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The Help

The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

Paperback, 534 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published June 28 2011 | purchase
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Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Miss., three women — an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend (also a maid) and a recently graduated white woman — team up for a clandestine project.

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Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone

by Abraham Verghese

Paperback, 667 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 26 2010 | purchase
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Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

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Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key

by Tatiana De Rosnay

Paperback, 316 pages, St Martins Pr, $13.99, published July 5 2011 | purchase
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On the anniversary of the roundup of Jews by the French police in Paris, Julia is asked to write an article on this dark episode and embarks on an investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah.

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Freedom

Freedom

by Jonathan Franzen

Paperback, 597 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published September 27 2011 | purchase
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The idyllic lives of civic-minded environmentalists Patty and Walter Berglund come into question when their son moves in with aggressive Republican neighbors, green lawyer Walter takes a job with Big Coal, and go-getter Patty becomes increasingly unstable and enraged.

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Room

Room

by Emma Donoghue

Paperback, 352 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14.99, published May 5 2011 | purchase
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  • Emma Donoghue

A 5-year-old narrates a story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years — since she was a teenager.

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A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit From The Goon Squad

by Jennifer Egan

Paperback, 340 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published March 22 2011 | purchase
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Working side by side for a record label, former punk rocker Bennie Salazar and the passionate Sasha hide illicit secrets from one another while interacting with a motley assortment of equally troubled people from 1970s San Francisco to the postwar future.

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A Secret Kept

A Secret Kept

by Tatiana De Rosnay

Paperback, 330 pages, St Martins Pr, $14.99, published September 13 2011 | purchase
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When traumatic memories about a disturbing event from a childhood summer holiday cause his sister to get into a car accident, Antoine befriends a streetwise mortician who helps him manage painful family truths.

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

by Helen Simonson

Paperback, 368 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published November 30 2010 | purchase
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Forced to confront the realities of life in the 21st century when he falls in love with Pakistani widow Mrs. Ali, Major Pettigrew finds the relationship challenged by local prejudices that view Mrs. Ali, a Cambridge native, as a perpetual foreigner.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art Of Racing In The Rain

by Garth Stein

Paperback, 321 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published June 1 2009 | purchase
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Faithful canine Enzo, on the eve of his death, takes stock of his life while recalling the sacrifices, unexpected losses and personal struggles of his would-be race car driver human, Denny, in the latter's efforts to retain custody of his daughter.

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Started Early, Took My Dog

Started Early, Took My Dog

A Novel

by Kate Atkinson

Paperback, 371 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14.99, published October 6 2011 | purchase
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Retired police detective Tracy Waterhouse and former detective Jackson Brodie find their lives spinning out of control after Tracy takes custody of an ex-con's child and Jackson rescues an abused dog.

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One Day

One Day

by David Nicholls

Paperback, 437 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published May 24 2011 | purchase
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David Nicholls' romantic comedy One Day has become one of Britain's most popular novels. Each chapter is a snapshot of where July 15 finds the main characters over the 20 years following their high school graduation, as they keep finding — and just missing — each other.

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The Postmistress

The Postmistress

by Sarah Blake

Paperback, 371 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published February 1 2011 | purchase
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The stories of a Cape Cod postmistress and an American radio reporter stationed in London collide on the eve of the United States' entrance into World War II, a meeting shaped by a broken promise to deliver a letter.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

by Jamie Ford

Paperback, 301 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published October 6 2009 | purchase
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When artifacts from Japanese families sent to World War II internment camps are uncovered during renovations at Seattle's Panama Hotel, Henry Lee embarks on a personal quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment, and of Keiko, a Japanese girl whose love transcended cultures and generations.

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By Nightfall

By Nightfall

by Michael Cunningham

Paperback, 238 pages, St Martins Pr, $15, published August 30 2011 | purchase
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When Peter's recovering drug addict of a brother-in-law comes for a visit, he begins to question his comfortable New York life.

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Fall of Giants

Fall Of Giants

by Ken Follett

Paperback, 985 pages, Penguin Group USA, $25, published August 30 2011 | purchase
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Follows the fates of five interrelated families — American, German, Russian, English and Welsh — as they move through the dramas of World War I, the Russian Revolution and the struggle for women's suffrage.

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