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The Portrait

by Mari Carlson

In Ilaria Bernardini’s artful novel "The Portrait", Valeria is an author who needs a jacket picture for her new collection. This becomes her excuse to enter the house where her secret lover lays dying; there, his wife, Isla, will paint... Read More

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To Calais, In Ordinary Time

by Kristine Morris

"To Calais, In Ordinary Time" is a brilliant novel set in medieval times. In it, a group of travelers races against the Black Death on a journey that leads each to an unexpected destination. In 1348, as the Black Death sweeps into... Read More

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Midnight's Borders

by Wendy Hinman

Suchitra Vijayan’s complex history Midnight’s Borders shows how India’s policies have fueled border conflicts, with devastating effects. Vijayan uses precise language to explain the implications that India’s contested borders... Read More

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The Forager's Pantry

by Rachel Jagareski

Ellen Zachos is out to convert audiences with Forager’s Pantry, an inviting, easy-to-follow guide to tasty, wild plant ingredients that grow all around us, waiting to be harvested and eaten. Glowing photographs and simple yet alluring... Read More

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An I-Novel

by Meg Nola

First published in 1995, Minae Mizumura’s "An I-Novel" was Japan’s “first bilingual novel;” this translation maintains its original tone and cross-cultural resonance. In the mid-1980s, the narrator, Minae, sips whiskey while... Read More

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Untraceable

by Eileen Gonzalez

Two hardened men seek to relive their grisly pasts in Sergei Lebedev’s thriller, "Untraceable". A former Soviet agent who’s living in exile is murdered with an untraceable poison. This sets off a chain of events, altering the lives... Read More

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