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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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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

Hardcover, 320 pages, Workman Pub Co, $24.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

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In Paradise

In Paradise

by Peter Matthiessen

Hardcover, 246 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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Joining a diverse group of visitors at the site of a former Nazi concentration camp, Polish-American academic Clements Olin performs research while witnessing personal and political tensions erupting among his fellow participants.

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Can't and Won't

Can't and Won't

Stories

by Lydia Davis

Hardcover, 192 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $26, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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The fifth collection by Lydia Davis,Can't and Won't includes pithy one-liners, exploratory observations and letters of complaint, including "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates," in which a professor is stymied by her choices.

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Frog Music

Frog Music

by Emma Donoghue

Hardcover, 405 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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Burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon tries to discover who murdered her friend Jenny, who was shot through a window in a railroad saloon in 1876 San Francisco, amid a record-breaking heat wave and smallpox epidemic.

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By its Cover

By its Cover

by Donna Leon

Hardcover, 237 pages, Pgw, $26, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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Investigating the thefts of rare book pages from a prestigious Venetian library, Commissario Guido Brunetti is stymied by numerous possible suspects and the murder of a seemingly harmless theologian.

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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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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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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 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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William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

by Ian Doescher

Hardcover, 172 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published March 18 2014 | purchase
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This book reimagines the classic saga of a brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor and their jesting droids as they match wits, struggle for power and soliloquize in elegant iambic pentameter.

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And the Dark Sacred Night

And the Dark Sacred Night

by Julia Glass

Hardcover, 379 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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Kit Noonan is an unemployed art historian with twins to support, a mortgage to pay and a wife frustrated by his inertia. Raised by a strong-willed, secretive single mother, Kit has never known the identity of his father — a mystery that his wife insists he must solve to move forward with his life.

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Astonish Me

Astonish Me

by Maggie Shipstead

Hardcover, 253 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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Helping a world-famous dancer to defect from the Soviet Union to the United States, ballerina Joan watches her friend's career soar while her own declines in the wake of her pregnancy and marriage, a situation that eventually exposes difficult secrets. 75,000 first printing.

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