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The Woman of Valencia (La femme de Valence)

LITERARY FICTION Spain: summer of 2009. For Claire Halde and her family, it holds the promise of a relaxing vacation: three days in Valencia during a dry summer; a hotel with a swimming pool to escape the stifling heat. But every trip has its complications; the sky can’t always be blue. A distraught woman makes […]

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Circus: A Novel; Or, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes

NOVEL| FICTION If Debussy and Robert Walser had collaborated on an opera, it would sound like this.―John Ashbery The mad genius of Pale Fire with the florid outlaw sexuality of Jean Genet―Kirkus Reviews For five years, concert pianist Theo Mangrove has been living at his family’s home in East Kill, New York, recovering from a […]

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The Bleeds (Les Bleed)

POLITICAL THRILLER “The Bleeds isn’t a mere burlesque of a dictatorship, but is instead a fierce political satire with real teeth.” -Jeff Miller, Montreal Review of Books “Nasrallah invites readers to imagine themselves imbedded in power structures—not for the purpose of humanizing dictators, but as a means of jarring us out of our own polarized ideologies.” -Shenaz […]

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Fauna (Faunes)

LITERARY FICTION You would think that Laura, a biologist possessed of insatiable curiosity, is actually leading several lives, because she constantly finds herself in strange places: the fog-filled city of Shivering Heights, a tiny floating hamlet in the middle of danger-infested waters, the High Arctic with its ravenous bears. A willing witness to uncontrollable climatic […]

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WTF?! (Willing to Fail): How Failure Can Be Your Key to Success

NON-FICTION | PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT What a fascinating, raw, and authentically inspiring story this is! I couldn’t stop reading it. – Pat Lencioni, best-selling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, business consultant, and speaker Brian Scudamore is everyman’s entrepreneur. This book tells the story of how everyone can, with great, productive joy, literally transform the […]

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Room 128 (Chambre 128)

FICTION | NOVEL The author of The Perfume of the Hellebore Rose comes back with a second novel, confirming her talent as a writer in the tradition of Katherine Pancol and Anna Gavalda. In the style of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this epistolary novel, populated by incredibly endearing characters, shows how reading […]

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Moonlight

FICTION | YOUNG ADULT Cristina Chiperi brings us back into the fantasy world of Daisy and Ethan, the protagonists of Starlight, the first book in her new acclaimed series. As a young author who has been climbing the charts, Cristina earned the attention of both the media and the best cultural TV shows. With a remarkable number of followers […]

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The Woman in the White Kimono

HISTORICAL FICTION  Oceans and decades apart, two women are inextricably bound by the secrets between them. Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage to the son of her father’s business associate secures her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community, but Naoko has fallen for another man. An American sailor, a gaijin—and to marry him […]

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Darling Médée (Médée chérie)

NOVEL At an airport a woman is waiting for her husband, who has just popped off for a moment, to return. All of sudden she realises what is happening as the boarding gate is closed: Ismaël won’t be coming back. Médée stands silent and motionless, not wanting to leave the airlock where this violent fait […]

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The Last River (Le Dernier fleuve)

NOVEL Mo is carrying his little brother Jo on his back. They are two small boys detached from their past and any background. They are walking, but don’t know for how long they have been walking, or where their feet are leading them. When they arrive at a river in the morning, it seems like […]

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