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THE GATHERING STORM by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

THE GATHERING STORM by Robert Jordan is the 12th in “The Wheel of Time” series that I began reading about 15 years ago, following the recommendation of a KU student.  It’s pure fantasy, taking you into a world that speaks of strange, frightening creatures, as well as telepathic abilities.
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ISBN: 9780765341532
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Published: Tor Books - September 28th, 2010

Now in development for TV

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time(R) by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.


LUSH LIFE by Richard Price

A random murder is the catalyst to jump into New York City’s Lower East Side in Richard Price’s LUSH LIFE. The neighborhood in question is illustrated as a place of conflict between the young, hip, and mainly white artistic crowd with the socially marginalized rainbow of poor, project-bound immigrants and tragic youth.

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ISBN: 9780312428228
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Published: Picador USA - March 3rd, 2009

A National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year


WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel

Winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize, WOLF HALL is a complex, multi-layered novel about the time of religious tumult of the 1530s and a story of the life of a moderate, brilliant counselor and financier, Thomas Cromwell.
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ISBN: 9780312429980
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Published: Picador USA - August 31st, 2010

WINNER OF THE 2009 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


UNDERWORLD by Don DeLillo

DeLillo chronicles life in the United States during the Cold War. The story weaves through forty-plus years of lives private and public (including J.

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ISBN: 9780684848150
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 9th, 1998

A finalist for the National Book Award, Don DeLillo's most powerful and riveting novel--"a great American novel, a masterpiece, a thrilling page-turner" (San Francisco Chronicle)--Underworld is about the second half of the twentieth century in America and about two people, an artist and an executive, whose lives intertwine in New York in the fifties and again in the nineties.


20% off hardcover fiction through New Years

Hardcover fiction is 20% off through January 1 This snow storm that has come barreling through the Midwest is trying to tell you something -- it’s the perfect time to get a good novel to read.  Celebrate the official beginning of Reading Season (that’s what we call winter around here) by checking out some of the acclaimed and award-winning fiction from 2009. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LACUNA by Barbara Kingsolver ($26.99).  Kingsolver’s first novel since The Poisonwood Bible follows the life of Harrison William Shepherd from Mexico to North Carolina to Washington D.C.  Shepherd is the son of a failed marriage between an American man and Mexican woman.  He spends his younger days working in the household of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, where he also encounters Leon Trotsky.  Shepherd eventually moves to Asheville, N.C., where he has a successful career as a writer before he is investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee.  Kingsolver pulls the reader into these events intimately by using letters, journal entries and newspaper clippings as narration devices. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HALF BROKE HORSES by Jeannette Walls ($26.00).  This "true-life novel" tells the story of Walls’s grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, who led an amazing, rough-and-tumble life in the southwest and midwest. Her resume included bootlegger, teacher, rodeo rider, marriage to a bigamist, and mother.  Walls brings the same storytelling that made The Glass Castle so engrossing to readers in yet another amazing story from her family.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A GATE AT THE STAIRS by Lorrie Moore ($25.95).  Tassie Keltjin is a 20 year-old student attending a Midwestern college who becomes the nanny of a recently-adopted child in this coming-of-age novel set in the post-9/11 world.  Publisher’s Weekly says of the book, "Moore’s graceful prose considers serious emotional and political issues with low-key clarity and poignancy."
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel  ($27.00). Mantel’s novel, winner of the 2009 Man Booker prize is set in the 1520’s court of Henry VIII.  The story chronicles the King’s desire for a male heir, his divorce from Catherine of Aragon and subsequent marriage to Anne Boylen, and the installation of himself as the head of a new church, the Church of England.  Told through the voice of Thomas Cromwell, the Man Booker Prize committee said of the book, "It probes the mysteries of power by examining and describing the meticulous dealings in Henry VIII’s court, revealing in thrilling prose how politics and history is made by men and women."

INFINITE JEST by David Foster Wallace

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ISBN: 9780316066525
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 13th, 2006

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need t


THE GATHERING STORM by Robert Jordan

THE GATHERING STORM by Robert Jordan is the 12th in a series, “The Wheel of Time” that I began reading about 15 years ago, following the recommendation of a KU student. It’s pure fantasy, taking you into a world that speaks of strange, frightening creatures, as well as telepathic abilities.
The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780765341532
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - September 28th, 2010

Now in development for TV

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time(R) by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.


Reading: LARRY BAKER, Tuesday, November 10

November 10 Tuesday 7PM @ THE RAVEN Larry Baker Reads from his new book
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$24.95
ISBN: 9781888160444
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ice Cube Books - September 1st, 2009

ry Ducharme is at the end of his rope. Booze and bad decisions have taken him from the A-list of talk radio fame down to a tiny cinder-block station, WWHD, in St. Augustine, Florida. He talks, mostly to himself, from 10 pm to 2 am. Not sure anybody is listening, reading books and poetry that he likes, not caring if anyone agrees with him, playing golden-oldies from the Sixties,


THE BIBLE SALESMAN by Clyde Edgerton

THE BIBLE SALESMAN by Clyde Edgerton is every bit as quirky and hilarious as novels by venerable Southern authors Eudora Welty, Erskine Caldwell, and Walker Percy. Throughout the course of the novel, our naive young hero questions his already tenuous faith and falls in with a car thief who has convinced him they’re both working undercover for the FBI.
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ISBN: 9780316117579
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 15th, 2016

Preston Clearwater has been a criminal since stealing two chain saws and 1,600 pairs of aviator sunglasses from the army during the Second World War. Back on the road in postwar North Carolina, now a member of a car-theft ring, he picks up hitchhiking Henry Dampier, an innocent twenty-year-old Bible salesman.


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