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The Tiger's Wife

by Tea Obreht

Paperback, 337 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published November 1 2011 | purchase

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Tea Obreht's debut novel takes place in an unnamed Balkan country similar to the former Yugoslavia. Natalia, a young medical student, is on her way to an orphanage in enemy territory when she learns that her beloved grandfather has died. As his confidante, Natalia was not only aware of his cancer; she was also privy to his many incredible adventures, the two most fantastic being his stories of the Deathless Man and the Tiger's Wife.

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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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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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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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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

A Modest Bestiary

by Ian Falconer and David Sedaris

Paperback, 168 pages, Little Brown & Co, $13.99, published October 4 2011 | purchase

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The author of Holidays on Ice provides an original collection of outrageously funny fables featuring animals with unmistakably human failings, including a kitty cat that struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings, squirrel and chipmunk lovers separated by prejudiced family members, and much more.

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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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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

by Emma Donoghue

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

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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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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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An Object of Beauty

by Steve Martin

Paperback, 295 pages, Grand Central Pub, $14.99, published November 15 2011 | purchase

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Lacey Yeager takes New York City's art world by storm, charming men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness, and experiencing the highs and lows of the art world from the late 1990s into the present day. By the author of Shopgirl.

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Sing You Home

by Jodi Picoult

Paperback, 466 pages, Pocket Books, $16, published October 18 2011 | purchase

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After 10 years of infertility issues lead to the end of music therapist Zoe Baxter's marriage, she falls in love with another woman, Vanessa, and wants to start a family. Her new plans are complicated by her ex-husband, Max, who, under the influence of an anti-gay pastor, stands in the way.

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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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The Best American Short Stories 2011

by Geraldine Brooks and Heidi Pitlor

Paperback, 363 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.95, published October 4 2011 | purchase

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The Best American Short Stories 2011
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Edited by author Geraldine Brooks, this collection includes stories by top authors and new talents.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson

Paperback, 10 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published November 8 2011 | purchase

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family, her octogenarian uncle, convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional clan, hires journalist Mikael Blomkvist, assisted by the unconventional young hacker Lisbeth Salander, to investigate. Translated by Reg Keeland.

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