Contemporary

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At first glance, the timing of New York Review Books Classics’ rerelease of Helen Weinzweig’s Basic Black with Pearls is almost as intriguing as the novel itself.

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“This book will be a welcome addition to modern-day discussions of women’s rights, multiculturalism, and online technologies.”

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Jules Davis, a high school senior, loves her two best friends but envies them, too.

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Will Dando, a 20-something down on his luck New York musician, wakes one morning filled with a dream that accurately predicts 108 future events.

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“well written, masterfully translated . . . rewards rereading.”

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Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen is a novel in miniature.

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A collection of short, fictional profiles of women who chose to “love” the most notorious monsters of our time, including such failures at the most fundamental acts of human empathy and decency as

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“A brilliant and fanciful young adult novel inspired by the supposed survival of Anastasia, daughter of the last Romonov ruler of Russia.”

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“I thought about the fact that there is such a high cost to anything a woman chose to do with her life, unless she simply aimed low. But I knew that already, didn’t I?”

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After reading this book, you’ll want to tape over the camera eye on all of your devices and go back to paying for things in cash and communicating on paper.

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They say you can never go home again, and after being away for a long period of time, it can be frightening to go back. This is what Teddi Lerner is facing.

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Well known and adored by millions of readers worldwide, Chilean-American author, Isabel Allende with her 21st novel In the Midst of Winter will please multitudes of her fans and also leave

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“the most frightening book to be published this year . . . Lizzie Borden . . . reminds one that the scariest monster is always a human one.”

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“Sacrificed places Chanette Paul among the classiest thriller writers of our day.”

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“Paris in the Present Tense deserves to be read and devoured. It is nearly a perfect contemporary novel.”

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“Something happened here that summer. Something Louise blamed my mom for.”

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Cole is a high school boy, which means Cole thinks about sex—a lot.

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“This novel is one the reader will finish with a sigh, and then set his sights on the nearest bookshop in hopes of finding his own happily ever after.”

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“Read The Quiet Child for the absorbing story, strong characterizations, and entertaining writing.”

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“A cautionary tale of mining life for one’s art. And of giving one’s fantasies too much free rein.”

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Novelists are not immune to what’s going on around them and clearly author Brian Platzer, who lives in the largely black and gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, has drawn on hi

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“Erotic Stories of Punjabi Widows is a masterpiece.”

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Every family member shares some of the same personality traits, as is with the four generations of Whitakers.

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“Another tale by Womack that can’t be put down. Superb storytelling. Rounded characters. Stakes worth killing—or dying—for. This is summer reading for every season.”

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Eliza and Adam Stanley are parents to two precocious twin sons, Max and Luke.

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