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Paperback Fiction Bestsellers

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Weeks on List: 48

The Martian

by Andy Weir

Paperback, 369 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published August 18 2015 | 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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Weeks on List: 28

Euphoria

by Lily King

Paperback, 261 pages, Pgw, $16, published April 14 2015 | purchase

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Euphoria
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Lily King

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Frustrated by his research efforts and depressed over the death of his brothers, Andrew Bankson begins a tumultuous relationship with two fellow anthropologists, a married couple, in 1930s New Guinea.

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3

Weeks on List: 17

My Brilliant Friend

Childhood, Adolescence

by Elena Ferrante

Paperback, 331 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published September 25 2012 | purchase

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My Brilliant Friend
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Childhood, Adolescence
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Elena Ferrante

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Elena and Lila grow up in mid-century Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation.

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Weeks on List: 19

Everything I Never Told You

by Celeste Ng

Paperback, 9 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published May 12 2015 | purchase

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Everything I Never Told You
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Celeste Ng

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The fallout from the 1970s drowning death of Lydia Lee, the favorite daughter of a Chinese-American family, exposes divisions between cultures and rifts within a family.

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5

Weeks on List: 7

Big Little Lies

by Liane Moriarty

Paperback, 492 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published August 11 2015 | purchase

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Big Little Lies
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Liane Moriarty

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Liane Moriarty follows three mothers and their involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves someone dead. At first it appears to have been a tragic accident, but evidence soon reveals that the attack was premeditated.

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Weeks on List: 17

Station Eleven

by Emily St. John Mandel

Paperback, 333 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published June 2 2015 | purchase

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Station Eleven
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Emily St. John Mandel

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The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of King Lear marks the beginning of the world's dissolution in a story told at various past and future times from the perspectives of the actor and four of his associates.

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7

Weeks on List: 3

The Paying Guests

by Sarah Waters

Paperback, 571 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published September 8 2015 | purchase

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The Paying Guests
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Sarah Waters

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It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

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Weeks on List: 6

Gray Mountain

by John Grisham

Paperback, 374 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published August 18 2015 | purchase

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Gray Mountain
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John Grisham

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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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9

Weeks on List: 4

The Story of the Lost Child

by Elena Ferrante

Paperback, 473 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published September 1 2015 | purchase

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The Story of the Lost Child
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Elena Ferrante

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In the final volume in a four-book saga, the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila, now friends as adults, reflect and deal with life's great discoveries, as well as its vagaries and losses. Translated by Ann Goldstein.

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Weeks on List: 2

Memory Man

by David Baldacci

Paperback, 422 pages, Grand Central Pub, $15.99, published September 15 2015 | purchase

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Memory Man
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David Baldacci

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More than a year after the most tragic event in Amos Decker's life, a man confesses to murdering his family, and Amos, called to help with the investigation, struggles with the memories.

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Weeks on List: 25

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

Paperback, 771 pages, Little Brown & Co, $20, published April 7 2015 | 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: 15

Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian

by E. L. James

Paperback, 558 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published June 18 2015 | purchase

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Grey
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Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian
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E.L. James offers a look at the events of Fifty Shades of Grey through the eyes of the dominant Christian Grey.

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Weeks on List: 3

The Good Girl

by Mary Kubica

Paperback, 382 pages, Harlequin Books, $14.95, published February 24 2015 | purchase

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The Good Girl
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The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge is taken hostage by her one-night stand, who, instead of delivering her to his employers, hides her in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota to keep her safe from harm.

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Weeks on List: 8

The Boston Girl

by Anita Diamant

Paperback, 322 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published August 4 2015 | purchase

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The Boston Girl
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Anita Diamant

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Addie, 85, tells the story of her life to her 22-year-old granddaughter, beginning in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with a sense of humor and compassion for the naive girl she was.

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Weeks on List: 4

A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman

Paperback, 337 pages, Pocket Books, $16, published May 5 2015 | purchase

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A Man Called Ove
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Fredrik Backman

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A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with his new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.