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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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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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The Black Box

The Black Box

by Michael Connelly

Hardcover, 403 pages, Little, Brown & Company, $27.99, published November 26 2012 | purchase
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  • Michael Connelly

When a bullet from a recent killing is found to match one used in the unsolved 1992 murder of a photographer, Harry Bosch is on the case.

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Dear Life

Dear Life

Stories

by Alice Munro

Hardcover, 319 pages, Knopf, $26.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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Set in the Canadian towns around Lake Huron, this collection of stories illuminates moments that shape a life — from a dream or a sexual act to simple twists of fate.

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Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

by Ian McEwan

Hardcover, 352 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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Serena Frome isn't much of a spy. She got recruited into MI5 by her Cambridge history tutor and winds up on the clerical side of the operation, cross-filing schemes and plots to stop terrorists. Then one day, in the middle of the Cold War, she's handed her first secret mission: to cultivate and fund British intellectuals whose politics align with those of the government. Its code name is "Sweet Tooth."

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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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Cold Days

Cold Days

by Jim Butcher

Hardcover, 515 pages, Roc, $27.95, published November 27 2012 | purchase
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  • Jim Butcher

After being brought back to life as the Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry Dresden is ordered to kill an immortal. But unless he finds a way out of subservience, a serious threat could endanger countless innocent victims.

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The Racketeer

The Racketeer

by John Grisham

Hardcover, 343 pages, Doubleday, $28.95, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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When a federal judge and his secretary fail to appear for a scheduled trial, panicked clerks call the FBI. A harrowing murder case ensues, culminating in the imprisonment of a lawyer who imparts the story of who killed the judge and why.

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The Art Forger

The Art Forger

by B.A. Shapiro

Hardcover, 360 pages, Algonquin Books, $23.95, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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  • B.A. Shapiro

An artist whose reputation has been tarnished stumbles on a piece of art that disappeared 25 years ago and agrees to forge it for a gallery owner — until she realizes that the art she is forging may itself be a forgery.

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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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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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A Thousand Mornings

A Thousand Mornings

by Mary Oliver

Hardcover, 82 pages, Penguin Group, $24.95, published October 11 2012 | purchase
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Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life's work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Mass. She shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her adored dog Percy, she patiently observes the teachings contained in the smallest of moments.

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The Forgotten

The Forgotten

by David Baldacci

Hardcover, 424 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $27.99, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • David Baldacci

After he receives a posthumous note from his aunt hinting that things are horribly amiss in her Florida Gulf Coast town, special agent John Puller uncovers a shocking conspiracy.

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Notorious Nineteen

Notorious Nineteen

by Janet Evanovich

Hardcover, 312 pages, Bantam, $28, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum tries to track down a con man who has disappeared from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, she's forced to call on Trenton cop Joe Morelli for help.

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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 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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