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Weeks on List: 5

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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Weeks on List: 4

Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson

Hardcover, 529 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase

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The award-winning author of Behind the Scenes at the Museum follows the experiences of a woman who, after being born on a snowy night in 1910, repeatedly dies and reincarnates into the same life to correct missteps and, ultimately, save the world.

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The Hit

by David Baldacci

Hardcover, 392 pages, Grand Central Pub, $27.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase

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When trained assassin Jessica Reel goes rogue, a fellow master killer, Will Robie, must track her down.

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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: 3

The Interestings

by Meg Wolitzer

Hardcover, 464 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 9 2013 | purchase

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The Interestings follows six artistic friends who meet as teenagers one pivotal summer at a camp called Spirit-in-the-Woods. Over the next 40 years, they grow up to find some of their talents developing into grand success, while others don't.

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Maya's Notebook

by Isabel Allende

Hardcover, 387 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase

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Isabel Allende

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After the death of her beloved grandfather, 19-year-old Maya Vidal turns to drugs, alcohol and petty crimes. She becomes trapped in a war between assassins, the police, the FBI and Interpol, until her grandmother helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile where she tries to make sense of her life. Translated by Anne McLean.

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Z

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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Paris

by Edward Rutherfurd

Hardcover, 809 pages, Random House Inc, $32.50, published April 23 2013 | purchase

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Paris is a sweeping, multigenerational saga that illuminates the City of Lights from its founding under the Romans to its cultural activity during the 1920s and 1930s.

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All That Is

by James Salter

Hardcover, 304 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published April 2 2013 | purchase

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After returning from World War II, former naval officer Philip Bowman finds a position as a book editor in New York and loses himself in a world of intimate connections and surprising triumphs, until he is betrayed by the woman he loves.

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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

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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Manuscript Found in Accra

by Paulo Coelho and Margaret Jull Costa

Hardcover, 190 pages, Random House Inc, $22, published April 2 2013 | purchase

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In Crusade-era Jerusalem, a community of Christians, Arabs and Jews who have long lived together peacefully assembles to seek the counsel of a Greek Copt after it is warned of an imminent attack and certain destruction.

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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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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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Flight Behavior

by Barbara Kingsolver

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

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Flight Behavior
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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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