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Wars Without End

‘Land is the foundation of all our trouble’, said Te Rauparaha of Ngati Toa and Ngati Raukawa when asked to account for the circumstances that had led to the killing of twenty- two Pakeha settlers and two Maori at Wairau on 17 June 1843.

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The Sanatorium

Discarded medical equipment litters the floor: surgical tools blistered with rust, broken bottles, jars, the scratched spine of an old invalid chair.

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The Hatmakers

It was a wild and lightning-struck night.

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The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

When people say ‘terminal’, I think of the airport.

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Prodigal Son

A stir moves through the Pride House Group Home, and seconds later adolescent faces pig against the muggy front window.

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Serpentine

My best friend, a seasoned homicide detective, is a master of discontent.

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The Russian

I CHECKED THE street in both directions in front of an upscale coffee house called Flat Bread and Butter on Amsterdam Avenue near 140th Street. The street was about as quiet as New York City gets.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End

It turns out the place we stopped for the night was a public park.

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Fragile Monsters

A slap. A cry. Distress, which seems a poor enough start to things.

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The Push

Your house glows at night like everything inside is on fire.

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The Burning Girls

Twig dolls peculiar to the small Sussex village of Chapel Croft.

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The Cousins

I’m late for dinner again, but this time it’s not my fault. There’s a mansplainer in my way.

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A Promised Land

I began writing this book shortly after the end of my presidency—after Michelle and I had boarded Air Force One for the last time and traveled west for a long-deferred break.

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The Truths We Hold

Most morning, my husband, Doug, wakes up before me and reads the news in bed.

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NYPD Red 6

IT TOOK BOBBY a week to decide where to park. It had to be close to the wedding, but not too close.

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The Magpie Society: One for Sorrow

The night she died, all our phones were turned off.

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Landmarks

Twenty-Five years ago, Sam Neill wrote the introduction to this book’s predecessor, Timeless Land.

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