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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Paperback) ~ Junot Diaz (A ... Cover Art
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Paperback)
Junot Diaz
2008-09-02


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Oscar Wao is an overweight Dungeons & Dragons-playing geek living in a Dominican-American ghetto whose dreams are cut short by the 500-year curse that has plagued his family and his people, "The Curse of the New World." In his first novel since his universally revered collection of short stories, DROWN, Junot Diaz continues to distill the essence of the fractured second-generation experience.
 
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Brisingr (Inheritance, Book 3) (Hardcover) ~ Christopher Paolini Cover Art
 
Brisingr (Inheritance, Book 3) (The Inheritance Cycle) (Hardcover)
Christopher Paolini
2008-09-20


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War, love, and a strenuous battle of good versus evil are in store for Christopher Paolini fans in his third title of the Inheritance series.
 
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Flat Belly Diet (Hardcover) ~ Cynthia Sass (Author) and Liz ... Cover Art
 
Flat Belly Diet (Hardcover)
Liz Vaccariello, Cynthia Sass
2008-10-28


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Draws on the resources of the popular health magazine Prevention to counsel readers on how to target middle-body fat stores using strategic food combinations, in a guide that also makes recommendations for reducing stress, sleeping more productively, and staying committed to a healthier lifestyle.
 
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New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) (Paperback) ~ Stephenie Mey ... Cover Art
 
New Moon (The Twilight Saga) (Paperback)
Stephenie Meyer
2008-05-31


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Having begun a most unlikely romance, Bella and Edward are together and on the run in the forest of Fork as dangerous wolves and the revenge of a female vampire track them down at every turn, in the exciting fantasy sequel to Twilight.
 
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Hardcover) ~  ... Cover Art
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel (Hardcover)
Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
2008-07-29


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This warm, inspiring novel originated in the true life stories of Mary Ann Fiery Shaffer, who, upon learning of her terminal illness, contacted her niece Annie Barrows to help her finish the novel. Though Shaffer died in 2008, the year of the novel's publication, her memories of the hardships of war and the resilience of the people of Guernsey live on in this delightful book.
 
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The Last Lecture (Hardcover) ~ Jeff Zaslow (Author) Cover Art
 
The Last Lecture (Hardcover)
Randy Pausch
2008-04-08


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In this inspiring and sometimes moving publishing phenomenon, computer science professor Randy Pausch offers a summation of his life and what he has learned. The book is derived from a presentation that Pausch made after he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Addressing his children, he spoke on the topic "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams." When a tape of his talk was published on the YouTube website, it became a hit, as millions who viewed the clip found that his words struck a chord. Here he fleshes out and adds to his earlier work. What comes through is a gentle, sincere, and clear set of lessons on living and appreciating.
 
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Stori Telling (Hardcover) ~ Hilary Liftin (Author) Cover Art
 
Stori Telling (Hardcover)
Hilary Liftin (Author), Tori Spelling (Author) and Hilary Liftin (Contributor)
2008-03-11


  
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From her over-the-top first wedding to finding new love to her much-publicized--and misunderstood--"disinheritance," sTORI Telling is a juicy, eye-opening, enthralling look at what it really means to be Tori Spelling.
 
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Untitled Oprah #62 (Hardcover) ~ Various (Author) Cover Art
 
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel (Oprah Book Club #62) (Hardcover)
David Wroblewski
2008-09-19
Ecco


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In this enchanting debut novel, a mute boy with the ability to communicate with dogs becomes suspicious of his uncle after the death of his father--a plot readers of "Hamlet" will find familiar.
 
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hardcover) ~ J. K. Rowling (Author) Cover Art
 
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hardcover)
J. K. Rowling (Author)
2008-12-04
Children's High Level Group


  
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"The Tales of Beedle The Bard" is without doubt an exciting addition to the canon of Harry Potter. They also reveal the wonderful versatility of the author, as she tackles with relish the structure and varying tones of a classic fairy tale. There are five tales included in the book: 'The Tale of the Three Brothers', which is recounted in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; plus four more-- 'The Fountain of Fair Fortune', 'The Warlock's Hairy Heart', 'The Wizard and the Hopping Pot', and 'Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump'. Each tale has its own magical character and will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril.
 
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A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club ... Cover Art
 
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61) (Paperback)
Eckhart Tolle
2008-01-30


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lluminating, enlightening, and uplifting,"A New Earth" is a profoundly spiritual guide to creating a better way of living and a better world to live in. Eckhart Tolle presents readers with an honest look at the current state of humanity: He implores us to see and accept that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity.
 

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