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Jane Ciabattari is president of the National Book Critics Circle.

Swim Back to Me

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Swim Back to Me

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Stories that explore the"risky and exhilarating" years of youth, and what follows.

You Know When the Men Are Gone

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You Know When the Men Are Gone

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The wives at a militarybase grapple with the unknown as their husbands head into combat in theselinked short stories.

The Night Bookmobile

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The Night Bookmobile

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A reader's fable in comics form, from the author of The Time Traveler's Wife.

Ape House

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Ape House

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The author of Water for Elephants returns with a captivating novel about a "lively, witty, warm-hearted and sharp" sextet of bonobos.

Work Song

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Work Song

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Morrie Morgan is back, hiding out from Chicago gangsters in a Montana mining town.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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This girl tastes life's flavors more intently than most.

True Confections

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True Confections

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A candy company’s rise and fall provides the backdrop to Katherine Weber’s mouth-watering comedy.
Becoming Jane Eyre

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Becoming Jane Eyre

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The creation of one of fiction's most enduring heroines makes rich fodder for a tale of a young writer's ambition.
The Magicians

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The Magicians

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Spell-casters in a dark, Narnia-inspired world.
Rain Gods

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Rain Gods

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The author leaves behind bayous and the Big Easy for a harshly compelling South Texas tale.
A Jury of Her Peers

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A Jury of Her Peers

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A new survey of the history of women writing in America produces a bounty of well-known works and little-known gems.
The Scenic Route

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The Scenic Route

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On the road in Europe, looking for love, or at least a good conversation.