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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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The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

by Sue Monk Kidd

Hardcover, 373 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase

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Sue Monk Kidd traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.

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Words of Radiance

Words of Radiance

by Brandon Sanderson

Hardcover, 1087 pages, St Martins Pr, $28.99, published March 4 2014 | purchase

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Dalinar leads the human armies into an escalating war with the Parshendi, while Shalland and Jasnah search for a mythical city to secure humanity's survival and Kaladin struggles to master his Windrunner powers.

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Bark

Bark

Stories

by Lorrie Moore

Hardcover, 192 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published February 25 2014 | purchase

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Eight short stories by the author of A Gate at the Stairs includes "Debarking," in which a recently divorced man struggles to hold himself together as the United States prepares to invade Iraq, and "Foes," in which a political argument at a Georgetown fundraiser goes awry against a backdrop of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Still Life With Bread Crumbs

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

by Anna Quindlen

Hardcover, 252 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 28 2014 | purchase

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Anna Quindlen

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Abandoning her expensive world to move to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career and self-understanding.

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One More Thing

One More Thing

Stories and Other Stories

by B. J. Novak

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published February 4 2014 | purchase

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A debut collection by a writer for the television series The Office includes the title story, in which a boy's lucrative sweepstakes win proves more harm than good for his family.

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The Martian

The Martian

by Andy Weir

Hardcover, 369 pages, Random House Inc, $24, published February 11 2014 | purchase

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Stranded on Mars by a dust storm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges.

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

by Alice Hoffman

Hardcover, 368 pages, Simon & Schuster, $27.99, published February 18 2014 | purchase

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The daughter of a curiosities museum's front man pursues a love affair with a Russian immigrant photographer who, after fleeing his Lower East Side Orthodox community, has captured poignant images of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

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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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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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Redeployment

Redeployment

by Phil Klay

Hardcover, 291 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase

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A collection of short stories by a former Marine captain and Iraq veteran focuses on the complexities of life for soldiers on the front lines and after, exploring themes ranging from brutality and faith to guilt and survival in such stories as "After Action Report" and "Money as Weapons System."

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Ripper

Ripper

by Isabel Allende

Hardcover, 478 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published January 28 2014 | purchase

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Isabel Allende

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High school senior Amanda Jackson, fascinated by the dark side of human nature, must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco through Ripper, the online mystery game she plays with her beloved grandfather and friends around the world. Translated by Ollie Brock and Frank Wynne.

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The Husband's Secret

The Husband's Secret

by Liane Moriarty

Hardcover, 396 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25.95, published July 30 2013 | purchase

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Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia, a successful family woman, is unable to resist reading the letter. She discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.

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The Days of Anna Madrigal

The Days of Anna Madrigal

by Armistead Maupin

Hardcover, 270 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published January 21 2014 | purchase

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The ninth and final novel in the best-selling Tales of the City series follows 92-year-old Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane, as she joins her former tenant Brian on a road trip to Nevada where she attends to unfinished business she has long avoided.

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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 Black-Eyed Blonde

The Black-Eyed Blonde

by Benjamin Black

Hardcover, 290 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $27, published March 4 2014 | purchase

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Hired by a beautiful woman to find her former lover, Philip Marlowe discovers that the man's disappearance is tied to a series of baffling events that pits Marlowe against one of Bay City's wealthiest families.

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