Books Available for Book Discussions

The Library has Book Discussion Kits of each book on this list available for use by local book groups for loans of six weeks.

These kits contain twelve copies of each title, discussion questions, and a bag to carry it all in. Using their Library card, one book group member will check out a kit at the Readers’ Services Desk.  This member is responsible for returning the complete kits back to the Readers’ Services Desk by the due date. There is a daily late fee of $.25 a day for a kit returned after the due date, and fines will also be charged for lost or damaged materials. 

If your book group is interested in borrowing any of the following titles for your discussion, please contact the Readers' Services Desk at 847.673.7774 by phone, or via email at askrs@skokielibrary.info.


1812: The War That Forged a Nation Walter R. Borneman
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Ake: The Years of Childhood Wole Soyinka
All the Names Jose Saramago
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American Pastoral Philip Roth
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Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt
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Angle of Repose Wallace Stegner
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The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro
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As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
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The Assistant Bernard Malamud
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The Attack Yasmina Khadra
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Atonement Ian McEwan
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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Sijie Dai
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Bastard out of Carolina Dorothy Allison
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Beautiful Ruins Jess Walters
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Bee Season Myla Goldberg
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Bel Canto Ann Patchett
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Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Ben Fountain
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Birds Without Wings Louis de Bernieres
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The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood
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The Blue Flower Penelope Fitzgerald
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Bombay Time Thrity Umrigar
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The Book Thief Markus Zusak
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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Christopher McDougall
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Boy, Snow, Bird Helen Oyeyemi
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Bread and Wine Ignazio Silone
Breathing Lessons Anne Tyler
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Brick Lane Monica Ali
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The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz
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The Buddha in the Attic Julie Otsuka
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Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut
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Cat's Eye Margaret Atwood
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The Caucasian Chalk Circle Bertold Brecht
Cheri and The Last of Cheri Collette
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Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees Deborah Ellis
Cinnamon Gardens Shyam Selvadurai
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The City and the City China Mieville
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City of Light Lauren Belfer
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City of Thieves David Benioff
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Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
Cold Mountain Charles Frazier
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The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty Eudora Welty
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The Color of Water James McBride
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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Anthony Marra
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The Country of the Pointed Firs Sarah Orne Jewett
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Crossing California Adam Langer
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Cry, the Beloved Country Alan Paton
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Dark Places Gillian Flynn
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Dark Star Safari Paul Theroux
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The Daughter of Time Josephine Tey
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Death in Venice Thomas Mann
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The Death of Ivan Ilych Leo Tolstoy
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The Devil in the White City Eric Larson
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Digging to America Anne Tyler
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The Dinner Herman Koch
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Disgrace J.M. Coetzee
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Disobedience Naomi Alderman
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Disobedience Jane Hamilton
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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks E. Lockhart
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The Dog Stars Peter Heller
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Don't Call It Night Amos Oz
Dreamers of the Day Mary Doria Russell
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Dreams from My Father Barack Obama
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East of Eden John Steinbeck
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The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery
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Empire Falls Richard Russo
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The Epic of Gilgamesh  
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Eva Luna Isabel Allende
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Everyman Philip Roth
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Everything Asian Sung J. Woo
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Everything Bad is Good for You Steven Johnson
Excellent Women Barbara Pym
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The Facts of Life Graham Joyce
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The Family Markowitz Allegra Goodman
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The Feast of Love Charles Baxter
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The Forsyte Saga John Galsworthy
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The Free Willy Vlautin
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Fugitive Pieces Anne Michaels
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Giants in the Earth O.E. Rolvaag
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The Gilded Chamber Rebecca Kohn
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Gilead Marilynne Robinson
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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky Heidi W. Durrow
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The Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier
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The Glass Room Simon Mawer
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A Good Man is Hard to Find Flannery O'Connor
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The Grass Dancer Susan Power
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The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Green Shore Natalie Bakopoulos
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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Hanna's Daughters Marianne Fredriksson
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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
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Home is Beyond the Mountains Celia Barker Lottridge
Hotel du Lac Anita Brookner
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The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford
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The Hours Michael Cunningham
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The House of Mirth Edith Wharton
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Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson
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In the Heart of the Sea Nathaniel Philbrick
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In the Time of the Butterflies Julia Alvarez
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Independent People Halldor Laxness
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
The Invisible Wall Harry Bernstein
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Ironweed William Kennedy
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Journey from the Land of No Roya Hakakian
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The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
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Ladies Coupé Anita Nair
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Last Orders Graham Swift
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The Lazarus Project Aleksandar Hemon
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Sheryl Sandberg
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The Lemon Tree Sandy Tolan
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The Leopard Giuseppe di Lampedusa
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A Lesson before Dying Ernest Gaines
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The Lexus and the Olive Tree Thomas L. Friedman
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
