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Weeks on List: 4

Death Comes to Pemberley

by P.D. James

Hardcover, 291 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published December 6 2011 | purchase

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Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett's disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband, Wickham, has been murdered.

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Weeks on List: 11

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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Weeks on List: 10

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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Weeks on List: 12

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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Weeks on List: 8

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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Weeks on List: 30

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: 16

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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Weeks on List: 45

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 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: 19

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: 4

The Drop

by Michael Connelly

Hardcover, 388 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27.99, published November 28 2011 | purchase

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LAPD detective Harry Bosch simultaneously investigates a killer who has been operating undetected for 30 years and a political conspiracy that has its origins in his police department.

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The Leopard

by Jo Nesbo

Hardcover, 517 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published December 13 2011 | purchase

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From the author of The Devil's Star and The Snowman comes another entry in the Harry Hole series. Translated by Don Bartlett.

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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 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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Weeks on List: 1

Salvage the Bones

by Jesmyn Ward

Hardcover, 261 pages, St Martins Pr, $24, published August 30 2011 | purchase

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Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.

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