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Soil by Jamie Kornegay
Soil: A Novel
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A renegade farmer who goes up against nature and loses forms the basis of independent Southern bookseller Kornegay's memorable first novel. When Jay Mize gave up the comforts of a respe
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For six days during the spring of 1992, the city of Los Angeles erupted in a volcano of violence following the Rodney King verdicts. Officially, the riots killed 53 people and caused $
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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
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