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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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Weeks on List: 8

Tenth Of December

by George Saunders

Hardcover, 208 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 8 2013 | purchase

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Tenth of December
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Syracuse University professor and one-time geological engineer George Saunders delivers a collection of fantastical stories, including "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.

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Weeks on List: 1

The Storyteller

by Jodi Picoult

Hardcover, 460 pages, Pocket Books, $28.99, published February 26 2013 | purchase

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Sage Singer is shocked when Josef Weber, an old man who's particularly loved in her community, asks her to kill him. But when he reveals why he deserves to die, she starts to question her beliefs, and wonder if fulfilling his request would be justice or murder.

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Weeks on List: 3

Vampires In The Lemon Grove

Stories

by Karen Russell

Hardcover, 243 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published February 12 2013 | purchase

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A new collection of stories by the author of Swamplandia! features a varied cast of characters, including a pair of centuries-old vampires whose relationship is tested by a sudden fear of flying, a dejected teen who communicates with the universe through objects from a sea gull nest, and a massage therapist who heals a tattooed veteran by manipulating the images on his body.

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Weeks on List: 3

A Week in Winter

by Maeve Binchy

Hardcover, 325 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published February 12 2013 | purchase

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A Week In Winter
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Maeve Binchy

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A woman turns a coastal Ireland mansion into a holiday resort and receives an assortment of guests who share laughter and heartache throughout the course of a week.

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Weeks on List: 3

The Dinner

by Herman Koch

Hardcover, 304 pages, Random House Inc, $24, published February 12 2013 | purchase

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The Dinner
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Herman Koch

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Over dinner at an Amsterdam restaurant, two couples — brothers and their wives — discuss a terrible crime most likely committed by their sons. The crime is not yet public, but grainy video footage exists — and both sets of parents know it depicts their offspring. As the conversation deepens, one wrenching question gets clearer and more pressing by the moment: How far will each family go to protect those it loves?

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Weeks on List: 17

Flight Behavior

by Barbara Kingsolver

Hardcover, 400 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published November 6 2012 | purchase

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Bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow is tired of living in poverty on a failing farm, and she's frustrated by her marriage to the boy who got her pregnant in high school. Then one day, as she's hiking through rural Tennessee on her way to meet a lover, she witnesses a miraculous event on an Appalachian mountainside. The beautiful, ominous vision ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever. Barbara Kingsolver addresses rural life, climate change and environmental stewardship in this story of personal awakening.

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Weeks on List: 1

Benediction

by Kent Haruf

Hardcover, 257 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published February 26 2013 | purchase

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A terminally ill cancer patient is attended through his final days by his wife and daughter, moving all three to contemplate their relationship with an estranged son.

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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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Weeks on List: 8

A Memory Of Light

by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Hardcover, 909 pages, St Martins Pr, $34.99, published January 8 2013 | purchase

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In the conclusion to the Wheel of Time series, all of humanity is in peril as Rand al'Thor moves forward to break the seals on the Dark One's prison, and the Last Battle will determine the fate of the world.

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Weeks on List: 2

Alex Cross, Run

by James Patterson

Hardcover, 10 pages, Little Brown & Co, $28.99, published February 18 2013 | purchase

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In the aftermath of a disgraced plastic surgeon's release from prison, Detective Alex Cross investigates the murder of a young mother whose newborn has disappeared — a case that is further complicated by two additional killings.

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My Brother's Book

by Maurice Sendak

Hardcover, 31 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $18.95, published February 5 2013 | purchase

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Published posthumously, Maurice Sendak's My Brother's Book combines poetry and art in an elegy to his brother.

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Weeks on List: 5

The Aviator's Wife

by Melanie Benjamin

Hardcover, 402 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 15 2013 | purchase

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh was often overshadowed by her famous husband, Charles. But Melanie Benjamin's historical novel brings Anne to the forefront, illuminating both her independent accomplishments as an aviator and the heartbreak and triumph of her personal life.

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Weeks on List: 5

Insane City

by Dave Barry

Hardcover, 341 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published January 29 2013 | purchase

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Insane City
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Seth Weinstein is on his way to his destination wedding in Florida. He has survived an airport prank by his groomsmen, and he thinks it's going to be smooth sailing from now on. Little does he know what's in store: Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a desperate Haitian refugee and her two children on the run from some very bad men, and an 11-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.

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Weeks on List: 3

Ghostman

by Roger Hobbs

Hardcover, 321 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published February 12 2013 | purchase

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Ghostman
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A casino robbery gone wrong compels its orchestrator to call in a favor from a master criminal known only as "Jack," whose activities are subject to mystery and speculation. "Jack" must test the limits of his considerable skills in order to protect his anonymity from a closely pursuing FBI.