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Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Hardcover, 416 pages, Crown Publishing, $25, published June 5 2012 | purchase

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After a woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage. Her husband is desperate to clear himself of suspicion and soon discovers that the truth about what happened is even more disturbing than murder.

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Weeks on List: 7

Canada

by Richard Ford

Hardcover, 420 pages, Ecco, $27.99, published May 22 2012 | purchase

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After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, 15-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger, who — unbeknownst to Dell — is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell's quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan.

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Mission to Paris

by Alan Furst

Hardcover, 255 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published June 12 2012 | purchase

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Arriving in Paris on the eve of the Munich Appeasement in 1938, Hollywood star Frederic Stahl is unwittingly entangled in the region's shifting political currents when he discovers that his latest film is linked to the destinies of fascists, German Nazis and Hollywood publicists.

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The Age of Miracles

by Karen Thompson Walker

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published June 26 2012 | purchase

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Imagines the coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth's rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life.

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A Hologram for the King

by Dave Eggers

Hardcover, 312 pages, McSweeney's, $25, published June 19 2012 | purchase

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Hounded by steep debts and a weird lump on his neck, consultant Alan Clay travels to a rising Saudi Arabian city to try to secure a contract and earn a desperately needed commission. If he can sell holographic technology to the Saudi king, he'll be able to stave off his economic woes — and hold his family together. Unsurprisingly, Clay is swept up from his tent in the desert into various Kafkaesque misadventures.

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Beautiful Ruins

by Jess Walter

Hardcover, 337 pages, Harper, $25.99, published June 12 2012 | purchase

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On a rocky patch of Italian coastline circa 1962, a daydreaming young innkeeper has an almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet. She draws him into her glittering world, from the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, and both begin to cling to an improbable dream.

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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

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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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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Gold

by Chris Cleave

Hardcover, 324 pages, Simon & Schuster, $27, published July 3 2012 | purchase

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If your dreams pull you in one direction and your heart in another, which should you follow? This is the question that haunts Kate Meadows, a world champion athlete whose 8-year-old daughter, Sophie, is battling a recurrence of childhood leukemia just as Kate is about to compete for her last chance at an Olympic gold medal. For years, Kate has sacrificed everything for her family and watched her best friend and closest rival, Zoe Castle, conquer the world stage. Kate has never won gold and will have to go through Zoe — who has everything to lose — to get it.

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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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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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Seating Arrangements

by Maggie Shipstead

Hardcover, 301 pages, Knopf, $25.95, published June 12 2012 | purchase

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Possessing a Harvard education and all of the accoutrements of a privileged life, Winn Van Meter attends the wedding of his eldest daughter, which is scandalized by the bride's advancing pregnancy, her sister's broken heart and the seductive machinations of wedding party members.

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Istanbul Passage

by Joseph Kanon

Hardcover, 404 pages, Pocket Books, $26, published May 29 2012 | purchase

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Istanbul Passage
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The big war is over, and the Cold War has just begun. Leon Bauer, an American tobacco man, and his wife, Anna, a German Jew, made it to Istanbul just before World War II began. His U.S. passport and fluency in German and Turkish made him useful to Allied intelligence. But before he assumes a more peaceful life, Bauer is given a last big job — slip Alexi, a Romanian defector with important Soviet secrets, out of Istanbul. Alexi's secrets might help old allies — but the defector once helped massacre Jews in Romania. Bauer is being asked to help a man in this new war who represents what he fought in the last one.

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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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