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The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

by J.K. Rowling

Hardcover, 503 pages, Little, Brown & Company, $35, published September 27 2012 | purchase
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  • J.K. Rowling

The early death of a small-town councilman reveals deep-rooted conflicts in the seemingly idyllic community of Pagford. In the face of cultural disputes, generation clashes and a volatile election, Pagford's peaceful facade rapidly deteriorates.

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Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

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

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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Winter of the World

Winter of the World

by Ken Follett

Hardcover, 940 pages, Dutton Adult, $36, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Ken Follett

Winter of the World continues the stories of five interrelated families who struggle with social, political and economic turmoil in the mid-20th century. They witness the rise of Nazi Germany, the Spanish Civil War and the horrors of World War II.

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Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

by Michael Chabon

Hardcover, 480 pages, Harper, $27.99, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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  • Michael Chabon

Two longtime friends and bandmates are co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl. Their wives are the Berkeley Birth Partners, two semi-legendary midwives. When an ex–NFL quarterback announces plans to build his latest megastore nearby, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their little enterprise. Meanwhile, their wives also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional existence.

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This Is How You Lose Her

This Is How You Lose Her

by Junot Diaz

Hardcover, 213 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $26.95, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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  • Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz tracks protagonist Yunior's struggles with fidelity, beginning with his cheating on his girlfriend and ending with his cheating on his fiancee with 50 different women.

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A Wanted Man

A Wanted Man

by Lee Child

Hardcover, 405 pages, Delacorte Press, $28, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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  • Lee Child

After hitchhiking a ride to Virginia, Jack Reacher finds himself in the middle of a massive conspiracy.

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The Time Keeper

The Time Keeper

by Mitch Albom

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

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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NW

NW

by Zadie Smith

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

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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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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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  • Maria Semple

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

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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  • George R.R. Martin

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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The Yellow Birds

The Yellow Birds

by Kevin Powers

Hardcover, 230 pages, Little Brown & Co, $24.99, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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  • Kevin Powers

In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year-old Pvt. John Bartle and 18-year-old Pvt. Daniel Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. The two men do all they can to protect each other from the forces that are pressing in: the insurgents, physical fatigue and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.

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The Beautiful Mystery

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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  • Louise Penny

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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Sutton

Sutton

by J.R. Moehringer

Hardcover, 334 pages, Hyperion Books, $27.99, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • J.R. Moehringer

Sutton provides a clever imagining of the surprise pardon of Willie Sutton, one of the most notorious criminals in American history. It traces the remarkable life of this mysterious man, who was known to police as the Babe Ruth of Bank Robbers, and his doomed, dangerous romance with his first love.

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The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans

by M.L. Stedman

Hardcover, 345 pages, Scribner, $25, published July 31 2012 | purchase
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  • M.L. Stedman

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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San Miguel

San Miguel

by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Hardcover, 367 pages, Viking Adult, $27.95, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • T. Coraghessan Boyle

United by San Miguel, a weather-beaten island off the coast of California, three women struggle with brutal isolation around the turn of the twentieth century. These women — the wife of a Civil War veteran, her rebellious daughter and a librarian in love — confront the challenges of circumstance and the savagery of nature in a novel about the horrors and loves of a paradise lost and found in equal measure.

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