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Weeks on List: 23

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 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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Stay Close

by Harlan Coben

Hardcover, 387 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published March 20 2012 | purchase

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Harlan Coben

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A bored suburban wife, a documentary photographer turned paparazzo and a detective who cannot let go of a cold case hide secrets from their loved ones, only to have the past return in dangerous ways.

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Weeks on List: 27

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: 16

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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Death Comes To Pemberley
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P.D. James

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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: 4

Lone Wolf

A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Hardcover, 421 pages, Pocket Books, $28, published February 28 2012 | purchase

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Lone Wolf
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A Novel
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Jodi Picoult

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When his father and sister are injured in an accident that has rendered his father comatose, estranged son Edward decides to stop his father's life support so that his organs can be donated — a choice his sister urges him to reconsider.

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Weeks on List: 3

The Expats

by Chris Pavone

Hardcover, 327 pages, Crown Publishers, $26, published March 6 2012 | purchase

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In The Expats, American Kate Moore is a working mother who finds herself abroad in Luxembourg after her husband is offered a banking job. As she becomes increasingly suspicious about her husband's job, Kate discovers the situation she's living in is a maze of intrigue filled with underlying secrets.

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Weeks on List: 24

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: 27

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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A Dance With Dragons
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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: 28

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

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

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The Night Circus
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Erin Morgenstern

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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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State of Wonder

by Ann Patchett

Hardcover, 353 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published June 7 2011 | purchase

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State Of Wonder
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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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Carry the One

by Carol Anshaw

Hardcover, 253 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published March 6 2012 | purchase

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Carry The One
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When a car of inebriated guests from Carmen's wedding hits and kills a girl on a country road, Carmen and the people involved in the accident connect, disconnect and reconnect throughout 25 subsequent years of marriage, parenthood, holidays and tragedies.

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11/22/63

by Stephen King

Hardcover, 849 pages, Simon & Schuster, $35, published November 8 2011 | purchase

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11/22/63
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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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Defending Jacob

by William Landay

Hardcover, 421 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 31 2012 | purchase

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Defending Jacob
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When his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber is torn between loyalty and justice as facts come to light that lead him to question how well he knows his own son.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Stories

by Nathan Englander

Hardcover, 207 pages, Knopf, $24.95, published February 7 2012 | purchase

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
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In eight short stories, Nathan Englander grapples with the weight of the past, the relationship between history and the present, and the place of the Holocaust in modern life. Englander's characters wrestle with issues of faith, justice, desire and love, and his stories explore classic themes of sexual longing and ingenuity in the face of adversity.

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