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fifty shades of grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

by E.L. James

Paperback, 528 pages, Vintage, $15.95, published April 3 2012 | purchase

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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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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 Buddha in the Attic

by Julie Otsuka

Paperback, 129 pages, Random House Inc, $13.95, published March 20 2012 | purchase

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Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides, whose new lives in early 20th century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment.

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The Weird Sisters

by Eleanor Brown

Paperback, 320 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published February 7 2012 | purchase

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Unwillingly brought together to care for their ailing mother, three sisters who were named after famous Shakespearean characters discover that everything they have been avoiding may prove more worthwhile than expected.

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The Dovekeepers

by Alice Hoffman

Paperback, 505 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published April 3 2012 | purchase

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Inspired by the tragic first century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people on the Masada mountain in the Judean desert, The Dovekeepers presents the stories of a hated daughter, a baker's wife, a girl disguised as a warrior, and a medicine woman who keeps doves and secrets while Roman soldiers draw near.

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The House at Tyneford

by Natasha Solomons

Paperback, 359 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published December 27 2011 | purchase

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To escape 1938 Vienna, Elise Landau, a Jew, accepts employment as a domestic servant at Tyneford, a family estate in England, where her involvement with the son of the master of the house changes her life in unexpected ways.

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The Language of Flowers

A Novel

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Paperback, 334 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published April 3 2012 | purchase

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Victoria, the orphaned heroine of Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut novel, is privy to a secret language of flowers that dates to Victorian England.

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

by Stieg Larsson

Paperback, 655 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published February 21 2012 | purchase

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While recovering in the hospital, Lisbeth Salander enlists the aid of journalist Mikael Blomkvist to prove her innocent of three murders and identify the corrupt politicians who have allowed her to suffer. Translated by Reg Keeland.

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The Troubled Man

by Henning Mankell and Laurie Thompson

Paperback, 481 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published April 3 2012 | purchase

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When his father-in-law, a retired naval officer, disappears under suspicious circumstances, Kurt Wallander uncovers disturbing evidence of Cold War espionage, a case that forces him to confront dark truths about his own nature. By the award-winning author of Firewall.

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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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Swamplandia!

by Karen Russell

Paperback, 400 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published July 26 2011 | purchase

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The Bigtree children struggle to protect their Florida Everglades alligator-wrestling theme park from a sophisticated competitor after losing their parents.

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Drawing Conclusions

by Donna Leon

Paperback, 9 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published March 27 2012 | purchase

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Drawing Conclusions
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With the help of Inspector Vianello and Signorina Elettra, Commissario Guido Brunetti investigates the suspicious death of a Venetian widow. By the author of About Face.

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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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The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers

by Patrick deWitt

Paperback, 288 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published February 14 2012 | purchase

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Set against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush, this darkly comic novel follows the misadventures of the fabled Sisters brothers, two hired guns who, under the order of the mysterious Commodore, try to kill Hermann Kermit Warm, a man who gives them a run for their money.

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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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Cutting for Stone
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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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