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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers

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Weeks on List: 27

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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Weeks on List: 2

The Target

by David Baldacci

Hardcover, 420 pages, Grand Central Pub, $28, published April 22 2014 | purchase

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The Target
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David Baldacci

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A highly skilled assassin, who became a target himself when he refused a mission in The Innocent, returns for his third adventure in the "Will Robie" series.

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Weeks on List: 2

The Serpent of Venice

by Christopher Moore

Hardcover, 326 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published April 22 2014 | purchase

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The Serpent of Venice
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Christopher Moore

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When merchant Antonio, senator Montressor Brabantio and naval officer Iago lure Fool Pocket — the widower of the murdered Queen Cordelia and the man who has consistently foiled their grand scheme for power and wealth — to Venice, the tables are quickly turned.

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Weeks on List: 16

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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The Invention of Wings
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Sue Monk Kidd traces more than three decades in the lives of a rebellious Charleston debutante and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge.

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Weeks on List: 1

Natchez Burning

by Greg Iles

Hardcover, 791 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published April 29 2014 | purchase

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Natchez Burning
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Greg Iles

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When his father, a beloved family doctor and pillar of their Natchez, Miss., community, is accused of murdering a nurse, Penn Cage makes a shocking discovery that forces him to decide just how far he will go to protect those he loves.

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Weeks on List: 5

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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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
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Gabrielle Zevin

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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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Weeks on List: 2

Chestnut Street

by Maeve Binchy

Hardcover, 367 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published April 22 2014 | purchase

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Chestnut Street
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Maeve Binchy

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A story written in stages throughout Maeve Binchy's career traces the experiences of the diverse characters of a Dublin neighborhood.

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Weeks on List: 12

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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One More Thing
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Stories and Other Stories
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This debut collection from The Office writer B.J. Novak includes a story in which a boy's lucrative sweepstakes win causes more harm than good for his family.

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Weeks on List: 3

In Paradise

by Peter Matthiessen

Hardcover, 246 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 8 2014 | purchase

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In Paradise
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Peter Matthiessen

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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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Weeks on List: 13

The Husband's Secret

by Liane Moriarty

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

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The Husband's Secret
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Liane Moriarty

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

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Weeks on List: 2

The Collector

by Nora Roberts

Hardcover, 483 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published April 15 2014 | purchase

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The Collector
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After witnessing an apparent murder-suicide on the job, professional house sitter Lila Emerson is recruited by the alleged perpetrator's brother to help uncover what really happened.

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Weeks on List: 2

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris, 1932

by Francine Prose

Hardcover, 436 pages, HarperCollins, $26.99, published April 22 2014 | purchase

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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris, 1932
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Francine Prose

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At the Chameleon club in Paris, Lou Villars, a star athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among its patrons, and as time passes, she experiences a transformation, sparked by tragic events, that warps her earnest desire for love and approval into something dangerous.

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Weeks on List: 4

Frog Music

by Emma Donoghue

Hardcover, 405 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published April 1 2014 | purchase

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Frog Music
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Emma Donoghue

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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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Weeks on List: 4

By its Cover

by Donna Leon

Hardcover, 237 pages, Pgw, $26, published April 1 2014 | purchase

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By its Cover
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Donna Leon

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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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Weeks on List: 3

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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Can't and Won't
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Stories
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Lydia Davis

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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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