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Weeks on List: 8

State of Wonder

by Ann Patchett

Hardcover, 353 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published June 7 2011 | purchase

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A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh must step out of her comfort zone when she is sent into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years — a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.

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Weeks on List: 3

A Dance With Dragons

by George R.R. Martin

Hardcover, 1016 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published July 12 2011 | purchase

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George R.R. Martin

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New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms as Daenerys Targaryen, ruling in the East, fights off a multitude of enemies. Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, faces his foes both in the Watch and beyond the great Wall of ice and stone.

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Weeks on List: 23

The Paris Wife

by Paula McLain

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published February 22 2011 | purchase

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The Paris Wife follows the life of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, as she navigates 1920s Paris.

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Ghost Story

A Novel of the Dresden Files

by Jim Butcher

Hardcover, 481 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published July 26 2011 | purchase

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Wizard detective Harry Dresden, murdered by an unknown assassin, must save his friends and his soul without any magic to help him.

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Weeks on List: 2

Portrait of a Spy

by Daniel Silva

Hardcover, 455 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published July 19 2011 | purchase

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After failing to stop a suicide bomber attack in London, master art restorer and assassin Gabriel Allon is summoned by the CIA, finding an organization riddled with dissent — and ill-equipped to deal with the deadly new face of global jihadist terrorism.

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Rules of Civility

by Amor Towles

Hardcover, 335 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published July 26 2011 | purchase

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A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multimillionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well and a single-minded widow.

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Weeks on List: 7

Maine

by J. Courtney Sullivan

Hardcover, 388 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published June 14 2011 | purchase

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Three generations of women converge on the family beach house in this wickedly funny, emotionally resonant story of love and dysfunction.

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The Last Werewolf

by Glen Duncan

Hardcover, 293 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published July 12 2011 | purchase

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Rendered the last of his kind after a colleague's death, 200-year-old werewolf Jake struggles with depression and contemplates suicide until powerful forces that have personal agendas and the power to keep him alive take over his life.

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Weeks on List: 13

Caleb's Crossing

by Geraldine Brooks

Hardcover, 306 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published May 3 2011 | purchase

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Forging a deep friendship with a Wampanoag chieftain's son on the Great Harbor settlement where her minister father is working to convert the tribe, Bethia follows her friend through his Ivy League education and his efforts to bridge cultures among the colonial elite.

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Weeks on List: 21

The Tiger's Wife

by Tea Obreht

Hardcover, 337 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published March 8 2011 | purchase

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Tea Obreht's debut novel takes place in an unnamed Balkan country similar to the former Yugoslavia. Natalia, a young medical student, is on her way to an orphanage in enemy territory when she learns that her beloved grandfather has died. As his confidante, Natalia was not only aware of his cancer; she was also privy to his many incredible adventures, the two most fantastic being his stories of the Deathless Man and the Tiger's Wife.

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

by Stieg Larsson

Hardcover, 563 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published May 25 2010 | purchase

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While recovering in the hospital, Lisbeth Salander enlists the aid of journalist Mikael Blomkvist to prove her innocent of three murders and identify the corrupt politicians who have allowed her to suffer. Translated by Reg Keeland.

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Turn of Mind

by Alice LaPlante

Hardcover, 307 pages, Atlantic Monthly Press, $24, published July 5 2011 | purchase

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Implicated in the murder of her best friend, Jennifer White, a brilliant retired surgeon with dementia, struggles with fractured memories of their complex relationship and wonders if she actually committed the crime.

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Then Came You

by Jennifer Weiner

Hardcover, 338 pages, Pocket Books, $26.99, published July 12 2011 | purchase

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The plans of four women — including a college student egg donor, a working-class surrogate mother, a wealthy woman, and her stepdaughter — are thrown into turmoil when the wealthy woman's husband suddenly dies and names the stepdaughter the unborn baby's guardian.

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The Hypnotist

by Lars Kepler and Ann Long

Hardcover, 503 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $27, published June 21 2011 | purchase

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Swedish Detective Inspector Joona Linna investigates the murders of three family members whose killing was witnessed by a fourth intended victim, a traumatized child whose shock Linna hopes to penetrate through hypnotism.

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Conquistadora

by Esmeralda Santiago

Hardcover, 413 pages, Random House Inc, $27.50, published July 12 2011 | purchase

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Drawn to the exotic island of Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de León, Ana Cubillas becomes involved with enamored twin brothers Ramón and Inocente before convincing them to claim a sugar plantation they have inherited. By the author of Almost a Woman.