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The hobbit, or, There and back again by J.R.R. Tolkien. J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure.

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel is at once a realistic, rousing adventure and a meta-tale of survival that explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It's a story, as one character puts it, to make you believe in God.

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. A time-warp, time-travel, Chinese-box of a novel about the legacy of the written word and the soul's place in the universe. Soon to be a major motion picture with a wide release for holiday 2012, starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, and Jim Sturgess.

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is a beloved novel of doomed love, has been adapted for the big screen. Starring Keira Knightly, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson.

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Alex Cross by James Patterson. A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled serial killer who specializes in torture and pain. Based on the bestselling book Alex Cross, also published as CROSS, by James Patterson.

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The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. In a thought-provoking coming-of-age novel, Charlie struggles to cope with complex world of high school as he deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs, and the pain of losing a close friend and a favorite aunt. A feature film coming in Sept.2012 starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Paul Rudd

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Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne in The Bourne legacy : a novel by Eric Van Lustbader. Jason Bourne returns from the shadows as the world's #1 assassin...and the world's #1 target. Movie due Aug. 10, 2012

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Abraham Lincoln : vampire hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. Reveals the hidden life of the 16th U.S. president, who was actually a vampire hunter, obsessed with the complete elimination of the undead, and uncovers the role vampires played in the birth, grown and near-death of the nation.

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Hemingway and Gellhorn : The Untold Story of Two Writers, Espionage, War, and the Great Depression, now a HBO movie.

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Encore -- Hemingway and Gellhorn : the untold story of two writers, espionage, war, and the Great Depression / Jerome Tuccille.

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Nobel Prize winner Patrick White’s masterpiece, The Eye of the Storm, is being republished to tie-in with the release of the film, starring Charlotte Rampling, Judy Davis, and Geoffrey Rush due out in April 2012.

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