Bookmarks selections: staff favorites from among the most highly rated books in this issue.

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EXCELLENT

A Thousand Splendid Suns

By Khaled Hosseini

Afghan life--from the female perspective.

Charlotte Observer EXCELLENT/CLASSIC

"He surpasses the power and depth of his first novel, The Kite Runner."

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EXCELLENT

American Youth

By Phil LaMarche

Coming of age, 21st century-style.

Los Angeles Times CLASSIC

"... one of the most savagely beautiful, emotionally devastating and accurate readings of what it means to grow up in our soul-starved homeland that I've ever read."

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EXCELLENT

The Raw Shark Texts

By Steven Hall

Memory and identity get postmodern.

Minneapolis Star Tribune EXCELLENT/CLASSIC

"This book is going to be a huge success; the movie is already optioned and the computer game can't be far behind."

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EXCELLENT/CLASSIC

What the Dead Know

By Laura Lippman

A triumph from Tess Monaghan's creator.

Philadelphia Inquirer EXCELLENT/CLASSIC

"Lippman has not only expanded the frontiers of genre fiction, she has also enriched the body of American literature."

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EXCELLENT

Brasyl

By Ian McDonald

Three stories, infinite possibilities.

Sci Fi Weekly EXCELLENT/CLASSIC

"... a tripartite thriller that whipsaws the reader's expectations and enjoyment around like a motorcycle ride straight down the Sugarloaf."

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EXCELLENT

After Dark

By Haruki Murakami

An alternate nocturnal world.

Denver Post EXCELLENT/CLASSIC

"After Dark fully fulfills expectations, but its slim size ... makes it arguably the most accessible of his work."

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EXCELLENT

My Holocaust

By Tova Reich

How to exploit genocide.

Washington Post EXCELLENT/CLASSIC

"Serious and hilarious and utterly scathing--no, lacerating; no, disemboweling--My Holocaust takes no prisoners."

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EXCELLENT

Einstein

His Life and Universe

By Walter Isaacson

The life of a genius.

Miami Herald EXCELLENT/CLASSIC

"Walter Isaacson's ambitious biography of Albert Einstein radiates intelligence, wit and eloquence."

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EXCELLENT

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