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State of Wonder

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: 5

A Dance With Dragons

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

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: 3

Rules of Civility

Rules Of Civility

by Amor Towles

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

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: 25

The Paris Wife

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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Weeks on List: 1

The Magician King

The Magician King

A Novel

by Lev Grossman

Hardcover, 416 pages, Viking Adult, $26.95, published August 9 2011 | purchase
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Lev Grossman's sequel to his 2009 fantasy novel The Magicians catches up with the spell-casting prodigies we met in that adventure, now ruling as kings and queens in the mystical land of Fillory. In his "hauntingly fantastic follow-up," the author dares to ask: What if all your dreams came true and you still needed your antidepressants? What if magic alone is not enough?

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

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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Portrait of a Spy

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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Maine

Maine

by J. Courtney Sullivan

Hardcover, 388 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published June 14 2011 | purchase
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  • J. Courtney Sullivan

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 Tiger's Wife

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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Weeks on List: 5

The Last Werewolf

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: 15

Caleb's Crossing

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: 3

Ghost Story

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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  • Jim Butcher

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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This Beautiful Life

This Beautiful Life

by Helen Schulman

Hardcover, 222 pages, HarperCollins, $24.99, published August 2 2011 | purchase
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When their 15-year-old son, Jake, forwards a sexually explicit video of a 13-year-old girl to his friends, which then goes viral, the Bergmots find their social and professional lives in jeopardy and decide to fight back — resulting in disastrous consequences.

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Weeks on List: 1

The Family Fang

The Family Fang

A Novel

by Kevin Wilson

Hardcover, 320 pages, HarperCollins, $23.99, published August 9 2011 | purchase
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When their parents, performance artists who have dedicated themselves to making great art by sacrificing normality, plan one last performance, siblings Annie and Buster, returning home after their individual worlds collapse, are faced with a difficult decision.

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House of Holes

House Of Holes

A Book of Raunch

by Nicholson Baker

Hardcover, 262 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published August 9 2011 | purchase
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The best-selling author of Vox and The Fermata presents an explicit new tale of carnal improprieties and comic raunchiness set in a surreal but familiar world of fantasy sex.

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