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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Is eternal life a blessing or a curse? That is what young Winnie Foster must decide when she discovers a spring on her family’s property whose waters grant immortality.
Blood Child and Other Stories by Octavia Butler
These works of the imagination are parables of the contemporary world. Butler proves constant in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be proven wrong, and one of literature’s strongest voices.
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
The Dud Avocado follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late 1950s.
Tears of the Trufflepig by Fernando A. Flores
An absurdist take on life along the border, an ode to the myths of Mexican culture, and an introduction to a staggeringly smart new voice in American fiction.
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
A murder mystery with one of the detective-story master’s most enchanting creations, Nick and Nora Charles, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis.
Secret Agent Deadpool by Christopher Hastings, Salva Espin & Matt Yackey
It’s a Marvelous case of mistaken identity as Deadpool kills the wrong secret agent and has no choice but to take his place and finish his mission!
Out by Natsuo Kirino
A masterpiece of literary suspense and pitch-black comedy of gender warfare, as well as a moving evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds, and the friendships that bolster them in the aftermath.
The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige).
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, it is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human – and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.
The Gap of Time by Jeannette Winterson
Written with energy and wit, this is a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other.
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