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The Marriage Plot

by Jeffrey Eugenides

Hardcover, 406 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $28, published October 11 2011 | purchase

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Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Bankhead, while an old friend resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is his destiny.

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The Sense of an Ending

by Julian Barnes

Hardcover, 150 pages, Random House Inc, $23.95, published October 5 2011 | purchase

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Tony Webster is a retired divorced man in his mid-60s who, after receiving notice of an unexpected bequest, is pulled back into a "powerful recollection of strong emotions" from his past. This leads to a reassessment of the accuracy of his memories, a rueful realization of how much he'd gotten wrong, and a harsh re-evaluation of his passive approach to life.

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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 Cat's Table

by Michael Ondaatje

Hardcover, 269 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published October 4 2011 | purchase

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Boarding a 1950s ship and sequestered to an out-of-sight dining table with other marginalized children, an 11-year-old boy shares rollicking adventures while traveling to various world regions, learning about jazz, women and a shackled prisoner along the way.

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The Best Of Me

by Nicholas Sparks

Hardcover, 292 pages, Grand Central, $25.99, published October 11 2011 | purchase

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Two former high school sweethearts return to their hometown for the funeral of a mentor and confront the choices they've made since they last met.

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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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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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The Dovekeepers

by Alice Hoffman

Hardcover, 504 pages, Simon & Schuster, $27.99, published October 4 2011 | purchase

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Inspired by the tragic first century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people on the Masada mountain in the Judean desert, The Dovekeepers presents the stories of a hated daughter, a baker's wife, a girl disguised as a warrior, and a medicine woman who keeps doves and secrets while Roman soldiers draw near.

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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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Damned

Life Is Short, Death Is Forever

by Chuck Palahniuk

Hardcover, 247 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published October 18 2011 | purchase

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As 13-year-old Madison tries to figure out how she died and ended up in hell, she learns how to manipulate the corrupt system of demons and bodily fluids.

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The Affair

by Lee Child

Hardcover, 405 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published September 27 2011 | purchase

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Lee Child traces the story of Jack Reacher's early life in the military before he became a vigilante hero on the road.

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Zone One

by Colson Whitehead

Hardcover, 259 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published October 18 2011 | purchase

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In a post-apocalyptic world decimated by zombies, survivor efforts to rebuild are focused on Manhattan, where civilian team member Mark Spitz works to eliminate remaining infected stragglers and remembers his horrifying experiences at the height of the zombie plague. By the author of Sag Harbor.

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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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Snuff

Snuff

A Novel of Discworld

by Terry Pratchett

Hardcover, 400 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published October 11 2011 | purchase

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This latest installment in the New York Times best-selling Discworld series finds Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch attempting to take a vacation, but, as usual, nothing goes as planned.

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Reamde

by Neal Stephenson

Hardcover, 1044 pages, HarperCollins, $35, published September 20 2011 | purchase

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When his own high-tech startup turns into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa family who has amassed an illegal fortune, finds the line between fantasy and reality blurring as a virtual war for dominance is triggered.