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Weeks on List: 12

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: 2

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

by Maria Semple

Hardcover, 304 pages, Little Brown & Co, $25.99, published August 14 2012 | purchase

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette
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Bee Fox is a nice kid, a good musician and a great student. But her mother, Bernadette, is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect. Then Bernadette goes missing, and Bee begins a search that will take her to the ends of the earth.

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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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Weeks on List: 11

Beautiful Ruins

by Jess Walter

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

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Beautiful Ruins
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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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Weeks on List: 5

Broken Harbor

by Tana French

Hardcover, 464 pages, Viking Adult, $27.95, published July 24 2012 | purchase

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Broken Harbor
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In the aftermath of a brutal attack that left a woman in intensive care and her husband and young children dead, brash cop Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, struggle with perplexing clues and Scorcher's haunting memories of a shattering incident from his childhood.

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Weeks on List: 3

The Dog Stars

by Peter Heller

Hardcover, 336 pages, Knopf, $24.95, published August 7 2012 | purchase

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After surviving the pandemic disease that killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar. But when he hears a random radio transmission, he's compelled to risk his life to seek out other survivors.

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Weeks on List: 3

The Light Between Oceans

by M.L. Stedman

Hardcover, 345 pages, Scribner, $25, published July 31 2012 | purchase

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After Tom moves his young bride to an isolated lighthouse home on Australia's Janus Rock, the couple suffers miscarriages and a stillbirth. Tom allows his wife to claim an infant who has washed up on the shore, only to witness a rift in their marriage that is further complicated by a search by the baby's desperate mother.

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Weeks on List: 10

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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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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Weeks on List: 1

Lionel Asbo

State of England

by Martin Amis

Hardcover, 320 pages, Knopf, $25.95, published August 21 2012 | purchase

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Asbo is an acronym for "anti-social behavior order," and Lionel Asbo certainly demonstrates the anti-social tendencies of his name. This satire of modern society and celebrity culture features Lionel as the uncle of young Desmond Pepperdine, a crime reporter. Desmond's seemingly simple pursuits are hampered by Lionel's near-criminal habits, which become more prominent when Lionel wins the lottery.

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Weeks on List: 7

Shadow Of Night

by Deborah Harkness

Hardcover, 592 pages, Viking Adult, $28.95, published July 10 2012 | purchase

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The sequel to A Discovery of Witches finds Yale professor and reluctant witch Diana Bishop, together with the hunky vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, traveling back in time to Elizabethan London. There, Diana studies at Oxford and seeks a magical tutor while Matthew is forced to confront his past. But when an evil cabal steals a mysterious book, the witch-vampire duo set off on a search across Europe to find it.

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Weeks on List: 4

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

by Rachel Joyce

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published July 24 2012 | purchase

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For recently retired Harold Fry, little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives from a woman he hasn't heard from in 20 years: Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. With no warning or planning, Harold heads to Queenie's bedside, walking all the way from the very southernmost part of England to the very northernmost part.

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The Bartender's Tale

by Ivan Doig

Hardcover, 387 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $27.95, published August 21 2012 | purchase

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Running a venerable bar in 1960 Montana while raising his 12-year-old son, single father Tom Harry finds his world upended by the arrival of a woman from his past and her beatnik daughter, who claims Tom as her father.

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Weeks on List: 6

The Fallen Angel

by Daniel Silva

Hardcover, 405 pages, Harper, $27.99, published July 17 2012 | purchase

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When the body of a woman is found beneath Michelangelo's dome, Gabriel Allon is summoned by Monsignor Luigi Donati to secretly investigate the death, which has been ruled a suicide. The case brings about an unthinkable act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions.

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Weeks on List: 13

Bring Up the Bodies

by Hilary Mantel

Hardcover, 410 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published May 8 2012 | purchase

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Bring Up The Bodies
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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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