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Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies

by Hilary Mantel

Hardcover, 410 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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The spark has gone out of Henry VIII's second marriage. When his roving eye leaves Anne Boleyn and begins to settle on Jane Seymour, another woman at court, the monarch turns to his chief adviser, Thomas Cromwell, for help. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies is the second book in a planned trilogy about Cromwell.

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In One Person

In One Person

by John Irving

Hardcover, 425 pages, Simon & Schuster, $28, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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A tale inspired by the U.S. AIDS epidemic in the 1980s follows the experiences of individuals — including the bisexual narrator — who are torn by devastating losses, and whose perspectives on tolerance and love are shaped by awareness of what might have been.

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Home

Home

by Toni Morrison

Hardcover, 144 pages, Knopf, $24, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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Embittered Korean War veteran Frank Money struggles against trauma and racism to rescue his medically abused sister and work through identity-shattering memories.

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Calico Joe

Calico Joe

by John Grisham

Hardcover, 198 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published April 10 2012 | purchase
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Follows the divergent paths of a rookie hitter for the Chicago Cubs and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher. By the author of The Litigators and Bleachers.

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Sacre Bleu

Sacre 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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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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Deadlocked

Deadlocked

by Charlaine Harris

Hardcover, 327 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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When telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse investigates the body of a woman discovered in vampire Eric Northman's yard, she has no idea the murderer is an enemy out to get her.

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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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The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

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 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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The Beginner's Goodbye

The Beginner's Goodbye

by Anne Tyler

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

The Innocent

by David Baldacci

Hardcover, 422 pages, Grand Central Pub, $27.99, published April 17 2012 | purchase
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Will Robie, a freelance hit man working for the U.S. government, rescues a teenage girl whose parents' disappearance may be linked to a vast, high-level cover-up, in this new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of One Summer.

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11th Hour

11th Hour

by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Hardcover, 407 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27.99, published May 7 2012 | purchase
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Investigating the murder of a millionaire who was killed with a weapon linked to the deaths of four San Francisco criminals, detective Lindsay Boxer is horrified to realize that the killer could be among her closest friends. Co-written by the Edgar Award-winning author of the Alex Cross series.

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The Wind Through The Keyhole

The Wind Through The Keyhole

by Stephen King

Hardcover, 309 pages, Simon & Schuster, $27, published April 24 2012 | purchase
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The Mystery Writers of America Grand Master returns readers to the rich landscape of Mid-World in a story within a story about gunslinger Roland Deschain, who while investigating a murderous shape-shifter, interviews a terrified teen who has witnessed the creature's most recent killing.

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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 Shoemaker's Wife

The Shoemaker's Wife

by Adriana Trigiani

Hardcover, 475 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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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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A Dance With Dragons

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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