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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers

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Weeks on List: 1

Sacré Bleu

A Comedy D'Art

by Christopher Moore

Hardcover, 403 pages, William Morrow Paperbacks, $26.99, published April 3 2012 | purchase

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Sacre Bleu
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A Comedy D'Art
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Baker turned painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec vow to discover the truth behind the untimely death of their friend Vincent van Gogh, which leads them on a surreal odyssey into the art world of late 19th century Paris.

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The Beginner's Goodbye

by Anne Tyler

Hardcover, 208 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published April 3 2012 | purchase

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The Beginner's Goodbye
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Anne Tyler

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Aaron, a physically disabled man who spent his youth avoiding a controlling sister, is devastated by his wife's sudden death and moves through the grieving process with the help of her apparition. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons.

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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

by Alexander McCall Smith

Hardcover, 257 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published April 3 2012 | purchase

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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
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Alexander McCall Smith

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The formidable talents of Precious Ramotswe are put to the test in the face of a mysterious disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter's school.

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Weeks on List: 2

Elegy for Eddie

by Jacqueline Winspear

Hardcover, 335 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published March 27 2012 | purchase

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Elegy for Eddie
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Jacqueline Winspear

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When Eddie Pettit's death is ruled an accident by the police, many believe this gentle soul was murdered. Maisy Dobbs, determined to do right by Eddie, searches for the truth amid the working class of Lambeth, London.

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Weeks on List: 59

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
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Paula McLain

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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: 25

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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The Sense Of An Ending
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Julian Barnes

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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: 29

The Art of Fielding

by Chad Harbach

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

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The Art of Fielding
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Chad Harbach

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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: 1

The Shoemaker's Wife

by Adriana Trigiani

Hardcover, 475 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published April 3 2012 | purchase

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The Shoemaker's Wife
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Adriana Trigiani

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This intricately woven tapestry of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny follows star-crossed lovers Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who, after their first meeting in the Italian Alps, find their destinies inexplicably entwined as they build their lives in America.

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Beastly Things

by Donna Leon

Hardcover, 296 pages, Pgw, $25, published April 3 2012 | purchase

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Beastly Things
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Donna Leon

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Commissario Brunetti investigates the death of an animal lover whose decomposed body was found in a Venice canal. By the author of Venetian Curiosities.

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Weeks on List: 29

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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George R.R. Martin

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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: 26

The Marriage Plot

by Jeffrey Eugenides

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

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The Marriage Plot
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Jeffrey Eugenides

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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: 18

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: 5

The Expats

by Chris Pavone

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

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The Expats
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Chris Pavone

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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: 3

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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Carol Anshaw

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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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Weeks on List: 30

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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