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A Memory of Light

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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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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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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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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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 Twelve Tribes of Hattie

The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie

by Ayana Mathis

Hardcover, 243 pages, Knopf, $24.95, published December 6 2012 | purchase
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In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment, and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children, whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. Their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.

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Dear Life

Dear Life

Stories

by Alice Munro

Hardcover, 319 pages, Knopf, $26.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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Set in the Canadian towns around Lake Huron, this collection of stories illuminates moments that shape a life — from a dream or a sexual act to simple twists of fate.

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Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

by Ian McEwan

Hardcover, 352 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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Serena Frome isn't much of a spy. She got recruited into MI5 by her Cambridge history tutor and winds up on the clerical side of the operation, cross-filing schemes and plots to stop terrorists. Then one day, in the middle of the Cold War, she's handed her first secret mission: to cultivate and fund British intellectuals whose politics align with those of the government. Its code name is "Sweet Tooth."

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This Is How You Lose Her

This Is How You Lose Her

by Junot Diaz

Hardcover, 213 pages, Riverhead Hardcover, $26.95, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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Junot Diaz tracks protagonist Yunior's struggles with fidelity, beginning with his cheating on his girlfriend and ending with his cheating on his fiancee with 50 different women.

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Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up The Bodies

by Hilary Mantel

Hardcover, 410 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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The spark has gone out of Henry VIII's second marriage. When his roving eye leaves Anne Boleyn and begins to settle on Jane Seymour, another woman at court, the monarch turns to his chief adviser, Thomas Cromwell, for help. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies is the second book in a planned trilogy about Cromwell.

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A Thousand Mornings

A Thousand Mornings

by Mary Oliver

Hardcover, 82 pages, Penguin Group, $24.95, published October 11 2012 | purchase
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Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life's work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Mass. She shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her adored dog Percy, she patiently observes the teachings contained in the smallest of moments.

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The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

by J.K. Rowling

Hardcover, 503 pages, Little, Brown & Company, $35, published September 27 2012 | purchase
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The early death of a small-town councilman reveals deep-rooted conflicts in the seemingly idyllic community of Pagford. In the face of cultural disputes, generation clashes and a volatile election, Pagford's peaceful facade rapidly deteriorates.

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The Racketeer

The Racketeer

by John Grisham

Hardcover, 343 pages, Doubleday, $28.95, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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When a federal judge and his secretary fail to appear for a scheduled trial, panicked clerks call the FBI. A harrowing murder case ensues, culminating in the imprisonment of a lawyer who imparts the story of who killed the judge and why.

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The Yellow Birds

The Yellow Birds

by Kevin Powers

Hardcover, 230 pages, Little Brown & Co, $24.99, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year-old Pvt. John Bartle and 18-year-old Pvt. Daniel Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. The two men do all they can to protect each other from the forces that are pressing in: the insurgents, physical fatigue and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.

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The Last Runaway

by Tracy Chevalier

Hardcover, 305 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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Jilted by her fiance, Quaker Honor Bright leaves the comfort of her native England for the harsh frontier farmland of 1850 Ohio. Among strangers and feeling the pressures of an alien world, Honor struggles to ford a cultural divide wider than the Atlantic she just crossed. And soon a new urgency takes hold: Honor joins the Underground Railroad, aiding runaway slaves in their escape to freedom.

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