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THE FLOWER OF CHINESE BUDDHISM

The Flower of Chinese Buddhism illuminates the development and role of Buddhism in Chinese society, with the introduction of Buddhism into China by traders and monks traveling along the Silk Route. The author examines the career and achievements of Kumarajiva, famed for his philosophical treaties and translations that form the core of much Buddhist literature. Special emphasis is given to faith in the Lotus Sutra, affording the uninitiated reader a useful and accessible introduction to the school of Buddhism that was to become influential in Japan and the inspiration for the teachings of the 13th-century Buddhist reformer Nichiren.

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BOUND

Even after nearly two decades of marriage, Oliver and Catherine Desplaines maintain their secrets. Oliver, an aging entrepreneur, has spent his life looking for the next opportunity, in business and love. Catherine is his third wife, closer in age to his estranged daughters, and he’s just fallen giddily, yet again, for an even younger woman.

Catherine herself is seemingly placid and content, supporting Oliver’s career and heaping affection on their pet corgis, but she has ghosts of a past she scarcely remembers. When her high school best friend dies, Catherine learns she is the namesake,

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A THREAD SO THIN

New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick crafts a timeless tale of friendship, love, and the choices we must make in their name.

While New Bern, Connecticut, lies under a blanket of snow, the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop remains a cozy haven for its owner, Evelyn Dixon, and her friends. Evelyn relishes winter’s slower pace—besides, Internet sales are hopping, thanks to her son Garrett’s efforts. In addition to helping out at the shop, Garrett has also been patiently waiting for his girlfriend, Liza, to finish art school in New York City. But as much as Evelyn loves Liza,

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WOLF HALL

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize, tells the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, of the execution of Thomas More and the English Reformation, all from a new vantage point—through the eyes of the man traditionally considered its villain. For centuries Thomas Cromwell has been widely regarded as the unprincipled and power-hungry opportunist whose influence on Henry VIII contributed to the worst excesses of Tudor England. But Mantel gives Cromwell a chance to tell his side of the story, from his humble beginnings at the hands of a drunk and abusive father,

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THE ANGEL’S GAME

 The author of the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind returns with The Angel’s Game , a dazzling portrait of Barcelona in the 1920s–and a labyrinth of allies and villains, lovers and legends who take us on a wondrous literary adventure. The millions of readers who savored The Shadow of the Wind will delight in being transported to familiar haunts–including the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the bookshop founded by the Sempere family–while discovering a previous generation of characters. Those who are experiencing the fiction of Carlos Ruiz Zafón for the first time will find themselves mesmerized by the dangerous liaisons brewing in The Angel’s Game.

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UP FROM THE BLUE

When Tillie Harris goes into labor with her first child, nothing is right. Her husband is away on business, the boxes in her new home aren’t unpacked, and the telephone isn’t even connected yet. Forced to reach out to her estranged father for help, Tillie must face the painful memories she’s been running from since she was a little girl – the memories of her own mother and the year that changed everything.

Tillie’s childhood home was a manic and messy world with her mother, Mara, at its center. Some days brought dancing, dress-up, and laughter,

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