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

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EXCELLENT

Nineteen Minutes

By Jodi Picoult

Do you know where your children are?

Entertainment Weekly EXCELLENT/CLASSIC

"This is vintage Picoult, expertly crafted, thought-provoking, and compelling."

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EXCELLENT/CLASSIC

Nada

By Carmen Laforet

Coming of age during the Franco regime.

Sunday Herald [UK] CLASSIC

"Nada's work is sui generis, a gothic horror story which deserves the widest possible readership."

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EXCELLENT

Lost City Radio

By Daniel Alarcon

Life during a South American civil war.

Rocky Mountain News EXCELLENT

"... a wise look at the ravages of war and political strife through the lens of a quietly heartbroken woman."

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EXCELLENT

In the Country of Men

By Hisham Matar

Coming of age in Qaddafi's Libya.

Washington Post EXCELLENT

"This sad, beautiful novel captures the universal tragedy of children caught in their parents' terrors."

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EXCELLENT

Flower Confidential

The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers

By Amy Stewart

Flowers: a growth industry.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer EXCELLENT

"[Stewart] has the soul of an unrestrained flower lover, the moxie of an investigative journalist."

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EXCELLENT

Overclocked

By Cory Doctorow

A collection of techno short stories.

Sci Fi Weekly ECELLENT/CLASSIC

"Doctorow [is] steeping himself in the culture of the present and then amping up what he registers as significant to a day-after-tomorrow condition."

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EXCELLENT

Mistress of the Art of Death

By Ariana Franklin

Murder in medieval England.

USA Today EXCELLENT

"Ariana Franklin's intelligent Mistress could have been called CSI: Canterbury."

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EXCELLENT

Then We Came to the End

By Joshua Ferris

There's no such thing as a free morning bagel.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch EXCELLENT

"Comparisons to the film Office Space and the TV series The Office are inevitable and not entirely off the mark."

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EXCELLENT

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