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The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

Hardcover, 771 pages, Little Brown & Co, $30, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, 13-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue.

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Dog Songs

Dog Songs

by Mary Oliver

Hardcover, 127 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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A selection of new and favorite poems celebrates the canine companions who have enriched the author's world, exploring how they have accompanied her walks, inspired her work and served as life guides.

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Sycamore Row

Sycamore Row

by John Grisham

Hardcover, 447 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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When wealthy Seth Hubbard hangs himself from a sycamore tree and leaves his fortune to his black maid, Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a controversial trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.

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The Valley of Amazement

The Valley Of Amazement

by Amy Tan

Hardcover, 589 pages, HarperCollins, $29.99, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese, half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world. Her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.

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Aimless Love

Aimless Love

New and Selected Poems

by Billy Collins

Hardcover, 261 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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Aimless Love is a volume of more than 50 new poems, accompanied by samples from the author's collections of the past decade.

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The First Phone Call from Heaven

The First Phone Call from Heaven

by Mitch Albom

Hardcover, 326 pages, HarperCollins, $24.99, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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This novel follows a single father just released from prison as he sets out to prove that the mysterious calls from beyond to the residents of Coldwater, Mich., are nothing but a hoax.

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S.

S.

by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

Hardcover, 456 pages, Little Brown & Co, $35, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown. S. is a multilayered work from the Emmy Award-winning producer of Lost and Fringe and the author of Alive in Necropolis.

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The Luminaries

The Luminaries

by Eleanor Catton

Hardcover, 834 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published October 15 2013 | purchase
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In a coastal New Zealand town during the 1866 gold rush, prostitute Anna Wetherell is arrested on the same day that three men with various connections to her disappear.

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The Gods of Guilt

The Gods of Guilt

by Michael Connelly

Hardcover, 387 pages, Little Brown & Co, $28, published December 2 2013 | purchase
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Defense attorney Mickey Haller investigates after a former client, a prostitute who had left that lifestyle behind, turns up dead.

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The Circle

The Circle

by Dave Eggers

Hardcover, 491 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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Mae Holland begins to question her luck after she's hired to work for the world's most powerful Internet company. As life beyond her job grows distant, a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken and her role at the company becomes increasingly public.

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The Good Lord Bird

The Good Lord Bird

by James McBride

Hardcover, 432 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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Henry is a young slave living in the mid-19th-century Kansas Territory whose life takes a major turn when he meets the legendary abolitionist John Brown — who mistakes Henry for a girl. Henry continues to hide his true identity for his own safety as he travels with Brown's militia, through the historic 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry.

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The Lowland

The Lowland

by Jhumpa Lahiri

Hardcover, 339 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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Subhash and Udayan are brothers, and to say that they're close doesn't begin to describe their relationship. But their lives follow very different paths as Udayan marries young and becomes a radical in India's Communist Naxalite movement, while Subhash leaves his home country for school in Rhode Island.

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Command Authority

Command Authority

by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney

Hardcover, 739 pages, Penguin Group USA, $29.95, published December 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney

There's a new strong man in Russia, but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past, and the solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source: President Jack Ryan.

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The Signature of All Things

The Signature Of All Things

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Hardcover, 501 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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Elizabeth Gilbert traces the multigenerational saga of the Whittaker family, whose daughter, a gifted botanist, researches the mysteries of evolution while falling in love with an artist.

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Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

by Stephen King

Hardcover, 531 pages, Simon & Schuster, $30, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of The Shining with the story of a middle-aged Dan Torrance. Now an itinerant alcoholic himself, Dan uses his remnant powers to help a 12-year-old girl who is being tortured by a tribe of murderous paranormals.

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