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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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NW

by Zadie Smith

Hardcover, 401 pages, Penguin Press, $26.95, published September 4 2012 | purchase

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Growing up in the same 1970s urban planning development in Northwest London, four young people pursue independent and reasonably successful lives until one of them is abruptly drawn out of her isolation by a stranger who is seeking her help.

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The Beautiful Mystery

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

by Louise Penny

Hardcover, 373 pages, Minotaur Books, $25.99, published August 28 2012 | purchase

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When a peaceful monastery in Quebec is shattered by the murder of its renowned choir director, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Surete du Quebec are challenged to find the killer in a cloistered community that has taken a vow of silence.

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The Time Keeper

by Mitch Albom

Hardcover, 224 pages, Hyperion Books, $24.99, published September 4 2012 | purchase

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Given one last chance at redemption, Father Time, the inventor of the world's first clock, must teach two earthly people the true meaning of time. It's a journey that leads him to a teenage girl about to give up on life and a wealthy businessman who wants to live forever.

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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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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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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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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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Broken Harbor

by Tana French

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

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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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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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Garment of Shadows

A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

by Laurie R. King

Hardcover, 266 pages, Bantam, $26, published September 4 2012 | purchase

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Waking up in Morocco with no memory of her identity, Mary Russell is enmeshed in the political and military uprisings of Europe. Meanwhile, Sherlock Holmes taps the assistance of T. E. Lawrence to restore Mary's memory and prevent a full-scale war that threatens countless lives.

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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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The Orchardist

by Amanda Coplin

Hardcover, 426 pages, Voice, $26.99, published August 21 2012 | purchase

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When two skittish pregnant girls appear on his homestead, solitary orchardist Talmadge — who carefully tends the grove of fruit trees he has cultivated for nearly half a century — vows to save and protect them. The Orchardist evokes a powerful sense of place in the American West, mixing tenderness and violence as Talmadge tries to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past and faces the dramatic consequences of his actions.

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Zoo

by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Hardcover, 395 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27.99, published September 3 2012 | purchase

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As coordinated attacks by animals against humans increase and escalate, young biologist Jackson Oz and ecologist Chloe Tousignant warn world leaders that soon there will be nowhere left for humans.

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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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The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
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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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