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The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

Hardcover, 387 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published September 13 2011 | purchase

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Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

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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: 15

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

The Art Of Fielding

by Chad Harbach

Hardcover, 512 pages, Little Brown & Co, $25.99, published September 7 2011 | purchase

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A baseball star at a small college near Lake Michigan launches a routine throw that goes disastrously off course and inadvertently changes the lives of five people, including the college president, a gay teammate and the president's daughter.

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Weeks on List: 10

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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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: 8

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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The Leftovers

by Tom Perrotta

Hardcover, 355 pages, St Martins Pr, $25.99, published August 30 2011 | purchase

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When a bizarre phenomenon causes the cataclysmic disappearances of numerous people all over the world, Kevin Garvey, the new mayor of a once-comfortable suburban community, struggles to help his neighbors heal while enduring the fanatical religious conversions of his wife and son.

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The Language Of Flowers

A Novel

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Hardcover, 322 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published August 23 2011 | purchase

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Victoria, the orphaned heroine of Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut novel, is privy to a secret language of flowers that dates to Victorian England.

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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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Weeks on List: 3

We The Animals

A Novel

by Justin Torres

Hardcover, 128 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18, published August 30 2011 | purchase

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The Brooklyn childhoods of three brothers are marked by their parents' volatile passions and their own destructive antics. Justin Torres tells the story of a chaotic family that explores the ways in which a youth's coming-of-age profoundly shapes his world view.

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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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The Keeper Of Lost Causes

by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Hardcover, 396 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published August 23 2011 | purchase

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Chief Detective Carl Morck, recovering from what he thought was a career-destroying gunshot wound, is relegated to cold cases and becomes immersed in the five-year disappearance of a politician. Translated by Lisa Hartford.

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Pirate King

A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

by Laurie R. King

Hardcover, 304 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published September 6 2011 | purchase

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Sent to Lisbon and Morocco, where a British studio is creating a silent film version of The Pirates of Penzance, Mary Russell investigates a series of crimes targeting the production and confronts a high-stakes situation when actual pirates orchestrate a hostage situation.

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The Buddha In The Attic

by Julie Otsuka

Hardcover, 129 pages, Random House Inc, $22, published August 23 2011 | purchase

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The author of When the Emperor Was Divine presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early-20th-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage and the prospect of wartime interment.

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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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