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Inferno

Inferno

by Dan Brown

Hardcover, 461 pages, Random House Inc, $29.95, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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In the heart of Italy, Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces — Dante's Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle.

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A Delicate Truth

A Delicate Truth

by John Le Carre

Hardcover, 309 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • John Le Carre

Three years after the launch of a delicate counterterrorism operation aimed at capturing a high-value jihadist arms buyer, a disgraced soldier delivers a message that raises questions about the operation's success and a possible cover-up.

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The Woman Upstairs

The Woman Upstairs

by Claire Messud

Hardcover, 272 pages, Knopf, $25.95, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Claire Messud

Nora is a reclusive schoolteacher whose dreams of being an artist have been suppressed. She is seething inside with rage and resentment, but she manages keeps her anger in until she meets another woman who has everything she does not: a husband, a child and a successful art career. And then everything begins to unravel.

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Life After Life

Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson

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

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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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 Burgess Boys

The Burgess Boys

by Elizabeth Strout

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

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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Paris

Paris

by Edward Rutherfurd

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

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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Dead Ever After

Dead Ever After

by Charlaine Harris

Hardcover, 338 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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After learning the devastating reason why vampire hunk Eric Northman has been cooling on their relationship, clairvoyant waitress Sookie Stackhouse becomes embroiled in a shocking murder that sends all of Bon Temps reeling.

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Z

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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  • Therese Anne Fowler

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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All That Is

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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The Interestings

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

Maya's Notebook

by Isabel Allende

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

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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The Hit

The Hit

by David Baldacci

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

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

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Americanah

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hardcover, 477 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love as students in Nigeria, when the country is under military rule and those with the means to leave the country do. Ifemelu goes to America to study, and she prospers there. But Obinze can't get into to America and winds up living in London under assumed names. When they're reunited in their homeland 15 years later, they face the toughest decisions of their lives.

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena

by Anthony Marra

Hardcover, 384 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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In war-torn Chechnya, a doctor watches as Russian soldiers abduct his neighbor, who has been accused of aiding Chechen rebels. He later rescues the neighbor's 8-year-old daughter, then colludes with another doctor to form an unlikely family amid the daily violence.

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