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Weeks on List: 18

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: 7

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 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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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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Stories and Other Stories
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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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Weeks on List: 4

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

by Anna Quindlen

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

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Still Life With Bread Crumbs
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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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Weeks on List: 2

The Martian

by Andy Weir

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

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The Martian
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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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Ripper

by Isabel Allende

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

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Ripper
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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 Days of Anna Madrigal

by Armistead Maupin

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

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The Days of Anna Madrigal
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Armistead Maupin

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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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The Museum of Extraordinary Things

by Alice Hoffman

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

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Alice Hoffman

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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 Jewish community, has captured poignant images of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

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Under the Wide and Starry Sky

by Nancy Horan

Hardcover, 474 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published January 21 2014 | purchase

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Under the Wide and Starry Sky
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This book imagines the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, who after meeting in late-19th-century rural France take refuge from their respective unhappy lives and embark on two shared decades of international turbulence.

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Dog Songs

by Mary Oliver

Hardcover, 127 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase

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Dog Songs
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A selection of new and favorite poems celebrates the canine companions who have enriched the author's world, exploring how they have accompanied her walks, inspired her work and served as life guides.

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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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An Officer and a Spy

by Robert Harris

Hardcover, 429 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published January 28 2014 | purchase

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An Officer and a Spy
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A tale inspired by the infamous Dreyfus Affair finds recently promoted head of Paris's late-19th-century counterespionage agency Georges Picquart leading the effort to convict Dreyfus only to succumb to gradual doubts that a high-level spy remains at large in the military.

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The Luminaries

by Eleanor Catton

Hardcover, 834 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published October 15 2013 | purchase

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The Luminaries
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In a coastal New Zealand town during the 1866 gold rush, prostitute Anna Wetherell is arrested on the same day that three men with various connections to her disappear.

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Sycamore Row

by John Grisham

Hardcover, 447 pages, Random House Inc, $28.95, published October 22 2013 | purchase

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Sycamore Row
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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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Weeks on List: 4

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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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.