost unreal dilemma: the unsolved disappearance of a son. His second effort, The Lost Legends of New Jersey, is also a family saga. But this time the focus--the suburban dissolution of the Rubin clan--is more mundane, and... Read more

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On Secret Service : A Novel
by John Jakes


E P Dutton
Hardcover - 448 pages
(June 5, 2000)

$20.76
$5.19

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Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars

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John Jakes is to historical American fiction what Stephen King is to horror: a one-man industry. Jakes, the author of over 60 books, including the eight-part Kent Family Chronicles, the North and South Trilogy, and innumerable short stories of the American West, returns to his well-trod Civil War... Read more

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Diamond Dogs: A Novel
by Alan Watt


Little Brown & Company
Hardcover - 256 pages
(September 2000)

$19.16
$4.79

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Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars

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Penzler Pick, October 2000: This disturbing first novel, set in Nevada, is the story of Neil Garvin, a high school football star who, in his own words, tells us of the night at Fred Billings's house when he drank more beer than he can remember.

Drinking beer is what high school jocks do, and for... Read more


 



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