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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers

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Weeks on List: 2

Gray Mountain

by John Grisham

Hardcover, 368 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published October 21 2014 | purchase

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After losing her job at New York City's largest law firm in the weeks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Samantha becomes an unpaid intern in a small Appalachian community, where she stumbles upon dangerous secrets.

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Weeks on List: 26

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

Hardcover, 531 pages, Simon & Schuster, $27, published May 6 2014 | purchase

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All the Light We Cannot See
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All The Light We Cannot See tells the story of a blind French girl on the run from the German occupation who crosses paths with a German orphan-turned-resistance tracker.

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Weeks on List: 1

Prince Lestat

by Anne Rice

Hardcover, 458 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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A tale spanning the ancient to the modern world revives the beings of the Vampire Chronicles, from Louis de Pointe du Lac and the eternally young Armand to David Talbot and Marius, who hear a mysterious voice urging ancients to destroy increasing populations of maverick vampires.

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Weeks on List: 4

Lila

by Marilynne Robinson

Hardcover, 261 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $26, published October 7 2014 | purchase

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Lila
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Marilynne Robinson

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Triggering a romance and debate by seeking shelter in a church and becoming a minister's wife, homeless Lila reflects on her hardscrabble life on the run with a canny young drifter and her efforts to reconcile her painful past with her husband's gentle Christian worldview.

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Weeks on List: 1

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

by Patrick Rothfuss

Hardcover, 159 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18.95, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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The Slow Regard of Silent Things
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Patrick Rothfuss

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Living in the abandoned tunnel system beneath the University, the enigmatic Auri reflects on her bittersweet life, while making unique observations about the broken world in which she must survive.

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Weeks on List: 3

Leaving Time

by Jodi Picoult

Hardcover, 405 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published October 14 2014 | purchase

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Leaving Time
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Jodi Picoult

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Abandoned by a grief-stricken father and scientist mother who disappeared under mysterious circumstances, 13-year-old Jenna Metcalf approaches a disgraced psychic and a jaded detective in the hopes of finding answers.

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Weeks on List: 1

The Peripheral

by William Gibson

Hardcover, 485 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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The Peripheral
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William Gibson

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Depending on her veteran brother's benefits in a city where jobs outside the drug trade are rare, Flynne assists her brother's latest beta-test tech assignment only to uncover an elaborate murder scheme.

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Weeks on List: 7

Edge of Eternity

by Ken Follett

Hardcover, 1098 pages, Penguin Group USA, $36, published September 16 2014 | purchase

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Edge of Eternity
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This final book in Ken Follett's "Century Trilogy" continues the experiences of five intertwined international families as they confront the social, political and economic turmoil of the second half of the 20th century.

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Weeks on List: 3

Blue Horses

by Mary Oliver

Hardcover, 79 pages, Penguin Group USA, $24.95, published October 14 2014 | purchase

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Blue Horses
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Mary Oliver presents a new collection of poems that reflects her signature imagery-based language and her observations of the unaffected beauty of nature.

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Weeks on List: 53

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

Hardcover, 771 pages, Little Brown & Co, $30, published October 22 2013 | purchase

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The Goldfinch
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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: 12

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

by Haruki Murakami

Hardcover, 386 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published August 12 2014 | purchase

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
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Haruki Murakami

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Thirty-six-year-old Tsukuru Tazaki meets a woman named Sara who raises questions about a painful incident from his youth in which his closest friends all cut off relations with him without explanation, and inspires him to find out why. Translated by Philip Gabriel.

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Weeks on List: 4

Nora Webster

by Colm Toibin

Hardcover, 373 pages, Simon & Schuster, $27, published October 7 2014 | purchase

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Nora Webster
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Colm Toibin

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Struggling with grief and financial hardships after the death of her beloved husband, widow Nora Webster struggles to support her four children and clings to secrecy in the intrusive community of her childhood before finding her voice.

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Weeks on List: 4

Some Luck

by Jane Smiley

Hardcover, 395 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published October 7 2014 | purchase

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Some Luck
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Jane Smiley

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Jane Smiley follows the triumphs and tragedies of an Iowa farm family from 1920 through the early 1950s.

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Weeks on List: 3

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

by Richard Flanagan

Hardcover, 334 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published August 12 2014 | purchase

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North
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Haunted by the death of his wife while attending to injured soldiers at a World War II Japanese POW camp, surgeon Dorrigo Evans receives a letter that shapes the subsequent decades of his life in Australia.

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Weeks on List: 1

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café

by Alexander Mccall Smith

Hardcover, 227 pages, Random House Inc, $24.95, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café
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Alexander Mccall Smith

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As Mma Ramotswe juggles a life full of challenges and responsibilities, Grace Makutsi must throw in the towel and seek help after her new business venture, The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe, is struck by lightning.