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The Weeping Woman by Zoé Valdeś, translated by David Frye

A writer resembling Zoé Valdeś--a Cuban exile living in Paris with her husband and young daughter--is preparing a novel on the life of Dora Maar, one of the most promising artists in the Surrealist movement until she met Pablo Picasso. She became The Weeping Woman captured in his famous portrait....

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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Tells the story of Tita De La Garza, the youngest daughter in a family living in Mexico at the turn of the 20th century. We learn of Tita’s struggle to pursue true love and claim her independence. Recipes with every chapter....

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Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason, translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb

Inspector Erlendur investigates the death of a homeless man he had befriended and is drawn into the strange and dark underworld of the city. This is a riveting prequel to the series....

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Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne (translated from the French)

A trouble-shooting 19th century seaman is trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing of late. Teaming with a scientist and a diver, they set sail to investigate. They are promptly captured by the megalomaniac Captain Nemo, who skippers a lavish, scientifically advanced submarine....

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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, translated from the Italian by William Weaver

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective....

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The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell, trnslated by Henning Koch

An account of the Nazis' systematic pillaging of Europe's libraries, and the heroic efforts of librarians working today to return the books to their owners, explores how stolen books were used as part of a campaign to rewrite history in accordance with Third Reich views....

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship....

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

A masterpiece that tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different--and far more satisfying--than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams....

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Absolutely On Music: Conversations by Haruki Murakami with Seiji Ozawa ; translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin

A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing illuminates the perspectives and shared interests of the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage and his close friend, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra....

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, translated from the French

Relates a sailor's preparation for and execution of revenge against the three men responsible for his fifteen years in prison....

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The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky

Consists essentially of five "books," each of which leads to a different death for an unnamed woman protagonist. How could it all have gone differently?...

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In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

It begins with a minor traffic accident--which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster--a 60-year-old human rights scholar--hits the car of Evelyn Ortega--a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala--in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor's house seeking help....

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Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin, translated from the Swedish by Marlaine Delargy

Twenty years after Jens disappeared without a trace from the island of Oland, a package is mailed to the boy's grandfather that contains the worn and mended shoe of a child, prompting the grandfather to contact the child's mother, resume the hunt for the boy, and make a shocking connection between Jens's disappearance and the island's most notorious murder case....

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The Four Books by Yan Lianke, translated from the Chinese by Carlos Rojas

Imprisoned in a Communist labor camp, a group of intellectuals live inside a community where everyone is encouraged to inform on each other for dissident behavior to win political favor and the chance at freedom—until they are abandoned by the regime and left on their own to survive....

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The Shell: Memoirs of a Hidden Observer by Mustafa Khalifa ; translated by Paul Starkey

"...a Syrian political prisoner of conscience, an atheist mistaken for a radical Islamist - the worst kind of enemy of the state - who was locked up for 14 years without a trial. Shunned by his fellow inmates, Musa remains silent and mostly unspoken-to for the duration of his incarceration. A young film school graduate at the start, he is a defiant and stoic narrator, somehow able to pick out humor and irony in the shocking events and the characters he describes. Yet even the strongest personality cannot hold out under such brutal conditions forever..." (from publisher description)...

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Heidi by Johanna Spyri

A Swiss orphan is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their happy home in the mountains to go to school and to care for an invalid girl in the city....

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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg ; translated from the Swedish by Rod Bradbury

Fed up when the new management of their retirement home begins cutting corners, a group of seniors begin a life of white collar crime and plot to carry out a complex, untraceable heist at the National Museum....

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein

The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila....

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The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright

The Bamboo Stalk takes an unflinching look at the universal struggles of identity, race, and class as they intersect between two disparate societies: Kuwait and the Philippines. Winner of the 2013 International Prize for Arab Fiction....

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The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

This is the poignant story of the sensitive, melancholic sea-princess who cannot quell her longing for a human soul and a chance to win eternal life. It is the story of her hopes, dreams, and adventures, out of which unfolds the true meaning of love....

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland

The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a 24-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation....

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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa

Tells the story of the Buendia family, set against the background of the evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town....

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The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated from the Chinese

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project send signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion....

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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, translated from the German by A.W. Wheen

Paul Baumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany's Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. Paul watches his Second Company --150 men strong-- reduced in a single battle to 32 weary survivors....

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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, translated from the Russian

Dostoevsky's crowning achievement, this novel is a tale of patricide & family rivalry that embodies the moral & spiritual dissolution of an entire society (Russia in the 1870s). ...

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, translated from the French

An aviator, whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert, encounters a little man from a small planet who describes his adventures in the universe, seeking the secret of what is really important in life....

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