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The Book of Kane and Margaret

The Book of Kane and Margaret (2020)

Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi '08
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Kane Araki and Margaret Morri are not only the names of teenage lovers living in a World War II Japanese relocation camp. Kane Araki is also the name of a man who, mysteriously, sprouts a pair of black raven’s wings overnight. Margaret Morri is the name of the aging healer who treats embarrassing conditions (smelly feet and excessive flatulence). It’s also the name of an eleven-year-old girl who communes with the devil, trading human teeth for divine wishes.

Love on the Rocks

Love on the Rocks: A Positano Tale (2015)

Catie Costa '93
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Thirtysomething best friends Kit and Bridget flee their humdrum lives to spend the summer in Positano, the infamous "Pearl of the Amalfi," for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation filled with frivolously expensive and tantalizingly wonderful experiences-and that was just the food.

Waiting at Hayden's

Waiting at Hayden’s (2018)

Riley Costello '12
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From a fresh new voice in women's fiction comes a page-turning, relatable love story about the complicated nature of timing in modern-day relationships.

At Full Brightness

At Full Brightness (2021)

Thanh-Thao Sue Do '19
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When Mai Tran was born premature, and diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age one, it was obvious she was a fighter. She fought to live, to walk, and to prove she could be all she wanted to be...and more. The youngest daughter in a Vietnamese American family, Mai is weighed down by the expectations of culture and family, and is pushed toward a life path she does not want. Faced with self-doubt, a tumultuous relationship with her mother, and uncertainty about her future, Mai begins a journey of self-discovery and healing. She learns the importance of her own mental wellness, the value of self-love, and the power of forgiveness, while fighting for the future she wants.

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Bittersweet, A Coming of Age Historical Romance (2018)

Lloyd Free '64
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BITTERSWEET captures the zeitgeist of 1960: America transitioning from the gray decade of Eisenhower and McCarthy to JFK and Camelot; The House on Un-American Activities Committee versus the flourishing Beatnik counterculture. Its two protagonists, Renny and Max, students at Berkeley, flirt with Beat poetry, Allen Ginsberg and Kenneth Rexroth, Bebop, and student led civil rights demonstrations. They join the SLATE organized anti-HUAC demonstration turned riot at San Francisco City Hall. The police billy clubs change their lives forever. To escape a withering culture of night sticks, sexual repression and censorship, they sail to France, land of the Enlightenment and sexual liberation where they shed their adolescence and become young men. Join them on their epic, unforgettable journey into an incandescent world of vivid characters, romance, sex and love.

Sumerian Vortex 

Sumerian Vortex: Music From A Lost Civilization (2020)

Dominic Geraghty MBA '86
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Turn down the music on any blockbuster movie and you’ll realize that without the extraordinary power of music to stimulate emotion, it doesn’t stay engaging for long. What if musical harmonies could be encoded and weaponized to incite communities to behave in desired ways?

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Mariette in Ecstasy (1994)

Ron Hansen M.A. '95
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A novel about convent life at the turn of the century? Hardly the makings of a page-turner, yet Ron Hansen's Mariette in Ecstasy is a gripping, even life-changing book. For the Sisters of the Crucifixion, each day is a ceaseless round of work, study, and prayer--one hardly separate from the other.
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Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner 

The Kite Runner (2013)

Khaled Hosseini '88
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The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. Check out other titles by Khaled Hosseini '88 »

Milburn Avenue

Milburn Avenue (2020)

Pat Jameson '73
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It’s 1960 America, where optimism abounds, music is fun, cars sport chrome wings, beats study Kerouac, and residents are secure, working, and happy. And yet in ‘Milburn Avenue’s’ fictional city of Sylvania, a family business owner clashes with his patriarch father and mistrusted in-laws; the controller has launched an embezzlement scheme; an out of town cop pursues a factory worker over an old homicide; a high school girl has a crush on a negro student; strip clubs thrive; a college sophomore grapples with his sexuality; a young single woman finds herself pregnant and her boyfriend womanizing; local bars witness human frailties; and teenagers grow up in large inner city high schools where social class, money, race, and academic levels are as varied as the city’s neighborhoods.
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Myriad Lands, Volume 2: Beyond the Edge

Myriad Lands Vol. 2: Beyond the Edge (2016)

Katherine Quevedo '04
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Beyond the familiar tropes of knights and castles, elves and dragons, there is a whole world of possibilities for fantasy literature. This anthology collects fantasy stories whose inspiration lies beyond the traditional medieval European basis. It brings exciting new stories and overlooked voices into the fantasy genre.

The Jersey

The Jersey (2020)

Al Strane '69
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The Jersey, the impressive debut novel by author Alvin Strane, is an addictive page-turning romp bridging baseball’s early origins with the corporate drama of today’s national pastime. Toss in the discovery of when and how the sport may have actually been integrated based on modern forensic science and you have a classic in the making.

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Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels and the Borderland Dream (2017)

Joseph "Joe" Tone '01
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Joe Tone’s riveting, exquisitely layered crime narrative, set against the high-stakes world of horse racing, is an intimate story about family, loyalty, and the tragic costs of a failed drug war.

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever (2021)

Isabel Yap '13
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Spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales: the magic in Isabel Yap’s debut collection jumps right off the page, from the joy in her new novella, “A Spell for Foolish Hearts” to the terrifying tension of the urban legend “Have You Heard the One About Anamaria Marquez.”

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Sophia of Silicon Valley: A Novel (2018)

Anna Yen '91
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Sharp, dramatic, and full of insider dish, SOPHIA OF SILICON VALLEY is one woman’s story of a career storming the corridors of geek power and living in the shadow of its outrageous cast of maestros.

 

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