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  • Educating Esméby Esmé Raji Codell

    Algonquin Books 2009; US$ 13.95

    A must-read for parents, new teachers, and classroom veterans, Educating Esmé is the exuberant diary of Esmé Raji Codell?s first year teaching in a Chicago public school. Fresh-mouthed and free-spirited, the irrepressible Madame Esmé?as she prefers to be called?does the cha-cha during multiplication tables, roller-skates down the hallways, and puts... more...

  • Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuitsby Laila Lalami

    Algonquin Books 2005; US$ 1.99

    Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits marks the debut of an exciting new voice in fiction. Laila Lalami evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco. The book begins as four Moroccans illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain.What has driven them to risk their lives? And will the rewards prove to be... more...

  • The Paintingby Nina Schuyler

    Algonquin Books 2004; US$ 1.99

    In 1869 Japan, a young woman escapes the confines of her arranged marriage by painting memories of her lover on mulberry paper. She secretly wraps the painting around a ceramic pot that's bound for Europe. In France, a disenchanted young man works as a clerk at an import shop. When he opens the box from Japan, he discovers the brilliant watercolor... more...

  • The Saint of Lost Thingsby Christopher Castellani

    Algonquin Books 2005; US$ 1.99

    It is 1953 in the tight-knit Italian neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware. Maddalena Grasso has lost her country, her family, and the man she loved by coming to America; her mercurial husband, Antonio, has lost his opportunity to realize the American Dream; their new friend, Guilio Fabbri, a shy accordion player, has lost his beloved parents. In... more...

  • In the Time of the Butterfliesby Julia Alvarez

    Algonquin Books 2010; US$ 15.95

    It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents... more...

  • The Shiftby Theresa Brown

    Algonquin Books 2015; US$ 15.95

    Practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites us to experience a day in the life of a nurse working on a hospital?s busy cancer ward. In the span of twelve hours, patients' lives can be lost, life-altering medical treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Brown gives an unprecedented view into individual... more...

  • The Sharpshooter Bluesby Lewis Nordan

    Algonquin Books 1997; US$ 11.95

    ALA Notable Book; Mississippi Arts and Letters Fiction Award. Lewis Nordan's remarkable third novel, THE SHARPSHOOTER BLUES, is in part a meditation on America's love affair with blue-steel barrels and soft-tip bullets, and in part a look at the violence and loss that ensue when the guns come out to play one day in a small town. Just as his award-winning... more...

  • The Song of the Earthby Hugh Nissenson

    Algonquin Books 2001; US$ 14.95

    Even before his birth, Johnny Baker's life is in danger. His mother breaks the law when she has her fertilized egg endowed with genes that will give her son the potential to become a visual artist. Born in 2038, John Firth Baker is the first genetically engineered artist. At the age of nineteen, at the threshold of his career, he is murdered. Now,... more...

  • The Three-Pound Enigmaby Shannon Moffett

    Algonquin Books 2006; US$ 14.95

    The average human brain weighs three pounds?80 percent of which is water?and yet it's capable of outstripping the computational and storage capacities of the most complex computer. But how the mind works remains one of humankind's greatest mysteries. With boundless curiosity and enthusiasm, Shannon Moffett, a Stanford medical student, takes us down... more...

  • The Truest Pleasureby Robert Morgan

    Algonquin Books 1998; US$ 13.95

    Ginny, who marries Tom at the turn of the century after her family has given up on her ever marrying, narrates THE TRUEST PLEASURE--the story of their life together on her father's farm in the western North Carolina mountains. They have a lot in common--love of the land and fathers who fought in the Civil War. Tom's father died in the war, but Ginny's... more...