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Literature & Fiction Summer Reading in Hardcover

Summer is your chance to feast on the season's readings--sizzling first novels, great new fiction from sexagenarian '60s guys, Booker Prize winners, and blockbuster authors outdoing themselves. Here's a list of books to make your summer pleasure complete.


1.
Horse Heaven
by Jane Smiley


Knopf
Hardcover - 561 pages
(April 4, 2000)

$20.80
$5.20

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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It takes a great deal of faith to gear a novel this horse-besotted to the general public. Horse love is one of those things either you get or you don't, and for the vast majority of the populace, horse stories tend to read like porn written for 13-year-old girls. The good news, then, is that while a... Read more

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White Teeth : A Novel
by Zadie Smith


Random House
Hardcover - 448 pages
(April 25, 2000)

$19.96


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4 out of 5 stars

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Epic in scale and intimate in approach, White Teeth is a formidably ambitious debut. First novelist Zadie Smith takes on race, sex, class, history, and the minefield of gender politics, and such is her wit and inventiveness that these weighty subjects seem effortlessly light. She also has an... Read more

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The Feast of Love
by Charles Baxter


Pantheon Books
Hardcover - 308 pages
(April 25, 2000)

$19.20
$4.80

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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Among literary cognoscenti, Charles Baxter has a well-deserved reputation as one of America's finest writers. Best known for his short stories, Baxter has also produced three novels. His fourth, The Feast of Love, combines the best of both genres--with a light dusting of metafiction to sweeten the... Read more

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Stern Men
by Elizabeth Gilbert


Houghton Mifflin Co (Pap)
Hardcover - 288 pages
(May 22, 2000)

$19.20
$4.80

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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John Irving wishes. That he could be as mordantly funny as Elizabeth Gilbert, that is. With the publication of her first novel, Stern Men, Gilbert has been widely compared to New England's unofficial novelist laureate. And the comparison is a natural; this writer gives us a tough, lovable heroine... Read more

5.
Affinity
by Sarah Waters


Riverhead Books
Hardcover - 352 pages
1 Amer Ed edition (June 1, 2000)

$19.96


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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Affinity is a tale of power and possession that Henry James himself might admire. In her first novel, Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters explored secrets and longing--capping off this lesbian romp with a utopian-socialist vision. Her intricate follow-up is just as sensual but infinitely darker, its... Read more

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Bee Season
by Myla Goldberg


Doubleday
Hardcover - 275 pages
(May 2, 2000)

$18.36
$4.59

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4 out of 5 stars

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In Myla Goldberg's outstanding first novel, a family is shaken apart by a small but unexpected shift in the prospects of one of its members. When 9-year-old Eliza Naumann, an otherwise indifferent student, takes first prize in her school spelling bee, it is as if rays of light have begun to emanate... Read more

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The Forest : A Novel
by Edward Rutherfurd


Crown Pub
Hardcover - 598 pages
1 Ed edition (April 25, 2000)

$21.56
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4 out of 5 stars

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With such novels as Sarum and Russka, Edward Rutherfurd has laid claim to James Michener's longtime turf: the immensely researched, meticulously detailed epic of place, in which the characters tend to play second fiddle to the setting. The Forest is the most ambitious example yet of Rutherfurd's... Read more

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The Human Stain
by Philip Roth


Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd)
Hardcover - 352 pages
(April 2000)

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4 out of 5 stars

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Athena College was snoozing complacently in the Berkshires until Coleman Silk--formerly "Silky Silk," undefeated welterweight pro boxer--strode in and shook the place awake. This faculty dean sacked the deadwood, made lots of hot new hires, including Yale-spawned literary-theory wunderkind Delphine... Read more

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In the Fall
by Jeffrey Lent


Atlantic Monthly Pr
Hardcover - 542 pages
(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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Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates
by Tom Robbins


Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd)
Hardcover - 415 pages
(May 2, 2000)


$5.50

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4 out of 5 stars

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The fierce invalid in Tom Robbins's seventh novel is a philosophical, hedonistic U.S. operative very loosely inspired by a friend of the author. "Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll are enormously popular in the CIA," claims Switters. "Not with all the agents in the field, but with the good ones, the... Read more

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Anil's Ghost
by Michael Ondaatje


Knopf
Hardcover - 311 pages
1st edition (April 25, 2000)




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3.5 out of 5 stars

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In his Booker Prize-winning third novel, The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje explored the nature of love and betrayal in wartime. His fourth, Anil's Ghost, is also set during a war, but unlike in World War II, the enemy is difficult to identify in the bloody sectarian upheaval that ripped Sri... 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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