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Weeks on List: 8

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

Paperback, 288 pages, Workman Pub Co, $14.95, published December 2 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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Weeks on List: 21

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Paperback, 422 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published August 26 2014 | purchase

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Gone Girl
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Gillian Flynn

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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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Weeks on List: 12

The Martian

by Andy Weir

Paperback, 387 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published October 28 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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Weeks on List: 33

The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

Paperback, 295 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15.99, published June 3 2014 | purchase

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The Rosie Project
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Graeme Simsion

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A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife. He instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.

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Weeks on List: 52

Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline

Paperback, 304 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase

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Orphan Train
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Christina Baker Kline

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Close to aging out of the foster care system, Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer takes a community service position helping an elderly woman named Vivian clean out her home. Molly discovers that she and Vivian are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.

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Inherent Vice

by Thomas Pynchon

Paperback, 369 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published November 26 2014 | purchase

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Inherent Vice
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Thomas Pynchon

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It's been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend — then she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with.

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Weeks on List: 2

Fifty Shades Of Grey

by E.L. James

Paperback, 514 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 6 2015 | purchase

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E.L. James

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Growing out of a piece of fan fiction that recast Twilight's Bella and Edward in sexier scenarios, Fifty Shades of Grey tells the steamy affair of a student journalist and an intriguing young entrepreneur.

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Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Paperback, 588 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase

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Americanah
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love as students in Nigeria, when the country is under military rule and those with the means to leave the country do. Ifemelu goes to America to study and prospers there. But Obinze can't get into to America and winds up living in London under assumed names. When they're reunited in their homeland 15 years later, they face the toughest decisions of their lives.

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Weeks on List: 2

The Winter People

by Jennifer McMahon

Paperback, 377 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published January 6 2015 | purchase

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Jennifer McMahon

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Coming of age in an old farmhouse, 19-year-old Ruthie begins a search for her agoraphobic mother and discovers the century-old diary of the farmhouse's long-ago resident, a grieving mother who died under mysterious circumstances.

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Still Alice

by Lisa Genova

Paperback, 293 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published December 2 2014 | purchase

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Still Alice
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Lisa Genova

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Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away.

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My Brilliant Friend

Childhood, Adolescence

by Elena Ferrante

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

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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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Mr. Mercedes

by Stephen King

Paperback, 437 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published January 6 2015 | purchase

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Mr. Mercedes
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Months after a crazed hit-and-run driver kills several attendees at a Midwestern job fair, a depressed retired cop and two unlikely allies join forces to find and stop the killer, who has sent a letter threatening another attack.

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The Strange Library

by Haruki Murakami and Ted Goossen

Paperback, 96 pages, Random House Inc, $18, published December 2 2014 | purchase

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In a fantastical illustrated short novel, three people imprisoned in a nightmarish library plot their escape.

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Still Life With Bread Crumbs

by Anna Quindlen

Paperback, 265 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published October 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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The Best American Short Stories 2014

by Jennifer Egan and Heidi Pitlor

Paperback, 360 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.95, published October 7 2014 | purchase

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The Best American Short Stories 2014
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Presents 20 of the best works of short fiction of the past year.