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Weeks on List: 11

Death Comes to Pemberley

by P.D. James

Hardcover, 291 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published December 6 2011 | purchase

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Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett's disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband, Wickham, has been murdered.

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Weeks on List: 18

The Sense Of An Ending

by Julian Barnes

Hardcover, 150 pages, Random House Inc, $23.95, published October 5 2011 | purchase

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Tony Webster is a retired divorced man in his mid-60s who, after receiving notice of an unexpected bequest, is pulled back into a "powerful recollection of strong emotions" from his past. This leads to a reassessment of the accuracy of his memories, a rueful realization of how much he'd gotten wrong, and a harsh re-evaluation of his passive approach to life.

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The Art of Fielding

by Chad Harbach

Hardcover, 512 pages, Little Brown & Co, $25.99, published September 7 2011 | purchase

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A baseball star at a small college near Lake Michigan launches a routine throw that goes disastrously off course and inadvertently changes the lives of five people, including the college president, a gay teammate and the president's daughter.

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Kill Shot

by Vince Flynn

Hardcover, 385 pages, Pocket Books, $27.99, published February 7 2012 | purchase

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Working his way through a list of hit targets who were responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of civilians, assassin Mitch Rapp shoots a drunken Libyan diplomat in Paris — only to discover that he has been set up and that his handlers would have him permanently silenced. By the author of American Assassin.

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The Paris Wife

by Paula McLain

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published February 22 2011 | purchase

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The Paris Wife follows the life of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, as she navigates 1920s Paris.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Stories

by Nathan Englander

Hardcover, 207 pages, Knopf, $24.95, published February 7 2012 | purchase

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In eight short stories, Nathan Englander grapples with the weight of the past, the relationship between history and the present, and the place of the Holocaust in modern life. Englander's characters wrestle with issues of faith, justice, desire and love, and his stories explore classic themes of sexual longing and ingenuity in the face of adversity.

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The Marriage Plot

by Jeffrey Eugenides

Hardcover, 406 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $28, published October 11 2011 | purchase

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Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Bankhead, while an old friend resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is his destiny.

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The Wolf Gift

by Anne Rice

Hardcover, 403 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published February 14 2012 | purchase

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The best-selling author of The Vampire Chronicles and Lives of the Mayfair Witches imagines the origins and history of the werewolf while portraying a romantic, sensualist being who experiences tragedy and transcendence when bestowed with transformational powers.

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State of Wonder

by Ann Patchett

Hardcover, 353 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published June 7 2011 | purchase

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A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh must step out of her comfort zone when she is sent into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years — a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.

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11/22/63

by Stephen King

Hardcover, 849 pages, Simon & Schuster, $35, published November 8 2011 | purchase

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Receiving a horrific essay from a GED student with a traumatic past, high school English teacher Jake Epping is enlisted by a friend to travel back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a mission for which he must reacclimate to 1960s culture and befriend troubled loner Lee Harvey Oswald. By the best-selling author of Full Dark, No Stars.

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Raylan

by Elmore Leonard

Hardcover, 263 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published January 17 2012 | purchase

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After discovering his quarry naked in the bathtub, doped up and missing his kidneys, federal marshal Raylan Givens becomes involved in a case regarding the harvesting of organs for sale on the black market.

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The Orphan Master's Son

A Novel

by Adam Johnson

Hardcover, 443 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 10 2012 | purchase

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Pak Jun Do, the son of an influential man who runs an orphan work camp, rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il.

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Believing the Lie

by Elizabeth George

Hardcover, 610 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published January 10 2012 | purchase

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Going undercover to investigate the death of a drowning victim at the request of the man's wealthy and influential uncle, Inspector Thomas Lynley uncovers dark secrets in his client's family.

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The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

Hardcover, 387 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published September 13 2011 | purchase

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Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

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Defending Jacob

by William Landay

Hardcover, 421 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 31 2012 | purchase

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When his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber is torn between loyalty and justice as facts come to light that lead him to question how well he knows his own son.