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11/22/63

11/22/63

by Stephen King

Hardcover, 849 pages, Simon & Schuster, $35, published November 8 2011 | purchase
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Receiving a horrific essay from a GED student with a traumatic past, high school English teacher Jake Epping is enlisted by a friend to travel back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a mission for which he must reacclimate to 1960s culture and befriend troubled loner Lee Harvey Oswald. By the best-selling author of Full Dark, No Stars.

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The Sense of an Ending

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 Marriage Plot

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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Explosive Eighteen

Explosive Eighteen

by Janet Evanovich

Hardcover, 305 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published November 22 2011 | purchase
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Stephanie Plum finds herself in trouble when her seatmate on a flight from Hawaii to Newark winds up dead and a motley collection of thugs, as well as the FBI, search for a photo the man was reportedly carrying — a photo that only Stephanie has seen.

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1Q84

1Q84

by Haruki Murakami

Hardcover, 925 pages, Random House Inc, $30.50, published October 25 2011 | purchase
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The author of What I Talk About When I Talk About Running presents a psychologically charged tale that draws on Orwellian themes. Translated by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel.

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V is for Vengeance

V is for Vengeance

by Sue Grafton

Hardcover, 437 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published November 14 2011 | purchase
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On her 38th birthday, Kinsey Millhone receives a facial punch that leaves her with a broken nose and two black eyes before she tackles a suspicious suicide involving a host of unscrupulous characters.

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The Litigators

The Litigators

by John Grisham

Hardcover, 385 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published October 25 2011 | purchase
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The best-selling author of The Confession and The Appeal presents his latest legal thriller, in which high-stakes courtroom tensions lead to an explosive, unorthodox conclusion.

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The Night Circus

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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Out of Oz

Out of Oz

by Gregory Maguire and Douglas Smith

Hardcover, 568 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published November 1 2011 | purchase
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The wonderful land of Oz is plagued by social unrest. Amid the chaos and threat of war, Elphaba's granddaughter comes of age and is ready to take up her broom.

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The Art of Fielding

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 Prague Cemetery

The Prague Cemetery

by Umberto Eco and Richard Dixon

Hardcover, 444 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, published November 8 2011 | purchase
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Umberto Eco depicts a tumultuous world where 19th century Europe is plagued with massacres, bombings and conspiracies in a whirlwind thriller inspired by actual historical events.

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Cat's Table

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 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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Micro

Micro

by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston

Hardcover, 429 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published November 22 2011 | purchase
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The acclaimed late author of Jurassic Park and the award-winning author of The Hot Zone present the story of a group of graduate students who accept work with a mysterious biotech company in Hawaii only to be abandoned in a treacherous wilderness when they discover their employer's dark agenda.

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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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