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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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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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Weeks on List: 5

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 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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Weeks on List: 4

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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Live By Night

Live By Night

by Dennis Lehane

Hardcover, 401 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Dennis Lehane

During Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict, law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime. Starting as a petty thief in Boston, he travels south and eventually becomes the Gulf Coast's most successful rumrunner. In Tampa, Fla., and in Cuba, he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream.

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The Round House

by Louise Erdrich

Hardcover, 321 pages, Harper, $27.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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After a brutal attack on his mother, 13-year-old Joe Coutts pursues the truth — and a sense of justice, separate from law enforcement. In this National Book Award-winning novel, Louise Erdrich unspools a mystery that has upturned both a North Dakota reservation and the family that Coutts hopes to save.

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Phantom

Phantom

by Jo Nesbo

Hardcover, 377 pages, Knopf, $25.95, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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Determined to prove the innocence of a young man he helped raise, disgraced former cop Harry Hole embarks on an increasingly dangerous investigation linked to Oslo's most virulent street drug. Translated by Don Bartlett.

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In Sunlight and in Shadow

In Sunlight and in Shadow

by Mark Helprin

Hardcover, 705 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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Harry Copeland and Catherine Thomas Hale find each other on the ride back from Staten Island. She's an heiress and an actress, and he's a former World War II paratrooper with a leather factory left to him by his father. They fall in love immediately, but the world Harry Copeland helped save can still be cruel, and he's forced to fall back on the friendships and proficiencies he gained in war to try to survive in peace.

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Weeks on List: 4

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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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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A Wanted Man

A Wanted Man

by Lee Child

Hardcover, 405 pages, Delacorte Press, $28, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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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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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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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

by Robin Sloan

Hardcover, 304 pages, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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Out-of-work Web designer Clay Jannon copes with a layoff by taking a job at a used-book store in San Francisco. It's not long, though, before Clay discovers that his new workplace has more in store for him than books alone. Codes and secrets lead to one very weird book club in this debut novel by Robin Sloan.

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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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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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Blasphemy

Blasphemy

New and Selected Stories

by Sherman Alexie

Hardcover, 465 pages, Grove Press, $27, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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The author of the PEN/Faulkner award-winning War Dances combines his classic short stories with new ones in an anthology that features donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines and marriage.

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