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Kabul Beauty School

Publisher Random House, April 2007 In the tradition of Reading Lolita in Tehran, a look at the lives of women in Afghanistan through the lens of The Kabul Beauty School. Most Westerners now working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside the wall of a military compound or embassy. Deborah …

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Leap Days

Chronicles of a Midlife Move Publisher Springboard/Warner Books, October 2006 An insightful collection of essays about starting over in midlife from a fresh and funny new voice. Katherine Lanpher officially moved to Manhattan on a leap day, transferring from a rooted life in the Midwest to a new job, a …

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Looking for the Stranger

Publisher University of Chicago Press, September 16, 2016 No matter how many books and articles are written about The Stranger—and there are hundreds of them—the power of this little novel remains a mystery. Yet with all of the accolades heaped upon this work and the analyses of its literary, sociological, …

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A Lowcountry Heart
A Lowcountry Heart

Publisher Knopf/Nan A. Talese, October 25, 2016 Final words and heartfelt remembrances from bestselling author Pat Conroy take center stage in this winning nonfiction collection, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy’s many friends. This new volume of Pat Conroy’s nonfiction brings together some of the most charming interviews, magazine articles, …

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Man on Fire

Publisher Nan A. Talese Books/Knopf, 2019 Pat Conroy once observed that Thomas Wolfe, one of his early literary heroes, “writes like a man on fire who does not have a clue how not to be on fire.”  It’s a wonderful line, a visceral description of a performance in which the …

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Margarita Wednesdays

Publisher Gallery/Simon and Schuster, June 10, 2014 In answer to the question of what happened following her New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School, Deborah Rodriquez is back with a new memoir, Margarita Wednesdays: Making a New Life by the Mexican Sea. Irreverent, insightful, and blatantly honest, Deborah takes us …

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Mister Owita’s Guide To Gardening

Publisher Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, March 4, 2014 A true story of a unique friendship between two people who had nothing—and ultimately everything—in common. Carol Wall, a white woman living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle America, was at a crossroads in her life. Her children were grown; she had successfully …

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The Must-Have Mom Manual

Publisher Ballantine, May 2009 From two parenting experts as well as in the trenches moms comes a book no new mother will want to be without. Organized chronologically and indexed for easy reference, The Must Have Mom manual covers every aspect of mother and child’s life from birth to around …

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My Father’s Bonus March

Publisher Spiegel & Grau, October 20, 2009 To his friends, Seymour Langer was one of the brightest kids to emerge from Chicago’s Depression-era Jewish West Side. To his family, he was a driven and dedicated physician, a devoted father and husband. But to his youngest son, Langer was also an …

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My Losing Season

Publisher Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, October 2002 In 1954, in Orlando, Florida, nine-year-old Pat Conroy discovered the game of basketball. Orlando was another new hometown for a military kid who had spent his life transferring from one home to another. He was yet again among strangers, still looking for his first …

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NO: Why Kids Of All Ages Need To Hear It And…

Why Kids Of All Ages Need To Hear It And Way Parents Can Say It Publisher Simon and Schuster/Free Press, January 2007 Bestselling author of WHY Do They Act That Way? Dr. David Walsh writes the book his readers have been asking him for: how and when to say no …

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Objects Of Our Desire: Exploring Our Intimate Connections to the Things Around Us

Publisher Shaye Areheart/Crown Books, August 2005 You can’t take it with you, of course, but we certainly do value and treasure our precious things while we’re here. Salman Akhtar’s beautiful book is a fascinating historical, cultural, and psychological exploration of the objects that occupy our lives from family heirlooms to …

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On Living

Publisher Riverhead Books, October 25, 2016 As a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan never offered sermons or prayers, unless they were requested; in fact, she found, the dying rarely want to talk about God, at least not overtly. Rather than talk, she listened to their stories—stories of hope and regret, shame …

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The Orchard

Publisher Grand Central/Hachette, September 21, 2011 THE ORCHARD is the story of a street-smart city girl who must adapt to a new life on an apple farm after she falls in love with Adrian Curtis, the golden boy of a prominent local family whose lives and orchards seem to be …

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