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In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) by Sarah Ruhl

Catherine is neglected, desperate about her inability to breastfeed, and the barriers her husband has put up to not see her unhappiness. She spends her days listening to the next room–where her husband helps other marriages, treating women’s “hysteria” by applying new electrical science in such a way as to induce “paroxysms.” Catherine, her husband, and the women in their house navigate dangerous waters of intimacy and sexual discovery, to seek equality, happiness– love.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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$13.95
ISBN: 9781559363600
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Theatre Communications Group - November 16th, 2010

The Shadow of the Wind

After finding a dusty book lost deep in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Daniel becomes obsessed with discovering the authors’ fate. As he delves into the past, he finds himself uncovering a web of deception and lies, all the while falling in love for the first time. This lyrically gothic tale unfolds on the misty streets of Barcelona, and tells of the desperate, heartbreaking madness of love, and more importantly, the thrilling love of books.

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143034902
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“S. Morgenstern. Great Florinese writer. The Princess Bride.” “Has it got any sports in it?” “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.” “Sounds okay.”
Reviewed by: 
Andrea
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$10.99
ISBN: 9780156035217
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - October 8th, 2007

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

Most people are lucky if they find love that will last them a lifetime. Daniel has been in love for millennia, over the course of dozens of lifetimes. He perpetually seeks Sophia, a girl he rarely finds, who never remembers him, but will always fall in love again. Death, time, even true evil – these are mere obstacles for the love that gives you a reason for living, the love that finds who you truly are.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781594485183
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2011

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

“If music be the food of love, play on.” Orsino is sick with love for Olivia. Olivia has no interest in Orsino—but is fascinated by Cesario, the page who woos on Orsino’s behalf. Cesario is secretly Viola, survivor of a shipwreck—who has, of course, fallen in love with Orsino. Mistaken identities, practical jokes, love that will not compromise—this is one of Shakespeare’s most lighthearted comedies, the one with the greatest hope for true love.

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Jocelyn
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$8.00
ISBN: 9780140714890
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Published: Penguin Books - February 1st, 2000

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

Can things get any worse for Judd? He just caught his wife, Jen, cheating on him with his boss, he no longer has a job, and now he finds out that his father has died. The death is terrible, having to meet with his family will be even more difficult. He hasn't seen them in years and he has no intention to fix any animosity with them. For Judd Foxman, love stinks.

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Cesar
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780452296367
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Published: Dutton - July 6th, 2010

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Dana is the secret daughter of James, who is married and has another family across town. Set in Atlanta in the 1980s, and struggling with her shame and anger when she realizes that she is the illegitimate daughter, Dana becomes obsessed with her half-sister Chaurisse, who has no idea that Dana and her mother exist. And then one day, Dana and Chaurisse’s paths inexorably cross, and the secrets kept, begin to unravel. This is a disquieting coming-of-age novel that examines the obligations and bonds that make up love and family.

Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781616201425
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 8th, 2012

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai

I have not been able to shut up about this book for six months now, and I'm pretty sure I will continue to talk about it for a very long time to come. This is the novel to give the people who need books in their lives, the people who crave amazing fiction and know all to well the sway that literature can have over a person.

Reviewed by: 
Kat
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780670022816
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Published: Viking Adult - June 9th, 2011

Irma Voth by Miriam Toews

This novel is a great fit for John Irving fans, with its blend of humor, deep pathos, and wrought exploration of family and friendships. Irma Voth is a Mennonite girl whose family moved from Canada to a small and even more insulated Mennonite community in Mexico. When Irma marries a local and is ostracized by her father, she must discover on her own the way of the world in order to survive. This is an amazing, original novel that should be at the top of anyone’s wish list.

Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
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$23.99
ISBN: 9780062070180
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Published: Harper - September 6th, 2011

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Oh, but for the wonder of dysfunctional families. When a family crisis calls these three sisters to return home, we are suddenly thrown in to the delightful, chaotic, and endearing Andreas family. Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia (three points if you can name the plays) are daughters to a Shakespearean scholar father who breaks into pentameter and a mother who is rightfully determined to live her life independently regardless of her failing health. With leaning towers of books and their own secrets and baggage to back them, we watch as this family yields, rallies, and surrenders to the bonds that tie them together and to the poignant realities that will pull them apart. As the Bard says, all the world’s a stage—and this one is well well worth the read.

Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780399157226
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam - January 20th, 2011

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