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The Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys

by Elizabeth Strout

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published March 26 2013 | purchase

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Catalyzed by a nephew's thoughtless prank, two brothers confront painful issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their lives.

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Leaving Everything Most Loved

Leaving Everything Most Loved

by Jacqueline Winspear

Hardcover, 339 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published March 26 2013 | purchase

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The year is 1933 when the body of an Indian woman turns up in a south London canal. After Scotland Yard fails to make any arrests in the case, the woman's brother asks Masie Dobbs to help find his sister's killer.

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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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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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A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

by Therese Anne Fowler

Hardcover, 375 pages, St Martins Pr, $25.99, published March 26 2013 | purchase

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Inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, this tale follows their union in and Zelda's scandalous transformation into a Jazz Age celebrity in the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.

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Tenth of December

Tenth Of December

by George Saunders

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

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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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The Dinner

The Dinner

by Herman Koch

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

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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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Six Years

Six Years

by Harlan Coben

Hardcover, 351 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published March 19 2013 | purchase

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Jake Sanders still harbors an enduring love for Natalie six years after her marriage to another man. So when he learns of his rival's death, he goes to the funeral, but he soon discovers that Natalie is not the woman she seemed to be.

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A Week in Winter

A Week in Winter

by Maeve Binchy

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

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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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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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The Storyteller

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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Flight Behavior

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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Benediction

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 Accursed

The Accursed

by Joyce Carol Oates

Hardcover, 669 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published March 5 2013 | purchase

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Something suspicious is going on in Princeton, N.J., in the otherwise sleepy year of 1905. Children turn to stone; an underworld opens at the edge of town; snakes squirm up and down walls. What have the people of Princeton done to bring such curses on themselves? In Joyce Carol Oates' gothic novel, fictional characters mix with historical figures — including Woodrow Wilson and Upton Sinclair — as a man on a quest to save his sister confronts the repressed horrors of high society.

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove

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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The Golden Egg

The Golden Egg

by Donna Leon

Hardcover, 276 pages, Pgw, $26, published March 26 2013 | purchase

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Commissario Guido Brunetti investigates the death of a man who never existed on paper.