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Blindness
Author: José Saramago
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054753759X
Pages: 304
Year: 2013-08-23
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A stunningly powerful novel of man's will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature. “This is a shattering work by a literary master.”—The Boston Globe A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses—and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit.
Seeing
Author: José Saramago
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547544715
Pages: 320
Year: 2007-04-09
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On election day in the capital, it is raining so hard that no one has bothered to come out to vote. The politicians are growing jittery. Should they reschedule the elections for another day? Around three o’clock, the rain finally stops. Promptly at four, voters rush to the polling stations, as if they had been ordered to appear. But when the ballots are counted, more than 70 percent are blank. The citizens are rebellious. A state of emergency is declared. But are the authorities acting too precipitously? Or even blindly? The word evokes terrible memories of the plague of blindness that hit the city four years before, and of the one woman who kept her sight. Could she be behind the blank ballots? A police superintendent is put on the case. What begins as a satire on governments and the sometimes dubious efficacy of the democratic system turns into something far more sinister. A singular novel from the author of Blindness.
The Notebook
Author: José Saramago, Amanda Hopkinson, Umberto Eco
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 184467701X
Pages: 288
Year: 2011-05-01
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A Portuguese novelist records his thoughts on current events, including the 2008 US presidental election, the financial crisis, and Israel's bombardment of Gaza. Reprint.
Servant: The Awakening
Author: L.L. Foster
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101206551
Pages: 304
Year: 2007-10-02
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Urban paranormal fantasy featuring Gabrielle Cody: Servant. Slayer. Seducer. Gabrielle Cody has the ability to see the demons among us as they really are-and the responsibility to destroy them. She can't allow anyone to get in her way, even the magnetic Detective Luther Cross. Sensing a malevolent presence watching and stalking her, Gaby is drawn again and again to an abandoned hospital surrounded by an aura of sickness and suffering-and unimaginable evil.
Mona Lisa Awakening
Author: Sunny
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 144062450X
Pages: 272
Year: 2006-09-05
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A smoldering debut novel. From the time she was a child, Mona Lisa knew she was different?but she never knew how different until a man of otherworldly beauty entered her life.
Light a Penny Candle
Author: Maeve Binchy
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101209291
Pages: 592
Year: 2001-02-01
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Beloved author Maeve Binchy's first published novel, an engrossing coming of age tale about the incredible bond of friendship. To escape the chaos of London during World War II, young Elizabeth White is sent to live a safer life in the small Irish town of Kilgarret. It is there, in the crowded, chaotic O’Connor household, that she meet Aisling—a girl who soon becomes her very best friend, sharing her pet kitten and secretly teaching her the intricacies of Catholicism. Aisling’s boldness brings Elizabeth out of her proper shell; later, her support carries Elizabeth through the painful end of her parents’ chilly marriage. In return, Elizabeth’s friendship helps Aisling endure her own unsatisfying marriage to a raging alcoholic. Through the years, they come to believe they can overcome any conflict, conquer any hardship—as long as they have each other. Now they’re about to find out if they're right... “A sumptuous saga.”—Harper’s “Wonderful…a novel that could be mistaken for life.”—New York Daily News
A Lady's Secret
Author: Jo Beverley
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101211857
Pages: 432
Year: 2008-04-01
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When Robin Fitzvitry, the fun-loving Earl of Huntersdown, encounters a cursing nun in a French inn, he can't resist the mystery. He offers to help Sister Immaculata reach England, expecting amusement on the tedious journey home from Versailles. Petre d'Avernio is not exactly a nun, though she has spent years in an Italian convent with her mother, whose death has left her in danger. She must find the only person who might protect her-her true father, an English lord who does not know she exists. The gorgeous earl Robin Fitzvitry will be a dangerous ally, but she's glimpsed her pursuers and must race to the coast. She will resist him, use him, and eventually escape him with her virtue and secrets intact-she hopes.
The Heir
Author: Catherine Coulter
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101209615
Pages: 384
Year: 1996-10-01
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A revamped regency from the #1 New York Times bestselling author When a marriage is arranged between a shrewd and strong earl and his equally matched cousin, they set off fireworks, both in their anger and in their passion.
The Thief and the Dogs
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 1101974656
Pages: 160
Year: 2016-06-15
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Naguib Mahfouz's haunting novella of post-revolutionary Egypt combines a vivid pychological portrait of an anguished man with the suspense and rapid pace of a detective story. After four years in prison, the skilled young thief Said Mahran emerges bent on revenge. He finds a world that has changed in more ways than one. Egypt has undergone a revolution and, on a more personal level, his beloved wife and his trusted henchman, who conspired to betray him to the police, are now married to each other and are keeping his six-year-old daughter from him. But in the most bitter betrayal, his mentor, Rauf Ilwan, once a firebrand revolutionary who convinced Said that stealing from the rich in a unjust society is an act of justice, is now himself a rich man, a respected newspaper editor who wants nothing to do with the disgraced Said. As Said's wild attempts to achieve his idea of justice badly misfire, he becomes a hunted man so driven by hatred that he can only recognize too late his last chance at redemption. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Jason
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0515156078
Pages: 292
Year: 2014
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Anita Blake, who is having relationship problems of her own with her first female lover, has an unforgettable experience when she agrees to help her good friend, werewolf Jason Schuyler, handle his bisexual lover.
The Courtship
Author: Catherine Coulter
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101052813
Pages: 352
Year: 2000-01-01
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The stunning Regency-era romance from #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Characters from two of Coulter’s most beloved novels in the Sherbrooke Bride series find each other in The Courtship. Helen Mayberry of Mad Jack has one passion: to track down a mystical treasure. That is, until she meets the thoroughly wicked Spenser Heatherington in a clash of the titans.
Courting Darkness
Author: Yasmine Galenorn
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 110154550X
Pages: 336
Year: 2011-11-01
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Camille D'Artigo is Priestess of the Moon Mother and wife of a dragon. But her dragon father-in-law doesn't want her in the family. Captured and swept off to the Dragon Reaches, Camille must find a way to escape before her husband's father breaks her spirit...
Talk of the Ton
Author: Eloisa James, Julia London, Rebecca Hagan Lee, Jacqueline Navin
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101105801
Pages: 432
Year: 2009-06-02
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Four novellas of tantalizing tittle-tattle in Regency England. In the salons of the ton, no tidbit is more delicious than a rumor of amour-the more outrageous the better. Rakes and rogues, ladies of high station and low morals are choice fodder for the gossips of society.
Master of Swords
Author: Angela Knight
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101158131
Pages: 320
Year: 2006-10-03
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Witch Lark McClure has survived a vicious vampire attack that shook her confidence and left her struggling with feelings of helplessness and fear. The last thing she needs is a partnership with Gawain, a handsome vampire knight who means to seduce her every chance he gets. Gawain believes he needs Lark for one thing and one thing only—and it’s not her skill with magic. In the process, he plans to help her overcome her fear and show her the pleasure to be found in a vampire’s arms. But even as passion sizzles between Lark and Gawain, a revenge-driven killer targets them. If he has his way, Lark, Gawain, and the world itself will pay the price.
Mona Lisa Blossoming
Author: Sunny
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440622469
Pages: 272
Year: 2007-02-06
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As Mona Lisa learns the erotic and savage customs of the Monère elite, some of her new subjects chafe at being ruled by one whose lineage is diluted with human blood.

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