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The Border Of Paradise

Author : Esme Weijun Wang
ISBN : 1939419697
Genre : Fiction
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In booming postwar Brooklyn, the Nowak Piano Company is an American success story. There is just one problem: the Nowak’s only son, David. A handsome kid and shy like his mother, David struggles with neuroses. If not for his only friend, Marianne, David’s life would be intolerable. When David inherits the piano company at just 18 and Marianne breaks things off, David sells the company and travels around the world. In Taiwan, his life changes when he meets the daughter of a local madame -- the sharp-tongued, intelligent Daisy. Returning to the United States, the couple (and newborn son) buy an isolated country house in Northern California’s Polk Valley. As David's health deteriorates, he has a brief affair with Marianne, producing a daughter. It’s Daisy's solution for the future of her two children, inspired by the old Chinese tradition of raising girls as sisterly wives for adoptive brothers, that exposes Daisy’s traumatic life, and the terrible inheritance her children must receive. Framed by two suicide attempts, The Border of Paradise is told from multiple perspectives, culminating in heartrending fashion as the young heirs to the Nowak fortune confront their past and their isolation.
Category: Fiction

Border Run

Author : Simon Lewis
ISBN : 9781416596059
Genre : Fiction
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Naively following a Burmese jungle tour guide who has allured them with stories about seductive tribal women, backpackers Will and Jake discover that they have been set up to provide cover for the guide's deadly smuggling operation. By the author of Bad Traffic. 12,500 first printing.
Category: Fiction

The Collected Schizophrenias

Author : Esmé Weijun Wang
ISBN : 1555978274
Genre : Literary Collections
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Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the “collected schizophrenias” but to those who wish to understand it as well. Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community’s own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life. In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang’s analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative. An essay collection of undeniable power, The Collected Schizophrenias dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood.
Category: Literary Collections

Record Paradise

Author : Joni Jacques
ISBN : 9781499084429
Genre : Fiction
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Record Paradise is a funny, poignant and sometimes heartbreaking story about a group of friends growing up from the late 60's to now. Most of all it is a love story that has lasted over fifty four years. Greg and Chris first meeting at eight years old forged a friendship that deepened into a love that couldn't be broken although quite a few obstacles stood in the way. Most brought on by an immature Chris herself! This story is filled with wonderful, unique characters that come to life with each turn of the page.
Category: Fiction

Paradise Travel

Author : Jorge Franco
ISBN : 1429935626
Genre : Fiction
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From one of Colombia's leading novelists, a tragicomic story of unrequited love and a view of New York through the wide eyes of an illegal immigrant Paradise Travel recounts the adventures of Marlon Cruz, a naïve young man from Medellín, Colombia, who agrees to accompany the beautiful, ambitious woman he loves to New York. On their first night in Queens, Marlon and Reina lose each other, thus initiating Marlon's descent into the underbelly of our country. A leader of the gritty-realist movement known as McOndo, Jorge Franco evokes the follies and pains of unrequited love at the same time that he explores deeper inequalities between North and South America. Moving between lower-middle-class Colombia and immigrant New York (specifically, the Jackson Heights neighborhood seen recently in the movie Maria Full of Grace), Paradise Travel is an exciting work from a rising star, celebrated by Gabriel García Márquez as "one of those to whom I should like to pass the torch" of Colombian fiction. Praise for Rosario Tijeras: "Latin America's McOndo literary movement drags the butterflies of magical realism into Burger King. With Jorge Franco's narco-saga Rosario Tijeras, it may have found its first masterpiece." —Rachel Aviv, Salon
Category: Fiction

Steel Toes

Author : Eddie Little
ISBN : 0312303203
Genre : Fiction
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The author of Another Day in Paradise follows escaped convict Bobbie on a cross-country jaunt that will land him in Boston, where he finds his share of trouble as he becomes embroiled in a heist at the Fogg Museum of Art and finds himself the target of a relentless Boston police department. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
Category: Fiction

Tarnished Beauty

Author : Cecilia Samartin
ISBN : 9781416549512
Genre : Fiction
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Jamilet, a beautiful young woman is marred by a shockingly gruesome birthmark. She is shunned by the villagers in her Mexican village. In search of a medical salvation she crosses the border illegally to Los Angeles. She finds work at a mental hospital where she comes in contact with an elderly Spanish gentleman. The two of them form a spiritual bond that is more healing than modern medicine could ever be.
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Author : Christine Schutt
ISBN : 9780810151505
Genre : Fiction
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Placed in the care of relatives at a young age, Alive Fivey struggles to adapt within numerous homes and eventually finds refuge in books, a childhood that leads her to discover her own promise as a writer. A first novel. By the author of Nightwork. (General Fiction)
Category: Fiction

Trouble In Paradise

Author : Robert B. Parker
ISBN : 9780425221105
Genre : Fiction
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A gang of robbers lands on an island in Massachusetts and they proceed to rob its wealthy inhabitants. First, they destroy the bridge to the mainland. Jesse Stone, the alcoholic chief of police in Paradise, a town on the mainland, organizes a relief operation. By the author of Night Passage.
Category: Fiction

Deep Singh Blue

Author : Ranbir Singh Sidhu
ISBN : 1939419689
Genre : Fiction
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Deep Singh wants out -- out of his family, out of his city, and more than anything, out of his life. His parents argue over everything, his dad passes his evenings shouting at the television, and his brother, who hasn’t said a single word in over a year, suddenly turns to him one day and tells him to die. So when Lily, a beautiful, older, and married, woman, shows him more than a flicker of attention, he falls heedlessly in love. It doesn’t help that Lily is an alcoholic, hates her husband, and doesn’t think much of herself, or her immigrant Chinese mom either. As Deep’s growing obsession with Lily begins to spin out of control, the rest of his life seems to mirror his desperation -- culminating in the disappearance of his brother and the devastating consequences of racism.
Category: Fiction