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The Life Before Us Romain Gary
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Life of Pi Yann Martel
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Light in August William Faulkner
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Little Bee Chris Cleave
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The Little Disturbances of Man Grace Paley
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Living Out Loud Anna Quindlen
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
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The Lost City of Z David Grann
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Lost in Place Mark Salzman
The Lost Wife Alyson Richman
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Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
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Loving Frank Nancy Horan
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Madame Bovary Gustav Flaubert
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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Helen Simonson
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March Geraldine Brooks
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Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu Laurence Bergreen
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Martin Dressler Steven Millhauser
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Mary Coin Marisa Silver
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The Matisse Stories A.S. Byatt
Mazel Rebecca Goldstein
Measure of a Man Sidney Poitier
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The Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
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Memory Mambo Achy Obejas
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The Metamorphosis & Other Stories Franz Kafka
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The Middlesteins Jami Attenberg
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Berendt
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Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
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Montana 1948 Larry Watkins
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Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith Gina B. Nahai
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Motherland Vineeta Vijayaraghavan
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Motherland: Beyond the Holocaust Fern Schumer Chapman
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Mudbound Hillary Jordan
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My Antonia Willa Cather
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My Beautiful Genome Lone Frank
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My Life in France Julia Child
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The Namesake Jhumpia Lahiri
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Never a City So Real Alex Kotlowitz
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Nickel and Dimed Barbara Ehrenreich
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No Telephone to Heaven Michelle Cliff
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith
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Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout
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One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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One Thousand White Women Jim Fergus
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Open Secrets Alice Munroe
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The Optimist's Daughter Eudora Welty
Ordinary Heroes Scott Turow
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The Other Typist Suzanne Rindell
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Out Stealing Horses Per Petterson
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The Painted Drum Louise Erdrich
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The Painted Girls Cathy Marie Buchanan
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A Palestine Affair Jonathan Wilson
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The Paperbark Shoe Goldie Goldbloom
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The Passion of Artemesia Susan Vreeland
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Patty Jane's House of Curl Lorna Landvik
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Peace Like a River Leif Enger
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People of the Book Geraldine Brooks
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Persuasion Jane Austen
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The Plague Albert Camus
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The Plot Against America Philip Roth
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The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
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The Power and the Glory Graham Greene
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark
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The Puttermesser Papers Cynthia Ozick
Radiance of Tomorrow Ishmael Beah
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The Rapture Of Canaan Sheri Reynolds
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The Reader Bernard Schlink
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Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi
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Rebel Wife Taylor M. Polites
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A Recipe for Bees Gail Anderson-Dargatz
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A Reliable Wife Robert Goolrick
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Remembering Babylon David Malouf
The Romance Reader Pearl Abraham
Room Emma Donoghue
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Rules of Engagement Anita Brookner
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Run Ann Patchett
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Samaritan Richard Price
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The Samurai’s Garden Gail Tsukiyama
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Savages Don Winslow
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Second-Class Citizen Buchi Emecheta
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The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
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Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
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The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes
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Shanghai Girls Lisa See
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The Silent Cry Kenzaburo Oe
The Silent Wife A.S.A. Harrison
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Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
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Sleeping at the Starlite Motel Bailey White
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Small Wonder Barbara Kingsolver
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Lisa See
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Snow in August Pete Hamill
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The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
Spring Snow Yukio Mishima
The Stone Diaries Carol Shields
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Straight Man Richard Russo
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Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky
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Sula Toni Morrison
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The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
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Super Sad True Love Story Gary Shteyngart
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Swamplandia Karen Russell
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Teacher Man Frank McCourt
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The Temple of the Golden Pavilion Yukio Mishima
This is Where I Leave You Jonathan Tropper
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Three Junes Julia Glass
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To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
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To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
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Too Much Happiness Alice Munro
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
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True Confections Katharine Weber
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The Turn of the Screw Henry James
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera
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Under the Wide and Starry Sky Nancy Horan
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A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan
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Wait Till Next Year Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Waiting Ha Jin
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The Waiting Years Fumiko Enchi
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Ward Number Six and Other Stories Anton Chekhov
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Washington Square Henry James
Water for Elephants Sara Gruen
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When the Rainbow Goddess Wept Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
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The Whistling Season Ivan Doig
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The White Tiger Aravind Adiga
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Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
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World War Z Max Brooks
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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague Geraldine Brooks
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The Zookeeper's Wife Diane Ackerman
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