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Persuasion

By Jane Austen

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After the man whose proposal she had rejected returns from his long military tour at sea, Anne Elliot is forced to face the decision she had made eight years before, along with the man she has never stopped loving, in Jane Austen's final novel. (Catalog summary)
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Stardust

By Neil Gaiman

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What happens when you make a promise to bring back a fallen star? Teenager Tristran Thorn is about to find out, as he ventures beyond the wall of his English countryside town. After falling in love with the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester, he sets out on a quest to fulfill his promise to his beloved-and stumbles into the magical realm that lies beyond. (Catalog summary)
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The Bridges of Madison County

By Robert James Waller

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When Robert Kincaid drives through the heat and dust of an Iowa summer and turns into Francesca Johnson's farm lane looking for directions, the world-class photographer and the Iowa farm wife are joined in an experience of uncommon truth and stunning beauty that will haunt them forever. (Catalog summary)
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The English Patient

By Michael Ondaatje

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With unsettling beauty and intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an abandoned Italian villa at the end of World War II. The nurse Hana, exhausted by death, obsessively tends to her last surviving patient. Caravaggio, the thief, tries to reimagine who he is, now that his hands are hopelessly maimed. The Indian sapper Kip searches for hidden bombs in a landscape where nothing is safe but himself. And at the center of his labyrinth lies the English patient, nameless and hideously burned, a man who is both a riddle and a provocation to his companions—and whose memories of suffering, rescue, and betrayal illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning. (Catalog summary)
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The Horse Whisperer

By Nicholas Evans

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His name is Tom Booker. His voice can calm wild horses, his touch can heal broken spirits. And Annie Graves has traveled across a continent to the Booker ranch in Montana, desperate to heal her injured daughter, the girl's savage horse, and her own wounded heart. She comes for hope. She comes for her child. And beneath the wide Montana sky, she comes to him for what no one else can give her--a reason to believe. (Catalog summary)
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The Time Traveler's Wife

By Audrey Niffenegger

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Passionately in love, Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel. (Catalog summary)
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Time and Again

By Jack Finney

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"Sleep. And when you awake everything you know of the twentieth century will be gone from your mind. Tonight is January 21, 1882. There are no such things as automobiles, no planes, computers, television. 'Nuclear' appears in no dictionary. You have never heard the name Richard Nixon."

Did illustrator Si Morley really step out of his twentieth-century apartment one night -- right into the winter of 1882? The U.S. Government believed it, especially when Si returned with a portfolio of brand-new sketches and tintype photos of a world that no longer existed -- or did it?

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Where or When

By Anita Shreve

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Leafing through his newspaper's literary supplement one day, Charles Callahan, a middle-aged insurance broker, spots a photograph of his first love, Sin Richards. Married, faithfully if not happily, with three daughters and a struggling business, Charles writes to Sin, a published poet, also married and mother of two children. Sin writes back, and as their correspondence develops into intimacy, three decades after their childhood affair, they agree to meet again. Swept up in the past and consumed by an obsessive love, Sin and Charles risk everything for each other, reaching across time to reclaim what they had in youth. (Catalog summary)
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Wuthering Heights

By Emily Bronte

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Mr. Earnshaw finds a waif on the streets of Liverpool, and brings him home to raise with his children, Catherine and Hindley. From the beginning, the strange child disrupts their quiet moorland home. Catherine forms a passionate attachment to him, and Hindley hates him, seeing him as a usurper and a rival for his father's affection. Their turmoil takes them on many twisted paths before coming to rest a generation later. A brooding Yorkshire tale of a love that is stronger than death, Wuthering Heights is the only novel of Emily Bronte, who died a year after its publication at the age of thirty. (Catalog summary)
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