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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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Missing You

Missing You

by Harlan Coben

Hardcover, 399 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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This thriller begins when NYPD Detective Kat Donovan stumbles across her old boyfriend on a dating website.

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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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Raising Steam

Raising Steam

by Terry Pratchett

Hardcover, 365 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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This latest entry in the Discworld series traces the arrival of the steam engine to Ankh-Morpork, an event which culminates in a new and challenging job for Moist von Lipwig.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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The Cairo Affair

The Cairo Affair

by Olen Steinhauer

Hardcover, 408 pages, St Martins Pr, $26.99, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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The assassination of an American diplomat in Hungary places a Cairo-based CIA agent, an Egyptian intelligence agent and an American analyst at the mercy of a dangerous political game of shifting allegiances.

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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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Shotgun Lovesongs

Shotgun Lovesongs

by Nickolas Butler

Hardcover, 306 pages, St Martins Pr, $25.99, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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Childhood friends Hank, Leland, Kip and Ronny are reunited during a visit marked by culture clashes and a woman who inspires passion in each of them.

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Boy, Snow, Bird

Boy, Snow, Bird

by Helen Oyeyemi

Hardcover, 308 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published March 6 2014 | purchase
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A modern reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale follows the experiences of a woman who marries a mid-20th-century Massachusetts single father and succumbs to vanity when the birth of her baby reveals her husband to be a light-skinned African American. By the award-winning author of White Is for Witching.

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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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