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    Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk

Tracing the journey of Arthur Youngblood Hawke from the small Kentucky mining town of his childhood to the pinnacle of literary celebrity and success in New York and Hollywood, the novel brings to life a whole galaxy of vivid characters as it offers one of the most sobering and enthralling portraits of the literary life ever written.

Year: 1962
Genre: Rise and Fall

    Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw

A memorable novel by one of America’s greatest twentieth-century authors, Rich Man, Poor Man offers a gripping ride through America between the Second World War and Vietnam. It was made into one of the first primetime TV mini-series, and starred Nick Nolte, Peter Strauss, and Susan Blakely.

Year: 1969
Genre: Family Saga

    The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

In this fictionalized treatment of a real case, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, both L.A. cops obsessed with the Black Dahlia, journey through the seamy underside of Hollywood to the core of the dead girl’s twisted life.

Year: 1987
Genre: Crime Fiction

    The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway

In this definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, readers will delight in the author's most beloved classics such as The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Hills Like White Elephants, and A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, and will discover seven new tales published for the first time in this collection. For Hemingway fans The Complete Short Stories is an invaluable treasure.

Year: 1987

    Summer of '49 by David Halberstam

With incredible skill, passion, and insight, Pulitzer Prize-winningauthor David Halberstam returns us to a glorious time when the dreams of a now almost forgotten America rested on the crack of a bat.The year was 1949, and a war-weary nation turned from the battlefields to the ball fields in search of new heroes. It was a summer that marked the beginning of a sports rivalry unequaled in the annals of athletic competition.

Year: 1989
Genre: Baseball




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1962Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk Rise and Fall
1969Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw Family Saga
1987The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy Crime Fiction, L.A. Quartet, Los Angeles
1987The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway Short Stories
1989Summer of '49 by David Halberstam Baseball, Non-Fiction
1998I Married a Communist by Philip Roth Historical, Zuckerman
1999Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem Hardboiled Detective, Conspiracy, Defective Detective
2003The Tristan Betrayal by Robert Ludlum Espionage, WWII: European Theater
20041942 by Winston Groom World War II, Non-Fiction
2004Double Play: A Thriller by Robert B. Parker Crime Fiction, Baseball
2004The Plot Against America by Philip Roth Alternate History, Political Thriller
2007Up in Honey's Room by Elmore Leonard Police Procedural, Carl Webster
2015The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello Historical, Thriller
2015World Gone by by Dennis Lehane Organized Crime, Coughlin, Cuba, Florida
2018The Reckoning by John Grisham Southern Gothic, Courtroom Drama, World War II
2019One Good Deed by David Baldacci Crime Fiction, Historical Thriller, Aloysius Archer
2021A Gambling Man by David Baldacci Crime Fiction, Hardboiled Detective, Mystery, Aloysius Archer, Hollywood, Reno





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