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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, the hero of The Da Vinci Code, battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle.

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And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed

by Khaled Hosseini

Hardcover, 404 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • Khaled Hosseini

The author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another and how choices resonate through subsequent generations.

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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 organized to capture a high-value jihadist arms buyer, a disgraced Special Forces solider delivers a message that raises questions about the operation's success and a possible coverup.

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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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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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The Son

The Son

by Philipp Meyer

Hardcover, 561 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published May 28 2013 | purchase
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  • Philipp Meyer

This epic tale is told through several generations of the McCullough family, beginning with Eli McCullough, the first male child born in the Republic of Texas. At 13, Eli is kidnapped by the Comanche, who kill his mother and his siblings. He lives with the Comanche for years, becoming a respected member of the tribe until the community is decimated by armed Americans.

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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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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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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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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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The Redeemer

The Redeemer

by Jo Nesbo and Don Bartlett

Hardcover, 397 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • Jo Nesbo and Don Bartlett

While investigating the contract killing of a musician at the height of the Christmas season in Oslo, maverick detective Harry Hole discovers that the assassin killed the wrong person and is frantically searching for his target. The situation leads to a race against time in the darkest corners of the former Yugoslavia.

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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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  • Meg Wolitzer

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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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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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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  • Anthony Marra

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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The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni

by Helene Wecker

Hardcover, 486 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Helene Wecker

Combining elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, this debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures — Chav, a golem brought to life by a disgraced rabbi; and Ahmad, a jinni made of fire — who form an unlikely friendship on the streets of New York.

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