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The Elephant's Journey

Nobel Laureate José Saramago's playful tale takes a trip through 16th-century Europe on a pachyderm's back.

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Our Tragic Universe

A metafictional foray into writing and not writing, by a novelist writing what she knows.

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C

Encryption and early 20th-century technology provide the Pynchon-esque atmosphere for this ambitious, adventurous novel.

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Ape House

The author of Water for Elephants returns with a captivating novel about a "lively, witty, warm-hearted and sharp" sextet of bonobos.

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Freedom

In his first novel in nine years, the author of The Corrections delivers another powerfully observant American family saga.

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Library Without Walls

The Long Ships

The masterpiece of a 20th-century Swedish historical novelist who belongs in the company of Dumas, Sabatini, and Patrick O'Brian.

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Pied Piper and The Breaking Wave

Two novels set in the Second World War reveal the sly yet shocking storytelling genius of Nevil Shute (1899-1960).

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I Curse the River of Time

In the new novel from the author of Out Stealing Horses, grief and comedy share the stage.

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The Buenos Aires Affair

An Argentinean author's reimagining of the detective thriller as a smorgasbord of false documents, with the reader as detective meant to tie the clues together.

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Reader's Diary

Comedy in a Minor Key

An urgent moral fable set in Nazi-occupied Holland, Keilson's novel proves that even death guaranteed no escape from the terror of the war.

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The Man Who Never Returned

A hard-boiled novel based on the mysterious disappearance of Judge Crater.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

A novel of life in the kitchen yields a sumptuous feast for readers.

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Super Sad True Love Story

A tale of love's labors in a New York of the near future, from the celebrated comic novelist.

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The Cookbook Collector

Rare books outbid giant redwoods, stock prices soar and dive, and two sisters pursue happiness in a Sense and Sensibility for the digital age.

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A Thousand Peaceful Cities

An ineffectual plot to kill the Kremlin’s viceroy Warsaw provides the impetus for this antic comic novel by a contemporary Polish master. Read more...

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